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.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Don't buy it ... i'll make it!!

This is fast becoming my catchphrase! My teenage daughter will spot some knitted scarf or hat in a clothes shop and I'll decide I can make it  - cheaper and better quality (although you then have to wait for me to make it!)
I want to make more things this year anyway as I'm trying to budget our spending a bit, so when my daughter spotted a lovely chunky Fairisle ski hat in Two Seasons I was on the Wool Warehouse website straight away looking for the right yarn.
I couldn't fid the right colours in chunky yarn, so opted for Aran ... cream, gold and teal.
I'd taken a sneaky picture in the shop on my iPod, and armed with squared paper, set about adapting the pattern for Aran yarn. It was important to make sure that the pattern worked in repeat with the different gauge, and I think I've managed it!
Two episode of Supernatural later I've got the ribbing done and I've made a start of the Fairisle design.
 
Think I need to do an enormous amount of knitting whilst I watch Sherlock tonight, I've got a feeling she'll be wanting to wear it during next week's cold spell!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Pay It Forward 2014

A few year's back I read Danny Wallace's book 'Join Me', which encouraged the reader to perform random acts of kindness, something I still try to do ... whether it's baking cakes for one of my classes who have been busy revising, or letting someone go in front of me in the supermarket queue.
When I spotted 'Pay It Forward' on Instagram yesterday I knew I had to join in, so I commented on someone else's page and created my own Pay It Forward badge this afternoon ...
 
You can only join in by commenting on my Instagram page - I'm 'Giddystuff' on there too, and the first five people to sign up with a comment will receive a handmade gift from me sometime during 2014. They won't know when it's coming. it will be a surprise!
There's still a couple of spaces up for grabs so feel free to pop across to my Instagram page xxx