Well, I wouldn’t say no drama, I’m glad this one is finished, Phew he took some doing. Glad I’ve done him but I don’t think I will be doing anymore so if you want him snap him up lol.
I managed to snap one needle and bent a second one putting him together.
He’s quite big as well so that didn’t help my small hands holding and sewing. I don’t think he would look right smaller though?
I’m pleased I have mastered the fur stitch, didn’t have much choice really, albeit a bit fiddly. It feels great and I just keep running my fingers through the tight curls LOL.
I especially love his curly fringe or bangs as the pattern calls them. The pattern was a free download from the Crochet Crowd. He certainly was a challenge so if you are looking for a crochet challenge then try him.
What do you think?
Have a great evening, remember it’s hump day tomorrow so you’re half way there again.
Some of you will know and some of my followers won’t but this week I lost my rock and soul mate, after a very short yet traumatic illness. We are still struggling to get our heads around how quickly he deteriorated and passed.
One of the hardest weeks of our lives with one of the hardest decisions ever.
Opie was a wonderful schnauzer, a fabulous character and the sweetest of souls, he was a very emotional dog and if you were upset so was he. He was my shadow and I am so very lost without him by my side.
He was only 6 years old and had so many years ahead of him, little did we know that a virus could take him away from us.
So after making the hardest decision of my life the next one didn’t require any deliberation at all. I just had to make him, he was such a fun loving little boy who captured the hearts of everyone he met, demanding their attention by talking and staring at them. 99% of the time he won them over, I needed to capture this spirit even though it is still very raw.
So here he is, Opie! Next to his favourite things his food dish and looking out the window barking at everything and nothing lol. I think I have done him justice as it was so very hard at some points through all the tears.
Our dear sweet boy, bless your heart, you will be greatly missed by all but you are no longer suffering and I hope at peace. Run free handsome we miss you so, till we meet again, and we will!
Happy Friday everyone, we’ve made it to the end of another week and it didn’t take long to get here did it?
My last blog had a teaser of my new WIP added to my new trolley, which I still love btw, it was actually two projects.
I brought these cakes from Aldi when they had their recent craft weeks and I only managed to get four, two of each colour and I didn’t know what I should make with them. I knew I wanted to do some kind of baby blanket (due to the colours) but I wanted to try something different.
I came across a 12 point star blanket free to download so was praying I’d have enough yarn for each. I did just, I tried to push an extra round out of the yarn but I was literally 4 stitches short, How annoying?
Not sure why I have never done a 12 point star blanket before but I loved it. The pattern worked up so quickly I have managed to do both this week, they have just come out of the washer and are block drying as I type.
I know that with the way the yarn is coloured that its not perfect rounds each time but I think it adds quirkiness to each blanket. The both measure 40″ so is ideal for a baby blanket, cot / pram topper, bed dressing, chair throw.
I’m sure I will be making some more of these I really enjoyed them both, Anyway have a lovely weekend everyone, make it count.
Well I think we are all well and truly back into the normal swing of things again aren’t we? The first full week back at work for the majority is now over, how are we all feeling?
Even though I have been back to work I still have managed to complete two more Baby Yoda’s which are ready for their new homes, I think these are the final two for a while, but I have so loved making them. He is just so god dam cute.
Time to change the colours around on my WIP trolley, Oh my days I haven’t told you about my DIY WIP trolley, my Facebook followers know of my project but I’ve failed you my blog readers, apologies (I have been busy)
Lets make up for that shall we. On a visit to Hobbycraft recently I saw their storage trollies were half price, luckily I had not yet been paid so I didn’t buy one but was planning to return to get one before they all sold out.
Brainwave (yes it does happen sometimes). I quickly opened my Amazon app and searched for storage trollies on wheels. There is was a veg trolly on wheels, reduced, and on prime so I would have it the next day “Buy now with 1 click’ job done. Dangerous that buy in now with 1 click button.
It arrived as predicted the following day and I quickly assembled only to notice that the gaps on each ledge where far too wide for my little bits and bobs. I took the box it came in and started carving it up to make some shelves for each ledge.
I knew I had some material stashed away somewhere so on the hunt I went, oh lord searching through my stash is never a good thing, but I went straight to it (meant to be was going through my head).
So how do we attach this to the cardboard quickly then, I have no patients so couldn’t possibly wait, Glue? Hmmm didn’t work so well, Stables? Errrr not so great either. I know just sellotape it? brilliant this worked the quickest and easiest of them all.
This does mean that I have 1 Glued, 1 Stapled and 1 sellotaped, Hey third time lucky right, don’t judge, I may be good with a hook and some yarn but other crafty things not so much lol.
My favourite part of it is that I can hang my array of stitch markers on it as a feature. I also found these mini storage baskets at the range and knew they where perfect.
End result = Happy Me
So now all my Yoda’s are out of the way I can change the colours on my shelves and move the projects up and of course add a new one.
Now to start on these beautiful cakes, I do hope they work for what I have planned for them, watch this space to see.
