Calling all knitters: I have been experimenting... - LUPUS UK


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Calling all knitters


I have been experimenting with odd bits and balls of wool to try to make a seascape/landscape wall hanging. I had in mind looking from one shore of a bay over to the other. This is the result.

Now all you knitters might be able to help me out with ideas of how to get it mounted/hung and whether a fringe at the bottom would enhance it. Hubby thought my attempts of wispy cloud at the top of the scene were gulls - well that’s okay. I don’t know what my attempts of heather in the grass look like but if I attempt another similar scene I can see if I can improve on that. Also the reflected sunset in the water looks more like a long boat. 😆 So any tips, opinions or advice would be gratefully received.

I’ve run out of a few colours now but I’m just starting a new one which is narrower and with different colours just to use up more of my old stock.

Hoping others are keeping occupied crafting too. If so I look forward to hearing about what you are making too. Keep safe, busy and warm. 🙏🏻🤗😘xx

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Knew it would be fab 😊 It needs some texture spotty whether embroidered grass , knots for flowers or clouds.i agree with a fringe and you could knit up a band at the top fold it over and sew it down to thread a rod through to hang.ive got loads of oddments if you want some .I'm happy to send xx

Thank you for your kind remarks SML and the advice is brilliant. 👍🏻 Thank you. I’ll knit up a band for the top so I can thread a rod or twig through, and might try sewing some sheep on the grass to hide some of the dopey heather. 😉 More experimenting in order. Thanks too for the offer of oddments. I’ll PM you to discuss. Thanks again SML. 🤗😘💕

Pick up across the top and knit up maybe 4 inches xx

Will do. 👍🏻 Thanks again. 😘

stiff19 in reply to Spotty-ewe

Great work spotty 🙌🏻👍 thats a good idea to embroider some sheep on, your trademark 👍😘🤗xx

Spotty-ewe in reply to stiff19

Thank you Stiff. 😂😂 Yes, sheep do seem to be my trademark. 🐏🐑 I am very fond of them in all their forms and breeds. Looking forward to seeing some of your crafts on here again. Love and hugs 🤗😘🙏🏻💕🐏🐑

stiff19 in reply to Spotty-ewe

Me too 🐑 . I enjoyed seeing your knitting which reminded me did you finish your multicoloured sheep? They were great. 😍I mentioned it before but I think it would be nice if we could all have a part in a project and sell for monies to go to lupus charity. I don’t know how we’d go about it , I could do a felt, I’m sure everyone owns something made of or has some wool I could felt something. Obviously would have to work out a way to collect all in , or maybe someone has a better idea but I think it would be nice to sell something to raise some money from a bit of something from all of us 🤷‍♀️ What do you think? Or doesn’t have to be a felt or wool but a project we could all have involvement 🤷‍♀️ Or all make a micro piece of something for a whole , written or made or 🤷‍♀️There’s lots of talent on here I’m sure we could come up with an idea Between us all 🤷‍♀️


Spotty-ewe in reply to stiff19

It is a nice idea Stiff, but somebody would have to be the organiser and the rest of us would have to send that person our contributions. Not easy to have a sale of our work during this pandemic ☹️, but maybe something to work towards for the future.

I have the bodies of 3 more sheep 🐑🐏🐑 to add to the flock but haven’t stuffed them yet or finished knitting all the heads, legs, and ears. I find that bit tedious whereas I enjoy the knitting.

I would wait until the pandemic is more under control and then sound it out in a post on the forum, but it is up to you. Others may totally disagree with me. 🤷‍♀️

A joint thing might be to knit or crochet a square each of a given size to make up as a blanket? See what others think, but I’d leave it until things calm down a bit. Glad you are feeling much better. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Love and hugs, 💜🤗😘 xx

stiff19 in reply to Spotty-ewe

Pandemic possibly does pose dproblems as with everything, but online sales are at their peak and many have time on their hands with lockdown so that side of things is 👍 just thought not everybody finds it easy to do things anymore , hindered by one problem or another, I struggle at times myself, or not everyone can knit or crochet so just something where all could be involved 🤷‍♀️It’s just an idea I’ve given some thought to for a while🤷‍♀️

