WIP Wednesday 28.11.18

Current WIP count: 7

While the mittens are sitting in the naughty corner, I’ve started working on another Christmas present using one of my Twirls. I figured I’d better get stash-busting in case Mum gets me another big box of yarn for Christmas.

This is a free pattern from Hobbii called the Sunrise Scarf, which is designed specifically for Twirls. But of course I’m not sticking to it entirely! First of all the pattern calls for 4.5mm needles, but I wanted it more light and airy so I went for 6mm.

I also got a bit bored at the thought of repeating the pattern forever more so after five repeats I added in a stripe of stockinette to break it up.

Now I just need to remember to add that stripe after every fifth repeat so it looks deliberate and I don’t have to tink or frog anything.

That’s all I’ve been working on yarn-wise (not counting the multiple fails with the second mitten), but I’ve also been plotting and planning. I really do want to knock a bit out of my stash in December, and it would be great to go into the new year with a fairly clear WIP list, so I’m busy working out several ways to make that happen. Watch this space.

So there’s my week, what’s everyone else working on? Any exciting Christmas makes underway? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 19.10.18

Last week I tested an amigurumi pattern for Gigi of The Stitched Seal. This here is Samuel the squid.

He’s just so gorgeous!! Lookit those tentacles.

I set aside two balls of Sugar ‘n’ Cream for the make, but he only needed one so I’m seriously considering making him a squiddy friend.

That’s all I’ve finished for this week, but tonight I’m off for a weekend away with lots of free time for knitting and crochet, so hopefully I’ll have a few FOs to share next time!

What’s everyone else up to this weekend? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 19.01.18

I have a friend who loves dragonflies, so I made her one, using this pattern right here.

It’s not perfect, but it definitely is a dragonfly so I’ll take it! Sadly I didn’t get to see her in person before Christmas so I stuck it in the post.

This week I also finished up the virus shawl for another friend. It’s a wee bit smaller than mine, but I hope it will still be loved. I’m pretty excited about handing it over!

So that’s been my crafty week, how’s your week been? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Stitching santa 2017

I know I’m a bit late to the party, I didn’t manage to get any passable photos before heading to see my parents for a week. But I’m back now so here is my stitching santa gift!

Some gorgeous, squishy, beautiful yarn

Some lip balm

A pretty brooch

A notebook (you can never have too many)

A dinky little dove

Some candles

This super pretty…I think it’s a pot holder?

Look at this detail!

And buttons!! My favourite!

There were also some chai teabags and some hot chocolate, but they’re long gone 😉

Thank you sooo much Julia for my amazing present! Oh and a lovely card

And mahoosive thanks to Sewchet for setting this all up. It’s been so much fun, giving and receiving, and I’m definitely signing up next year.

Happy new year everyone!

Hannah

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FO Friday 29.12.17

I’m so glad I have these posts to help me keep track of the days. Isn’t the time between Christmas and new year strange?

It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been crocheting constantly for the last three to four weeks, and now suddenly everything that needs to be made has been made. I’m not quite sure what to do with myself!

Never fear, all my family birthdays fall within January to April so I’ll be busy making again soon enough. In the meantime let’s have a looksee at some of the presents I made for Christmas.

The first gift I handed out was this little musical kitty (pattern here)

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Shortly followed by her tiny ginger twin

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I sent out octopoms

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(plus 2 more octos I didn’t get photos of)

and pokemon.

And yes, I finally finished my dad’s snorlax yesterday

I just love his little feet!

I also finished up the fingerless gloves and gave them to my friend. She immediately put them on and ran off to show her fiancé, so I think she was pleased.

Because of the yarn and hook size, these are super quick and easy to make so I’m definitely putting some into my shop in the new year.

So how’s everyone else doing this week? Managed any yarning for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 27.12.17

Current WIP count: 6

I have a confession to make. This is the current state of my snorlax gift

Two days past Christmas and he still needs an arm and two feet attached.

Shame.

My problem is I’ve crocheted him so tightly that I snapped two needles trying to sew the parts together.

I’m currently using this beastie, which seems rather difficult to snap even if I tried.

But it’s still hard going and impossible to rush the job. He will be finished before I head back to Glasgow though.

I’m also working on some more fingerless bottle warmers for a friend. These are deliberately late, as I knew I wouldn’t see her until later in the week.

My brother loved his pokemon amis, and made them his cover photo on Facebook as soon as he opened them. I also made a little something for my mum and a family friend, which I’ll share on Friday, and they loved them too. I am so happy when people like my makes.

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, and that you managed to finish all your presents on time!

Hannah

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Finally Friday

I was so excited about making it to Friday (this has been the longest week ever) and leaving work early that I forgot to post!

But it’s okay, I’ve still got time.

