WIP Thursday 17.01.19

Current WIP count: 3

Did we have a Wednesday this week? I think we must have skipped it; there’s no way it can be Thursday already.

I know I said it was time to focus on Roses for Grandma, but then I saw a string of posts on Instagram about the Kalinda shawl and I got sucked in.

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Can you blame me? It’s simple but so pretty.

I’m using a Cotton Kings Twirl, giving them another chance on a gradually increasing item. I wasn’t too impressed with the Hitchhiker, but I think Kalinda grows more quickly so the colour changes should be a bit more even.

This is as far as I’ve got at the moment. It’s nice having a job again, but boy do I miss all the crochet time that comes with being unemployed!

So that’s all I have to show for this week. Did anyone else miss Wednesday or was it just me?

Hannah

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FO Friday 11.01.19

Hey guess what? I GOT A NEW JOB!!

It’s only for 3-6 weeks, but it’s a start and a break from my anxiety-panic. Win!

Anyway, my FO this week is another order from a member of my choir. Who knew singing could be so profitable?

The request was for a poncho for a little girl who has a tube going into her stomach, so she can’t wear jumpers to keep warm. Colour and pattern were left up to me so I went for a dragonfly poncho.

I think I might be having a purple and cream phase. It’s some generic spangly acrylic I had in my stash, which came out nice and soft after a quick wash.

Hopefully I can hand this over at choir on Monday and get it to its final owner asap.

Oh I also made a couple of birthday cards, one for my mum and one for a friend.

They both arrived on time, which makes me super happy. It must be a carry-over from my goal last year!

So that’s my week, hopefully my last without a job for a while. How’s your week been? Finished anything crafty? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 09.01.19

Current WIP count: 2

Now that’s a manageable WIP list! I’ve started a bag to use up some Caron Cakes that have been lying in my stash for ages.

It’s not my favourite colourway (strawberry trifle) so I’ll probably give it away when I’m done. I really just wanted to try the folding method in the pattern.

Once this is done I’m going to focus on Roses for Grandma. It’s definitely time for some serious progress on it.

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

Hannah

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FO Friday 04.01.19

It’s been a while (and also Christmas) so there’s quite a few FOs to share today.

I’ll start with my tastiest gift; a Baileys baked cheesecake.

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My friend is awesome and let me have a piece, and it was goooood if I do say so myself. Which is a huge relief, as I’ve never made a baked cheesecake before so there was always the possibility that it would be rubbish.

I finished up the ‘matching’ cushions for my parents. A robin for my mum

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And a hedgehog for my dad.

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Here’s the back before I attached it:

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My sister got a pair of modified frostvirka mittens, this time as fingerless gloves

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I used chunky yarn so not only were they quicker than the last pair, there were also fewer ends to sew in. Win!

And finally, to finish off the Sunrise Scarf I had to tag in a wee bit of my previous Twirl. It’s kind of a sudden jump in colour compared to the rest, but I think it just about works.

 

Not quite as many presents as I was hoping to make for Christmas, but considering how quickly the year ran past and the fact that I spent December facing redundancy it’s really not a bad show. How’s your new year going so far? Got any new FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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18 for 2018 – end of year review

Welcome to 2019 everyone! I hope the holidays and new year were everything you hoped for.

It’s hard to believe a whole year has gone by since I decided on these goals – time just goes so quickly! But a year it has been so without further ado let’s get on with my final review.

1 New blog followed per week – 7/7 (yearly total 52/52) COMPLETE!

I made it!

 

2 New stitches/techniques learned per month – 1/2 (18/24)

This month I figured out how to do a long dc for my African Flower motifs.

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No met goal here, but I have learned a lot and developed more confidence with my knitting.

 

3 Instagram posts per week – 14/15 (147/156)

I was so sure I could meet this one, but Christmas and new year kind of knocked me off my game a bit. Still, I’m happy that I managed to post fairly regularly.

 

4 Exercise sessions per week – 22/18 (204/208)

Oooh so close!!

 

5 Blog posts written per week – 10/22 (161/260)

Wow, I really fell behind with this one. Even more than I thought.

 

6 Patterns written up – 5/6 (5/6)

I wrote up the pattern for my crochet crotchet, and then added on some bits to create a pattern for a pair of quavers.

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I’m pretty pleased that I managed to get to 5, considering at the beginning of the year I believed I just wasn’t made for pattern writing!

 

7 Areas in my flat sorted – 7/7 (7/7) COMPLETE!

I sorted my kitchen cupboards and got rid of quite a lot. Vitamins and supplements that I took for about a month and then forgot about, a frying pan that was so worn out it was starting to rust, plus some tea that I’d had for over 10 years.

I don’t know if tea can go off and be bad for you, but I figured if I haven’t used it in 10 years then I’m probably never going to!

 

8 Minutes of writing per day COMPLETE! 

 

9 pm bed time – 10/31 (103/365)

Well at least I met my mini goal of 100! Clearly I need to keep working on taking better care of my sleep.

 

10% of wages saved – 10/10 COMPLETE!

I managed this every month so now I’ve got a nice chunk of savings in the bank.

 

12 Hand-written letters – 13/12 COMPLETE!

A lot of things came up around Christmas time so I didn’t get to send all the cards and letters I was planning to. Still, this goal is definitely smashed!

