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 🙂
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!):
I’m not a very active blogger in terms of posting (it’s been a few months….), but I do like to read blogs, and I found this little gem via hannahackroyd. I’ve never heard of a CAL before, so I was intrigued….. it’s fab for me now as I’ve just started my nurse training and I need something to relax with that won’t have me distracted for too long. This is perfect – I started a bit late, but I caught up today, and I cannot wait for next Saturday’s installment. Thank you so much Hannah (Davis) for this lovely project!
After quite a long time I’m getting back into my crochet properly. March is always a busy month for me in terms of birthdays, and to top it off Mother’s Day as well, so I got busy making some crochet garlands. I first saw them on Folksy being sold through Emma Lamb’s shop, but at the time there was no tutorial to purchase, just the finished product, until I got the March edition of Mollie Makes (which I have now subscribed to, and I love – perfect for a novice like me, especially when my commitment to craft is sporadic at best!). The lovely Emma Lamb published the tutorial in that edition, and it is now also available to purchase from her Folksy shop: http://folksy.com/items/3312750-diy-pdf-Pretty-Peggy-Garland-by-Emma-Lamb
I’ve adapted mine slightly to use some of the buttons that I am now accumulating through fabulous friends who give me the spares that come with various garments, and some that I’ve foundin thrift shops (Snoopers Paradise in Brighton is fantastic, well worth a visit!) and charity shops. In the space of less than a week I knocked out 3 of these – 2 for friends’ birthdays, and one for my truly wonderful mum for mother’s day. I’m not fab at taking photos with my phone (or my camera for that matter), but these were the best pics from the ones I took of the finished products….. I’m finally remembering to get photos of the things I make!
To go with the bf’s card, I also made a couple of pieces. It’d been a while since i last did any sort of crochet, so I decided to ease myself back in with….. an angler fish. From the advanced section of 75 Shells, Corals & Sea Creatures to Knit & Crochet by Jessica Polka. The crochet, admittedly, was easy. The rest of it was a bit fiddly, especially as I couldn’t find zig-zag lace appropriate for the task in time (when all else fails I look to ebay or amazon, but alas, I was making this the day before our anniversary, so internet supplies were not an option). But again, well worth it as he loved it 🙂
I haven’t always been as creative as I am – I think it started with making my own cards about 5 years ago. Then, whilst I was in my third year of uni, the mum of one of my housemates came to visit, and brought with her some knitting needles. With the purchase of some yarn, some of us gathered to be taught the ways of the needles. From there my learning was a bit sporadic to say the least, but I had the basics, and about 6 months later I started to teach myself crochet form youtube videos (bethintx1 was where I got most of my tuition, albeit in American crochet lingo!). I’m not great at coming up with my own crochet or knitting patterns, but I don’t think I’m too bad at re configuring them (often as I go, so I have no idea what I’ve done once a piece is finished, so replicating it is usually difficult. One day I’ll learn to jot down what I do!). This bunny rabbit, for example, came from The Crochet Bible by Sue Whiting. I didn’t use any of the yarns suggested by the author, I just used acrylic (finding pure wool to knit or crochet with on the IOW is hard – I know there is some about, but I don’t often venture far from my little home – so I tend to get my supplies form Hellerslea. I do like to support local business as well), and whilst the bunnies (there are more than just this one, but typical me, I gave them away before photographing them) don’t match the size specified, they are in proportion, so I was happy when I sent them on their ways to their new homes. This is one of my favourites, though, and I made him for my bf, who specifically asked for one……