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!)

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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

 

19/07/17 – WIP Wednesday

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I’m still working on the Carousel CAL, which has been ongoing since before Artemis was born. Whoops. It’s looking good though and I’m so close to finishing that I just want it done now!

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I’m also making a chimpanzee from Happytown for my Nephew. It was his 2nd birthday 3 weeks ago. A few weeks before I’d gone into The Works and they were selling Chimpanzees of Happytown in their 3 for 5 deal, had loads of them on one of their special offer tables. Great! I think, I’ll go back and get 3, one for Nephew, one for Temi to replace the one she’s destroyed and a spare for another birthday or for when Temi inevitably destroys a second copy. I had some money in a card ready to go and went back to buy it and they were all gone. I forgot to give him the card in time for his birthday (it’s still in my car), went into The Works a week after his birthday and they’d found six copies of Chimpanzees of Happytown out back and put them on the shelves. So I decided that I would stick to my original plan of giving him what has to be one of my favourite children’s book and a Chimpanzee named Chutney to go with it. So here is Chutney so far. I’m hoping to finish him by Saturday as I think we’ll be seeing them so I want to hand him over only a month late. Whoops.

 

My biggest WIP at the moment is my lovely new house though. Mostly my front and back garden at the moment. I’m planning to set up as a childminder by the end of this year, but unfortunately my gardens are a state, so we need those complete before Ofsted set foot into my house to approve my application. We also need to work on the part of the living room that’ll be the playspace, and my desk area which is in the kitchen.

As you can see, the playspace is a bit basic. The desk area is rubbish and flows onto the dining table, the front garden (middle) is currently just mud as my Mum kindly came round and dug out all of the weeds on Saturday whilst I attempted to help between feeding baby and getting her back to sleep. That will be a flower garden. And the back garden (excuse the bedding drying, picture on the right) needs a kango to be completely ripped up and returfed as that is a combo of concrete and astroturf. I hate astroturf. The back garden did have a hideous decking area taking up half of it over the concrete which was also very dangerous and rotten, which is why it’s not there anymore. And masses of rubble, most of which has already been removed but there is still work to be done there.

Well Hello

It’s been a while. Again.

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My two favourite people.

My wonderful daughter is now coming up to 8 months, she’s fun and has a brilliant little personality developing. She also is starting to look more like her Dad which is interesting. Until the past week I’ve barely had time to knit or crochet (she’s a clingy one). We’re 6 weeks into weaning Artemis, who seems to have a reaction to milk products, which along with my gluten intolerance has made things difficult, but we’re slowly working it out.

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We moved into our first house at the end of May (It’s stunning, absolutely wonderful!). My paid maternity leave ended and for the first time in a very long time I am officially unemployed. I am starting to study for four A Levels whilst still learning Spanish. I am preparing my house to become a childminder setting, slightly scary!

We’re now down to 5 rats, Ben was put to sleep in early March, and we had Zhaan put to sleep yesterday, both were well over three and had great lives so we were happy to have had the pleasure of caring for them even though it was so brief in the grand scheme of things.

I still have masses of Debbie Bliss and Stylecraft Special, the only yarn I’ve bought in the past 18 months has been stuff with my birthday or Christmas money and a couple of balls to do the Carousel CAL (which is still getting there).

And apart from all of that, life is muddling on.

A generic update – Happy New Year!

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Our little family on Christmas morning.

I’ve been pretty busy recently, what with the baby, so I’m not being too hard on myself for not posting! 😉 The baby is doing well, she’s 8 weeks today and is cruising smack bang between the 91st and 95th percentiles, so she’s a big girl. She’s outgrown most of her 0-3mo clothes already! She’s smiling, cooing, playing with us and generally is ensuring that she has us wrapped around her little finger!

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Out in the pram with her Sherbet Rainbow Blanket.

So, a generic update. I finished the sage green cabled cardigan which was posted about in this post, which I’ll post about when I’ve blocked it and got photos. I started working on the Carousel CAL by Stylecraft, using SSDK rather than Batik as it’s the SSDK I have in bulk and am trying to get rid of! I am also working on a dress for Artemis, which was supposed to be a Christmas dress but I never finished it in time. I’m almost done now!

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Before the year was out we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Oreo, she had numerous tumours which got so large that they were negatively affecting her quality of life, and so we made the decision to have her put to sleep on Thursday the 29th of December. Kozu has been acting weirdly for a couple of months now so we think that she may have something wrong with her, she certainly isn’t her usual self. The rest of the rats are all fine though, we’ve not introduced the two groups yet but we’re hoping too soon.

The baby is stirring so that is probably my cue, not that I can think of anything else to update with right now anyway! Happy New Year!

An update!

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Well I feel the need to post an update as I haven’t had a chance to get onto my computer in a good couple of weeks for more than five minutes. On the 13th of November our daughter was born, she’s a little beauty and is utterly wonderful, but a handful! We were in hospital until the Wednesday afternoon and have just spent the last week and a half adjusting to life with a baby!

Her name is Artemis, she was 8lb 13.5oz and born at 00:50 on the 13th of November.

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You may recognise her jumper!
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On a beautiful blanket that my friend made for her.

WIP Wednesday – 26/10/16

 

I’m slightly embarrassed by this, once again a WIP Wednesday on a Thursday! I actually had the entire post written out and ready to go yesterday as well! I just needed a photo, which I was going to take on my nice proper camera after I had cleaned out the boys and before my younger sister arrived for dinner, then all hell broke loose! Our two younger boys decided to cause mischief, as rats do. They tend to free-range whilst we clean them out. D’Argo got behind the cage and decided to see the girls, he usually likes to wind them up by sitting where they can see him, but he decided to full on just cling to the back of the cage. So there was me reaching in trying to bat four girls away from the back of their cage and from nipping his hands and feet whilst also trying to stop Oreo from escaping out of the front and poking D’Argo’s fingers in an effort to get him to let go of the cage and jump down, my husband crouching down to try grab him from the back by the rump and Ben running around our crouched positions trying to work out WTF was going on. Having finally managed to dislodge D’Argo, he then decided that he was going to stay underneath the fecking cage whilst his young companion decided to hide. Cue me having to pull everything out from behind the sofa (our dumping ground) to see if he was there. He wasn’t, he was down the side of the sofa instead and only decided to let this be known after I’d emptied the space. Both boys then had a run around through the stuff that was all over our living space because it’s really funny to annoy the rat-parents after already annoying them. My sister turned up during all of this and the photos did not get taken.

The joys of pet rats! Cheeky little sods.

So, I digress, back to WIP Wednesday:

I have a new project on the needles! The jumper is finished and I shall post about that on Friday, and my new project is for me, not baby (though was chosen because of baby really!)

Back in May I asked a yarnie FB group that I’m a member of what pretty yarn I should buy myself as I received some money for my birthday, they suggested that instead of just buying pretty yarn, I should find a project first, and that with a baby on the way, nice cardigans and shawls are great. And so I found three projects that I thought would suit, two cardigans and a shawl. What I’m working on now is the shawl, which is lovely.

It is the Stitch Sampler Shawl, and I’m knitting it in Drops Big Delight, it’s a lovely wool, though I’m concerned about the slight scratchiness of it, which I know is normal but I’m a bit funny about things like that! But I figure that over a cardigan I won’t really feel it on my skin so much so I should be okay.

I also messed it up last night and had to slowly unpick almost an entire row *sobs* I was too busy chatting and not concentrating!

As you can see, I now have instagram as well! Just checking it out for the time being but I may stick with it.

This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,304g/4382g left (54g this week)
SSDK: 12,017/12,255g left (0g This week)