Monday, 22 November 2010

Climate of Fear (h/t WOAR)

Mrs Raft has suggested that making soup is a great way to occupy oneself in the current doom and gloom. Since October I have found that crochet is a fairly nifty distraction and also helps the repetitive strain injury caused by gripping the computer mouse.

Progress has been made and I like making things to keep people warm. I leave the soup to Elby as he somehow makes it taste like more than the sum of it's parts. When I make it, it tastes like hot water with onions and vegetables floating in it.

This is the first thing I made. It is a machine washable cot blanket for Elby's first grandchild, due in March.

This came next, an alpaca beanie, sadly too small to fit anyone but me :-)

Then I made this for a friend's doll. No pattern, just trial and error, proving how simple it is.

I just finished this shawl this weekend. It is alpaca/merino/silk mix yarn and feels utterly lush. The wool was a bargain (only £12 for the four skeins it took to make). A Christmas present.

These are for a cushion, made in a lovely cotton yarn. Another pressie.

Now I go to sleep wondering about colour combinations and wool densities rather than fretting about the Euro Gendarmerie, or the national debt.


Woman on a Raft said...

The alpaca beanie is gorgeous - love those colours. Is is comfy?

lilith said...

Thank you WOAR :-) It is super comfy, and very soft. I forget I am wearing it until I get too hot!

Sen. C.R.O'Blene said...

Lils, these are exquisite!

I always admire such skill with fine implements, whch of course you understand well and have these to prove it, but putting together such individual objects takes so much patience, that I wonder if your spluttering candles and congenial hymn-humming with Elbers these dark nights, can cope with the satisfaction you must get from the end result...

That hat is superb, and you musn't sell it on Ebay! You did warn us that you were taking this up some time ago, and what a result!

You've actually made me think of darning some socks now, but did you know that Clint Eastwood did tapestry for relaxation?

Electro-Kevin said...

Novelty cod pieces ?

lilith said...

Kev, pick the one you like best and I'll make it for you.

lilith said...

Thank you kind Scrobs! Soon I shall be able to make you some new socks: darning needles can be dangerous and I don't want you taking any more risks than you already do.

I didn't know that about Clint. The man is a constant source of surprise to me ;-)

Nomad said...

Beautiful and brilliant. I too especially like your little hat. You obviously have lots of hidden talent that just needed discovering.

BUT, beware the upcoming clutter!!

Some 20 years ago, Mrs Nomad was taught quilting by an American lady who happened to live next door and who offered some lessons.

Since then Mrs N has become quite an expert and the house (or rather the store cupboards) despite over the years giving away at least a dozen to friends and relatives, are full to bursting with magnificent multi-coloured hand-made quilts, each of which is completely different from all the others. We regularly interchange three of them as a cover on our bed and others are used in the guest rooms when we have visitors to stay.

The things you buy in the shops quite cheaply are quilted by machine, but hers are all done meticulously by hand and I have nothing but admiration for her patience and craftsmanship.

Keep up the good work Lilith and if you ever produce a quilt please past a piccy on here.

Nomad said...


Elby the Beserk said...


Quilts. Yes. We have the American Museum not far away, which has, as you would imagine, a wonderful collection of quilts. I haven't been since my kids were small (now 27 to 35), so thank you for reminding me. We must go. Fine garden with Crown Imperials as well, I recall.

Nomad said...

Elby: the last time we visited the South Island of NZ we puttered down the small coastal road through the Caitlins. On the way we came to a tiny township/village with maybe 10-12 shops along its only street. I can't remember the name but it may have been Kaitanga. One of the shops was a quilt shop which displayed a large number of them, all hand made by the local sheep farmers' wives (from the wool from their own sheep probably!). Of course, we had to stop and have a look - and spent the next 2 hours just yakking with the ladies in there. Mrs N was doing the yakking and having a whale of a time too as the locals were surprised to see a foreigner who was also a quilter. Not me though! I went off to the cafe along the road for a flat white and one the NZ's famous meat pies. Happily no quilts were purchased as we had no space in the suitcases, but some of them were really superb examples of what can be done with odd scraps of material and a few yards of cotton. Worth a visit if ever you happen to pass that way one of these days when L decides to show you where her roots lie.

lilith said...

Quilts! Fantastic!

It is all about how you combine the colours.

Hemulen said...

I've just made some knitting needles for my homework!

lilith said...

that is cool homework H. How do you make knitting needles?

Hemulen said...

5mm dowel, wooden beads on the end, touch of glue to hold if you have to, sharpen the other end with a pencil sharpener, then sand the whole thing, so the point is more rounded, then wax with beeswax.

Cost me 20p :-)