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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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!