WIP Wednesday (21/06/17)

Ok. So as it turns out, I am not very good at this WIP wednesday thing… I have been doing it for 3 weeks so far. The first two I didnt manage to get out until thursday morning and the third week I just didnt do one (I was in the midst of moving home). But this week, I am finally getting it together to do it on the right day! Yaaaay!

(Edit: so as it turns out, I am worse at this than I thought. Yes, I wrote this on Wednesday, but because I am an idiot, I forgot to press publish, so actually, this is another thursday post… I considered that maybe I should start calling it WIP thursday, but then it occured to me that if I started calling it that then I would probably forget to do it until friday…)

I am still working on the blanket I showed 2 weeks ago. (Again, moving house is not terribly compatible with crafting). 
It have done another 24 rows, and I am almost out of yarn so hopefully I will finish in the next day or two.

I hope next to move on to some preemie octopusses. And hopefully I will begin a new adventure in knitting too! Plus I have a CAL that I still havent started… I better get a wiggle on! Before we know it it will be christmas… 

I Spun Some Yarn! (Finally)

It was a goal of mine this year to spin some yarn. I already started the year with 3 lovely bundles of fibre and a drop spindle which I bought myself back in 2015 and I really wanted to push myself to spin something. I can finally say I did it! Yahoo! Here it is.

Just look at those wonderful colours! I especially love the iridescent rainbowy sparkly bits! 

As you will remember from previous posts i started with this bundle of fibre (if you know the proper name please let me know!

Which I turned into these nests

Predrafting is really helpful, I found. It meant when I came to the actual spinning part, I had a lot more control over the thickness.

Here it is on my spindle. Its quite a satisfying sight isnt it! I wasnt prepared for how much back ache thr drop spindle method causes. I have back problems anyways (the doctors tell me that my vertebrea in my spine are lazy, by which I mean instead of taking an equal share of the pressure as they should, most of them shirk their responsibilities and so all of the work is left down to 2 very over worked vertebrea right at the small of my back) which mean my back has a lot less tollerance of repetative motions. And my god, my back hurt by the end! I shall have to find a better way of sitting/standing. I tried standing but thrn I found I had nowhere to park my spindle.

I then wound it onto my niddy noddy and soaked it for 10 minutes. Unfortunately, i found out much too late that I didnt have anything which my niddy noddy would fit in to soak. The best I could do was my partners brewing pan, and even then I had to turn it over during the soaking process to get an even soak. 

Finally I hung it to dry. I hung a small weight (a bag of pasta, in fact) off of the end of the yarn just to encourage it to dry straight. 

I am very pleased with the outcome. I love the colours and I love the way they spiral into each other. There are a few areas where its a bit thicker than other areas, but overall I think it is mostly uniform. Now to find something to make with it! 

On a side note, I will be moving next week, so will probably have very little time for crafting, so dont be surprised if I dont post for a while. On the upside, once I return I hope to have lots of gardeny type stuff, because, yes, I have managed to find a place in london with a front AND back garden! I cant wait to get a bit crafty in the garden! I have been oogling pinterest ever since I knew I was getting a garden! 

WIP Wednesday (07/06/17)

Ok. So I am a day late again. Whoopsie. I just came off of a 7 day streak of night shifts so yesterday when I finished I was so tired I couldnt even work out how to turn the computer on. You may or may not know that the main function of my job in the railway industry is in security, specifically terrorism prevention, and yes, I was working during the latest attack in london. That night was both physically and mentally exhausting being that my station is so close to the attack. We had to be on our guard all night and as more and more news came to us from the police it looked more and more like it was coming our way. But it didnt and for that I am grateful. I am also terribly sorry for the people who lost their life those who were injured or even just affected by the event. But please be assured people like me and my colleagues as well as the emergency services are working to keep you safe every day and whilst we cant always prevent attacks we do help to stop many and keep the risk of attack as low as it can be by not giving them the opening they need.

Anyways, back to subject, I am completely exhausted but over the course of this week I did manage to make some good progress on my 3rd Battersea Doggy Blanket. 

I have managed another 32 rows, which is pretty good progress. Thats more than 4 rows a day. 

Since Saturday nights attack and also the Manchester attack it can be easy to feel down on the world, but I figured something – I was sat there crocheting this blanket at about 2am, and I decided that the only way we can stand up to terrorism is to not only support the victims but to show kindness ad compassion every day in as many ways as we can. I already donate money on a monthly basis to Mind and Cats Protection and I regularly make clothing donations to BHF. But I should and could do more. Making these doggy blankets for battersea has really motivated me and made me feel good. So I think I should continue making more things for charity. So if any of you have any charitable crochet project suggestions, leave me a comment. I really want to do more to contribute my skills to those in need. 

The Leibster Award

Yay! Thank you to Clear Water Craft for my nomination! 

Here’s how it works:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer

First up – the questions given to me:

1.What are your hobbies?

As well as crocheting, card making, baking and other generally crafty hobbies, I also like to read science fiction books, fly kites, take photographs, ride trains, visit museums, going to comedy math and science gigs and I play an awful lot of video games. You may be surprised to hear this, but I actually consider Video Gaming as my no.1 hobby!
2.What’s your favourite colour?

Purple, then green, then orange.
3. When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Many things. I wanted to be the worlds strongest man or a wrestler, and actor or a singer.

4. Lunch and dinner, or dinner and tea?

Lunch and Dinner. I am as southern as they come.

