WIP Wednesday 12.06.19

Current WIP count: 7

I don’t have a lot of crafty progress to show this week because I had a busy busy weekend, finally getting round to celebrating my birthday with my friends!

We had an archery session, with lots of reactive targets like a DVD that my instructor hates.

And balloons.

Then we went out for some tasties at Steak Cattle & Roll. I recommend the food there if you ever find yourself able to go, but the boozy milkshakes are absolute must-haves!

This is an Amaretto and strawberry milkshake, with cream and strawberry sauce, and the sprinkles are held on with Biscoff spread. Oh my it’s good.

Then we had a few more drinks and lots of laughter before heading home as the sun went down. It was such a lovely day, one of my friends said I was glittering with happiness and that’s exactly how I felt.

So on the crafting front I made up a tie for the dragonfly poncho. Yes, I was wrong about it being an FO last Friday – oops! Now it can be pulled in snug to keep extra warm.

And I did a bit more on my Changing Tides blanket, finishing up all the bobbles at last and moving on to this week’s (much easier) stitches. It’s now big enough to completely cover my legs as I’m working on it so that’s a plus, as we’ve been having some typical Scottish summer weather recently.

Oh, I got some brilliant cards as well:

I love my friends!

Hannah

xXx

WIP Wednesday 05.06.19

Current WIP count: 6

Isn’t sleeve-knitting annoying! Having to constantly turn the whole jumper around, having to go back to my old rubbish circulars because the KnitPro cable is too long, and come the decreases I’m going to have to work out how to use DPNs properly. #Firstworldproblems or what!

Maybe I won’t do full length sleeves. We’ll see.

I’ve also made a bit of a start on the needle felt unicorn kit I got for my birthday, and I have to say I’m really not sold on the polystyrene base. It was much more enjoyable making my freeform bunny.

Thankfully all the other bits and pieces are freeform so it should be plain sailing from here. I think. I mean, the instruction photos are tiny so it’s kind of hard to tell, but I’m sure it’ll be fine!

And this is another bobble week for the Changing Tides CAL so it’s taking me a wee while.

But I’m bobbling along and enjoying myself.

Hannah

xXx

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

xXx

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

xXx

WIP…what day is it again?

Current WIP count: Still 6

I keep thinking things will settle down and I’ll have more time to craft, and blog, and catch my breath for five seconds. But instead there’s more and more piling on every day and I find myself wishing for 8-day weeks so I could maybe fit it all in. When I actually get paid holidays I think I’ll book a few days off just to sit in my flat and crochet until I feel human again.

They’re not all bad things though – last night I went to see Hugh Jackman’s show with my Mum, and it was pretty epic. Hugh (I can call him Hugh now, right?) is really funny and kept us laughing in between songs, and also seems to be a proper decent human being!

There was a sign language interpreter for the whole show, plus a song where the main focus of the choreography was sign language (so beautiful), the backing dancers were a really diverse group (although team Fat Dancers were sadly absent). At one point during a lovey dovey song there was one male-female pair dancing together and one male-male pair, with no fanfare or special mention like it was extraordinary, which made me really happy.

One part that sent chills right up my spine was a performance by four indigenous Australians; it was beautiful and powerful and touching and I could have listened to them all night. I wish I knew their names, but everyone was clapping and cheering so loudly that I actually couldn’t hear Hugh as he introduced them.

Also would you believe Keala Settle is even MORE phenomenal in real life? She performed This Is Me and I cried the whole way through. Ooft that voice…

So getting back to crafting, I actually don’t have much to say for myself this week. I’m already falling behind with my Changing Tides blanket, even though this week’s stitches are really simple. I just haven’t got round to them.

I managed one row on the poncho.

And (honestly) one single stitch on Havana because the end of the row came undone.

The only thing that has really moved along is my Flax Light, thanks to being able to knit it while singing at my two choirs. It’s just about long enough now to start on the bottom ribbing and it definitely fits!

A question – if the collar is 1×1 ribbing, would it look wrong to have 2×2 ribbing at the bottom? I hate 1×1 so very much, all that faffing about moving the yarn forwards and backwards for every stitch. Bleh. Or is there something else that would work better? I have literally no idea so all suggestions/advice/help welcome!

Hannah

xXx

WIP Wednesday 01.05.2019

White rabbits!

Current WIP count: 6

I’m 95% sure I accidentally used a bigger hook for the first three sides of these pebbles. But they take so long, there’s no way I’m frogging them and starting again.

Every time I do this I tell myself I must get a project book and write down the details of all my WIPs to stop this happening again, plus it would use up one of the millionty notebooks I have lying around, but so far I just haven’t found the motivation to do it.

Things are still busy busy so nothing more to report this week.

Hannah

xXx

WIP Wednesday 24.04.19

Current WIP count: 6

As I added in more colours to my Changing Tides blanket, I started to worry that maybe it wasn’t working. I generally live by the idea “why have one colour when you can have seventeen?” but for some reason this time it was making me twitchy.

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Then I laid it out and stepped back for a proper look, and somehow it works. I mean it’s not a vision of beauty like some people have managed to make with their perfectly curated colourways, but I’m happy with it. And it’s for me so that’s all that matters!

I’ve seen a few posts saying that people are sewing the ends in to fill time until the next part is released. I am not one of those people. I know full well I’m going to regret it come the end of the CAL when I have a million ends to sew at once, but I just can’t make myself do it! Brain is weird.

It’s not exactly square at the moment so I might give it a wee block one evening, before it gets too big to fit on my blocking mats. We shall see.

Hannah

xXx

WIP Wednesday 17.04.19

Current WIP count: 6

It’s been weeks since my friend at choir asked for another baby poncho so I figured I’d better get on with it! I’m using the same dragonfly pattern as last time, but with different yarn. One is variegated blue, the other is white, and both of them have a strand of sparkle.

The plan was to use them alternately to create stripes, but that came out a bit small so I decided to hold them together instead and I’m really enjoying the result. I love seeing the differences as a variegated changes against a solid.

I’m going to add in some arm holes to this one – I think the scheme in my mind is going to work but feel free to wish me luck anyway!

I’m still going through part 1 of my Changing Tides blanket and I’m loving it so far, I’ve already learned some new stitches and techniques.

That ruffle is definitely going to turn up in some of my future makes.

The first few rounds were looking very superhero-ish. I think the yellow and paler blues tone it down nicely though. I’ve not set any concrete rules for the colour scheme with this, I’m just going to pick up whichever I feel will work next, bearing in mind that I have more of some colours than others.

It was a busy birthday weekend and this is a busy week so I’m quite pleased I managed to get some crafting done. I’m looking forward to a quieter weekend coming up and the chance to have a proper go at all of my WIPs. How is your week going? What are you working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

xXx

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

xXx