So this blanket is really racing along now. The joining is nearly halfway done, and I think it’s looking pretty good (having Friday off really helped with this!)
(It’s all piled up like that to make it more manageable as I add new squares in, I’ll get a decent pic of the whole thing when all the squares are added 🙂 )
This joining method is pretty awesome, and I’m now very tempted to make a new scrappy blanket joined this way. Its another way of making lots of squares and then putting them together, making it portable, but they aren’t sewn together, so it’s much less fuss than that! Maybe after Christmas! Although adding in new squares is rather annoying. I’ve got a method going pretty well, but manhandling the whole blanket is already annoying, and it’s just going to get harder…
Hopefully it’ll be finished next week… I have a deadline in my mind of posting it next Monday, so if I’ve joined it all this week, then I can do the border over the weekend, hopefully. We’ll have to wait and see really, if I can wrangle enough time to spend on it!
I’ve also decided to really get on with this annoying Dick Bruna blanket The realisation that I’ve been working on it for more than a year suddenly hit me, so I’ve decided that it can be my NaNo project 😛 So every day in November (until it’s finished) I will finish a square on it (I’ve done up to and including O is for Octopus). I should finish sometime in the middle of November then, and the damn thing will be done. I’m so never doing it again!
So, I was going to write a cute blog post about how my granny squares grow, but then I got rather caught up making them, so I’ve finished that part of the blanket. So have a photo of them all together instead 🙂
I think I need a break from crochet before I crochet them all together, but I’m not really sure what else to do…the other Christmas presents with an early deadline are also crochet…note to self: next time organise it so you have a choice of things. Hmm, I’m knitting one of my aunt’s an advent scarf (the aunt who didn’t get the first iteration of the advent scarf because she doesn’t like mohair). I may as well make a start on that, I suppose.
How is everyone else’s Christmas presents coming along?
So, this isn’t exactly the most interesting to posts, given that I’m still just crocheting squares, but I’m more than half way there now! So have a photo of pretty piles of squares!
I’m also thinking about all the other presents I need to make, but I’ll work on that some more before finialising the list and letting you all know. 🙂
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
and 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???
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!)
And 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
This 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*)
The 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!
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!
And so naturally I had to immediately start crocheting 🙂
I 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 🙂
I really don’t like seaming. To the point where I knitted the body of my cardigan all together, so I didn’t need to seam the sides. Why I didn’t do the sleeves in the round I will never know…
But I also couldn’t knit this blanket all in one piece, there are just too many colours going on. So it had to be seamed. *sigh*. I also couldn’t figure out what colour to use- it would show when darning in, and I didn’t want to drag that much yarn all the way down if I was using the mattress stitch. So I figured I’d try the crochet method, which I love!
Same idea as the mattress stitch, but using a crochet hook, rather than a darning needle. For some reason I find it so much easier, and I think it looks pretty neat too 🙂
I still have to finish knitting the last stripe (which I’m massively procrastinating over because it really doesn’t seem to have been designed with knitters in mind- I’m very tempted to knit it plain and duplicate stitch over it, it’s that bad). And then finish darning in the ends, and do all the embroidery. And then block it- and I guess washing it would be a good idea, but I’m not sure that I trust the washing machine, even though it’s acrylic!
But I think most of the letters are obvious- which ones can you guess? Any ones you don’t have a clue about?