handmade

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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From Ewe to Yarn: Mellow Yellow

Image Details: ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ by monsterpants, via Flickr Rumpelstiltskin was a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, who first published it in 1812. It follows the story of a miller, who lied to the King by saying his daughter was able to spin straw into gold. She couldn’t, and was locked in a tower with a…

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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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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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Babybee

Image Details: ‘Baby girl album’ by jerseygal2009, via Flickr. Things have been a little quiet on the crafting front at Shinybees HQ for the past couple of weeks since a special delivery on 28th March, when the Babybee came crashing into the world. Whilst she is a good model for my booties, I simply haven’t…

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Handmade Birthday goodness!

Image Details: ‘Birthday cake’ by 3liz4, via Flickr So, there was a birthday at Shinybees HQ last week. Birthdays are always good news, because they generally involve cake and presents (and we’ll ignore the whole getting older bit in a blur of gin induced happiness) and I had plenty of both, minus the gin, unfortunately….

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Count me in!

Image Details: ‘counter on a zipper’ by pinprick, via Flickr The knitting row counter is a device for keeping tally of how many rows have been completed when hand knitting. It can also be used to track the number of increases and decreases made during a pattern. The first on-needle knitting row counters were seen…

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