The Art of Being Crafty

29th January 2020

“Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy craft supplies and that’s pretty close.” ~ Unknown

The midweek challenge over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts was chosen by my partner and is ‘Home Crafts’.

It sounds as though the challenge is focused upon typically female crafts, this is not the case, all home crafts are welcomed.

DIY is not my forte and neither is woodworking; however, I do have a family friend, our retired vet who regularly spends his time carving out small animals and other items in nature.

Carvings from Colin cropped

The carvings are my Christmas gifts.

This particular challenge is a good one for me – As a child, my grandmother taught me to crochet, and my mother passed on her hand knitting skills; as an adult, I learnt to machine knit.

A gift for my birthday from my late husband wasΒ one of the first computerised knitting machines for domestic use. Unfortunately, a few years agoΒ I gave up my machines, a decision I now regret.

baby cardigans 1

My small baby garments are the only reminders I have from my machine knitting days; however, I do occasionally pick up my knitting needles.

baby cardigans 2

Two hand knitted garments completed and one waiting to be sewn up.

As some of you saw in a previous post, my last couple of weeks have been spent knitting Joey pouches which I understand are always needed by the wildlife hospitals in Australia, and not just in the bushfire season.

Β© 2020. Midweek Challenge Home Crafts from Weekly Prompts.


33 thoughts on “The Art of Being Crafty

  1. Whether for babies, baby-roos, adults, or anyone/anything else, your knitting creations are beautiful and are treasures, for sure! Have you ever made any knitted garments for cats or dogs?! πŸ˜‰

    Love all the little knitted garments you shared with us in photos! πŸ™‚ Some of the yarns today are so soft and comfy!

    The carving gifts you received are so unique and wonderful! Your friend does an amazing job! Love the mice and mushrooms! πŸ™‚

    Crafting is a good enjoyable way to spend time…I find it brings peace, too.
    AND receiving hand-crafted items are always THE bestest gifts! πŸ™‚

    Keep craftin’!
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…How is Gerry doing?

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    1. I become bored easily and am forever flitting from one thing to another, but always have a project of some description. This week has been a quiet week, I’ve had a heavy cold with all that comes with it so have done very little of anything.
      Lovely comments, thank you, Carolyn. πŸ™‚

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  2. I do so love your wood carving gifts, they are truly wonderful treasures…. and your baby Knitwear is superb Sue….
    “Home Crafts” is a good subject for me, but I think I’ve already posted about Carole’s glorious craft-work… I think i’ll take a slightly different bit craft…. I’ve been growing little succulent plants in pots in my courtyard area….. some were originally my mothers, and others/cuttings, have been given to me by friends to propagate…the only trouble is… I’ve no idea what their names are….. so I’ll be hoping, there’s some keen gardeners out there might be able to help…. xxx

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    1. That sounds like a great subject to use, Ivor. I’m like you on plant names I have to rely on Sophie to tell me what everything is. Thank you for your lovely comments πŸ™‚


      1. I’ve nearly finished my interesting poem, but I’ve lots of photos to correlate, and then to pick out a suitable song….. 🌏😊

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    1. I agree with you, Trev. I hate being bored. New ideas pop into my head all the time and I leave off whatever I am doing and go on to the next project! Thanks, Trev

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    1. I love the speed of machine knitting when compared to hand. I am too critical of my hand knits, probably because they don’t look as neat as machine garments, I label them as ‘can do better than that,’ nonetheless both give immense satisfaction. Thank you, Peter. πŸ™‚

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  3. Growing up, I did crewel embroidery, which I loved. A neighbor who I used to babysit for taught me to knit. But all that has gone by the wayside. Your knitting is beautiful, Sue. I am loving the little blue sweater awaiting completion.

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    1. You could take up the embroidery again when you retire.
      I recently re-taught Sophie to knit, she had forgotten how and the last time I spoke to her she was getting a bit frustrated with her efforts .
      Thank you for your kind words, Lois πŸ™‚


  4. Murphy's Law

    Love all your craft gifts. I’m really blown away by the machine knitted items and your hand knitted ones. They all look so perfect. I never learned to knit or crochet, but I did a lot of embroidery and crewel work. My husband and I made hundreds of wood yard ornaments as well as smaller items, down to Christmas ornaments. He cut out the pieces, sanded them and glued the edges, and I did all the painting. I sewed until all hours of the morning.

    Alas, arthritis has put a real kink in my love of doing crafts, but I can certainly appreciate the creativity of others, and you are no exception!!

    Please get well soon. It’s miserable having a cold.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Oh, Ginger, your woodworking crafts sound lovely and so great that you did them together!

      My late husband carved walking sticks. but they are somewhere out of sight in the barn otherwise I would have photographed some.

      Thank you for being so complimentary about my efforts. πŸ™‚


  5. You are so creative, Sue. I envy the people on your Christmas present list. πŸ™‚ My mom and gran were great knitters, both by hand and machine. I remember when my mom got rid of here knitting machine, she really regretted it afterwards.


    1. You are very kind, Sylvia.
      Years ago my knitted items were given to my friends as gifts and I used to take orders. My late husband wore his sweaters until they were old a nd falling apart, and the children loved showing off their ‘ Ninja’ jumpers! Today I knit if I’ve not much else to do, or if I’m asked for something specific.
      My computer projects take priority these days. Thank you so much for your comments πŸ™‚

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      1. I think it’s a dying art. It seems to have been dropped from the school curriculum in favour of more academic subjects, such a pity.
        I used to enjoy knitting Fairisle too. Thank you, Sylvia

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    1. You hit the nail on the head, Lisa. After my husband died and the eldest daughter and family moved in we extended and divided up our house to provide two homes within one. I no longer have my study/workroom and seeing as I hardly used the machines any more I let them go. I had two machines, one for chunky wool and a computerised machine that created the more delicate items. I keep a child’s doll here and the youngest grandchildren spend a lot of time dressing up the doll with the baby clothes.Thank you, Lisa.

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  6. Your knitting is lovely, Sue and I love the woodcarvings made by your friend, the retired vet. I wonder why the crafts seem to have lost favour. Perhaps mobile phones and social media have replaced the joy of craft.

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    1. I think you could have a point, Social media has a lot to answer for.
      The carvings are superb aren’t they. Thank you for kind comments about my knitting, Maureen πŸ™‚


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