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!

Paperfluff

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!

A Lovely Holiday

Hello all!

I have returned from my lovely relaxing holiday in sunny Mallorca. I had a lovely time away and feel quite energised now.

Just popping in the share with you a few holiday pics!

We had a lovely time. I got a very minor tan (unfortunately I am very pale, and I dont really enjoy laying about in the sun so I am quite pleased with it) I did unfortunatley get quite sea sick (but so did many other people as it was a particularly rough boat journey). Vut we had a lot of fun exploring, climbing rocks, and generally chilling!

We arrived back on friday, to our kitty who we were just so happy to see again. My Step-mother in law (to be) had been looking after her whilst we were gone and they seemed to bond quite well!

Last night we enjoyed some Eurovision fun. Apart from Christmas day, Eurovision is my favourite day of the year! How did you all feel about the winner? Personally my favourite was Norway and I was dissapointed that they didnt do better. But Portugal was in my top 5 so I wasnt wholly dissapointed. Here was my final order of preference for anyone who is interested! I would love to hear what you thought and who you thought should win/ come last. I thought spain were awful so I was actually quite annoyed that they got any voted at all! 

Anyways, I hope to share with you some craftiness soon. I managed to crochet 200g of yarn whilst on holiday which takes me past the half way mark on my 500g target, with half a month to go! Yahoo! I also have been baking since returning and I aspire to get some painting done and some spinning started before I return to work on wednesday. Watch this space!

Oh Dear…

I have just been scrolling through my inbox and I came across something very… upsetting…

Now you will all remember that I pledged to not buy any more yarn until I used up some of my old yarn! 

Well, I am this close to throwing that pledge out of the window…

Why, you ask? 

This is why…

Yes that is right – wool warehouse are having a 35% off sale on all drops yarn! 

Eek!

Drops is my favourite yarn brand so far, I have used lima, alpaca and eskimo and they have all been wonderful! The colours are so beautiful and the textures are so nice, and just look at the bargains!

I think I need to make a deal with myself. 

If i can use up 500g of yarn by the end of may, I will allow myself a splurge on yarn. Deal? Good. 

I am already 75g down, with a project I will share with you when I come home from my holiday. So I just have 425g to go! 

A Quick Goal Review

We are now beginning may, which means we are already a 3rd of the way through the year! Gosh! Where has the time gone? 

With this in mind, i thought it was about time I had a little look at how I am progressing with some of the goals i set myself at the beginning of the year!

Blogging Goals

I am hoping to hit 10,000 views

So far, I am sitting on 2700 so I have 7300 to go. I need to pick up the pace! 

I am also hoping to hit 100 subscribed followers

I am currently on 83 so have just 17 to go! Well ahead of schedule!

Crafting Goals

The first is to finally get around to taking up spinning.

I have not managed this yet – I have 3 lovely hanks of fibre, and I keep watching videos and planning to start and then get sidetracked!

My second goal is to crochet 6 miles (tracked Via Knit Meter).

I am currently sitting on 1.5 miles. I am a quarter of the way there, a third of the way into the year so I guess I need to pick up the pace a bit! 

My third goal is to learn some basic knitting skills

I have yet to start on this. Much like the spinning, i have planned and watched videos but have yet to start! 

To have created at least 12 new crochet patterns by the end of the year.

I am already at 6 so am over half way there! Yahoo! 

Lifestyle Goals

My main goal here is to reach a goal weight of 80kg

To be honest, i havent really worked on this at all. But i got a fit bit for christmas and we just got some withings smart scales so once we have finished our easter chocs i will try to get back on track!

Financial Goals

Within the next couple of months I hope to clear most of my debts

I actually managed to acheive that in february! I had a really good pay day so managed to polish off the debts super quickly!

Once that debt is clear, I hope to start saving a significant amount of money per month, to begin to save to buy a house!

I am saving a little. I would like to save more, but i am proud to be at least some way there!

Relationship Goals

As you will probably already be aware, my partner proposed to me back in October! Yay! We had always wanted to get matching engagement rings custom made for us, so within the next few months I would like to have that ring on my finger

I dont yet have that ring, but we are almost there! I have plenty of plastic prototypes but the finished object is still in progress. We decided to design them ourselves and get them 3D printed in high quality silver – they are in the process of being printed in the usa as we speak, so I should soon have my forever ring on my wedding finger! Yay!

By the end of the year, it is also our hope that we will have booked a venue and will therefore have a set date, even though we do not wish to marry for a few more years

We havent booked yet, but we are visiting our dream venue next month so hopefully i will have acheived this goal soon!

