Knitting

Have knitting, will travel: At the airport….

knit-plane

Image Details: ‘knit-plane’ by docpop, via Flickr

In view of our impending relocation to SA, I have been doing a little research into knitting on planes. There seems to be a plethora of beliefs when it comes to this pastime, and nobody can seem to agree on the answer, as a quick search on the Ravelry boards will attest. So I decided to do a little digging, as the last thing I want is some blunty security officer taking away my prized pins and current wip. As if I would stab someone with my new Knitpro DPNs. Have they any idea how much those things cost!!?

I will caveat at this point, that all information in this post is with reference to travel from the UK and I would strongly advise that you make your own enquiries if you are travelling elsewhere. I don’t think ‘but Shinybees said’ will cut it if you come up against some overly officious security type in Venezuela. That said, as you are about to find out, there really does not seem to be a definitive answer, and how that can possibly be, I have no idea. Surely, someone holds the trump card when it comes to the rules, right? Wrong! So, just in case, I have also added some top tips for avoiding attracting attention when going through security, courtesy of the Ravelry massive.

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Dancing feet

baby feet

Image Details: ‘baby feet’ by Amy the Nurse, via Flickr

I thought I would share one of the latest mini-projects completed Chez Shinybees, now that the intended recipient will have indeed received his gift. I was inspired to make these after receiving a beautiful handknitted cardigan and bootie set from Baby G’s Mum when the Babybee arrived. I needed a small and relatively quick project, as the Babybee was sucking me into a crafting (and blogging) black hole with the seemingly endless feeding-nappy-wind the bobbin up-sleep if you’re lucky, Mother routine and I wanted the baby in question to receive them sometime before his 18th birthday. So, to Ravelry!

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Banksy it ain’t!

Knitta-Please-Bike

Image Details: ‘Knitta-Please-Bike’ by dandeluca, via Flickr.

Banksy does grafitti. He’s done a reasonably good job of making a career out of it too, over the past 20 years or thereabouts. Banksy’s stencils feature striking and humorous images, occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. Subjects often include rats, apes, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly. Labelled as ‘vandalism’by Keep Britain Tidy, grafitti artistry seems to split people right down the middle. Personally, I quite like Banksy’s stuff and I struggle to see how a dead cow and calf chopped in half and pickled in formaldehyde can be considered art (it’s just minging unless you’re a vet or something) yet the Tate seems to think it is, so who am I to argue?!

Anyway, I don’t do grafitti. I’ve spray painted a few pots for the garden and tarted up the odd mirror frame or bit of furniture, but I’d never be good enough to do an actual picture with it. Knitting, on the other hand, could be a goer, which brings me nicely round to the subject of International Yarn Bombing Day, which, coincidentally, is today!

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Tidy up time…

Womble

Image Details: ‘Womble’ by pigpogm, via Flickr

The Wombles of Wimbledon did a mean line in tidying up. Cutting around the Common, collecting and recycling other people’s rubbish: what better way to encourage a generation of children to keep their rooms spick and span? Created by author Elisabeth Beresford, Wombles live in every country in the world, with burrows mentioned at Loch Ness, Yellowstone Park and the Khyber Pass (bet it’s a bit sporty round there!) and the main burrow being at Wimbledon Common. Below a certain age, Wombles are nameless, but when they come of age, they select their name from Uncle Bulgaria’s atlas. At this point, I am fairly tempted to get out the atlas and choose myself a Womble name, however I do have a blog post to finish, so I might save that for another day.
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Spinning around!

Spinning Wheel at Dusk

Image Details: ‘Spinning Wheel at Dusk’ by mtsofan, via Flickr

As you may have already noticed, I have taken my first step into the world of spinning. Unlike Kylie, I will not be wearing gold hotpants whilst conducting my yarny business, as I’m afraid gold simply isn’t my colour…
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From Ewe to Yarn: Short back and sides.

Warning Sheep!

Image details: ‘Warning Sheep!’, by pearsongraphics, via Flickr

Sheep shearing and wool production has been an important part of the UK’s sheep industry for the past 6000 years. Sheep are usually sheared at the beginning of the summer months, as they no longer naturally moult, to prevent them overheating in the warm weather. For many centuries, wool was the UK’s most important export and the cloth trade led to the development of many of the nation’s industrial towns. Today, the UK is the 7th largest producer of wool in the world, exporting around a third of its annual clip, however with wool prices around 50p per kg, the value of the wool for most farmers does not cover the cost of shearing.
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Mobile me…

{11} The view from the cot

Image Details: “{11} The view from the cot”, by scribbletaylor, via Flickr

Now you may be as surprised as me to discover that it is really hard to find anything on Google to tell me the origin of the baby mobile. I can buy swathes of horrid plastic mobiles in varying price ranges from seemingly every purveyor of goods on the planet, but yet no-one wants to tell me why we have them or, indeed, whose idea it was in the first place!
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Save the youth, knit a hoodie…

Hoodie

Image Details: ‘Hoodie’ by Davharuk, via Flickr

Nowadays, the humble hoodie, rather than being a utilitarian item of clothing, is often villified as the uniform of choice for the feral ‘yoof’ of Britain. This reputation is perhaps a little unfair: yes, a lot of young people choose to wear one, but then so does my Mum on occasion, for reasons of comfort and warmth rather than to hide her face as she holds up the nearest off-license at knifepoint. Which is clearly what all the ‘yoof’ will be planning on doing with their hoodies on. I think not, somehow. More likely, they will just fancy a sherbet fountain and a gallon of your finest Pepsi Max, please, shopkeeper.
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Welcome to the jungle…

Not actually in the jungle, he's sat in my Dragon plant...

We got fun n games!

But this post has nothing to do with Axl Rose and co and everything to do with Shinybabytobee’s latest and coolest handmade gift to date – a Kenana ‘Knitter Critter’ Lion.ย  This was a gift from one of the Stitchettes at Knit Club (who may or may not have ‘outed’ herself as a knitter via Facebook after the last blog post) and came from a gorgeous new yarn store in Bath, which has been open since last October. I haven’t had the pleasure of perusing this fine looking emporium of all things beautiful and yarny myself (yet!), but I have it on good authority that it is not only utterly wonderful, but that the lady who runs it, Laura, it is equally lovely. The shop is called Wool and they also have a Knit Club, so if you are in the Bath area, I would recommend checking it out.
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