Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas is Coming

Sorry I've been quiet - I have been a little bogged down with work, and getting ready for Christmas. I thought I'd pop by for a little festive update though!


I put our Christmas tree up at the weekend! Still working the white and turquoise to match our lounge, and I love how it looks this year. I bought a couple of new baubles from John Lewis and they look so pretty! It looks even nicer now that there are a few presents underneath it.


A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Christmas Market in Winchester with friends. It was chilly but fantastic, and I will definitely go back in the future. It's such an amazing setting as well. I bought a couple of bits, and was given a beautiful fruit wreath by Gurpriya! It really put me in the festive mood.


I've been wrapping like a lunatic! This years paper and tags are courtesy of The White Company, and I have matched it with mix-and-match washi tape, gold bakers twine and little star charms. I'm finishing each present in a different way, so they look pretty cool! I love that I decided on washi tape to try and save myself some time when it comes to tying ribbons and bows, but it's still taking me just as long to wrap anything haha! I do think that I'll have to go for some colourful wrapping next year though - it's the second year in a row that I have opted for grey stars! It looks nice though.


Another recent festive moment - we had elf day at work to raise money for Alzheimer's Society. Quite a few of us dressed up (albeit just an elf t shirt and plaits for me, but others went all out!) and we had a real laugh whilst doing it. Tomorrow is Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save The Children, so that will be great fun too! It will also be fish and chips, and secret santa day. What an exciting couple of weeks!


Crochet is progressing well since finishing my blanket too - these are teddies for my colleague Adrienne. She asked for them a year ago, so it's not taken me too long to get to them on my queue! I'm loving how they look so far! It looks so funny having a pile of limbs on the table next to the sofa. I'm hoping to get them done before Christmas, but we shall see. I need to try and finish as much of my wrapping as possible this weekend, to give time to deliver them to friends! Another priority is posting Dave's Gran's presents to make sure they arrive in time for Christmas.

Anyway, time for work! I will try and put some teddy progress photos up when they are looking a bit prettier!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

My Summer Mosaic

I have just finished my Summer Mosaic blanket! Well, technically I made the last stitch last night, but this evening I crocheted in the ends and tidied it up - I am so happy with it!


Photo courtesy of my lovely husband! One positive about this blanket - if people ask how big it is, I can answer 5'6" haha! I'm so pleased with how it's worked out. The colours work nicely together and I think it'll compliment the bedroom really nicely...when I actually get round to sorting the bed out anyway.


What can I say about the pattern? I bloomin' loved it! There were a few tricky moments, and I did have to restart one of the octagon blocks from scratch, but otherwise I didn't find it too bad. The errors were mainly down to my lack of counting, than the pattern itself. So Julie Yeager, you get a big thumbs up from me!


I still have a reasonable amount of leftover yarn, so I am intending to make a matching mandala and then frame it somewhere in the bedroom. Just to tie everything in together. I think that would look nice. It's good to have a project where the yarn measurements come out so nicely as well - I hate getting near to the end of a ball and panicking that it won't last! Anyway, the mandala is something for the future. No rush, don't know exactly when, but I have requests from people that I have been putting off for ages, that I really have to crack on with now. They've all been super patient while I indulged in my blanket, so now I really need to make their bits. First on the hook (and already started) teddies!

Anyway, if anyone fancies trying out this amazing pattern you can find it here on Ravelry. It's only $7.99 (approx £6.13) which is an absolute bargain, for the amount of effort that has gone into writing it. I have really enjoyed making this one!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Week 47

Loads of crochet progress!

19th - 26th November

From left to right: finished my square blocks, found my friend Kelly on Pocket Camp!, finally put my hen do into my photo album, hoisin meatballs and noodles, wine and a good book, my first triangle edge piece, nearly finished our wedding frame, Dave the festive grumpy elf, and Thai chicken burgers for dinner!

Week 46

New hair!

12th - 19th November

From left to right: Autumn leaves, our bathroom orchid is flowering again, bought some new baubles, dying my colleagues Movember hair moustache, toad in the hole, had my hair cut!, finally photographed Dave's blanket (2 years later), sunsets at work, and adulting by cleaning our drains haha!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Square and Triangle

I have finished my two centre squares!


They're so cute! You can't really see in this picture, but there are three little popcorn stitch bobbles on each corner, which adds a bit of texture.


I've also finished my first edge triangle. These were a bit more fiddly - I found the main colour row after the light pink a bit of a struggle, but winged it and it looks right so I'm just gonna roll with it! I have decided to make the other 5 triangles in a batch, colour by colour, to try and save some time/sanity. They're currently complete up the to turquoise row, so they should come together quite quickly now - I'll see what I can manage this evening, after work.

It's starting to look like I may have this project done in the next couple of weeks though, which is exciting! Just means I need to crack on and get the bed painted and finished, so it's ready for it's lovely new blanket! My project after this are a set of teddies for a colleague. I already have the yarn, so I can start those straight away!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Octagons

I've just finished my six octagons!


I'm really pleased with them! Im so thrilled with how the colours have turned out - my favourites are bottom middle and bottom right! I'm super excited to be able to start the squares now. Despite only having had to make six of these, they are large and quite labour intensive...not helped by my massive mistake whilst making the last one (if you follow my Facebook and Instagram pages you'll already know about my "octagons don't have nine sides" fiasco!).

Anyway, time for bed. I haven't been at all well over the last couple of days and work was a real struggle today. So I'm glad I've ended the day nicely. It's always satisfying to finish something (although I have technically only finished a stage...it's the largest stage though right?).

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Dave's Blanket

So, I recently realised that I finished Dave's giant blanket 2 years ago, but never actually got round to taking proper pictures of it. The size is an issue, so I just never bothered. At the moment, it is downstairs in the spare room though, so I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures this morning! Long awaited but here we go!


For those who are new to my little world, the pattern is the Sherbet Dip Blanket pattern by Nicki Trench, which featured in one of the early issues of Simply Crochet magazine. It was great fun to make - or would have been, if there weren't 361 squares! I really wanted to make something big enough for a double bed though, so it certainly manages that!


It took me 2 years to make, with a few breaks in between. By the end of it, I never wanted to make another square again haha! I do love it though, as does Dave. He chose the colours, and I positioned all of the squares so that no colour is repeated next to one of the same colour!

Anyway, it only took me 2 years to bring you this finished project update - sorry about that! I just thought you'd all like to see how it eventually turned out!