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Leap Year Blanket

At the beginning of the year I joined a group on Facebook dedicated to making a knit/crochet square per day this year and with the idea to turn them into either one massive blanket or several smaller ones. Anyone can join at any point, so if you’re interested, pop along to the Leap Year Blanket group and ask to join in. So far I’ve made all my January squares. I’m intending to make a few small blankets rather than one massive one. My first is a blanket for my cat.

Here he is:

Potter

I’m crafting his squares out of 100% acrylic as I had some to use up. Here they are:

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As you can see, there are one or two ends to weave in before these can be turned into a blanket. I also need a few more squares! The only square that I’ve completed for February is my “Leap Year Swap” square, which was for a lady that’s making her blanket out of 100% wool. I used some left over variegated yarn from my “Can You Tell What it Is Yet?” blog post item, and I edged it with some lovely soft undyed blue faced leicester yarn. It makes me want to make a 100% wool blanket too.

This is the one I made to send away:

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And this is the one I’m receiving (from a different person):

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Coincidentally, we both made the same square, although I used variegated yarn, which I’m not convinced works with crochet, the other square (for me) has much nicer stitch definition.

If you’re a crafter-type person, you might spot the “deliberate” mistake in the square I made. Once I saw it I offered to make a new square, but the lady receiving it wants the flawed one, and who am I to argue with that?

A lot of us in the group have purchased what we call “the book”, “200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix-and-Match” by Jan Eaton (you can buy it from Amazon here). This is the first square I’ve made from it so far.

I’ve also made a few batches of polymer buttons this week:

  • Too Big
  • Too Small
  • Great Size and Shape But Hole Too Small for Needle

I think my knitted items might have to wait a while before they can be accessorised with “Handcrafted by Skirty” buttons…

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Man Flu (and Other Animals)

Well, today has been “one of those days”. The presence of Man Flu in the house has meant some change of plans had to occur, and thus there was no sewing machine session today, as Man Flu really prevents the sufferer from being able to entertain toddlers. Poor Mr. Skirty, hopefully he’ll feel better tomorrow.

So, the alternative plan kicked in:

make cookies to celebrate my Weight Loss. I’ve been actively fighting the flab since the beginning of the year and so far have managed to get rid of 10% of my original body weight. There’s still a long way to go, but I just love looking at this graph (scale not shown, sorry!):

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Obviously very rich chocolate cookies with chocolate chips in them are going to create one of those little peaks in the ongoing graph over the next short while, but I promised myself I’d make them when I got to around this weight. Next target, lose 10% of my current weight in another two months. I can do it, yes I can! Apologies for the “taken with my smartphone” picture, but I thought it might be nice to show said artery hardening items and this is the only picture I took:

cookies

On the crafting front, I had a go at making some polymer clay buttons this evening for the lovely multicoloured item that I gave a sneak peek at in an earlier blog entry. Unfortunately they’re about three times too big, even though I think they’re brilliant, so I’m going to have to rethink my button making method, but in the meantime I’ll probably buy some for this particular item.

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Scarves

I recently made a scarf for a friend. He doesn’t know it yet, but he’ll be getting this:

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in the post sometime soon. I hope he loves it as much as I do, it’s so soft and squishy.
I think the stitch I used for this scarf is fab, so expect to see something similar for sale in the shop sometime.

On that note, I’m still knitting and finishing some items for stock, and getting others tested by tiny little squidgy babies, and also hoping to get some more sewing machine time this weekend again to make a couple more knitting needle cases, however there are some ruffled and loopy scarves in stock now, along with one knitting needle case.

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Can You Tell What It Is Yet?

After finally turning “on” this site last week, I’ve been getting crafty with some test knits and some other things for stock. I thought I’d share a little taste of something that’s currently on my needles. In the immortal words of one Rolf Harris – “Can You Tell What It Is Yet?”:

CanYouTellWhatItIsYet

I’m very excited to be knitting with this beautiful hand dyed yarn. The colours are knitting up beautifully.

Apart from knitting, this weekend I’m hoping to get some time upstairs with the sewing machine (this depends on my toddler really!) to make some other items for stock, as the shop is sadly lacking any items crafted by me.

One of my friends became a father a week or so ago, so his little boy is going to test some newborn hats that I’ve made. If they are a good fit then you can expect to see some of those in stock soon.

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A Hooky Tin

Hello world! I decided it might be nice to have a little separate place within the site for sharing things that aren’t directly related to the shop, and here it is!

I’ve recently restarted crocheting again and one of the things that I really enjoy to read is the Attic24 blog. I like to look at the little things that Lucy makes and imagine my house looking all pretty. She recently made herself some little crochet covered tuna tins to keep her potted herbs in, I was inspired by this project of hers to create a new home for my crochet hooks, so there was much ransacking of the canned food cupboard in order to locate something suitable. Eventually I spotted that one of the tins of tomatoes didn’t have a ringpull (I feel the edge from the ringpull is a bit sharp, especially as we have a lovely tin opener that makes nice rounded edges).

Yesterday we had bolognese for dinner… so out came the tin opener, and the tin was washed and left somewhere safe to dry until I could commence transforming. After digging out some random dk cotton (that I didn’t remember I had) from my stash I managed to get it started last night and I finished it this morning, a nice quick project. And I can proudly show you a picture here:

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Hooray, my hooks (and some other bits n bobs) have a new home. Now I just need to find something else to crochet a “coat” for…