18 for 2018 August Review

1 New blog followed per week – 2/4 (yearly total 31/33)

Only a couple this month. It’s been so busy I’ve only just kept up with my regulars, never mind finding new ones!

 

2 New stitches/techniques learned per month – 2/2 (14/16)

Broomstick lace and griddle stitch featured this month.

 

3 Instagram posts per week – 11/13 (109/102)

A bit of an eclectic month, with masks, crochet, flowers, books, and archery making it in there!

 

4 Exercise sessions per week – 25/18 (144/136)

My Dad came for a visit last week, and of course you have to go out and do things, so my step count went waaaay up. But I also hurt my neck quite badly the week before and even the most basic movements were agony, so my exercise took a bit of a blow.

Pretty good on balance though.

 

5 Blog posts written per week – 13/22 (134/169)

Far too much doing and not enough blogging about it. But I’m still chugging along with at least a couple of posts per week so I’m happy.

 

6 Patterns written up – 0.5/6 (3/6)

I finally neatened up and finished the final draft of my waffle hat pattern. However many years later…

 

7 Areas in my flat sorted – 5/7 (5/7)

I had a very thorough sort of my bookcase, sent one box off to Ziffit for a wee bit of money, and gave the rest to a charity shop. I can fit all my books on the shelves again!

 

8 Minutes of writing per day

Pretty steady.

 

9 pm bed time – 12/31 (78/243)

An improvement on last month. The bad news being, it’s only because I hurt my neck and the diazepam made me super sleepy.

 

10% of wages saved – 10/10

Done.

 

12 Hand-written letters – 7/12

None this month.

 

13 New recipes tried – 10/13

The slow cooker got some use this month with a pork and cider stew. I went a bit overboard with the chillis, but a spoon of yoghurt soon sorts that out.

 

14 Meet ups with friends – 14/14 COMPLETE! (stretch goal 17/25)

Just one this month, a visit to my friend who hasn’t been able to get into her flat for over 2 years.

 

15 Birthdays on time – 11/15

No birthdays this month.

 

16 Christmas cards made – 3/16

Nada. Again.

 

17 Birthday cards made – 7/17

None this month.

 

18 Items decluttered – 9/18

Another load of books, and I gave away a little cat brooch that I never wear any more. My friend loves cats just as much as I do so I know she will love it and use it.

 

I definitely need to get a move on with my decluttering and card-making! Those can be my focus for September. The birthdays start up again this month so there should definitely be some movement to show in the next review.

 

How’s everyone else’s goals going, if you set any? Got any exciting plans for September? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Thursday 23.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

This week I’ve been focussing on my broomstick cowl and Roses for Grandma blanket. The cowl is now finished crochet-wise so my next task is finding some suitable buttons for it. I’m thinking dark grey would look good, but I don’t know for certain that I’ve got any big enough in my button stash so I might have to make a trip to the fabric store and buy some. What a hardship!

The logical side of my brain keeps telling me that I should do each stage of Roses for Grandma one at a time; all the roses, then all the leaves and so on. But the childish side gets bored far too easily so I’m chopping and changing between them all, as and when I feel like it.

So far I’ve got 3 complete squares, 4 roses with leaves, and 4 roses on their own, plus my playing around with forget-me-nots. I’ve got a ways to go, but I’m still not bored with it!

What’s everyone else working on? Are you having a good week? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 15.08.18

Current WIP count: 7

I’ve already mentioned the broomstick lace cowl I started at the weekend, but here’s a slightly better photo of it.

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Wow my camera is struggling to focus on this thing!

There’s been a wee bit of progress with Roses for Grandma, the most of exciting of which (to me) was the discovery of a more suitable yellow in the depths of my stash.

Mum told me that Grandma loved yellow roses so I had to include at least one. Mum also sent me this photo of the last china set Grandma bought.

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Using that as inspiration I’m going to add in a few roses using this colour:

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And possibly a pale blue one. Forget-me-nots are mine and Grandma’s favourite wild flowers, I love that we had that in common, but I’m not sure it’s possible to work those into the blanket so I might just go for a forget-me-not-coloured rose.

The only other progress I’ve made this week is caking yarn to better fit into the new storage I got. It’s so much handier than the six different cardboard boxes I had before.

So that’s what I’m working on. What WIPs has everyone else got going at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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New stitches: Broomstick lace crochet

Ages and ages ago I saw a post on Yolanda’s blog that mentioned broomstick lace crochet and I desperately wanted to try it straight away. But when I got home that day, I checked my broom and found it had a non-removable cap on the end, which made it useless (for crochet anyway). Nor could I find anything else in my flat thick enough to work, so I put it on hold and then kind of forgot about it.

UNTIL I was wandering round Asda during a rainy lunch break and spotted Crochet Now sitting on the shelf, with a free broomstick crochet set. That’s the quickest I’ve ever put anything in my basket. It contained three ‘broomsticks’ and a crochet hook to use with them.

Broomstick lace crochet set

Looking at them now I realise I probably could have used one of the many plastic rulers I have lying about the flat, but I was so fixated on finding something round that the thought never occurred. At least now I have a back up plan if I lose these!

I got stuck in that evening and, as usual with new things, it involved a bit of trial and error. My first error was forgetting that I use US crochet terms and I was reading a UK magazine. It took a wee while to figure out why mine didn’t look like the photos. Plus I found parts of the step-by-step instructions lacking and had to figure out a couple of things for myself.

My first proper practice attempt wasn’t completely terrible

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So I jumped in and started making the first pattern in the booklet: an easy cowl. The pattern calls for Cygnet yarn in bright pink, which just so happens to be part of the swap yarn I got from Rebecca! I still wanted it combined with the grey yarn she also sent me, so I held the two together and went for the largest broomstick.

It’s turning out exactly as I imagined, and I love it.

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Has anyone else tried broomstick lace? Tempted to give it a go now? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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