Hobby Goals

It is my aim to broaden my film and literature horizons this year. With that in mind, I am going to aim to read 15 new books and watch 15 new films this year!

Eurgh! I am miles off! I have managed approximately 4 films (those being Deadpool, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Karate Kid and The Martian) and i still havent managed even one book – I am almost finished though so i will move on to my second soon!

So in conclusion, it looks like I am doing ok. I have acheived 2 of my goals, I am on track to complete 4 of my goals with ease, and I have 6 where I really need to pick up the pace if I wish to acheive them by the time the year is out! I best get a move on then! 

Ramblings

Gosh! I do apologise to you all! I havent posted in over half a month! 

I have been so busy with work, spring cleaning, crocheting gifts, etc. That I have found it really hard to find time to post! I tend to only post about projects as I finish them, so when I have not finished anything I seem to have a gap! Perhaps I should take a leaf out of all of your books and start a WIP wednesday post, so I can keep you up to date on exactly what is is I am making! 

Whilst I have been Awol, I have managed to complete 3 objects and make 3 cards. Keep your eyes peeled for those over the next few days!

In the mean time I have 2 questions for you – one crafty and one not but both related, so bare with me!

The first is the non crafty – does anyone know of any particularly good brands of walking sandal or just comfortable sandals? I have always had problems buying shoes – I have quite wide feet, so I usually buy mens shoes – this way I can wear a size 7, and it is the right length, width and the correct level of support for me. If I buy womens shoes, I tend to have to buy an 8 or even a 9 to accomodate the width of my feet, but of course then they are too long so do not have the correct amount of support as my heel is slipping around. Without fail, I end up in pain wearing womens shoes. The other problem i tend to find is that womens shoe just arent made for long use or comfort, so they never last me long! Womens sandals especially frustrate me, because they are so flat and flimsy and have absolutely zero support! So I am asking you, my lovely readers if you have any suggestions for brands or shops where I can look!

And now for the crafty question – I am going on holiday in just over a week to sunny Mallorca, hence the need for  sandals! My crafty question is this – can you suggest any small crochet projects I can take with me that are relaxing and fun and dont require huge amounts of yarn? And have any of you tried to crochet on the beach? If so, and tips? 

Cheers in advance for the help! And as a thank you for making it to the end of this post please enjoy a few pictures of my kitty, who turned 1 year old 2 months ago and is reaching her one year anniversary of moving in with us next week. 

A New Niddy Noddy!

Wow! Aren’t I lucky!

I am going to be working nights over Easter weekend (that’s not the lucky part), and when I am on nights, that means at the weekends my other half is banned from the house (or at least restricted to absolute silence) so I can get some sleep. It doesn’t bother him so much because it gives him a good excuse to disappear off to a community workshop he likes to go to.
What sort of community workshop, I hear you ask? Well it is called the East London Maker Space. It is a workshop full of awesome tools such as industrial sewing machines, wood and metal working tools, laser cutters, 3d printers, etc. It also has all sorts of groups who meet to do things together, such as electronics. And it is run by its members, so they pay a small monthly contribution and they all get to have a say in how the money is spent and what happens.

Fab right?

Well my partner loves it there.

So, being the good fiancé that I am, I decided to give him a project to work on, And he only already went and bloody finished it a week earlier than expected!

Here it is!

He even put my blog name on it! I have wanted a Niddy Noddy for a while. I have tried spinning yarn on a drop spindle but I was finding that as soon as I unwound it, it lost all of its twist and was unusable. Then I found out that you could set it but that you needed a Niddy Noddy. Now lots of DIY’s will tell you to make it out of PVC piping, but I really don’t have any more space for anything that isn’t flat. My craft stash is full to bursting. So I got my partner on the case and he made me one that is flat and slots together when needed! What a lucky girl I am! I can’t wait to give it a go! I just have to varnish it and then I am ready to go! I am sure I will have some spinning related news by the end of the week! Until then, have a fabulous Sunday!

A Bit of Sunday Fun

Hey all! I am having a lovely relaxed sunday! I hope to dye some yarn and crack on with some crocheting and make some mothers day cards (I am not seeing my mum until next week so were all good)! 

I have nothing crafty to share with you today. Instead, I just want to share this picture of my cat!

She is so goofy looking! 

Dont you just love it when you time your picture just right?

Do any of you have any ‘perfect moment’ shots of your pets? I would love to see them!

Until next time, have a fab sunday and happy hooking/baking/cardmaking/whatever it is you are up to!