Saturday, June 28, 2014

Great advice for Insomniacs.

Loom knitting.  Really.  I fortunately am not a sufferer of Insomnia, but there are rare occasions when I do wake up in the night, and can't get back to sleep. Laying awake for hours is such a waste of time, and of course, frustrating.  But, if it ever happens again, I'm going to get loom knitting, because boy, does it make me sleepy!!
I have wanted to knit for many years, and mum has tried to teach me on many occasions, but it's like maths, the lights turn off and I can't do it.  Then I recently came across loom knitting.  I'm not exactly sure how, or where, but it suddenly popped into my mind that it exists.  So I bought one.  I probably bought the most unsuitable yarn to learn with, because it was thick and double something, but it was the softest Alpaca mix I could find. 
I managed to knot knit a few inches following a You Tube tutorial. Thank god for You Tube, because I sure did not understand the instructions accompanying the loom.  
Here is my first attempt at loom knitting...


There are a few errors, and I couldn't finish the ends because I didn't have a crochet hook. Anyway, I really love Kidsilk, so I ordered some, and have just managed to knit another couple of inches. Kidsilk yarn is at the other end of the thickness spectrum, to say the least, and its quite a different outcome, but, I like it.  I think.
It took me 30 minutes to knit 2 inches, and since I was almost falling asleep, I figured I should write a blog post to wake me up.

I'm not sure if knitting is seriously boring, or if it challenges my ability to concentrate.  I will keep at it, and then decide.  And I must remember to hide the yarn.  Cats like yarn.  They especially like to unravel it, I discovered.

The Kidsilk ~


I have also been busy playing with my room box for dolls, and making some furniture and bedding to go in my Etsy shop.
The bedroom ~


My friend Joelle has opened her Etsy shop - she makes the most adorable clothes and furniture - here is a Middie sized coat she made..
Check out her shop too ~ The Pampered Dolly


The wooden floor I spent days creating is shifting.  I guess I should have bought the correct sized skirting board, and placed it over the top of the floor boards to neaten it up. Next time I will get it right.



I finally came up with a design ot make a 'real' dolly lamp. Magnets are so useful ~ they are holding all the pictures, shelves and coat racks up on the walls, and also keeps the mini LED light in place...
I hope to update my Etsy shop on Monday 30th with some beds, bedding, and a few other furniture pieces.



Having spent the past year as blind as a bat, I went to the Opticians for an eye test... the result are these...


I haven't decided if these bifocals are my friend, or enemy. I'm supposed to wear them all the time, but they are insanely difficult to get used to.
And finally, an image of my snuggle buggle SuperCat.  He wanted to join in on the photo shoot.







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  2. Awesome, fabulous and totally amazing as always Abi xxxx

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  3. A big eyed needle could substitute for a crochet hook. Working with yarn is fun. Cute doll house accessories. My mom was probably supposed to wear bi-focals but she opted for two pairs of glasses intsead.

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    1. Yes, it is fun - I have found the more I practice, the more addictive it becomes :) I have two sets of glasses now... those bi-focals and I did not get along.

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  4. Hello, the doll room is so beautiful, very realistic. Personally I like to knit, it has a calming effect on me ^_^ . I usually knit little doll pullovers, very rewarding! Good luck with the new glasses, you will get used to them, I'm sure! Linda (new follower)

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    1. Thanks Linda. Yes, I am starting to like and enjoy knitting... calming I can appreciate. Thank you for following!

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  5. Ohmigosh, these pictures are so magical! You have so much talent it's amazing, and I've never heard of loom knitting before, so that's a revelation for me :D

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    1. Thank you - you should try a loom - its quite fun!

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  6. I truly love the atmosphere about everything you make and put together, and that bedroom is soo great! My goodness what a sweet little coat! I must pop in and see her shop. Love the lamp, love everything (even your glasses, but l know it takes some getting used to them). That loom knitting looks interesting...think l tried it years ago. Love knitting and crocheting, cant read crochet patterns though, goodness knows why?! Pam xx

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    1. Thanks Pam! I cant believe its taken me this long to discover a loom! Ooh, and I would love to try crochet...next month perhaps!

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  7. ohhhh.... look at those paws....I feel like I could just reach out and stroke them.......

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    1. Indeed! they are adorable :) LOL Hope all is well with you dear V.

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