Oh dear. 

I love my cat to peices but my god some days they test your patience. 

I am working nights right now and the other morning I happened to arrive home just as my Fiance was going out the door. I said morning and gave him a kiss and as he turned to leave then turned mach and said those anxidty enducing words: “Now dont be mad…” 

(Please excuse the awful lighting)

Whilst I had been at work that night max had been busy playing with my yarn! 

Luckily I was able to rescue it – at least this time she hasnt actually damaged it, she has just tangled it up, but I managed to untangle it. I think this must be her way of telling me its too nice to be sat in a drawer and I should make something with it. Watch this space.

I just dont know what it is that makes her so destructive! When I finish nights this week I have 3 weeks holiday. When I return from San Francisco. I plan to go through my crafting shelves and I will be slimming down my gear so hopefully I will make enough room for a clip lock box to keep my good quality yarns in! 

A Very Proud Teacher

I have taught my very first person to crochet! How exciting. I am checking in today to share her progress! 

My colleague and friend Niculina has been wanting to learn from me for a while but we never got around to it. What with me leaving for a new job in a few months she became more persistent and this week whilst we have been working nights together we have finally gotten around to it! 

First I taught her double.

Then single.

Then triple. 

Then I challenged her to half doubles, stars and bobbles and she didnt dissapoint!

I mean WOW. There are a dew tension  issues here and there but she is signifficantly better than I was at my first attempt – not once did she drop a stitch and she only had to be shown once or twice then she had it! 

We purchased some yarn together online so when that arrives we will have a crack at her first ever project – the 1hr Crochet Beanie by Make and Do Crew. Then once we have made that it will be time to try crochet in the round. I cant wait! 

The Great Declutter

Good afternoon all! I am incredibly pleased with my self. As you will premember, I have been making an effort to de-stash and declutter. I have been pulling out yarns from the back of my many boxes and using it up for christmas presents. 

Well yesterday, I took the next step. I sorted my yarn out and sent some of it to the charity shop. Yarn I wasnt going to use in all reality. I also sent some board games, some unlived and unworn handmade bits and bobs and a tonne of clothing that I never wore. (It was super easy – about a month ago I went through my wardrobe and packed away a bunch of clothes I dont wear but kept being reluctant to get rid of. By putting them in a box without the commitment of immediate disposal it was easier to be ruthless about what I do and dont need, and as a result, I managed to cut my wardrobe in half! You realise just how much you dont miss most of it.)

Anyways, back to the point. After the trip to the charity shop, I went through my vast stash. I had it stashed everywhere. The main site was 2 sets of draws in the spare room, then I also had a box in my Kallax unit, a bag stashed down the side of the kallax unit, a bag wedged into my book shelf and 2 bags in the cupboard under the stairs. I am very proud to say that now it occupies only the 2 drawer units in the spare room, and the box in the kallax unit – this is more a wip box, so stores just current projects. Previously it was stuffed to bursting with yarn I had bought and was too lazy to put away properly. Wahoooooo. Isnt it a great feeling to get organised.

I am also very pleased to report that I am so close to finishing my Hotel of Bees shawl! It is blocking as we speak so hopefully I will be able to share it with you in full soon! 

Secret Cinema

Oh My Gosh. Secret cinema was absolutely stunning! 

For anyone who doesnt know of Secret Cinema, its a fully immersive cinmea expenrience, where they rebuild the setting of the film, assign all attendees with carachters, costume requirements and agendas and when you get there on the day you get to be a part of the story that precedes the film you are going to see. 

The first time I went, it was Star Wars. They had rebuilt Tatooine and the Mos Eisly Bar. Later on we escaped Tatooine after a raid searching for rebels, and we flew off to the Death Star. They reenacted key moments from A New Hope, and you colud get imvolved in mossions involving many of the cast and then we watched The Empire Strikes Back, again with hey parts accompanied by live re-enactments. I went twice and was a mercenary (I designed and crocheted a vest for this costume which you can find here) then an X Wing pilot.  I got the tickets cheap as I had an actor friend who was in it but it was totally worth the full price. So when I saw they were doing a Blade Runner event, I just HAD to go! 

They assign you and identity and some identity documents, a Class and an agenda. They tell you what you are required to wear and what you are required to bring. When you book they only say it is Zone 2, no more until a week before you go. 

I these are the only 2 pictures I habe from the night as photography is strictly prohibited – in fact, before you enter they make you seal your phone away in a protective bag. 

They had rebuilt Downtown LA Chinatown. The bazzaar. They had even simulated the acid rain. They rebuilt the Snake Pit. The story concerned the Blackout that led to the Ban on Replicants. We became bart of the Blackwatch. It was so much fun. 

My carachter was Florence amd my partner was Franesco. We were Tannhauser Industrialists. Here was my costume:

As you will remember I made my own hat (it turned out more of a Facinator but you get the gist). 

First I crocheted a couple of roses. I made a semicircular fan of net. Then I layered the net, followed by the feathers then finally the roses onto a semicircle of felt then glued it to the base. 

I would urge anyone who is hesitating because of the price to just book it. You wont regret it. It may seem pricey (tickets start at around £50) but it is so worth it. In fact, its worth way more than it costs – its so much fun! I cant wait to see what they come up with next!

A Departure from Pattern Writing

Hello all. Welcome to a brand new week. I hope it is going to treat you well!

I have been thinking a bit over the weekend, about my crocheting, and I have come to a decision.

I am going to make a departure from pattern writing.

I love writing crochet patterns and one day I would love to be able to reach the levels of some of the wonderful blogs I follow – who are good enough to write books, collab with yarn brands and feature in magazines. But I need to improve my skills.

I really felt I learnt a lot from doing my last dance on the beach blanket, and so have decided I should focus on improving both my crochet and writing skills by learning from other peoples patterns.


GUYS! Honestly so excited now! Why? Look!

Isnt this the greatest thing ever. An easy start tag! Maybe I am behind and you all already know about this but I was so excited to see it when it arrived in the post that I had to share this with you all immediately! I think I may have to make everything in Scheepjes Sunkissed now!

Have a happy weekend!

A Bit of Stash Busting

I was flicking through my Ravelry stash yesterday night. I realised I have a LOT of yarn without particular plans. (Well realise is perhaps the wrong word – I have always known I had a problem but had never pondered on it long enough to really see that I needed to do something about it)

So I decided that it was about time I worked out some plans.

Now some of this yarn is destined for octos. And some already has a purpose (for example the Batik Swirl will be a coccoon cardi and the cascade will be a blanket and the drops baby merino will be practice flowers for my wedding bouquet). But a lot of it has no particular plan (29 of these ravelry listings, in fact).

I have put together a que in ravelry (This is the first time I have used the que function) and I am finding it quite useful.

So hopefully I can get cracking on these soon. Then perhaps I can work out what to do with some more of my unruly stash of yarn!

What with a house and a wedding to save for as well as a dream holiday to San Francisco later this year I really need to save the pennies and one way I can do this is to stop buying yarn when I have so much at home.

I also hope following other peoples patterns will help me to improve and expand my skills – following the Last Dance on the Beach pattern really taught me a lot so I hope these patterns will do to.

What do you have in your que at the moment? Let me know in the comments!