Helpful FOs

You’ve got to love the crafting community. The Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild (link here) has received so many donations for Australia that there’s currently a stop on sending any more, to give them time to take stock and work out what’s still needed. What an excellent ‘problem’ to have!

So there’s been no crafting for Australia for me just yet, and I’ve been finishing up my other charity projects instead.

I now have four bears to go to Simba.

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Still not looking like twinsies.

And two hats to go to Knit For Peace.

I was going to block both hats, but I tried on the rolled one and I actually really like the look of it so that’s staying as it is.

I’m still hooked on the charity-crafting thing so now I’m making a pair of large bears for Simba. Once they’re finished that will be a full set of sizes and hopefully my crojo will let me get on with some of these WIPs that have been lying around for months.

Hannah

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Charity begins at home

Current WIP count: 8

It’s quite addictive, this making for charity thing. I’m onto a second pair of bears for Simba (small this time).

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And a second hat to send to Knit for Peace.

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Plus there’s been a call for knitted and crocheted items to help animals that have been injured in the fires in Australia. My boyfriend lived in Australia for a chunk of his life so the whole thing is hitting him pretty hard, and that makes it personal to me. I’m hoping to get a few things made up over the weekend so he can take them to the Post Office on Monday.

I just love the double joy of making something and knowing it will help someone (or an animal) to feel better.

Hannah

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An FO and a big “NOPE” to magic loop

Only one month late, the baby Flax Light is finally finished and blocking!

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Thankfully, baby is on the petite side so she hasn’t already outgrown it before it even gets to her.

Now, those sleeves.

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I tried. I really tried. But magic loop (the knitting version) is just not for me. I don’t understand the argument that it’s easier/better than using DPNs, with all the to-ing and fro-ing of the cable, dealing with two massive ladders in your work, or constantly changing where the cable pops out to avoid said ladders. So. much. FAFF!

It’s good to know what my strengths and weaknesses are though, and it’s much better to not use magic loop because I don’t like it rather than because I’m scared of it, as used to be the case.  I’ll take that sort-of-win.

I should hopefully see my friend at some point this month so fingers crossed for some photos of baby wearing her new jumper. I hope she likes it!

Hannah

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Starting as I mean to go on

Here is my first charity make of 2020: a pair of little bears for SiMBA memory boxes:

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They’re really quick to make (once I deciphered the frankly terrible pattern) so I can see myself churning out quite a few more in my spare time. Hopefully with a bit of practice I can get them looking like twin bears rather than distant cousins!

Being so small, they’re not going to use up much stash very quickly, but every little helps and it’s all for a good cause so I’m going for it. My next project can be a big blanket or something to balance it out.

Hannah

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Make nine challenge 2020

I’m very late to the Make Nine Challenge (it seems to have started in 2015), but that’s nothing new.

Unlike a lot of posts I’ve seen on Instagram, I’m not aiming for nine specific things I want to make. It’s mainly skills I want to learn, with a couple of specific items thrown in there.

  1. Learn brioche knitting
  2. Knit a pair of socks
  3. Make a jumper/cardigan using the super chunky yarn I bought at a craft fair last year
  4. Learn double knitting
  5. Make something with a Fair Isle pattern
  6. Knit something using this book I got for Christmas: Book
  7. Make a Belladonna dress
  8. Make a Strange Signs blanket Strange
  9. Knit some selbu mittens

I’d say that’s enough to be getting on with for one year, especially considering what a slow knitter I am. Being realistic, let’s say I want to start these 9 things this year and any finishes will be a bonus.

Hannah

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Memories

On Sunday I was in the kitchen sifting icing sugar into a bowl. I took out a teaspoon to push the last few clumps through the sieve, and was hit with a crystal clear memory of my Grandma standing in her kitchen, teaching me to use a spoon so I would stop using my fingers.

Losing someone never hurts any less; it just hurts less often. This particular kick in the heart reminded me why I started my Roses for Grandma blanket, and got me digging through my WIP pile to find it and get going again.

