Monthly Archives: August 2013

Crochet Shawl and other bits


Ola! Still procrastinating, but at least this time my books and journal articles surround me!! 


I was sort of putting off starting until I got the marks from my first assignment (which I passed!!), but now I don’t really have any excuses!

My CAL is now 3 weeks behind and looks to be staying there for a bit (although I have got most of next week off, which should be spent doing my assignment……), but another visit from the father-in-law and gf is on the cards, and I always crochet like crazy when they’re here.

I have been manically trying to finish my shawl as it’s only another couple of weeks until the wedding I mentioned last week, but my tension isn’t as tight as it normally is, so another ball of yarn may be required before too long. 

Here’s the shawl so far:


I’ve started on the other half (same as what you see above), and I’m hoping I can have it finished by the end of next week.

I’ve also been working on the wedding present – they’re asking for help setting up and tidying up rather than presents, but I’d still like to give them something small. They’re not planning on children any time soon, but when they do, I’ve made a small blanket:


I made the squares ages ago because I love the book they came from (200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans), but I didn’t really do anything with them! So hey presto, some of them are now a baby blanket 🙂

As for my other WIPs (mostly Xmas pressies!) I have made no progress, and at this rate they will be presents for next Xmas! 

I suppose I should get back to my assignment…. TTFN


Crochet Shawl


Well, this week has been yet another week of procrastination on the uni work front (although I did manage 2 hours of almost solid journal research this afternoon!), but I have been at work and I have been working on some of my WIPs….. and starting some more. Which brings me to this post. I’m going through the phase where my friends are moving in with bfs/gfs/getting married/having kids, and next month is no exception. 2 of our good friends are getting married on the island (I’m so excited – I can get a bit tipsey, have a dance, and walk 5 mins down the road to bed without having to pay for a taxi or get on a ferry!!) and I’m going to be wearing the dress I wore as bridesmaid for one of my closest friend’s wedding in 2010, but it only has thin spaghetti straps and I don’t want to freeze/fork out a ton of money for a matching shawl/cardi, so I thought I’d make one. The yarn was a tad expensive, but as I usually work with cheapy acrylic, I don’t think the yarn is expensive for what it is (Debbie Bliss mohair/silk blend), especially when I found the cheapest seller I could on ebay (from artofyarn) – the idea was to keep it as cheap as possible, and I think just shy of £15 isn’t bad (I got 2 balls just in case – I shouldn’t need 3, but I’m naff with gauge!). I just googled crochet shawl patterns and this is what I got. I’m not one for following pattern recommendations so I’ve got no idea how it will turn out but this is it so far:


It’s just a snap shot, and it’s got bigger since I took that pic this morning, but it’s looking pretty good so far. This does mean that my CAL has taken a bit of a back seat (like 2 and a half weeks….), and the Xmas pressies are also ever so slightly on hold, but I feel this is a good way to procrastinate!!

Ta very much for stopping by 🙂

Procrastination Friday!


Ok, so every day seems to be a procrastination day for me at the mo.

Father-in-law and gf left yesterday early am (hurrah!), so I had a nice easy morning pottering about doing some housework, then the bf took a half day so we could actually spend some time together, then we we joined by some of our lovely friends! So any chance of uni work getting done yesterday was pretty non-existent. So I thought I might take a look at holistic nursing today. But no. My sister is on A/L, so I spent much of the day with her instead! And as I’m designated driver for a trip to London for my friend’s hen do tomorrow, I thought I should take it easy this evening as well 😀 

I have spent some of today crafting, (not just watching My Hero on Netflix…..), and here’s the result:


It’s from the latest issue of Mollie Makes – I’ve decided that since I’m a poor student (that can afford her Mollie Makes subscription…), all my friends are getting the Mollie Makes freebies as pressies for Christmas!! I’ve already allocated the fish keyring that came last issue (one of my friends actually claimed it!), but as I haven’t made it yet, I have no pics to post, but it is next on my WIP list. I’m really happy with how the piece came out – I even covered the smaller hoop (not all the way round, but just across the back) just to neaten it up a bit. I think this one will go to my aunty as part of her xmas pressie. 

Toodles for now, hopefully progress on my CAL will follow early next week! 

What Vicki Did (finally!)


Ok, so I did say last week that I was hoping to post more of what Vicki did over the weekend. Well, last weekend came and went at alarming speed! Finally managed now to sit down and post a couple of bits. The father-in-law (almost, still waiting for that ring!) and his gf descended on Monday (I will not go into detail – we rub along well enough I suppose), so this week has been a bit frantic. I had uni Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and I spent much of Thursday and Friday trying to get my head around my lecture notes. But my crafting has not suffered too much – because of the fact that the lovely Hannah Davis is drip-feeding the pattern to the fabulous blanket, I am able to keep up and not feel too guilty that I’m taking time out from my studies. This means I am still crocheting. However, I do have a few other Christmas WIPs to finish/start – I’m sort of taking this weekend off from uni work so some of it will get done. But as I am naught but a poor student, I do have to do some paid work to keep me ticking along (and away from the ‘in-laws’ so to speak!). I can’t post all of my progress so far for my sister’s pressie as occasionally I know she pops by to read my little blog, but I can post what I’m making for my mum (who is a complete technophobe and thinks a blog is some sort of weird Borg cross-breed!) when I start it (it’s the frog prince from Storyland Cross Stitch). I’m also hoping to make some of the buttons featured in the book. It really is fantastic, and it comes with enough even weave and thread to make a small project, which is fab! I’ve never used even weave before, but it looks like it will give a much more professional finish so I think it might be the way forward for me and cross stitch in the future. 

So, here’s my CAL so far (haven’t quite caught up, I’ve got a bit of week 9 to finish the onto week 10):


and here’s the sneak preview of my sister’s pressie (sorry about the quality!):