FO Friday 07.12.18

Crochet magazines are just terrible, always jumping into my shopping basket when I’m not looking.

This time Inside Crochet came home with me, which is nothing at all to do with the adorable little snowflake decoration kit that came with it.

I couldn’t sleep last night so I got to it and finished both decorations in just over an hour.

Yay insomnia!

It was nice to get some little finishes when all my other projects are a bit of a mission.

Oh and I made a birthday card

I am enjoying playing with these tiny triangles.

So how was your week? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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2017 makes

I have no new FOs to share this week – still plugging away at my swirl hat. So instead I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and have a look at all my FOs from 2017.

I’m so, so glad I have this blog to look back on because my memory is not that great, if you’d asked me to guess I would have said maybe 30-40 yarny items and 20 cards. Want to know what I actually made?

1 bikini top

1 cushion cover

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1 custom doily

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2 cowls

2 pairs of fingerless gloves

3 phone/kindle cosies

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3 coasters

3 pairs of baby bootees

6 blankets/lovies

6 daisies for Vicky

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7 hearts for Manchester

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8 shawls/scarves

8 octopoms

9 non-octo amigurumis

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12 hats

15 snowflakes

And 35 cards

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That’s (if my maths is working today) 87 knit and crochet goodies in a year! 87!!

I mean, some of them were teeny snowflakes that only needed 15 minutes max, but there was also my friend’s mahoosive flat warming blanket, which took me two weeks of non-stop crocheting.

It’s been really tricky choosing my favourite makes of the year. There are so many different types and I’m proud of them all for different reasons.

The flat warming blanket is definitely up there. I finished faster than I expected, it was huge, the colours suited my friend’s flat, and it just so happened to fit perfectly on the back of his sofa.

Chevrons on a sofa

I loved the Daisies for Vicky and hearts4MCR, because they helped other people and that’s important to me.

The Seafoam scarves make me inordinately proud. My first knitting that wasn’t just garter stitch, plus they’re beautiful.

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Also my hats in the round, which was a new technique for me.

I’m also proud of the couple of items I made without following a pattern, and the fact that Dad looked at my amigurumi pokemon and nearly asked me where I bought them from.

Basically, it’s been a good year!  I can’t wait to see what makes 2018 will bring.

Have you reviewed your 2017 makes? I bet it surprised you too. Do you have a favourite (yours or mine)? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Ho Ho Oh.

I feel like I say this every time, but where did this month go?? It’s whizzed by and I’ve hardly got anything done!

These were my goals for November:

  1. Get my snowflakes listed in my shop.
  2. Write up my waffle hat pattern
  3. Make at least one Christmas present per week.
  4. Make all Christmas cards for my family/friends

Number 1 has got nowhere at all thanks to rubbish winter light, busy, busy weekends, and my new ring light not working. Sadface.

BUT the good news is number 2 is complete! I have finally written up my waffle hat pattern!! I don’t know why I faffed about for so long, it was basically ready in the blog post and I just had to neaten it up a bit.

Does anyone fancy having a test of it for me? Just to make sure I haven’t written in any stupid mistakes or missed out something vital. If you’re interested, drop me an email at quietwatercraft at gmail dot com.

My third goal went a bit by the wayside when I got distracted by my new circular knitting needles. Although one of the hats I made is a gift so at least I wasn’t completely off track!

I’ve started two amigurumis this week, which will end up as Christmas presents, so I’m not too far behind schedule. Yet 😉

The Christmas cards are actually going pretty well, I just haven’t shown any of them on here. I finally have a night off this evening so my plan is to finish up the last few, and that’ll be another goal complete.

It helps that I’ve gone for quite simple designs this year with a lot of blank space; I must be going through a minimalist phase!

Well there we go I’ve managed half of my goals, that’s not as bad as I thought. I’ve decided not to set any goals for December though. It’ll be busy enough with singing events, secret Santas, cards and presents to make, and Christmas meals with everyone.  I just hope I can get my Christmas goodies into my shop before the actual day arrives!

How was your November? Did you have goals and did you meet them? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 24.11.17

There are even more finished hats this week! I’ve lost track of which ones I’ve shown off and which I haven’t, so here’s a photo of all of them:

Can we talk about how different the colours look close-up compared to that group shot?

I seriously need to get a proper camera.

Anyway. I do know I haven’t shown you this one because I made it last Saturday, and I can tell you now I’m never ever making a hat with this yarn again.

Stitch definition? What’s that? Never met her.

Honestly this thing will probably just fall apart one day because sewing in the ends properly was impossible. I’ve no idea if they went under/over/through any stitches at all because even up close, in really good light, all I can see is fuzz.

I also have some non-hat FOs. Remember the snowflake book my mum sent me? I decided I want to make them all to see which I like best, which isn’t actually as huge a task as I first thought.

So far they’ve all been only 3 or 4 rounds, and the most complex one took me just 15 minutes.

These are my finished snowflakes so far:

The different threads seem to give me slightly different sizes, with the silver sparkle being the biggest.

When they’re all finished I’m going to make some of them into ornaments to hang on a tree, and some into very dainty garlands.

