Saturday, 6 February 2016

Suzan Drummen


"The installations for example, are made from crystal, chrome-plated metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass. From a distance they appear clear and orderly, yet upon closer inspection, the eyes become disoriented by the many details and visual stimuli. That moment, of being able to take it all in or not, is explored, time and time again. The visual perception is challenged, requisitioned and intensified."

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Colour and Architecture, Crouch End, NW London.

this is a pic of an old shop door in Crouch End, NW London.  Apparently the shop is going to be 'refurbished' into a burger restaurant - - 
I hope they dont chuck this door away!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Friday, 8 January 2016

Recycling - cute stuff and lovely ideas

 I found this lovely website - while browsing :) 
"Sadie Seasongoods"
here's just a couple of her lovely ideas .......... with tutorials

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Granny Square Scarf and Bag - free crochet pattern

For the scarf:  
I have made one basic granny squares (size to your choice) and continued to crochet rows, back and forth,  on one side only.  Then make a second square and sew it into place at the other end.
You can use up all your leftover bits of double-knitting yarn. 
Use a crochet hook to comfortably fit the yarn you're using - sizing isn't really crucial.
Two granny squares (or more) will also make a lovely bag -
(it may need to be lined though.)

Basic Granny Square
First round:
1 – Make a slip knot
2 – Chain 5
3 – Insert hook into 1 chain to make a circle. Connect with a slip stitch.
4 – Chain 2
5 – Double crochet in circle 2 times (first chain 2 counts as a double crochet)
6 – Chain
7 – 3 double in circle
8 - Chain 2
9 – 3 double crochet in circle
10 – Chain 2
11 – 3 double crochet in circle
12 – Chain 2 connect to top of first chain 2 with a slip stitch.
(First round completed) (You can changed colors here if desired)

Second round:
1 – Chain 2 turn work
2 – 2 double crochet – chain 2 – 3 double crochet ((corner cluster made)
3 – Chain 1 (this is one side of square)
4 – 3 double crochet – chain 2 – 3 double crochet (next corner cluster made)
5 – Chain 1 (next side)
6 – 3 double crochet – chain 2 – 3 double crochet (3td corner cluster made)
7 – Chain 1 (side again)
8 – 3 double crochet – chain 2 – 3 double crochet (4 th corner cluster completed)
9 – Chain 1 – connect with slip stitch to the top of first chain 2 (Second round is completed)

Third round:  you can make as many rounds as you wish your square to be working the same stitches.Repeat second round adding a cluster in the middle of each side row, with every additional round you make.

Always remember corners take a chain 2 and sides take a chain 1 for each space.

I have taken these instructions from here - there are pictures too if you need them.
Another lovely link 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

"New Finds" .... and "Time Team"

 New Ancient Mosaic Find in Greece
This wonderful ancient mosaic find is in Zeugoma, Greece.

Seeing this reminded me of Time Team - a super programme on archaeological digs which unfortunately is no longer on.   However, luckily there are lots of repeats on SKY, so I can still get my fix.  Fingers crossed, they will bring it back.

some of the Time Team ............
Cast Names - link

Sir Tony Robinson with Prof. Mick Aston (dcd.)
link to more pics of the Time Team people

Friday, 27 November 2015

Fingerless Mittens - double knitting yarn - Free Pattern

This ribbing makes a very comfortable fit.
4.50 mm dpn needles (4 or 5)
Double Knitting Yarn
Gauge: approx. 6sts = 1" ....  slightly stretched ribbing.

I Cast On 41 stitches, onto one needle, (using the Thumb Method).
The first row divides the stitches on to your 3 needles, and I knit the last stitch and first stitch together to join - pulling gently but tightly for a couple of stitches.

Continue round in K2 tbl., P2 rib for 3.1/2" ( inches. )

K4 at beginning of row next row, and keep these stitches on a separate needle, so it's easy to see where the thumb stitches are.
Continue in rib as before for the main body of the mitt, but picking up a stitch* either side of the thumb on alternate rows, and Knit the thumb rows.   
Change colours when you fancy :)
*Pick up the loop before the 1st stitch on thumb needle, and pick up loop after the last stitch on thumb needle - increasing by 2sts on alternate rows.

Continue knitting Rib for main body and 'Plain' ( for Thumb, until you have 16 stitches for thumb. 
Thread these on to a longish spare piece of yarn - tie loosely, so you can undo the yarn when you try the mitt on.
Continue in rib until mitt reaches approx. 6.1/2" from the beginning -
Cast off in rib.
Go back to Thumb, picking up the stitches and rib for approx. 5 rows - cast off in rib.

You may need to knit the 1st and last stitches together to make a tighter join, or possibly add some stitches on if the thumb is too small.  
I tend to sew up the thumb seam with the glove on my hand, so it fits better and stitching cant really be seen.

If the cast on row has not joined neatly together, use the yarn tail to stitch and neaten off.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Anwar Shemza

I've had this painting in my files for ages and didn't know the artist until yesterday
when I was visiting Tate Britain.  So pleased I now know who he is.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Autumn Colours

Japanese Gardens - click on the pics for large and more beautiful images
Charles Voysey

Peony &

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

Paivi Eerola
gorgeous paper beads
                                                        Autumn Colour Chart