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  1. That is a really lovely idea. I would love to come to the craft weekend if it happens to be on a free weekend. I do crochet mainly, although I can knit. I have seen that quite a few people would like to learn to crochet, and as I am left handed this might be useful for other left handers. I have also got a knitting machine, which when I mentioned it on the forum this week some people showed an interest in it. I could bring it so that people could have a go. As for accommodation, I could borrow my daughter's tent and bring a sleeping bag, the tent is big enough for more than one. If we are able to do this, do let us know what we could do or bring to make it easier for you so that you can enjoy it as well. Many thanks Egzandra
  2. I have recently been watching the programme where some people lived for a year on a farm that was as much as possible as it would have been in Victorian times. I thought it was good. The lady on there, Ruth Goodman learnt how to plait with straw, and in those days they used to make hats with plaited straw. I don't know if many people would wear plaited straw hats nowadays, but I would love to try because we could make arty things from plaited straw, maybe adding beads for a modern twist? It might be a good pastime for a chicken keeper, sitting in the garden plaiting straw and watching the chickens. Not that I have got enough time to do it, or any of my craft interests really. Anyone else interested in this, or know where I could get instructions? Egzandra
  3. Oh my goodness, that's ANOTHER thing I am going to have to try! Looks great.
  4. Thank you kazadress for that link, the summernaturals hard soap base looks good! All the best for the baby as well. Egzandra
  5. I have decided to bring this thread to the top of the list again as it is something I am interested in! Has a good link which I'll read when I have time! Love from Egzandra
  6. Hi, thank you for your message, I like knitting too although I have not done any for a while. My projects take quite a bit of time, too - in fact it's a family joke. I bought some green wool in the 1970s (goodness knows why, because it was a horrible shade, like something unmentionable on a refined site like this) and finally gave it away last year concealed in a bagful of other wools, still unknitted. I hope Kev appreciates his jumper. My husband had one knitted by me with intarsia triangles, although our eldest daughter nicked it and wore it mostly. I think that knitted fabric is definitely better for jumpers, drapes better. Crochet has its place for other things and as you sayit can be knitted in the round as well as straight.
  7. Hi Snowy, Thank you for your reply, I have had a quick look at that site, will go and have a longer look later, looks fascinating and with a wealth of ideas. I am doing hexagons as well, in my daughter's quilt! using Paton's 4 ply cotton. My inspiration was an excerpt from a book that I got with a knitting magazine. There's a lovely pattern for covering a round pouffe in there as well. Thank you for your reply, the book I used was Crochet Unravelled by Claire Bojczuk, and I got it from the website called Anything Left Handed but you can get it from Amazon as well. I had trouble learning knitting and crochet from my mother, who is right handed. I was taught to knit by a left handed friend, who knits the right handed way but with the right hand needle supported in the abdomen. (Sounds painful, I know but it is comfortable and gives a lovely even finish). And, I learnt to crochet with this wonderful book! Hooray! Good luck with your daughter. It's quite a nice little book with a cartooney cover and projects inside in varying degrees of easiness.
  8. I taught myself to crochet just over a year ago, using a great book for teaching crochet to left-handers. I have been "hooked" ever since! My younger daughter had ripped a fluffy collar off her knitted jacket and wanted me to make it wearable again. So I did a row of trebles in a shell pattern around the raw edges. She was very pleased, and I was amazed because it looked good! I then made her another, black lacy jacket which she has worn and worn. I then started to make one for myself, which is still unfinished. I made a doily with fine thread, this looked all right as well although I got mixed up with the right side and the wrong side a couple of times. Now I am doing a big throw/bedspread for my older daughter, that has taken a while but I am over half way through. I like knitting as well, but have found that I prefer crochet. It seems to be bigger in America than over here though. Anyone else on here like crocheting? Love from Egzandra
  9. Thank you for your replies and the link! That's food for thought. I have made the basic cakes now. My son says he will have a look at the picture on the internet and see if he can come up with a template during the day, as he is not at work today.
  10. Thank you for your replies. I will have a good look after work It does not look as if it would be cheaper to make our own soap, but interesting to have a go. Also save on packaging, maybe!
