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FO: Handspun Yarn rainbow Cushion

FO: Handspun Yarn rainbow Cushion

I finished the crocheted front of this cushion quite a while ago but I have now finally got my act together and created the back and sides of the cushion as well. On top of this I have even made a custom cushion pad to fit […]

FO: Crocheted Rainbow

FO: Crocheted Rainbow

My handspun crocheted rainbow is complete and blocked. Obviously it is not yet a complete and functioning cushion, but it is itself a nice object now that this stage of the making process is complete. The crocheting of this cushion practically flew by up until […]

A Rainbow Of Stitches

A Rainbow Of Stitches

I was hoping to have a shawl progress update to post today, but I haven’t been too well these last couple of days and can’t summon the will to either knit nor take any photographs, so instead I have a few poorly taken photographs that I shot in bad light the other day. But overcast days are known for their rainbows, and with a link as swift and seamless as a daytime TV presenter 20 years in the business, I present to you my favourite (OK, only) cross stitch and embroidery book:

A Rainbow Of Stitches was first brought to my attention by knitting chum, cross-stitch extraordinaire and former blogger, Mooncalf, who spoke highly of this wonderful collection of over 1,00 cross stitch and embroidery motifs, each worked in a single colour. It was this use of one colour for each motif that most appealed to me because I think this strong graphic style looks very fresh and modern, and very different from the twee cross stitch projects of a few years ago, with fussy details and worked in sixty four different shades of identical. The fact that I am lazy and can’t be bothered to re-thread my needle eighty times for a single motif has nothing at all to do with it… Ahem.

I like the book so much that when I moved and didn’t bring it with me I really missed it, and as my pre-Christmas hinting schedule was obviously too understated for Mr ‘Look, unless you bring the thing up to me and say buy me this I’m not going to pick up on your subtle female eyelash flutterings’ Awesome, it was only a couple of days ago that this finally made it’s way to me by way of the friendly postman.

The sections of the book are arranged by colour and then sub-divided by theme, but among the pages you can find motifs for cross stitch patterns such as skiers, peacock feathers, fish, slices of cherry pie, matryoshka dolls, ants, teapots, umbrellas, pears and mopeds, along with just as many motifs for simple embroidery projects.

I’m currently stitching a few simple motifs for future birthday card projects, as I am attempting to make all of my greetings cards this year, and it’s always handy to have something you have pre-made to fashion the cards out of. Plus, cross stitching is a handy and light crafty pursuit when you are not feeling tip-top.

I do hope to be feeling up to knitting again very soon, as I don’t want to lose sight of how beautifully my shawl is coming along, but for now having to concentrate on long rows of lace will just have to wait, and I’m grateful for little mini-projects like this to keep me going.

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FO: Amazing Magic Rainbow Socks

FO: Amazing Magic Rainbow Socks

I absolutely adore these socks. I really do think they are the best socks in the world. They are extra-long, extra comfy and are knitted from amazing rainbows. They have everything I love in a sock – beautiful colours, a fantastic colour progression kept in […]

WIP: Magic Rainbow Socks

WIP: Magic Rainbow Socks

For a long time I have kept what I thought of as my ‘best’ yarns, my favourite skeins, away from my needles, not wanting to knit them because they are too precious, but recently I have come to think that I deserve to have great knits […]

Teacher’s End Of Term Gifts: Beautiful Personalised Notebook and Pen

Teacher’s End Of Term Gifts: Beautiful Personalised Notebook and Pen

I’d always intended to get around to making gifts for the teachers of my little boy’s nursery, as we have handmade them for every gifting occasion for the past two and a half years that he has attended.

This year, however, we did not get a chance to say goodbye. And it should have been a proper goodbye, as my son and his friends move from a pre-school setting to stating the great adventure of primary school in September. However, he fell ill at the very beginning of March, and before he had time to get well, his nursery (along with the rest of the schools and nurseries in the UK) closed due to Covid-19. It was a temporary closure, and I really do think that many people expected it to be back open in a few weeks, but it was not to open again this academic year.

My little boy did not get to say goodbye to his friends and teachers. He didn’t get to collect any of his work or even his belongings. It all stopped very suddenly. There was no end of term party, and no opportunity to pass on a small gift and word of thanks to those six teachers who treated him with kindness and respect whilst they taught and encouraged him.

Soon there will be a small, distanced meeting to say goodbye properly, A small and fleeting opportunity to pass on best wishes for the future and to say thank you, so we I have put together a small gift for each of the teachers that have been by my son’s side throughout his days at nursery.

We’ve decided to take notebooks and matching pens as end-of-term gifts. All in purple (my little lad’s favourite colour) and with personalised covers, each different.

The covers were designed and converted to cut paths in Adobe Illustrator, importing the text as vectors rather than trying to resize in the Cricut native software, and the resulting designs cut from the most wonderful iridescent vinyl.

I love this vinyl for the ever shifting rainbow of colours that catch your eye from different angles, and thought it would suit the vibrant personalities at the nursery, and hopefully prove to be a useful gift, with the matching pen always at hand, in the little elastic pen loop.

Even though it will be at a distance, I hope that the opportunity to pass these to his teachers and say ‘goodbye’ will give us the chance to draw a happy line under our time with the local nursery. We’ll be keeping in touch with the manager as I run the nursery website, but it will be good for our soon-to-be Primary School Adventurer to mark his time leaving one place, ready to start the next, in circumstances more challenging than they might usually be.