Happy Sunday, I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather safely.
So Friday saw the second week released of the CAL I started last week. I was up and out of bed straight away as I had something to get up for, PC on, E-mail opened, Pattern Downloaded, Printing in process. I don’t think my eyes had even opened properly.
A quick read through the pattern revealed “No Crab Stitch” phew, also I need to make two squares this week YAY!
What a great start to this week, ammonite, and as you are working it round then start adding colours you can literally visualise it on the beach.
I won’t bore you anymore and let you look at both my squares, loved this week and cannot wait till Friday. I might do another one alongside it made up of my yarn stash, maybe it will clear out some bit’s and bobs laying around.
Enjoy the rest of your lovely Sunday, Thanks for reading and Take Care.
Afternoon everyone, hope you are well and safe? It’s starting to get to everyone now I know it is but hang in there we can do this together.
On the 10th April 2020, amidst this very strange and surreal time, this years CAL started by my favourite designer over at Coastal Crochet. I love her design work and this one looked quite a challenge. Unfortunately I didn’t order my pack in time and had to wait for it so come back in stock but thankfully it arrived on Tuesday.
There are 2 different kits that are available from The Knitting Network, one in cotton and one in acrylic, I decided on the cotton on this time which it the more expensive of the two packs but I have to say I am loving this Scheepjes Catona cotton yarn.
I thought it looked challenging and it certainly was, I didn’t get far till I had to flog a round and start again (the importance of counting hitting me like a slap in the face) I got to the end of round three and thought hang on a minute that’s not right? I had to many stitches, in my defence it was my first ever time doing popcorn stitch and clearly got carried away with it.
More popcorn stitches in round four and I suddenly realised that I was finishing them wrongly, DOH! the eagle eyed ones among you will see the difference between round two and four, I was not flogging it all again, no thanks.
I gained more stitches as the rounds went on and I kept flogging, swearing, re doing, flogging, swearing a little more then sod it I will lose them in the next round which I did.
CRAB STITCH – my new hate stitch, wow, took me an hour to do this round of crab stitch and I seriously do hate it. This stitch goes against everything you have been taught as you have to DC backwards and my fingers and brain just could not get around it at all. As feared there was more crab stitch at the end of week one. I used a larger hook this time and it was a lot easier to control the cotton yarn from splitting so the final round wasn’t so bad.
And that’s it, Week 1 complete and I’m ready for Week 2 being released tomorrow morning, no more crab stitches please Eleonora (false hope on my part there)
What do you think? great start to a new emerging blanket, challenging but going to be worth it I’m sure.
On the final module of my Diploma there was a section dedicated to Charity Crochet, places to donate your knitted or crocheted items which will help raise money for different charities. Now I knew of one of them as the promotion comes around every year from a well know drinks company but the others I wasn’t aware of.
Contact Oxfam and see what they want from you, I never realised they welcome so many handmade items as a donation. Especially blankets, they take these to festivals and raise quite a bit of money from them. What a great idea, so if you have a stash laying around that you were thinking of clearing out, contact Oxfam I’m sure they will be delighted to take them off your hands.
This is one that I didn’t know about, click in the header and take a look at all the ways that you can donate or help different causes, from abused women to jumpers for Africa. I’ve just signed up to their mailing list so I can get involved when this current crisis has passed.
Now I think we’ve all come across this one, due to it being in association with innocent smoothie drinks, so their advertising brings this to the forefront of all knitters / crocheters. Raising money for Age UK by making tiny hats which sit onto of their smoothie bottles which normally appear in shops aroundNovember time. The amount of tiny hats they receive is just fabulous and I can only imagine seeing them all in their millions waiting to be placed on top of a bottle.
If you click the link (header) it will take you to their page which has free patterns for you to download and make, there is a deadline for each year though so keep your eye on it.
What a lovely site, well worth clicking and reading what they do and the charities they help support. A lovely feel to their website and a place where you can chat and share and help communities raise monies for people in need. I have bookmarked all of these websites and I’m sure I have plenty of things stashed away that I can donate. Time for a clear out I think.
Have a lovely Wednesday, Stay home and safe, make the most of this beautiful spring day in your gardens.
Thanks you for reading, I hope you will take a look at some of the sites and help if you are able.
Well that’s it I’ve completed it, these last 3 modules covered starting your own business. Venues (craft fairs, farmers markets, car boots) and Advertising, Online marketing, Social Media, Opening your own shop and monitoring each of these so that you know what’s working best for you.
It covered financing and budgeting from incomings v outgoings to pricing of items (always an issue for crafters) to gaining financial backing to start your own business.