Have a lovely weekend all and show me what you are working on whatever that may be, I do love to see your work.
Happy Saturday everyone, don’t know about you but it doesn’t really feel like the weekend does it?
During the festive break I did that one thing all crafters shouldn’t do, head to Hobbycraft, just for a look ha ha.
To be honest with you I was really well behaved, I literally brought one ball of yarn and a piece of felt, and didn’t actually get what I went for, how did that happen?
Anyway what a ball of yarn it was, I wanted to make something for myself to start the year off so I was thinking infinity scarf / cowl maybe? I didn’t want anything to thick as the yarn is quite chunky itself so I made this one.
I had so much left over I decided to make a matching ear warmer, I’m not much of a hat person, but needed some large buttons to make them the feature. I found these in my go to store and thought they were perfect.
But look how much I still have left, gloves maybe? make the full set, what do you think?
So on the 4th day of 2020 I’ve made these, another Yoda and started two more Baby Yoda’s, wow that’s good going for me, lets hope this continues throughout the year.
Every crafters dilemma, what to charge for your makes?
Is it to much?
Is it enough? (never)
Is it worth it?
Is my work good enough to warrant it?
A couple of days ago I completed my second Baby Yoda but I did a little experiment on him this time. I wrote all my times down that I worked on him. I never normally do this as I have never really thought about it but you always get a few people that screw their faces up when you say a price OR just never reply to you again once you have messaged them with the cost.
He took me a total of 12.5 hours, give or take a couple of minutes, which may not sound a lot but when you multiply that up by the National Living Wage in the UK that’s over £100. That’s without adding any materials to this.
No one in their right mind would pay you what its worth ever, so it begs the question is it worth it?
Of course it is we do what we do because we love our craft no matter what that craft may be. It does show you how much effort, time and love does go into my makes though.
So the next time you ask someone how much a quality handmade item is, and you don’t like the response they give you, just remember what went into making it.
We do our craft because we love it so will never complain but it does make you think when its down on paper in black and white.
Love your crafters, they love what they do for your enjoyment in most cases.
Anyway, have a lovely evening it’s Friday already, Happy Weekend
My favourite module so far because it was all about Amigurumi, Ami, That one no one can say ha ha, errrrr Making Toys? yay there you go. The art of making 3D toys / collectable pieces from yarn.
Love, Love, Love it, the module took you through all the different principles of stitch types, practice, safety, face formation, shape formation, as well as covering all the different types pf yarn, yarn amounts and tension.
As before there is a full step by step guide on how to start creating your own design, making, and writing your own pattern and with Ami the opportunities on what to make are endless.
Well I have loved this module and surprised myself by learning a few little tips and tricks to help me along in my work going forward. I love making toys it is my favourite thing to make, even though they can sometimes be very frustrating but they are all worth it in the end.
What is your favourite thing to make and why?
My favourite of all I have made so far has to be Scooter the Turtle, I tried so many times to master this cool dude but I persevered in the end and he’s amazing I love him so much. Not sure I’d attempt another one though.
And finally there was a pattern for you to have a go at making a post box, which I won’t be adding to my ever growing “MAKE LIST” as cute as it was I’ll pass on the post box.
Show me your latest Ami make or your favourite of 2019.
Well I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped from my last diploma blog, in fact I have been very lazy this Christmas, like very lazy, Anyone else?
I did module 10 and its all about Afghans (blankets to you and I), who has a favourite blanket? Why is it your favourite? My favourite is my Changing Tides Cal Blanket I completed this year, Love it so much.
It covered all the different types of afghans, a size guide for each and the best yarns to use for each, which was really useful as we all tend to opt for our favourite yarn to work with and that’s not always the best, depending on the type of blanket.
Types of Blanket
Afghan / Throw
Scrapgan (who knew lol)
And there you thought a blanket was just a blanket right, how wrong a statement that is lol.
The module covered the types of construction, back and forth in rows, motifs, join as you go, Pictures and guided you through your own design process from how to start out to get the right dimensions (UGH Maths) through to construction and writing up your own design.
I really should adopt the calculation method more when starting my blankets, I tend to just pick up a hook and my favourite yarn and away I go and tend to gauge it by sight rather than actuals, anyone else do this? I’m not alone on this surely?
The final part of this module was a pattern for a lapghan for you to make up yourself, this has been added to my ever growing “I MUST MAKE LIST”
Will I ever get through them all? who knows maybe one day.
Have a lovely day, remember to share your favourite blankey with me would love to see them.
A few issues back now Crochet Now Magazine had this pattern in and it brought back so many memories of my childhood, I used to love watching Sooty and friends growing up, did you?
So when a friend said her son loves watching him too, lightbulbs went off in my head and I knew what I had to do lol.
The pattern was really quick and easy to make up and the Santa hat is removable so he doesn’t have to be just a Christmas decoration, which I think will be a good job because I’m not sure he’ll be allowed to be packed away with all the Christmas decorations, Oooops!
Crochet Now Magazine, Issue No 47, Designer Sachiyo Ishii, A great little pattern.