Thursday, 31 July 2008
Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Thank you to everyone who made Monday's Hyperbolic Crochet Jam on the beach such a joy!
Until we presented Prick Your Finger's House of Shadows Silhouette Portrait stall at the V&A village fete this weekend, we had no idea how much the great British Public worried about the length of their noses. We have proved that however big, bent or flat your nose is, a silhouette portrait looks charming.
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Monica and I have fulfilled our dream of exploring the west coast of Scotland and the Orkney Isles in a VW Camper Van.
Saturday, 26 July 2008
This Sunday 27th July, there is a farewell tea party at the 'Museum of Objects of Virtue' for our show 'Dust Jacket For the Voyage of the Beagle.' You are all welcome. Details are on the Glass Pinacle blog. You can connect to it from the list to your right.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Prick Your Finger would like to invite you all to our "House of Shadows", a silhouette portrait stall, where you can have your profile cut for a mere £5.
at the V&A Village Fete,
evening of Friday 25th July,
and day of Saturday 26th July.
Our friends, Tatty Devine, Mark Pawson, and Rob Ryan, will all be there. Come along!
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Cast on 40 sts. and work in box stitch for 32 rows.
1st row. k4, p4, to end.
2nd row. k4, p4 to end.
3rd row. k4, p4 to end.
4th row. k4, p4 to end.
5th row. p4, k4 to end.
6th row. p4, k4 to end.
7th row. p4, k4 to end.
8th row. p4, k4 to end.
rep. rows 1-8, 4 times.
33rd row. k.
34th row. k1, *yrn fwd, k2tog. rep. from * to end.
35th row. k 4 more rows.
Pick up 30sts. along the 32nd row of the grenade body. Do this by starting and finishing 5 sts. in.
Commence in gun metal grey.
1st row. k.
2nd row p.
rep. these rows 3 times, dec. 1 st. at each end of p. row.
9th row. k.
10th row. p.
rep. these rows 3 times, inc. 1 st. at each end of p. row.
press, fold along shortest row, and hem into 32nd row of body.
Cast on 4sts.
1st row. k, inc.1st. at each end of row.
2nd row. p.
3rd row. as 1st row.
4th row. p.
cont. in stocking st. for 16 rows.
Then dec. 1 st. at each end of every p. row until 2sts remain.
k2tog.( 1 sts. remains) now make pin loop as follows.
1st row. Cast on 1 st.
2nd row. Cast off 1 st.
3rd row. Cast on 1 st.
4th row. Cast off 1 st. rep. this until loop measures 4cm.
Cast off, and st. into a loop.
St. up side of grenade body.
Gather the bottom of the grenade by running stitches through row 1 of body and pulling tight.
Fold trigger in half, lengthwise, press, and st. onto side seam of body, leaving loop at the top.
Gather opening of grenade by threading ribbon through holes made by row 34.
Put pin through top, and loop and then top, and now you are ready to throw your grenade!
Congratulations to Fleur Emery, who has made these fabulously pop place mats. Fleur had the simple and effective idea of knitting in roving and felting to make it thicker, fluffier, with lovely rounded corners.
I'm sure any spinner will tell you, that once you get going, and start dreaming, you can end up sitting anywhere. If we sit outside the shop and concentrate, it is possible to turn the noise of passing traffic, into the sound of waves at the seaside. Today I spun plastic bags for our "Rubbish Collection" and pretended we combed them from the beach.
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
For those of you that can't attend the 'In the Loop' conference at Winchester School of Art over these next three days, I wanted to share a song with you that I aim to teach the conference to sing on the 'New Wave' day. It is called 'Knit, Knit, Knit" and it was written by the Kendal WI ( my local town in Cumbria) in 1927, and it won a prize at the Mary Wakefield Festival in that same year. It was a busy summer for the WI because Kendal experienced terrible floods.
Sunday, 13 July 2008
Saturday, 12 July 2008
Its happened to all of us.....collections of unwanted or unwearable knitwear start lurking in our wardrobes.
It might be a much loved old cardi with holes, a beautiful Sonia Rykiel number that your boyfriend shrunk (yes that has happened!) or that old cliche - the Christmas jumper. Well here at PYF, we are a thrifty bunch and we are turning the unwearable, unwanted, into the wanted and wearable. Here is a picture of me knitting with our jumper yarn, styling a re-worked jumper and Rosemary sporting an old sweatshirt she's remade by changing the shape, crocheting a new neckline and using fabric pens to draw a lobster! Lx
Friday, 11 July 2008
And at last! The evidence that the knitted sheep auction really happened and raised a staggering £1170 for Farm Aid.
Last Saturday, our friend Maggie invited us to spin at the Mudchute City Farm.
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Lovers of adventure, I recommend you visit Miss Fleur Oakes's "Museum of Objects of Virtue" this weekend, for the show "Dust Jacket for Darwin's the Voyage of the Beagle." Please aim to visit between the hours of 12-6pm.
'Get Knitted' at the Sheffield Galleries is now open, and there are lots of goodies to see....
On Halloween last, we had a fancy dress competition. The prize was one of Louise's knitted flies. Quite late in the evening a zombie walked in with a chinese takeaway and we instantly made him the winner.
Saturday, 5 July 2008
Our knitting friend from across the pond, Sabrina Gschwandtner just recommended this film for me to study. Sabrina is coming to stay next week and we are going to the country to make a knitted movie. I hope it gives you inspiration for any picnics or camping holidays you might be planning this summer.
Friday, 4 July 2008
Congratulations to Captain Patch, or Ian Tea the Choir Master as we formally know him, who made history today by fixing a rip in the shoulder of his jacket. Ian used pins and a needle for the first time since school, and fluently described the experience to Anna McNamee of Radio 4's woman's hour at the same time. For more about Ian's patch, and all the other going's on at Prick Your finger today, please listen out for a piece about the rise of sewing machine culture, due to be broadcast sometime on R4 in the not too distant future.
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
Prick Your Finger is proud to present a new range of beige wool, hand dyed in the English Lake District by Diana.
Congratulations to Woolclip, organisers of Woolfest, and especially Cecilia Hewitt, for hosting the most spectacular knitted sheep auction that has ever been held anywhere, ever. I am still waiting for pictures of the auction, but here are the 120 sheep in 47 lots, waiting for the auction to start.
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Any day now, the Guardian are to publish a knitting supplement. What a sensible newspaper!