What Does One Wear To The 3 Wishes Faery Fest

We have been getting prepared for (Karen Kay’s) 3 wishes faery fest here and some conversations have been had as to what you wear to a faery fest!?

Well it is pretty obvious to say a faery outfit! But also pretty much anything!

3 wishes often has a theme for the weekend, mermaids, Alice in wonderland, mythical creatures, pixies, pirates, polka dots… you can dress to the theme, dress as a faery, or however you want. Some people are mermaids all weekend and some are pirates all weekend, some people dress to the theme all the time, some do as they wish…. you can wear whatever you like whenever you like, I am sure it is Karen’s aim for people to just be who they are!?

So here are a few photos of what we (and others) have worn over the years 😀

Take a good look at the people around the main focus of the picture … it gives you an idea of what people do wear… which, again, is anything!

steam punk Alice costume

3 Wishes faery fest chilling
people chilling

mad hatter 3 wishes

3 wishes conga 3 wishes people

3 Wishes faery fest hooping 3 Wishes faery fest playing

3 Wishes faery fest tresure

3 Wishes faery fest mermaids 3 Wishes faery fest steampunk

3 Wishes faery fest line

3 Wishes faery fest chilling stroling

3 Wishes faery fest fire pit

 We love going to the faery fest, we love the build up of it, talking about our outfits and making/planning them is all part of the fun…. this is were our festival gets started!

Our Craft Room

I have not been online in a few days as we have been moving the house around so things are a bit more accessible for me, well when I say ‘we’ what I mean is that hubby has done the moving and I have been ordering him around!

We have moved the lounge down to what was the study/craft room (where I stored my yarn) Then moved all the craft and study stuff up to the lounge/diner which we are now calling “the craft room” the dining table generally gets used as a craft table when we are not eating.

It is nice because we realised that the T.V was very distracting for everyone when it was on, we are hoping if it is out of the way then we can convince the children to focus more on doing rather than watching. In the past few months they have found more things on the T.V that they want to watch so less would be good!

We also realised the study was actually very big, we can have the T.V and sofas in the room with space to play on the floor, and as we only want the sofa and T.V in the room it is perfect!

The desk has been moved up (we have two steps separating the rooms) with the shelves and other bits. This means that my craft items and wool are easy to get to, and the children’s craft items have been moved too so we can all craft away together. It is nearer the table and desk for convenience. The desk is now a work desk for hubby but also a sewing desk and has plenty of room for cutting, he likes to sew as well as crochet, I got a good deal with this one 😀 Most importantly for hubby he is close to the rest of the family rather than stuck away in a cluttered room, and he can help me with fetching things and moving around now he is closer.

The best thing for me is that I can get to all the craft things and get help easily as well as being near everyone as we knit, sew and paint away, and we have kept a nice comfy chair up in the now ‘craft room’ for me to sit on. I don’t intend to go down to the lounge very often as I can not go up and down the steps very easily and it is too far away from the rest of the house (although it is right next to the craft room) I don’t use the T.V most of the day until the evening when we settle down after the children have gone to bed and watch something, often hubby sits and works and I knit, so this solution is ideal, we can be up in the craft room most of the day, working or crafting and being the family unit we want to be and I can access items and help easily without a huge commotion!

We have had a massive declutter and hopefully we can find a good sensible home for everything and make our lives that much easier.

we are still finding a home for everything but i am enjoying making the space workable for all of us 😀

 

 

Chocolate Bowls & Heart Sugar Cubes

I haven’t done all that much knitting in the last week or so, however I have managed to make a shawl and finish another so just a few to go.

I have been crafting away at a few other fun items, I had a few friends over for tea and I made some bits to have over the day,

I love my tea, I am so very British! but I wanted to try something a little different so I tried making sugar cubes!

not you boring square ones, what I wanted was roses and hearts!, unfortunately I could not find any roses but had fun making lots of hearts, you can do any shape you want using chocolate molds or ice cube trays, the possibility’s are endless when you start looking!

I made these hearts in different colours, and now I have tried and tested the colour ones I can tell you they really do not affect the colour or taste of your tea!

pink shaped sugar cubes, colored, heart shape

You only need a teeny bit of warm water with sugar to make these, it is best off to start with less and add more, you are just making the sugar damp, rather like when sugar goes lumpy because it is damp….like when kettle steam gets in the sugar pot…if it is too wet they don’t dry well in the molds and are too wet when you tern them out!

