May goals 

Time for some progress updates I think

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I’ve done some more work on the Love Knot scarf, but the hand action I use for this stitch is causing some serious pain. I couldn’t get to sleep last night because my wrist and pointer finger were throbbing. So I’m only working on this one for 5-10 minutes at a time, and researching a more ergonomic way to make the stitch so I can hopefully minimise/stop the pain.
The flat-warming blanket is over two thirds done:

There are 3 more rows of grey, one section of dark brown, and two sections of cream to go. I’m considering doing a border of some kind, probably just something really simple like single crochet in cream. I might also picot (actually this time) the points at the top and bottom of the blanket, just to make them a bit pointier. I want it less wave-y and more chevron-y.

I’ve realised I was wildly optimistic in my goal to finish a knitted object, as I’m using pretty thin yarn, aiming for a shawl, and a very slow knitter.

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So I’m changing that goal to ‘knit at least 2 rows before bed every night’. Added bonuses: the time spent knitting rather than looking at my phone/laptop helps me switch off and sleep better, and the different hand actions ease some of the pain caused by Love Knotting.

No progress at all with the pic-not baby blanket or kindle cosy, but I have finally ordered some foam mats so I can start blocking things ready to be listed in the shop.

I’ve also made a start on some more zentangle cards.

I reckon I’m right on track to meet most, if not all, of my May goals
Hannah

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April review 

Monthly reviews are a really good idea. I didn’t think I’d achieved much in April, what with moving house, having my birthday, and being quite ill for a few days, but looking back at it there’s actually quite a list of makes!

This weekend I started a chevron blanket that will be a surprise flat-warming gift for a friend. I’ve seen the flat (it’s fabulous!) and the colours I’ve chosen will fit right in.

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I created a phone cosy with the kit I got for my birthday, which also got me a commission from my cousin to make her a kindle cosy…

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Which I have almost finished

This isn’t technically a made thing, but I’m including it because it took me nearly 10 days: turning a lovely skein into a massive bundle of knots and untangling it into a not-very-ball-shaped ball.

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I discovered that my muscle memory is pretty darn good and I can still remember how to knit, about 20 years after my Nan taught me

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I learned the beautiful Love Knot stitch and made most of a lacy scarf using it

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I made my first C2C piece; this loooovely scarf

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I finished my first ever star blanket with my first ever Caron Cake

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I made this blue flower when I should have been unpacking. Procrastination for the win!

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I made up the pic-not stitch on my second ever star blanket.

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I started Mr Fox; another kit I got for my birthday

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I made a few Sand Swirl cards

I also made a birthday card for my cousin, but didn’t get a photo of it. I was really quite proud of it as well. Sigh.

So that was my April!

I’ve decided to set some goals for May, instead of just meandering from one half-finished project to the next as the fancy takes me:

  1. Finish pic-notting the baby blanket and get it sent to my sister
  2. Finish the kindle cosy and get it sent to my cousin
  3. Finish the lacy scarf and list it in the shop
  4. Finish the chevron blanket and gift it to my friend
  5. Get all my zentangle cards listed in the shop
  6. Make at least one knitted item
  7. Have at least 10 items listed in the shop

I’m determined that this will be the month of finishing things instead of getting distracted by the latest shiny new project. Wish me luck!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week – Sand Swirl

Here’s a super simple tangle, which just makes me happy to look at. I think it’s the little circles in the centre of the swirls, but who knows really.

How to instructions here, although you can probably figure this one out just by looking at it.

For my shop I’ve made some cards with Sand Swirl embellishments

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Some with it as a background

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And some with Sand Swirl corner decorations

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I’m considering scanning in my black and white cards and getting several printed, and then colouring some of them in. I do realise that not everyone likes the simplicity of black and white as I do!

Which do you like best? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Versatile Blogger Award 

Oh oh oh I’ve been nominated for an award!  Thank you sooo much Tami of Tanglewood Knots!

Versatile blogger

 

The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to other up-and-coming bloggers. It is designed to encourage new bloggers to keep up the good work and help people to discover new blogs.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Versatile Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers of your choice and let them know.

So here we go!

Seven Facts About Me

  1. My ‘real’ job is being an Administration Assistant for a rail company (although I might get a title change in the next 2 weeks)
  2. My Aunty taught me my very first crochet stitch, but the rest I taught myself using Youtube.
  3. I sing with a community choir every week, and I LOVE it!
  4. I have a Masters degree in Creative Writing
  5. I’ve been dancing salsa for six and a half years
  6. I really want a (very small) tattoo, but I’m too much of a wuss
  7. As well as salsa, crochet, zentangle, card making, singing, baking, writing, and all my other hobbies, I also enjoy face painting

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15 Blogs I Nominate as Versatile Bloggers

Oooh this is tricky. There are so many fantastic blogs out there, and really I’m only just starting to discover them!

  1. Craft and other crazy plans aside from having a gorgeous cover photo that I just want to squish, does crochet and card making, just like me!
  2. It’s all in a nutshell has lovely crochet patterns and CALs. It’s my hope that at some point this year I’ll get to try out the Mandala Madness CAL, because it’s GORGEOUS.
  3. Homemade Geekery is new to crochet, but producing some serious quality items. My favourite so far is the shark hat.
  4.  Isn’t She Crafty makes beautiful greetings cards. I’m enjoying her current stash-busting drive.
  5.  Handdrawn Yarn loves dyeing (hehehe) and produces some really stunning yarn colourways, and also makes adorable tiny yarn-ball earrings that I wanted as soon as I saw them.
  6.  Blinking Cat was one of the first crafty blogs I found. I love the Moogly CAL that’s running at the moment.
  7.  Lotje’s Little Gifts shares my wonder at the magic of crochet, and has some super cute patterns.
  8.  Paperpuff is another card-making blog I love, and has just recently posted about a knitted FO that makes me want to learn to knit.
  9.  Puddleside Musings has some really helpful crafting and storage tips, and still sends hand-written letters to penpals. I used to write letters all the time, I really must get back to it…
  10.  I love Crochet 539 because she makes adorable little crochet earrings, but also because she crochets for charity e.g. blankets for sick children and super things like that.
  11. Just today I discovered Five Monkeys Menagerie, with super cute amis and more charity knitting/crocheting making goodies to donate to hospitals for premature babies.
  12.  HStone Yarn Craft just shared some awesome Minecraft crochet squares. I’m definitely keeping my eye on those!
  13.  Diane’s Crochet just tried an ami for the first time, and it’s much better than mine turn out with two year’s practice 😉
  14.  Twinklehook tells it like it is, which I love, and produces some gorgeous crocheted goodies.
  15.  And finally, another of the first crafty blogs I found, Two Hearts Crochet. She has Firefly squares and Star Trek amis. Need I say more?

 

Gosh that was actually quite hard work. I’m sorry if I’ve missed anyone out – I love each and every blog that I like, comment on, and follow, and I super love this crafting community that I’ve stumbled across!

Thanks again for the nomination, Tami 🙂

Hannah

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Tangle of the week – Heartline

Valentines day has gone, but I think Heartline could work just as well for Mother’s Day cards. I do love my Mum after all.

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One of my better attempts

I’ll be honest, I struggle with this tangle. It’s one of those tricksy ones that are actually much harder than they look, but I like it so much I’m determined to figure it out. 

Here are some of my earlier attempts if you need a laugh today:

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Numbered in order of attempts

I have somewhat improved since then, but I certainly still need to keep practising!
If you want a go, you can find the step-by-step guide  here.

Who laughed at my scribbles? Be honest!

Hannah

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