Monthly Archives: March 2012

No more progress

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This week has been just beautiful hasn’t it?! Well, it has in my little part of the world, beautiful sunny days and fabulous flowers all over the place.

But it has been a week of absolutely no crafty progress. The reason? WORK. It just has to get in the way.

To be honest, I actually really enjoy my work. But this week I was planning to work on Tuesday and Wednesday then have Thursday and Friday free to finish off the baby blanket (and maybe start one or two other projects!). Instead, I ended up working the whole week and most of my ‘free time’ was spent planning for more teaching! Therefore, absolutely NO crochet has been done all week. And as a result I’ve had nothing to tell you about, hence no blogging.

However, the silver lining is that I now have 2 weeks Easter holiday to crochet away all day long if I so choose, and will probably blog about it several times a day! Don’t say you haven’t been warned 🙂

 

Baby blanket update

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Let me start by staying how completely over optimistic I was to think that my 36 teeny tiny squares would be big enough to make a baby blanket. I was kinda hoping that by the time I’d added the white borders to all of them they’d grow to be big enough.

They didn’t.

So I got to work again and made another 12 teeny tiny squares to add another 2 rows which made it rectangular (Mum’s idea – she thought it would look better that way. I wasn’t entirely convinced at first, but liking it now).

 Then I made another 32 squares, enough to go all the way around. But this time I made them from just 1 colour rather than 2. And that’s where I’m up to – adding all these extra squares around the edge.

Here’s the layout:

And a bit of a close up (sorry for the slight blurriness!)

And now, with all my preparation done for tomorrow, I’m going to enjoy a little Ally McBeal whilst finishing my blanket. Bliss!

Edit to add: So much for finishing the blanket – I’ve run out of white wool! And only 6 squares to go. So annoying.

To do list

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You know that to do list that I showed you at the beginning of the week? The one with all the unfinished projects that I was going to finish this week becuase I had no plans?

Good news: I still have the list.

Bad news: I still haven’t crossed anything off it. Oh dear.

Yes, I managed to finish the baby sleep sack, but it doesn’t count becuase it wasn’t on the list. And the nearly finished bag is still nearly finished, but I haven’t got any further than the other day.

That’s partly because I’ve ended up having a busier week than I expected, with things like preparing for a job interview to do. But it’s also partly because, as usual, I’ve got distracted and have started another project! In my defence, I only started it yesterday, and I’m hoping that it’ll be finished fairly quickly.

This is how far I’ve got so far. It looks like a crazy kind of caterpillar doesn’t it ?! (Although if caterpillars really looked like this I probably wouldn’t get so creeped out by them) I’m so glad I managed to find my stitch holder (I pulled off the knitting that was on there, as I’ve not touched it for years, and have already started using the wool for other things!) otherwise all my lovely little squares would be all over the place.

I deicded on this layout…

And they’ll be joined with white wool. I’ve been inspired by many similar projects I’ve seen, with beautiful colours all joined with white. This will be a baby blanket, because even though each square only takes 5 mins to make, I’ve not made a blanket before and kinda want to try it out before I commit myself to anything bigger. If I make a little blanket and it all goes wrong it’s not too disastrous. If I make a big blanket and it all goes wrong, that’s a lot of wasted time and a huge amount of frustration.

So I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a couple of my favourite squares:

I love this one because it reminds me of a daffodil.

And I love this one because it’s pink. I don’t think I need any other reason do I?!

Making progress

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I’ve had a fairly productive couple of days and have even managed to cross one thing off my list! Well, I would have if it was on the list in the first place – so annoying. I’ve been working on a baby sleep sack which I’d nearly, but not quite, finished. And I didn’t put it on the list. But I did finish it today!

 

I got the idea from my friend who knitted one for her new born baby (this is the one she made) and it just looked so cute and snuggly that I decided to make one for a friend who’s expecting. I checked out the patterns on Ravelry, but none of the patterns really grabbed me. So I made up my own in crochet. And I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out too. I don’t know if my friend is having a blue or a pink baby, so got this lovely multicoloured baby wool. I’m not usually a fan of wool with quite so many colours in it, but I actually really like how this turned out.

I’ve also nearly finished my round bag. I’ve finished the stripes and done the shell edging (pattern found here at attic 24) and made both of the straps. I’ve even got as far as sewing on one of the straps, and this is how it looks…

I just need to sew on the other strap and make some flowers and it’ll be done! Hopefully I’ll get it done tomorrow.

As I’ve been hooking away I noticed that my wool bag was starting to look a little empty. Well, not really empty, but I could button it up so it was definately emptier, and therefore time to get some new wool!