Once you have mixed the water into the sugar….be patient as it takes a while to spread it throughout the sugar, put it into the molds and leave for a while, then you can the turn it out, I recommend turning it out and then leaving it to dry some more to make sure it is all dry, don’t be afraid to play around with how much water you need till you get an idea of how much, it may take a few go’s.

When it came to doing colours I put the warm water in a bowl then added the food dye as the colour was very strong if not watered down! then I took from this coloured water to make colourd cubes….

You can also make ‘coffee cubes’ think how yummy it would be to have flavored cubes to go in your coffee, you can have vanilla or caramel, or even mint! so may coffee flavors out there to play with, just add syrup or flavoring to the sugar instead of water to make a flavored ‘coffee cube’

I also made some chocolate bowls, this was my first attempt at this, and I will defiantly be doing it again!

I have to admit..though I would rather not…my first attempt was not very successful! the chocolate was too thin and collapsed in on itself, so defiantly more is best!

the way to make bowls is to put melted-then cooled- choccy onto a balloon, make sure you clean and geese the balloon first, and I found having then squishy helped

chocolate bowls, chocolate on balloon white chocolate

I put the chocolate on with a palate knife, it does need to be quite thick so you can spread it onto the balloon!

chocolate bowls, chocolate on balloon white chocolate

Put them in the fridge and after they have cooled and gone hard you can cut the end off the balloon and take it away leaving you with a bowl 😀

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to make sure I had enough covering it and no holes I put on a nice layer of brown choccy and then once that was cool I put a layer of white over that filling in all the gaps and making sure it would be thick enough, this made the inside brown and outside white 😀

we put ice cream in ours yummy!

give it a try i am sure you will love them as much as we did!

 

 

 

Knitting Ages Well!?

My husband has an amazing jacket that is knitted and lined in fleece, unfortunately i did not make this for him but i did buy it! this jacket is quite old now, a good few years and he has worn it most days, it was a bright vibrant jacket very stunning, green with rainbow striped arms a real eye catcher.

As time went on the jacket faded but we never noticed, it has not gone bubbly or snagged even though it has been trough so much – gardening, playing about with kids, it has really stood up to the strains of daily life, but the other day we were looking at it and hubby commented on how old it was looking.He was right it does look very different now to what it did when I bought it, but it does not look old or faded it just looks like it is pastel colored rather than bright, it looks as if it is meant to be this color, if you didn’t know how bright and vibrant it was, you would never know it has faded now! perfect!

a few months

a few months

faded but looking good

Now faded but looking good

Now you may wonder why I am rambling on about an old jacket…it brings me back to our trip to bath.

I remember seeing many pictures of the yarn bombing out side the  Kaffe Fassett exhibition, the lamps in particular….they were bright and colorful and so stunning against the green bank behind, when we went the knitting was (so i was told) a bit more faded, the sun and the rain had made the bright knits lighter in color, BUT they were still so amazing and stunning and you would never know that they were faded at all!

 

Kaffe Fassett exhibition- bath American museum, yarn bomb bright colorful lamp post Rosie wilks Kaffe Fassett exhibition- bath American museum, yarn bomb bright coloufull lamp post Rosie Kaffe Fassett exhibition- bath American museum, yarn bomb bright colorful lamp post Rosie wilkswilks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They were lovely bright colors and so pretty to look at, still super colorful, I can only imagine how amazing they were a few months ago because they were fantastic when we went!

The closer you got the more stunning the yarn was,

Kaffe Fassett exhibition- bath American museum, yarn bomb bright colorful lamp post Rosie wilks Kaffe Fassett exhibition- bath American museum, yarn bomb bright colorful lamp post Rosie wilks

Putting things outside really is great, they age well and still catch your eye after months outside, this idea of aging items has given me some inspiration!

Another idea to add to my list of things to do…one day!

