Mischief Monday – 11/12/17

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!

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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.

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Narcissa
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Bellatrix
andromeda
Andromeda

 

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FO Friday 08/12/17

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.

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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!

Ravelry Pattern Page: Oh My Hat Pattern Page
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Oh My Hat
Direct link to pattern: Moogly: Oh My Hat

FO Friday – 24/11/17

So I didn’t write the post for last week as promised, but I did finish that dress. Almost. She wore it on her birthday at the zoo after I finished it in the car on the way to said zoo!

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I haven’t done the neckline for it yet as I hadn’t decided whether I wanted to do it, I like Artemis to wear things that I can get on and off easily, and I’m worried that the neckline would make it more difficult. I’ll likely end up doing it anyway just to make it look a bit more complete.

The pattern was a nice and simple one, I took out the yo row for the belt as I didn’t want a belt and I had to compensate for the lost increases there, but it worked nicely and looks lovely!

You can probably see where the dress narrows at the hips, that isn’t intentional shaping, the dress design has it flat until it starts to flare, but where I changed to a yarn where the tension was different and couldn’t up my needle size to compensate until I was working primarily on the coloured yarn it has tightened the tension overall on the colour change section, but that isn’t an issue.

I botched in a colourwork pattern from a different pattern as this dress called for a straight colour change, and I wanted to try something special! I’ve been eyeing up the Pixelated Pullover for a long long time, and decided to bite the bullet and buy the pattern so that I could use the colour chart for this dress.

Yarns are stylecraft special in silver and Sirdar Colourwheel in Follow The Rainbow (beautiful colour way! Really fun to knit with and a nice weight. Slightly thinner than your standard DK but it works well. I have a few more of the colourwheels in different colours to use up too!)

Ravelry Pattern Page: Blossom Dress
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Birthday Dress for Temi

Incorporates: Pixelated Pullover
Time Spent: 
20-25 hours (time tracking reset!)

18 months before I’m 30 (20/11/17 – 20/05/19)

So I’m approaching 30 and, since having Artemis, I’ve realised that I don’t feel that I’ve done a huge amount to be really really proud of, or that I can tell her about when she’s older. I give up on things very easily and don’t challenge myself. There are probably psychological reasons for that stemming back to my childhood, who knows, but I need to change it.

So I started thinking of things that I wanted to accomplish before I’m 30, it’s not so far away that it seems like it’ll never come but it’s not too soon either. The big ones are getting 3 A Levels so that I’m in a better position to study in the future if I want to, and to speak comfortably in Spanish when I next go away. But then I thought that I could make something of it, challenge myself to actually doing some things that I’ve wanted to do but haven’t got around to, and throw in some silliness for the easy wins.

So I decided to give myself 18 months to accomplish those things, which equals:
546 days or 78 weeks. In the spirit of 1001 things in 101 days I’ve given myself roughly one thing every 10-ish days to do.

Here’s my list:

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

Challenging:
Spend a whole week without using the computer
Learn how to write with my left hand

Physical:
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

Personal:
Get the rats out daily
Blog at least once a week for a year
Build a capsule wardrobe
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

Adulting:
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
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

Creative:
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

Kitchen:
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
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: 10/11/17

I have finished two things recently! I’m quite excited about it really. The first is a long term project and the second was a quick crochet for a birthday gift.

I finally finished the Carousel CAL that I’ve been working on for nearly a year. I started it within weeks of Temi being born, and finished it a couple of weeks ago.

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Blurry toddler for scale!

I didn’t intend to post a photo until I’d washed and blocked it, but Temi adores it and cuddles it as she feeds, so it hasn’t got there yet!

It’s all stylecraft special and the colours dictated by the pattern. It was a stashbusting project but actually used less than I’d hoped despite 16 colours!

Carousel CAL
Ravelry Pattern Page: Carousel CAL
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Carousel CAL
Direct link to pattern: Stylecraft’s Pattern Page

 

The second thing that I have finished is a little Flamingo which, as I said, was a quick birthday gift for a little girl in my antenatal group who got given a book by me as well, Flora and the Flamingo, which is a beautifully illustrated story with no words. The pattern has a few errors but it’s sweet and simple to work out if you are familiar with crochet/amigurumi, I’d think an advanced beginner would be fine! The English translation is a PDF so I won’t link to it from here but it can be found on the rav pattern page. All stylecraft special dk again. I have a lot to burn through still.

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Ravelry Pattern Page: Flamingo pattern
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Little Flamingo for E

So that’s it for this week. I’m hoping to post another FO next Friday as I’m making a dress which I’m hoping will be finished by Temi’s 1st birthday on Monday, but we’ll see 😉

FO Friday – 13/10/17

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It was my husband, Nick’s, birthday on Wednesday. Ever since he’s seen a crocheted Mr Meeseeks he’s commented occasionally about it. Then resolved to learn to crochet so that he could make himself one as I obviously wasn’t doing it for him. Well I caved. (Though he has been practising crochet!)

It was a really easy pattern but I wouldn’t advise it for a beginner as the pattern writer made a lot of errors. Most of it is mathematical but the arms and legs particularly need some working out.

It’s made using Stylecraft Special DK in cloud blue. Not exactly the right colour but it worked.

Ravelry Pattern Page: Mr Meeseeks
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Mr Meeseeks
Direct link to pattern: Ramen Needles – Mr Meeseeks
Time Taken: 
Three 2 hour naps for the baby and some moments here and there!

FO Friday – 18/08/17

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve managed a Finished Object but here is one I’m happy with, this is Chutney and he’ll be heading to my nephew when I next see him. Artemis was really excited when she saw him so I think I’m going to have to make one for her too now!

Ravelry Pattern Page: Cheeky Little Monkey
Ravelry Project Page: Chutney for Chase
Direct link to pattern: Cheeky Little Monkey – Heart&Sew