Sunday, July 8, 2012

And then there crept a little noiseless noise among
the leaves, /Born of the very sigh that silence heaves.
-John Keats. “I stood on tiptoe”

Hello to all! It is so cold here today and to look outside the window, one would think that it looks rather nice outside, until you step foot outside. Pixie and I went to the shops this morning and by the time we got to the car I was chilled to the core. I suppose it was not long ago that I was complaining about the heat we were having, and now it is the cold that troubles me.
I have been busily trying to get an Olympic Games display set up in the library before I went on holidays and a friend of mine came up with a fantastic idea for the display. Karen loves scrapbooking and she had a plan for my display. The idea for a 3 tear look (I’m sure there is a proper name for that!), the telephone box, letter box and bus at the back, the Olympic rings in the middle and the words ‘London 2012’ at the front. The whole thing can be folded down and stored away when we have finished with it. The idea is like when you open a book or a birthday card, the layers pop up. Karen also made the Big Ben while she was at it and I must say I am very impressed with the end result. Thanks for your help with the display Karen, you are super!!! Since the photo I have added posters and information to the back pin-up board and will continue to add as much as I can in the way of resources on my return to work.

I am not a scrap book fanatic myself, however while Karen is encouraging me to get interested in it, I have noted that it could be a very handy craft to help decorate my displays. So I bought this paper punch and can make a nice little border for the edging of the pin-up boards in the library.

Meanwhile, as I am on holidays, I have started to make a couple of dolls for another school library in our town. I don’t have a pattern for these two, but the idea is not mine. I have seen a photo on the net and just free hand sketched the pattern to how I wanted it. I still need to stuff them and sew the bottoms up.

I really wanted to show you my knitting project and I have almost finished stitching it up, so I will show you in a few days time. I have been searching the net for a free ladies cardigan pattern to knit for myself. I am not having much luck so far, as everything I find is not the right ply. I want to knit something in 8 ply and seem to be finding lots knitted in 10 ply yarn. I will continue my search. I don’t know if other knitter’s out there are having the same trouble as me with patterns. I can’t get my head around the different knitting terms these days and it’s really making me prickly. The term psso (pass slip stitch over) has been replaced with ssk????? And there are many other terms that have been renamed and it takes me as long to investigate the terminology as it does to knit!!!! Helpful Heather has given me some knitting books to look through and find some patterns, probably to stop me from moaning so much!! Lol. Nothing like the good old vintage patterns.
Some of my friends have had a rough road lately and you are all in my thoughts. Young Abbie is 6 years old and has just gone in for heart surgery to block up two holes in her heart. Hope you’re feeling better soon Ab’s! Thinking of Vickie as well, hope your recovery is speedy girl. When I was young I often heard ‘the oldies’ saying as long as they have their health that is all that matters. I used to wonder what that was all about and now I know. Next time I drop by I hope to have some knitting to show you, but now I am turning that kettle on and having a cuppa. Enjoy your lovely weekend everyone.

Cheers, Anita.


Seams Sew Together said...

Anita, your display is looking great, its a whole new world scrapbooking, I would love to get into it but time is limited. Enjoy your holidays!!

Karen said...

Your London Olympic display looks great. The kids will really enjoy all that hard work.
Now I do have a warning about scrap booking. It can be just as addictive as sewing! Watch out.
Have fun with the dolls. I like the look of those. And I hope you find a suitable knitting pattern. I have decided I need to start knitting for a certain grandie, too. Wish me luck!

Wendy said...

I don't know if you're on ravelry, but you can search the patterns using "4" ply... it might help? I think I know where to find the pattern for those dolls if you're interested? I'm pretty sure I pinned them


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