Free knitting Pattern, Boobies for mums (and mum’s to be)

We don’t talk about boobs much do we, it’s one of those Taboo words, I often find myself wondering why it is such a taboo word!

yes! yes! I can see why it is sometimes, we do have far too much media of woman flashing their boobs about for money, game’s, movies and TV!

well I am one of those woman who some would say ‘flashed’ her boobs about! in Public! quite a lot! and there is nothing wrong with it! at dinner, in a restaurant, and even at a party!

go back 7 years and walking down the street and shopping with them ‘visible’ would have been an average day,

now while I see that this is completely unnecessary and not what is ‘normal’ but would you change your view if I said I was doing my best as a mother, feeding my baby with my milk but at the same time I was not going to hide away indoors for months (years) on end!

breastfeeding is the best thing I have done for my children, it was hard and frustrating and at times soooo painful that words cannot describe it, BUT it was also the best and most treasured thing I have done, the memories and the bonding was so valuable!

I breastfed my son for about 9 moths, I expressed to start with and breastfed but after a couple of months I had to start with ‘top up’s’ due to him having been premature and not putting on enough weight, I am not sure if this was necessary now I know more about breastfeeding (mostly thanks to The Leaky Boob and leakies ) but I did what I thought right at the time and I do not regret this!

Although I feel breastfeeding is first choice I also feel people should not feel bad or unhappy if the choose not to or cannot, it’s important but so is happiness!

my daughter was born late! I was told there was no way she would be late and to prepare for another early baby, so when I got to 40weeks it was a shock! by the time she arrived I was barely walking and the birth really wiped me out, breastfeeding was a must! I never ‘decided’ I would breast feed over bottle feed I was brought up to believe you breastfeed and then formula is there for if we can’t, it just never really crossed my mind to start with a bottle! with both children I didn’t buy any formula in advance, only when I was told we needed it! I couldn’t really make bottles and had no energy for the washing and making them up, at the time I couldn’t really even lift the kettle so it suited us very well, it was just easier! we breastfed till she was just over two, when due to one of my medical problems we had to stop, but I am happy that we did as long a we did.

when I had my son I had to express while in hospital and once he was out of hospital I had to express and measure his milk then record it so that the doctors/midwives/nurses could see he was getting the right amount of milk, it seemed he was getting the right amount but not putting on weight so this is why we had to move over to formula 😦

so flash forward to now, my local breastfeeding group, (also on facebook) who supported me a lot with my daughter, asked for Knitted Boobies and naturally I thought this was great, I really could have done with this first time round, the idea is that they can then use them to teach mothers how to express, both by hand and with a pump, and how to line baby up for a better latch, it is so useful for many things! so i picked up my needles and knitted one up.

I know that if there where some of these around when I had my son it would have been so useful for me, it would have made explaining so much easier!

I have since learned that there are people who have had breast cancer and have used knitted boobs after a mastectomy, i know people in the uk have used boobs very similar to this one via breastfeeding support groups, i am not sure my pattern will suit all as some groups have set patterns to stick to but if you want to knit for a cancer boob charity this will point you in the right direction x

And here is a good start, both these links are US charity’s.

so if you can please knit up some and send them out to you local breastfeeding groups, children centers and maternity units or if you know of anyone collecting the for cancer patients you could see about using the links above and knit for them xxx

I used;

Double knit yarn, but as long as you use the same type of yarn for the whole pattern it shouldn’t matter too much

Two colours a larger amount for the main and a small amount for the nipple

Any colours are ok, some people will prefer a more ‘normal’ colour and some a more colourful ‘fun’ boob!

Different yarns will create different sizes which is absolutely ok because were not all the same right!?

1 ball is more than enough

Pair of 3¼ mm needles/UK size 10/us size 3 but to be honest it doesn’t matter too much on the size!

pattern

Cast on 73 stitches

Cast on 73 stitches

Work stocking stitch (knit one row purl one row)

Work stocking stitch (knit one row purl one row)

work 20 rows of stocking stitch

21st row: k2, *K2 tog, K5, rep from * to last st k1

Purl row

next row:  K2, *K2 tog, K4, rep from * to end

Purl row

K2, *K2 tog, K3, rep from * to end

change to other yarn

and purl

next row: K2, *K2 tog, K2, rep from * to end

purl

K2, *K2 tog, K1, rep from*  to end

purl

K2, *K2 tog, rep from * to last st, k1

work 4 rows stocking  stitch

slip all these stitches to other needle

slip all these stitches to other needle

Break yarn, starting with stitch at point of needle, thread through remaining stitches

I do this by doing a knit st and instead of keeping stitch on needle I pull the yarn through,

knit st and keeping st on needle pull the yarn through

knit st and keeping st on needle pull the yarn through

draw up and fasten off.

draw up and fasten off.

