Thread, Needles and Pins

knitting personality test and other crafty things June 8, 2012

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On a little surfing journey today came across this, and thought it was fun, s0 sharing with all you lovely people out there!

Try out this knitting personality test and see what you come up with. It looks like I’m a Contented Knitter, although I’m not so sure that theres not a little of the ‘Artistic’ knitter in me as well, although probably fairly well hidden.

As for the 30 Days of Creativity – I take part in swaps on two different web sites – Craftster and Milliande, and have been busy doing things for those. I managed to do 2 art journal pages for a Milliande swap (replacements as the first ones seem to have been lost in the post) and finished some crochet for a Craftster swap (will post pictures when they have been received.) I also started a Spotty-tailed platypus, although I struggled with my counting (up 3!!) so didn’t get very far.

I have also been doing things with the boys – started a Knights helmet to go with the coif I crocheted (wet newspaper takes for *ever* to dry!)and did some drawing with both of them.



Kite making and flying fun! June 4, 2012

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trying to get the kite flying

Mister 3 with his kite – it did fly with a bit of help from running!

 Mister 3 and I left daddy and Mister 1 at home and went to investigate the kite making that was going on at a local open space.

They had a selection of ready made kite kits from Kite Kids, which were very easy to put together, with everything included in the kit (including the sticky bits!).

The people organising the kite making also supplied permanent pens, glitter glue pens, glue, glitter and paint. Unfortunately the gluey stuff and paints didn’t work so well because they took to long to dry, and if I was going to do this then I would use the permanent pens and stickers to decorate the kites.

Whatever the drying issues – the kids all had a great time decorating and making the kites, and an even better time trying to fly them. Just a shame that the wind wasn’t strong enough to get them up properly, but a lot of energy was used up running up and down trying to get the kites in the air.

This was a great way to combine the 30 Days of Crafting with some fun time for Mister 3 ­čÖé


30 Days of Creativity June 3, 2012

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Someone recently introduced me to 30 Days of Creativity.

I have decided to try to complete this challenge, and am on track so far *phew*! Although we’re only 3 days in – doing something every day is difficult for me, so being on track, even for this short length of time, is unusual. I’m going to do my best to keep it up, but I might end up missing a day or 2, and trying to catch up at a later date.

On the 1st I made a coif from the pattern on Lorajean’s Magazine blog. The pattern was really easy to follow, worked up really well, and looks really realistic! I thoroughly recommend this pattern if you have a little knight!

My little knight modeling the coif.

Yesterday I did more crochet – again from a free online pattern, this time from (this pattern). Love the fact that the same pattern gives various options so that you can make different animals from the same basic shape.

And for today?
Well, there’s a kite making and flying workshop going on locally today, so going to take my little knight down to that in a little while, and depending on what happens, I might go back with little knights little brother. Combining crafting with family with fun – best thing ever!


Welcome June 2, 2012

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Why ‘Thread, Needles and Pins’? Simple really – thats what I use most in my crafting.

Thread can be anything from fine sewing thread for hand and machine sewing, through to super chunky knitting wool, and taking in lots of different threads in between.
I use the thread with various different tools – sewing needles – both hand and machine, knitting needles (or pins if you prefer) and crochet hooks.

I will be back soon with posts of things I have done recently!