Monday, 24 April 2017

Cute kitten day

Monday is kitten's day off




Love
kitten


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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday - Saturday

Yips this week has flown by!!  I seem to have been running round in circles - and still have a huge to do list.

The little fella has been getting me up early in the mornings - and I don't have the luxury of telling him to wait a bit yet - we have to get up and out pretty fast.  On the plus side - I have deep cleaned the coker - had the workroom emptied out and the carpet vacuumed and cleaned - and moved the furniture around so that the sewing machine is now in the middle of the room.  It was getting awkward to work on large beds and coats tucked at the side of the room.  It has opened up the whole space so much because the big table is now tucked in the corner.  I have tidied loads of heaps - finished several projects - make some cushion covers.  Phew - shattered now.



I am seriously behind with my computer and book work - there just seems to be so much to do.  I had a big order in from Robin in the week - that's all out now - and I have been sorting out my dog treating baking stuff.  Every job I tackle seems to need something else done first - or throws up 2 more jobs




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kitten


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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Project Tuesday - make a dangly charm

So - let's make a little dangly charm piece - you can use it as a pendant - or make 2 for earrings.  You don't have to use these exact materials - it's more the process that you can use and reuse to make your own projects.  Once you have mastered it - you can go on to use the same process to make bigger projects - add several to a chain - or make a bag charm - multi hanger necklets - add several to a bracelet - once you can master the process - you can do anything with it.

you will need - a pair of round nose pliers - a pin with a flat base - a feature bead of you choice - a couple of small charms - a couple of small size jump rings

anything along these lines will be fine - the most important bit is the round nose pliers - that is what gives you the perfect round shape that makes your work look professional.

Personally I like to use oval jump rings - it moves the join spot just out of the way so that all the wear is well away from the join.




add a jump ring to the top of each charm



slide the feature bead onto the pin



add the charms onto the pin



use the round nose pliers to shape the top of the pin.  You will need to leave a bit of a gap before you start to shape the end shape.  Work high on the plier arm so you get a bigger ring space.  Let the plier shape the ring so that you get a good 'round' shape.  



Then you will need to use the pliers to pull the wire end really tightly around the wire close to the added charms.  Give the end a couple of wraps round the pin to really secure the loop and snip off any tail.



Slip onto a chain.




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kitten


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Monday, 17 April 2017

Monday Cute Kitten Day

Monday is kitten's day off
and I NEED sleep


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Saturday, 15 April 2017

saturday - no art today

I am very sorry - my Saturday art today is on hold.

I am completly exhausted - and still trying to get back to normal.  I have got way behind with all the online work - and I want to spend today catching up a bit.

Hoping to get back to some sort of routine soon!


Love
kitten


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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Project Tuesday - Knitted Square - long cross stitch



You will need;
1 strand of double knitting to be worked on 4mm knitting needles – about 12g
Or 2 strands of double knitting (equal to chunky weight yarn) to be worked on 6mm knitting needles – about 20g


·         If you are using the double knitting weight of yarn, then use 2 strands together throughout.
·         If you are using the chunky weight of yarn, then use 1 strand throughout.
·         Remember to count all the rows as you work up the square.

Cast on 29 stitches.
Row 1: *(knit 1, purl 1) –  repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 1: *(purl 1, knit 1) –  repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Work row 1: and row 2: again

The pattern:
Row 5: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 4 stitches, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 6: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 3, purl 6 wrapping the yarn twice round the needle for each stitch, knit 3, purl 6 wrapping the yarn round the needle twice, purl 3, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 7: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1,  knit 3, slip the 6 purled stitches onto the right hand needle dropping the extra wrap, put these same stitches back onto the left hand needle and lift the last 3 stitches over the top of the first 3 stitches to cross them over – keep them in the crossed over order on the needle and knit these 6 stitches, knit 3, slip the 6 purled stitches onto the right hand needle dropping the extra wrap, put these same stitches back onto the left hand needle and lift the last 3 stitches over the top of the first 3 stitches to cross them over – keep them in the crossed over order on the needle and knit these 6 stitches, knit 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 8: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4 stitches, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.

These last 4 rows make up the pattern – work them a total of 6 times
Row 28: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 29: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 30: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 31: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Cast off.

I use Robin double knitting 100% acrylic yarn for all my knitting work.  If you are using pure wool, or a wool mix you will need more as the yarn is heavier.

**** This is my own original work.  Use it for your own use or for charity selling.  Use it to inspire you, and to lead you on to other projects.  But, please do not resell the pattern as your own workings.  It takes me years of learning, and months of work to produce a final pattern.

