Time for an update

Well hello there lovely people.

As I am currently procrastinating in a very lazy way, I thought I would at least be a little bit productive.  My exam tomorrow may suffer, but of all my exams this was always going to be my worst, so a little bit of blogging won’t make that much difference!

I thought it was about time I shared with you some updates on my crafty creations.  First of all, do you remember my endeavour into the world of sewing?  Those little napkin rings took almost a year to make.  Poor things.  They kept getting pushed aside by other, supposedly more important, tasks.  But they are now complete!  I discovered that they weren’t as simple as I first thought they would be.  I thought, lots of straight lines, lots of practice, woo!  But actually it was lots of not-so-straight lines and a bit too much wonkiness.  I even managed to sew one seam so wonky that it popped in the turning right side out process.  Thankfully my ever so patient mum sewed it up with deft precision that I can only hope to one day acquire.  But I prevailed, and I have now made my very first sewn item.  Here they are in all their glory:

There are only three here because this was post mum-fix on the last one.  I edged 2 of the 4 with some pretty red lace (thank you Anna ;-P) but there wasn’t enough for all 4 and I wanted to experiment with how they looked un-edged anyway.  I now know they look better edged.  They ended up pretty huge if I’m honest, so now I’m on the lookout for some massive white linen napkins that will happily snuggle into these rings.  I’m sure I’ll find some!

The other update is on my Fair Isle knitting.  If you remember, I managed to Fair Isle knit 2 mug hugs.  Well, I have now sewn buttons onto both! However, I couldn’t be bothered to iron the second one, it seemed stupid to get everything out just to iron a mug hug.  So I only have one to show you, but you can ooh and aah appropriately I’m sure.  Here is Fair Isle attempt number one:

Here it is on a mug…me trying to be artsy.  I think it’s quite sad that I felt the need for a coaster even though the mug was empty.  Hey ho!  And here is a picture so you can see my epic(ish) knitting:

It’s a bit higgledy piggeldy but it was my first attempt, and I’m happy with it for that!

So there you have it!  That’s everything I’ve been up to in a crafty way over the past few months.  I’m aware that I also promised to get into bread making and knitting in the round.  Baby steps though, they will come.

I’m feeling the need to share some recipes with you…hopefully the blog will take a foody slant very soon 🙂

Knitter Knatter

This morning has been productive in many ways.  First off, farewell dissertation YAY! Finally.  I had to just get that off my chest, it has nothing to do with the rest of the post, but I felt like sharing.

I also discovered that an ex colleague is a closet knitter!  Well, closet isn’t quite fair, but I worked with her for 18 months and never knew she knitted.  And boy can she knit!

There has been a theme running through my blog that you would have to be rather distracted not to notice.  That theme happens to be the areas in which my knitting is, for want of a better word, rubbish.  The focuses so far have been Fair Isle and circular needles.  But it seems they are not the only places in which my knitting falls down a tad.

This morning I have been shown exactly what can be achieved with inspiration, talent and lots of hard work.

Take a gander at this link:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lost-in-Knit/120869648037465

It is the work of the aforementioned ex colleague.  See what I mean?  That is some immense knitting and she did it all by herself in 3 months. I’m still flabbergasted.

What struck me about this was not only how impressive the work is, but the fact that she wasn’t taught to do this at university.  I was quite honestly disgusted to find that a Fashion Design degree doesn’t teach its students how to hand knit.  It’s becoming more and more obvious that knitting is only passed down by family and friends.  It simply isn’t a part of formal education, and yet sewing is.

Although this morning has been a very humbling experience (I know now just how much further I could take my knitting, and can only hope I have the skills to do it well) I do still consider myself a knitter before any other craft.  I like to sew, I like to draw, I like to cook and bake, but knitting is where my heart is.  And it breaks my heart that people aren’t more exposed to knitting.

In talking to my seriously talented friend, she said “People aren’t really bothered about knitting”.  And it’s true, but I wish they were!  For something that is so relaxing and yet challenging and productive and yet creative, it is so under valued and dismissed as a granny hobby.

When you can knit anything from a chic beret to a snuggly jumper what’s not to love?

Anyway, that’s enough ranting from  me.  I just think it’s sad that such a great tradition and skill is in danger of falling by the wayside.  It is always encouraging and inspiring to see young people with so much talent and pouring it into knitting.  As I’ve started advertising my friend, I’m just going to carry on.  Check this out too:  http://www.emilyknits.co.uk/index.html  I personally love the grey dress she designed (see! She designs too! Still in shock…)



The Proof is in the Reading

I have recently been made aware by my very observant mummy that, for the ex Deputy Editor of a student newspaper, I quite often make hilarious typos.  I think her favourite so far is the title of my post about doing extra curricular activities at university; Involve yourself became Invovle yourself.  It sounds a lot better than it looks and I personally think it should be changed to that permanently, just for the comedy value.

But her sentiment stands.  For a grammar nazi and perpetual corrector, I make a lot of mistakes myself.  So, before I become a fully blown hypocrite I hearby swear to properly proof read every post on this here bloggymajig.  And now that I have made that promise, I feel I can have a bit of a grammar rant.

It might seem pathetic.  Grammar is just a tiny detail of the written language, what difference does it really make?  Well.  It makes a huge difference, in my humble opinion.  If it weren’t for grammar, writing would be a long stream that doesn’t make sense.  it becomes really hard to read a sentence when it doesnt follow the simple rules we are taught from childhood because we get so used to them that our brains struggle to compute what they are being presented with when they arent there or when they are used in the wrong way.  There, an epic sentence, with no commas or punctuation.  If you managed to read that, then you must have had a lot of practice!

One of my huge bug bears is the misuse of your/you’re and there/their/they’re.  Your is a possessive.  So its function is to express that something belongs to you.  For example: Can I borrow your pen?  The pen belongs to you, therefore it is yours.  You’re is a contraction of you are.  That is why there is an apostrophe in it.  For example: You’re so generous.  There is a place.  For example: Over there. Their is a possessive like your.  For example: I borrowed their pen.  They’re, you guessed it, is a contraction of they are.  For example: They’re generous too.  I know  it’s easier to write your because, you know, it’s like, 2 characters shorter, and like, the apostrophe takes longer to type, but it is still WRONG.  I don’t like it.  So stop it.

I’m pretty sure I will have lost half of you now, because yeah it’s nitpicking.  But gorramit these are the things that make the English language rich and varied.  If you are going to use apostrophes do it right (they are ALWAYS unecessary in plurals!!!), same goes for semi colons and colons.  It does get confusing when there are so many different rules for one punctuation mark, but it does make a difference.

I am actually saddened by the things I sometimes see on Facebook, where grammar is either nonexistent or abused to within an inch of its life.  If you are going to write in English, please do it properly. n da stuf dat luks lyk dis iz jst trawmatyzin.  :’-(

Now that I have alienated you all with my pretentious babbling, I will sign off.  Happy scribbling!

P.S There is a mini egg for anyone who finds a typo in this post!