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.
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.
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.
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.
It could have been finished by now, except I’m an amateur and didn’t take enough yarn with me.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love the fact that there are finished animals hanging around all over the place.
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!
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.
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:
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!
Last weekend I took a wee break from all my massive projects to make something teeny tiny.
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.
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!
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
And Flax Light
But the only other FO was my mothers day card.
I did pick up a new hobby though when I tried and instantly fell in love with needle felting.
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!
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. I’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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Funny thing is, I did break a needle.
And I did stab myself. Several times.
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!
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!
Don’t worry, I’m not trying to sneakily post this in the hope that nobody has noticed the hearts and easter eggs in the shops where there used to be tinsel. I do know I’m over a month late! So without any further delay and before May Day arrives, here’s a roundup of the yarn-related goodies I got for Christmas.
Firstly, and most notably, I got NO ACTUAL YARN!!
My mother, she of the 30 skeins for my 30th birthday and a mahoosive box of yarn for the Christmas before that, didn’t give me a single skein. It’s like she thinks I already have enough or something!?
Mum and dad did get me a crochet calendar though.
I like this because it’s not a different pattern for every single day, so I don’t feel totally overwhelmed by an ever-growing pile of patterns that I will never have time for!
My sister bought me a couple of books:
I remember reading a blog post about this one and thinking how much I would love to have it. Clearly my sister has inherited some of mum’s psychic abilities!
There’s also this lovely
I did have a brief mandala phase last year, and I’m so ready to revisit it.
My bestest friend since high school knows me very well (after only 17 years, who’d have thought?) and got me a book that combines two of my favourite things; crochet and folklore.
Of course I started with the baby dragon on the cover. A moment of silence for naive little me who believed she would find her own pet dragon when she grew up…
But next up I definitely have to make a water nymph, she’s just so pretty.
And finally, a bit of a cheat because I bought this present for myself!
But honestly, who can resist little yarny earrings?
Now I’m off to use up some stash in the hope that I’ll get some new pretty yarn for my birthday this year!
Look at that short little WIP list still going. I’m half pleased with myself and half getting itchy fingers for something new! Which is why I started an amigurumi yesterday.
I’m actually surprised how far I got in one day. Eventually it should (hopefully) look like this:
Isn’t it cute!
Despite the new start, I have made some progress with Roses for Grandma this week. You may remember that I finished up the forget-me-not motif a while ago, and now I’ve finally started squaring it off.
This is a pattern that looks a millionty times better when blocked so it’s a bit of a mess now, but it will get better!
That’s what I’ve been doing this week. What’s everyone else up to? Let me know in the comments!