Sew sides together

Sew sides together

make a draw string stitch around the base of the nipple

thread draw string trough and pull a little

thread draw string trough and pull a little

tighten just enough to make it nipple shape, don’t worry if its a little wonky!

for the bottom it is best to crochet a circle, a knitted one stretches a bit too much, I got half way on my knit and realised it wouldn’t work!

to crochet a  circle I made this up but if you have a better way go for it because this took me a while!

I should at this point to tell you I am not a crocheter, only around knitting edges and boarders so I found this hard!

I used a 4mm hook so it would be a bit quicker, I don’t think size matters but as your stuffing it the gaps shouldn’t be too big

make a ring for crochet, there are a few ways to do this a magic ring is good if you know how

9 double crochet (Dc) into ring (you can do any number you are happy with but the hole shouldn’t be too big)

join with a slip stitch in first chain and work in the round

round1: Dc in each st

round1: 2dc in each st

i changed to treble, because it was quicker!

round1: 1 treble (Tr) in each st

remembering to slip stitch the round together and chain up!

round1: 2 Tr in each st

Rep last 2 rounds until your circle fits the base

crochet circle for base

crochet circle for base

Instead of fastening off I used the last stitch to attach the base by using a slip stitch all the way around attaching base to boob

on a previous one I sewed it in place and I found crocheting them together was neater!

Left sewn, Right crochet

Left sewn, Right crochet

matching pair...almost!

matching pair…almost!

AND FINALLY

nursing my daughter, about 7 months

nursing my daughter, about 7 months

how many projects can one have!?

when people ask me what are you knitting at the moment I am sure they regret this question! why? because I have a lot of things on the go at one time, people tell me that i really should finish them up so that I can concentrate on one thing at a time, but that’s just not me!

It’s something like this…. i have one very long term project such as a lace shawl, its lace work so complicated I cannot do it when talking or when the children are around, and with my health up and down I sometimes don’t work on it for weeks on end, but I’m happy with that, I know it is there and I will get it done! iIm not one to give up on things easily!

I will also have something like a jumper or cardigan around to knit up, whether it be for me or someone else, sometimes really  easy ones and sometimes more complicated, they don’t tend to take me more than a few weeks to complete and I can do them when the children are around or over tea with friends.

Now I don’t usually stop at just two, I go to a knitting circle on a Monday and I always need something really easy because we are so chatty and we help each other learn things so I take something super easy, a Knit for the school PTA or some hand warmers and I will do these at home too when I just want something to keep my hands busy,

Then on top of that I will have some knit that my son has asked for or something I have seen or thought up and thought “I’ll just knit that up quickly” I love making up my own patters and designs or adapting patterns others have made so I will pick up some needles to try something that is going trough my head, sometimes it works sometimes…well we just wont talk about that!

I can’t help myself when there are so many good causes that need knitters to help raise money or make something, I will often put all my other projects aside for a day or so to knit up something for a good cause! (i am sure that there is somewhere near you or you could post something to a charity, the patterns are usually quite easy so give it a go!)

Oh and I crochet a little too.

I like having lots of projects going so that no matter what the situation I have something I can knit

Last night I had a push to finish a few things as they were nearly finished but as soon as I was done I had that feeling of ‘what can I do next’ I still have 2 that are going to take a while to finish but just cant help having another one going! but that’s just me I like to have lots to do and think about, often I will pick up my needles to learn something new and before I know it that has turned into a new project even if it is just another sleeping bag for school!

although I do like having lots of things going there are times when I am a bit overwhelmed with the amount I have taken on and I do have to prioritise what needs doing and one by one finish them, and if I’m not careful I forget were I am, what I was doing or what I changed on one part and need to change on another! so have learnt that notes are very important!

So one can have many projects, but if one does then many needles are required!!

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