Crafternoon

Having finished my second pair of shoes, tidied all my craft stuff away, done the washing up and then Day 23 of the 30 day ab challenge (95 sit ups, 140 crunches, 55 leg raises, 85 second plank!!!) I’m now having a well-earnt rest on the sofa.

Today was a special day, a Crafternoon day! This is basically when some of my current and former work colleagues get together, eat food and a little craft gets done too. I’m trying to work out when we had the first Crafternoon, I think it was probably 2010.

A few of the girls at work used to go for coffee on a Wednesday lunchtime, we called it Coffee Wednesday. Original. We were celebrating reaching the halfway point of the week. We’d usually go for a pub lunch on a Friday too to celebrate the end of the week. Anyway, I think one of the girls asked if one of the other girls, a very clever crafter called Emily, would show her how to knit. She ended up teaching about three of us to knit. So a Coffee Wednesdays became Crafty Wednesdays. I’m so grateful for Emily for teaching me how to knit. It’s something I was never taught as a child; I feel I missed out! The first thing I made was a baby blanket for my yet to be born niece, Adelaide. She’s now 5, and since then I’ve made another 5 Big Bad Baby Blankets. They’re so easy to make, but, on average they take me about 3 months to knit!

Another colleague, Christin, another very clever crafter, taught Emily how to crochet and she’s crocheted many blankets since. One of which I was lucky to receive as a wedding gift and is one of my very favourite possessions. I’ll share it with you another time. Meanwhile, Christin has moved to the States and runs art classes alongside all her other crafting activities. You should check out her website. We were hoping to Skype her today, but timings didn’t work out.

As it proves difficult finding a weekend date everyone can make, we usually end up having only one or two Crafternoons a year. We always have a Christmas one, even if it’s in November. There’s usually a theme to the food; so far, we’ve done: Spanish, Greek, Italian. Today’s theme was English garden party. Basically sandwiches and cakes. I forgot to photograph the food before we started demolishing it. So here’s us (slightly staged with our crafts).

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Amazingly, Emily and I managed to get our babies to sleep at the same time and we had a glorious 45 minutes of uninterrupted craft time. Emily did 3 rows of crochet, which she says is more than she usually manages in an evening.

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Lucy had a go at loom bands and also sewed a couple of badges onto her Guides camp blanket.

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I failed to get a picture of Kayleigh making loom bands. Kayleigh and a friend have been showing off their wares (which include magic wands, shadow puppets, hair clips and bibs) at various craft fares. Have a look at their Facebook page.

Meanwhile, I started a second pair of baby shoes as I wasn’t happy with the pair I made the other day. I finished them tonight. They were better and didn’t take as long. But, unfortunately, one shoe was bigger than the other.

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And, Sleeping Beauty-style, I’d manage to prick my finger and get blood on the sole of one of them.

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Fortunately, one of the shoes I made earlier in the week is a better match in terms of size. All I need to do now is buy some ribbon and attach it.

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Sorry for the epic-ly long post, with not many pictures. I’m exhausted just writing it. Back to the quilt tomorrow. Maybe.

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