So I’ve been a bit busy, not with Christmas though. I applied to become a childminder way back in August, there were some issues with my application due to my medical records being “in transit” between GP practices (I moved practice in July/August 2016, my records are clearly lost but obviously they won’t admit that!) but it finally got sorted to an extent that Ofsted accepted my application finally in early December. They told me that I would likely have to wait until after Christmas for my initial inspection which worked for me as Nick had two weeks off so I could get my last bits of paperwork completed then and we could do the little jobs that needed doing. Great! Apart from getting the call two weeks ago to say that they’d be coming on the 13th!
It went really well though, the inspector was brilliant and I got recommended! Which means that I am just waiting on Ofsted to reread my application, ensure it’s all in order and send me my registration certificate! I then had a family looking for childcare visit on Wednesday so we’ve been very busy the past two weeks getting the small things done and all of the paperwork. So much start up paperwork!
The point of this is that I haven’t had as much time to craft as I would like sadly, but I have finished A Thing.
This is Moogly’s Madly In Love hat, a really lovely design that didn’t take too long to crochet up at all. If you plan to make it I would suggest a tension square, my tension was one puff ch2 off and it would have made the standard adult hat waaay too big, so I went for the teen/small adult instead and it was perfect.
This beauty is unfortunately not for me, my antenatal group had a Secret Santa for the Mums (we did one for the children for their birthdays between October and mid-December where I made a gorgeous little Flamingo for the recipient!) But I think that I may have to make one for myself along with the matching cowl. I really hope that she likes it though, she did say hats and scarves as a suggested gift so *fingers crossed*
Very quick to make, very easy and really lovely in some of the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK! (Ultra Marine colourway, gorgeous! It took just over 100g annoying though so you need three balls.)
I haven’t done one of these for a while! We took a break from getting more babies due to having a human baby, and we lost our enthusiasm for rat ownership for a long while, particularly as we’ve lost most of our mischief over the past 12 months. We were down to two.
However, back in the summer we reserved some babies with a new local breeder, and we picked them up on the 3rd. Already both Nick and I are feeling our rattie spark come back, they’re wonderful little creatures and great fun!
So meet Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa (who have joined D’Argo and Sikozu). For those interested, Bellatrix is a Russian Blue, Andromeda is a Blue Agouti Berkshire and Narcissa is a Blue Pointed Siamese.
I had hoped to be posting a hat and cowl pair today but unfortunately my daughter hasn’t been feeling the greatest and so I’ve had significantly less time to craft than I would have liked!
So instead I’m showing you half of the pair.
This beauty is the Oh My Hat pattern by Moogly. It looks really complicated, it’s really not. I was really surprised by how simple it was to make and how effective the stitch was. I would advise watching the video on how to do the stitch and how to bring the yarn up for the colour change (as it runs up the inside) as it makes it really clear, but even if you don’t it’s not exactly complicated.
I did the beanie version which is marginally too big on my head so it slips over my brows occasionally and bunches at the nape of my neck (my tension was spot on, I don’t have a small head I don’t think?!) but I will be wearing it daily this winter despite that. I’m not a fan of slouched hats on me but I think that the slouchie version would look gorgeous too tbh.
I used up some of the ‘Fucking Debbie Bliss’ [as it’s referred to in our house!], Debbie Bliss Rialto in Jade and Cyclamen. I adore green and purple combos and these two work beautifully together, the photo doesn’t do it justice.
It was a really quick hat to make as well, and despite the holey-ness it’s lovely and cosy out in the wind. Below is the obligatory selfie posted to instagram as soon as I sewed in the last end!