This is more lovely Stylecraft Special DK in Sherbert, Denim, Candyfloss and Pomegranate. I’ve since been back and got Cream and Fondant too in order to finish my rectangle bag. And I got Silver because I’ve had an idea for another bag. Oh dear.

These are cheap as chips (£1 each) acrylic, but actually quite soft and snuggly. What a bargain. I’d better get working to use it all up hadn’t I?

 

Beautiful Blogger Award

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I had little blog catching up time this morning and was reading through Creative Pixie’s blog. I saw that she had been nomintated for the Beautiful Blogger Award and thought to myself, “That’s a really lovely idea! I wonder if anyone will ever think my blog is worth of an award.” Then as I scrolled down I saw that I was nominated! How exciting! Thank you so much for nominating me – it really made my day!

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Anyway, this is how it works – bloggers nominate their favourite blogs for the award. I was nominated by Creative Pixie “for gorgeous crochet goodies” 🙂

These are the rules:-

1. Thank the person who nominated you –  Thank you for the wonderful surprise of a nomination! I’m having a ball recording my creative endeavours, and loving the comments I get from readers.

2. write a few interesting (?) facts about yourself.

I’m turning 30 in a couple of months and swing between excitement (because I’ll finally be a grown up) and panic (because I’m not sure how to be a grown up)

 I worked in London for 4 years when I left school with London City Mission (and completely loved it!)

I passed my grade 6 piano exam when I was a teenager, but don’t really play any more

I am a teacher and love the flexibility of supply teaching as it means I have a lot of time for making pretty things!

3.paste the award on your blog – see above!

4. link the person who nominated you for the award – http://creativepixie.wordpress.com/

5. nominate up to about 5 of the blogs you like with links to their sites. (This is the really tricky bit for me, as I read so many wonderful blogs – how can I choose only 5?!)

These are the blogs that I love to read and why I have nominated them for the beautiful blogger award:-

Meme Rosehttp://meme-rose.blogspot.co.uk/ – nominated for giving her readers an amazing visual feast

Little Cotton Rabbitshttp://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/ – nominated for generosity with gorgeous free patterns

Cozy Thingshttp://cozymadethings.blogspot.co.uk/ – nominated for completely yummy crochet

Stocki http://stocki.blogspot.co.uk/ – nominated for her fantastic Beautiful Blogger Blanket

Le monde de Sucrette http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/ – nominated for beautiful crochet work

An unexpected day

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As I’m sure anyone in the UK will have realised (if you didn’t remember you may be in trouble) yesterday was Mother’s Day.  And although I’m not a mother, I got flowers!

Every year bunches of daffodils are given to all the women at church. I love this partly just because I love daffodils but also because it’s a reminder that I’m part of an amazing family there. (I must also say that my own family are also pretty amazing, just in case anyone gets the wrong idea!)

So these beautiful blooms are now gracing my bookshelves and adding a lovely springiness to the atmosphere. Lovely!

Anyway, as I was checking my diary for something I realised that I had absolutely nothing in it for the next week. This is so unusual and really quite exciting. So I made myself a little list of all the things I could do with my time.

I didn’t realise until I started listing them that I had so many unfinished projects (and these are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head – there may be several more burried in boxes around the house). I also thought it’d be good to start planning some new things for the fair later this year. I know it’s not for ages yet, but I like to be organised about these things.

So I had it all planned out. Then the phone rang. At 6.55 this morning. And I ended up doing this today instead…

Not at all what I had in mind! But it ended up being a good day anyway (and I actually earned some money which is always a bonus) and I still have time for some relaxing crochet this evening.

And just to finish, I had some good news about an hour ago. You remember my procrastination last week? Well, I got the application finished and sent off yesterday and I’ve been offered an interview for next week. Let the panic begin!

 

Stripes

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This week I have mostly been creating stripes, in the form of the bag I mentioned the other day.  Here it is so far:

Look at the lovely, yummy stripes! And this is the bottom:

However, it has been at this stage for a few days, because as I was working my mind was wandering. I thought to myself “I like this circle bag. It will look good when it’s finished. But I wonder what a rectangular bag would look like? How could I make one of those?” So the circle bag was put down and I started experimenting with a rectangular bag.

For my first attempt I made a long foundation chain, then worked dc (US sc) all the way along it on both sides. When I’d worked all the way around I repeated this with another colour. It was at this point that I realised my mistake – I’d made the chain as long as I wanted the bottom of the bag to be, not taking into account the fact that it was going to get bigger with each round I worked – d’oh! So it would end up being much bigger than I wanted. But the work was not wasted – it will now become a strap for one of the bags.

Second time around I decided to make a very short chain and work rows of 9 dc. I also worked with 2 strands of wool and a 5mm hook to make the bottom slightly more sturdy. When it was the right length I changed colour and, still using 2 strands of wool, worked a border of dcs all the way around. Then using the same colour but one strand and a 4mm hook, I began to work rounds of htrs (US hdc).

