Was Santa good to you?

Well I was spoilt rotten this Christmas, with lots of crafty gifts.

My mum got me some gorgeous crochet books.

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A diamond painting card kit.

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This adorable colouring book.

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Plus some crafty bits and bobs.

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My sister also added to the collection with these two books, and a little pack of yarn to make them with.

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How lucky am I!

What did everyone else get for Christmas?

Hannah

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November review 2020

Stash used this month: 3.75

Total stash used this year: 46.75

Stash remaining: 323.5

Well I felt super productive last month!

I finished up two pairs of Diagon Ally socks, a cowl, an ear warmer, a little headband, a toddler jumper, and one sleeve of the boyfriend’s Flax jumper. Go me.

Don’t be expecting too much from this month though. My wonderful mix of anxiety and depression has been having a field day since the redundancy, and adding Christmas on top is not helping anything.

I’ve already decided that I’m not making any new presents this year. If something in my stash of finishes catches my eye then I may give them as gifts, but otherwise I’m going with Etsy or simply sending a card. The people I love already know that I love them, so they’ll understand.

Hannah

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October review 2020

Stash used this month: 0.5

Total stash used this year: 43

Stash added: 2

Stash remaining: 327.25

I’m really not getting through stash mountain as quickly as I hoped. That seems to be what happens when I can’t stop knitting socks; they’re such addictive little things, but not exactly yarn munchers.

All I’ve managed this month is a pair of socks for the boyfriend and two blanket squares.

Of course, stress-buying yarn isn’t helping either. I really am trying to cut down on that.

I’m now starting to think about Christmas presents, as well as a couple of December birthdays, so there should be something other than socks and blankets to show off this month! Even I’m looking forward to that.

Hannah

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One week to go!

Current WIP count: 12

I’m not panicking, why would I be panicking, are you panicking?

My Dad’s hat just needs 3 more centimetres before I start decreasing. And it looks like I’ll have to get the train down to my parents rather than driving so I’ll have plenty of time to finish it.

I hit a slight snag with the bracelets when the covering kept unwinding from the elastic, making it too wide to fit through the bead holes, but I gave the ends a quick coat in clear nail varnish and now I’m rolling. These will be done in a couple of hours, max.

There’s been a slight reprieve with baby Flax Light. My friend hasn’t had chance to sort all her Christmas shopping, so we’re having a meet up in the new year to exchange presents instead of making this week more stressful than it needs to be. So I now have an extra week or two to get these sleeves finished and I can focus on other presents, yay!

My running hat now looks like this, and I’m trying to decide whether to give it ribbing or not. Thoughts?

Also, I’m a glutton for punishment and started ANOTHER gift. In black. The yarn is Paintbox Simply Chunky so it should work up pretty quick. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Hannah

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Keep calm, everything is under control

Current WIP count: 10

It may look like things are getting out of hand with my ever-growing WIP list, but I know what I’m doing. Honest.

One of the new makes is a bracelet, so that won’t take me long at all.

Lookit these gorgeous beads!

The cupcake hat just needs a pompom and that’ll be off the list.

I’m about 3/4 done with the first sleeve of baby Flax Light.

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Yes, the top section is thinner than the rest because 1. I’m a dingbat and used the smaller needles I had lying out ready for ribbing, and 2. I was NOT tinking back 4 inches to fix it. I’m just going to block the hell out of that top part and tell myself babies don’t get to wear clothes for long before outgrowing them anyway, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

The blue hat is chugging along. I’m using the Hubby Hat pattern, but decided that was just the wrong side of boring for me, so I’ve added in a wee garter stripe.

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This is my easy peasy mindless knit that I’ve been working on before bed to help me switch off. It’s great!

There’s also been a tiny bit of action on my running hat, because I just needed some crochet in my life. When did I become a knitter?

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The big day is coming up fast; how is everyone doing?

Hannah

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WIPs, WIPs everywhere

Current WIP count: 8

Ah, Christmas. That time of year when my WIP list runs out of control and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Actually that’s not true; I exerted some control this year by deciding to only make presents for a select few people. It would be lovely if I had the time and resources to make for everyone, but I somehow skipped half of October and November, and I have a full-time job that takes up far too much of my day, so that’s just not happening.

I compromised a little for my other friends, and raided Etsy for handmade-but-not-by-me gifts. This way everyone I love gets something special, I don’t end up having to pull all-nighters from now til Christmas Eve, and a few Etsy sellers get to do a happy dance. Wins all round!

As for the pressies I am making, obviously baby Flax Light is now going to be a Christmas rather than birthday present, as I only have this much of one sleeve done:

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There’s also a hat present in the works (thank you, Alissa, for bringing this gorgeous yarn to my attention months ago):

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And I decided the cupcake hat will also be a gift, as I have a couple of friends who love bright colours as much as I do. I just need to work out how to attach a pompom so it stays put.

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Considering there are only 3 weeks until the big day, I’m feeling pretty calm and in control about Christmas this year. Probably because I’m not thinking about all the Christmas cards I want to make!

Hannah

xXx

ICHF Christmas craft show 2019

A few weeks ago my Mum came up under the guise of visiting her favourite daughter (so I keep telling myself), but really to go to the ICHF Christmas Craft Show at the SECC. Of course she bought a ticket for me as well, because she is the best Mum in the world.

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I did try to get some photos as we went around, but my camera + the odd lighting in the SECC means that none of them are worth using up my WordPress media allowance for. So, you’ll have to use your imagination for a few minutes.

