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Monday, 11 May 2015

a crafty evening

Last Friday, my friend Jo took me to a craft event, organised by some of her friends from the East Neuk of Fife (we used to live in St Monans for a while too, hence the connection). It was a lovely evening, based on the idea of trying out various crafts "kids style" - you know the feeling, when you take your children to an event like this, and you stand there and drool while they`re colouring in, etc., wishing that you could join them because you love colouring, can even do it within the lines, but you`re not going to embarrass yourself (and your children!) by elbowing your way in at the kiddie table...? Well, Friday night was for us, frustrated big kids.
I had so much fun! Apart from meeting `old faces from St Monans` and having a good chinwag with them - and also with some lovely ladies I only just met but we had an instant connection, thanks to cross stitch -, I tried all kinds of crafts, old and new... not to mention the scrumptious selection of soups and cakes at two tables, where you could also grab a card and copy the recipes displayed. At the cakes table (first stop, needless to say), I managed to get my hands on the recipe of a most delicious Dundee cake - yay, my Mum will be so pleased, we`re both big fans since last summer, when we got a heavenly cake from the House of Bruar, near Pitlochry, the likes of which I haven`t managed to find anywhere ever since... until last Friday night, thanks to Lesley.
To my great regret, in the end I didn`t have time to colour in a single one of the beautiful mandala designs provided, nor did I have the chance to visit the knitting or card making tables, there were so many things to try and only a couple of hours - maybe next time! ;)
However, I did manage to give ceramic painting a go. There were these teapot `blanks` provided and glass painting pens in various colours - I drew a sunflower (what else?) and even got a gift bag to transport it in (which later I can also decorate, yay!). I think I`ll `cook` my artwork first, though, before I put the first soggy teabag on it, I just haven`t used the oven yet since Friday... but maybe, one of these days, I`ll bake a Dundee cake...? ;)
I know it looks like a gerbera, but believe me, it`s a sunflower :)
I took along some stitchy magazines as well, plus some of my stitched pieces that have been returned to me, and people were very interested in how and why I got into model stitching, and they also loved seeing the `real life` models of some of the magazine photos. It was a pleasure to see - the way I imagine it used to be - women sitting around a table, chatting, while their hands busy with the needle; some haven`t done any cross stitch for over a decade and were now happy to be reacquainted with the hobby... and of course, the real joy of seeing someone trying it for the first time.
Oh, and let`s not forget my personal Aha! moment for the night: after watching dozens of  YouTube videos and getting more and more frustrated because I simply cannot see the holes in crochet (I don`t always know what/where the chain is, so I stab my hook willy-nilly and end up with some shapeless thing, instead of e.g. the oval I had in mind). So anyway, thanks to the lovely Sue, I have FINALLY mastered the granny square!! Woo hoo! Last night I started a blanket with this sock yarn I`d bought ages ago from Lidl, when I wanted to try out knitting socks (conveniently forgetting that I don`t like the feel of knitted stuff against my feet, I barely put up with cotton socks), so anyway, I have 100g pale blue and 100g variegated, we`ll see how far I can go with these. At the moment, my blanket is about 10 cm square but now that I know the basics, the sky`s the limit! Happy crafting, peeps!


8 comments:

  1. How wonderful - meeting people, teaching them cross stitch and learning new things at the same time.. Congratulations on your Granny Square. it looks perfect! Happy stitching (and crocheting?)!

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  2. It was great, Katya, although I was mostly learning (and yapping, hehe), I left the teaching to others who do this thing properly, lol! ;)

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  3. Well, look, even crochet can work so beautifully. :)

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    1. Thank you, Violka - I`m just so happy I can do this now, it`s been so long since I wanted to learn it! :)

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  4. I'm amazed that people let you have a break from cross stitching long enough to try out the other crafts!! Congrats on the ceramic painting and look forward to seeing how big your crochet blanket gets!

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    1. Thanks, Elle, I hope it won`t take me years to turn it into a decent sized blanket, I`ll try to do a little bit every evening... well, that`s the plan, anyway. Hehe, I almost wrote, `yes, I`m on holiday just now` - I`m so absorbed in my own stuff, I almost forgot I have a deadline in a week... ooops! ;)

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  5. Lovely to see you too. I have forwarded on the blogpost to Audrey to give her some encouragement to put on another event.

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    1. Yes, yes Karen, please try to persuade her, it`d be so great! I`m already looking forward to it! :D

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