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December 16, 2011

I have managed to finish my knit bunny! This one is a little bit of a giant! I couldn’t remember how many stitches to cast on – I thought it was twenty, but when I’d done them, it looked a little small, so I cast on twenty five. I should have stuck with twenty, he towers over his friends! I love that he’s a different colour to the other two, and I can see the next colour change coming up soon. I want to make another four of these next week, but I’m having a blitz on my hat this weekend, and hopefully getting it finished off too, as well as finishing covering the notebooks, which will be Christmas gifts with the bunnies and candle holders, and getting all the other Christmas presents wrapped!
It’s going to be a busy weekend for me! Check out what everyone else has been up to on Tami’s!

November 4, 2011

It’s nearly the weekend again, which means bonus time for crafting! I’m planning a busy weekend this week. I need to do some tiding and I want to make up the charm bracelets I was talking about earlier this week, as well as getting in plenty of work on my Childhood Memories shawl and working on my knooking projects! This week, my FO is not surprisingly another knit bunny.
The new one is on the left, and last weeks is on the right. His head seems to be a little smaller that the first one, and I think I prefer his ears. I’d like them all to have names before I gove them away, so if you can think of names for seven little knit bunnies, let me know!
Don’t forget to check out Tami’s for more FO Fridays!

November 2, 2011

Wednesdays and Sundays are typically the days when I recap on what I’ve been doing and decide if I’ve been productive or not! So this week, I finished balling up my skiens of Fyberspates, and started work on my shawl, and frogged it and started again with a slightly bigger hook. The yarn I’m using is four ply, but it’s more of a sport weight than fingering weight yarn, so using a 4mm hook it feeling very solid. Now I’ve gone up to a 4.5 mm hook the shawl feels much lighter and more flexible, and I’m going to skip some repeats in the body of the shawl to keep it a manageable size.
I cast on and finished my second bunny square. It’s going to become a bunny in the tonight hopefully and you’ll definitely be able to see him on Friday. This one has come out pretty much the same colour as the last one, but I can see two colour changes coming up in my ball of yarn now, so I’m pretty sure the next rabbit will be a different colour. I want to come up with names for the rabbits, to go on the little tags I’m planning for them, so if you have any suggestions, let me know! I need seven names and the rabbits will all be shades of brown.
My Happy Lavender Scarf is also still hanging around. I had intended to put it to one side while I work on my shawl and bunnies, but the bunnies work up so fast I can finish the squares in one evening, and I’m really enjoying having a crochet and a knooking project to swap between whenever I need a break. I’m currently working my way through another long lavender stripe, heading towards another dark green stripe. I’m finding these stripes really exciting! I have no idea how it’ll look when I’m finished but I’m sure I’ll love it. It’s already almost as long as my arm. I’m planning just to use up all my yarn on the scarf. I started with 111g so I’ll try and remember to weigh it again soon and see how I’m doing. Because it’s so thin, wrapping it around several times won’t make it feel bulky.
Don’t forget to check out Tami’s for more WIP Wednesdays!

October 21, 2011

Today is Friday and I’m home! Getting up at 7.30 today felt like a lie in after getting up at 5.30 the last three days. I got home just after lunch time yesterday and went straight to bed for a nap until my husband came home. I’ve never done so much walking, climbing and wriggling through small spaces before, and I’ve never seen such a big ship. We managed to get over most of the boat in the three days we were away, and I’ll see if I can get hold of some pictures to show you the scale next week.
After my nap, I finished off my purple test rabbit! He’s not the best, but he’s very cute and I’m happy with him. I fudged the instructions a bit. I couldn’t pull the material round to his neck, so I just sewed it up at the back. I need to get some little craft pompoms to make tails for the new ones. This one was made from a 4” square. I think I’ll make the next ones a little bit bigger – probably 5” square. I also made the division for the head about halfway through the square. Next time I think I’ll make the head a little bit smaller, and stuff the body with some lentils or small beans, so that he sits a bit better! I’m also going to make my running stitches smaller next time, so I can get a neater neck line. I’m tempted to get some mohair yarn for fluffy bunnies, but I don’t think I can get any from my LYS.
For more FO’s check out Tami’s Amis!

August 1, 2011

So this post is slightly late. We went down to my parents yesterday, and although I’d nearly finished writing it on my phone, it doesn’t autosave, and it wiped the whole post when I was checking something else. And so, I decided to wait until I had a proper keyboard to type on!
I’ve been making pretty good progress so far I think. I’ve finished two things from my list – the Realistic Octopus, and the Urban Shells scarf. I’ve also restarted my Organic Stole and the Tote Bag. The stole is now 7 repeats wide, instead of 10, so I should now have plenty of yarn to make it as long as I want. Unfortunately, the stole does feel like it’s taking a long time. I think it’s mostly all the chains and the joining for the small arches that are taking so long. I think I need mini targets to get me through, so I’m going to aim for using a skien a week, and then I might have it done by halfway through September. All in all, I think I’ve made a good start – and I haven’t made any changes to my list yet!

July 19, 2011
I’ve been crocheting now for about three months. I wanted to learn to crochet after I first discovered amigurumi. Amigurumi is the Japanese name for small crochet (or knitted) stuffed animals, typically with oversized heads. These were so adorable I had to learn and be able to make my own! I started with these little amigurumi monsters. It’s a great simple pattern, and very fast to do, while giving you an opportunity to practice magic circles, crocheting in the round, and joining to crochet pieces together. One I crocheted in the back loops only, and the other through both loops. They now sit on my husband’s desk and seem quite happy together.
Next I moved on to a little snow dragon, who is absolutely adorable. I particularly liked the way his head and muzzle was shaped. He’s made of 11 parts and stitched together, which took a while but was definitely worth it. Next I fell for this elephant pattern, which was a bit more complicated. The body is worked from the top down, then split into four to make the legs. Mine is a little wobbly on her feet, because I think I lost count of my rows and made one leg slightly too long. The shaping of the trunk was great, with slip stitches on one side and single crochet on the other, to make it curve.
The last two amigurumi I’ve made were a cat and a monkey, both patterns from Dawn Toussaint which have all their parts crocheted together to make them seamless and gives extra strength. I really love how neatly these patterns all fit together. I love these patterns and am going to start her dog pattern soon. The monkey made part of my dad’s Father’s Day gift.
Recently I’ve started to work on my Christmas presents. I’ve already finished a star stitch scarf for my mum, and a shell stitch scarf for my mother in law. I’m also making scarves for my friends and sisters in law as soon as I have the yarn for them.
My current project is a Japanese stole made from organic cotton. Hopefully I’ll manage to finish it in the next month or two. I’m enjoying the change from wool to cotton and hopefully it will turn out well. I’m happy with what I’ve done so far.