Feeling better than I have Thankyou 👍

will take a while I guess the same as it did to get there 🤷‍♀️ But better 🙏

Yes know what you mean , some parts of crafting more enjoyable than others.🤔


Spotty-ewe in reply to stiff19

Yes, I suppose on-line sales will be better during lockdown - not thinking straight just now as I’m not emotionally in a great place. Give me a few days and I’ll get to grips with it and discuss it more with you then by PM. So pleased you are feeling better too. 👍🏻 We’ll need to make a plan of what your next course of action is to get a diagnosis. I’ll be in touch soon. Keep smiling and keep safe. 🙏🏻💝🤗😘🐑x

stiff19 in reply to Spotty-ewe

Sorry to hear that , wishing you well , take care 🙏😘🤗x

looks good my friend .Looking at something such as this ,people see different things and i see a sky mountain range near sunset ,looking down to a green field to water . There that is what comes to me . like it !! how's that ???? ha

Spotty-ewe in reply to jetjetjet

Aww, thank you J. You see exactly what I’d intended so thanks for that. 👍🏻 So pleased you like it . I hope you are keeping okay J? Take care. 🤗🙏🏻x

Wow Spotty!!! ♥️How creative you are. Very well done. 😊

Re hanging;

In quilting we make a free tube and attach it to the back top large enough in diameter to accommodate the appropriate size rod to support the piece. Since your piece is small a dowel would be sufficient and you can use wooden balls with predrilled holes to fit the dowel ends snuggly to secure it on the dowel.

Leaving the wooden dowel/ball hanger its natural wood state as staining or shellacking may leach into your piece over time.

I’m not a knitter...started out well but not long into the piece the tension got so tight I couldn’t get my needles through the loops to continue. 😆🤣😆🤣. Odd though never happened with crocheting or tatting Just not meant to be a knitter. 😊

How about doing a mountain scene snow capped with evergreen trees and a reflecting lake below??

Keep up the great work sweetie.

Luv ya bunches.

EJ 😊🤗♥️🥰🙏🕊🌿🌸🦋

Use larger needles EJ x

Hi Sml 🥰I have hun...I’m hopelessly non knitting. For some reason I get nervous and make the tension tighter with every stitch. 😭

It’s okay my Ehlers Danlos has destroyed my hands so I can’t do any handwork now.

That’s why I so love to see the works of other gifted artists.

Much love and hugs sweetie

EJ 🤗♥️🥰🙏🕊

Oh sorry to hear that 😔 . Big hugs back EJ xxx

Spotty-ewe in reply to honeybug

Thanks so much EJ. I’m so pleased you like it.😄 Thanks for the advice regarding the free tube - similar to what SML suggested only made of fabric rather than knitted. I might do both, sewing the knitted band over the fabric so it looks in keeping.🤷‍♀️ Again I’ll need to experiment. I love the idea of the wooden balls on the ends of the dowel - I’m sure hubby would sort that out for me.😉I’m not sure I’m up to knitting your suggestion. Sounds lovely and I’m not sure I could produce my mental image of what you describe, but hey, I like a challenge!

Crocheting is perhaps easier than knitting as it only involves the one loop so much easier to undo and pick up if a mistake is made. I enjoy both.

Thanks again for your lovely remarks and advice Honey. 👍🏻🙏🏻🤗😘💕

honeybug in reply to Spotty-ewe

You’re welcome hun. ♥️ You’re talented enough that I’m sure whatever you attempt you’ll be successful. Best wishes stay safe and take care sweetie.

Luv ya

EJ 😊🤗♥️🥰🙏🕊🌿🌸🦋

Spotty-ewe in reply to honeybug

YOu’re too kind EJ. How about showing us some of your quilting? I’d love to see it and I’m sure others here would too. You stay safe too.🙏🏻. Love and hugs 💙🤗😘x

That’s so cool!!! Looks great. I’ve never tried knitting or crocheting before. Painting and poetry are my fortes. Maybe something to try. My mother in law gave me some crocheting needles and a book. Maybe I should try it. Not like I have anything else on my plate these days. 😂🤣 Is it easy to learn? I hear knitting is harder than crocheting.

