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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Getting Organised!


WARNING - PHOTO HEAVY POST!!!

Well, I haven't blogged for a while but that's because I've been busy. I have managed to do some knitting though. It’s all bunched up on circular needles at the moment so it’s difficult to appreciate how it will look when finished and blocked but this is the swatch shawl or prototype of the Estonian Lace Christening shawl I’m in process of designing using traditional Estonian lace stitches.




The centre is worked in a stitch pattern containing lots of nupps. . .


. . . and is surrounded by an inner and outer border. I’ve yet to decide on the edging but I’ll be making a PDF pattern available in both written and charted forms for this shawl when it's finished in the near future (she says optimistically).

I also crocheted another wire choker for a friend who liked the first one I made. I glued Swarovski crystals in the medallion of this one.


I got a bee in my bonnet about getting organised. Believe me, this was a necessity. A clear out was definitely needed at Chez KnitYoga's! I couldn't believe the amount of stuff that we'd hoarded over the years and the loft and the garage produced an old Hewlett Packard computer and an Apple-Mac computer and printer that I used to use for my homoeopathic software package amongst other things. As I've also just got myself a brand new 'puter, there's another one spare which, thankfully, is needed by a friend's daughter. There were tons of board games a lot of which went to either Freecycle members or charity shops and quite a few which I still can't bear to part with like my vintage Pacman for one! Then there was china and glasses and kitchenware as well as a camping stove and tent and much more. It feels good to have got rid of all those things that we no longer use but which others can put to use and nothing has been dumped which makes me feel even better about it!

Then I got around to thinking about my button and crafts stash which was all over the place, hence not only making the place look messy but causing difficulty in locating any particular thing when needed. So, I found this tallboy in IKEA which exactly matches the chest of drawers and bedside cabinet in our spare room which doubles as a craft room. DH located some fabulous felt trays which fit into the drawers really snugly (also at IKEA) and these have been filled with buttons and polymer clay embellishments, etc. My buttons have now been organised by colour and material as far as possible. The following photos are a taster and if you want to see more, click here. Also, if you click on each photo, you'll be able to enlarge them and really see the detail of the buttons.


















Now, to visit some blogs and see what people have been up to! ;-)

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16 Comments:

  • At 8:07 am, Blogger Acornbud said…

    Wow, there are some great looking buttons in your collection!

     
  • At 2:10 pm, Blogger acrylik said…

    Wow, your shawl is looking absolutely stunning. I am really looking forward to seeing it progress and seeing the finished article.

    Doesn't it feel great to get everything cleared out? We took the opportunity to do that when we moved house and I was so glad we did!

    Wow, looking at your solutions for organising your buttons makes me want to get some organising done too - the tallboy is lovely and those trays are perfect. And what a button collection!

     
  • At 2:12 pm, Blogger Seahorse said…

    I am insanely jealous of your button stash!

    The shawl is looking stunning.

     
  • At 2:20 pm, Blogger nurhanne said…

    Looking forward to seeing the finished shawl - looks great so far! And that button stash ....... :-)

     
  • At 2:29 pm, Anonymous Irene said…

    'Tis delightful you are back! And what knitting you have been up to!!! Thanks for sharing!

     
  • At 5:26 pm, Blogger Claire said…

    What a beautiful shawl. Even on the circs it looks magical. And I love your treasury of buttons - so pretty.

     
  • At 8:59 pm, Blogger Saira said…

    I love the shawl Hazel and I am jealous of your organisation skills, I need to organise my stash of beads and yarn but never seem to get round to it.

     
  • At 1:32 am, Blogger Tina - omme i London aka teeweewonders said…

    Oh, my goodness, and I think I have a tonne of stuff! LOL - nice buttons and well done on the big tidy. I'm doing something along those lines and boy, is it needed! Welcome back to the world of blog!

    Oh, and PS - the shawl is BEAUTIFUL!

     
  • At 12:05 pm, Blogger belaybunny said…

    yes, wow, your shawl is looking stunning. And your buttons are wonderful, and so organised.

     
  • At 8:50 pm, Blogger ikkinlala said…

    Your lace is gorgeous... and what an amazing button stash!

     
  • At 1:54 pm, Blogger Mandella said…

    I'm feeling a little faint at the way you so casually talk about designing an Estonian lace shawl, nupps and all if I'm not mistaken. That's ambitious.

    Your buttons have put my little tinful to shame.

     
  • At 6:25 pm, Blogger KnitNana said…

    Let me tell you, if you decide to weed out from that collection, you must let me know! YUMMY!

    I have intriguing ones, occasionally, but mostly my tins are full of the men's shirt-style! lolol
    (((hugs)))

     
  • At 10:11 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    Love the button pics!!

     
  • At 12:55 pm, Blogger Lindsey said…

    I'm suffering from severe button envy - so many pretties and so neatly organised.

     
  • At 1:02 pm, Blogger gilraen said…

    Georgeous knitting!!! You are so accomplished at this.!

    I love your buttons but have to ask out of curiosity, Do the Nichols buttons come ready to sew on? I've been put off buying by being unsure.

     
  • At 8:52 pm, Blogger Arianwen said…

    wonderful shawl is it for a christening or just because? The buttons are ........well, drool, drool, drool!

     

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