November Makes

I started the month with the Sophine Scarf

I made my first Wanderlust Beanie

These Mountain Road Chevron Mitts

This headband

Then the Simple Scallops shawl

Followed by my second wanderlust beanie

And matching scarf.

Next came this Oven Glove

And hot pad

Then some more mittens,

And another Wanderlust Scarf

As well as my November OFAPUK donation. 

Wow what a busy month. I dont think I have gone even a day without crochet! But its all worth it, to finish the christmas gift list in time to relax a bit before christmas arrives! Just 2 christmas gifts to go!

A Very Pinterest Christmas Week 4 – Pom Poms

I apologise for the lateness of this post – I was working nights last weekend so forgot to post. 

This post contains many pom poms! Many MANY pom poms. However it didnt start that way! 

I originally had intended to make crayon galaxy baubles. This was my inspiration.

Arent they gorgeous? You can find the tutorial here

Unfortunately, what I produced was something so ugly I was too upset to take a photo – I just threw them straight away into the bin. I dont know what went wrong. I tried both large chunks right down to tiny shavings, I tried different methods of applying heat but I just couldnt get it to work. Perhaps it was the brand of crayon, or perhaps it really is crucial to use glass (I have a cat so had elected for plastic as it was much more kitty friendly). Anyways, 

So here I had half a pack of clear plastic baubles. Then I remembered a cute pic I had seen on pinterest using pom poms. 

I am sure you dont need a tutorial but here is the source of the image. 

These are mine. Its not terribly crafty but I still like them. 

But then I had rather a large amount of pom poms left over. But what I didnt have was a tree topper. So I knocked this up.

So there you are, lots of pom pom goodness for you. 

If you have given the crayon thing a go, what tips would you give. What could I be doing wrong? Let me know, and If you have made them feel free to share pics or posts with me! 

Learning to Knit

I have been planning to learn knit for ages. I even had the needles and yarn ready. I just kept putting it off. 

You see, I see many yarns about the place that are so gorgeous, but arent really suited to crocheting. Speckled yarn in particular doesnt lend its self to crochet. So I really want to learn to knit so I can make the most of the full spectrum of yarn!

Anyways, I was in a beautiful little yarn shop – The Yarn Dispensary in Faversham last weekend. It was full of gorgeous yarn. My Fiance was falling in love all over the shop, and it reminded him of his long held dream to knit socks! And then it made him sad because he thinks he is rubbish. He often asks me if I can work out where he is going wrong, but as I dont knit its all a foreign language to me. So I came up with an idea. I suggested he teached me how to knit then we could make a regular thing out of sitting down together to knit and drink tea. 

So out came the bag of Stylecraft Batik I had purchased for knitting and we got started. He is a good teacher! 

Here is my first ever swatch.

I am quite pleased. Not bad for a first attempt. The plan is to make lots of swatches to learn different techniques together then sew them all together into a crazy sampler blanket – a sort of future heirloom that we both made with love and care. 

Now I have the bug – I ordered some bigger hooks to have a go with some chunky yarn. I cant wait!

One of the things I learned early on is its actually more simmilar to crochet than I originally thought. The Cast On, for example, is basically a chain, but instead of having just the last chain on the end of your hook, its kinda like having the top loop of all if the chains in the needle. 

Some More Resolutions!

This last week has been really annoying. I cant really crochet as many of you will know because I am trying to heal my wrists and hands after finding out I am in the early stages of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

I have spent a lot of time thinking about crafting and what I will do once my hands get better. And in the process, I appear to have come up with 2 more resolutions for this year.

The first is to completely get through all of my cheap acrylic yarns. I have a lot of cheap acrylic yarn lying about taking up space with no purpose. So I have decided that by the end of this year, I would like to have gotten through my stash so that I can have an acrylic free yarn collection. I think I will make small blankets and little toys with them then deliver them to Battersea Dog and Cat Home to keep their puppies and kittens warm and entertained! 

The other resolution is to learn a few more stitches. In the absence of being able to crochet, I have been noodling around pinterest and have seen loads of pretty stitches that I feel like I should know but dont! So watch this space! Hopefully my repetoir will be expanding soon!

Did I Do It?

You may remember that a month or so ago or so, I shared with you some little mini goals to aim for by the end of the year. So now it is the last day of the year, I should go through them and reflect. 

‚Äč1. Complete or frog all historic WIP’s – This was an easy one. I finished two WIP’s and frogged the other 2.

2. Organise my Bullet Journal – I have made the pages and they are ready to be used. Keep your eyes peeled for a post about the journal.

3. Looose 10kg – I have lost 8. I am not super upset about this as christmas is a notoriously difficult time to even maintain your weight, so the fact that I list 1kg over the christmas period is actually a great acheivment.

4. Finish GSE Christmas blanket – I am almost there! I really wanted to have it done, so I am still gonna attempt o finish it in the next few days!

5. Reach 20 published patterns! – Unfortunately I havent managed this one either. So far I have published 12 patterns. I still have 3 already ready, I just need to write them up. I also still have about 5 more ideas in my head. Unfortunately I just never found any time  to get them out.

6. Reach 80 complete projects in my Ravelry library – I have made it to exactly 80.

7. Reach 3000 views  on my blog – This is agonizing. As I write this, with 3 hours and 9 minutes left of 2016, I sit at 2977 views! So perhaps, with a stroke of luck, I will make it!

