crochet

Every cloud…

It’s been a while since my last post, a very looooonnnnnng while.  Mostly because I have become OBSESSED with Pinterest and ISSUU, but I have also been doing a little bit of making and I wanted to share it with you.

A friend has recently had a baby, and I wanted to make her something really special.  So here it is…

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The mobile has three clouds each with three little rain drops, all attached with sparkly silver thread.

I’m so pleased with it, she nearly didn’t get it.

I spent a while looking for a crochet cloud pattern, but i didn’t see any I liked, so just made one up out of circle shapes.

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I fancy one for my bedroom now, maybe a massive one with lightning bolts too!!

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I’ve been crafting up a few other things, I’ll share them soon!

C.x

 

 

 

 

 

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Granny squares galore!!

So, big news, my sister is up the duff (she hates it when I say that, but what’s she going to do?)  This news is SOOOOO EXCITING!!!  I still can’t believe it and it’s going to be popping out in November, not long to go!

As this is the first baby of the family I wanted to make something very special, but she has refused to find out if this little sprog is a boy or a girl, my money’s on a girl.  As much as this is a nice idea, it has made it VERY difficult to decide what to make, but I think I’ve cracked it!

granny square baby blanketTo cater for all eventualities I had to pick a fairly mixed colour palette.  The last thing I wanted to do was go from cream, or yellow, or green, or orange on their own, so I thought I’d go for all of them, and throw in a bit of pink and blue for good measure.

granny square baby blanket

 

Unfortunately this meant breaking my only remaining new years resolution and buying more wool.  But as this baby was not anticipated at the time of setting the resolutions, I believe this is entirely justified, really it is.

granny square baby blanketI cannot stop smiling at the (nearly) finished article!!!!  A baby blanket fit for a Queen (because it will be a girl).

granny square baby blanketI spent a LOT of time trying to decide how to join all the little squares.  I could have joined them as I went, Lucy at attic24 has a good method for this,  but I really want to get all the squares done and play with the layout.  Lucy has a good method for doing this too, but I decided to do it like a seem and sew the little v’s together, if you know what I mean.

granny square baby blanketI LOVE the effect, it makes a really cool little ridge between all the squares on the front, and the back is very neat and tidy.  I have to add more photos of the back…

The 4-way joins were a little bit more complicated, I had to make them tight, but not so tight that they made the blanket inflexible.  The last time I tried joining granny squares I made this mistake at the finished piece was all warped and just not right.

granny square baby blanketI was just going to add a few granny square rows around the outside, but if I do that I won’t get this nice ridge around the outside.  So I’m experimenting with a little bit of granny square stripes and then attaching these to the outer edge in the same seam join, hopefully this will work, I’ll let you know.

crochet granny square border

 

I just LOVE this blanket!  I’m quite tempted to keep it for myself, but I suppose I should give it to my brand new baby niece, when she arrives, so I should get a month or two longer to look at it, before it ends up covered in baby vom.

granny square baby blanket

 

 

 

 

 

Can you believe it!!!

I had some very exciting news this week and have just been waiting to have enough time to tell you…

I got my first blog award nomination!  Clare over at So Many crafts, So little time nominated me, it was a complete surprise and put a big smile on may face all week!

As part of my nomination I have to do a few little things;

1. Thank the person who nominated you. DONE, THANKS AGAIN CLARE!

2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post. HERE YOU GO!

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3. Share 7 things about yourself. HMMM…

1) I was born in Belfast, grew up in Wales and now live in England, I should probably consider retiring in Scotland, just to round things off nicely.

2) I don’t eat meat, unless it’s chicken breast.  I don’t know why, and it drives my boyfriend mad, but I never have and I never will (So stop pestering me Tom!).

3) My best friend is my little sister, even though we used to argue quite a bit when we were younger and she used to pull my hair A LOT, I think she’s the bee’s knees and miss her quite a lot.

me and my super little sis!

me and my super little sis!

