Tangle of the week: Land Girlz

I had to share Land Girlz because it looks just like section 2 of the Havana CAL!

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The blue and red bit is section 2

Here’s the official tutorial and back-story if you’re interested.

Step 1. Draw a row of squares.

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Step 2. Draw connecting lines between the squares.

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Step 3. Add aura lines.

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Step 4. In the spaces created, draw more squares.

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Step 5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you run out of space/ink/time/patience.

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And as usual, just a wee bit of shading can pop it into 3D no problem.

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So what do you think of Land Girlz? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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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

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WIP Wednesday 10.04.19

Current WIP count: 5

Havana is pretty addictive, I spent most of my weekend working on it and now I’m into the third section.

This one is similar to the first section, but just different enough to keep me interested. Plus it turns out I really like turquoise and orange together. Who knew!

Roses for Grandma has kind of gone back a step, as I decided I wanted a rectangular blanket rather than a square so I’ll have to make some more roses.

On the plus side that makes the layout a little simpler. I mainly have pink and purple roses, but there are four in different colours plus my forget-me-not square, so with a 5×4 layout I can have one ‘different’ square in each row. Now I’ve got a rough layout I can start joining them together.

I really need some slightly smaller projects. Maybe I’ll dive in to sock knitting at last, although with my knitting speed that might not help me get a finish anytime soon!

What’s everyone else working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 03.04.19

Current WIP count: 5

The next section of Havana is a bit more complicated so I’m having to pay attention more when working on it.

I’m really enjoying the colours for this part. They make me think of super heroes.

It’s been weeks and weeks since I did anything on the dragon amigurumi, so I figured it was time to get back to it. 20190402_210054-1.jpgI’m deviating from the pattern a little, but who can blame me? It calls for making the feet, foot pads and claws separately and then sewing all these fiddly little bits together. Sack that for a laugh!

I was hoping to use the pattern for snorlax from Christmas 2017, because I loved his little feet and they were pretty simple to make, with NO sewing. But that blog no longer exists so I’m just trying to remember it as best I can. Wish me luck.

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Cute little Snorlax foot

Flax Light has become my travel project, but as I’m on the straight knit bit I won’t post photos again until something interesting happens.

So that’s my WIPs this week. What’s everyone else working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 27.03.19

Current WIP count: 4

Now the Lego blanket is finished I can get back to my other WIPs, which have been sadly neglected over the last few weeks.

It took a few tries to work out which hook size I used for my Havana, but I got there eventually and now I’m right back into it.

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With my Flax Light I managed to get the sleeve stitches onto some waste yarn (a new experience for me) and cast on additional stitches for the sleeves (also new to me), so now I’m at the great part where I just knit and knit and knit until it’s the length I want.

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I like jumpers long enough to cover my hips so it’s probably going to take a while, but there’s no deadline so that’s okay.

I spent the journey back from seeing my parents on Roses for Grandma so now I have more squares finished, although in serious need of blocking.

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It’s funny, I’ve been working on this blanket for almost a year, blindly following the pattern with each square and not really understanding the construction. Then on Sunday for some reason it just suddenly clicked, and I could see which stitch is meant to go where. I don’t need the pattern any more because I ‘get’ it.

I’ve no idea why it took me so long to get to that point, or what made it clear all of a sudden, but I’m running with it!

Of course mothers day is just around the corner so I’m working on a little something for that too.

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It feels so good to get some variety in my makes again, there’s no way I could stick with just one project at a time forever.

What’s everyone else working on? Have you ever had that AHA moment with a pattern? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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