I've knit for 42 years J and taught myself to crochet a few years ago.the hardest part is learning to read a pattern then it's just practice practice practice x

Thanks for your kind remarks JM. I like painting too but haven’t done any for years now because it needs so much space and can be messy - well the way I paint is! 😂 I enjoy knitting or crocheting in front of the TV as I feel I’m doing something useful to justify sitting there. 😉Like anything, crochet is easy when you know how. My Mum taught me when I was about 8 years old but the one thing I remember her telling me was to hold the hook like a pencil instead of like a knitting needle. You might be able to learn more easily from watching demonstrations on U tube. I find it easier to learn by watching anyway, and then the book will reinforce what you’ve seen. As I mentioned to Honeybug, crochet can be easier because you don’t have stitches to drop, just the one loop, Give them both a go and see how you get on. The time will pass so quickly. 😊 Take care JM 🤗😘x

love hubby. I made an amigurumi cat and my mother thought it was a fish

Brilliant 😆 x

That’s just the sort of thing my Mum would have said! 😂 Are you working on anything just now Suzannah? Keep safe. 🤗😘

using some james c brett marble chunky to make a jumper, already made a cardy. I love the colour change so much I bought the blue/pink too. I gave up on animals although I have some flower cushion patterns I want to try.

Sounds really great! You’ll have to show us some of your work. 👍🏻

This is absolutely brilliant- I think a fridge would really enhance it 😃 I’ve only taken knitting up this year but am really enjoying it - Bea and Mira have a nice collection of jumpers now 😂❤️

Spotty-ewe in reply to svfarmer

Aww thanks SV. 👍🏻 You had me stumped for a minute wondering how on earth a fridge would enhance it 🤔 or should I hang it on a fridge, hide it in the fridge?🤷‍♀️ Then the penny dropped and I realised your auto-correct had put fridge instead of fringe. 😂😂🤣🤣 Thanks for the compliment, the advice and the laugh. 🤗😘💕x

svfarmer in reply to Spotty-ewe

😂😂😂 I think I didn’t have my glasses on when I typed the reply to you but glad it gave you a laugh xx

Spotty-ewe in reply to svfarmer


That is a work of art! You are some knitter!

Spotty-ewe in reply to KayHimm

Aww, thank you Kay. It is definitely impressionist art! 😂 There are far better knitters than me, but I enjoy experimenting and this has been a great way of using up some odds and ends I had. It was fun to do.👍🏻 Thanks again for your kind words Kay. 🤗😘

KayHimm in reply to Spotty-ewe

I just learned how to post pictures, so will post my needlepoint so you can see it. Yes, you are a Monet-like knitter. 😅

Spotty-ewe in reply to KayHimm

Looking forward to seeing your needlepoint Kay.👍🏻👍🏻 Monet-like knitter sounds good! 😂 Thank you.🤣

This is lovely. Well done!

Spotty-ewe in reply to Ar29980

Thank you so much Ar. So pleased you like it. 🤗

This is beautiful. Reminded me of the Scottish prints my Gran used to have on her walls. I really enjoy cross stitching. First started when I was 14, but haven’t managed to do it for over a year. Struggle to hold the needle 😢 Did try crocheting at the start of lockdown but can’t get the tension right. Always too loose or too tight 😩 Will try again but need a break or I just get frustrated. Xx

Thank you GE. That must be frustrating not being able to do a craft you love due to your fingers and just as frustrating trying to learn to crochet when you are struggling with the tension. 🤦‍♀️ Might be worth trying again with the help of Utube which demonstrates and explains how to do things. Once you’ve learned how to crochet you’ll find it easy and quick to make things. But yes, a break first is a good idea. Why not post some of your past cross stitching? We’d love to see them. Stay safe and warm. 🤗

It is very frustrating. Have so many kits that I bought over the years. Keep hoping that one day I will be able to pick up a needle again even if it is only for a little while at a time. Used to sit and stitch for hours! Have done what you suggested and posted a pick of one of my past projects! This is the link to the post-

I’ve looked GE and it is fabulous! Thanks for letting me know. Xx

Wow that is beautiful. I have been looking at Scottish prints hoping for some inspiration for Neil’s Birthday in March. This really does look like a landscape with the sun setting over the sea. You are so talented. Xxx

Thank you so much Cecily. I’m so pleased you are seeing the landscape I was trying to portray. 👍🏻 Not easy when I didn’t have a pattern to follow, but great fun to experiment and play around with. I’m trying another now so will see how it turns out. 🤔 Very different colours but still a landscape. I hope you find something you really like for Neil. 🙏🏻 Love and hugs 🤗😘x

That is beautiful, so talented, I have been sewing after a gap of 15 years, i find it so relaxing. I have also starting doing a jigsaw, my son bought me for Christmas, lockdown has brought some positives 😊 take care M x

I’m glad you like it Maddy. Thank you. You must show us some of your sewing projects. It is always lovely to see other’s talents and interests on here. Hubby does the jigsaws and I do the crafting - not always to a high standard but they are relaxing and rewarding and I enjoy it which is the main thing. Happy sewing! 🤗x

First, I love it - very creative and I can't imagine being able to do something like that by knitting. I hand embroider and my favorite part is the designing. After breaking my main neck bone and right wrist last Feb., I am just starting to try to get back to it little by little. Then I got Covid in Nov., I am still struggling to get over that, but am working on a towel I started last Jan. for Valentine's Day. It is a boy and girl cat holding a heart that is like vintage cards.

