Posts tagged ‘knitting’

December 22, 2010

No evidence

I have been creative, I have learned some new skills and rediscovered old ones, I have been to new places, read new books, socialised with people and (partially) fulfilled my domestic duties.

I have no photographic evidence of any of these activities and you may not believe that I have done them. You may not even believe that my living room floor is clear of the stuff that often covers it as you haven’t visited my house to see that it is so.

The fact that you have not seen it, and have only my word for it, does not make it less true, does it?

Take heed, Home Education Visitors.

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October 6, 2010


We home edders don’t have a school gate to natter at so every other Monday we go to the pub to talk.

Mr Green thinks this is slightly bonkers but doesn’t mind really because he gets to go and get drive thru McDonald’s ice creams for pudding while I’m out.

The chill in the air has brought out the urge to cover ourselves and our children with warmer things and pubbers have been bringing their knitting projects along for the past few weeks. Knitting dilemmas have been resolved successfully and knitting has been admired. I am not a great knitter an certainly can’t knit and talk so I’ve been wondering what I could take a long to sew so as not to look like the only one who can’t multi-task. All the ideas in my head lately have been of the kind that need a sewing machine though so I kept drawing a blank.

This week I got my finger out and planned ahead. Two squares of felt, vintage thread, a needle, scissors, some stuffing and a bottle cap.

Only one cock-up later (too much talking…..)

The base is a bottle cap of the kind that are found on the top of fizzy pop bottles, not milk bottles. If you want to amke one too you need to cut out a circle of felt the same size-ish as the bottom of the cap, cut a strip of felt long enough to go around the cap and two fingers wide then a square of about four fingers width and height.

Stitch the ends of the strip together then blanket stitch the strip to the circle and push the bottle cap into the bottom of this bucket you have sewn.

Round off the corners of the square and do a running stitch all around the edge so that when you pull on the thread it makes the circle look like a little parachute.

Stuff the parachute and pop it onto your bucket.

Now sew the edge of the bucket to the parachute and you have a tiny weeny pin cushion.

All in all a good night: talking, listening, learning and sharing. Ginger beer and green tea and a new pincushion too. BMF we missed you!

December 15, 2009

Knitting and talking

I’m am a fake knitter. I can knit a bit: small things with not too complicated stitch patterns. I’m not a knitting aficionado either as you can see from the non-bamboo needles bought from a charity shop for 10p a pair. I have to look at what I am doing and I can’t really talk at the same time. Which is why I only managed to knit a few rows of what will be some booties for a friend’s new baby.

I was at our fortnightly Home Ed Social Evening which my kids call “Mum going to the pub”. It is at a pub and we drink J2O or Coke or Becks Blue and eat crisps without having to share them with any children. We also talk about things without being interrupted by children which is sometimes needed when you spend all day with them.

So what with all the talking I couldn’t really knit much but at least its a start. The last time I used this pattern I had to knit five booties to get a pair! Wish me luck!