Aaaaah! They have arrived! They have arrived they have arrived! And they are so beautiful!
What am I talking about?
My Caron Cakes of course!
I had seen the ages ago when they were first announced. I had seen how crazy people were about them! They create some beautiful gradiented yarn and I just really wanted to have a go!
There was, however, a catch.
Unfortunately for me, and every other crocheter outside of the USA, there was a deal of exclusivity to Michaels stores whick the only way of grtting your hands on them was to pay an extortionate amount of money to get them shipped over. Sad times!
Well, Imagine my exvitement when I read on the wee house of crochet that they would finally be coming to the UK via hobbycraft!
So for a good few weeks I intently scanned my promotions inbox everyday until finally the email came! They were now available to purchase!
I might have got a bit carried away – I bought 4 Balls in three colourways! I have no idea what I will do with them but I am sure I will work it out. I think a browse around revelry should straightwn me out!
Until then, happy hooking!
I have 3 exciting hauls to share with you today!
The first is this lovely bunch of Drops Eskimo yarns. 11 balls in total. 3 each of the blue, camel and brown colours and 2 of the cream. My friend Anisah is due to have a baby in march, so I thought I better get cracking on making a gift. I love Drops eskimo (I have used it before to weave a blanket for my cat) so thought it would be perfect for a snuggly blanket. And it was in a sale on Wool Warehouse so i got 11 balls for just £15.
The second item is this huge bundle of undyed chunky welsh bred and spun yarn! 1.2kgs in total. Its super soft and squashy – its name means cuddle in welsh so you know its going to be snuggly and warm! I plan to experiment with different dying techniques over the coming months so this should be ideal! I bought it on etsy from a shop called Charlies Angel Fibres. Give it a look!
Finally, I bought a swift! We (my partner and I) have wanted one for a while, and finally I caved and bought it! It should be really helpful in the future – I see so many beautiful hanks of yarn but winding them is a nightmare without a swift, so it just had to be done. I look forward to all the yarns I will now buy now I can easily wind them!
Its my partners birthday in a couple of days. Whilst I was noodling around on amazon, selecting a few gifts for him, amazon kept suggesting I buy stuff for myself instead.
Who am I to argue!
I decided that since I had worked super hard over christmas and had just managed to pay off my remaining student overdraft and credit card, I deserved a treat. So this is what I got!
A set of Clover Amour hooks!
I had put the crochet hooks on my christmas list but sadly was not gifted them. I have been eyeing them up for a while. A lot of my fellow crocheters regard them as the best hooks they have ever had, so I thought it was worth the money. Plus, the crochet hooks I use at the moment are cheap and cheerful sorts and I have been using them for a good 3 or 4 years now, so it must be about time for an upgrade?
But now I had a dilema! I had a lovely new set of crochet hooks but nowhere to put them! So off to etsy I trotted to find a crochet hook case. And this is what I eventually chose.
Isnt it just the sweetest!
I got it from the etsy shop Sarah Sews It. She has lots of lovely fabric things on her page and there is so much care and attention put into every item! I love it! You should go and check it out!
I hope you all had a wonderful festive christmas day full of family, love, yummy food and thoughtful gifts.
My fiance and I both had the misfortune of getting the flu. On friday I got home from work, I was shivering, I was feverish, all of my joints ached and my whole body was numb. I was so bad I genuinely had to cosider canceling going to the future father-in-laws for christmas dinner. Luckily by sunday I was well enough to stuff myself silly, but by the end of christmas day my other half was also starting to show symptoms of flu!
Despite this we have still had a lovely christmas! I thought I would pop in to share with you some of the crafty bits and bobs that my family so thoughtfully picked out for me!
Theres this fibre – which I will use to spin some yarn (I promise this year will be the year!)
This absolutely lovely stamp storage folder. (My old diy one is great but is a little nackered and not as secure)
Something I have never seen before – a wooden envelope template!
And as for baking bits, boy was I lucky! I am now the owner of an icing turntable, a sylicone melting jug, a ceramic baking dish and a 3 teir cooling rack. Yaaaaay!
I also treated myself to all this lovely yarn… I have wanted to grab some Stylecraft Batik for a while, but I always think it looks nicer knitted – so I decided this would be my starter stash for learning to knit! And I know I said I wanted to avoid buying more yarn, but this is a different craft, so it doesnt count, right?
Did you get any crafty christmas bits? Give me a peek! I would love to see!
The other day I popped to hobbycraft – I hadn’t intended to spend too much, but after searching online for A6 card blanks, I came to the conclusion that even with the bus fayre to get there and back, Hobbycraft still offered the best value for money. So off I went. Whilst I was there, I stumbled across an aisle full of Christmas bargains. Uh oh – this could mean trouble!
Here is what I found.
These Glittery Reindeer,
These Gingerbread men toppers,
and these stamps.
The bast part is this – not one of them cost over 50p. Absolute bargain! I cant wait to use them!
I really think it is important to support small businesses. So whenever I happen across some sort of fayre or event where there are small businesses, I always take a gander, and often end up leaving with something! A few weekends ago, I got myself these two gifts, because why not!
I thought this brooch was super lovely. I love foxes, I love orange, and I thought this was just adorable. I kind of collect handmade brooches, so I thought this would be a great addition to my collection.
I bought this eyeball tree from fizzymoon crafts. I knew they were gonna be at thid particular event, so I searched them out. I already have a sock monkey (made out of batman socks) from fizzymoon. It was given to me by my mum and dad on my graduation day. I wanted to grab something from them myself, because I love my sock monkey soo much, and this is what I ended up with. An eyeball plant. I love it because its just a little creepy, which suits me just fine. My partner isnt as keen but meh, I like it and thats the main thing!
If you look closely, you can see my batman monkey to the right of this photo, along with all of my other cuddly things which live above my tv on top of the dvd cabinet. Theres quite a lot of nerdery going on here, I wonder how many you recognise?
Its time for another Haul post! Just popping in to share with you some bargains I have recently found!
I found these wonderful heart stickers in a shop called HEMA. The larticular store was in Victoria station. I had never heard of this store before the day I got these, but man am I in love! As well as a modest craft section, they also have really yummy syrup waffles and paprika chips to die for, and lots of other fab things! These stickers were just 75 pence. Bargain!
I bought these lovely ribbon sets on the same day as the above stickers, again, whilst I was trying to waste time in Victoria station. Anothrr first, in that I was competely unaware that there was an upstairs to the store. Was I glad to learn of this when I found these bargains! 12 meters of fabulous ribbons for just £2.55. Thats just 21p per meter. I thought they were perfect for cards. I particularly liked the red and white ribbon, I may fashion it into some sort of candy cane embellishment.
And saving the best until last, I bought 2 balls of this lovely Sirdar Freya yarn. Isnt it lovely? I absolutely love the colour flecks and the rustic feel of the yarn. It is so beautiful, I just had to have it! And at over a third off, (I payed £2 a ball, original price £3.25) I think this is a brilliant bargain. I just have to decide what to make with it!