Some crafting has occurred!

They’re not much to look at, but they are useful and made with my own two hands: I made some birdie foraging food toys!

Apparently lovebirds, being tiny parrots, are highly intelligent and curious birdies. They also spend a lot of their time (in the wild) searching for food. So lovebird owners are supposed to use forage toys, and regularly move their food bowls around, to keep the birdies’ minds engaged and keep up that foraging instinct.

However, I think we got a couple of special lovebirds. These forage toys sat at the bottom of the cage for 3 days before Rosie and Jim even noticed them, and then it took them another day to figure out there was food inside them. 

They seem to have got the hang of it now so we give them fresh tubes about twice a week, and I must say it feels good to 1. make something useful and 2. use the toilet roll tubes instead of just chucking them.  

In somewhat-related news, we had to give them a shower because they hadn’t yet figured out washing themselves – and we got to hold them for the first time!

They’re still both super wary of us though, so it’s going to be a long time before we get proper birdie snuggles with them.

Hannah

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Birdies

Oh goodness. Has it really been over a month since I posted?  Not sure how that happened.

There’s still no crafting going on over here so nothing to show on that front, but the boyfriend and I finally got permission from the landlord to get pets so…

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Blogville, please meet Rosie and Jim. These pretty pretties are lovebirds. Rosie is the one with the gorgeous blue streak and Jim is the darker one – aren’t they both BEAUTIFUL!!

They’re not hand-tamed yet but we are working on that slowly. Be prepared for some serious birdie overload once we get to the stage of being able to play with them properly.

So yeah, that’s all my updates for now. I’ll try not to leave it another month before my next post. No promises though.

Hannah

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That is the ugliest effing square I’ve ever seen*

*it’s not plagiarism if you change a word, right?

I thought I had my mojo back up and running, but then I made the mistake of ignoring that little voice telling me I didn’t like what was appearing at the end of my crochet hook.

What hideous colours. But the next few rounds will fix it, won’t they?

Nope. Still hideous.

I frogged the whole thing and now it’s in the naughty corner for a while.

It’s strange that the colours I chose for the blanket all look so good together, but take out two or three of them and it can end up a disaster! I used to think I had such an eye for colour.

Well, I’ll try shuffling some around and maybe swapping some out, and see if I can get something workable. Maybe even pretty. Wish me luck.

Hannah

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No mojo

This year has not started out as I mean to go on. I’ve not blogged at all and that’s partly because I haven’t touched a hook or needle for weeks. I have no reasons, or even excuses; my mojo has just vanished.

The last thing I did finish was my Roses for Grandma blanket. After more than two years of working on it in dribs and drabs, I finally crossed the finish line at some point between Christmas and new year 2020. And here it is:

The pattern is (Rav link) Roses on Lace by Pat Gibbons. The roses and forget-me-nots are mostly Eco Cotton yarn, with some Ricorumi for the leaves. The cream is a little bit of cotton I had leftover in my stash with no label on, but mainly Women’s Institute Soft & Smooth acrylic. And every last bit of it is infused with memories of my Grandma. I never could forget about her, but it’s comforting to have something physical that I can wrap around myself and be warmed by as I remember.

Hannah

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Was Santa good to you?

Well I was spoilt rotten this Christmas, with lots of crafty gifts.

My mum got me some gorgeous crochet books.

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A diamond painting card kit.

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This adorable colouring book.

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Plus some crafty bits and bobs.

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My sister also added to the collection with these two books, and a little pack of yarn to make them with.

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How lucky am I!

What did everyone else get for Christmas?

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Paradox Reversed

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know that Paradox is my all-time favourite Tangle.

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So when I saw that someone had created a variation on it, I had to give it a try. You can check out the tutorial on the creator’s blog here.

Step 1. Mark out your square.

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Step 2. Draw the first four lines as you would in regular Paradox.

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Step 3. Reverse direction and draw the next four lines.

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Step 4. Repeat step 3 until you reach the centre of the square.

