Regaining My Mojo

Well its been a strange month since we last spoke, I lost my way a bit with my crochet projects. No matter what I tried to do it just wasn’t happening. I felt as though I was watching myself trying, screaming at myself WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOU CAN DO THIS WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? I appeared to have forgotten everything that I knew and had taught myself over the last few years. It was a very weird experience.

I am happy to report that balance has been restored this weekend and I have managed to finish said project and start two more successfully. That was a very surreal time of my life where I appear to have been dazed no matter what I was doing or facing. I know we have had some upset and turmoil to deal with since Christmas but this I cannot describe.

Feeling lost in one’s self is not a great feeling so I am thankful that I have all of you, my support network, that believe in me, which in turn made me believe in myself again. I knew I could do it, my brain and hands however where in separate dimensions of time  as they really were not coordinating at all.

Short and sweet one today, I just felt I needed to get this down off my chest and out-of-the-way so I can move on (hopefully none of this strange behaviour shall return)

I will leave you with a sweet picture I wish I could say was mine but I’d never be able to get my Bengal to sit there and pose for me let alone wrap her in a hat and blanket to pose.

I’d need medical attention if i attempted this 🙂

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Love to you all

I’ll be back soon

Marie x

Cosy Crochet

Sanity Blanket

Hello All

I left you last time with an image that stated “What am I going to be” well that project is now complete but what a journey I’ve been on whilst getting this finished. Who know’s what is around the corner? never  a true question asked.

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I was getting on really well with this blanket it was coming together so fast I was impressing myself, Loved how it came together and how in the end something which looked really complicated was actually really quick and easy.

Then disaster struck, not with the project blanket but personally, a pet emergency put halt to everything and left me in limbo both emotionally and physically. This blanket became my go to, at first I could only manage a few stitches, my mind was just not in it but elsewhere and being pulled in so many directions. Without realising I was completing this blanket and never took a moment to appreciate what it was doing for me.

Not, that is, till just now, I’ve finished it, I love it but I don’t remember creating it. Our bodies and minds work in a magical way if you think about it, I have had so much running through my mind over the past couple of weeks that my body, when functioning, has been on autopilot and just getting on with things.

This blanket has kept me sane without even realising, I guess what I am trying to say is that no matter what happens to whomever in your life, we cannot do anything about it other than exist and continue, we cannot blame ourselves for actions of life, we are here to observe and act accordingly to what is thrown at us to make us better human beings, stronger individuals. So when life throws something you’re way in the future grab your sanity blanket. Everyone has something or someone you are never alone.

Until next time, Stay safe, be happy and cherish what you have.

Bye

Cosy Crochet by Marie x x

Happy New Year

Hello everyone, firstly let me wish you all a happy new year and best wishes for 2018. I’m sure we are all making resolutions and praying that we stick with them. I however have not made any, I cannot seem to plan a day ahead at the moment let alone try and stick to any resolutions. I would love to hear what you have all made though?

Well it has been a while since I blogged for you and I have been doing the mad Christmas order rush, when you always get those words “can you just make this for Christmas” the question is how do we always manage to get it done? strange that one moment you have a full order book all needing to be done the week before Christmas and you sit there saying to yourself how the hell am I going to get all this done, and prepare for my own Christmas?

Secretly I love it, and while I do I shall continue. So thank you for all that have ordered and have been so happy with your items, and a few surprise presents thrown in too.

So it’s time to look forward, Babies on the way, blanket requests then theres Easter? what to do this year Bunnies? Baskets? Flowers? It is only around the corner, you always have to be thinking ahead in this creative skill, which I am not normally that good at, thus proven this Christmas past as I never managed to make anything Christmas related at all so I plan to make Santa’s, Reindeer’s, Snowmen and whatever else I can squeeze in so I have a stock this year. So I guess I really have made a resolution without realising this year.

Here is a selection from over the last couple of months, highlights for me has to be the sausage dog, toothless the dragon and the baby monkey which was part of a blanket and hat set for a newborn.

So it is onto the New Year and New Projects, and it has already begun……

And what am I going to be?……………….

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All shall be revealed

Stay safe and enjoy your resolutions I will be back soon once this is complete.

Marie x

 

Dark by Day, Light by Night

Well what can I say, Black is a Mood we all delve into at some point in our lives but working with it is worst. I have had a few projects recently when black or dark colours have been required. the order comes through and the dread begins, planning of when to do it because you need brilliant light, so dark work becomes an in-between project I believe, Dark by Day and Light by Night, Now the nights are drawing in there is even less time to plan around this time of the year.

