A tough choice

I have another weekend involving a lot of travel, and I’m trying to decide which WIP(s) to take with me.

Morag has been sadly neglected, and is probably my most portable project right now.

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But I really do want to get my Flax Light finished. It feels like these sleeves are taking foreverrrr, which doesn’t really make sense considering they’re so much smaller than the body.

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Or I could make some more squares for Roses for Grandma.

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Or maybe get on with this dragon.

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I need to travel light so I can’t take them all, but I could maybe manage a couple. Decisions, decisions! Any suggestions from anyone?

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 12.06.19

Current WIP count: 7

I don’t have a lot of crafty progress to show this week because I had a busy busy weekend, finally getting round to celebrating my birthday with my friends!

We had an archery session, with lots of reactive targets like a DVD that my instructor hates.

And balloons.

Then we went out for some tasties at Steak Cattle & Roll. I recommend the food there if you ever find yourself able to go, but the boozy milkshakes are absolute must-haves!

This is an Amaretto and strawberry milkshake, with cream and strawberry sauce, and the sprinkles are held on with Biscoff spread. Oh my it’s good.

Then we had a few more drinks and lots of laughter before heading home as the sun went down. It was such a lovely day, one of my friends said I was glittering with happiness and that’s exactly how I felt.

So on the crafting front I made up a tie for the dragonfly poncho. Yes, I was wrong about it being an FO last Friday – oops! Now it can be pulled in snug to keep extra warm.

And I did a bit more on my Changing Tides blanket, finishing up all the bobbles at last and moving on to this week’s (much easier) stitches. It’s now big enough to completely cover my legs as I’m working on it so that’s a plus, as we’ve been having some typical Scottish summer weather recently.

Oh, I got some brilliant cards as well:

I love my friends!

Hannah

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FO Friday 07.06.19

I have another finish WOO HOOOO!

This poncho has taken me far too long, but it’s done now and looking pretty good if I do say so myself.

It just needs a quick wash to soften it up and then I can hand it over on Monday.

A question for everyone: what would you charge for this? The yarn is all acrylic that I had hanging around in my stash, and I spent about 4-5 hours (ish) making it. My initial thought was £30, but is that too much? Not enough? Let me know what you think!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 05.06.19

Current WIP count: 6

Isn’t sleeve-knitting annoying! Having to constantly turn the whole jumper around, having to go back to my old rubbish circulars because the KnitPro cable is too long, and come the decreases I’m going to have to work out how to use DPNs properly. #Firstworldproblems or what!

Maybe I won’t do full length sleeves. We’ll see.

I’ve also made a bit of a start on the needle felt unicorn kit I got for my birthday, and I have to say I’m really not sold on the polystyrene base. It was much more enjoyable making my freeform bunny.

Thankfully all the other bits and pieces are freeform so it should be plain sailing from here. I think. I mean, the instruction photos are tiny so it’s kind of hard to tell, but I’m sure it’ll be fine!

And this is another bobble week for the Changing Tides CAL so it’s taking me a wee while.

But I’m bobbling along and enjoying myself.

Hannah

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FO Friday 31.05.19

Wow it’s been a while, but I finally have an FO to share!

This little tooth is done and ready to be sent off to my Mum so she can give it to her dentist. Hopefully they’ll like it.

I used this pattern, which is great except for one liiiiiittle thing. At the start of the body it says to work with the right side facing ‘out’. Dunno about you, but I take ‘out’ to mean ‘away from me’ so the first couple of rounds on the body are actually the wrong way round and you can see the back side of the stitches.

By the time I realised the mistake I couldn’t be bothered frogging so I just turned and started working back the other way, and left that slightly awkward line as is. I don’t think it’s massively noticeable!

When it comes to the roots, I had a similar problem to the one I encountered with the teeny tiny llama; the join at the middle of the four points is a bit of a mess.

I mean it’s less of a mess than the llama, but I clearly still need some practice.

So there we go – one little tooth all finished! What do you think?

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 29.05.19

Current WIP count: 8

How has it been a week already? Time is flying by as things are so busy.

I finally managed to catch up with the Changing Tides CAL and it’s such a relief.

