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Special Guests #5-7 – The Social Knitwork

Like Hollywood movie stars and Kabbalah, Wellingtonians are taking up crafty ventures like nobodies business.  Eager to create and more importantly take a bit of ‘me’ time out each day a few of us have created ‘The Social Knitwork.’

With a goal each in mind to produce our own crewel embroidered book cover, wall art, album cover or stitchiness it’s on like donky kong.

With a few of our founding members out of the country (Nic and Margie) the rest of us started the inaugural session with a puff of enthusiasm. Check out the boys in action. They’re doing well and giving the rest of gals a run for their money.


Special Guest #3 – Mrs March

My mum is Pam. Not the same Pam that feeds the nation with her vast array of grocery items but the one who taught me how to sew, knit and bake.  She’s pretty clever and just like her mother, dab handy when it comes to crafty business.

So you’ve heard about my niece Lucy.  Well my mum adores her as any Gran would. She’s often buying her pressies or making her things much to my sisters delight.  Who doesn’t like receiving handmade craftables? They are the best!

With a bit of wool going spare and a quick whip up one day, Pams knitted this super cute fish for wee Lucy and she loves it.  Easy to hold in her pudgy wee hands I’m sure it will be a favourite for a while yet.

Teach a woman to fish and you get a knitted toy.

Special Guests #2 – Misses February

Hmmm life’s been a bit hectic of late with it finally stabilising a bit more this week – hooray!  Sadly though my craftiness has been at an all time low with little in the way of ‘news’ for The Doily Grind I’m afraid.  A sad day I know but my tea cup is still half full and there are many more crafty adventures ahead!

For the month of February, I needed to hunt down my special guest but as I’d been a bit off the radar I turned instead to the crafty twosome that had kept me sane at the end of each day.  Now neither of these gals I know in person, but I feel I know them well enough from reading two of the best crafting books I’ve ever read. They are so good I just had to share it!

Pip Lincolne author of Sew La Tea Do is inspirational. If I ever had my own book then call me Pip Lincolne as I’d like hers please!  The book is amazing with a multitude of beautiful pages to ‘ooooh and ahhhhh’ over.  So many lovely projects and patterns to get your hands on!  Plus the cover sports the most amazing fox patchwork that we all know I’m definitely going to make before the year is out.

Fabulous ‘Febrarian’ number two is Kari Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace.  What an insight!  Kari takes you through a lot of things that ramble around your head when you start to sell the things you make.  From knowing your audience to establishing your brand Kari takes you through it, almost taking to you directly from the pages.  With special snippets from other successful crafters and the man behind Etsy. I love it whole-heartedly!  Content, cover, format, the works!

Special Guest #1 – Mr January

It’s mid summer where the days are glorious and the sun shines brightly. Well technically that’s the way it should be but Wellington has a mind of it’s own.  Soon the balmy summer days and nights will turn into autumnal weeks before winter is at our door.

Thanks to the handy efforts of my husband Tim (The Doily Grind’s special guest for January) the Stranges will be well sorted to put an end to winter blues with our new woodshed – aptly named Woodstock.  A bit of a carpentry enthusiast, Tim has been dabbling in the odd woodwork project of late with great success.  So before Christmas Tim decided easy access to the wood was a super duper idea and he was underway.

With a bit of active google investigation Tim was soon armed with a set of instructions on how to build your own shed from recycling unwanted pallets – genius!  A week or so later with a trip to Zip, the car (Vinnie to those who know him) was loaded up and he was underway.

With a bit of teamwork (my lack of upper body strength was not an excuse to get me out of lift the shed into position!), Tim’s handy-ness and know how, Woodstock was soon created and completed.  Whilst Tim admired his creation sipping a cup of tea, I attacked Woodstock with a bit of half tea (paint) and bingo, all done!

Amazing effort Tim!