I didn’t get a photo of the green octopom I made, so sadly I can’t show that off. Sadface. But I can show the two little kitties I made in record time, using this here pattern from Little Bear Crochets:

This one is about the length of my hand from wrist to fingertips

And this one is tiny. I used up the very last bit of my tabby cat sock yarn from Mothy and the Squid, and a 2.5mm hook.

The face is just sewn with a scrap of black I had in my stash

I am super proud of these moggies because I can really see how much my amigurumi has improved this year.

Turns out practice really does make progress!

I’m not showing any of my other makes yet, as they’re presents that won’t be opened until Christmas day and I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Only 2 days to go, who’s excited?? Got any FOs you’re allowed to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 20.11.17

Current WIP count: 4

I have honestly never crocheted so fast in my life. I made a little amigurumi cat in one morning. I made an even smaller amigurumi cat in around 3 hours (although spaced out over a couple of days because teeny tiny work makes my wrists ache). I’ve made octopoms and fingerless gloves and a robin, and I’ve still not finished my gift list!

All my friends up in Glasgow have been accounted for though, so now I’m back to working on gifts for my family and friends down in England. This week it’s back to the Snorlax I started a while ago.

Looking like a Cluedo piece so far

 

He’s turning out bigger than I expected. So much so that I made it a quarter of the way into the body before having to go and get more yarn. Oops.

If I’d realised sooner, I definitely would have frogged, halved the pattern, and started again, but I’ve got too far and it’s too close to Christmas now so I shall soldier on! At least I know for next time.

Despite having to crochet almost non-stop, I’m really enjoying making gifts rather than buying them this year. I always found the buying a bit fraught; running around the shops trying to look at everything in the hope that something will jump out as perfect for X, Y, Z person.

Doing it this way, I can just think of what each person likes and then go ahead and make it. Much less stressful!

So what’s everyone else working on this week? Are you making your gifts or buying them, or both? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP and post Wednesday 13.12.17

To all my American friends: just see it as me making Christmas last even longer for you!

Yes, I have only just posted all my Christmas goodies today.

I’m optimistic that Royal Mail can sort out the UK ones in time, but I know I missed the boat with those going across the pond. (My phone just corrected that to pindpond so now I can’t stop laughing!)

Ahem, anyway. This week I’ve been working on some fingerless gloves to go into a raffle at my work.

This is what winning yarn chicken looks like. They are actually attached, I started one at each end of the skein so I could keep an eye on the amount of yarn left. It worked!

I’ve also made a start on another octopom and a tiny cat, both for Christmas presents.

That’s the octopom, not the cat. I wonder if anyone would want a green cat?

So that’s my week. How’s everyone else doing? Got some WIPs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Stitching santa 2017

The final part of my stitching santa gift finally arrived on Friday so I’m ready to box it up and send it out!

I was actually waiting on the smallest part of the gift, but it’s also my favourite part!

It’s this here polymer clay, teeny tiny yarn skein!

Isn’t it cute!! I’ve threaded it with some ribbon to make a pretty necklace

Also going into the box will be:

This adorable little bauble

Some suitably Christmassy candles

It’s not Christmas without chocolate

A variety of tasty tea sachets (no photo, sorry!)

And this little guy

It looks far less like a skeleton octopom in real life. Honestly.

And I’ll stick in a skein of actual yarn or two, because that’s what we all truly love.

My secret santa was also organised so I’ve actually received my gift already! But I’m running off to choir now so I’ll have to post about that another day.

Has anyone else received their gift? Are you part of a secret santa outside the blogosphere? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Christmas making

I have no FOs to show this week!

Did I mention I’ve made this octopom harder work by splicing in some red periodically?

It was annoying me too much that it wasn’t a full rainbow. Now I’m just annoyed that they’re not in the right order 😉

Actually I do have some FOs -I’ve made a few cards, but they’re for my bloggy friends so I can’t post them up just yet.

One of my friends is way more organised than me, and posted her card in time for it to arrive yesterday!

Isn’t it perfect ♡♡ Thanks Robin!

I’m planning to post my cards out tomorrow so hopefully they’ll all arrive before Christmas does.

How’s everyone’s week going? Have you received any Christmas cards yet? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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What I’m working on Wednesday

Yeah I got bored of always having the same title!

Current WIP count: 5

Over the weekend I made a preemie octopus for someone I know, who was induced two weeks before term. While I was making said octopus, no less than three people expressed a wish to own one for themselves.

Good news: I now have gift ideas for some of the more difficult people on my list!

Bad news: I have now added 3 octopoms to my already-rather-long To Do list

But I can do this! I’ve put my list in order of priority time-wise and made a good start. Here’s my first non-baby octopus in progress:

This is wool rather than cotton, as it’s for an adult, and I can’t even tell you how much quicker and easier it is. I think I’ll stick with wool for all my adult ones, then I’ll have half a chance of getting everything done in time.

This is for a friend whose favourite colour is ‘rainbow’, so I hope she’ll like it!

What’s everyone else working on this week? How are you getting on with Christmas presents? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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