I feel myself working thinking just one more row of the black whilst squinting in hope of the last few minutes of dusk before the dark ensues. then the lights have to go on but it’s just not the same as natural light. I’m lucky to have a conservatory with a glass roof which enables maximum light till the dying seconds of dusk and then I must stop and start another on going project. If i continue then mistakes happen, you count you last row to find a chain has been missed or you take a look at your work to find something just doesn’t look right.

Working with dark colours is quite difficult, but over the last few weeks I have managed to get quite a few projects completed none the less.

Several Batman? Batmen? have been completed which have been lots of fun and proved quite popular after making a few Cosy Crochet Modifications to each one as I have gone along (I like to do that, two are never really the same)

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So my lesson was learnt with these, you must have really good light, so the question to myself has been Do I Buy some LED hooks? Are they worth it? Will they work? Will I be wasting my money? Just put the light on right??? Well I’ve never been a person for main lights on in a house I prefer to have lamps on instead it feels more homely to me. So yes I have taken the plunge and order some LED hooks from https://funkymolly.com/products/crochet-led-hook so I am eagerly anticipating those arriving to give them a try. I will post an update as soon as I have them.

in between other projects I also managed to make a beautiful jacket and matching scarf for a gorgeous little girl aged 12 – 24 months using  Stylecraft black and grey mix yarn, which is superset and beautiful to work with and gives a fabulous finish.

I cannot wait to see pictures of the little on wearing it this Autumn, I will be making one in red soon and can’t wait to start it.

As Autumn is upon us (if not already here) Messy bun hats are being requested again, and yes you guessed it a black one was requested, albeit black sparkly but nether the less still black. but as these do not take a lot of time at all I wasn’t worried about squeezing this one in at all, and the end result was lush. I just wish the photo could capture the sparkle.

Then came along my favourite black work which left mine and its recipients hearts beaming with cuteness overload……..

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These arrived this week and I just had to try to squeeze one in, so I hunted through and saw my late kitten Minstrel and my friends cat Neo, so I knew that it had to be the one to try. Now as they are so tiny and different colours must be used in the same rounds without fastening off each time, they are very fiddly, but oh boy are they worth it, just adorable.

Not bad for a first attempt at these tiny cuteness creations 🙂 x

So Dark by Day, Light by Night can not only be about working with dark colours, life is this way for many of us. Dark can take over easily without us realising, we must maintain the light in our lives to over power this dark entity and Crochet is my light, it helps me focus my mind on the project at hand rather than dwell on thoughts that may drag me into the dark.

Life is wonderful and light is all around, go and grab your light and keep it shining and you may be surprised at just where you can find your light and where this could take you.

Take Care

Marie x

 

Deconstructed Alien

Hello again, apologies for the delay in writing again, only I have been preoccupied with the boring mundane jobs around the home, also known as decorating, looks good though. This however has meant that not much work with a hook has been done this past week, but I still manage to complete a really cute piece.

Amigurumi – as I previously mentioned is my new favourite makes, anything in this style I just love-making all the pieces, but don’t you just think they look like “Deconstructed Aliens”? before being transformed….

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See ALIEN!!!

But when you start putting all the pieces together, even the tricky fiddly bits, there is something satisfying about watching it come to life.

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Still Alien I know, especially when you put the head on the wrong way and have to start again DOH!, Before you know it arms are in place, ears are attached and it’s starting to form what it should. Then you start to add little touches like with this one I learnt some really cute small easy flowers and leaves which look so affective. But again once all made and not but together or sewn in place just looks like a minefield of yarn everywhere.

So Pretty but affective, and sooooo easy to make. “Yeh so she says” I hear you say.

How to make the flower.

  1. Magic Ring, SC x 5 (tighten ring)
  2. Slip Stitch (SL) into first Chain (CH) and change yarn colour.
  3. *Chain 2, 2 x Double Crochet (DC), Chain 2, Slip Stitch* all in the same stitch.
  4. Repeat from * to * round in all 5 loops from magic ring and you should end up with 5 petals.
  5. Slip stitch into 1st Chain of 1st petal and fasten off.
  6. Ta Dah – you have a flower – Again Alien right??

How to make the leaf.