The Kitten and The Goat

9, New Shambles, Kendal, LA9 4TS



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kitten


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Monday, 10 April 2017

Cute kitten day - hijacked by a dog!!!!!

It has been a really tough few weeks - and I apologise for my lack of posts.  Basically my little dog got really poorly and I suddenly lost him.  I was totally shattered - so the old goat hoiked me off to the shelter to find a new friend to love.

This is Alfie

He needs a huge amount of work to socialise him - but he has the sweetest nature.  He will be in the shop with me - but he won't be out to meet and greet for a couple of weeks until he gets used to being out and about.


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kitten


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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Bring on summer

Have you noticed how much heat there is in the sun? - well when we get a peek of it.  I am hoping that it is a good prediction of a lovely summer on the way.  I think we are due one - and my system really, really could do with a bit of dry heat.

The weekend was so lovely - I actually got a bit of outside work done.

I got the doors, windows, pitch boards - and the one left standing veranda side wall all painted black.  I might actually go back and paint the beams black so that it matches the inside.  then I got a bit of moving pots, shifting junk, and sweeping done.  There is still loads of wet hanging about so it should be a good start to the growing season.  

Love
kitten


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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tuesday - project day

It is the first Tuesday of the month - I think that's new kit day - scrambled eggs for brains at the moment!!

As it is spring - and the sun seems to be waking everything up - this month I have created a kit to knit a couple of bee hangers.  It is worked up from an old favourite thing that I have been doing for years and everyone has always said - you should write that down - so I have.  xx


I have included enough yarn to make 2 bees - and they look so cool hanging together.

You can get the full kit - or just the pattern - HERE

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kitten


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Monday, 3 April 2017

Cute kitten photo

Monday is kitten's day off


We are off to the shelter to register ourselves for rehoming and start the search for another dog.


Love
kitten


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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Project Tuesday - rag doll clothes

HUGE apologies - we should have been making a vst and pants set for our dolly - between the poorly doggie and my stinking cold - I am running late.  It's in work - but I can't see me getting to finish it this week. - - The world is just not on my side at the moment



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kitten


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Monday, 27 March 2017

Cute kitten day

Monday is kitten's day off
and I am laid up with a snotty cold


Love
kitten


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Friday, 24 March 2017

Teddy Bear stitch

There have always been 2 knitting stitches that have fascinated me and I have wanted to try out.

This is teddy bear stitch - I just could not fathom how the loops were created and how they stayed there with out snagging everywhere.




















actually - it's not all that hard!  It is a bit fiddly - yes - got to admit that - and you have to concentrate and watch the needles - but it's all done with a knit stitch - looping the yarn round your thumb and there is a brilliant way you 'lock' the loop in place so it stays secure.

1 - knit the first stitch
2 - knit the next stitch - but don't take the stitch off the left hand needle
3 - bring the yarn under the needle to the front
4 - wrap the yarn round your thumb
5 - knit into the same stitch again and slip it off the needle
6 - pick up the first knit stitch you worked and lift it over the second - this locks the loop.

work a plain knit stitch

repeat the loop stitch.

work along the row alternating a loop with a plain knit stitch.
work a plain knit row.
work another loop row working the loop stitch over where you did a plain knit stitch before so you get a staggered fur effect.

brilliant for teddies - sheep - hedgehog backs - etc.
You can work it on any already written pattern because it's just an addition to the fabric - not a change in the actual workings.


Love
kitten

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Finally - finally - finished

I have finally 'finished' my living space.  Kind of cut corner as I decided not to strip the window ledge and repaint it at the moment - perhaps later in the summer when I have a bit more strength.

So - last wall - everything washed and back in place.  it's so cosy and snug - and it's such a boost to be all fresh and clean after living in a tip for all this time.




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kitten


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Project Tuesday - jewellery - things to thread beads onto

I get a lot of people asking - what have you got to thread something on? - - So today I thought we would try to break that down a bit for you.

Waxed Cotton (and hemp) - this is the cheapest option - and the most often used for all the 'hippie' - 'Indian' - 'ethnic' - 'native' type jewellery.  Nothing wrong with it - it's a natural product with a rustic look and feel - comfortable to wear - and for the maker - cheap to buy and easy to use.  It comes in loads of colours - is very soft to use and thread with - and is usually about 1mm in thickness (you can plait 3 strands together for a thicker strand).  It is fairly consistent in it's quality -  bear in mind - it is a natural product so there will be the odd variation or a bit of fluffing along the thread occasionally.  The down side - it does wear through quite quickly, it will not stand up to continual, everyday, heavy wear, and it is not suitable for threading rough stones, metal or agates onto. But you can turn that into an add on selling opportunity by offering a re-threading service.  Repair / re-thread xx price - and re-service items bought from you at a discount.

