Project inspiration

Project inspiration

This is my aim of this challenge. I would like to be able to crochet this simple yet gorgeous colour cowl before the end of the year.

I can’t get hold of Lion brand yarn here in the UK, so i’m going to have to substitute it for something similar..
If you have any ideas then please let me know.
(photo courtesy of Lionbrand.com)

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So here goes..

So I have decided to learn how to crochet. My mum has given me her only crochet hook, (she only knits) She has tried to crochet and doesn’t like it. I, on the other hand have tried to knit a few times and every time I have given up. I just can’t cope with two needles and yarn to worry about. So I asked if she had any spare/ leftover wool in her stash that I could use to practice with. So I have at my disposal a dove grey dk weight yarn and two skeins of wonderful chunky weight wool from Sirdar’s ‘Click’ range in Loganberry. 

Among my pile of magazines I buy every month, I have a new favourite. ‘Mollie Makes’ is a great new inspirational magazine full of projects, interviews and more importantly, a list of suppliers throughout the UK. There are lots of places to learn how to crochet/ knit or quilt (whatever takes your fancy..really) I will be taking a class at my local wool/craft shop, Knitwise in Ormskirk, Lancashire as well as the Howcast videos online. I am slowly turning into an advocate for learning to crochet online. Its great!! I can see how its done online and I can follow the videos until I get the hang of the different stitches. I am hoping to make an infinity scarf/ cowl before Christmas

I will keep you posted.. 

Emma

Currently reading..

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I have been reading books everyday since I can remember. I LOVE books! I read books like people read newspapers.. (I read those too) Are books my escapism.. Quite possibly. As you maybe aware, I am currently unemployed. This means that between job searches and running my daily errands, I have an amount of free time that I’m not likely to see again. So I have been using this time to read books and continue to educate myself. I like to think that I am an ‘educated’ person. In the photo above, you can see my current reading list*. A heady mixture of social media analysis, consumer history, British cinema and analysis of the human mind. This is a list of books that are interesting to me. And hopefully for you too.

Barbara Vine; The Minotaur. this book is actually written by Ruth Rendell, the British publishing powerhouse who came to popularity through crime drama and her creation, Chief Inspector Wexford. With the tagline ‘There is madness in the family’. Discussing the taboo subject of mental illness and mental competence. I’m looking forward to this

Clay Shirky; Cognitive Surplus; With more free time on our hands then ever before, society has become dependent on technology. Because of this our ‘cognitive surplus’; the collective surfeit of time, intellect and energy at our disposal. So what have we filled our time with? Television, sitcoms and social media. This is a fascinating read from a leading academic with a writing style that endears him to his reader. Read this and look into the future.

Jon Ronson; The Psychopath test; A journey through the madness industry. Ronson, throughout the book asks himself and of course the reader, What is normal? I don’t know about you but I have asked myself about this many times. The book stemmed from the thought of “What if society wasn’t fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity?”  Just this alone makes me want to read this.

Lindy Woodhead: Shopping, seduction and Mr Selfridge. Charts the story behind one of London’s most iconic department stores. Selfridges. Synonymous with its yellow bags, Selfridges opened in 1909 with the belief that shopping could be seductive and releasing ‘the showman of shopping’ on to the world stage. By 1947 Mr Selfridge died penniless and ousted from his revolutionary store under new management. Showcasing 20th century consumerism the author explores the rise and fall of a pioneer and his lasting impact on the department stores of today.

Matthew Sweet: Shepperton Babylon: Set against the famous studios at their height of Production, Shepperton Babylon gives the tantalising insights into the walls of the film studios. British cinema was the my subject of my dissertation back in 2010. I love British cinema and its something that I try to keep up with. British cinema is gritty but there is more to it then Guy Ritchie and James Bond. Back in the 20’s Society was class ridden and claustrophobic, In a word.. Boring. This celebrates the exciting gold rush era of lost geniuses and glamour. The lost and forgotten world of British cinema.

* The only book that is missing from this is David Hewson’s The Killing. Sarah Lund is finally here in the UK and I can’t wait. 

If you have read these books before, please share your opinion.

Emma

Latest knitwear additions

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The jumper and scarf above are the latest additions to my knitwear wardrobe. The jumper was bought in a small village wool shop in north wales. Using local wool, the ladies had knitted it as a sample with leftover wool sample from a local farm. I saw it displayed in the window and immediately fell in love. You know that feeling when you just had to have it..? I walked out the shop with a beautifully hand wrapped parcel and a huge smile on my face. The price.. £2!!! They wouldn’t let me pay anymore because they didn’t pay for the wool.. That’s one shop I will be visiting again. And strangely enough its the only cable knit jumper I own. 

details of the cable knit..

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The scarf was hand knitted for me by my mum. I love this scarf its HUGE!! The photograph doesn’t do it justice. I love this blanket scarf so much.. its so light and warm. The scarf wool is by Rico designs and is from their ‘big creative’ range. 1 ball 1 scarf wool is very popular this year. I will be living in this winter.. But I know that I won’t be able to persuade mum to knit another one as she hated this one, 10mm needles made her hands really sore.. 

I will just have to make the most of it.. What have you been adding to your knitwear collections..? 

Emma

An inspired idea from Christian.. Keep an eye out for this..

Cristian Mihai

A few months ago I had this idea. I don’t remember where I was or what I was doing, but I do remember that it felt like a very good idea. I didn’t write it down, but I didn’t forget it either.

The thing was that I wanted to build a new website. One that would act as a sort of art/culture platform for promoting young artists. Writers, painters, photographers, you name it. You know, the type of website that would review independent movies and self-published books.

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