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A medley of crafts

Hi all! Life suddenly got very technical here for a while, and while that hasn’t stopped (and won’t until I finish the PhD and (hopefully) get a job in August…) I have managed to wrangle a few minutes to talk to you about crafts:) Which I’m sure you’ll all agree is more interesting than the maths and teaching I’m also busy writing about!

So, what have I been up to? I’m still having fun with the attic24 blanket, it’s amazing! I’ve not completed 6 squares and sewn them together (I know far better than to leave them to the end!)

IMGP0508And there was one final craft session with the DIYSoc at Uni. This time was lino printing, and we were all given a bag to embelish

IMGP0511This was rather amusing really. Everyone else made a few stamps and then reused them, so they were stamping very early on. But I wanted to make a statement, so I opted to cut out one big stamp, and use it once. Much harder work (my shoulder still dislikes me for that!) but I think it was worth it. I know I couldn’t’ve managed such an awesome shape (although I did want it the other way around!) with just a few shapes.I also deliberately didn’t touch it up with the paints afterwards. I’m thinking that I’ll maybe embroider them, or add some sequins or something. Thanksfully *not* a craft I want to keep doing, but it was definitely fun trying it!

I’ve also jumped off the ‘Christmas presents before other crafts’ train, and cast on for a pair of socks. Thes are incredibly lazy socks, since I’m doing them one at a time (I’m not quite sure why they’re lazier in my mind, but they are!), but they are definitely my destress project. Which I didn’t realise how much I needed until I cast them on just a few hours ago, and hey look, a blog post!(And you know you’ve been writing too much technical stuff when you immediately try to reference something for that…*facepalm*)

IMGP0509The colours are much more vibrant in real life, but it still gives some indication as to how awesome these socks are going to be:)


I should probably also mention that I’m planning on starting reading blog posts again soon! I stopped because I didn’t have the time, and then I started deleting them from my inbox because I couldn’t deal with having so many unread emails! But I’m figuring that I should wrangle the time to read all about your awesome crafting/lives even if I don’t have the time to reply to them all!

Crochet Blanket

So, I started getting a little bored of the Dick Bruna blanket, and decided to have a little fun, and break out the new yarn:)

A while ago, I decided I wanted to crochet a blanket for my housemate’s birthday (it’s his 21st), which, naturally necessitated a trawl through ravelry. For a while, I was taken by this one, but then decided to go with attic24s latest, a log cabin blanket, after I looked up a bit of the history (they used to be given to children when they flew the nest, so it makes perfect sense to make it for him!) So I ordered the yarn, and it sat around for a while because I was being good and trying to get the Dick Bruna one out of the way, and then the other day I decided I’d had enough and I was going to start crocheting damn it!

I piled all my lovely yarn in a crate, because it needs to be contained somehow and I need to be able to cover it in something until the housemate leaves on Sunday! It’s all so pretty!

TomAnd so naturally I had to immediately start crocheting:)

Tom1I think it’s pretty darn adorable😀 So far I have 4 finished, so I’d better get back to it now…or not actually, the housemate’s come home. It feels rather strange having a secret project again:)

Who am I?

(This is a personal development post, not a crafting post, so feel free to skip this one if you want to).

Who am I? This is a question I’ve started asking myself more and more these past few months. I think it’s harder to see who you are than it is to see who others are. At least, for me it is.

On one level, this is easy to answer. Mathematician. Crafter. Introvert. Agender. Cyclist.

But what does this mean? How do I add these things together to get me? I was almost all of these 3 years ago, but I’m not who I was then. I still wear the same clothes (and my hand-knit cardigan). I still look the same, I have the same skills, but I’m different. How I’m different, I don’t know. Except the agender. That’s new.

I have a very unusual name, and when I was younger I used to joke that I was the only one of a species. And now I don’t feel like how I used to. So I’m no longer that species. But I’ve evolved from who I was, and I don’t want to forget I was. So I decided to start using a shorted version of my name, one that’s decidedly gender-neutral. All that’s left is figuring how to tell everyone (else. I love you guys, you always seem so open and easy to talk to, even if I’ve abandoned the blog for extended times!). Ahh well, that’s tomorrow’s problem I think. I need to get to bed, and get over this bug I caught! And then do more crafting:)

Finished cards

So this has been another busy teaching week, and I’ve been doing quite a lot of cross stitch because I understand it, and it always goes the way I want to. With the result that my mum’s mothers day card is now finished!

I finished the cross stitch


broke out my new toy- coloured card😀


stuck it all together


and finished with some writing- I should practice my writing more, but where’s the time?

mother3I also made up another card that’s been floating around for a while

card1I already have a plan for this card, but I need to knit something as well before it’ll be sent off.

Now it’s back to the blanket again…yipee.

Well, that was a busy week!

York University now does seminars every other week, with the result that I have to do twice as much to get the same amount of money… great. So, every other week becomes crazy busy! As it was this week, although I did manage to keep crafting, especially after I realised that there’s less than a month until Mother’s DAy here in the UK. Eek!

So, as well as the blanket I’m still working on, I’ve also been cross stitching something. And I’ve actually remembered to keep track of how long I’ve been working on i!

This is slightly less than 4 episodes of the Mentalist, which run for about 45 minutes each, so a total of just under 3 hours. It would be 5 episodes, but I miscounted, and so spent the first 10 minutes of the second episode undoing what I’d done in the first (and I didn’t count that towards my total). *sigh*

IMGP0479As for the blanket, I stalled on j for a while, but that’s mostly done now, so it’s back to plain sailing for a bit.

I’ve done h for hammer


i for igloo


and j for jigsaw (stalled because that was all duplicate stitch which isn’t my idea of fun!)

blanket11I’ve also been working on my scrappy blanket- it’s coming along wonderfully:) It’s starting to look like a proper blanket, which is great!

scrappy2I should get a post in sometime next week, since I won’t be teaching. Although not teaching really means getting on with my work, so maybe not…

G is for…



Told you I’d get to it this week:)

I’m hoping to keep doing 1 a day during the week, and hopefully more over the weekend.

Crafting withdrawal

So, on Friday night, I realised that I hadn’t done any crafting since last Sunday. Which was because my week had been crazy busy, but that’s still completely unacceptable! Then, I realised how late it was, and went to bed…

Saturday I got up, and really didn’t want to get on with the blanket (yes, I am well aware that it’ll hang over me until it’s done, but still… I’ll get to it this week. Scouts honour), so instead I started some Dorset button brooches I’m making as presents this year.

buttonThe first one wasn’t great, so I undid it and tried again

button1A smidge wonky, but good enough for this:) After that, I figured I’d done enough on presents, and moved onto my scrap blanket.

scrappy1I’m pretty impressed with what I’ve done so far. I’m thinking another two stripes (so the overall thing will be about twice the length) and it will be an excellent lap blanket for when I’m watching TV. One thing I’m now thinking of is the edging. I don’t want an icord edging, but it definitely needs something…hmm…maybe something crocheted? I’ll have a look at what’s on ravelry I guess. Any ideas?

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