The sun has been playing hide and seek in Glasgow so I’ve been able to work on my knitted blanket this week. It’s good to get back to it, but it’s not the most stimulating make in the world.
I’ve also made a start on the mini octopom for my friend’s baby.
Just think of all the things I can make between now and December. This baby is going to be so spoilt!
With my WIP list down to just five items I’m having strong urges to start something new, something a bit more challenging. I’ve had a thought for a blanket I’d like to make, but my skills are not up to designing it myself yet so I need to find a pattern that matches my idea closely enough. Time for a Ravelry dive I think. I’m looking for something involving roses, if anyone knows of a good pattern!
What’s everyone else working on? Are you having a good week? Let me know in the comments!
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!
I have managed to shrink my WIP list, hooray! Although only a little
Here is my super cute finished cactus pin cushion.
Thank goodness I never have to use that yarn ever again.
My third finished octopom.
I used a bigger hook for this guy so he’s turned out with a bigger head, but somehow I managed to stitch his face the same size as the smaller poms so he’s ended up looking quite smug. Oh well, I’m sure somebody will love him.
And that’s all I’ve managed to finish. Curse those camper van wheels, that’s all I’m gonna say.
In other terribly exciting news, I made my first Etsy sale!! *happy dance*
As an added bonus, it wasn’t a member of my family or a friend. A complete stranger on the internet found my card and decided it was worth spending money on. I’m so happy 😀
This is just the boost I needed to get my backside into gear and list all my stock. Now I know for defnite that people are willing to pay for my items, but they won’t be able to if they’re just sitting in my FO drawer never to be seen!
So that’s my Friday. 2 WIPs down, 10 to go!
Who else is having a good Friday? Got a FO to share? Let me know in the comments!
You may have seen or heard about these preemie octopi. Octopods. Octopussies. Whatever the plural is.
They started off in Denmark, where a study found that babies in incubators did a lot better with an octopus friend – the tentacles remind them of the umbilical cord, and baby can grab onto them instead of pulling at any vital wires. They also help lower baby’s heart rate, provide companionship, and all sorts of other good things.
Of course I wanted to join in straight away. Combining crafts with helping people is one of my favourite things in the world! But at the time there were no UK hospitals accepting the octopoms, so I filed the idea away for later and got on with other things.
Fast forward to this week, and an email went round saying the wife of one of my colleagues had given birth 8 weeks early. Baby was okay, but would be living in an incubator for a wee while.
Ding! went the lightbulb above my head.
Enough time has passed that some Scottish hospitals will now allow an octopus in with incu-babies, and (I figured) even if this particular hospital won’t allow it, baby can still have it when he gets out. So here we have my first ever preemie octopus, Oliver:
I had a brief look overthis pattern, decided I didn’t quite like the shape of the body, and went off and did my own thing. I think it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself!
Oliver will be handed over to his new family next week, so I’ll have to wait and see what they think of him. In the meantime…. I’ve had a thought.
There are a few Etsy shops I like that offer a charity matching option, for example you buy a blanket for yourself and the shop donates a blanket to a hospice.
What do you all think of Quiet Water offering this with preemie octopodes (obviously I will learn the correct plural term before setting it up)? You get a cute little curly wurly octopus and I send one to a hospital that will accept them, to help a little baby feel better.
What do you think? Would you go for Oliver with an added bonus? Let me know in the comments!