8. Crochet 4 miles (tracked on Knitmeter) – I made it! I crocheted 4.07 miles in total!  

I also made some goals at the beginning of the year, which were as follows:

1. I would still like to learn the elements song – I still havent managed to do this. One day, I will learn!

2. Travel to a new City in Europe – unfortunately, due to my working situation, we havent been able to book ourselves to go on holiday yet. But I did go to Manchester for my birthday and Liverpool for work, so perhaps I can tick this one off? 

3. Take steps to start a career. I no longer wish to work in television. I have decided I would love to work on the railways. I have been applying for conductor and platform assistant roles, and hope to use this as the beginning of a journey towards becoming a train driver or CCTV operator for TFL or the British Transport Police. – whilst it took me longer than I had hoped, I managed to get a job on the railways. I only started a month ago, so am still getting into the swing of things. But I am definately happier and healthier now.

4. If I manage to get a new job, I would love to be able to start saving a substantial amount of money to buy a house with my partner. – Unfortunately, as I started only a month ago, I havent managed to start saving.

5. As a treat for getting this new job, I wish to make a start on my chest piece – a huge collage of studio ghibli awesomeness! – similarly, since I have only had 1 pay cheque from my new job I havent managed to organise this yet.

6. I would love to learn to embroider! I have had all of the stuff ready for a couple of months now, but I keep not getting around to it! This year I will start and hopefully finish my contemporary stitch sampler that I have been planning! – I started. And I hated it. So I sold off the bits I had on ebay. I am glad I gave it a go. Now I know it is not for me.

At the end of my post last new years, I said that I felt like 2016 could be a good year for me. Like it would be the year my life really started to fall into place. Well, I think I was right. Whilst some terrible things have happened this year (brexit/trump/terrorism/my most beloved musician passing) personally, it has been a life changing year! I mean, I got a new job, I became engaged, and, best of all, we got a cat! And what a beauty she is!

How have you done this year? Did you manage to acheive your goals? Dont worrk if you didnt, as long as you had a happy year!

Thats Christmas for 16

Well, it would be if not for the fact you only get 7 tiles per round…

Anyway, today I am popping by to share with you some scrabble tile decorations I have made recently! 

The most challenging part was screwing little eyelets into the top to hang them on. My partner made it look easy but me being cack handed, I only managed 3 in the time it took him to do 12!

I will be selling these decorations as part of my Mind Crafternoon on Friday 18th of November! You can join the Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1103286416424772/

And you can find the page on which I will be selling my items here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BethsFundraiserPage?ref=hdr_shop_menu

All profits will go to Mind – you can find their website here!

http://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/crafternoon/

A Wreath of Buttons

I absolutely love using buttons on christmas cards. here I have created a selection of button wreath christmas cards.

Isnt there just something wonderfil about embossing powder! Its like magic!

The cat found the buttons very exciting. 

She decided that they were hers and picked one up. Cue 10 minutes of me chasing her around in a panic hoping she hadnt swallowed it! Little nightmare!

I will be selling these cards as part of my Mind Crafternoon on Friday 18th of November! You can join the Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1103286416424772/

And you can find the page on which I will be selling my items here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BethsFundraiserPage?ref=hdr_shop_menu

All profits will go to Mind – you can find their website here!

http://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/crafternoon/

Cute Christmas Cards

Dont you just love a good paper pack.

I went into the works and whilst in there I found a wonderful christmas paper pack with little owls all over it. So I picked it up and as I went to pay I noticed that next to the till they had matching ribbons. So I bought 4 rolls. 

These are the cards I made using them. I cut out the shapes using one of my sizzix cartridge dies. I then used some double sided adhesive to craft a patchwork from the paper shapes. I then cut it into strips and mounted it onto the card, added a sentiment and ribbon and hey presto, a very pretty card.

My kitty was very amused with the sticky off cuts. That is, until the got it truck to her whiskers, at which point she weth into melt down. My partner had to chase her down to get it off her. She wasnt best pleased…

I will be selling these cards as part of my Mind Crafternoon on Friday 18th of November! You can join the Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1103286416424772/

And you can find the page on which I will be selling my items here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BethsFundraiserPage?ref=hdr_shop_menu

All profits will go to Mind – you can find their website here!

http://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/crafternoon/

Monochrome Christmas Cards

Dont you just love contemporary christmas cards? I always think less is more and this card is proof of that!
Just silver ink, red bows, and a couple of stamps which I believe I purchased in John Lewis in an after christmas sale. Or I might have got them on a magazine. I dont really remember. 

These cards are wonderful if you have to make in bulk. I managed to make 15 in 45 minutes! Thats just 3 minutes per card! 

I will be selling these cards as part of my Mind Crafternoon on Friday 18th of November! You can join the Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1103286416424772/

And you can find the page on which I will be selling my items here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BethsFundraiserPage?ref=hdr_shop_menu

All profits will go to Mind – you can find their website here!

http://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/crafternoon/

Sparkly Spirals

Look at how glittery they are. Well. Kinda. As many of my blog friends know, it is difficult to capture how sparkly things are in a photography, but I can assure you, they really are sparkly!

 What do you think. To make them, I threaded tiny beads onto wire, then bent the wire around a pencil to achieve the spiral shape. These were quite tricky to make as the beads were so tiny, and I am not the most dexterous of people. I can tell you, I had to hoover many many beads off the floor once I had finished! But it was worth it because they are so lovely!

I will be selling these decorations as part of my Mind Crafternoon on Friday 18th of November! You can join the Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1103286416424772/

And you can find the page on which I will be selling my items here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BethsFundraiserPage?ref=hdr_shop_menu

All profits will go to Mind – you can find their website here!

http://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/crafternoon/