So now my WIP list is sitting at six, which is an improvement so I’ll take it.
I think for October I’ll aim for getting it down to four again. A few of the projects are close to finished and should be easy to cross off, but I’m also going to start making for Christmas so I know there will be more added on. I just have to resist all the Halloween crafts that are popping up everywhere!
Gosh it’s nice to be back to small projects after so many blankets.
Work has resumed on Morag the Highland Coo, and somehow after a long break the loop stitch feels much easier than it did all those months ago. Maybe my brain just needed time to process it before jumping in?
This is most of a body. I’m using my stash of ends and scraps as stuffing, which is great motivation to keep the stitches tight; I don’t want those Lego brick brights peeking through!
I also have a pretty Toft project bag to keep all the pieces in so they don’t end up spread all over my flat like the poor dragon I started forever ago.
Yesterday I found out it is possible to be too ill to crochet, but I’m feeling human again today and really enjoying getting back to amigurumi. I must remember this next time I’m tempted to start three massive projects all at the same time…
I can now cross “visit Toft HQ” off my bucket list!
It’s an amazing place, all open and light and airy with big windows all over letting in the glorious sunshine. So I have no idea why every single picture came out rubbish. I can only apologise, and (what a shame) I’ll have to go back again one day to get some better photos.
Mum bought me a place on a Loop Stitch workshop because we could not get hold of a Morag the Highland Coo kit for love nor money, but all the materials were included in the workshop.
Of course, after Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year she became widely available, but I’m actually really glad I didn’t just get the kit on its own; that loop stitch is a bit tricksy and I really don’t think I would have managed without someone walking me through it.
We arrived about half an hour before the workshop started so I had plenty of time to wander round the shop and think of aaaaaaaall the money I could spend if I ever won the lottery.
I love the fact that there are finished animals hanging around all over the place.
Sadly, my dad wouldn’t let me make this giant version of Morag. So what if she wouldn’t have fit in the car? Details!!
Then I had to stop my browsing and head over to the workshop area for the lesson. There were four of us booked in, two locals and one woman from Wales, but I had definitely covered the most miles to get there. I am nothing if not dedicated!
If anyone is considering attending one of these workshops, you really need a bit of amigurumi experience under your belt. Our first instruction was “go until you have 12 stitches” and it was up to us to make a magic ring and do the first two rounds.
After that Emma (our teacher) helped us figure out the loop stitch. It’s one of those stitches that’s super fiddly to pick up, but once you’ve got it you can just run with it.
I’m not even going to try explaining it.
Obviously we didn’t finish the whole thing in 2 hours, but we did get a few rows in and I got the hang of it. However, once I got home I noticed that all of my loops were different lengths so I frogged it all and started again.
This time is going much better so hopefully one day soon I’ll have a Morag to show off.
I could’ve sworn it was my birthday just the other day, how are we halfway through May already??
The following may not look like a photo-worthy moment to most people, but it had me doing a little dance (well, I was sitting down so it was really more of a wiggle) because the seemingly endless rounds of straight knitting are finally over!
This here is one round of 2×2 ribbing and it’s going okay so far. I even remembered to switch to smaller needles before I started.
As is becoming standard for me, that’s all I have to show for this week. BUT next week will definitely, honestly, really be more interesting because the date is coming up on one of my birthday presents: a workshop at Toft!
I’ve wanted to try a Toft kit for ages so I’m suuuuper excited! Plus it’s down South and my Dad will be driving so I’ll have lots of travel time to work on my other WIPs as well. Finally.
The first part was released just yesterday so it’s definitely not too late to join in.
Nobody got me yarn for my birthday (!!!), and I’m still trying not to buy too much new stuff, so I’m going with whatever colours I have in my stash. I learned my lesson after the Lego blanket and I’ve made sure that all the yarn I’m using is the same thickness. From now on the pencil test is my best friend!
I’m determined this will be the CAL I actually keep up with (looking at you, Havana.) and I reckon it’s a good sign that I’ve actually started it on time.
Here are some goodies other people got me for my birthday:
Mum and Dad also got me a ticket to a Toft workshop to make my very own Morag the higland coo amigurumi! We searched and searched for a kit, but couldn’t get hold of one for love nor money so when Mum found this workshop she jumped on it. It’s not til May though so there’s a bit of a wait before I get my Morag. I can be patient…
What’s everyone else up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments!