Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Not so early this morning

Not a lot but we enjoyed it none the less!!

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It started snowing!!!

Early this morning

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Thursday, 25 November 2010

Monday, 22 November 2010

Friday, 19 November 2010

I am exactly where I need to be....



Something I can play over and over on those days...

By Amy Steinberg

Thursday, 18 November 2010

National curriculum 'led to tick-box teaching'

England's "overloaded" national curriculum has led to a "tick list" approach to teaching and is in need of reform, a report says.

From the Beeb

Pakjesboot 12 finished

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Crafting St Nicks steamboat

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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

When the lantern child changed jobs

Math gnome minus

The lantern child decided to change jobs he wanted to do something else holding the lantern made his arms hurt. So he donned his cape and pulled on his supergnome suit and became minus. Currently he is waiting for his fellow gnomes to join him but they should be with him soon!

The pattern

Very easy to knit all you need is some left over DK weight in 3 colours (suit (dark blue, supergnome belt light blue and skintone) a wine cork (1 makes 2 dolls).

Body

Cast on 20 stitches
Knit 1x1 rib for 4 rows
knit stockingstitch in lightblue for 5 rows
knit 5 rows in darkblue in stocking stitch
knit 1 k2tog to end k1
change to skin colour knit 7 rows in stocking
K2tog to end break yarn leaving a long tail and draw up trough the remaining stitches pull tight.

To seam the doll together start at the top of the head with a mattress stich when you get to the colour change weave the yarn trough the last row of skintone stitches stuff and pull tight to create the head.
Change the yarn to the body colour and finish seaming the doll. stuff the part made of stocking stitch and finish of the body with half a cork. I find they stand much better than when you knit and stuff the entire body.

Hat

cast on 20 knit 5 rows in stockingstitch
* k1 k2tog k to last 3 stitches k2tog k1
purl *
Repeat these two rows until 3 stitches remain break yarn leaving a long tail seam the hat up and use the tail to secure it to the head

Monday, 15 November 2010

Looking for a Dutch testknitter :)

If you are Dutch and would like to testknit copy of my running man pattern in Dutch drop me a line on vera AT thelothians DOT net replacing the AT and DOT with its relevant symbol obviously.

Thanks!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Interesing perspective on bullying

Just to warn you some strong language ahead!

Bakingday

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Little Lantern Child

Lantern child


Very easy to knit all you need is some left over DK weight in 3 colours (coat body and skintone) a wine cork (1 makes 2 dolls) a little stick (I used a kebabskewer) and some bit of paper to make the lantern.

Body

Cast on 20 stitches
Knit 1x1 rib for 7 rows
knit stockingstitch for 6 rows
knit 1 k2tog to end k1
change to skin colour knit 7 rows in stocking
K2tog to end break yarn leaving a long tail and draw up trough the remaining 10 stitches pull tight.

To seam the doll together start at the top of the head with a mattress stich when you get to the colour change weave the yarn trough the last row of skintone stitches stuff and pull tight to create the head.
Change the yarn to the body colour and finish seaming the doll. stuff the part made of stocking stitch and finish of the body with half a cork. I find they stand much better than when you knit and stuff the entire body.

Cape


cast on 22 stitches
Knit 10 rows in stocking stitch
K1 k2tog to the end
p1 pfab to end
knit 8 or 9 rows in stocking stitch just make sure it reaches over the head.
Bind of leaving enough tail to sew the hood together.

The part where you decreased one row and immediatly increased the next row goes around the neck area of the doll attach it to the neck with a few stitches.

Lantern

I used a 50p coin for the shape cut the little corners out with a craftknife and stuck coloured tissue paper to the back. You then need a thing strip of paper (mine was just under 1cm) fold it into 6 short pieces to fit your shape cut into the fold slightly both sides so the cuts overlap slightly and your strip can be folded into the right shape put a but of glue on and stick the whole thing together. don't do this bit with kids running around since you have to hold it till its dry :).
Make 2 tiny holes either side to pull a bit of string trough and glue it to the end of your stick.

If you are really crafty you could put in a tiny led light :)

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Fakkels maken / making lanterns

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Happy Sintermerte/Martinmas

Today is one of those days I get a little homesick for Netherland.Martinmas is allways a bog celebration with schools and neighourhoodclubs joining together to celebrate. I went hunting on youtube and found a nice little video of the celebrations. I have to say things have changed a bit since I was little, the fire got smaller (health & safety I guess) and the sound got bigger (hello soundsystem!) but all in all the idea is the same. This video was taken in swalmen 20 minutes of so from where I used to live.





Incase you are not familiar with the story of St Martin WIKI has a nice entry.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

New addition to the running man family!

Sinterklaas! (or St Nicolas :P)

St Nicolas - Sinterklaas

Get him (and all the other running man members) from my Ravelry store or incase you don't have ravelry (but seriously why not?)

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