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Sunday, 28 January 2007

Ooooo, I love crafting...

...it's playtime for grown-ups.

I love the fact that there are so many different crafts, all with their own quirks, and involving different skills :o)

Scrapbooking is great for mixing & matching all those wonderful patterned papers, embellishments, ribbons, and tons of other scrumy stuff in order to make those precious photos 'pop'. It is also a great way of recording those special memories. Better still, it is the perfect excuse for indulging in those 'magpie' moments - must-haves that are bound to come in handy..........at some point (LOL).

Card-making also allows for the playing with wonderful papers and bits & pieces in order to create that special piece of correspondence that carries so much more thought than just grabbing something from the shops.

Then there's painting, ceramics, sewing, cross stitch and many, many more (okay, I'll hold my hands up and own-up to being a 'Jack of all trades, Master of none' ) so many in fact that there just aren't enough hours in the day to pursue them all as I would wish - but heck!, it's fun to dabble.....

One of the things I really love about crafting is that there is always an opportunity to play.

Knitting is one craft that can be taken to the extreme as far as playing is concerned. I am not a great lover of purchasing knitting patterns and following them slavishly, I like to play...

There are some wonderful yarns out there at the moment with a whole palette of amazing colours - so why limit yourself to one yarn or one colour? The current trend for knitting on BIG needles is super for achieving quick results and all those furry, shaggy, luscious yarns are magic. The names are pretty amazing too...'gladrags', 'fancy this', 'fancy that' (yes, fancy this & fancy that really are names of yarns) 'whisper', 'pizaz', 'snowdrift', 'soft & comfy'...

As you can see from the piccy, I have been playing a lot lately...

Mum knits a lot to raise money for her club (local branch of the MS Society) and this time of year scarves are always very popular. The problem is normally coming up with something a bit different that will encourage folk to buy. This year has not been a problem - there are just soooo many different colours and textures. However, it is still nice to be able to offer something a bit different, something that folk wouldn't normally see in the shops or even if they visited their local yarn retailer. I have had a wonderful time mixing different yarns and creating unusual effects, and if anything, Mum has had problems keeping up with demand *very big grin*

We are doing our bit to support local retailers, Mum is raising funds for a very good cause and I am having a lot of fun. Oh, and I think there are a lot of folk out there who will be nice and snug when we get the next lot of snow..........(he, he).

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