Super strong - so what options do you have for beads with smaller holes, rough stones, and strands that take a lot of wear?  Then you go with a synthetic thread.  They are a little more of a fiddle as they fray - so you will need a threader of some sort - but they do come in several thicknesses - right down to sewing thread type thickness.  The thread may look fragile when it's this thin - but trust me - if it's a proper synthetic beading thread - it will be super strong.  I sell it to hobby upholsterers because they can pull on it so hard and it won't break!  These types of thread are mostly white as the thread is not designed to shop - but there is black and a few other colour options available

Leather / suede thonging- basically posh ethnic threading - usually black, brown or tan - several thicknesses good for large statement pieces of glass, metal, ceramics.  Down falls - pricy and can wear through surprisingly quickly.

silk - very expensive, very hard to find these days - mostly used for string cultured pearls because it is soft enough not to damage them.  Only available in white these days - and a couple of thicknesses.  

tiger tail - simple put tiger tail is a thin strand of wire (comes in different thicknesses) with a plastic coating over it ( comes in loads of colours) - used mostly with crimp beads for invisible / floating necklaces and window hangers where you want the threading to show.

elastic - it always makes me giggle - coloured, clear elastic - if it's coloured - it's not clear!  Used for stretchy bracelets - the round clear is the best - comes in a couple of thicknesses.  There is coloured available - not such a good quality - and fairly thin - use several strands together.

rat tail / mouse tail - a bit like the woven cords on blinds - but very soft and silky.  Rat tail is thicker than mouse - used for macrame - friendship bracelets - shamballa etc

and other odd stuff - ribbons - fine chain - bakers twine - stranded embroidery thread

finally one tiny tip. - seal any end knotting with a bit of clear nail varnish - or a tiny spot of uhu type glue - NEVER use superglues

Any questions - just email me

Love
kitten


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Monday, 20 March 2017

Cute kitten day

Monday is kitten's day off


Love
kitten


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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Saturday Art Day

It's been  a really tough week one way or another this week.  I am very sore and tired - it has been very quiet in the town - and the dog is still stressed out.  So all-in-all - not the most productive time.

I have done another direction on my journal page.  I am really surprised that the ink has not run into itself more - normally it is so reactive to any damp about that makes it spread.

I have only done 2 verses today - my arms are so sore I can't face anymore.





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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Project Tuesday - Knitted Squares - Wheatgerm stitch

The idea behind this series is to expand your knowledge and build your confidence by tackling new techniques with small, simple projects.  Each square knits up to the same size and has the same border frame so that you can sew them together and make larger projects.  4 sewn in a square make the front of a cushion – back with another 4 squares or plain fabric.  Several in a row will make a scarf – 3 x 3 or 4 will make a baby blanket – 4 x 6 or 8 will make a lap throw - or go the whole hog and make a bed throw.  You can make each square the same pattern – you can make each square different – you can create your own design by placing the squares in a pattern – knit in 1 colour – knit the rainbow - just experiment – shout me if you get stuck – and have fun.

The squares worked in DK measure about 4 ½” square – and the larger ones 8” square.  You could use 3 strands of DK together – working on 8mm knitting needles – and the square will be bigger

You will need;
1 strand of double knitting to be worked on 4mm knitting needles – about 12g
Or 2 strands of double knitting (equal to chunky weight yarn) to be worked on 6mm knitting needles – about 20g

·         If you are using the double knitting weight of yarn, then use 2 strands together throughout.
·         If you are using the chunky weight of yarn, then use 1 strand throughout.
·         Remember to count all the rows as you work up the square.

Cast on 28 stitches.
Row 1: *(knit 1, purl 1) –  repeat from * to end of row.
Work row 1: 3 more times

Row  5: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row  6: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row  7: *knit 1, purl 1 – repeat from * to end of row.
Row 8: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, * knit 1 working into the centre of the stitch loop 2 rows below the next stitch – gently pull all loops off the needle, purl 1 – repeat to last 5 stitches, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 9: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 10: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 11: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 12: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 13: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, knit 1, purl 1, * knit 1, purl 1 – repeat from * to last 4 stitches, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 14: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 * knit 1 working into the centre of the stitch loop 2 rows below the next stitch – gently pull all loops off the needle, purl 1 – repeat to last 5 stitches, knit 1
knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1
Row 15: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 16: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
repeat rows 5: through 16: once more
Row 29: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 30: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 31: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 32: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Cast off.

