Wednesday, 31 August 2011

WIP Wednesday

feeling woolly but lonesome

We're going pom pom mad at The Woolly Brew this week... preparing for Wool Week next week.

We're supporting Eden Arts' FLOCK, a public art project, by making lots of pom poms with wool and turning them into sheep.

This little fella will soon be joined by many more.  We're pitching up at St Monans Primary School on Tuesday 6th with a bag of wool and lots of cardboard bits to make some with the Primary 6 and 7s.  And we'll be making more at Stitches at Harbour Howff that night too!

There are a few UFOs lying around too - a wee bit of sewing up* should see Michelle's girl's cardigan finished, Karen's Louisa Harding handwarmer finished and the DROPS toddler dress too.. but who can resist pom pom making?

*Fiona's cardigan needs another 5cm of twisted cable rib over nearly 200 stitches - so it will take a little bit more than sewing up to get it finished...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

WIP Wednesday

Something a little bit different this week...

Love Wool week is 5th -11th September. Love Wool UK (supported by the Campaign for Wool) is a celebration of wool and people's enthusiasm for it - so that they can become part of the Campaign for Wool. Anyone or any organisation can take part, all they have to do, is do something with wool! You can choose to do knitting, felting, crafting, spinning, dyeing, weaving -  as long as real wool is used.

When you register your interest and your 'event' at the Love Wool website you get access to free patterns produced by Jamieson & Smith

Jamieson & Smith handwarmers

The Woolly Brew have signed  up - we're going to be supporting the Eden Arts public art project - FLOCK.

FLOCK is designed to encourage people to use their creativity while also supporting one of Cumbria’s oldest and most valuable industries – sheep farming.  The FLOCK art installation will be made up of thousands of pom-pom sheep, made out of sheep’s wool.

You can read more about it and download your own pom pom sheep kit at Join the Flock.

So this weeks WIP is lots of sheep heads and limbs...

We'll be putting them altogether at Stitches (Harbour Howff, St Monans from 7.30pm) on 6th September during Wool Week.

Get ready for the cuteness!

Monday, 22 August 2011

lovely yarn

Debbie Bliss Paloma - super chunky squishy

We've created a Lovely Yarn photo album on Facebook with some yarns that may be in the shop in December - you really need to see and squeeze them... one of the many reasons why we're opening a Local Yarn Shop!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

From Bonnets to Berets - the final total!

This years Pittenweem Arts Festival knitting project, From Bonnets to Berets, raised £1788 split between 3 charities - Community First Responders, East Neuk Emergency Trust and the Pittenweem Arts Festival. 

This was despite the rain!  Or perhaps the wet weather helped?

Well done to Anne-Marijke Querido and all the knitters, sitters and everyone who helped make the exhibition such a success.

Anne-Marijke would like to pass on her thanks to all who contributed.

Get your needles ready for the 2012 exhibition... details to be revealed by Anne-Marijke in the New Year.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

WIP Wednesday

busy busy at Stitches last night

Katia Ondas

Roses by Louisa Harding in  Grace Silk & Wool from Queen of Hearts
giant hexagon patchwork!

Join us every Tuesday from 7.30pm at Harbour Howff, St Monans.  We're there every Tuesday but its best to check out our Facebook page for regular updates!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

felt flower workshop at the Pittenweem Arts Festival

During the Pittenweem Arts Festival we held two workshops based on our Felt Flower kit.

We were fully booked for both days and we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our young crafters - aged between 7 and 11 years old and we also had two adults taking part too!

We didn't manage to take any photos during our Tuesday workshop but we did manage today.!

If you want you own Felt Flower kit you can buy one from us during the Pittenweem Arts Festival (we're at Venue 58 Ovenstone Artists).

You can see find some felt flower tutorials ideas here and if you want to know when our next workshop will be please sign up for our newsletter too!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

WIP Wednesday

er... not much knitting this week, or at least no photographic evidence of it...  Fiona is still working on her cardigan, Poppy and sock and is now knitting three doughnuts ahead of a birthday party on Sunday.  Karen is knitting  her Drops toddler dress

We have been knitting some swatches with yarn we'd like to stock in the shop...  Photos of that and some finished doughnuts will follow later this week!

Until then here is a lovely yarn, Manos Lace, and some Ravelry links for possible projects..

Manos Lace
Wray by Lily Kate France
Whisper Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Annis by Susanna IC

Remember we're  at Ovenstone Artists Studios during the Pittenweem Arts Festival until Sunday 14th August!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Pittenweem Arts Festival -some photos...

our kits

BIG basket of yarn to stroke

books to flick through

paintings by Anne Barclay

During the Festival (at Venue 58), we're also having a knit-in on Wednesday 10th August, 10am -12pm.  Just bring your knitting or crochet and we'll bring the tea and cake and you can let us know what you want from your Local Yarn Shop.  We'll also have some yarns, shade cards and books for you to check out (sorry - not for sale yet!).

Thursday, 4 August 2011

From Bonnets to Berets

some hats, the one on the right was a WIP a few weeks ago!

We've mentioned From Bonnets to Berets several times and you now have a chance to see all the hats knitted for this wonderful exhibition at the Pittenween Arts Festival (6th - 14th August).

From Bonnets to Berets is a knitting project organised by Anne-Marijke and the Pittenweem knitters with contributions from far and wide. This is the third year there has been a knitting display at Pittenweem Arts Festival, last year it was tea cosies and the year before that it was fishes.

Anne-Marijke says, "The concept for this year’s knitting project has evolved directly from last year’s. Instead of keeping teapots warm, we decided we could do the same for our heads!  Knitted hats are not only practical, but these days they are also a real fashion statement!"

"Most knitters supporting this project come from the local community.  However, many have talked enthusiastically to friends and family, resulting in a much extended group reaching as far as America and Australia!  The hats that make up the display are all individual, reflecting each knitter’s creativity."
"Thanks to the generous support of the public last year, the sale of tea cosies raised over £2,400 for Macmillan Nurses, which topped the amount of the previous year when the knitted fish auction raised £1,700 for the RNLI".

All the hats are for sale and the proceeds will support 3 organisations -Community First Responders, East Neuk Emergency Trust and the Pittenweem Arts Festival.

If you want to come along and see the finished exhibit and buy one you can find it at Venue 76 (Church Hall kitchen)

We would highly recommend making a visit - to support worthy causes and also to see the variety of hats on display.  Not just the colours, style and yarns but the variety of construction techniques is amazing!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

WIP Wednesday

some photos from last nights Stitches...

Anne Marijke brought a new yarn to the group - Ocean by Tivoli (Ravlery link).  She was doing a gauge swatch last night - 5mm is fine!

Michelle is on her last sleeve of her pretty cardigan for her daughter.

Ann is finishing off a baby cardigan and I finished an arm!

Karen is working on her dress and I've finally reached the rib of my Peggy Sue.


Monday, 1 August 2011

crochet cosies - not just for tea

from block-a-day, found via Craftzine

I've seen lots of crochet cosies recently - not just tea but jars, stools and clothes hangers...

I posted the stool cosy from block-a-day on Facebook but here are a few more...

Kristen on Ikea Hackers

from Wood & Wool found via Ohdeedoh

from dottie angel

Karen M. Anderson
dottie angel