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I have a few more squares to make so that’s going to be my focus this month. I’ve pretty much decided on the layout so once they’re all made up I can get straight to joining them together. It’s a somewhat fancy, lacy crochet join so it might take me a while, but I have decided that this blanket will be finished this year.

Hannah

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2019 review

Well look at that, another whole year gone by. Once again I’m so glad I have my blog to remind me of all I’ve achieved over the last 365 days.

For a start, there were a lot more FOs than I thought.

Baby poncho x2

Kalinda shawl

Caron cupcake hat x2

Caron cake folded bag (I’ve still got this lying around. I really must give it away)

The teeny tiny llama, and a somewhat creepy amigurumi tooth

There were a few bits and pieces for myself

Flax Light for me

A scrappy neck warmer

Changing Staircases

But I think I’m most pleased with my blanket output this year.

Not one, but two full-sized Lego blankets!

Changing Tides, my first ever CAL

A baby Lego blanket with spare bricks

The super chunky green and purple baby blanket

A more traditionally coloured baby blanket

There was also a Mothers day card with crochet elements, which I know I can do better this year.

Outside of knitting and crochet, I tried my hand at both needle felting and beading.

Then for christmas I whipped up my Dad’s hat and a final headband.

That’s 24 total FOs, which I’m pretty darn pleased with.

With all these projects I also learned a thing or two:

Continental knitting

Foundation crochet stitches

Magic loop for knitting

Stretchy bind off

Needle felting

Crochet loop stitch

So I’ve had a great year and I’m hoping to make 2020 just as good, if not better!

I’m determined that this will be the year I finally jump in to sock knitting. I’m also planning to make a big dent in my stash and make a bit of a difference in the world by focussing on some charity yarnery.

I hope everyone had a lovely new years eve, and that 2020 is so much better to you than 2019 was (whatever kind of year you had).

Hannah

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The “what day is it anyway?” quiz

I have no idea what day it is, whether I should be posting about WIPs, FOs, cards, nothing at all. So I’m just going to go for another quiz from Nothing but Knit:

1. Are you named after somebody? I’m named for Hannah in the bible, because mum and dad prayed for me as Hannah did for Samuel.

2. When is the last time you cried? Yesterday. It happens a lot, especially when I’m tired.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
It’s okay.


4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
I still don’t think I have one.

5. Do you have kids?
Nope.

6. Farthest place you have traveled? New Zealand.

7. Do you use sarcasm ?
It’s my first language.

8. Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes.

9. Would you bungee jump?
Absolutely not!

10. What is your favorite cereal?
Anything with clusters in. I love the crunch.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Very rarely; I just want to get my feet free asap.

12. Do you think you’re strong?
I put a great deal of effort into being strong.

13. What is your favorite ice cream?
Proper vanilla with the little black bits in, or cherry flavour. Ooh or both together!

14. What is the first thing you notice about a person?
Their height.

15. Football or Baseball?
Neither.

16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself?
Hmm that’s a tricky question! I like that my nail tips are nice and white.

17. What colour pants are you wearing?
If you mean the American kind of pants then black. If you mean the British kind of pants then that’s a bit personal and I decline to answer!

18. What was the last thing you ate?
A mini brownie.

19. What are you listening to right now?
The sounds on the train, mainly the wee boy in front of me playing with Lego.

20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Kelly green.

21. Favorite flavour?
Cinnamon mmmm.

22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
My boyfriend – the only person I actually like speaking to on the phone.

23. Favourite sport to watch?
Tennis.

24. Hair colour?
Dark brown.

25. Eye color?
Dark dark brown (I have been called “shark-eyes” before…)

27. Favorite food?
Savoury is noodles
, sweet is cinnamon rolls.


28. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings all the way.

29. Last movie you watched without falling asleep?
Games Night. It was odd, but funny.

Hannah
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Pressure off

Current WIP count: 9

The thing about going down to see family at Christmas is that I have to get all my Glasgow presents sorted well before the big day. There’s nothing like extra, shorter deadlines for piling on the pressure!

