FO Friday on Saturday again as Voyager distracted me last night…

This week is squares, that’s it really! Stylecraft special as usual. I’ve mostly been trying out lace and things which hasn’t worked so this is the one I’ve actually completed fully and didn’t rip back! It’s destined for a group blanket project.

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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.

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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.

FO Saturday 

Not even going to pretend that I got this one out on time, my daughter decided to have a party between 9pm and midnight last night… Toddlers.

My first finished project this year, the cowl to match the hat from a few weeks ago. It dragged on and I’m glad I’ve got it finished! 

Ravelry Pattern Page: Oh My Cowl Pattern Page 

Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Oh My Cowl

Direct link to pattern: Moogly: Oh My Cowl

[Day Late] FO Friday 22/12/17

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.

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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.

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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.)

Ravelry Pattern Page: Madly In Love Ravelry Pattern Page
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Madly In Love Hat
Direct link to pattern: Moggly Madly In Love Hat

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

 

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!)