  1. Make a Slip knot
  2. Chain 8
  3. In 2nd Chain from hook make a slip stitch
  4. Single Crochet (SC)
  5. Half Double Crochet (HDC)
  6. 2 Double Crochets (DC)
  7. Double Crochet (DC)
  8. Half Double Crochet (HDC)
  9. 3 Single Crochet in last Chain (SC)
  10. Turn your whole work and work down the opposite side
  11. Half Double Crochet
  12. Double Crochet
  13. 2 Double Crochets
  14. Half Double Crochet
  15. Single Crochet
  16. Slip Stitch
  17. Fasten off and again TaDah you have a small leaf to go with your flower.

So not only does it look like an Alien I think the pattern is even scarier to understand. I remember trying to read a pattern for the first time and not having a scooby doo what any of it meant, I went with what I thought it meant and actually did create an Alien the first time.

I used to re write patterns in my own way so that I could understand it better which also made it easier to start because I already had the pattern flowing around in my brain somewhere to pluck out when required. I don’t need to do this as much now as I know a lot of the terminology and can almost speak fluent crochet (Ha Ha). So I completely understand the Alien concept for on lookers.

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My Deconstructed Alien turned out to be this super cute snuggly elephant complete with flower head band, isn’t it just amazing how it is transformed.

Love a finished item and reflecting the journey through each piece, so many things can happen throughout a day in the completion of just one piece. A whole room was re decorated in between each of these pieces, to which I currently sit writing to you all.

I do hope you enjoyed my elephant journey, I will be back soon

Marie x

Progress History

Good Afternoon, I said I would return soon with a history of my brief learning process and what lead me to be sat here sipping an Americano with the torrential rain beating down on my conservatory roof as I type. (Quite therapeutic actually)

So about 2 maybe 3 years ago I brought myself a cheap set of needles (still have them) and some cheap wool and away I went. I had not done any knitting at all since I was a small child, and you couldn’t really call that knitting. Anyway I couldn’t even remember how to cast on let alone attempt to make something. I cannot quite remember now but I’m pretty sure it took me around an hour to actually cast on and do a few rows, to find that in those few rows I had already missed a stitch, how is that even possible? I asked myself. I persevered and eventually made a blanket for my cats window bed.

I then decided to make scarves to donate to the OCC Christmas Shoebox appeal for children overseas. Please take a moment to at least google Samaritans Purse if you have not heard of it and see the good work all the volunteers do each year, all year, to ensure these children have a christmas present to open. Just Beautiful x x x

I then went on to try some hats to match for the children but alas with needles that just wasn’t happening for me, straight lines appeared to me my limit with needles.

So began the start of my relationship with the hook 🙂 well that was an experience, could I get my fingers to be where they needed to be and do what they should, Errrrr No!!! is the short answer to that. I just couldn’t hold everything in place to work a chain let alone several chains. So after several hours of you tube videos and starting over and over and over again one day it all just clicked. But this didn’t click until I started re writing patterns in my own words. (note-book upon note-book of scribble, go on tell me you don’t either)

I started crocheting hats and flying through them with matching scarves and oh my it was so quick compared to the sticks as I used to call them, I need to add at this point I have not picked up any sticks since.

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However me being who I am wasn’t happy with basic stitches after a while the single / double crochet stitches just wast cutting it, I researched stitches over and over on the net and tried and tried and practiced all the time (becoming slightly obsessed at this point) but still I wanted something a bit more challenging (she says I’d been crocheting for a few weeks for gods sake) so I went for the cluster stitch / bobble stitch / puff stitch so many names for the same principle. LOVED IT 🙂 it quickly became apparent that the easy stuff I struggled with, give me something a little more challenging and I could master it immediately and off I went……………

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I then took what I believe to be the next natural step that I think all knitters / crocheters go through Babies, cute little baby makes and blankets and cardigans and dresses, hats and bonnets just all things Baby. So that’s what I did, you tube and books became my favourite reads and off I went. My head wanted to make EVERYTHING reality NOT ENOUGH TIME………

I couldn’t stop, then people started asking, I’m sure you can all relate. “Can you just make” or “Do you do these” or “How much for one of these” and “can I have it by the weekend?” (it’s Thursday at this point). I started to question what was happening then, I just started crocheting as a hobby to relieve stress and a feel good factor of donating and it was starting to spiral a bit, which is good don’t get me wrong on this I love it.

