Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Something you may or may not know...

...is that I like to draw. Recently I have been drawing a lot more and as I like (love) to talk about me I will be sharing a lot more of that side of me in the coming months.  First I thought I would share this sketch I did for the blog Covered

An artist takes an original comic cover and re-works it in their own style.  The two are posted side by side for everyone to see and some of the work on their is amazing.  Ed has appeared on there because he is a clever so and so.  

Here is mine - I loved the cover of this comic and knew I just had to use it as my original.

And here is my re-working.  Badgers.  Who'd have thunk.  

Check out the other work and enjoy.

Hannah xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Look look look!

If you've ever wondered what it is I lug around to and from work/uni/mag HQ then look no further. For our most recent anniversary Ed gave me this cute bag filled with treats.  I grabbed it the other day in a desperate attempt to carry my knitting to uni neatly and it turned out perfectly.  So say hello to my official knitting bag. 

I like to carry my Zelda mints, loose change and my knitting of course.  What do you carry in yours?

Hannah x

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Project Thursday

As promised: Gigantor.  Modelled by my lovely friend Kate.

Gigantor is over 100 stitches wide and I cannot even tell you how many long.

I have a friend called Ellie, Gigantor is wider and taller than her.  It's a terrifying thing. But so satisfying now that he is finished.  And warm too.  The stitches, small because of the 4mm needles and single thickness wool, are so neat and tiny.

Hannah x

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Knitting is cool

I was just walking to work (though I admit it is a VERY pretty walk) when I stumbled across this gem.  
Although it was a few weeks ago now I still want to share it with you.
I seriously love this, the surprise of it, the craftsmanship and how much fun they clearly had making it.

I really hope this made you smile as much as I did.
Have a good week.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

This needed to be adult sized

During my last stay at Ed's he showed me this amazing costume his mum made him when he was younger and some photos of his wearing other, shop bought, costumes. The photos I have taken do the costume very little justice.  The quality of the stitches, the fabric and the overall look of the costume was very high.  It's also still in excellent condition despite getting a lot of use during Ed's childhood. I was planning on making him a Star Trek costume for Christmas this year so I am really happy to be carrying on what looks like an old tradition.  

Apparently sometimes his mum still calls him her White Power Ranger on the phone...though I'm sure he'd rather I didn't tell you that...

Doesn't he look super cute as a Thunderbird?  Or as Captain Scarlet? 


P.S And for those of you wondering...yes I did try it on and no it didn't fit.  Was fun though! 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Project Thursday

There will be no pictures today.  Why?  Because the scarf is not finished.  I think I have managed to knit about ten rows since last week - things have been so hectic.  
I really hope I finish it soon.  It's cold.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

A present for the best friend

I have this friend. She's one of the funniest, most talented, people I know and I screwed up once by sending her a book in the post.  I figured she'd see the funny side of receiving the Twilight Graphic novel through her letterbox.  But she didn't - she got pretty mad.  Haha.  So I think a big part of me is desperate to make up for that mistake by constantly being on the look out for pretty things.  When I saw this tutorial I knew I just had to have a go.

I made the four of them a little smaller than Elsie did because I wanted them to be coaster for cups.  Ed and I made this cute wrapping paper by drawing oak leaves and acorns on some pink sugar paper.  I think the gift was pretty well received   Wai Wai doesn't really need/use coasters so she strung them together and hung them on her wall which looked lovely.  I might play with the idea of using them as a wall hanging for future projects.


Saturday, 5 November 2011

Sewing with my mother

I have decided that sewing is hard.  Knitting is the way forward.  Knitting is just knit knit knit knit bang and there's a scarf.  Obviously it can be complicated, but only if you need it to be. Sewing (clothes anyway) seems to be all pins and tucking, and patterns and cutting.  I cannot deal with it.

I went to Mum's house to sew three skirts with a really simply pattern from Ed's mum.  Problem was the I hadn't bought anywhere near enough fabric.  So what did we do?  We dug around my mums and found beautiful fabrics there instead.

 We found silk, cotton and corduroy and had the best time doing it.  

We decided to cut up an old skirt of my Ouma's (South African Grandma) and make that into a skirt.  I am really excited for this project because the skirt was part of a dress that Ouma had when she was younger.  The bodice was cut up years ago and I remember wearing it as a little bolero jacket when I was still in single digits.  

Watch this space.  It's going to be a lovely skirt.


My lovely doggy Salty - well, Mum and Colins dog.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Project Friday...oops.

I am terribly unorganised.  Somehow Thursday night has become the night I go to the pub and knit and chat and eat and generally have a great time.  Which means I sometimes, maybe, forget to update you with the scarf.  He's coming along handsomely.  Now I can knit with him round my neck which is the best feeling.

And here is a sneak of future projects: Christmas presents.

I am in two minds whether I should put these on here in case people receiving the gifts see them.  What do you think?

Hannah xxx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Handmade silhouettes

Because so much of our relationship is long distance I thought it would be nice to have a little part of Ed and I, that I could take with me wherever I go.  So, being bossy, I made him pose for a silhouette book.  

We took two bright colours, pink and blue, and took it in turns to draw and cut out the silhouette of the other.  Ed then made a small book out of thick white paper, stuck down our silhouettes and wrote our names underneath (just incase I forget who's who).

I really love it and it was so quick and easy to make.  If you wanted to make one as a gift then you could make them a little neater and stick them onto thicker card.