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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18 for 2018 – end of year review

Welcome to 2019 everyone! I hope the holidays and new year were everything you hoped for.

It’s hard to believe a whole year has gone by since I decided on these goals – time just goes so quickly! But a year it has been so without further ado let’s get on with my final review.

1 New blog followed per week – 7/7 (yearly total 52/52) COMPLETE!

I made it!

 

2 New stitches/techniques learned per month – 1/2 (18/24)

This month I figured out how to do a long dc for my African Flower motifs.

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No met goal here, but I have learned a lot and developed more confidence with my knitting.

 

3 Instagram posts per week – 14/15 (147/156)

I was so sure I could meet this one, but Christmas and new year kind of knocked me off my game a bit. Still, I’m happy that I managed to post fairly regularly.

 

4 Exercise sessions per week – 22/18 (204/208)

Oooh so close!!

 

5 Blog posts written per week – 10/22 (161/260)

Wow, I really fell behind with this one. Even more than I thought.

 

6 Patterns written up – 5/6 (5/6)

I wrote up the pattern for my crochet crotchet, and then added on some bits to create a pattern for a pair of quavers.

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I’m pretty pleased that I managed to get to 5, considering at the beginning of the year I believed I just wasn’t made for pattern writing!

 

7 Areas in my flat sorted – 7/7 (7/7) COMPLETE!

I sorted my kitchen cupboards and got rid of quite a lot. Vitamins and supplements that I took for about a month and then forgot about, a frying pan that was so worn out it was starting to rust, plus some tea that I’d had for over 10 years.

I don’t know if tea can go off and be bad for you, but I figured if I haven’t used it in 10 years then I’m probably never going to!

 

8 Minutes of writing per day COMPLETE! 

 

9 pm bed time – 10/31 (103/365)

Well at least I met my mini goal of 100! Clearly I need to keep working on taking better care of my sleep.

 

10% of wages saved – 10/10 COMPLETE!

I managed this every month so now I’ve got a nice chunk of savings in the bank.

 

12 Hand-written letters – 13/12 COMPLETE!

A lot of things came up around Christmas time so I didn’t get to send all the cards and letters I was planning to. Still, this goal is definitely smashed!

 

13 New recipes tried – 14/13 COMPLETE!

An experiment with leftovers led to a really tasty casserole this month, just nudging me over the goal line.

 

14 Meet ups with friends – 14/14 COMPLETE! (stretch goal 31/25) DOUBLE COMPLETE!

We all knew Christmas would make this one easier, but I never expected to smash my stretch goal quite so much!  There was singing in various pubs, archery parties, cups of tea with friends, chips for breakfast, baby snuggles, and a cheeky Nandos. I’m ready for a wee break now!

 

15 Birthdays on time – 15/15 COMPLETE!

The present for my friend in Germany went out super early this month and then my two friends with birthdays on new year’s eve pushed me over the finish line. I’m so glad I met this one; I always feel like a terrible human being when I miss people’s birthdays, so although I didn’t quite manage them all I’m still feeling good that I got so many on time.

 

16 Christmas cards made – 18/16 COMPLETE!

Done and done.

 

17 Birthday cards made – 9/17

Just one this month for my friend in Germany, although I forgot to take a photo of it.

 

18 Items decluttered – 18/18 COMPLETE!

My frying pan, tea, and bottles of old vitamins bring the total up to 18. I’m definitely going to keep on decluttering as and when the need comes up, I just love the freed-up space and the feeling of achievement that comes with it.

 

That’s 10 goals met, and a couple very nearly met, which is honestly much better than I expected of myself. It was good to have some goals to work toward and something to focus on, but I’ve got a lot of stressors going on in my life right now so I’ve decided not to do this again for 2019.  For now I shall just be all smug and enjoy my success over the last year!

 

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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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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52 card pick up

For my birthday this year I received this cardmaking kit:

It was a very thoughtful present. I do love making cards and I got it in plenty of time to make them for this Christmas.

But.

I didn’t really like it.

My aesthetic is vivid colours, simple lines, and minimalist embellishments.

But this kit has busy, busy papers in quite muted colours, and the embellishments contain possibly my least favourite thing ever: cutesy vintage.

No judgement, I know there are people in the world who find these adorable. I’m just not one of them.

Now, I’ve written before about Jess Crafts videos where she uses one paper pad to make lots of cards. Example here. After watching a few of those I had the thought that if I whack out cards like that, I can use up the kit and maybe sell the end results. Because it’s a birthday present so I can’t just give it away unused.

So I chopped all the papers into backgrounds, squares, and strips

Then went to it, churning out cards like I never have before. It’s quite freeing having all those pieces ready to assemble, and not having to think and plan a unique card every time. And it turns out I actually quite like some of them!

Another life lesson for me; don’t dismiss something outright just because you don’t like some aspects of it.

Hannah

xXx

FO Friday 02.11.18

Happy Friday everyone! Is it me or has this been a really long week?

I finished the final robin for my mum and here’s the full set. With pompoms!

The one in the blue hat has been adjusted; I just didn’t like the way the eyes looked so I moved them a bit closer together.

20181102_154511-1.jpgIt’s been a long while since I mentioned them, but I did finish the baby blanket and matching bootees for my friend having a baby.

 

I’m pretty proud of them. Plus I took them to choir to hand over, and got 2 crochet orders from other choir members! Total win.

That’s what I’ve done this week. Anyone else got FOs to share? Any fun plans for the weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 26.10.18

I finished one robin for my Mum, aside from the pompom on his hat. I’ve never made a mini pompom before so I may yet end up buying some.

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As usual, my second attempt was much better.

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I so prefer the second one, I’m actually considering unpicking the first one and moving the eyes closer together. They’re just slightly too low and wide for my liking.

 

Hopefully I can get the third one finished up ready to give them all to my Mum this weekend. I’m going to a friend’s wedding tomorrow and I’m trying to work out whether it’s acceptable to knit during the ceremony…

 

So that’s my FOs for this week. Anyone else finished something? Got some fun plans for the weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

xXx

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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