Taxes / VAT and HMRC registering, and how to keep a record to make submitting taxes easier. Anyone registered with the HMRC for their craft? I tried to years ago but because I never actually make a profit to not bother registering till I make a profit of £1000, that is never going to happen so have never revisited it, anyone know if this has changed? I am always in the negative profit as I cannot resist that yarn or new book or new pattern and never charge what I should Ha Ha.
The module also covered how to write up a business plan, which is crucial if you intend to start your own business and require financial backing. This section was very informative and gave you simplistic breakdowns of each section and how to approach it.
So overall, even though I don’t plan to open a shop, or run a stall etc, I found these last three modules very interesting. So if you are planning to start your own business then it’s really useful.
This module was all about jumpers, not something I can confess to ever doing, and always avoided if I’m honest. The thought of working out all the schematics to get it to fit right terrifies me. I think I will always be a follower where jumpers are concerned and probably never design my own. Never say Never though right?
The module covered all different types of Jumpers
Set in Sleeve
Yeh you thought a jumper was just a jumper like me didn’t you?
It covered Yarns, Yarn Amounts and Tension required for each type, and gave you a handy little chart on the amount of yarn per standard size S-M-L for adult and Child.
The module took you through Designing and where to start and get your inspiration from, how to do your swatch, preparation and actually starting. Hints to write your pattern up, and a pattern for a drop shoulder jumper which apparently is the simplest to do, I’ll take their word for it on that one I think.
I am slightly worried that I hit submit answers and my final one didn’t register though, we had a wifi crash and when it came back it stated submitted so I may have failed this one, will have to wait and see. Onto the next one I go….
I decided to continue with my diploma course today as I only have a few more modules to go, so it’s the perfect time right now isn’t it?
This module was all about making bags, all the different type of bags, methods, stitches, tensions, yarn etc. It covered some neat tips and tricks for sturdiness of bags also, which has made me want to use up some my yarn stash and have another go.
I have made a few bags previously but now after doing this module you realise where you went wrong with them and how I can make them more durable.
There is a nice pattern to follow at then end of the module which I have printed off and will make so wait and watch this space for a blog to follow I’m sure it won’t be long with all this free time.
Have a lovely day, stay safe, stay busy, stay sane.
Well George was fun to do, albeit a little fiddly, He looks very perplexed I wonder what he is thinking?
That we may all be like him soon and extinct maybe? who knows at the moment what is actually to happen, stay home and safe is all we can do until we are told otherwise.
Strange flightless birds the Dodo, however, I find them quite fun and cute so when I saw the pattern in a new book that I received I just had to make him. I decided to do George in stripy shorts instead of the egg hatching option.
The book was from Amazon and is Amigurumi Treasures and there are some fabulous designs in it, very quirky, all written by Erinna Lee. Might do the platypus or the sloth next.
Well Happy Friday (it is Friday right?) I hope George made you smile.
Hello everyone, how are you all coping? It’s all very surreal and movie like at the moment isn’t it? I hope you are all doing your bit and staying home and safe if you are able to do so.
So for a while now I have been getting ad’s popping up, as we all do for the things we actively like, on social media for Solid and Marl and their crochet kits. I spotted this herringbone scarf and really like the look of it, but continued to scroll past it. As with ad’s they just keep appearing don’t they? Yes I caved and purchased it.
Now, has anyone used these oil based yarns? or any of the Sold & Marl kits before? Got to admit when I opened it I was a bit puzzled before reading the booklet that comes with it. Then I got excited to start it, especially after ordering my favourite colour.
I found it a little strange to work with to start as it felt like I was working with embroidery cotton, word or warning if you get one of these kits it does snap really easily (found that out the hard way, twice) I also got quite bored of the same row upon row, which is normal for me, so it took quite a while to complete.
Yesterday, however, I saw light at the end of the tunnel and had to get it finished as I was excited to see then end result. You may be wondering what I’m on about, it’s a scarf she will know the end result? Wrong, you see with these yarns you have to wash them at 40 degrees in a normal wash cycle to activate the yarn and wash the oils out of the lambswool. Yes I was like a dog watching his favourite toy going round and round and round till the washer had finished.
And Oh My God what a difference, so soft and beautiful and looked like it was machine made not by my fair hands. Absolutely love it and finished just in time for an isolated spring, Ha Ha.
I may have to just test this out on my daily exercise allowance with the dogs later.
Stay Safe everyone!
Hopefully this will all end soon and we can slowly start to get some normality back.
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!