 

13 New recipes tried – 14/13 COMPLETE!

An experiment with leftovers led to a really tasty casserole this month, just nudging me over the goal line.

 

14 Meet ups with friends – 14/14 COMPLETE! (stretch goal 31/25) DOUBLE COMPLETE!

We all knew Christmas would make this one easier, but I never expected to smash my stretch goal quite so much!  There was singing in various pubs, archery parties, cups of tea with friends, chips for breakfast, baby snuggles, and a cheeky Nandos. I’m ready for a wee break now!

 

15 Birthdays on time – 15/15 COMPLETE!

The present for my friend in Germany went out super early this month and then my two friends with birthdays on new year’s eve pushed me over the finish line. I’m so glad I met this one; I always feel like a terrible human being when I miss people’s birthdays, so although I didn’t quite manage them all I’m still feeling good that I got so many on time.

 

16 Christmas cards made – 18/16 COMPLETE!

Done and done.

 

17 Birthday cards made – 9/17

Just one this month for my friend in Germany, although I forgot to take a photo of it.

 

18 Items decluttered – 18/18 COMPLETE!

My frying pan, tea, and bottles of old vitamins bring the total up to 18. I’m definitely going to keep on decluttering as and when the need comes up, I just love the freed-up space and the feeling of achievement that comes with it.

 

That’s 10 goals met, and a couple very nearly met, which is honestly much better than I expected of myself. It was good to have some goals to work toward and something to focus on, but I’ve got a lot of stressors going on in my life right now so I’ve decided not to do this again for 2019.  For now I shall just be all smug and enjoy my success over the last year!

 

Hannah

xXx

Basic baubles: the sequel

I was right, I do like most of my bauble designs better in plastic than I did on paper.

Although I still hate this one

What was I thinking.

Paradox, as always, is my favourite.

My dad made a lot of these

But that was mainly trying to make the machine colour in the little circles. It never did manage.

Dad’s favourite was this one

And I have to say it’s a close second for my favourite too. It’s strange that these are exactly what I drew on paper, but they seem totally different etched onto plastic.

So now I have some baubles of my very own design to hang on the tree!

What do you think? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 21.12.18

I’m getting there, two Christmas presents done and dusted this week.

During the weekend away in October I had a somewhat tipsy conversation with our Musical Director about how various musical notes would look in 3D rather than written on a page. At my current skill level and with the limited time left, I could only manage a simple crotchet, but I hope he’ll like it.

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Although I rather hope he doesn’t like it too much and ask for a whole set. Black yarn is not my friend! 

I also finished off the drake I started aaaaaages ago, feeling very glad that I’d binned the wings. There were already far too many pieces to sew together without them.

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If I make another one I’m definitely using safety eyes because I am pants at sewing details on my amigurumi. SO unimpressed with these eyes.

I can’t believe Christmas is on Tuesday! This weekend is going to be busy busy with frantic crochet finishes. How’s everyone else getting on? *hugses* for anyone else feeling that last-minute panic!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 19.12.18

Current WIP count: 7

Another two Christmas presents in progress; I’m making semi-matching cushion covers for two wee circular cushions I had lying around in my crafty stash. It’s a little hard to tell at the moment, but this one will be a hedgehog

And this one will be a robin.

Both woodland creatures, both making use of that dark brown yarn, that’s enough matching, right?

I’m using super chunky yarn, a big hook, and dc stitches (mainly) so these won’t take long at all. The only issue I’m anticipating is how and where to put the red chest on the robin. Some thought and probably experimentation will be required.

The big day is coming up fast and I don’t feel anywhere near prepared! Please tell me I’m not the only one?

Hannah

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Basic baubles

My dad works at a school that has a laser cutter in the technology department, so he asked me to design some zentangle Christmas baubles for him to etch out with the machine.

Zentangle baubles featured quite a bit on my Christmas cards last year, but somehow when I came to do them this year I just couldn’t get into the flow of it. I tried some old favourites, threw in some new ones, combined some together, every last one feeling like a struggle. Eventually I got 6 different designs, but I’m not especially pleased with any of them.

Even my favourite tangle doesn’t fill me with joy.

But I sent them off to dad anyway and hopefully he can make some pretty decorations from them. Who knows, maybe I’ll like them better in plastic than on paper.

What do you think of my baubles? Am I being too harsh (be honest)? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

xXx

WIP Thursday 13.12.18

Current WIP count: 5

Hoo what a week. Wednesday totally passed me by!

I got back on the horse with the Sunrise Scarf and now it’s past the point I reached before having to undo the whole thing.

But it’s taking foreverrrrr so I might end up not using the whole Twirl, especially as there are only 11 knitting days left before Christmas.

There have also been many African flowers. I’ve now perfected making them while walking so I can get my lunchtime walk in and still make some progress!

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

Hannah

xXx

FO Friday 07.12.18

Crochet magazines are just terrible, always jumping into my shopping basket when I’m not looking.

This time Inside Crochet came home with me, which is nothing at all to do with the adorable little snowflake decoration kit that came with it.

I couldn’t sleep last night so I got to it and finished both decorations in just over an hour.

Yay insomnia!

It was nice to get some little finishes when all my other projects are a bit of a mission.

Oh and I made a birthday card

I am enjoying playing with these tiny triangles.

So how was your week? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

xXx