FO Friday – 18/01/19 – [2nd] Ravenclaw Hat

I have a pretty cool project to share today, the pattern is gorgeous, the yarn is gorgeous and the whole thing is just gorgeous. This is actually the second one of these that I’ve made and I’ll likely start a third this evening!

It’s a Ravenclaw colours Herringbone colourwork hat. Colourwork (specifically fairisle) has never been my forte, I attempted it a few times but the first success I had with it was my daughter’s rainbow dress for her first birthday (which I’ve since added a collar to and it still fits her!) and since then I’ve not really tried again until the last Ravenclaw Herringbone hat I made as part of a secret santa gift for my antenatal group:


It turns out that I really enjoy doing it, so I suspect that I’ll be doing a few projects in the near future for Artemis and her due-in-April-sibling involving colourwork!

So, I used Debblie Bliss Rialto DK in Ultra Marine and Camel (stash busting from a massive stash of the stuff that I bought when I was about 8 weeks pregnant with Artemis, who is now 2 years and 3 months, so coming up to three years ago!)

Ravelry Pattern Page: Herringbone Hat
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s 2nd Ravenclaw Hat


FO Friday – 11/01/19

I have been working on this beauty since August and I’m so proud of it! I got a bit bored towards the end and so it took a long time to finish, but I got there in the end!

Ravelry Pattern Page: Jackets in Snuggly DK
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Dinosaur Hoody
Direct link to pattern: Sirdar Patterns (Free)

It was a really easy knit, suitable for a beginner I’d say as it’s all knit flat and sewn together. The spikes were just garter triangles (increase every other row) until I reached 20 stitches (18 for bottom pair and pair at top back and 16 for top front) in the 2-3 size, obviously it would need to be adjusted for your tension or the size cardigan you made if you were to do the same!

In hindsight I should have done the cuffs and the rim of the hood in teal as well, especially as it took me just over 100g of aspen for the cardigan, which meant buying a whole new ball for less than 10g of aspen! Typical stash busting luck!

FO Friday – 23/11/18

All about those squares this week. I’ve realised that I focus better on reading my course books when I have some mindless knitting in hand, so there has been a bit of that going on. My favourite of which is this beauty, how amazing is this rainbow square?!

Totally going to turn this into a cardi for Artemis and the baby!

This one was finished too, my phone camera did not like it and I should have got the proper camera out to get a decent photo, but it’s not that wonderful, just nice and simple! purl stitch at intervals to make a discreet diamond shape.


6 Months to 30

So in six months time I turn 30. A year ago I made a list of things I wanted to do and achieve before that point. Some have been completed, others have been crossed off entirely for various reasons. Many of them haven’t been started and that’s fine too. I thought it would be a good focus for my mental health, but that’s been up and down so I’ve been focussing on the small things and largely ignoring the list. But I thought I’d update regardless.

The big things that have influenced it are that my business was not as successful as I’d hoped it would be, so a lot of things have become too expensive for me to do now and whilst I started to budget for them next Spring, I am now pregnant and due in April, so those things have been put on the back burner!

The baby has put a stop to a few of the physical goals as well! Though the walking based ones are off due to losing my fitbit one and not finding a replacement I like, why they discontinued it I do not know but the flex isn’t what I want and the wrist ones are useless to me as most of my walking involves a buggy and they are notorious at getting it wrong, I’m still not happy about this and I lost it ten months ago now. I have looked at other brands too but I just can’t find a suitable clip on replacement (and the pedometers I tried kept falling off).

I also started a degree in October, in Engineering, I’m loving it and am so glad that I took this route rather than A Levels now. It’s really helping me find my focus and get on top of myself again too.