I use Robin double knitting 100% acrylic yarn for all my knitting work.  If you are using pure wool, or a wool mix you will need more as the yarn is heavier.
**** This is my own original work.  Use it for your own use or for charity selling.  Use it to inspire you, and to lead you on to other projects.  But, please do not resell the pattern as your own workings.  It takes me years of learning, and months of work to produce a final pattern.

The Kitten and The Goat
9, New Shambles, Kendal, LA9 4TS

Love
kitten


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kittenandgoat@gmail.com

Monday, 13 March 2017

Monday cute kitten fix

Monday is kitten's day off
and we are in full 'nursey' mode!!!




Love
kitten


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Sunday, 12 March 2017

taking time out

Bit of a muddle here in kitten's world at the moment - the little guy  is a bit poorly and - or course - everything else has stopped!!!

Henry has a bad tooth.  I know something has been bothering him for a couple of weeks - but he kept saying it was all fine and eating his Bonios - and I could not find anything.  Well - he totally went off all his food except his Caesar and his Bonio - and then I finally spotted it - his very last tooth on his top jaw has a cavity.  so we are off to the vet in the morning to get it sorted.  
  
Wish him luck

Love
kitten


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Thursday, 9 March 2017

I have never - - -

In all my sewing life I have never made a pair of gloves.  Actually - I don't even think that it was a realistic thing to do!

I was asked by So-Sew-Easy to test run their new glove pattern - how cool is that!!!

This is a free pattern from the So-Sew-Easy team so you can see how they work and test out the ideas

This is the glove pattern I used - Easy Glove Pattern - there are 3 sizes and you can make the gloves is either a fleece or a cotton spandex fabric - hay fleece is what we do all the time and it's our anniversary - so I decided to make the large size - in a real 'bloke' looking fleece.

I made these - 

Hands up - the pattern terrified me!!!!  But actually - if you just follow along and do what it says through all the steps - it actually works.  It is a bit fiddly when you work round the ends of the fingers - but fitting the thumbs in was so easy.  I got in a bit of a pickle when the cuffs were added and I did get confused - so I fitted them the same way that I fit the funnel necks on my fleece dog tops - yeah I know - cheating - but I was way out of my comfort zone to start with and managed to make the gloves!

The old goat love them - and actually does wear them when he takes the dog out for the morning walk - result!

Love
kitten


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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Kit of the month

The first project Tuesday on the month is the kit.  This is my first jewellery type project - so it's a bit different.  I have the kits with all the materials in the shop - but if you want to copy the instructions are below.  This is the project.


I used - chain with clasp - around 30"
10 x pink felt circles
10 x gray felt circles
10 x turquoise felt circles
4 x white beads

1.    Carefully open the ring on the end of the chain and remove so that you can thread all 4 of the white beads onto it – then replace the ring.
2.    Push out all the pink circles (you may need to tidy up any places the felt catches).
3.    Fold all the circles in half – stack them up on top of each other – push a pin through the bottom corners of the stack – then push one the other way in to hold them together.
4.    Double up the thread – knot one end and sew it through the corner close to the edge – but make sure you catch in every piece.
5.    Place the felt on the inside of the first bead - with the chain under the folds and bring the sides together – secure the thread.
6.    Fluff the felt pompom round evenly so the join is hidden.
7.    Stack up the other corner of the pieces – and join together in the same way.
8.    Move a bead along – add the mint felt in the same way – then the grey.


The Kitten and The Goat
9, New Shambles, Kendal, LA9 4TS

Love
kitten


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Monday, 6 March 2017

Cute Kitten Day

Monday is kitten's day off
- so you get a cute kitten pickie


Bring on Spring - YEAH!!!!!!

Love
kitten


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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Saturday Art Day

Well it took several days days to get the phone line sorted - but we are back up and running again.  It's been so frustrating not being able to work properly.

I spent the afternoon working on my practice page.  I have turned the page upside down - worked in turquoise

the ink is not bleeding into the new colour at all - which is really interesting - I had expected it to blot together.


I have erased all the guidelines and now I am working the long side of the page.  I wanted to do a green - but this is the closest I have.  It is a viridian from the winsor and newton drawing ink range - but it is very old so it has probably changed colour - but in the interests of decluttering and finishing up what we have - I resisted the urge to drop into Malcolm's (Iridium - 3 doors down from me) to pick up a bottle of green Diamine ink - I just adore this ink - it's the best I have ever used!  - But we are using up stuff - so I have been good! GRRRRRRR.


It's really looking fun now.  Next week I am going to go the other way with a different colour

Love
kitten


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