Hello everyone. I am very sorry for neglecting you all lately. I have been trying to find time to crochet but as you know, I am living in a hotel during the week righy now whilst I attend signalling school, and the lighting is so bad for WIP pics. Also I thought living in a hotel would give me plenty of time to crochet, buy I have spent almost all of my free time studying. So much studying. We had our first observations this week, which gladly, I can say I passed. Buy we have our first exam next week, so I fear I will have little time for crochet. I will try not to neglect my blog completely but it is very hard to find time to blog, so for the next 3 months I may only be posting on the weekend.
Anyways, whilst I am at home with my photographic equipment, I grabbed a few pictures of my current works in progress.
I am still working on my kindred spirit scarf. I am well into the decrease half of it so each row is getting quicker and easier. I hope to finish soon!
I am also making headway on my baby blanket. It’s growing nicely.
And finally, I made a start on my February donation to OFAPUK. Still trying to use up half balls of yarn, so I went with these two very springy colours. Like a daffodil, just in time for all the spring babies.
January is over so its time to review my month!
I finished 8 Projects this month.
I started 2019 off with a case for my foldable keyboard.
Then a Pachimari for my partner.
Followed by a pencil case for my apprenticeship.
I Made four little Octo’s for OFAPUK.
Then I completed two pairs of mittens and 3 hats for Knit For Peace.
And I also managed a massive destash, selling on 5 and a half kilos of yarn. And I made more money than I have spent this year on yarn, so my yarn Expenditure spreadsheet is actually in profit!
Wowza – it’s been a whole year since my first donation to OFAPUK. Doesn’t time fly? Today I am checking in to share with you the Octo’s I donated in January.
There’s a total of 4 this month, using the scraps of no less than 6 balls of yarn. And here is how they did, Clockwise from top left:
3. Went to an Angel. I knew this would be the case as soon as I stuffed it – There were so many holes in it it made no sense to sew them up as in the same time I could have made another! This was the first time I used Scheepjes Sunkissed for Octo’s, (I was using the leftovers from my laptop case) and I think my hook was a little too big. Next time, I will use a 2mm and see how that goes.
At the beginning of the week I share with you some mittens I made for Knit For Peace, to use up my random oddments of yarn. Well today I am popping in with some hats for the same purpose.
The first I made was the ‘Very Good Hat‘ pattern by Tamara Kelly on Moogly, in baby size, using the leftover Malabrigo worsted I used for my dad’s Christmas present.
I then went on to make the 30 Minute Basic Beanie by Diane Serviss. It actually took me 45 minutes but I was sipping coffee and gawping out of the train window at the snow too. I used the last of the Patons Big Fab which I initially bought to make the brim of the first ever hat I made for my fiance 4 years ago.
Then finally I made this little baby hat out of the remaining 15g of Noro Haniwa. I made this one up as I went along.
So that’s 3 more yarns cleared from my stash!
OK, so do you remember last week I had a mahoosive clear out of yarn? I sold some of it on ebay, which made me £120 to pop in the Yarndale fund. And then I had a pile of odds and ends and single balls. Those I intended to turn into some sort of charitable donation.
Well, I have worked out where I will donate them. I have found a foundation called Knit For Peace. This foundation takes in all kinds of hand knitted and crocheted goods and allocates them to much smaller initiatives in need. Homeless shelters, old peoples homes, hospitals, refugee outreach programs, women’s shelters, to name just a few.
So now I know where I will send them, it was time to start crocheting. So this past weekend, I started with two pairs of mittens.
I made one with the leftover Noro Haniwa from my Sailors Moon jumper. This pattern is the Make us in One evening With a great movie Mitts by A French Touch.
And I made 1 from DMC Natura. These are the Lucious 1 Skein Mittens by Tamara Kelly at Moogly.
One small pair and one chunky pair.
Next on the agenda, a couple of chunky hats. I am currently living in a hotel with 10 other trainee signallers (I have 12 weeks of this to get through) and I am suffering a touch of social burnout from constantly being around the same people from breakfast to dinner, so this evening I had dinner early and alone, a very comforting dinner of pizza and halloumi fries, then had a lovely warm shower, and now it’s time to cosy up in my jimmers and crochet. Lush.
So today is my first day of Signalling school, so what better time to share with you my latest finished project – a new Pencil case.
I used some spare Scheepjes Catona I had in my stash from when I made a gingerbread house Christmas wreath last Christmas. The wreath required double stranded crochet so I still had a ball of double wound Catona languishing in my stash. So out it came, to make me a small pencil case.
I didn’t follow a pattern – I made it up as I went along. And once I finish Signalling school and no longer need it to transport my pens to and fro, I can use it to transport crochet hoos instead. Bonus!
January is going fast isnt it? In the last week I have finished 2 WIP’s – The Pachimari and the OFAPUK Octos, which I will share with you later in the month once my co-ordinator has received them and sent me some feedback. I have also started and finished another project, which I will post about tomorrow. I currently have 2 WIP’s.
The first is the Kindred Spririts Scarf. (I have only added a few more rows so here isnt much to show you. I go off to Basingstoke to start Signalling School tonight, and will be taking this project with me so will at least get a couple of hours progress on the train.
And last night I started a chunky baby blanket, taking inspiration from the filet honeycomb section of my Hotel of Bees shawl.
What have you been working on this week?