Here’s my edited list:

Learn Spanish
Complete my A levels
Be able to identify 20 constellations
Learn kitchen knife skills
Learn to eat with chopsticks

Spend a whole week without using the computer

Learn how to write with my left hand

Complete a big walking challenge
Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days)
Get average steps up to 10,000 a day
Get to swimming 3 times a week again
Complete a 30 Day Yoga Challenge
Reach my step target every day for a year
Take a martial arts class
Learn to paddle board

Get the rats out daily
Blog at least once a week for a year
Build a capsule wardrobe – This one is on hold until baby is here and I’m back to my normal shape again!
Keep a “My Day in Six Words” journal for 6 months
Keep journal of positivity
Make a list of the simple things that make me happy
Complete 18 challenges from LTLYM
Visit 10 National Trust places
Meditate daily for 30 days

Learn to play poker
Learn how to play backgammon
Learn how to change a tire
Get out of debt
Learn how to use all the functions of my camera
Create and maintain a budget

One Offs:
Watch a meteor shower
Throw away all my underwear and start again – on hold again until baby is here! I replaced all of my socks though!
Build a massive lego tower
Build a teepee
Visit a butterfly sanctuary
Do some guerrilla gardening
Go puddle jumping in the rain
Make a robot

Install (and photograph) nine yarn bombing projects
Complete a colouring book
Complete a 365 day photo challenge
Learn to sew
Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet
Learn origami
Make christmas ornaments
Post an FO every other week on Yet Another Crafter

Make 18 recipes that I’ve pinned on Pinterest
Make a dish from a different country every month for a year
Grow a mini herb garden – I did it! But it has since died!
Try a different fruit or vegetable each month

Books and Films:
See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen

Choose 18 countries and read a book by an author from each
Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet
Watch the original Star Trek movies
Watch all the Star Wars movies

FO Friday – 16/11/18

Long time no see. As always. Just posting my FO for the week which I finished at the weekend. A hat for my little girl, who is now two (how did this happen?! She was 2 on Tuesday). She is not a fan of it and ran off crying behind her Daddy shouting “No! No! No!”

FO Friday – 19/01/18

I would like to say that I’ve been busy recently, but I haven’t really been that busy. I’ve been doing bits to get ready for work (I start next week after an 18 month maternity leave!) and the past few days I have felt a bit rough, not properly ill or anything but not right either, very fatigued by 2pm which has been frustrating, but it has meant some lovely snuggles on the sofa with my girl watching Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo and reading lots of books. Paired with the nerves of going back to work and the constant worry that I may cock this up, this has led to me questioning whether my mental health is in top form at the moment; which, as I’m sure those who have experienced depression know, even when you’re feeling good generally, as soon as you hit a slight bump it can make you start to overthink things again. So I’m going to take good care of myself and take it easy and address everything that usually contributes to things starting to build up on me.

Today I felt rubbish when I woke, so I cancelled our plans so that we could have a quiet morning (thankfully as Temi is now napping, she’s been flitting between one and two naps at the moment and I suspect it would have been a disaster later had she napped in the car on the way to and from our playdate at the zoo!). I’m getting on top of the washing pile, tidying up, having coffee en mass, spending some bits of quality time with Artemis and generally making sure that this weekend we can have some quality core-family time instead of catching up on washing, cleaning, doing chores and DIY, seeing extended family, etc, as that is what we’ve spent most of our weekends doing for the past couple of months.

So I haven’t exactly finished anything big recently. Last night and this morning I was beating myself up a bit for not finishing anything, for failing yet another thing on my List of Things to do before I’m 30 (which isn’t going badly but neither is it going well). But then I realised that I did finish something. It’s not a big thing at all but it’s something I’ve wanted to play with for a while and see if I’ll do more.


As I said, it’s not a big thing, but it’s  crafty project that I’ve finished this week. I wanted to do this before Artemis was even born, and I didn’t. Finally got around to it now as she’s still chewing everything and I have a mug tree for her to play with which she likes to put rings onto (because why not?!)

So wooden curtain rings + yarn = teether. Works quite nicely actually! Though I’ll get unpainted ones next time as she’s managed to chew some of the paintwork off through the yarn.