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New Year, New Giveaway

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Happy New Year!

Before I get to the looking forward part, I wanted to do a quick look back. These are some of the things I made/came across/thought were pretty enough to photograph through 2012.

January

Jan 2012

February

 

MFeb 20122March

March 20124

April

April 201210

May

May 20128

June

June 20126

July

July 201210

August

August 20122

September

September 2012

October

October 2012

November

November 2012

December

December 2012

Looking through so many pictures made me realise just how much I’d made last year. Some months were a lot more productive than others, but I’ve enjoyed my creativity very much this year.

I wrote last January about my habit of starting things that I never get round to finishing. I still do that – I have a box of unfinished projects (that I’ve managed to lose somehow!) but I’ve learnt a lot even from the things that I’ve not completed. I’m hoping that 2013 will be the year when I learn to finish the things I start, but even if I can’t manage that I’m sure I’ll continue to learn a lot of other things along the way. I hope you’ll continue to join me on my creative journey!

One last thing before I go. On 12th¬†January it will be my One Year Blogging Birthday! I decided it’s about time for another giveaway, and my Blogging Birthday seemed like a great time to do it. I’ll announce the details of the giveaway at some point over the next couple of days, so watch this space ūüôā

Look what Helen made!

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You may remember that my friend and I ran a crochet evening a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was the kind of thing that people would come to just to be sociable, drink tea, eat cake and maybe look at some pretty wool. But at least 2 people (that I know of) have been crocheting ever since!

This is the circle that Helen started on the night. She managed the first 3 green rounds on the night, then added the white round at home.

She then decided to make a hat and started another circle.

However, it grew so quickly that she decided to make a bag instead!

This picture was taken a few days ago, so I’m pretty sure it’s grown quite a bit since then. And today Helen posted her latest creation…

I’m so excited to see her enthusiasm for her new skills – well done Helen!

April showers

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Ever since a drought was announced we’ve had a whole lot of rain. It has been properly gloomy some days and not at all nice to go out in, but perfect weather for staying in and getting creative! And it seems like I’ve had a pretty productive month.

In April I have…

… finished a baby blanket (including sewing in all those pesky ends)

… ordered more wool and started 2 more blankets

… been creative with tea towels

… celebrated Easter

… covered 100 buttons

… finally put the finishing touches to a stripy bag

… announced a giveaway

… played with buttons, books and pin boards

… made clothes for a special Bunny

… whipped up a baby hat and some tiny little slippers.

Phew, I think I need a cup of tea and a sit down after all that.

Edit: At some point soon I’ll link all these things to the original posts, but right now I need to get on with dinner because I’m out tonight teaching knitting to some friends!

Another bag of stripes

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I did it! I actually finished something! In the end it really took no time at all, so I have no idea why I didn’t just get on with it before. So here it is, my completely finished bag of stripes, now with 2 straps and a handful of flowers.

Isn’t it pretty? Just perfect for brightening up a gloomy day. And I’m loving the cheery flowers. I used Lucy’s patterns for crochet flowers and teeny tiny flowers. I think they just finish it off nicely (and hide some of the ugly stitching where I sewed the handles on!).

I also remembered as I woke up this morning that I’d promised you a look at the crochet cardigan I made for Bun Bun. Yesterday was really far too gloomy and dark for taking good photos, but I managed to catch a spot of sun this morning. Here she is…

Not bad considering I’ve not crocheted any clothes before and had no idea what I was doing! It may not be completely as I pictured it (although the pictures in my head were rather vague and woolly anyway) but it’s not too bad and I think Little Girl will like it. I finished it off with a little button which should (hopefully) be quite easy for Little Girl to do up herself. It’s her birthday tomorrow, so I’ll let you know what she thinks of it ūüôā

A wet and windy day

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Good afternoon! How are you today? We’re having a pretty wet, gloomy day today – it’s been raining non-stop since way before I woke up so everything’s feeling pretty dark and wintery today. So it seemed like a good day to stay in and catch up on all the bits and pieces that need doing. So far it’s been a productive day – I’ve sorted through and decluttered 4 Sunday school boxes, planned my lessons for tomorrow and sorted things for our Bible study group this week. In the end I did go out (well wrapped up against the elements and for as short a time as possible) to get some more wool – I was running low on some of the colours I need for my stripy blanket.

Here it is so far…

Not my usual colour palette, but I’m knida liking it just because it’s different. And it’s much more of a boy blanket than a girl blanket isn’t it?