I’m using Stylecraft Special DK with the most delicious sounding names! From dark to light they are Lipstick, Pomegranate, Fondant, Candyfloss and Cream. Good enough to eat (perhaps with the exception of Lipstick – that would just be weird).

As you can see, the corners are not very defined, so I think I’ll probably blanket stitch along them when it’s finished.

I’ve also spent a little time this morning sort out my wool. A couple of balls were getting near the end and starting to get pretty tangled up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So they’ve gone from looking like this…

To looking like this! Much easier to work with 🙂

Procrastination

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Today was the day I set aside for filling in an application form. Therefore today is that day that I have been procrastinating. I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this (at least, I hope I’m not!). I was good this morning and did the longest part of the form with all the important information like my name and qualifications. It all went downhill from there.

It started when I decided to list my mini bunting on Coriandr. Everything was going well – until I published the listing. For some reason the title and product description changed to that of a ‘Recycled Tires Bag’. Hmmmmm. Not quite the same. And the same thing had actually happened yesterday too. And another poor seller who was listing a baby outfit ended up with the title and product description of my Crochet Cushion Cover! So of course I had to contact the support team to let them know what was going on.

By the time I’d done that all thoughts of application forms had gone right out of my head. My washing needed sorting and it was just about lunchtime anyway, so time for a break. Last week a wonderful friend (and my very first follower!) was having a clear out and gave me this lovely stack of old craft mags. So I started flicking through them over lunch.

But of course, when it came to the Crafts Beautiful mags just flicking through was not an option. Those need to be Read. And the one on the top there (from April 2007) had just so many lovely things to be looked at and admired. It’s a very springy, Eastery issue with some really lovely makes.

 

 

 

 

This was the first thing that caught my eye – a GIANT Granny Square jumper! I’m sure by now you’ve picked up on my love for Granny Squares, but the thought of making a giant one into a jumper just never entered my mind! Definately something to think about.

 

 

 

 

 

There were so many other beautiful pics that it would take forever to show you all of them individually, so I thought that this collage might do the job instead.

This is now also set as my desktop background as a sort of Springtime mood board. Mmmmmm, pretty 🙂

Also, a friend of a friend has just invited me to be part of a charity fair she’s been hosting the last 7 years to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease. She’s managed to raise £21,000 so far which is just fantastic! And I’m so excited that I get to be part of it this year. It’s not until July, but thought I’d better get a head start on boosting my stock, so have started another crochet bag (similar to this one). This seemed like a good place to start as several people have admired mine recently, so hopefully people will like it enough to buy it at the fair! I’m sure there will be many pictures over the next couple of months of my new stock (and hopefully some new ideas too).

If I’m lucky I might even finish that application form.

Pegs

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It’s a crazy foggy day again. I know I said I kinda like the mysteriousness of mist? Well, that does not apply to heavy fog. It’s so thick that driving was actually quite scary!

But it’s the perfect day for staying in a making things! I put on an Ally McBeal dvd and got cutting. And sticking. And trimming. And this is what came out of it.

(These are my favourites because they have buttons on them!)

You can also find them listed here on Coriandr. Along with my Granny Square Cushion Cover 🙂

And the winner is …

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Almost a month ago I announced a giveaway for an African flower scarf. I said that I would announce the winner either on March 12th (the 2 month birthday of my baby blog) or when I got 20 followers. Well, today I got 20 followers – one day before my second birthday! How exciting 🙂

Just a little reminder – this is the scarf that is being given away…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I have all the names of those who commented on the post on sticky notes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I folded them in half (so they wouldn’t all stick together!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I put them into my lovely Joules hat and gave them a good old shake up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the person I pulled out of the hat is…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations! I’ll post the scarf off to you early this week 🙂 Enjoy the cosiness while it’s still (just about) cold enough! Oh, and you can have a little look at Stocki’s blog here 🙂

Ok, after all that excitement let me just quickly show you another couple of pretty pics. First of all, I managed to finish my third set of boxes yesterday.

And here they are all together! I still need to sort out all the stuff on the top, but the clutter on the inside is all sorted 🙂

After covering all these little drawers I had some little bits of paper left. I really didn’t want to throw them away as they are just far too pretty. But what to use them for? Just as I was wondering this a packet of pegs caught my eye. I really have no idea where they came from, or why I have them. I’ve obviously used some of them in the past, but there were at least 3/4 of a packet left. And the scraps of paper were just the right size to cover them! How pretty?!

These are the only ones I have at the moment, but plan to spend some time this evening making more. Will show you when they’re done 🙂