I know it’s just for fun, and the blanket is for me so there’s nobody counting on it being finished for a certain deadline, but falling behind was stressing me out. Now it’s like a weight has gone off my shoulders. I will try not to let it happen again.

The tooth now has most of its roots. One good session and I reckon I can finish it.

The poncho is also nearing completion, although the sparkly white yarn ran out so I had to improvise with some plain white. This just needs a border and a tie to close the neck up when baby is wearing it.

And that’s been my week. Not too shabby!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 22.05.19

Current WIP count: 8

Look at that WIP count creeping up and hoping nobody will notice. I see you.

This weekend did involve a bucketload of crochet, as I’d hoped it would, so I have quite a bit to talk about today.

I’ve done another round on Morag, and I can already tell she’s going to take me a while.

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It’s partly that loop stitches take so much longer than plain sc, and partly that I’m having to think so hard about where the increases go and where the loops go, without losing count of my stitches or round number. My poor brain!

The Changing Tides blanket finally got some attention and I’m on to the next section, although that still leaves me almost four weeks behind.

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On the way to Toft HQ (three hours of train and two hours of car) I worked on the poncho, so despite having to frog and re-do around 25 rows I made some serious progress.

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It could have been finished by now, except I’m an amateur and didn’t take enough yarn with me.

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Luckily my mum also has a stash of yarn so I was able to start an amigurumi she asked me for a couple of months ago:

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Yep, it’s a tooth. Mum wants to give it to her dentist so it kind of makes sense.

And finally, thanks to some particularly good sessions with my choir, I’m now about halfway through the ribbing at the bottom of my Flax Light.

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2×2 ribbing is soooo much better, so thanks everyone who told me to go for it.

Well, what a difference to the last few weeks! I must say I feel so much better in myself after all this yarny work; I really need to start making time for it every day, even when I’m busy.

What’s everyone else working on?

Hannah

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Morag the higland coo

I can now cross “visit Toft HQ” off my bucket list!

It’s an amazing place, all open and light and airy with big windows all over letting in the glorious sunshine. So I have no idea why every single picture came out rubbish. I can only apologise, and (what a shame) I’ll have to go back again one day to get some better photos.

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A wall of Toft animals

Mum bought me a place on a Loop Stitch workshop because we could not get hold of a Morag the Highland Coo kit for love nor money, but all the materials were included in the workshop.

Of course, after Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year she became widely available, but I’m actually really glad I didn’t just get the kit on its own; that loop stitch is a bit tricksy and I really don’t think I would have managed without someone walking me through it.

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Aran (at the front) and DK weight Morag

We arrived about half an hour before the workshop started so I had plenty of time to wander round the shop and think of aaaaaaaall the money I could spend if I ever won the lottery.

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I never realised they had so many non-amigurumi patterns
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I kind of want a giant Toft tin…

I love the fact that there are finished animals hanging around all over the place.

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This one was smaller than my hand
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Giant Morag the Highland Coo (she’s taller than me)

Sadly, my dad wouldn’t let me make this giant version of Morag. So what if she wouldn’t have fit in the car? Details!!

Then I had to stop my browsing and head over to the workshop area for the lesson. There were four of us booked in, two locals and one woman from Wales, but I had definitely covered the most miles to get there. I am nothing if not dedicated!

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Yes this slab of cake was also included in the workshop price!

If anyone is considering attending one of these workshops, you really need a bit of amigurumi experience under your belt. Our first instruction was “go until you have 12 stitches” and it was up to us to make a magic ring and do the first two rounds.

After that Emma (our teacher) helped us figure out the loop stitch. It’s one of those stitches that’s super fiddly to pick up, but once you’ve got it you can just run with it.

I’m not even going to try explaining it.

Obviously we didn’t finish the whole thing in 2 hours, but we did get a few rows in and I got the hang of it. However, once I got home I noticed that all of my loops were different lengths so I frogged it all and started again.

This time is going much better so hopefully one day soon I’ll have a Morag to show off.

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Land Girlz

I had to share Land Girlz because it looks just like section 2 of the Havana CAL!

