Projects

Guest Blog Post: Building the Cosmac ELF

Image Details: ‘darelfii’ by airship, via Flickr Given the overwhelming success of the Unnycount, Mr Shinybees has been busy beavering away in the Shinybees skunkworks on a new project that I am struggling to even vaguely connect with knitting. I am reliably informed that the electronic connections utilise a process known as wire wrapping, which…

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The Sock Monster

Image Details: ‘Sock Monster.’ by laurenbeth93, via Flickr. It would seem that I have fallen into a trap. A trap that favourite podcasters and bloggers have often declared that they would avoid. Knitting something that life is indeed too short for. An item of knitwear I too, would never bother with because, well, I just…

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Why everyone needs stash

Image Details: ‘Globe’ by pixagraphic, via Flickr It’s been exactly 57 days since I was separated from my stash. 57 long, gruelling and inspiration-lacking days. 82,820 minutes since the movers came and packed up all my favourite toys for the move to SA. The Minstrel. The sewing machine. 3 crocodile boxes of yarn. 2 of…

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Have knitting, will travel: At the airport….

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…

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Dancing 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…

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Banksy it ain’t!

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,…

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Tidy up time…

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…

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Spinning around!

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.

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…

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Mobile me…

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…

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