Somewhere I can let out my inner crafter without being labeled as even more insane.

Firstly, I have finished (and washed!) my housemate’s blanket. I absolutely love it, and don’t really want to give it away. *sigh* But I’m sure he’ll enjoy it, which is the important thing. And I think I have enough yarn left over to make me a scrappy crochet blanket. I’m thinking hexagon, because apparently my brain really likes hexagons. Ooh, I could do that mathematical half-hexagon thing. Hmm, that would involve quite a lot of sewing up, I think. I will think on that some more…

Tom5But now this has been finished, I really should get back to the alphabet blanket. *sigh*. It’s nearly finished, so it really could be quite a lot worse, but I don’t want to. I really want to start knitting Cockatoo Brae, but the blanket really should get done first…and if I save it, it would be a rather fun (and slightly stupid, given that it’s 4ply yarn) option for NaNo this year.

So at the moment ~I’m being fairly good, and I plan to continue embroidering the last few letters on the Dick Bruna blanket.

blanket12Not too much left to go! I’ll get there eventually…

I was asked a curious question today (don’t worry, crafts will come soon enough, and I promise to not drown this blog in maths stuff!). I was asked whether or not I was still happy that I’d decided to do a PhD, and was I still happy that I’d decided to do it at York. The answer to both of these is unequivocally yes, and while my future is still scary and un-defined (job applications are really awkward!), getting to this point is amazing, and I love it.

 

Anyway, on to the crafting! Most of the time, I’ve been working on my housemate’s birthday present, and I have 9 squares finished

Tom2and a 10th nearly finished. I have also decided on my next blanket (when all the other presents planned so far are finished!).

One of my friends recently got a job, which is amazing, and so naturally I decided that she deserves the next blanket I make🙂 I sent her attic24s washing line of colour palettes to see what she liked, and then narrowed it down to the Harmony blanket, which I sent her a pic of to confirm that she likes it. She does, and I can’t figure whether she’s oblivious about the fact I’m going to make her one, or whether she realises I’m going to make it, but is playing dumb, so I get to feel amazing about it all😀

Either way, I can’t wait to get on with it😀 However, my shoulder has really started playing up, so I’m trying to limit the amount of time I spent crocheting:/ This is rather difficult to do, since it takes less than a row to upset it on the longer rows. *sigh* I’m going to start yoga again to try and deal with it, but it feels different to the crunchiness which was sorted by yoga last time. Any tips, lovely people???

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

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broke out my new toy- coloured card😀

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stuck it all together

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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

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i for igloo

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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…

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