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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Happy Easter

My family have never done Easter eggs, but once us chiddlybods got a bit older we started exchanging little presents instead. This year I decided to get crafty with my gifts.

When my parents visit they like to stay at a particular hotel, which has a massive picture on the wall of a Tunnocks Teacake wrapper (it’s a Scotland thing. We’re very proud.) and every time my Dad walks past it he says how much he likes it. So I decided to make him a mini version for his Easter present.

Of course I forgot to take a photo before packing it off because I’m a dingbat, but here’s a picture of the wrapper in case you don’t know what I’m talking about.TunnocksThe hardest part was definitely having to eat the teacake to free up the wrapper. Oh the sacrifices I make for my family ūüėČ

Then it was Mum’s turn.

Funny story about my Mum – she is absolutely terrified of birds, can’t even stand to be in the same room as one, but she loves robins. I don’t know if she would ever go as far as touching one, but they are the only birds that don’t make her run away and refuse to return until they’ve gone.

So I just had to have a go at needle felting a little robin for her.I’m not sure it’s as good as my rabbit, but you can tell it’s a robin and that’s enough for me!

I felted a safety pin to the back so Mum can wear it as a brooch if she likes.And of course there had to be an Easter card as well.Does your family celebrate Easter? Do you have any family traditions? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 17.04.19

Current WIP count: 6

It’s been weeks since my friend at choir asked for another baby poncho so I figured I’d better get on with it! I’m using the same dragonfly pattern as last time, but with different yarn. One is variegated blue, the other is white, and both of them have a strand of sparkle.

The plan was to use them alternately to create stripes, but that came out a bit small so I decided to hold them together instead and I’m really enjoying the result. I love seeing the differences as a variegated changes against a solid.

I’m going to add in some arm holes to this one – I think the scheme in my mind is going to work but feel free to wish me luck anyway!

I’m still going through part 1 of my Changing Tides blanket and I’m loving it so far, I’ve already learned some new stitches and techniques.

That ruffle is definitely going to turn up in some of my future makes.

The first few rounds were looking very superhero-ish. I think the yellow and paler blues tone it down nicely though. I’ve not set any concrete rules for the colour scheme with this, I’m just going to pick up whichever I feel will work next, bearing in mind that I have more of some colours than others.

It was a busy birthday weekend and this is a busy week so I’m quite pleased I managed to get some crafting done. I’m looking forward to a quieter weekend coming up and the chance to have a proper go at all of my WIPs. How is your week going? What are you working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Panthe

If I look at Panthe for too long it makes my eyes feel funny, but that’s partly why I like it! As you can see in the tutorial it’s based on the Pantheon Dome in Rome, which inspired me to try a circular tangle area for the first time.

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Step 1. Draw a grid using double lines.

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Step 2. Add crosses in the larger squares.

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Step 3. Draw a small square around the centre of each cross

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Step 4. Draw a larger square around the small one

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Step 5 (optional). Fill in the sections where the grid lines overlap

Step 6 (optional). Add some shading.

I decided to have a play with this Tangle, see what else could be done with it. I tried starting off with a single-line grid rather than double.

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Then a triple-line grid.

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Adding in some extra squares.

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And filling in certain sections.

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It’s so interesting to me how little changes like that can really alter the look of a Tangle.

So what do you think of Panthe? Which is your favourite version? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Happy birthday to me (2019 edition)

It’s my birthday today and as a present to myself I have started the Changing Tides Blanket CAL hosted by Eleonora at Coastal Crochet.

The first part was released just yesterday so it’s definitely not too late to join in.

Nobody got me yarn for my birthday (!!!), and I’m still trying not to buy too much new stuff, so I’m going with whatever colours I have in my stash. I learned my lesson after the Lego blanket and I’ve made sure that all the yarn I’m using is the same thickness. From now on the pencil test is my best friend!

I’m determined this will be the CAL I actually keep up with (looking at you, Havana.) and I reckon it’s a good sign that I’ve actually started it on time.

Here are some goodies other people got me for my birthday:

Unicorn biscuit
Chocolate books
Real books

Mum and Dad also got me a ticket to a Toft workshop to make my very own Morag the higland coo amigurumi! We searched and searched for a kit, but couldn’t get hold of one for love nor money so when Mum found this workshop she jumped on it. It’s not til May though so there’s a bit of a wait before I get my Morag. I can be patient…

What’s everyone else up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 12.04.19

Last weekend I took a wee break from all my massive projects to make something teeny tiny.

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It’s a llama!

The pattern is by Ravencraft Designs, who I follow on Instagram. I followed along with every post as Jess worked out the process, and as soon as I saw that the pattern was released I jumped over to Ravelry and bought a copy. Then I made a start with a little scrap ball that just happened to be in front of me at the time.

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I can’t get over how small she is, and I’m the one who made her!

The number of ends created a bit of a mess when it came to sewing the legs together, but maybe that was only an issue because I made mine so small, using a thin DK yarn instead of worsted. What a shame, I’ll have to make another one in a thicker yarn and see if I get the same result.

What do you think I should call my little llama? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 10.04.19

Current WIP count: 5

Havana is pretty addictive, I spent most of my weekend working on it and now I’m into the third section.

This one is similar to the first section, but just different enough to keep me interested. Plus it turns out I really like turquoise and orange together. Who knew!

Roses for Grandma has kind of gone back a step, as I decided I wanted a rectangular blanket rather than a square so I’ll have to make some more roses.

On the plus side that makes the layout a little simpler. I mainly have pink and purple roses, but there are four in different colours plus my forget-me-not square, so with a 5×4 layout I can have one ‘different’ square in each row. Now I’ve got a rough layout I can start joining them together.

