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WIP…something day? Scatter brained edition

Ok, so, phew, I survived my three weeks of slight insanity. Umm. Crafting kinda fell by the wayside, with the result of it all wanting attention NOW. Unfortunately, my holiday is now over and therefore I have to do the work thing…

Anyway, what has been happening? Well, I was in York at the weekend for Pride, so much knitting was accomplished on cockatoo brae (long train trips are made longer by delays…amusingly, the train ticket I had was a complimentary one due to the delays I had coming back from York from my viva…this makes claiming compensation rather awkward…) Anyway, cockatoo brae is coming along well ahead of schedule! As well as all the rows I planned to do this month, I have started the increases as well 🙂

(Isn’t all the brown lovely. Find the sarcasm in the last sentence…)

This weekend I will be teaching my aunt how to crochet jellyfish for premature babies. Naturally, this means I a) need more yarn(and crochet hooks), and b) need to crochet one in the first instance so I know what’s going on. 4ply yarn and a 2mm crochet hook are fun! Fiddly, but fun.

My mother’s socks have been started…just. I really need to get on with these, but I can’t take them home this weekend, since I’m visiting her…These will become my priority when I finish Mildred’s socks.

Speaking of Mildred’s socks, I have one finished and the other one past the toe. Before Pride at the weekend there were three members of knitsoc in a cafe, all knitting socks, all from the toe up, (two on circular, one on DPNS), in various colours and patterns. It was rather surreal to be sat there, and have someone ask what we were knitting, and all three of us saying ‘socks’ in unison. Anyway, these socks need finishing soonish. 🙂 They’ll be coming with me at the weekend.

Finally, the cross stitch wedding sampler has been ignored. But you can have a picture on what was done before but not photographed. Hopefully I’ll come back to this after the weekend (it’s probably a little bit optimistic to think it might happen before the weekend, given how it’s all going!)

Right, that’s me pretty much caught up I think (except for what I’ve been spinning/knitting but that should end up being a blog post by itself sooner rather than later…)

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‘Tis the season to be blocking…

Firstly, Sami’s blanket! The blocking has been finished, and it’s been readied for wrapping. I don’t want to actually wrap it up until I know what’s happening to it (if it’s going to be taken to Japan in luggage, I should probably find a vacumm pack bag to shrink it down some…), but it has been prettified now 🙂

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The blanket of doom is finished!!!! I think the entirety of KnitSoc here knows how much I dislike it, but last night while I was there I embroidered the name, and the year 2016 (I wasn’t about to announce to the world that it took me more than a year to make the thing…), and now its blocking (again, taking up the entirety of my floor…).

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It won’t be properly finished until I go home and can use my mum’s sewing machine to back it with something soft (she’s going to buy the backing material, so I don’t know what she’s going to get).

Having finished that, I then started on an advent calender I’m making for the friend who got the blanket. Last year I bought both of us a tea advent calender, which was a disaster because most of the teas were green and fruity teas, and neither of us liked those. So this year I’m making the advent calender out of a crochet garland pattern(ravelry link here), and stuffing each of the bits with a ‘proper’ tea bag.

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And of course, I’ve still been working on my aunt’s Advent calender scarf. I’m now half way through (I’m at pattern number 13, and if I recall correctly, there are a few of the later patterns I decide to skip), so hopefully this will be finished soon! (Maybe itll be being blocked next week…)

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I was looking up what I said about this pattern last year as I was making the other Advent scarf, and found my old blog post about work of the year. That kinda fell down last year when life got massively hectic over the summer, so here’s a word for next year: breathe! One way or the other, the PhD is going to be over, and while my back-up plan of staying in academic (which was going over to America…) has been shot out of the water, I still hope to stay in academia, my PhD expects me to be able to, and if not, I can always move back in with my parents while I sort my life out. So whatever happens, however hectic life gets, I need to remember to breathe, and that knitting helps me to relax, and nothing is permanent…

The blanket is done!!!!!

Well, blocking anyway. I am ridiculously impressed that I’ve made another blanket (so’s all of KnitSoc too, so I’m not the only one!)

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What I learnt from this: take a couple of days away from ‘post date’ to find ‘finish by date’. This was supposed to be posted tomorrow, but it’s not going to be dry *facepalm*. Although things are still a little up in the air about what my friend is actually doing- she may come up and see me, so I wouldn’t be posting it anyway. So let’s hope that I remember this when I do need to post things…

I also need to think about floor space when deciding on whether or not to rent a room… if I knew my housemates better/there wasn’t a resident cat, I would be more inclined to block this in the sitting room, but hey ho! It’s not like I’m planning on blocking anything this big again (except the Dick Bruna blanket, hmm…) I think I need to think about that more

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I’ve also been keeping up on my NaNo project. I haven’t yet done today’s (v is for violin), but there are a few big ones (v, y and z) which is annoying because I’ll be doing the whole work thing again next week so I’m not sure if I’ll have the time to do them. I’ll give it a good go, and try not to beat myself up if some of them take two days!

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On Friday I also started knitting another Advent scarf. People may remember that I started one in blue and black mohair for my aunt last year, only to learn that she dislikes mohair… so I’m making her one this year in green non-mohair yarn. I’d forgotten how fiddly beads are, but hey ho. Theyre a better option than nupps…

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Penultimate blanket post???

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!)

sami3(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!

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Cute blanket piles

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 🙂

sami2I 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?

Blanket, and some more socks

So, first up are the socks that I didn’t get around to photographing the first time 🙂 They’re more Hermione every day socks, done toe up because I like it that way, and although I haven’t yet darned the ends in…(I couldn’t at the time because my darning needle was in storage for the summer because I am a muppet…), but they’ve very comfy. One is just a tad too short (that’s what comes of having appreciably different sized feet and forgetting about it at the crucial point!), but I fully expect that they will stretch enough to fit nicely 🙂

socksI’ve also now started crocheting the blanket for my friend. I am loving it so very much- when I make things for other people, I try to make a point of thinking of all the things that make me think of them, and going back through old memories is great- there’s this one memory of us sitting in the library at the school we went to together, and then a teacher comes in and starts a conversation about exams, and my friend suddenly apologises for swearing, because she considers exams and essays and homework to be swear words. Still does as a matter of fact 🙂 So here is what I have done so far

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There’s still a long way to go- each of those piles is 9 squares, and in total I need to make 14 piles, and then crochet them all together, but I’ve got a routine down fairly well now- I make the first one following the pattern instructions for the colours, then I can make the other 8 without looking at the pattern, just looking at the finished square 🙂 My bag is slightly too small to comfortably fit 5 balls of yarn in, but they all get in squashed, and when I finish with any colour I throw it back in the mesh bag (the yarn came from wool warehouse 🙂 ). The blanket is the Harmony blanket, from attic24, and I just love her stuff 🙂 I want to do most of her blankets at some point, they’re all so lovely 🙂

Right, I’m off to crochet until a suitable time to get the hoover out…

Intermittent blog posts the second (and a finish!)

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…

Intermittent blog posts the first

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 🙂

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