But my plan to only make presents for certain special people paid off. My WIP list is now back down to single figures, and only 3 of those are presents for other people.

The black present I started last week was a headband/ear warmer and I absolutely MUST recommend this pattern; It’s Gemma by A Knack For Knots and I started and finished the whole thing in less than 3 hours. It’s black so obviously impossible to get a good photo of, but here is my attempt.

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I also finished my beady project, which was a couple of sets of mala beads for my boyfriend.

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A full set is 108 beads (which I am going to make him one day), and smaller ones tend to be some division of 108. The green one has 27 beads and the purple one 54.

My dad’s hat now looks like this:

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I’m just about to switch to DPNs for the top so it will be done in plenty of time.

All in all I’m rounding up the Christmas making season pretty relaxed 🙂

Hannah

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Adulting Q&A

Here are 23 questions for Grown Ups. Let’s have fun!

  1. What bill do you hate the most? Internet, because it’s rubbish and I hate that I have to pay so much for something that doesn’t work properly!
  2. When was the last time you had a romantic dinner? Last weekend.
  3. What did you really want to be when you grew up? A vet.
  4. How many colleges did you attend? 1 college and 2 universities.
  5. Why did you choose the dress you wore today? It’s tartan, which makes me happy.
  6. What do you drive? A rolling scrap heap.
  7. First thought when the alarm goes off? What day is it?
  8. Last thought you have before you go to bed? Usually calculating how much sleep I can get if I fall asleep RIGHT NOW.
  9. Do you miss being a child? I do, it was so much easier.
  10. What errand/chore do you despise the most? Grocery shopping.
  11. Up early or sleep in? Up early, whether I like it or not.
  12. Found love yet? Yeah 🙂
  13. Favorite lunch meat? I don’t think I have one.
  14. What do you get every time at Walmart? We don’t have those.
  15. Beach or lake? Beach.
  16. Is marriage overrated? I wouldn’t say it’s overrated, I just think it’s pushed WAY too much as a ‘life goal’ for women.
  17. Ever crashed a vehicle? Not yet.
  18. Strangest place you’ve ever brushed your teeth? Um. I only ever brush my teeth in the bathroom.
  19. Name a place you’ve never been but want to go? Oh there’s a list! Italy, Ireland, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Mexico…
  20. Do you have a go-to person? I do!
  21. Are you where you want to be in life right now? Much closer than I thought I could be this time last year.
  22. Growing up what were your favorite cartoons? Hey, Arnold!, Recess, Willo The Wisp.
  23. What do you think has changed about you since you have gotten older? I care far less about what other people think of me, I’m not afraid of being strong and taking up space, and I’m more willing to defend my need for introvert time.

If you’d like to join in feel free to put your answers in the comments or leave a link if you’ll be blogging them.

Hannah

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One week to go!

Current WIP count: 12

I’m not panicking, why would I be panicking, are you panicking?

My Dad’s hat just needs 3 more centimetres before I start decreasing. And it looks like I’ll have to get the train down to my parents rather than driving so I’ll have plenty of time to finish it.

I hit a slight snag with the bracelets when the covering kept unwinding from the elastic, making it too wide to fit through the bead holes, but I gave the ends a quick coat in clear nail varnish and now I’m rolling. These will be done in a couple of hours, max.

There’s been a slight reprieve with baby Flax Light. My friend hasn’t had chance to sort all her Christmas shopping, so we’re having a meet up in the new year to exchange presents instead of making this week more stressful than it needs to be. So I now have an extra week or two to get these sleeves finished and I can focus on other presents, yay!

My running hat now looks like this, and I’m trying to decide whether to give it ribbing or not. Thoughts?

Also, I’m a glutton for punishment and started ANOTHER gift. In black. The yarn is Paintbox Simply Chunky so it should work up pretty quick. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Hannah

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