I really need some slightly smaller projects. Maybe I’ll dive in to sock knitting at last, although with my knitting speed that might not help me get a finish anytime soon!

What’s everyone else working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: W2

I like W2 because it reminds me of a Mothers Day present I made years and years ago. The one where you cut out two shapes, cut strips into them, and then weave them together to form a heart.

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Mum still has the heart I made to this day.

At first I struggled with the set up of W2; I couldn’t wrap my head around the layout of the diamonds. But once I realised it was just a straight¬†grid of squares on the diagonal I was sorted. I can turn my paper 45 degrees and draw the grid, then turn it back straight to add in the lines and finish it off.

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You can find the Tangle Patterns tutorial here.

Step 1. Draw a grid of diamonds.

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Step 2. Add in all lines in one direction, alternating inside and outside the little squares.

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Step 3. Add in all lines in the other direction, again alternating inside and outside the squares.

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Step 4 (optional). Decide where the ‘light’ is and add in some shading accordingly.

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Fun fact: unless I actively think about it, my ‘light’ is always to the top left so I shade the bottom right of my Tangles. I don’t know why, it just feels right.

What do you think of W2? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Size matters (but not how you think)

Now I’ve got that song stuck in my head. Time to dig out my Natasha Bedingfield CD…

Anyway, I’m talking about cable size.

My Flax Light was on a 30 inch cable, which was beginning to worry me; I’m a good deal bigger than 30 inches but the knitting wasn’t completely bunched up on the cable like there was too much of it. And it kind of looked a weird shape. What if I was doing it wrong? What if I was spending weeks and weeks on something that would never fit me in a million years?

Then when I was knitting away at choir last week, I had the following exchange:

– Ooh that’s a lovely colour! What are you making?

– It’s going to be a jumper.

– A little kiddie jumper? Oh yes, it’s so small and cute.

ARGH!!

But then I tried moving it across to my 60 inch cable, fully prepared to whip it back to the 30 if it ended up stretched to breaking point, and wonder of wonders it actually looks like the top of a jumper!

Plus it fits on there with a little stretch. I’m also a good deal smaller than 60 inches so it looks like this thing is going to fit me. I almost can’t believe it!

I was flagging a wee bit at the thought of having to make another 15 inches at least in this tiny yarn (why did I not go for the aran weight version??), but now it feels real and I’m really going to get a jumper out of this, suddenly I can’t stop working on it.

Will I finish in April? I doubt it, but I’m certainly willing to give it a go. The (sort of) good thing about living in Scotland is I’ll likely be able to wear my jumper for 11 months of the year. There’s no rush to get it finished before summer because we very rarely have one!

Hannah

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March Review 2019

Yes I’m a bit late with this, but hands up who’s surprised. Nobody? Okay, let’s get on with it!

The Lego blanket took over a lot of March, and I don’t just mean on my blog. I made those bricks at choir, during my lunch break, in bed, while walking, in a pub, in the bath, on a train, basically every moment I was awake and not using my hands for something else.

It was totally worth it to see my Dad’s reaction when he opened it.

Aside from that I didn’t get much finished; most of my WIP list is big projects that are going to take weeks, if not months, of work. There was progress on Roses for Grandma

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And Havana

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And Flax Light

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But the only other FO was my mothers day card.

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I did pick up a new hobby though when I tried and instantly fell in love with needle felting.

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So even though my WIP list didn’t change much at all, I had a really busy, productive month and ended up with a few makes that I’m super proud of. I’m not sure anything will ever top my Lego blanket!

In April I’m hoping to start joining Roses for Grandma together, and do some more needle felting to make sure my bunny wasn’t just beginner’s luck. It would be good to finish off my dragon amigurumi as well, but we’ll see.

How was your March? Any exciting plans for April? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 03.04.19

Current WIP count: 5

The next section of Havana is a bit more complicated so I’m having to pay attention more when working on it.

I’m really enjoying the colours for this part. They make me think of super heroes.

It’s been weeks and weeks since I did anything on the dragon amigurumi, so I figured it was time to get back to it. 20190402_210054-1.jpgI’m deviating from the pattern a little, but who can blame me? It calls for making the feet, foot pads and claws separately and then sewing all these fiddly little bits together. Sack that for a laugh!

I was hoping to use the pattern for snorlax from Christmas 2017, because I loved his little feet and they were pretty simple to make, with NO sewing. But that blog no longer exists so I’m just trying to remember it as best I can. Wish me luck.

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Cute little Snorlax foot

Flax Light has become my travel project, but as I’m on the straight knit bit I won’t post photos again until something interesting happens.

So that’s my WIPs this week. What’s everyone else working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Happy Mothers Day

My Mum doesn’t like receiving big, fancy, or expensive presents, for any occasion. We’re actually not allowed to give her anything but a card for her birthdays. But I very much enjoy giving presents to people, especially when I just know they’re going to love it. So I have to get creative (literally) when it comes to Mum.

I always make her card myself so even without a gift, I’ve spent time and effort on something special. This year I went for a super cute catty card designed by Eleonora of Coastal Crochet.

I don’t know why my camera picked up those glue lines, they weren’t visible in real life…

The original design is in very bright hot colours, but blue is Mum’s favourite colour and forget-me-nots are a reminder of Grandma (her mum) so I went with that instead. I also had a much smaller card base, or maybe much thicker yarn, so I had to turn the card landscape and just use a few flowers.

I still like it though.

I hope all the mums out there had a happy Mothers Day!

Hannah

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