4) I love CHEESE!!!!  It’s my favourite food, or maybe it’s chocolate?  I do quite like avocado, and aubergine and hummus aswell.  And grapes and mango too…. Oh I can’t decide.  I’m quite partial to the odd cream tea too.

5) My favourite place in all the world is a little youth hostel called Casa Kiwi outside a small town called Trujillo in Honduras.  I went there when I was travelling in 2006, and it was paradise!

6) My favourite colour is green, although I’ve just realised I’ve never actually crafted up anything that is green, I should probably do that.

7) If I could have magical power in all the world it would be teleportation.  That would solve ALL my problems, I would never be late, I could travel the world without any of the inconvenience of actually travelling and I could see all my favourite people whenever I wanted to.  Could someone please hurry up and make a teleportation device!

4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees. RIGHT, THIS WAS A TOUGH ONE BECAUSE THERE ARE SOOOOOOOO MANY AMAZING BLOGS OUT THERE, BUT HERE ARE MY NOMINATIONS…

1) debbiedoesdoodles.wordpress.com

2) crayonsandmilk.wordpress.com

3) genevieveblog.wordpress.com

4) oneyellowteapot.com

5) georginagiles.wordpress.com

6) 37calvertrd.com

7) crochetmissy.wordpress.com

8) knitstitchsew.wordpress.com

9) oliveinbigchina.wordpress.com

10) westerlywhimsies.wordpress.com

5. Include this set of rules. 

6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs I’M OFF TO DO THAT NOW!

 

 

What was I thinking

I seem to have made that fatal mistake, again, and set ridiculously over the top New Year’s Resolutions. Why do I do this to myself?

Usually my will power wains by about 24th January, I have a second wind for the first few weeks of February, then it’s all over by March and everything goes back to normal.

This year I’ve added a twist and challenged my Mum and Sister to give up chocolate for the WHOLE YEAR!!!!

*head hits keyboard in despair*

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It seemed like a really good idea at the time, appealing to my excessive competitive nature to ensure I stay on track, but really, what was I thinking?  To make it even worse, I’ve also challenged my boyfriend to give up crisps instead of chocolate, as they are his biggest vice.  I should have just stuck with my Mum and Sister, they are far more forgiving and I reckon I could have tricked them into eating chocolate sooner or later.  But my boyfriend? the competitive rivalry between us, particularly over childish bets, is off the scale.  And to make it worse, he’s now decided he LOVES chocolate!! grrrrrr…….

In addition to this I’ve also set myself 3 other challenge (I prefer the word challenge, it just makes it so much more exciting!!!!)

Not to buy anymore wool until I make a serious dent in my stash. (I did manage to squeeze in a sneaky little splurge on the 29th December, but seriously, this has to stop now)

the stash!!

To complete the equivalent of one hexipuff a day to create the amazing Beekeepers Quilt by Tiny Own Knits.

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To write down everything I spend everyday in the hope that I can learn to budget a little better and be put off buying things I don’t need because I have to write them down.

So far, I’m 5 hexipuffs behind, I have no money until I get paid at the end of the month and there’s a wool sale on at John Lewis, I’m screwed….  but I’m NOT going to eat chocolate!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Catchup

Well….   Where has the time gone?  It seems I have slipped back into my pre-blogtober tardiness and haven’t written a post for aaaaaages!  I think there is a new year’s resolution in there somewhere.

There is a good reason for my blog post slacking… I’ve been so busy!!  Busy at work, busy making christmas presents and very busy making and eating lots of food!

travel knittingI’ve been on a look of trains recently and taken my latest project with me.  This is my sister’s Christmas present.

One of my little trips was to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show.  Have you ever been to this show?  It’s incredible!  This year they asked people to contribute to an entire knitted village to put on display, it was amazing…

knitted village

There was even a complete farm yard and vegetable patch…

knitted veg patch

The show filled me with inspiration and emptied my bank account at the same time, but it means I’ll have a lot of projects to keep me going in the new year.  There were some brilliant pieces of work on display and this little one definitely caught my eye!

