Boxing Day Sales and A wonderful Holiday

Ok. I know that yesterday I said I was trying not to buy any more yarn, but there are some exceptions…

First of all, I want to share with you these yarns we got from Truly Booked in their boxing Day sale.

I do have justification though. I wasn’t actually the initial shopper here. My fiance was looking at yarn other which to make socks, and when he asked “do you want anything before I check out” I really can’t be expected to say no, could I. So the yarn in back is mine, and the one infront is my Fiance’s. Can you well we have a favourite colour?

I also received another gift from my Fiance for Christmas (I received a steady stream of gifts after Christmas since my Fiance forgot to check delivery times on half of his purchases). Isn’t this the coolest. A marriage of my love’s of crochet and tattoos.

And then onto our holiday. In the gap between me finishing my old job and starting my new job, we decided it might be nice to just spend a few days somewhere different, so off we flew to Vienna.

And of course, we had to check out the local yarn shops (it is now a tradition after all). We visited 2 yarn shops. The First was Wollewein. This wonderful little shop has its own line of yarns as well as stocking Fernerwolle, and Austrian yarn brand. You can’t miss this shop if you visit the city center – it’s in the beautiful Greek orthodox church building. Whilst you are there just a few minutes walk away is a wonderful restraint selling hearty Austrian meals in an informal setting – Schachtelwirt. We had the best Roast Pork with Crackling, Dumplings and Sauerkraut so tasty it made me want to learn how to make it at home. Anyways, I digress – again, not all of this yarn is mine. The green and grey yarn is mine – I almost picked a sunset shade but then decided I already have so much yarn in orangey shades that perhaps I ought to try something else. The darker yarn is my Fiance’s. Again with the purple – he liked this one because it apparently works up like a purple tiger.

The second shop we visited was Lille Butik GMBH. Very unasuming from the outside, but full of beautiful yarn on the inside. And there was a wonderful little market on the streets adjacent, so if it hadn’t been icy cold and snowing, we could have easily wandered around longer drinking and eating local produce. I got just 1 cake of yarn here. Poema by Laines Du Nord. Italian so not technically local but they do share a land border and I have never seen this yarn before so that totally justifies the purchase.

And now to find projects for these lovely yarns. Any ideas?

Bonus – of course, max smelt yarn and had to get involved so here are the out takes.

She just can’t help herself!

WIP Wednesday (16/01/19)

It’s Wednesday again! and in total contrast to last week, this week I have a whole like of WIP’s.

I have made a bit more progress on my Kindred Spirits scarf. I am about 30 yards short of the required amount but the scarf is super long so I think when I get to a repeat of two before the halfway point I will weigh my yarn, then just start decreasing at the 50g mark. As the scarf is really long – (90 inches) I think I can afford to loose a few inches and still have a very long scarf.

I attended an OFAPUK meeting at the weekend, and as usual, this spurred me I with a bit of motivation. I have a huge box full of cotton’s specifically for Octos, but I decided that before I can crack open any new balls, I really ought to get through the scraps of yarn I have lying about.

I am also working on a Birthday present for my Fiance, for his 31st birthday, which is coming up next week. He will be in Germany on his actual birthday, attending a conference and delivering a speech as part of his work, so we will be celebrating a day or two earlier. I am trying not to buy too much yarn but when I was working on the Loot Llama I identified that I could use the remaining yarn for a second video game related Amigurumi. But I will say no more, just in case he decides to look here. Wouldn’t want to give away too much and ruin the surprise. He already knows one of his gifts thanks to a delivery box absolutely smothered in company branding!

Once I have finished these bits and bobs, I think. will start on a baby gift – it’s so hard to resist starting a new project! Someone send me the strength to keep focused on my already existing projects!

My First FO of 2019

Yays! I am pleased to share with you my first finished project of 2019 – a little pouch to hold my new folding keyboard, a gift from my fiance who was worried about my carpal tunnel. Bless his little cotton sock, he does look after me – I didnt even know such a thing existed.

anyways, here is my pouch. I didnt follow any sort of pattern. I crocheted 2 pannels of star stitch that matched the size of my keyboard, with one 3 starts taller than the other to add a flap. Then added 2 rows of single stitch around the edge of the rectangle. I then stitched the rectangles together with a third row of single crochet and finished it off with scallop edging. finally I added pair of buttons to secure the flap. 

This is crocheted in 45g of Scheepjes Sunkissed. 

And of course, the cat wanted in on the photo shoot, so here she is:

A New Toy

I remember the joy I had when I bought my first ball winder – the happieness that can be acheived from a lovely little cake of yarn is something that is hard to understand if you dont knit or crochet.

Well, my original ball winder was great, but it is only rated up to 4 Ounces. Which is just over 100g. However, I would argue that it is only really suitable for 50g – at around 80g, the yarn starts to bunch up, with large gaps between lines, and the yarn often slips and gets stuck in the gears. Its for this reason that I am a little scared to wind my expensive hand dyed yarns on it. 

Well, now that my hand dyed yarn collection is quite large, I decided to use some of my christmas money to purchase a larger more heavy duty. Enter this beast.

This winder cost me around £20, and is rated up to 10 Ounces. which is almost 300g! And of course, once it was out of the box, I had to give it a whirl. 

Out of the maximum security yarn storage box (A special clip lock box that the cat cant get into) came this gorgeous Abstract Cat Superwash Merino in colourway Joie De Vivre. I was given this gorgeous yarn in september of 2017 as the winner of a giveaway that Hannah over at Quiet Water Craft was running as a celebration of reaching 800 followers. I finally found a pattern that I love so I am pleased to say it is finally getting its moment to shine! Isnt the cake beautiful? I was transfixed as I wound it by all the wonderful colours – from the outside of the initial hank, it looked like a beutiful blue varigation, but as you get further into the yarn, there are actually gorgeous shades of purples and aquas too! I cant wait to work it up! Thanks Hannah! I am flying to Vienna tomorrow so this will be my in flight entertainment.

(A Slightly Late) WIP Wednesday (02/01/19)

Start as you mean to go on and all that…

I have just one WIP this week. I am starting with a little project. 

My fiance got me a folding wireless keyboard for christmas – I do the majority of my blogging from my mobile phone, and Chris worries about my carpal tunnel syndrome as a result. So he thought this would be a very useful thing to me. And of course, I had to make a case for it. So this is the start. I am not following a pattern – I am making a pair of star stitch rectangles then will stitch them together into a pouch and add some edging and a button. 

How did you christen the new year? 

Nine For 2019

So now that the new year has begun, I am joining in with this Nine For 2019 instagram thing. Here are my 9 projects that I hope to complete. 

Finish My Pick n Mix Cal by Lucy Croft
Finish my Hook n Learn Cal by Lucy Croft
Raspberry Pi by Joanna Scrace
Sleeveless Top by Wendy Love
Lucinda Shawl by Vicarno Crochet Designs
Nepal Beanie by Michelle Costa
Blooming Crocus Top by Sweet Potato Crochet
Bear Hooded Cardigan by Mon Petit Violon
Lacy Top by Lisa Richardson
I have a huge number of other projects in mind too, but these particular ones have yarn already assigned so these are the ones which will be focussed on first.