Sunday, October 14, 2007

Lovely Day!

OOOOOOOOooooooooo I had such a lovely day with my sister and husband yesterday! It was so lovely and relaxing! We sat, chatted, ate breakfast and chatted, drank coffee and chatted, went wool shopping and chatted, knitted and chatted, drank tea and ate biccies and chatted, ate dinner and chatted, then all too soon they had to go home and the chatting finished :o( But it was soooooooo lovely!

I helped her master the art of the 'Loopa' we both bought one awhile back and she had been trying to solve a problem she was having and I hadn't even picked mine up! So before they arrived I started, would you like to join me?

First gather all your ingredients............

The Loopa frame, pattern, 3 balls of wool for the scarf, 1 ball for the chain and sewing up!

First make a slip knot with the chain and sewing up wool,

through the loop put the ends of the scarf making wool, my selection had 3 strands do not tighten yet.

Then wind the yarns around the loopa in a figure of eight (just the once). with the sewing up wool form a chain at the cross over point to hold the loops in place


Showing how to make the chain

Once you reach the top of the Loopa you have to backstitch up the centre chain to secure the wool in place

Sorry about the pic! I'm using a different coloured wool so you can see where I've stitched!
Once you have backstitche up the chain which is held on the Loopa, you can slide it off

quite scary the first time you do this, but this is what it should look like so far,

Now you start again, so hold securely with your thumb

repeat all the steps again

and again and again until you finish!

This is soooooo simple to do, the Loopa cost under £2, the wool from Wilkinsons was about £2.50 and look at the cracking present you can make. Using different wools gives different effects! I will post pics of further Loopa scarves as I finish them!

I also finished the bedjacket for my mum which I am far, far happier with!

This time next week I shall just be home from my op! Whilst chatting with my sis, it dawned on me that I had only been feeling back to my old self in the last week or two! Which means we are looking at about 2 months for 'full' recovery! I think its the anesthetic that is 'fuddling' my brain cells! Now this panicked me abit as I still have alot of 'Crimbo' presents to do/make! So this week I shall make a list of all the things I need to make, for whom and sizes! I shall also make a list of everything I have already made, so I don't worry that I have forgotten anyone! What I know I can do is knit, whilst in recovery! But I also have some sewing to do to! So I think I will try and get that done this week!
I have also found the sewing pattern I shall be using for my 'select' few Crimbo cards I hand make! Last year I used beads, see here so this year I shall be using?????????????????????? ha ha its a surprise!!!
Right off to make some lists and attempt to get some amount of organisation to my Christmas Preparation!


RUTH said...

I love that scarf...I've never seen the Loopa for sale...maybe I look in the wrong my grandaughters would love those for Christmas...and looks fun to do. I wonder if I could cultivate the knack. I'm sure your Mum will love the bedjacket. Glad you had a good day with your sister :o)

Sheila said...

This is so neat..!
I've never seen this gadget before, it looks l.ike fun.
Sorry to hear you are to have another op...
I hope all goes well, and iy is successful.

A wildlife gardener said...

These are fabulous, Libby! Fantastic! You are sooo clever with your hands :)

Joanna said...

Love the loopa, will have to have a go. I can't knit but I lovely all those nice wools you can get, thats the perfect thing. Good luck for the opp.

mrsnesbitt said...

The beauty about having a blog is we can look back and see what we did for Christmas last year! LOL!

Take care chuck.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

You're such a creative person Libby! After reading your post I want only one thing: a Loopa!!!!!

Love the bedjacket for your Mum, she will be over the moon with it I'm sure!

And try not to worry too much, the main thing for you is to get well soon after the OP.

Felicia said...

That Loopa looks groovy :)

Janice said...

How fun! The scarf is lovely and it was fun to see the step-by-step progress of making it! The bed jacket is lovely as well. You are very gifted!

smilnsigh said...

Today is Tuesday and I'm wishing you well with your recovery. You aren't too long into recovery today. But it is recovery time. And I wish you much well.


Allotment Lady said...

Fabulous - never seen a loopa before.

It will be nice to know that this time next week your op will be over and hopefully you will be back tucked up in your own bed. I take it that it will be a day visit again or just an overnight stay?

They can't keep you in long - you have too much knitting to do.

Sending all my best wishes