#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.

#Octopledge2018 Aprils Donations

This month, I only managed 2 Octopusses and 1 Flattie.

All three were made using a single ball of King Cole Cotton Giza Sorbet. 
The Octopus on the Left went to a Preemie.
The Octopus on the Right went to an Angel as the tentavles were too short.
The flattie went to am Angel as it had 1 tentacle too long.
I am pleased with this outcome. I struggled with this yarn (I am not a fan of 4ply yarn) and was sure there would be holes. So the fact that it is only the tentacle length that is a problem is great. 

#Octopledge2018 Mid April Update

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are having a lovely day. I have been crocheting and catching up on Star Trek Discovery. Good times!
Anyways, it is mid month so it is time for an update on my Octo making efforts.

So far this month, I have only managed 1 little octo chum. My carpel tunnel syndrome put a stop to octo making for a week or so, then I came down with a rotten cold. Then when I finally got close to beating the cold my fiancee also came down with a cold. You cant make octo’s when there is sickness in the house because its not worth the risk to the teeny tiny preemie babies, so my octo making gear went into quarantine until Mr Common Cold virus had well and truly left our home.
This octo is made using 11g of King Cole Giza Cotton Sorbet.
I must say, whilst being quite pretty, this 4ply is very fiddly to work with. A 2mm hook is quite hard to hold too. I habe a fair bit of 4ply to get through but maybe after I have worked through it all I will stick to DK or heavier!

#Octopledge2018 March Donations

As you will remember, If you read my mid march update, I had made 4 and a half little critters. I had hoped to make one or two more but my carpal tunnel had started to play up. Unfortunately, I was unable to do more than finish the 5th. I managed to finish my jumper without much pain but I think the tension and the small size of the hook is what is causing me the pain more than anything. When making the tentacles not only was I getting pain in my wrists and lower arms, I was also getting quite severe pain in my shoulders. So I decided to finish the last one and put them down for a week or two in favour of projects where my tension is much more open and the hooks are a little bigger.
Anyways, this is my little tangle for this month:

Clockwise from top left:
My only Octo for the month, he is a big boy using a massive 35.5g of Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream in Mod Ombre – going to a preemie
The first Jelly I made, using the last 26.5g of Sirdar Cotton Prints in Summer Meadow – going to an angel – due to small holes in the bottom where I decreased
Another Jelly, this time in 22g of Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream in Mod Ombre and 5g of Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream in Bright Yellow – going to a preemie
Jelly no.3, Made in 14g of King Cole Cottonsoft Crush in Rainbow – going to a preemie
And Jelly no.4 Made using 15g of Scheepjes Catona in a colourway I cant remember (maybe pistachio?) – going to an angel – due to smll holes this time in the increase rounds.

#Octopledge2018 Mid March Update

Were now half way through the month which means its time for an update on my octo making activities.

I have finally managed to use up some of the yarns from my very first batch.
I have managed to make 3 and a half jellys:

And one octo:

I really love the look of the jellys but my gosh, they are so much harder to sew together on account of the stuffing hole being much larger. With an octo the final round, the opening where you put the stuffing in, is only 16 stitches round, but in a jelly it is 24 stitches round and due to its shape it is really hard to keep the stuffing in!
I also used Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream for the first time. A lot of people in the group hate it, but I think its ok – the colours are great, it is very sturdy and works up nice and quickly. I liked it so much I went to hobbycraft yesterday and bought some more (I had to really – I dont have enough yarn in the Mod Green colourway to finish the half finished jelly).
Anyways, this means I have once again surpassed my pledge of 2 a month. I hope to make some more though, since they are fun to make. Having said that, my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is flaring right up again, so I am resting my hands for a bit. Only time will tell if they get better enough for me to make a few more before the months end.

#Octopledge2018 February Donations

I managed to complete and send 8 little critters to my co-ordinator this month, fulfilling my pledge to send 2 a month. Here they are.
4 octos, 4 flatties.

Top Row

Octo 1 – Made using 18.2g ICE Jeans – Going to a Preemie

Octo 2 – Made using 17g Sirdar Cotton Prints in Summer Meadow – going to a Preemie

Octo 3 – Made using 20g Ice Jeans – Going to an Angel – My co-ordinator commented that there were a few holes where she could clearly see a change in tension.

Octo 4 – Made using 20g King Cole Cottonsoft Crush in Rainbow – going to a Preemie

Bottom Row

Flattie 1. 6g of Ice Jeans, 4.63g of Scheepjes Catona – going to a Preemie

– going to a Preemie

Flattie 2. 6.6g Sirdar Cotton Prints, 5.32g Scheepjes Catona

– going to a Preemie

Flattie 3. 6g of Ice Jeans – going to a Preemie

– going to a Preemie

Flattie 4. 5.05g of Sirdar Cotton Print, 3.24g Scheepjes Catona – going to an Angel – as you can probably see the tentacles are far too long for such a small head!

– going to an Angel – as you can probably see the tentacles are far too long for such a small head!

I am so proud of my improvements! When you think. My first batch had only a 33% success rate. This batch had a 75% success rate! That is a huge improvement. Who knows. Perhaps next time I will be able to tell you they all went to Preemies!

#Octopledge2018 Mid February Update

This is my progress so far for this months donations to Octopus For a Preemie UK.
I have actually hidden them away for now because they are so bloody addictive that I was neglecting my other WIP’s as well as my other hobbies!
The first I made was the smaller purple one. Then the larger purple one. I was very surprised when making the heads what a difference hook size can make.

Both of these heads were made using exactly the same pattern and exactly the same yarn (Ice Jeans incase you were wondering). The only difference is that the one on the left was made using a 2mm hook amd the one on the right was made using a 2.5. Just 0.5mm of a difference and such different sizes – really makes you think. How many times have we chosen to go up or down half a size because we cant find the correct hook. Who knew it could make such a difference. Perhaps in the future I best be more accurate with my hooks.
Amyways, I hope to make 1 or two more by the end of the month, but that will depend on how I go with my other WIPs. Wish me luck.