The Craft Show is an annual event, but Mum and I don’t make it every year. I remember last time being very heavily geared toward papercraft, so much so that I was getting rather bored by the time we reached the other side of the exhibition hall, as it was all the same kind of thing.

But this year was so varied, I wish I’d started saving a little earlier so I could have splashed out on more of my hobbies! Especially patchwork; there were so many fabric stands this time, with huge rolls of beautiful fabrics, fat quarters, jelly rolls, cut-offs, and soooo much more I wish I could have bought!

There were also a few different yarn vendors, a couple of diamond art stands, and lots of beautiful pre-made jewellery to buy.

But enough typing – let’s get on to the goodies!

I knew going in that I wanted a jumper-quantity of some special yarn, anything DK or thicker because I’m not going through the Flax Light experience again any time soon. The first couple of yarn stands had pretties (obviously) but nothing that really jumped out at me. Then I spotted this pack of loveliness:

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This is Yaya 100% superwash merino wool. Super chunky, loosely spun, plain purple from a distance but close up you can see the tiny flecks of pink, blue, and red.

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Then I lifted that pack up and underneath it was another one almost the same colour as my Flax Light but a touch more toward the blue end of the spectrum. I wanted them both. I could not afford them both. I dithered for so long that the stall owner offered me a discount, and I looked so pleadingly at Mum that she bought one pack for my Christmas present. That was the greeny-blue pack so I don’t have photos, as I’m not allowed it until Christmas.

It’s quite a while since I made any cards, but I was still unable to resist a pack of pretty toppers.

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And this red card literally drew me across the aisle towards it.

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Then Mum bought some papercraft grab bags and we divvied them up between us over a latte.

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We also ordered a Stampin’ Up set, but we have to wait for that to be posted out. It’s a magical set that stamps a tartan Christmas tree! Plus the punch to go with it so you don’t have to sit and cut out however many fiddly Christmas trees. I’m super excited to try them out.

I also got some pretty ribbon, because I have an addiction.

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A little chocolate pack for my friend’s baby, who will have to get used to hardly ever receiving presents with her name on.

And there was also an unnecessarily large bag of honey and cinnamon cashews, but they didn’t last long enough to make it into a photograph.

I had such a fun day and I love everything I bought. I can’t wait to get making with all my new supplies!

Hannah

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Christmas crochet presents

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!

Hannah

xXx

FO Friday 04.01.19

It’s been a while (and also Christmas) so there’s quite a few FOs to share today.

I’ll start with my tastiest gift; a Baileys baked cheesecake.

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My friend is awesome and let me have a piece, and it was goooood if I do say so myself. Which is a huge relief, as I’ve never made a baked cheesecake before so there was always the possibility that it would be rubbish.

I finished up the ‘matching’ cushions for my parents. A robin for my mum

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And a hedgehog for my dad.

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Here’s the back before I attached it:

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My sister got a pair of modified frostvirka mittens, this time as fingerless gloves

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I used chunky yarn so not only were they quicker than the last pair, there were also fewer ends to sew in. Win!

And finally, to finish off the Sunrise Scarf I had to tag in a wee bit of my previous Twirl. It’s kind of a sudden jump in colour compared to the rest, but I think it just about works.

 

Not quite as many presents as I was hoping to make for Christmas, but considering how quickly the year ran past and the fact that I spent December facing redundancy it’s really not a bad show. How’s your new year going so far? Got any new FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 21.12.18

I’m getting there, two Christmas presents done and dusted this week.

During the weekend away in October I had a somewhat tipsy conversation with our Musical Director about how various musical notes would look in 3D rather than written on a page. At my current skill level and with the limited time left, I could only manage a simple crotchet, but I hope he’ll like it.

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Although I rather hope he doesn’t like it too much and ask for a whole set. Black yarn is not my friend! 

I also finished off the drake I started aaaaaages ago, feeling very glad that I’d binned the wings. There were already far too many pieces to sew together without them.

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If I make another one I’m definitely using safety eyes because I am pants at sewing details on my amigurumi. SO unimpressed with these eyes.

I can’t believe Christmas is on Tuesday! This weekend is going to be busy busy with frantic crochet finishes. How’s everyone else getting on? *hugses* for anyone else feeling that last-minute panic!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 19.12.18

Current WIP count: 7

Another two Christmas presents in progress; I’m making semi-matching cushion covers for two wee circular cushions I had lying around in my crafty stash. It’s a little hard to tell at the moment, but this one will be a hedgehog

And this one will be a robin.

Both woodland creatures, both making use of that dark brown yarn, that’s enough matching, right?

I’m using super chunky yarn, a big hook, and dc stitches (mainly) so these won’t take long at all. The only issue I’m anticipating is how and where to put the red chest on the robin. Some thought and probably experimentation will be required.

The big day is coming up fast and I don’t feel anywhere near prepared! Please tell me I’m not the only one?

Hannah

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FO Friday 30.11.18

They’re finally finished! I have a matching pair of Lingonberry Frostvirka mittens!!

Man am I happy to get these off the hook, they might be the most stressful project I’ve ever made. Crochet is meant to be the opposite of stressful!

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The offending thumbs

But they’re done now and they do look pretty, so it’s still a win.

I’m looking forward to handing them over to their new owner. She asked for mittens, but didn’t specify colour or style, and I’ve kept them secret (she doesn’t read my blog) so they’re still going to be a surprise. I love giving surprises!

If anyone’s interested, I made these using Women’s Institute Soft & Silky in Amethyst and Cream. A gorgeous colour combo if I do say so myself.

Now, on to the next Christmas present!

Hannah

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