#Octopledge2018 Mid Month Review

Its been a while since I managed a mid month review. This is mainly because over the last few months the time has flown so quickly that I didnt even start making them until after the mid month point. 

I have quite a few already made this month though. 

First I have these 2, which I made before I knew November (when they would be arriving at their hospitals) was world prematurity month. The one with the green tentacles is made with Lana Grossa Cotone for the head and Sirdar Pure Cotton 4ply for the tentacles. The other is Grundl Quick Prints.

Then I have this little group, which are made of a mix of Lana Grossa Cotone, Sirdar Cotton DK, King Cole Cotton Soft and Debbie Bliss Cotton. 

I have been super motivated so far this month. Partly because we fell short of target last month and partly because I love working with purple yarn! 

#Octopledge2018 September Donations

This month I managed to make just 2 Octos. I had actually made 5 heads and had intended to donate them all this month. 

On the 22nd I went to a meetup and met my co-ordinator. At this point I had completed these 2 so I handed them over. I had intended to go home and send the other three, once complete, to my co-ord in the post. But then the day afterwards, I came down with a cold and havent been cold free since. Booo.

Anyways, this month, both octos went to Angels, due to holes around the increases. The advice was to go around with the tail from the magic circle and just reinforce the first few rows. 

Heres to next month. I should ought to have a bumper crop given that I already have 3 half made! Just as soon as I can budge this cold! 

#Octopledge2018 Augusts Donations

This month I managed to complete 5 little baby Octopusses for OFAPUK. 

They are made mostly out of Drops Love You 8 yarn, but I ran out before I reached the last set of tentacles so for the 5th Octo I used 10g of Drops Paris. They are such a cute little family of octos arent they? 

Unfortunately only 1 of them will be going to preemies this month. I had a little trouble with holes in this yarn. As it turns out a lot of people cant seem to work with this yarn. It splits quite a lot and is almost impossible to use for stuffed octos. I think I will use the rest of this yarn for facecloths for my christmas plans. 

#Octopledge 2018 July Donation

Hi all! Another busy month and yet again, I totally didnt notice july passing until it was 2/3rds of the way done! So its another small batch from me this month. 

These two lovely little flatties were made using Drops Love You 8 and a 3mm hook. I love how vibrant they are.

And the good news is they both went to preemies! Another month with all passes, even though it is only a small batch. 

My co-ordinator will be on holiday for the last week of August, so for Augusts donation I will need to get started earlier! Time to get cracking!

#Octopledge2018 June Donation

Unfortunately this is my smallest donation so far. I had been so preoccupied woth my Movie Night cardi (post to come once I have managed to get out and take some good pics), and with my competition bouquet that I hadnt even noticed June passing me by until it was almost 2/3 gone. So here are my 2 little critters.

Made using a single ball of Debbie Bliss Cotton DK Print in Lego colourway.

This yarn is quite rigid so its not as nice to work with, but it is very good for octos. But since debbie bliss went exclusively online at a retailer I dont use, I probably wont buy it again. 

Anyways, I digress – the good news is that both of these will be going off to preemie babies! Yay! I had hoped that this month I would get my first full batch of passes and I did it. Yay!

#octopledge2018 May Donations

Hello all! We are almost at the end of the month so its time once again for my log of Octo’s made for OFAPUK.

I made 8 creatures to donate this month. 2 flatties and 6 octos. This takes me to a total of 30 donated critters so far.

This octo made its way to an angel baby. I made this one on the go and handed it over at my first ever octo meet (we all met up for coffee and crochet in waterloo). It was a very valuable experience. As it turns out one of the local Co-ordinators, the lovely Nicola, is a sports physio and was able to show me some exercises for my carpal tunnel. She looked over this octo and explained to me it had a few holes around the decreases. As it turned out, my understanding of how to do invisible decreasing was wrong. Nicola showed me how to do it in person and now I have it licked.

Here are the other seven I just recently sent to my Co-ord. 6 of them are going to preemies. The green octo in the middle of the first photo will be going to an Angel as one of the tentacles was a little too long.

I really do enjoy making them and the feedback from my co-ord really helps. I really think it may be realistic for me to aim for a full house of preemi grade octos for next month’s donations.

If you want to get involved please dont hesitate. They are such fun to make and are such a lovely way to use your crocheting and knitting skills for good! And you get to meet lots of lovelies. We have regular meetups where we habe some cake, coffee and crocheting. You can learn so much! Just search facebook for Octopus for a Preemie UK. You will find all the info you need there.

Until next time! Happy hooking!

#Octopledge2018 Mid May Update

Hi all! We are half way through May so its time for an update on my octo making activities.

I have already handed in one little fella as I finished him at a meet up of london OFAPUK makers. I say little, he was positvely behemoth in comparison to some of the dainty little things. Unfortunately, due to my misunderstanding how to do an invisible decrease there were some quite large holes around his bottom. But all is not lost as one of the ladies showed me how to do it properly so now I know what I did wrong I can put it right. I also learnt some handy dandy physio exercises to help me cope with my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (One of the ladies was a sports physio). 

As well as the little chappy I handed in, I have also made this little trio.
And I am now working on another one.
So its been a productive month so far.