Basic baubles: the sequel

I was right, I do like most of my bauble designs better in plastic than I did on paper.

Although I still hate this one

What was I thinking.

Paradox, as always, is my favourite.

My dad made a lot of these

But that was mainly trying to make the machine colour in the little circles. It never did manage.

Dad’s favourite was this one

And I have to say it’s a close second for my favourite too. It’s strange that these are exactly what I drew on paper, but they seem totally different etched onto plastic.

So now I have some baubles of my very own design to hang on the tree!

What do you think? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Basic baubles

My dad works at a school that has a laser cutter in the technology department, so he asked me to design some zentangle Christmas baubles for him to etch out with the machine.

Zentangle baubles featured quite a bit on my Christmas cards last year, but somehow when I came to do them this year I just couldn’t get into the flow of it. I tried some old favourites, threw in some new ones, combined some together, every last one feeling like a struggle. Eventually I got 6 different designs, but I’m not especially pleased with any of them.

Even my favourite tangle doesn’t fill me with joy.

But I sent them off to dad anyway and hopefully he can make some pretty decorations from them. Who knows, maybe I’ll like them better in plastic than on paper.

What do you think of my baubles? Am I being too harsh (be honest)? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 07.12.18

Crochet magazines are just terrible, always jumping into my shopping basket when I’m not looking.

This time Inside Crochet came home with me, which is nothing at all to do with the adorable little snowflake decoration kit that came with it.

I couldn’t sleep last night so I got to it and finished both decorations in just over an hour.

Yay insomnia!

It was nice to get some little finishes when all my other projects are a bit of a mission.

Oh and I made a birthday card

I am enjoying playing with these tiny triangles.

So how was your week? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Progress report

The middle of October has sailed past me (where did the time go??) so it’s time for a quick review of my goals for the month.

1.Make at least one Christmas decoration per week.

I didn’t manage any in the first week, but I’ve certainly caught up since then.

2. List the rest of my cards in the shop.

Nada yet. But Etsy gave everyone 50 free listings and they run out tomorrow, so you bet this is my task for tonight!

3. Make 12 new blog posts (3 per week).

I’m doing super well with this one! The count is 8 so far and this here progress post will be number 9.

Lesson learned: it’s really best for me when I sort a few posts at once and then schedule them.

4. Write up a proper pattern for my waffle hat.

Not even a little bit. Maybe when I’m travelling next week, if they won’t allow my crochet hook on the plane.

5. Finish this doily that’s been hanging around for months

I’m nearly there! One more round and some blocking, and it’ll be all done.

It might warrant its own blog post when I’m finished; there have been all kind of ups, downs, and tweaks with this thing.

 

From the looks of that I’m just about on track. Well done, me 😉  How’s everyone’s October going? Is it whizzing by for you too? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 13.10.17

Happy Friday the 13th!!

One little FO this week – I finished off my first ever snowflake.

Isn’t it cute.

I also have my PVA glue ready to make it a bit more solid.

In other news my model head arrived today, two weeks earlier than expected!

I have plans for this here head. I don’t like the fact that it’s female; I much prefer those hat forms that are just general head-ish shapes. So first up the nose is coming off. That will probably get messy!

Then I’m going back to summer holidays at my Nan’s house and breaking out the flour and water for some papier mache. That’ll get rid of the facial features and give it a smoother shape.

And the final step will be decopatch with some tissue paper I bought ages ago. It has this gorgeous, subtle sheen to it, which I think will look quite good. Colours yet to be decided, although it will definitely not be blue or pink. Even though I don’t believe in all this gendered colour nonsense, I know I’m in the minority.

All that paper should give it some extra weight as well, so if I ever manage to get outside for photo shoots again it shouldn’t be blown away in the breeze.

Oh and of course mum got me some thread to make the snowflakes from the book she sent!

That’s my week. Anyone else super glad it’s Friday? Got some FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 11.10.17

Current WIP count: 5

I’ve made a bit of progress on the doily. I was going for a very structured pattern of 2 rounds of colour, 1 round of neutral, but just yesterday I changed my mind. I want it a bit more random than that, so I threw in 3 rounds of brown and there will be at least one other in there somewhere.

The request was for the deep red in the middle, and whatever earthy, nature-y colours I fancied. I hope it’ll look okay in the end.

My copy of Love Crochet dropped through my letterbox yesterday. I have to say, for once I’m wildly unimpressed with the freebie.

What.

But there is a pattern in the magazine for some really pretty crochet snowflakes, so I figured I’d leave the demon llama well alone and make some blue snowflakes instead. First up, a practice run with white cotton

I’ve never made snowflakes before so I don’t know if this method is standard. If it is, I’m glad I waited til my skills were a bit more advanced before having a go. I literally read the instructions through 4 times, going “all in the same stitch? All those picots, all in the same stitch?? I can’t be reading that right.” But we all know my visualisation skills are pants when it comes to crochet, so I dived in and hoped it would work out.

It was terribly fiddly, and I think my yarn is too thick, but it actually worked! I can see myself making lots of these in the coming months.

And my magic mum has done it again. After thinking about snowflakes all day, I arrived home to find that she had sent me this.

There will clearly be some snowflakes in my future!

So that’s what I’ve been doing. How’s this week going for everyone else? Working on something exciting? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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30 days has September

August turned out to be really quite productive.


I finished off my shawl and star blanket, I tried out a granny basket, made a gift for my sister, got some knitting done, and made so many cards they’re literally piling up.

There was even time to make it to an all day Sacred Harp singing and my monthly book club as well!

I reckon I’d be quite entitled to a rest after all that, but I’m still planning to have a useful September as well.

I have invested in a really big piece of white card, which I can hopefully use as a backdrop for some better photos. I also realised that the light bulb in my hallway is about ten times brighter than the one in my living room, which is stupid if you ask me, so I’m going to swap them round and that should also help with less-terrible photos. And being able to see what I’m doing in the living room.

The yarn for my brother’s Christmas present(s) has arrived so I’m going to make a start on that, as well as some little Christmas goodies to be listed in the shop. Feeling terribly organised, even though I know some people started with Christmas in July.

I’m also going to finish off all the little bits of projects that are hanging around and getting on my nerves.

So that’s my (rough) plan for September; better photos so I can stock the shop, finishing up, and Christmas! What’s everyone else got planned? Or are you just going to wing it? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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