5. Do you speak/sign any languages other than English?

I can say mouse and elephant in danish and wheres the toilet in finnish if that counts? No? Well I can speak a little french if I absoulely have to but I am really rusty as I stopped studying it about 10 years ago.

6. Do you have a favourite number?

I do indeed. In fact I have 2. 220 and 284. They are a mathematical rarity called amicable numbers. This means that if you take all of the numbers that multiply perfectly into 220 (1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 22, 44, 55 and 110) and add them all together they add up to 284. And if you take all of the numbers that multiply into 284 (1, 2, 4, 71 and 142), you get 220. The next closest example of this rarity is 1184 and 1210, and so far, the largest example to be found by mathematicians so far is so huge, that each number in the pair has 24073 digits! Wowza!

7. What’s your favourite smell, and why? 

Cinnamon because it smells like all things Christmas!

8. Are you a book sniffer? (I know I’m not the only one!)

Not particularly. The smell of old books is interesting but I wouldnt say I go out of my way to sniff books. 

9. Do you blog to a schedule or just whenever the muse takes you?

I try to do a couple a week, but creativity comes in peaks and troughs so sometimes there is a week between posts and sometimes there is barely an hour between!

10. Would you rather be rich or famous?

Rich. If I was rich I could open a cat dog a goat sanctuary and do all the things I want to do to make the world a better place!

11. What’s your favourite type of weather?

I find the rain so romantic. Walking through the city at night, all of the twinkling lights reflected in the river and the puddles and on the shiny pavements, colourful brolleys bobbing along in the rain. And the streets are so much quieter and more serene! Its so beautiful!
Now for 11 facts about me!
1. I am mostly british but I am also part Danish. 

2. I have a degree in television production

3. I work in the railway industry – I am a railway nerd and one day I hope to drive trains!

4. I collect beer matts

5. I also collect plush rainbow foloured alpaccas

6. My dream holiday is to Japan. I love all things japanese!

7. My favourite food is crisps

8. I have 6 tattoos with a 7th booked in for july

9. When I was a kid I was obsessed with the power rangers and backstreet boys

10. I once ate over 25 doughnuts in one sitting

11. I was going to be called Kitty Elisabeth but my dad decided at the last minute that he didint like it because all of his friends were suggesting I would get called kit kat at school and that was somehow a bad thing!
Now to nominate 9 other blogs – I tried for 11 but as it turns out I dont know that many! You dont have to respond if you dont want to!


Missys Crafty Mess

Knits and What Knots

Wee House Of Crochet

Tanglewood Knots

Gladerider Crafts

Costal Crochet

Craft and Other Crazy Plans

Cobweborium Emporium
And Finally my questions for you:

1. What is your favourite food?

2. What got you into your chosen craft?

3. What were you obsessed with as a kid?

4. Do you collect anything?

5. Whats the strangest injury you have had?

6. What is your favourite time of year?

7. What is your happiest memory?

8. What did you want to be when you were a child?

9. Sweet or savoury?

10. Early Bird or Night Owl

11. What do you miss most about childhood?

Have fun all!

Getting There (Finally!)

Popping in today to share with you some fibrey goodness! 

I finally got around to pre-drafting some yarn! 

I originally got given this yarn by my mum and dad for christmas! Unfortunately I do not know who produced it or dyed it, as it hajs no label. But isnt it gorgeous! Its so autumnal and glorious! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love all things orange and green and autumbal, and this has the added awesomenesss of a little irridescent glitter! Eek! I think I am in heaven. 

Keep your eyes peeled! I hope to spin this into some scrummy yarn over the weekend – lets see how my first ever spinning attempt goes! 

Battersea Doggy Blanket 2

I finished a second blanket! Wahooo!

This time I used up some of my purpley pinky yarns and made a simple granny blanket. 

I used up another 160g of yarn, which now puts me at 660g of yarn used up this month. I sure am going like the clappers!

For those of you who work in distances, I have used up 2083 yards – thats 1.18 miles! I am chuffed with myself! Its amazing what a bit of incentive can do for you! 

WIP Wednesday (31/05/17)

I only just finished a new blanket yesterday (which I will post about later today) so I only have a very small amount of progress to show you this week.
Here it is. The start of my 3rd Doggy blanket. 

I am trying out a new stitch – the shell stitch, for which you can find the tutorial I used here.

I am not terribly pleased with the stitch definition, but then I think stitch definition is always a bit dissapointing with cheap acrylic yarns. If I revisit this stitch with some jewel coloured mercerised cotton I think it would look stunning! 

As an aside, I seem to be making a breakthrough with the cat! 

Max can often be a complete arse when I am crocheting, so I dont often get time to crochet at home. But recently I have been noticing more and more that she is now just happy to lay next to me and not eat my yarn or claw my leg! SUCCESS! I am not saying she is perfectly behaved around my yarn yet but she is getting there!

Also, anyone got any tips on how to deter a crow? A crow has recently taken up residence next to my block of flats, and I am not kidding you, if it was human it would have been served an asbo already! It keeps skwawking its little head off at 4am in the morning, it wanders around our car park being intimidating, it skwawks all day, and it attacks any other bird that dares to step into its territory! I think the main problem is litter – crows are attracted to rubbish, and the people living in this estate have absolutely no respect for communal bin stores which means when the bin men come they are unable to take all of our waste and before you know it we have a trail of rubbish which attracts rats, foxes and now it would seem, crows… any tips would be appreciate it. I cant put up a scarecrow, as its a communal area, but maybe there are other detterents?