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The blue and red bit is section 2

Here’s the official tutorial and back-story if you’re interested.

Step 1. Draw a row of squares.

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Step 2. Draw connecting lines between the squares.

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Step 3. Add aura lines.

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Step 4. In the spaces created, draw more squares.

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Step 5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you run out of space/ink/time/patience.

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And as usual, just a wee bit of shading can pop it into 3D no problem.

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So what do you think of Land Girlz? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 15.05.19

Current WIP count: siiiiiiiiiix

I could’ve sworn it was my birthday just the other day, how are we halfway through May already??

The following may not look like a photo-worthy moment to most people, but it had me doing a little dance (well, I was sitting down so it was really more of a wiggle) because the seemingly endless rounds of straight knitting are finally over!

This here is one round of 2×2 ribbing and it’s going okay so far. I even remembered to switch to smaller needles before I started.

As is becoming standard for me, that’s all I have to show for this week. BUT next week will definitely, honestly, really be more interesting because the date is coming up on one of my birthday presents: a workshop at Toft!

I’ve wanted to try a Toft kit for ages so I’m suuuuper excited! Plus it’s down South and my Dad will be driving so I’ll have lots of travel time to work on my other WIPs as well. Finally.

What’s everyone else working on?

Hannah

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2019 Birthday Presents

I didn’t get much yarn for my birthday. I thought I’d got none at all, but then my Aunty came later in the day with four skeins of cotton and an amigurumi book.

Maybe people thought (rightly so) that I’m still working through the 30 skeins I got for my last birthday so I didn’t need any more!

However, I did get quite a few other crafty presents.

I’m particularly excited to try this needle felt unicorn kit.

It’s got a polystyrene base that you felt onto, which I’ve never tried before, so that should be interesting.

There’s a sun catcher that Mum said she got because I love dragons.

Lots of papercraft goodies including a little crochet stamp!

Even something for my baking.

This looks so much simpler than painting different colours onto the side of a piping bag as I’ve been doing for years.

So I’ve got plenty of goodies to play with over the coming weeks. I might even share the results if they don’t go horribly wrong!

Hannah

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WIP…what day is it again?

Current WIP count: Still 6

I keep thinking things will settle down and I’ll have more time to craft, and blog, and catch my breath for five seconds. But instead there’s more and more piling on every day and I find myself wishing for 8-day weeks so I could maybe fit it all in. When I actually get paid holidays I think I’ll book a few days off just to sit in my flat and crochet until I feel human again.

They’re not all bad things though – last night I went to see Hugh Jackman’s show with my Mum, and it was pretty epic. Hugh (I can call him Hugh now, right?) is really funny and kept us laughing in between songs, and also seems to be a proper decent human being!

There was a sign language interpreter for the whole show, plus a song where the main focus of the choreography was sign language (so beautiful), the backing dancers were a really diverse group (although team Fat Dancers were sadly absent). At one point during a lovey dovey song there was one male-female pair dancing together and one male-male pair, with no fanfare or special mention like it was extraordinary, which made me really happy.

One part that sent chills right up my spine was a performance by four indigenous Australians; it was beautiful and powerful and touching and I could have listened to them all night. I wish I knew their names, but everyone was clapping and cheering so loudly that I actually couldn’t hear Hugh as he introduced them.

Also would you believe Keala Settle is even MORE phenomenal in real life? She performed This Is Me and I cried the whole way through. Ooft that voice…

So getting back to crafting, I actually don’t have much to say for myself this week. I’m already falling behind with my Changing Tides blanket, even though this week’s stitches are really simple. I just haven’t got round to them.

I managed one row on the poncho.

And (honestly) one single stitch on Havana because the end of the row came undone.

The only thing that has really moved along is my Flax Light, thanks to being able to knit it while singing at my two choirs. It’s just about long enough now to start on the bottom ribbing and it definitely fits!

A question – if the collar is 1×1 ribbing, would it look wrong to have 2×2 ribbing at the bottom? I hate 1×1 so very much, all that faffing about moving the yarn forwards and backwards for every stitch. Bleh. Or is there something else that would work better? I have literally no idea so all suggestions/advice/help welcome!

Hannah

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