Award Winning…

Hello all! I am very excited to tell you all that as of Saturday of last week, I am now an ‘Award Winning’ crocheter! Isnt that exciting! 

Ok so Its not the biggest award, but it is exciting all the same. 

I entered this bouquet of flowers into Beckenham Place Park’s first ever flower show. Fun Fact, Beckenham Place Park used to have a flower show that rivalled the famous Chelsea flower show back in the victorian era. 

This new event is created in the same vain as a traditional english county show, complete with a marquee and judges and a whole host of categories for flowers, veg and fruit and crafts. There was also a little dog show, with categories like dog with the waggiest tail and dog that looks most like its owner. 

Anyways, as I have to give myself a kick up the bum to start experimenting with crafted flowers (I am planning to make my own wedding bouquets shortly) this was the perfect way to impose a deadline upon myself! 

Here are a few close ups of my flowers.

Now for patterns – in order of the close ups. 

The roses were made using this pattern from Happy Berry Crochet. I modified it slightly with the amount of petals used. For a bit of variety instead of making all 3 roses with 6 petals, I made one with 4, one with 6 and one with 8. This gave a sense of growth as it gave you roses at different stages of their bloom. 

The purple flowers with the button in the middle were made using a set of dies that I got in the started kit for my Sizzix Big Shot die cutter. 

The african violets were made using a die I received on the front of a magazine.

The crysanthemum was made by following this tutorial from Melly Sews.
The Purple crocheted flowers with the button center were made by following someones pattern and just modifying the number of petals but for the life of me I can no longer find that pattern. I will update this post as soon as I find it.

And the little white daisys were just a quick made up thing at the last minute, where I chained 3, dc 3 ch 3 then Ss 4 times into a magic circle. 

The great news is that I won!

Amd not only did I win my particular category, I won a best in overall craft category. How exciting. That came with a meal for 2 at a local resteraunt and a signed book from a local writer too. 

Here I am looking pleased as punch as ai left the park. I was very proud of my rosettes – the first time I have ever won a rosette in my life!

So there we are – I am now the bar setter. Next year I shall habe to come back with something even shinier! Watch this space!

#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!

WIP Wednesday (20/06/18)

Hi all! 

You may have noticed that this month I did not do a Mid Month Update on my Octo making endeavours. This is because this month has flown by and I have been so busy at work and finishing off the movie night cardi that I didnt notice it was already this late in the month. I only started making my first octo for Junes pledge yesterday! It will be a small batch this month. 

I am also working on flowers for my bouquet which I hope to enter in Beckenham Place Parks first ever Flower Show.  I better pull my socks up If I am gonna get it finished on time. I do have the next few days off work though so will have plenty of time.

Also, I found another awesome pusheen thing!

It has a divider in the middle so I think it will make a perfect small project bag! 

What have you been up to this week?

Yarn Review – King Cole Giza Sorbet


Name: King Cole Giza Sorbet

Price: £2.99

Ball Weight: 50g

Yarn Weight: 4ply

Yardage: 173 yards

Fibre Blend: 100% cotton

You can find my project using this yarn here.

What Are the Yarns Benefits

First of all, the colours are lovely. There are 10 colourways to choose from and they are all equally lovely. Because the colour pallets are quite subdued and gentle, you get a lovely subtle pattern in your work. Its great if you want to give a bit more visual texture to a fairly repetitive stitch pattern. 

It is lovely and light to work with. I imagine it would make a lovely light summer top. Or a delicate wrap or shawl. 

It glides over the hook smoothly and has a wonderful sleek sheen to it and the stitch definition is just beautiful.

What Are Its Drawbacks

I cant really see any drawbacks. It is quite thin so I personally found it hard to grip. It aggravated my carpal tunnel syndrome. But this is more a fault on my part than a drawback to the yarn. 

My Rating

Versatility (does it have multiple uses?) – 8/10

Wearability (how comfortable is it to wear) – 7/10

Workability (how nice is it to work with?) – 8/10

Final Score – 23/30

Stash Busting Sunday (17/06/18)

For this Stash Busting Sunday post I have come over all Disney.

Yes, those of you who know me know I am not a great fan of Disney. I don’t think I ever have been. The only real exceptions are Toy Story (I grew up with Andy so blubbered like a baby in 3 because I too was at that age of growing up and leaving my family and home comforts behind to go to university) and Coco, which was absolutely excellent. However, you cant deny the appeal of such a classic character.

For these cards I used a pack of letter tiles, a pack of pearl embellishments, and some toppers from the Winnie The Pooh paper crafting range from pound land, as well as a sheet or two from their Fall in Love range paper pack and some sparkly glitter paper. Aren’t the little pooh bear and honey pot gems just adorable!

WIP Wednesday (13/06/18)

Hello all. 

Its just a short one today. Unfortunately just in time for world Knit (and Crochet) in Public Day I busted up my hand. Now thise who know me know I am always crocheting in public – on the train, on the bus, in coffee shops, at work, at the doctors. But early on saturday I was doing my security patrol at work. I went to grip a door handle to check the door was shut and I must have gripped it dunny because all the muscles in my hand went ping. My hand started shaking and my fingers seased up – I couldnt bend them at all. The tips of my fingers were tingly. My ring finger started to swell so I had to whip my engagement ring off a bit sharpish and apply ice. After some ice and ibuprofen and some rest my hand is now all ok, but it did rather scupper my prospects of crocheting for a few days. 

I have only managed a few more petals for my first rose. I am close to habing a finished rose. But I really need to speed it up a bit – the flower show is in 10 days time! 

Most progress this week has been on my Movie Night Cardi. I finally managed to finish the granny square part and now that its just cuffs and collar to go, its finishing up real quick. 

I am using 1 ball of Stylecraft Batik to finish it off, pictured above. I love the way the colours work together. As you can see below I have now finished both cuffs. So hopefully by the end of the night shift I have just started, I will have a nice new cardi to show you. The pattern calls for two rounds of single crochet for the collar but i have around 30g of yarn left so I reckon I could manage maybe a 3rd row. We shall see. 

What have you been up to this week? Let me know in the comments!

A Card for my Nan

My poor nan had to have surgery on her shoulder recently. I made this card ages ago (back in late april) but her appointment got cancelled and rescheduled so I had to wait to post this until she had received it. She has now had her surgery and is not allowed to use her arm for a couple of weeks until it is healed. 

I made it using a few bits and bobs I got in The Works and some flowers from my Aunties craft stash. 

Making this card with such minimal supplies was what really inspired me to start using up my card making stash.