Hello! Long time no post I know, I know – my excuse is Uni work, and tons of it. I have been doing some bits and pieces of crafting, but sadly I’ve not had time for much. I did, however, manage to send some crochet squares to Lida from Best of Crochet, for her Christmas charity blanket, and here’s the lovely surprise post I got in return:
I was more than happy to participate – especially as the squares were just sitting there waiting to be loved, and I wasn’t expecting anything in return, but it’s very much appreciated, so thank you for the lovely present Lida, and good luck with the blanket, I can’t wait to see it finished!!
Meanwhile, Happy Christmas everyone, and I promise I will blog again soon! Happy holidays x
Hello wonderful people! So sorry for complete lack of postage in the past few weeks – I had 3 fabulous weeks of annual leave, in which I posted lots but didn’t do much uni work, then I started on placement, in which I have done a little more work, but not much crafting (and it’s Christmas in less that 100 days!!), so I haven’t had much to post (let alone time to post it in) but here I have a shot of my latest WIP – a hat for my mum. She got herself a new coat for winter and said ‘I need a hat, I know Vic can make me one!’ Bless her she seems to think that because I’m crafty I can do it all (I got my great aunt’s sewing machine a few months back, and my mum automatically assumed I’d be able to make her some curtains!!), although luckily for her, I can at least make her a hat.
Apologies for the picture quality – it is a bit on the dark side!! I found this fantastic site when I googled beanie hats with peak (mum’s specifications). It’s a fab site, all the patterns I’ve browsed (including this one) are free, and the yarn is really reasonably priced – they don’t supply direct from their website, but they do link you to the people that do. I got 3 balls of the yarn specified in the pattern (Drops Eskimo) for £8 including postage, which I didn’t think was too bad. It’s another first for me, as I’m used to crocheting with acrylic, and this is 100% wool, but it’s lovely stuff. Considering I think that the company is based in Norway, they do a brilliant job of translating the pattern in to UK terms, although I do advise a quick read-through before you start (yes, yes, I know you should anyway, but I’m a bit naughty and often skip that bit….). I’m really looking forward to doing another project with one of their patterns again. Once the assignment is finished…….
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
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 🙂