Sunday, 8 July 2012

A Kidsilk Haze Experience!


I'll try and make this a quick post as I'm off to stay overnight with my youngest daughter so we can  get an early start shopping tomorrow!  It is my eldest daughter's graduation next week and I need something to wear!

Thank you to all of you for your comments on last week's post So Much Going On.  Kendal is doing fine, sat here happily watching the tennis with Maisy.  Taffy and Chester are not quite so interested in it!  I'm going to try and make an origami tea light holder with my silk paper (when I get around to it) so watch this space!

Pottery workshop

This week I have been to a Pottery workshop.  I was really pleased to be able to have a go on a wheel, which was not quite as scary as I had thought it would be!  We also made some terracotta items using coils.  It may be a few weeks before I can show you the results of these.  Here is a picture of my attempt on the wheel though, but unfortunately as we had only one session we couldn't keep these :(

Not bad for a first attempt I thought!

Lacy gloves

Over these last few weeks I have been busy making some fancy gloves using Rowan Kidsilk Haze.  I am going to be demonstrating crochet at the opening of the new Hobbycraft Store in Kingsteignton!  I'm really looking forward to it.  I have used a pattern from the book love...Crochet by Carol Meldrum.  A pair of lacy fingerless gloves using Rowan's Kidsilk Haze.  It's been very interesting using the Kidsilk Haze, it's so light and floaty.  It takes a bit of getting used to as it feels so delicate you start by treating it very gently.  It is only after a while when you get the feel for it that you realise it is actually quite strong and you can work it a little harder.  You can take it out if you make a mistake, but I found you had to do it very gently, stitch by stitch.  I have to admit, I couldn't see what all the fuss was about before I used it but now I would definitely like to crochet something else with it.  I think I'm sold!

Here are the gloves without the lacy bits (can't turn photo round I'm afraid)

This is the first row of the lacy bit (it's turned the photo round again!!)

Although the gloves look very lacy and fine they are comfortably warm on your hands.

And the finished article!

Has anyone else used Kidsilk haze? What patterns have you used? What did you think of it? What is it like to wear?  Does it bobble?

I think the next item I have been asked to do is a slouchy hat, but this will have to wait until next week as I haven't got the yarn yet!

Well, I'm off up the motorway to Gloucester now, so I'll see you all over on Handmade Monday tomorrow evening.  I have a felting workshop and a clay sculpture workshop coming up next week, the last of the freebies.  It really is great having all these opportunities to 'play'.  It doesn't happen very often!  

See you all soon x

PS - Just out of interest, does anyone know why occasionally pictures turn around of their own accord when you add them to a blog post!  Is there any way of preventing this?


  1. How brave, I have always wanted to have a go at potting, but fear I will spatter the assembled hoards in the studio! The gloves are super... I can see an active Goth market for them :)

  2. Hey, a fellow learner-potter! Isn't it great fun and so nice to be able to produce something first time around. You have to give it another go. Your gloves are so pretty - love the colour. Hope you enjoy your shopping trip with your daughter and have a good week.

  3. I love the gloves. They look so dainty but i am sure that they are warm. I have knitted with some wool similar to this and I found the same - ripping back was just manageable. The upside to this is that mistakes were quite hard to detect! I am sorry but I cannot help with the photo question - I am not techie enough. Hope shopping is successful!

  4. I've never had a go at pottery but I'd say that was a really good first attempt! I'm afraid I have no idea about the photo's, sometimes little gremlins get in and have a bit of cheeky fun I think! X

  5. I'd love to have a go at pottery so am envious that you have had the chance. I think your pot is fantastic for a first attempt! The gloves are so pretty, and look so snuggly and warm. Enjoy your shopping trip, hope you find something.

  6. The gloves are perfect- they look cosy and elegant simultaneously, which isn't an easy thing to pull off, but you've certainly managed it.

  7. Wow now I want some Kidsilk Haze! I have never had my pictures turn around, I am still trying to fathom the 'follow by e-mail thing' jeesh I see why I play with yarn and not technology! Glad you are having fun xxx

  8. Love those gloves! So pretty and delicate but warm looking.

    Blogger seems to like to revert photos to their original orientation and is a bit of a pain. I found changing the orientation on GIMP (download it free) works for me.

  9. i love those gloves! such a gorgeous colour and beautifully delicate - right up my street :) i'm sure the hat will be a super accompaniment, can't wait to see it when its ready!

    all the classes you are attending sound like great fun - its nice to have the chance to play once in a while! x

  10. Oh busy week. Hope you've got yourself an outfit. Congratulations to your daughter I bet your very proud. Love, love , love the gloves, so pretty I just want to touch them they look so soft.
    Well done with the pot I think thats a fab first attempt. Ali x

  11. Such pretty gloves! They look so delicate and warm at the same time :) Very cool!

  12. Love the gloves-a very delicate colour and they look so lovely on.I'm very impressed by your first pottery make-I've never done that!

  13. I love pottery, I'm not very good with the wheel though it's good fun.
    Lovely gloves, so delicate looking.
    Hope you had a great time shopping and the outfit for such a special occassion is sorted.

    Jan x

  14. Love the gloves, especially their colour. They look very fluffy, soft and warm. How great to have a go at pottery, your first attempt looks pretty good, well done


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