Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Pattern give-away

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To end the year well I'd like to give away a copy of my running man pattern. To enter leave a comment and make sure you leave me your ravelry ID (its free to sign up if you aren't a member yet) as it is much easier to ensure you recieve updates this way :)
here's the ravelry link

And here's some pictures of items made with the pattern:

a running foursome

St Nicolas - Sinterklaas

Sunflower Fairy front

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Viking Hat pattern

I have made several of these in the past couple of months for 18month olds and for a 30 something collegue of hubby. here goes:

Euan's viking hat

Yarn DK in grey white and brown (or any other combo of colours I might make a pink one for my sister)
3.5mm dpn or circs ( I magiclooped it everytime)
a darningneedle
stuffing for the horns

Cast on 112 stitches (take of 8 for a childs head and 16 for an infant) with grey
knit 2 rows
purl one row
knit one row
Bubble row k2 *kbubble k4* around to the last 2 st k2
k the entire row
purl entire row
k entire row
switch to brown
k 20 rows (more if you like the hat to be longer)
start the decreases
k10 k2tog around
knit
k9 k2tog around
knit
k8 k2tog around
knit
k7 k2tog around
knit
k6 k2tog around
knit
k5 k2tog around
knit
k4 k2tog around
knit
k3 k2tog around
knit
k2 k2tog around
knit
k1 k2tog
knit
k2tog

break weave trough remaining live stitches and pull up tight.

Horns
cats on 20 and knit 10 rows (again more if yo'd like longer horns)
now for the turn kep 10 stitches aside you will only work on the first 10 stitches.
k9 wrap and turn
purl back to the last stitch wrap and turn.
Keep doing this until you have 2 unwrapped stitches left.
knit those two stitches and knit the first wrapped stitch wrap the next stitch and turn
purl back and purl your first wrapped stitch wrap & turn
keep doing this untill all wrapped stitches have been worked add the other 10 stitches back on your needles and knit 5 rows (again more if you want)
starting the decreases
k3 k2tog around
knit
k2 k2tog around
knit
k1 k2tog around
knit
k2tog around

break yarn pull up tight trough the remaining live stitches, make another one.
stuff and attach them about 3 cms from the top on either side of the hat done!

Super Simple whistle case pattern

penny whistles

Its incredbilly simple and quick too. I made these for the penny whistles for hubby and Euan for Christmas. you could easily make this wider make sure you have an uneven number so its easy to place the button hole.

Use a DK weight yarn with a 4mm hook (size G?)

Chain 11
first dc in the 2nd loop from hook, dc to the end chain 1 turn
dc to the end chain 1 turn (twice
button hole row: dc 4 chain 2 dc 4
dc 4 dc 1 in the chains dc 4 chain and turn
Work the entire piece in dc until your piece measures the lenght of your whistle plus 4 or 5 centimeters for the flap.

Crochet a sc around both edges of the case to connect the front and the back.
weave in your ends and you're done :)

I need to come back to add the lenght of our whistle but right now I have hubby in the present room working and I forgot to check this morning lol!

Planning for grade 1

We have everything planned out for our eldest to start grade 1 in the new year. I was met with some surprised confusion. Januari? but school starts in September here.

The first time I was a bit confused about this comment, after all he won't be going to school so if I'm not going to stick to their curriculum why would I stick to the schedule?
So my reasons for starting in Januari are 1 british summers never happen during school holidays, they happen in short bursts troughout the summer, so imho their is no point in a summer holiday. 2 december with all the festivals is such a busy month I would much rather not fight over lessons then and take it very easy with "school" stuff and 3 because I can! lol!

So we'll be using ALGF supplemented as and when I need to with various books. for music we'll be using Jodie Messlers "living music from the heart" James will be taking on this part since he allready plays the whistle. And then we will supplement with arts and crafts troughout the year. Since we allready do a lot of this there will not be any huge changes there.

I have to admit that I also bought the ebook planner from ALGF just because it allready had everything I want in a planner and for $10 I couldn't make it myself. Its undated so I can use it for the rest of their schoollife and beyond! (ok that was a bit of buzz lightyear slipping in there....)

Euan is getting a basket full of new crayons new pencils and his whistle with a nice red MLB for xmas so he has a little bundle of just school bits that won't be used by the twins (mainly because Willow likes to eat crayons when does that stop?)

So yes I am quite looking forward to the new year and looking forward to starting this new adventure with Euan.

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We hebben alles gepland voor onze oudste om de eerste klas te beginnen in januari. Hier kreeg ik nogal verraste reacties op, want ja school begint hier in september.

Toen ik dit de eerste keer hoorde was ik zelf een beetje in de war, want ja we sturen hem niet naar school dus waarom zouden we ons aan hun schema houden? Om meerdere redenen hebben we gekozen om nu te beginnen, ten eerste gebeurt het zomerse hier nooit tijdens de zomervakantie maar altijd zo tussendoor, ten tweede is December altijd zo druk dat ik veel liever dan niet de druk van school heb en ten derde omdat ik kan!

