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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Our House ...


Inbetween all the Christmas festivities I have been knitting and embroidering away on a project which is really just for the fun of it. This is Our House ... In the Middle of Our Street. (Is that song is known outside the UK?) 

I really love the house where I live. Nearly all the best bits of my life have happened while living in this house. Despite its age, over a hundred years, it is cosy in winter, and lovely and cool in the summer. 


When my husband and I moved in, our elderly neighbours who had lived next door for many, many years, told us that this house had always been a lucky house (especially for babies, wink, wink!). And that proved true.


I was mainly inspired by the grey/pink flecked wool, which I have been using for another project and had a little left over, and thought would be perfect for the brickwork.

 
This is a slightly simplified, and idealised version of my house. Although I have tried to stick fairly strictly to reality, our house does not always have window boxes in full bloom, or a pink rose climbing up the back. It does have a spike on the front, whereas a lot of the other houses in the street have lost their spikes over the years. And the front bay window and door are pretty true to life. Also there is often a little black cat skulking around and a pigeon on the roof. 


The sizes of the windows also went a bit wrong, but I sort of like the wonkiness, which reminds me of the crooked house in the nursery rhyme.


My family kept coming up with other ideas. A satellite dish on top would be funny, or a bicycle parked at the side. So I may have a go at another house. I hope you like this project, which is going to sit for a while on the mantlepiece in the real house.



43 comments:

  1. Your house looks wonderful.

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  2. So pretty and cute, love it !
    (Yes the song is known outside the UK !)

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  3. The song came to mind instantly, or I assume it is the same song (I live in US), and it's a charming background theme to have running through my head as I gaze in awe at this. Really delightful idea. Not sure what the spike is, although I see it. Cat is perfect addition, as are the flowers.

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  4. Without a doubt my favourite project of the year so far, I love it. Really inspiring.

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  5. What a brilliant thing to make. I love it, Yes the song is known in Australia too. The cat, the flowers etc add to the charm and the little bird has stolen my heat.

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  6. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! It's a little Dr. Suess(ish)Visiting from Yarn Along!

    Best,
    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2014/01/top-yarny-goodness-for-2013.html

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  7. Adorable! Yes, in the US we know that song. :-)

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  8. That is the cutest! Love it so much, especially the little bird.

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  9. You are just TOO clever, Ginny! I love this!! Have a great weekend.

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  10. That is fabulous! Don't think my knitting is up to anything as complex as that. But I have a house, of sorts, on my snapshot today - been to London this week and saw (among other things) the Paleys Upon Pilers at Aldgate. My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/usn8yL

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  11. What an amazing house. I think you can make just about anything! I particularly like the climbing roses. That song is definitely well known in Australia too.

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  12. You are amazingly creative. I love it. Thanks for sharing "your house".

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  13. Wonderful creations! I love honoring and showcasing houses, and have collections of pictures and decorative plates featuring some I find interesting. Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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  14. How cute! I think it has a lot of character!

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  15. What talent you must have to be able to ad lib knitting like that. Love it. The bird on the top is irresistible. Here's Mine

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  16. We do know that song, actually! My daughter is quite fond of it... what a beautiful project. Love old houses, my wife's parents live in a 100+ year farmhouse and they have done a lot of living there. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. What a precious house! I love the little bird and the kitty. Looks like your little house would be filled with fun.

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  18. You are so clever. I'm always impressed by your creations and how individula and personlaised you make them.
    And yes, In Australia, we know and love Madness :-)

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  19. This is a marvellous house! And yes, I've heard of that song before. ;) Thanks for sharing this most interesting and cute handiwork.

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  20. That is an awesome project. I am so glad I know you!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Here is my snapshot post.

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  21. Hi! Thank you for your comment, so I found you! Your House is Super and looks very lucky House! I'll go to see more your fantastic creatures! x Teje

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  22. That is so cute and such nice detail, it really is 'your house'! And now that song is stuck in my head. :)

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  23. I adore it and all of it's lovely details.

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  24. it's very cute! Would be a lovely idea for presents for family and friends (making their houses I mean!)

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  25. What a great idea! I'm sure you'll keep it on your mantelpiece for ever.

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  26. such detail and what a lovely idea- well done! so pretty x

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  27. Aww this is so cute! I especially love the details like the cat and the pigeon, and also the pretty flowers. It sounds like a lovely place to live, what a fun way to celebrate it :) x

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  28. Fun house! Love when yarn inspires a project. I've a knitted version of our house, which I need to add windows, etc to. Love the details that you have added. Happy new year!

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  29. How cute! I love all the details you included.

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  30. What a great project :D
    http://croftcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/creative-friday-link-party-2.html

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  31. It's an amazing house! I love all the details; especially the cat.

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  32. Its a lovely house, the details are superb (and I'm now humming that song)

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  33. oh your knits make me smile! I love this so much - the little bird, the cat and all the other details, just gorgeous! x

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  34. How lovely! I love the detail on your house - especially on the roof. Hope you have a good week.

    Jill, Christmas Pie Crafts

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  35. It's gorgeous. The detail you go into is exquisite xx

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  36. The detail on your crocheted house is amazing. Great planning. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  37. Wow, that is wonderful!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  38. Really LOVE your house, it is a piece of art. Amazing!

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