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Step 5 (optional). Fill in the centre.

I’ll be honest, this one was a bit of a brain workout! I had to count my lines as I drew them, to make sure I changed direction after every fourth one.

Here’s what it looks like in grid formation.

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And in triangles, like Paradox at the top of the post.

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I really like it, but regular Paradox is still my favourite.

What do you think of Paradox Reversed? Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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I think I’ve got it

Current WIP count: 6

Stubbornness wins! I kept trying and trying with this joining pattern, and last night it finally clicked into place.

It’s actually really simple now I know what it’s asking for.

My problem was that the pattern uses the terms ‘same square’ and ‘adjacent square’ to explain what’s going on, but when you have to turn the work a few times (which you do) it’s a bit difficult to keep track of which square is which.

Some photos or diagrams would have helped, but never mind. I’m on the home stretch now and I can definitely finish off this blanket before the new year!

Hannah

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No socks Monday

Believe it or not, I don’t have any socks on my needles right now. Gasp!

What I do have is a serious case of finish-itis. I’ve sewn in all the ends on the baby jumper and my Diagon Ally socks, and I’ve been super focussed on the boyfriend’s jumper. It’s odd not having the slightest urge to start something new.

However, I have hit a bit of a snag with one finish. Earlier this year I mentioned completing my Roses for Grandma blanket before 2021. All of the squares are finished and now it’s on to joining them together.

But I can NOT understand the joining instructions. At all. I’ve tried a few versions of what it might be trying to say, but none of them turned out useable, never mind correct.

There are no diagrams in the pattern, no notes on Rav, and no videos on YouTube that I can find, so I’m a bit stuck. I don’t suppose anyone else has made it before and can help me?

Hannah

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I can’t resist

Nobody really believed I would stick to single-colour items from now on, did they? Because of course I went for something with even more ends.

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This is another Good Old Raglan in the 0-3 months size, for a friend who should be having her baby any day now. I just couldn’t resist using up more of this spangly yarn, and (once I figured out where I went wrong) the pattern is so simple and easy to make.

But oh the endssssss!

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I’m tackling them by sticking something on Netflix, snuggling up with the boyfriend, and sewing in as many as I can stand. Then I take a break to knit or crochet something else so I don’t get mad and end up throwing it across the room (this may or may not have happened before). So far it’s working. Slowly.

Hannah

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November review 2020

Stash used this month: 3.75

Total stash used this year: 46.75

Stash remaining: 323.5

Well I felt super productive last month!

I finished up two pairs of Diagon Ally socks, a cowl, an ear warmer, a little headband, a toddler jumper, and one sleeve of the boyfriend’s Flax jumper. Go me.

Don’t be expecting too much from this month though. My wonderful mix of anxiety and depression has been having a field day since the redundancy, and adding Christmas on top is not helping anything.

I’ve already decided that I’m not making any new presents this year. If something in my stash of finishes catches my eye then I may give them as gifts, but otherwise I’m going with Etsy or simply sending a card. The people I love already know that I love them, so they’ll understand.

Hannah

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FOs all over

Remember that test knit cowl I was doing the other day (or maybe ten years ago. I really can’t tell) with all the cables? Well I finished it.

Then I kept going and made an ear-warmer.

And then there was just a teeny bit of yarn left so I finished up with a headband.

They are SO warm and cosy.

I also managed to finish the jumper in time for posting tomorrow, and I love it.

Although I was mad at myself when I got to the end and realised there were 32 ends to sew in. Single-colour jumpers from now on!

And finally, my Diagon Ally socks are finished. The pattern isn’t as obvious in the darker yarn, but I still love them.

Blocking to follow when I’ve sewn in the ends and we’ll see what effect it has on this cottony sock yarn.

This brings my WIP list down to a slightly more sensible 6. I feel like I might have given myself a case of finish-itis; crossing all these WIPs off the list felt good and I really want some more of that. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Hannah

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