We gebruiken ALGF voor the gewone lessen, voor muziek gebruiken we Jodie Messlers Living Music from the heart. James zal dit gedeelte op zich nemen omdat hij toch al de pennywhistle speelt. en voor kunst en handwerk zal er erg weinig veranderen we doen dit al heel veel.

Ik moet toegeven dat ik ook de ebook planner van ALGF heb gekocht. Die was maar $10 en voor dat geld kan ik hem niet zelf maken. ik ben nl niet zo handig met dat soort programma's. Verder is de planner blank dus ik kan zelf de datums ieder jaar invullen wat wel zo handig is .

Euan krijgt vd kerstman een mandje vol met nieuwe schoolspulletjes die dus ook alleen vor school gebruikt mogen worden. voornamelijk omdat Willow er nog steeds een handje van heeft de krijtjes op te eten.

Dus we zijn er wel klaar voor voor het aankomend jaar en ik heb er ontzettend zin in :D

Monday, 20 December 2010

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Jody McIntire takes on the BBC



After watching this video I felt compelled to make a complaint to the BBC. If you feel the same go here to complain

Here is my complaint:

I have just watched the interview with Jody McIntryre and I am absolutley appaled by the way your presenter treated him.
The fact that your presenter repeatedly insinuated that Jody provoked thepolice to abuse him in that way beggars belief.
The sweeping judgements the presenter made about Jody's character are beside the point, as we all have the right to our own views.

I took the time to read Jody's blog (easily found trough google) and whilst he does have revolutionary views expressed so did Ghandi.

The fact that the presenter had allready made judgement about Jody's character was clearly evident in his line of questioning.

I found the way this interview was conducted to be incredibily offensive and more than that sadened by the lack of impartiality shown by the BBC during this interview.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Friday, 3 December 2010

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Not so early this morning

Not a lot but we enjoyed it none the less!!

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It started snowing!!!

Early this morning

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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Monday, 22 November 2010

Friday, 19 November 2010

I am exactly where I need to be....



Something I can play over and over on those days...

By Amy Steinberg

Thursday, 18 November 2010

National curriculum 'led to tick-box teaching'

England's "overloaded" national curriculum has led to a "tick list" approach to teaching and is in need of reform, a report says.

From the Beeb

Pakjesboot 12 finished

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Crafting St Nicks steamboat

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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

When the lantern child changed jobs

Math gnome minus

The lantern child decided to change jobs he wanted to do something else holding the lantern made his arms hurt. So he donned his cape and pulled on his supergnome suit and became minus. Currently he is waiting for his fellow gnomes to join him but they should be with him soon!

The pattern

Very easy to knit all you need is some left over DK weight in 3 colours (suit (dark blue, supergnome belt light blue and skintone) a wine cork (1 makes 2 dolls).

Body

Cast on 20 stitches
Knit 1x1 rib for 4 rows
knit stockingstitch in lightblue for 5 rows
knit 5 rows in darkblue in stocking stitch
knit 1 k2tog to end k1
change to skin colour knit 7 rows in stocking
K2tog to end break yarn leaving a long tail and draw up trough the remaining stitches pull tight.

To seam the doll together start at the top of the head with a mattress stich when you get to the colour change weave the yarn trough the last row of skintone stitches stuff and pull tight to create the head.
Change the yarn to the body colour and finish seaming the doll. stuff the part made of stocking stitch and finish of the body with half a cork. I find they stand much better than when you knit and stuff the entire body.

Hat

cast on 20 knit 5 rows in stockingstitch
* k1 k2tog k to last 3 stitches k2tog k1
purl *
Repeat these two rows until 3 stitches remain break yarn leaving a long tail seam the hat up and use the tail to secure it to the head

Monday, 15 November 2010

Looking for a Dutch testknitter :)

If you are Dutch and would like to testknit copy of my running man pattern in Dutch drop me a line on vera AT thelothians DOT net replacing the AT and DOT with its relevant symbol obviously.

Thanks!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Interesing perspective on bullying

Just to warn you some strong language ahead!

Bakingday

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Little Lantern Child

Lantern child


Very easy to knit all you need is some left over DK weight in 3 colours (coat body and skintone) a wine cork (1 makes 2 dolls) a little stick (I used a kebabskewer) and some bit of paper to make the lantern.

Body

Cast on 20 stitches
Knit 1x1 rib for 7 rows
knit stockingstitch for 6 rows
knit 1 k2tog to end k1
change to skin colour knit 7 rows in stocking
K2tog to end break yarn leaving a long tail and draw up trough the remaining 10 stitches pull tight.

To seam the doll together start at the top of the head with a mattress stich when you get to the colour change weave the yarn trough the last row of skintone stitches stuff and pull tight to create the head.
Change the yarn to the body colour and finish seaming the doll. stuff the part made of stocking stitch and finish of the body with half a cork. I find they stand much better than when you knit and stuff the entire body.

Cape


cast on 22 stitches
Knit 10 rows in stocking stitch
K1 k2tog to the end
p1 pfab to end
knit 8 or 9 rows in stocking stitch just make sure it reaches over the head.
Bind of leaving enough tail to sew the hood together.

