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. 

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? 

WIP Wednesday! (24/05/17)

Ok, well perhaps I published this on the thursday but heck, I have been working nights the last week, and I am thoroughly exhausted, so I fell asleep before I reached pressing the publish button…

I am finally glad to welcome you to my first WIP Wednesday post. 

I have been managing to get quite a bit of work done this week, on account of me working nights. On monday night we started a new train schedule which meant we no longer have any trains running from the station between 0037 (to Gillingham) and 0452 (to Brighton). Whilst we still have work to do, contractor montoring and security checks and such, we now have a 3 and a half hour period where the station is locked up to the general public, which means I can sit there with my crocheting and get some bloody good progress on. 

As you will remember, I promised myself I could buy some new yarn from wool warehouse if I could work through 500g of old rubbish yarn before the end of may (when the drops yarn sale ends). So this has been my main focus!

So I had a good rummage through my rubbish acrylic yarn stash. I decided that I would finally get started on my battersea doggy blankets. Now I know doggies and kittys dont see colour in the same way that we do so they probably wont give a monkeys about colour, but I still wanted them to be at least somewhat visually appealing to humans too. So I got out my hugh acrylic stash and sorted it into piles. I ended up with a red/orange/yellow shades pile, a shades of blue pile and a pinky purpley pile.

I took all of the blues first, and holding two yarns together, I wound them into center pull cakes.

I am almost finished with this blanket.

Its about 60cm by 60cm. I just have to crochet it all together. But that is really boring as ia sewing in all the ends, so instead of being a sensible human being and just getting it done and dusted, I decided to start a bew blanket…

This time it was the turn of the purpley pinkey yarns. 

Sorry about the pic – the lighting was terrible when I took this shot, but you get the gist. 

I hope to complete both blankets within the next 7 days, as I have a week off! YAY!