WIP Wednesday 27.06.18

After an easy Saturday and a ‘recovery’ Monday booked off work, I feel like I have some real progress to show this week.

Although I didn’t realise quite how many fiddly little parts my amigurumi dragon had. I’ve still got four horns and another wing shape to make yet, not to mention the dreaded sewing together.

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The biggie for today is my Tunisian jumper. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to just go for it and attach the sleeves, it was (of course) nowhere near as scary as I thought it would be.

I confess at first I had a complete brain fail and had to read the pattern at least 10 times before I understood what I was supposed to do (why are there no diagrams??), but I got there eventually and now my sleeves are attached and I’m working away at the yoke.

I’ve even tried it on! Which is when I noticed the increases in the sleeves have created these bumps.

It’s not a major issue really, I’m guessing nobody will be looking that closely once I’m wearing it, but I’m still hoping those bumps will ease out a bit with some blocking.

It seems unlikely that I’ll finish this week, but I can see me having my first handmade item ready to wear in the not too distant future. Ooh it’s exciting!

What’s everyone else working on? Or are you finding it too hot for fibre right now? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Progress report

The middle of October has sailed past me (where did the time go??) so it’s time for a quick review of my goals for the month.

1.Make at least one Christmas decoration per week.

I didn’t manage any in the first week, but I’ve certainly caught up since then.

2. List the rest of my cards in the shop.

Nada yet. But Etsy gave everyone 50 free listings and they run out tomorrow, so you bet this is my task for tonight!

3. Make 12 new blog posts (3 per week).

I’m doing super well with this one! The count is 8 so far and this here progress post will be number 9.

Lesson learned: it’s really best for me when I sort a few posts at once and then schedule them.

4. Write up a proper pattern for my waffle hat.

Not even a little bit. Maybe when I’m travelling next week, if they won’t allow my crochet hook on the plane.

5. Finish this doily that’s been hanging around for months

I’m nearly there! One more round and some blocking, and it’ll be all done.

It might warrant its own blog post when I’m finished; there have been all kind of ups, downs, and tweaks with this thing.

 

From the looks of that I’m just about on track. Well done, me 😉  How’s everyone’s October going? Is it whizzing by for you too? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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(U)FO Friday

“Barring any major disasters”, I said. How’s that for famous last words?

This is the multi-faceted knot that I have now spent at least 4 hours trying to untangle:

Apparently some people enjoy unknotting yarn. I am not one of those people. The only reason I haven’t put this down to work on something more fun is because I know full well it would end up shoved to the bottom of my WIP drawer forever more. If I stop I will never want to start again!

So I will be spending my Friday night doing battle with a ball of sock yarn. What an exciting life I lead.

Who did better than me and managed to finish something this week? Any tips for dealing with mahoosive yarn knots? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 09.08.17

Current WIP count: 10

Just a short one today, as I only had time to work on my Lost In Time scarf last week.

I’ve only got this much yarn left now

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So I made a start on the border from the pattern, but I got halfway in and realised that I actually didn’t like it. At all. So I frogged that back and now I’m just continuing with the main pattern until my yarn runs out.


I’m hoping it’ll finish on a popcorn row, although it’s such a beautiful pattern it could stop anywhere and still be good.

So, barring any major disasters, this should be ready in time for a FO Friday post.

Oh I also whacked out a really quick star garland as a gift. It’s in serious need of blocking (currently looks like a string of deid spiders), but after that it will be good to go! Yes, this counts as a new WIP. I have no will power…

What’s everyone else working on? Am I the only person incapable of sticking to patterns? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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New stitches: popcorn stitch

The popcorn stitch seemed a bit scary to me. I’d read the how-to description in a few patterns, but I just couldn’t visualise what I was supposed to do.

Luckily I dived into the Lost In Time shawl without reading the whole pattern first, so I was already fully committed by the time I got to the line ‘1 popcorn stitch in each dc’. Also luckily, this pattern came with photos alongside the how-to, so I was able to make my first popcorn at last.

As with most things, I’m really not sure why I was worried  – it’s so simple and looks really good!

You just place 4 stitches into one stitch 

Remove your hook

Go through the top of the first stitch in the cluster of 4

then pick up the loop you dropped

And pull it through

Simples!

Here’s my first ever row of popcorns.

I’m assuming they will pop more as I go on and get more comfortable with the stitch, but this shawl is for myself so I’m not frogging back just to make it ‘perfect’. It might actually be fun to keep it as a record of my progress!

Have you used the popcorn stitch before? Any tips for making it more pop-y? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 21.07.17

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.

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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!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 19.07.17

I’m doing so well – I’ve managed not to start a single new WIP since last week!

*is proud*

Here’s the progress I’ve made on the existing ones so far:

Camper van amigurumi

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Well this is much bigger than I thought it would be. I was expecting a diddy thing about the size of my mini octopoms, but it’s as long as my whole hand.

All I have left to do is stitch the window dividers and attach the wheels, then I’m done!

 

Puff stitch scarf

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I didn’t like the colour changes in the caron cake I used (there’s a tiny bit of light pink at the beginning, which was the only bit of light pink in the whole cake) so I did a bit of jiggery pokery with another Mixed Berry cake I just happened to have on hand. Thank goodness for BOGOF sales.

I’m really pleased with the colours now, and I love this pattern so much I’ve been trying to work out if I can make a matching hat. I’ve got to use the rest of the other cake somehow!

 

Star blanket

I’ve done a few rounds on this, keeping a beady eye on the join for each round, and so far I seem to be doing it right this time. But I know it’s a tricksy thing so I’m not going to relax my concentration for a second.

 

Doily

I’ve only made a wee start on this, but that’s better than nothing 🙂

 

Amigurumi cactus

I’m sooooo close to finishing! I love the cute little face.

 

Kindle cosy x1

I made a mistake last week. One cosy only needs sewing up and it’s done; the other one needed a few more rows. I’ve done the rows so it’s tall enough, and now it only needs sewing up as well.

 

No news on anything else from my long list. Even though I had a wonderful 4-day weekend off work, I also took out a stack of books from the library and I have not yet figured out how to read and crochet at the same time. For once, reading won.

 

Let’s see how many of these I can get ready for a FO Friday post!

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

Hannah

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