The part where you decreased one row and immediatly increased the next row goes around the neck area of the doll attach it to the neck with a few stitches.

Lantern

I used a 50p coin for the shape cut the little corners out with a craftknife and stuck coloured tissue paper to the back. You then need a thing strip of paper (mine was just under 1cm) fold it into 6 short pieces to fit your shape cut into the fold slightly both sides so the cuts overlap slightly and your strip can be folded into the right shape put a but of glue on and stick the whole thing together. don't do this bit with kids running around since you have to hold it till its dry :).
Make 2 tiny holes either side to pull a bit of string trough and glue it to the end of your stick.

If you are really crafty you could put in a tiny led light :)

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Fakkels maken / making lanterns

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Happy Sintermerte/Martinmas

Today is one of those days I get a little homesick for Netherland.Martinmas is allways a bog celebration with schools and neighourhoodclubs joining together to celebrate. I went hunting on youtube and found a nice little video of the celebrations. I have to say things have changed a bit since I was little, the fire got smaller (health & safety I guess) and the sound got bigger (hello soundsystem!) but all in all the idea is the same. This video was taken in swalmen 20 minutes of so from where I used to live.





Incase you are not familiar with the story of St Martin WIKI has a nice entry.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

New addition to the running man family!

Sinterklaas! (or St Nicolas :P)

St Nicolas - Sinterklaas

Get him (and all the other running man members) from my Ravelry store or incase you don't have ravelry (but seriously why not?)

Friday, 29 October 2010

an interesting Youtube channel

In case like us you are fed up with the way the world is going how people are being micromanaged more and more and how governments are controlling (or at least trying to) people as much as they possibly can you might enjoy Charlie Veitch's channel on youtube he is also on his own website.

This is an excellent example of their work



and part two

the test results came back

after all the poking and prodding and bloods and chest xrays I have been told I have asthma. I'm relieved to get the results and that they are so positive compared to what was lurking in the dark corners of fear in my mind. but all the tests seem a bit excessive now lol!.

Anyway I spoke to several of my online buddies about it over the past couple of weeks and this is the easiest way to let you all know its all ok :)

Monday, 18 October 2010

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Post from Korea

this post is a little overdue! many pictures so it could take a while to load.

i was in a food package swap organised by Lindsay, and was partnered up with Mipa.
Here's what she send me:

the whole lot!

the whole lot together.

Cards made by Mipa
2 lovely cards made by Mipa. they have been put aside till I pick up some frames. they are to nice to mail :)
She has a seperate site for her art here I love her style, the monkeys on the front page are awesome.

snacks (not yet opened these!)
I haven't opened these (its the very last thing to be opened!) so I'm not to sure what it is. the package does say its a natural olive oil snack.

brown rice tea

Brown rice tea! its a little like drinking rice crackers very tasty!

tea

Citron tea this was awesome. I have people on a mission to buy me some from a korean shop in sussex. its a bit like marmelade when you open it you pour the lot into a mug add hot water and sip away. It was so lovely and warming and I can't wait to have more.



sesame seaweed sprinkles

I think this is seaweed with salt and sesame. very strong flavours great with rice.

sushi type sheets

I am assuming this is like sushi sheets. I haven't opened these yet because you need sticky rice. I live in such a culturally diverse part of the countryu (please not the sarcasm!) that I can get 3 types of rice here brown, white or risotto. I am hoping to have a trip into london to see friends in the not to distant future and will hopefully hit some shops there otherwise it will be the internet.

different types of rice cracker?

Different types of rice crackers. these are delish! very sticky!

vergetable biscuits

savoury vegetable crackers
rice crackers

the first thing we opened rice cracker. I have never seen Valen the grey (our rabbit) go as mad as he did for these. sure he loves raisins and craisins but he went mad for these. nipping the kids in the toes when he realised they where having more and he wasn't.

ramen!

Ramen noodles! very spice and very tasty much nicer than the ones we get here!
rice biscuits

Rice biscuits


Mine!

Valen the grey running like mad to get a bit of rice cracker (this is his carpet the rest of our floor doesn't look this bad!) not sure why he went as mad as he did for these!

Thanks a lot Mipa for swapping parcels with me I had a great time putting stuff together for you and a great time getting to know a bunch of new foods! And thanks to Lindsay too for organising!
I forgot to take a picture of what I sent so here is a boring list
marmite
chocolate buttons (brown and white)
a rice chocolate bar
ginger biscuits
soy mince and a handbound journal from and empty soymince pack (I have one and use it for recipes :))
gooseberryjam
yorkshire tea
mustard powder
cheddarese fake cheese
and a sample of tea by tetleys especially to use with soymilk

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Proud mummy moment

Euan won the townhall museum drawing competition! They liked his drawing so much that they will be using his drawing on their leaflets! He's also getting a giftvoucher for the local craftshop. Euan was jumping up and down from joy :)

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Thursday, 30 September 2010

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