  11. That's a beautiful machine. My mother has an old Singer treadle machine that her mother had. When I looked up the serial number on an internet site, I found it was built in 1913. It is built into a table which flips open, making a sewing table and the machine is upside down under that, a bit like Jules' but not in a cabinet with two doors. My mum used it a bit, but I used it to make all my dresses on when I was around 15, with varying results, I might add, but all of which I wore. It only does straight stitch but that is perfectly adequate, I used to turn the inside of the seams over and stitch them to neaten them. My mum has still got it. I would like to have it restored one day if my mum will let me have it. My electric Husqvarna is lovely, but even though it does fancy stitches I don't love it more than the old treadle.
  12. I have two knitting machines, both of which I never use, because they take time to set up and remember how to use since the last time! I have made things on them both though. One is a very basic plastic one which knits all different guages. The other is a more sophisticated electronic model that does fairisle. I never got to grips with either of them really, though. It's such a shame. Machine knitting seems to have gone out of fashion now. You never see machine knitting courses at the college.
  13. Thank you, chicky chickenn! That is a lovely link to gracefruit's blog, I will spend some time looking at it! I have also found ths site by searching the forum. http://www.selfsufficientish.com/index.php/categoryblog/98-how-do-you-make-homemade-soap-by-mel-rimmer This lady tells you the complicated way of mixing oil and sodium hydroxide (with gloves and goggles, scary) which I might try, but I was thinking of doing some melting of something or other and adding oils etc. first of all. Love from Egzandra
  14. Beautiful, I love beaded things. Have only tried doing them with thread or with that fine plastic-ey thread like fishing thread, the name escapes me. Will have to try with head pins, yours are professional looking.
  15. Has anyone on here made their own soap, and if so, what do I need to get started? I would like to make liquid soap as well to save buying it for my downstairs loo. THanks a lot, Love from Egzandra
  16. My daughter plays the saxaphone and for her birthday party, which is this Saturday, she has asked me to make a saxaphone cake. I have already made a 10" square madeira which is in the oven, and am making the second madeira this afternoon. Even with 20" x 10" the sax will have to be out of proportion and I wonder if anyone here has any ideas of what I could do to make it look good? These daughters, eh. She would not have a clock cake or a house cake, which are my old stand bys!
  17. Yes, photos of your new chickens would be lovely. I have not got any yet, so I am surviving on other peoples pictures! Think I would get three rather than 2 if I were getting an eglu. I am planning to have a cube, and so I will get 5 probably. Good luck, and welcome to the forum!
  18. Thank you for your replies and also to Tom for the link which makes it very clear.
  19. Hi, I am an absolute novice when it comes to chickens and housing, but although I thought that house looked nice in the pic, I looked at how you would get in to clean out the run, and there is only one door which it looks like you would have to crawl through. Also I am not sure how you would move it easily as there are no handles. I don't like what it says about cracks and scratches on arrival. That could cover a multitude of sins. I don't think I would go for that one either, might not last very long. Could be wrong, though, me with no experience.
  20. I am a chicken novice planning to get a cube (i think), but wonder if the run would be easy to clean. In summer I could move it about the lawn, but in winter I suppose it will have to go on the paving slabs with some sort of chips/bark/bedding. Do Cube Owners find the run is easy to clean? I have to say that one of the reasons I have been considering wooden housing is that some styles have enough headroom in the run for an adult to walk in to clean it. Or, do you take the run to bits? Thanks to the experienced omleteers for your tips which would be appreciated. Egzandra
  21. There's a place called Thorne's Garden Nursery not far from us. www.thornesgardennursery.co.uk and when I have been there they had silkies. I saw some white ones. Not sure whether they were the large ones though. Don't know whether they have the varieties you want but it might be worth giving them a ring. They have some rare breeds there as well as hybrids, I will probably get my chickens from there depending on what I decide to get. The birds always look cleanly kept and the staff are very helpful.
  22. Good for Lola! Have you eaten it yet? I can't wait to have some eggs.

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