The weeks are flying by this year already, so looking forward to spring coming. I’ve got a few new projects on the go this week. Two are long(ish)-term ones that I can hop in and out of to suit my mood and time availability.
First up, I’ve finally started the Persian Tiles crocheted blanket by Janie Crow. This has been on my to-do list for a while now and I bought the pattern around a year ago, but have only felt like doing it now. I’m using Stylecraft Special DK in 9 different colours.
I’ve finished my first motif and I’m pretty pleased with the way my colours have worked out. I’ll be doing half the motifs in this colourway, swapping out Cypress and Pistachio for Storm Blue and Duck Egg for the other half. I feel the chains in the middle are a bit long but hopefully the sections will stretch into themselves as I start to sew them together.
After my recent forays into cross stitching last year, I decided I’d really like to do some embroidery samplers, so although I’m a bit late, I’m going to jump into the “1 Year of Stitches” project. Whether I’ll stick it out for the whole year remains to be seen but I would like to have a good variety of stitches in my finished piece. I ordered some lovely Dove Grey linen …actually I ordered quite a lot, as I though it was sized in centimetres but it was in inches, but I’ll have plenty for a few projects. I also couldn’t resist the little dinky oval embroidery hoop. I only hope it isn’t too small to work on but if it is, I can always use it as a frame for a mini project and go back to one of my wooden hoops.
The last thing I started this week was at silversmithing classes. I’ve decided my latest project will be a bracelet made of irregularly shaped links and connectors. First link is done, although it still needs a good polish. Doesn’t look much on its own but I’m hoping once it’s finished, the bracelet will be one I wear regularly.
I have to dash now, as really want to start my embroidery project tonight.
I’ll be back soon with more things to show and make.
Just before Christmas I treated myself to a copy of Vanessa Mooncie’s fantastic book, “Animal Heads – Trophy Heads to Crochet”. Once I had looked through it, I wanted to make almost everything, but once I put my sensible head on and told myself I was only allowed to do one until I had some other projects finished, I decided on the bull. It will be perfect in our bedroom, which you may recall from a previous post, will eventually have a Spanish flamenco bar feel to it.
The bull didn’t take too long to do, as he’s mainly done in chunky yarn. Also, there weren’t too many parts to put together. I did find my hands got a bit sore making him, especially my “holding” hand. This is probably not helped by me being a bit hypermobile, as it’s pretty easy to overstretch fingers.
Before I added the embellishments, I had fun pretending I was Kevin Keegan with his curly hair – luckily no photos exist. I would have finished him last week, but I was held back a bit trying to source a wooden ring which was large enough to go in his nose.
I’n not sure he’ll be to everyone’s taste, but I love him so much, in fact he’s quite possibly my favourite make to date. At the moment he’s resting on top of one of the sofas, as he’s pretty heavy, so will need to get hold of a masonry drill to put a rawl plug in to support him. I’d love to hear what you think of him.
As yet, he doesn’t have a name, but I’m on the case (…and open to suggestions).
I’m so pleased I’m sticking to my craft project list and not adding anything new until I tick something off. It has helped hugely that my lovely hubster has been clearing out someone the old stuff we seem to hang onto for no reason. It means I have space in there to take photos and set up a temporary work tables and when I need it; it’s just down to me to go through all the bags and boxes of craft stuff I have and get rid of anything I won’t use.
I’m really looking forward to having a more minimal craft stash. As often I find the sheer volume of stuff I have is a bit daunting and ends up putting me off making anything.
I’ve also decided to decorate our bedroom in a Spanish flamenco style. In case you didn’t know, I love Spain, especially Andalucia and dream of living in Sevilla one day. It’s one of those jobs which will take some time to complete así don’t want just go out, buy a ton of stuff, and shove it in the room; I want it filled with Spanish style knick knacks but also want it to reflect our own style and taste.
I’m still crocheting away on Sophie’s Universe. One round to go on my first one and up to Section 8 (I think) on the one for me. Sometimes I liked to take a week off and do something else, so few weeks ago, I decided to have a go at amigurami, mainly because I fell in love with some Lalylala patterns. A couple fell into my basket, and I decided to have a go at Fibi the Fox first.
After a few mishaps, mainly because I wasn’t marking the start of my rounds (if you’re new to amigurami, please don’t think you won’t need markers – you will!). Once I learned about using a scrap of yarn to mark my place, on Dedri’s blog I didn’t look back.
Although I love adapting patterns and I’ve seen a few of the Lalylala ones used as the basis for something else, I decided it would be a good idea to stick with the original design, especially as this was a first attempt.
..so, let me introduce you to Fibi, the cutest little fox you’re ever likely to meet.
I can thoroughly recommend these patterns. I’ve already started my next one.