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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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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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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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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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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It’s new hobby time again!

Alternative title: I love stabbing things.

A while ago one of my choir friends gifted me some needle felting goodies so I could give it a try. For some reason I built it up in my mind so much that I couldn’t even try in case I got it ‘wrong’, so the whole bag just sat in my crafty drawer unused. But I still really wanted to try needle felting, so when I saw that I Sew 2 was hosting a workshop I signed up straight away.

The workshop was taught by Lynn McGill of Lin Pin (go check out her page) and five of us showed up despite Storm Gareth raging outside. The others had all been before, but they were so friendly and welcoming and I didn’t feel like the odd one out at all.

Most of us decided to make Easter bunnies so Lin gave a quick tutorial on how to make one. The way she explained it is quite like amigurumi; it’s much easier if you break down what you want to make into simple shapes. A sphere for the head, an egg for the body, cylinders for the front legs and so on. She also showed us different ways to roll and fold the wool, and how to neaten up the edges.

Then it was our turn. I briefly considered making a psychedelic rabbit because 1. I loves colour and 2. Look at all the beautiful options!

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But just this once I decided to be sensible and stick with one colour. I chose this hank of grey because of the flecks of light and dark, just like you’d get in a real rabbit’s fur.

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At first I was a bit too gentle, scared of breaking the needle or stabbing myself or that dreaded getting it ‘wrong’, but Lin gave me some pointers and a big scoop of encouragement and I went for it.

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Funny thing is, I did break a needle.

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And I did stab myself. Several times.

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But it wasn’t the end of the world, and after 2.5 hours I had created something that I’m so proud of.

I made that!!

At the end of the workshop I was chatting with Lin and I mentioned that it might be nice to add some flowers to the grass base, at which point she started loading me up with various colours to take away with me! If this is what all I Sew 2 workshops are like then I will most definitely be going back for more.

So now I know that needle felting is really very easy and I can actually do it, I’m going to dig out that bag of bits my friend gave me and get some pretties made. Watch this space!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 06.02.19

Current WIP count: 4

It will come as no surprise to anyone that my itchy fingers got the better of me this weekend and I started another 2 projects.

The first is a hat, using a Caron cupcake that my brother bought me. I actually started this project once before, pulling from the centre of the cake as you do, but it came out like this.

When I finally noticed that I was making an accidental boob hat, I stopped and frogged it. This weekend was the first chance I got to start again, this time from the outside of the cake.

It’s turning out much better!

The other new start should make it into the history books to be remembered for all time, because I’m knitting my first ever gauge swatch!

I bought some beautiful WYS yarn last year specifically to make a jumper for myself. It’s my first knitted item of adult clothing EVER, and the yarn is just too pretty and silky soft to mess it up, so I’m determined to do everything by the book. I am aware that I could still make a right pig’s ear of it, but at least it won’t be for lack of preparation!

There has been some progress on the dragon so he now has ears, tail, and a tummy patch.

And I’ve realised why Roses for Grandma isn’t really going anywhere. The border is not an easily memorise-able pattern so it needs constant concentration and stitch counting, which really doesn’t work when I have Angel on in the background. So now I know this, I can schedule in some quiet time and give it the attention it deserves.

So it’s been a busy crafting week, and I’m enjoying having such varied projects to work on. There’s no chance of boredom setting in any time soon.

What’s everyone else crafting at this week? Any handy tips for my first knitted jumper? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah
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