I wouldn't necessarily change anything, but thought if you wanted, you could add a little sparkle to the clouds with a little yarn or embroidery thread that sparkles. It wouldn't need to be need to be very much, just a little eye catcher with random stiches in the clouds.

Thanks for sharing and giving me inspiration and motivating me to want to continue my embroidery.

Healing hugs.

Hi Pumpkin, thanks for the positive remarks and also for the excellent suggestion. I’ll maybe try that to see what it’s like. As I say I enjoy experimenting. Thank you.So sorry to hear about your neck and wrist as well as having Covid. That’s rotten luck. 🥴 I wish you a full recovery 🙏🏻 and in the meantime I hope you enjoy continuing with your embroidery. The towel sounds lovely so please share with us when you finish. Take care and healing hugs back to you. 🤗😘x

That’s fabulous, I love your idea and colours. A fringe and texture would add the finishing touch to a great piece of work. I’ve used wooden rods and fancy bobbles for wall hangings in the past and it works really well.

My hobbies depending on how I am feeling on the day are card making, crocheting, family history and playing the ukulele with plenty of zooming thrown in for good measure😆

It’s great to hear what everyone else is doing during lockdown.

Spotty-ewe in reply to Meg52

Thanks for your lovely remarks Meg. Your hobbies are varied and very interesting. 👍🏻 You must post some of your cards and crochet projects. We could have a craft fair on this site! 😉 Take care Meg. 🤗😘x

I did a lot of knitting and crochet but about 3 weeks ago have taken up needle felting. Feel I have a long way to go but each piece is a learning project at the moment. Love your knitting.

Thank you SLE. Good luck with the felting. Stiff is an expert felter so I’m sure she’d be able to help if you need any tips or advice. Let us see your projects. Keep safe and warm. 🤗😘x

I need all the help l can get! Some things have been disasterous!

You could PM Stiff. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind. Tell her Spotty suggested it. If you look at her profile you’ll be able to see some of her past posts where she showed us some of the fabulous creations she’s made. Happy felting! 🤗x

Not sure how to find stiff? Would love to be in contact.❤❤❤

If you go to Chat at the top of the page next to Alerts, you can Personal Message her there. If you type in her username it will come up with a box ready for you to write your message. I can let her know you are going to contact her if you’d like me to. Let me know if you have any trouble getting in touch with her. 🤗x

My mum used to live on Skye and this brought back memories of the wonderful sunsets. You are very talented, thank you!

Spotty-ewe in reply to Tykle

Aww, thank you Tykle. I used to live near to Skye - a beautiful area except for the midges.🤣 I’m so pleased it brought back happy memories for you. I’m going to try another one soon with different colours to use up more odds and ends. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. Thanks again for your lovely comments. 🤗😘x

Tykle in reply to Spotty-ewe

I look forward to seeing it!

What a fabulous piece Spotty 🤗 so creative 🙌 well done!! N yes I agree a fringe n bit of wood at the top would complete your masterpiece!! 🌈😽😽Xx

Thanks for your lovely words Kat. 🥰 I’ll need to complete it and see how it turns out. I’m so pleased you like it. Have you done any crafts yourself lately? I hope you are keeping okayish?🙏🏻 Love and hugs 💜🤗😘x

Not too much lately I've been preoccupied with 'life' as in DWP shenanigans..but hey here I am again..back in the room!! 😹I'm not replying much but I am reading n enjoying others crafts while I'm resting!! 😴😴

Take care..💜 n 🤗🤗🌈😽😽xx

You have my sympathies where DWP are concerned. I’m supposed to get my pension at long last in July (only 6 years later than I’d signed up for when I started paying a stamp at 16!). So I’ll no doubt be having words with them too. 😣 Glad you are enjoying reading the posts and seeing the crafts. 👍🏻 Enjoy your rest Kat. 🤗😘💜xx