I knitted a little scarf for my sister. Here is a scan of the central part:

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Here I am modelling it.

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It is very lightweight (she does live in Australia!)

The Brief: Creative Joyful Thing No.10

* Make an item of jewellery or some other decorative thing to wear out of an unusual material*

Enjoy!

I knitted a cuff to look like the bark of the birch tree in my garden, then used shrink plastic to make a branch (a few leaves, really) falling in front of it.

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The plastic cover does hide some of the knitting detail, but I am pleased with how it turned out. I had not used the plastic before – you bake it in the oven and it shrinks by 40- 50% in both directions, so getting the leaves the right size was a bit of a challenge and an experiment. I used pastel pencils and had to seal the underside with varnish before sewing it onto the cuff. I punched holes in the corners before shrinking.

Here is what Rachel gave to me:

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A beautiful necklace made from a piece of driftwood with lovely markings in it (spalted beech possibly?) that she found on a beach in Wales. It was this size when found, like a pebble. She hammered some pins into it to adorn – perfect!

What was really nice was opening them together when Rachael visited me recently – presents!

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Here are picsĀ of the monkey i made for a monkey-loving friend of mine… she added his magic monkey badge!

here he is again:

and a close up!

not knitted using a pattern, needless to say…

p.s. he is meant to be a hedgehog!

p.s. he is meant to be a hedgehog!

Last year i knitted a shawl… it was the first thing i ever knitted using a pattern. It took me 6 months and was quite a slog. Each row had 122 stitches, often i would start to knit a row and regret it very quickly, then struggle on to the end of the row and then give up for the rest of the day! BUT little and often, and now i have a beautiful shawl and a huge sense of acheivement! I have not knitted anything since i finished it late November 2007… it may be some time before i knit again! I have only worn it out three times so far, but it is good to save it for swanky occasions! It is also quite handy as a blanket for napping in other people’s houses, as it is nearly as big as me when spread out flat!

modelled with pyjamas...

modelled with pyjamas...