But before I do that I thought I’d give you a whole lot of info about my baby blanket. I’ve seen other bloggers do this and even though I’m sure¬†a lot of people won’t be interested I quite like the geekiness of stats like this!

So here goes:
Weight: 290 g
Measurements: 27.5 x 34 in (approx. 70.5 x 87 cm)
Time taken: approx. 17 hours (although that doesn’t include planning time or ripping it out and starting again time!)
Yarn: 100% acrylic, mostly Stylecraft Special DK (with one or two odds and ends thrown in for good measure!)
Stylecraft colours: Sherbert, Aspen, Turquoise, Denim, Silver, Grey, Candyfloss, Fondant, Pomegranate, Lipstick, Saffron, Violet, Emperor, Cream
Other yarn colours: Pale yellow, pale blue, pale purple, white
18 colours in total 

Ok, geekiness done! Moving on…

Yesterday as I was looking back at previous posts trying to find the beginning of the baby blanket I realised just how many things I’ve started and not finished! I know I’m a starter more than a finisher, but it was really quite shocking. The snood, the Granny Stripe cushion cover (now completely abandoned!), ¬†the re-working of the not quite right slippers, a pair of gloves¬†(which actually got unravelled and reused as something else), the cushion cover with a jumper back. The unfinished journal cover I discovered is still unfinished. The runner I made for my dressing table still only has a crochet edge down one side, and I didn’t even finish the blanket stitch – the needle’s still in it too. The bag that only needed a strap and some flowers is still in exactly the same state. Do you get the idea?!

So, with all my jobs done and out of the way for today, I’m going to be good and actually finish something! The bag with the missing strap is next to me and waiting patiently for attention. Hopefully I’ll be able to show you the finished article tomorrow. If I don’t, you’ll know I’ve been distracted by something else. Again.

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?

 

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 ūüôā

A bag full of stripes

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Here is my lastest completed creation! You may remember that I started it a few days ago (see it in progress here) and it inspired something else entirely. So it’s taken me a while to finish it, but I go there in the end!

I’ve adapted the pattern very slightly (it’s based on Lucy’s design) – I used half treble instead of treble stitches around the sides and made the straps slightly differently, but otherwise it’s pretty similar.

And I’m so pleased with it! I started it to use up some of my wool supply and ended up buying so much more in the process, but it’s so worth it! I just love the colourful stripiness of it – yum!

 

 

 

I realised the other day that there has been a deplorable lack of buttons in my recent creations. So to try to make up for it I decided to add some buttons to the flowers that are attached to the straps – so pretty!

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not sure what my next project is going to be yet, but I think it may involve recycling some previously used cotton which I’ve had lying around for ages – I need to do some thinking and browsing for inspiration, so will let you know!

Works in progress

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A few days ago I began another project that was inspired by Attic24. Lucy made a beautiful crochet bag, full of¬†bright colours and lovely stripes, and very kindly wrote a tutorial showing how to make it. I thought I’d¬†give it a go in order to use up some of my¬†odds and ends of wool, and when it’s finished it’ll hold what’s left. Unfortunately I’ve got¬†carried away and ended up buying more wool – oh dear!

The base came together very¬†quickly, although it ended up slightly wobbly the bigger it got (but it’s not polite to dwell on big, wobbly bottoms). I also realised that even though I was¬†following the pattern by working in treble stitches there were more holes than I wanted. So when I got to the sides¬†I started to work in half trebles instead. I’m really pleased¬†with how it looks, but as half trebles are smaller than trebles, it’s going to take longer to make. ¬†Never mind.

Anyway, this is how it looked yesterday:

And today:

It’s growing! But it’s still got a long way to go if it’s going to be big enough to hold my entire stock of wool.

And look at the lovely stripiness of it. As I was looking at the latest stripes I suddenly started thinking of ice cream! They seem to me to be very ice creamy colours, and remind me of ice cream bowls…

So I thought “What would be better than an ice cream bag?” And the answer was “Not much!”

Which got me started on another project. It hasn’t gone far yet, but loook at the lovely colours!

More pictures will follow (hopefully of finished articles, but you may have to wait a while – it depends how many other bright ideas I have along the way!)

 

Quick update: The ice cream bag has turned out really well so far! It still needs some handles, but apart from that is nearly there – so exciting! Hopefully pictures tomorrow…