I think some designs would also work well as coasters if I make them with thicker yarn. I’m definitely going to have a go.

Any more suggestions for ways to use 100 tiny snowflakes? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 22.11.17

Current WIP count: 5

Not to cause mass panic or anything, but did you know it’s less than 5 weeks til Christmas? Argh!

My snowflake decorations are coming along nicely, but I’m beginning to despair of getting any light good enough to take photos of them. I bought a ring-light in the hope that it would help, but of course I was sent a dud and it doesn’t work. Sigh.

My hat-obsession continues and there’s yet another one on my needles, plus I’m onto my second crocheted santa hat having finally finished one I was happy with.

I also out-cuted myself with this newborn/preemie hat. It is so tiny!

This weekend will be super busy with my choir’s 15 year anniversary concert, and singing at the switch-on of some Christmas lights, plus my parents staying with me. But after that I really need to get cracking with my Christmas presents. There will be a list, and I will stick to it!

What’s everyone else working on this week? Anyone else considering taking a holiday from work just to catch up on crochet?? let me know in the comments!

Hannah

xXx

Here endeth October

Happy Halloween 😀

We’re rocketing on with the year and it’s already November tomorrow, I can’t wait for bonfire night!

Here’s how I did with my October goals:

1.Make at least one Christmas decoration per week.

Done. Post coming soon to show them all off.

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

All done, plus a few extra goodies I made

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

So done! This is post number 17 for October, which I find particularly impressive considering I lost 4-5 days going to Budapest.

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

Um. Yeah.  I at least looked at the rough notes I made in a blog post a while back.

I wouldn’t be me if I met all my goals for the month!

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

Done. I sent a photo and he seemed really pleased with it, so hopefully he’ll like it as much in person. I’ll be handing it over next week at choir.

 

Something I didn’t write down, but was kind of hoping for, was reaching 500 views on this here blog. It was a bit of a stretch goal, but the views have been steadily increasing month by month so I thought I could probably just about manage it.

I was wrong.

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I totally smashed it!!

Thank you so much to everyone who’s popped in for a read, like, and comment this month; I love all the interaction in this crafty community and the new friends I’ve ‘met’. I just love yous all!

Now, on to next month! Here are my goals for November:

  1. Get my snowflakes listed in my shop.
  2. Write up my waffle hat pattern
  3. Make at least one Christmas present per week.
  4. Make all Christmas cards for my family/friends

It’s getting very Christmassy around here, and I’m already starting to get excited about it. The only way I could love Christmas more is if face paint were a regular part of it. Then it would be perfect!

How’s your October been? Got any plans for November? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

xXx

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

xXx

 

FO Friday 13.10.17

Happy Friday the 13th!!

One little FO this week – I finished off my first ever snowflake.

Isn’t it cute.

I also have my PVA glue ready to make it a bit more solid.

In other news my model head arrived today, two weeks earlier than expected!

I have plans for this here head. I don’t like the fact that it’s female; I much prefer those hat forms that are just general head-ish shapes. So first up the nose is coming off. That will probably get messy!

Then I’m going back to summer holidays at my Nan’s house and breaking out the flour and water for some papier mache. That’ll get rid of the facial features and give it a smoother shape.

And the final step will be decopatch with some tissue paper I bought ages ago. It has this gorgeous, subtle sheen to it, which I think will look quite good. Colours yet to be decided, although it will definitely not be blue or pink. Even though I don’t believe in all this gendered colour nonsense, I know I’m in the minority.

All that paper should give it some extra weight as well, so if I ever manage to get outside for photo shoots again it shouldn’t be blown away in the breeze.

Oh and of course mum got me some thread to make the snowflakes from the book she sent!

That’s my week. Anyone else super glad it’s Friday? Got some FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

xXx

WIP Wednesday 11.10.17

Current WIP count: 5

I’ve made a bit of progress on the doily. I was going for a very structured pattern of 2 rounds of colour, 1 round of neutral, but just yesterday I changed my mind. I want it a bit more random than that, so I threw in 3 rounds of brown and there will be at least one other in there somewhere.

The request was for the deep red in the middle, and whatever earthy, nature-y colours I fancied. I hope it’ll look okay in the end.

My copy of Love Crochet dropped through my letterbox yesterday. I have to say, for once I’m wildly unimpressed with the freebie.

What.

But there is a pattern in the magazine for some really pretty crochet snowflakes, so I figured I’d leave the demon llama well alone and make some blue snowflakes instead. First up, a practice run with white cotton

I’ve never made snowflakes before so I don’t know if this method is standard. If it is, I’m glad I waited til my skills were a bit more advanced before having a go. I literally read the instructions through 4 times, going “all in the same stitch? All those picots, all in the same stitch?? I can’t be reading that right.” But we all know my visualisation skills are pants when it comes to crochet, so I dived in and hoped it would work out.

It was terribly fiddly, and I think my yarn is too thick, but it actually worked! I can see myself making lots of these in the coming months.

And my magic mum has done it again. After thinking about snowflakes all day, I arrived home to find that she had sent me this.

There will clearly be some snowflakes in my future!

So that’s what I’ve been doing. How’s this week going for everyone else? Working on something exciting? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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