Monday, 28 July 2014

Blogcation

I haven't been about ... I decided to take a 'blogcation' - it's a new word, I'm just trying it out, my computer makes a red wavy line every time I type it in.
My workload increased rapidly, and choosing between work, creating and blogging, blogging had to take a break. I still needed to knit, sew, crochet and draw in order to relax, and you can't blog about what you haven't been making!!














So, I've been doing lots of little projects, trying to photograph my 'Year of Making' whenever I can.
My main project this year is still my Crochet Mood Blanket. Every Wednesday I decide what my mood is, pick a colour from my yarn basket and make a granny square on the way to work ...













Then, if it's nice and sunny when I get home I steam press my square and photograph it!
I've also been knitting squares for the Rowan Heirloom blanket designed by Martin Storey, progress is slow, but I hope to have a blanket by Christmas.



















So, I have finally written a blog post .. and I'm hoping there will be more now the Summer holidays are here ...

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Crafting

It's back to blogging as I've got some time off work! My main focus at the moment is de-cluttering the dining room/study/craft corner/bike shed - not easy when they're all the same room!
I've still found some time for a bit of Easter crafting, making this bunny from a Hobbycraft kit ...
... and this retro tea cosy for my Nan ... think I need a yellow and blue one for me now!!
... and then last night I made crème egg brownies. This is the picture before they went in the oven.
 
I'm going to have a rest from the tidying today, maybe I'll do some crochet and I've got a couple of designs to put on the computer.
Enjoy your Easter xxx

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Hello ...

Yet again my work/life balance is totally unbalanced, and my blogging time has been greatly reduced! I'm still finding time to knit or crochet, but it's usually on the bus to work!
I'm still trying to do a bit of something every day as part of my Year of Making challenge, and I'm still making a crochet square every Wednesday for my Crochet Mood Blanket - the change in the weather means there are some brighter colours appearing as my general mood is lifted ... I still had a blue day last week though ...
I've completed my Nordic Cowl, and added a huge button!
Last, but not least I'm knitting another Baktus, a lacy one, I love this pattern!
The yarn is called 'Out of the Darkness' not dissimilar to out city motto 'Out of Darkness Cometh Light'.
I'm on the decrease rows now, and the lacy structure means it's perfect for a Spring accessory.
Hope I can blog sooner in future!
  

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Bunnies in TopShop

I didn't think scrunchies would 'come back' ... I think everyone with a sewing machine has had a go at making a scrunchie at some point, but the fact that they're in TopShop again came as a bit of a shock ...
This time they have bunny ears! My daughter spotted these scrunchies in TopShop on Monday and decided that it was another thing I could make (and therefore save her some cash)! This is the result ...
You make the scrunchie as usual, but you also make a 'half bow' shape for the bunny ears. You tie the bunny ears around the scrunchie and it's done - such a good way of using up those long thin scraps that I always seem to end up with when projects are finished.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Cowl in Progress

On Saturday I bagged a couple of balls of Stylecraft's new Nordic chunky yarn. I loved this yellow/grey colourway, but could have easily bought any of the colours!
I spent some time sketching out some ideas, deciding that I probably wanted to include a big button as part of the design.

 
Then it was down to working out the pattern and casting on. So far it's looking like this ...
... I'm hoping to get it finished this evening - I'm planning some knitting while I watch the Sewing Bee!
This yarn is great to knit with, great stitch definition, and yes, I do want to go back to the yarn shop and get more. I'll post pictures of my finished cowl later in the week x.

Friday, 14 February 2014

I'm still here ...

My longest blogging break in ages ...
...Life is busy ...
...and I'm living to work rather than working to live ...
... that was never in my plan ...
But, I've got a week off work, I've already had an evening with crochet, wine and my netbook, and I'm starting to feel human again ...
... and I realise that I need to make time t be human every day ...
... and work needs to stay at work ...
... well, for a week anyway ...

Sunday, 26 January 2014

A completed hat and a new scarf!

I didn't actually realise it has been two weeks since I last made a post here ... the year is starting to whizz by already! Scary!
I finished the hat I posted about last, and I'm really happy with how it looks. It's tempting to get some more yarn and make a green one for myself!
My evenings have been spent crocheting squares for my mood blanket and crocheting a rug using Boodles yarn. The latter is pretty heavy going on the arms as it's t-shirt yarn, and obviously the fabric created is quite heavy too, so I'm only attempting a couple of rows at a time.
I got my 'Let's Get Crafting' magazine in the week, lots of lovely stuff to do, I particularly loved this scarf by Lucinda Ganderton, I think it's got a real 'Anthropologie' feel to it...
Although I got the yarn to knit it with the magazine I decided to use the leftover yarn from the hat in the first photo.
 
I ordered extra yarn, the hat was my own design, so I couldn't be certain how much I'd need of each. It's a good chunky garter stitch project which means I can do a few more stripes while I watch TV this evening.