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I’ve also attempted my first, and quite possibly my last, ever embroidery!

embroideryThis was a present for my niece’s, yes I’ll say my niece, although my boyfriend thinks she is just his niece, christening.  Who knew embroidery was so much hard work, it definitely doesn’t complement my short attention span and, like my needle felting experience, I ended up with multiple puncture wounds.  Seriously dangerous.

Still, I am quite proud of it, particularly the little church…

embroidery churchmaybe I will try it again, one day…

I’ve also been crafting up a few other things….  A pin cushion for my secret santa at work, or christmas tree decoration, whatever you fancy really.

crochet pin cushionand a not so little stocking for my niece, there you go, I said it again!

handmade stockingThere’s still one or two belated christmas presents I’m trying to finish off, they might become birthday presents instead.

And, as well as all that crafting, I’ve been doing quite a lot of eating too…

christmas dinner!Yummy!  I’m actually quite looking forward to a salad filled January now, I have definitely over indulged, but it is Christmas…

Well, I guess that’s me for 2012, I hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas and I’ll see you in the New Year!  Hopefully a bit more regularly.

C.x

Day 30: deery me

Since Bert arrived I’ve become a little obsessed with deer heads.  I’ve bought three new deer heads and quite a big stash of wool to do a few more, I just need to find the time!  I’m also planning a few non woolly additions to the Taylor deer head collection, I’ll keep you posted!

Here’s a few of Bert’s distant relatives I discovered this week.

Fox Bunting

The Ugly Sweater

Manafka Mina

Greedy for Colour

Day 25: if only

I’m sure I’m not the only person that dreams of winning the lottery, I get so excited sometimes I convince myself I’m going to win, but I always end up disappointed.

If I did win the lottery I think I’d spend quite a lot of my time making stuff.  At the minute I just can’t do it fast enough, I spend a lot of my time in work just wishing the day to go a little but faster so I can get home and finish those mittens or start the next little project spinning round in my head.

I could even upgrade from having lots of little projects to one massive one, like this…..

A whole crocheted room!!!!  Isn’t it amazing!

This incredible room was created by Artist Allyson Mitchell in 2006.

I’m definitely buying a lottery ticket tomorrow…

Day 24: cover it up

I am pretty clumsy, it’s embarrassing sometimes.  I’ve got a new work phone and I’m really scared of dropping it and breaking it.  A week after I got it I nearly dropped it down a gutter, thankfully lady luck was shining on my that day, I may not be so lucky next time.

What a really need is an amazing case which makes my phone completely indestructible, but I’ll settle for a pretty crocheted one instead.  Here’s a few pieces of inspiration to get me thinking…

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Day 21: oh deer oh deer!

Remember I when I mentioned my amazing project here but didn’t want to show you til it was done?  Well, it took longer than I thought, but worth the wait I think…..

MEET BURT!

Isn’t he handsome!  I’ve been looking for a decopage deer head for months and finally found one when Hobbycraft got their Christmas stock in.  There was no real pattern or plan, I just started crocheting around his neck and just kept going.

What do you think?

I think my next project should be some photography classes to use my camera in low light, but you get the idea!

Day 17: travelcrochet

Well, I survived my little trip and I’ve finally made it back to my own bed. It’s not the going places bit that I don’t like, I LOVE seeing somewhere new, meeting new people and having new experiences, it’s the actual getting there part that bothers me. It just always takes so long!!! I’m still working on my teleportation device, which I’m confident will solve all my little problems! As soon as I’ve cracked it I’ll let you know!

One way to take the pain out of travelling us to get crafty! It really helps to pass the time (not advised will driving).

This is my little travel case.

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I don’t fit all my clothes in here, that’s a much bigger bag, this is just for the important stuff like tickets, passport, money and…..

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A mini travel crochet kit!
I have ventured out with this before when I went to Tenerife in the summer and made some mini granny squares, but this time I thought I’d try some thing else.

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It’s not really anything yet, just a little circle. I’m sure i’ll find a use for it somewhere…