“Do you have a Facebook page? you should make one and get a blog and write about all your makes”……..Really why would I do that? was my thoughts but I already had my Facebook page so adding a page couldn’t hurt right? So I did fb.me/cosycrochetbymarie if you would like to take a look.

I wasn’t prepared for the response and was quite overwhelmed and a little proud of myself to be fair, check me with my own Facebook page who knew right. Then came the questions again, and the tags into makes and the can you do these in this size. Secretly loving it inside and feeling proud the response soon became “sure leave it with me” to dread of OMG what if I can’t do it and I have to tell them that……..Will they unlike my page, will they bad mouth me over the internet if I cannot fulfil their wish Oh the stress.

So I took a deep breath and cracked on with it, soon turning a hook to anything and finding myself to be rather good at this hook and yarn malarkey. But I wanted time to make myself something, I’d always wanted a mermaid tail blanket so I found a pattern, went over to my favourite yarn shop “Yankee Yarns” purchased some amazing coloured yarn and could not wait to get home and get started, which I did immediately. The outcome made me beam from ear to ear I loved it and still do today.

I made several more after this one, all for Christmas Presents (not made one since ha ha).

With winter here at that point I wanted to have a go at some dog jumpers for my two fur babies, I was looking at them in the Pet Store and I knew I could make some for the amount of money they where (you may agree but they seem to increase in price every year). So my internet / social media search began again, I found patterns wrote up and adjusted new ones and off I went. My dogs hated every minute of the measuring and trying on but I was happy (they weren’t lol).

I then made some collar bow accessories for cats and dogs, just because!

The requests kept coming and I kept making baby blankets / sets. Hats & Scarves. Cardigans, dog jumpers etc etc. But I wanted to try something even more challenging (well I thought it was at the time anyway) Amigurumi – Alien language? I hear you ask, (I still can’t pronounce it so god help us) It sure was to me and it made absolutely no sense at all, so challenge accepted………

As you have probably guessed by now I didn’t pick anything simple to start off my new challenge.

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This little fella was my pride and joy, I was so happy when I completed him, even though I know where all the mistakes are and learnt so much from him (and yes you eagle-eyed readers that is an empty glass of Bailey’s behind him 😉 I needed to celebrate he was stressful x

That was it I had the bug, THEN came the requests oh boy did they 🙂

I just love finishing a toy, you put so much hard intricate work into them that piece by piece that is all they are but when you start to assemble all the pieces and you can see it forming I have to finish putting it together there and then, regardless of time it has to be finished. There are just not enough hours in the day for me right now but I really don’t care because making these and seeing the reactions of people who have asked for them makes me proud. Nothing wrong with that right????

A very short but brief journey for you there, but reading this back to myself now it’s been quite a journey in a short space of time.

I will be back soon with my current projects, I don’t want to bore you anymore for now, Thank you for taking the time to read

Marie x 05/09/17

Welcome Note

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog, I am a recently new self-taught chrocheter and a brand new blogger as of today. I have never done this before so it is all new to me so please bear with me.

I have to confess that I have become literally hooked (pardon the pun), I started out just making scarves for the Christmas Shoe Box appeal, then onto hats and I will now give anything a try (literally anything). I started knitting as a way of stress relief and could never get my head around using just a hook my fingers would just not work right, I couldn’t hold the yarn, I kept dropping the hook, I couldn’t keep a straight line oh it was a nightmare but then one day it just clicked into place. I have not picked up needles since! For me it has been the best form of stress relief and has in a way changed my life, which I haven’t really appreciated till recent times.

Starting out making something for the less unfortunate gave me a great sense of pride, knowing that children who desperately need basic supplies will be kept warm through a winter with something that I had made them, well lets just say this made my heart swell.

I then quickly started to get really good feedback from friends and family, then came the requests, then came the Facebook page and now here I am with no clue as to what I am doing (ha ha), learn as I go I guess.

So to start with I plan to share with you thoughts and tips (hopefully) on hooks and yarn, I am no expert by any means but if I can help someone  I will so ask away.

I will be adding pictures of my makes and a note about each covering how easy / hard the patterns where, what I changed if anything to make it easier etc.

I will soon post a little history of the progression I have made in the last few years and add pictures along the way to we can get up to date, then as we go through my journey together I will be breaking each project down with you and giving you my thoughts and feelings of each piece.

Thank you for reading this brief Welcome

Be back soon

Marie x 02/09/17