#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!

WIP Wednesday (28/02/18)

How is it already the end of February! Where does the time go! And what is with this snow! I love snow and growing up in kent we only got a little snow every few years and it was nothing to write home about. Over the last few years the amount of snow across the country has vastly increased but now I live in london (which has its own microclimate due to the sheer amount of pollution and the sheer number of people and businesses and homes creating so much heat) we still only see a little snow which melts away and only very rarely sets. So this has been bloody fantastic!

Here are some photographs I took whilst out on a walk yesterday.
And I have woken up and its even deeper this morning! My only slight problem is that I start night shifts tonight and Victoria station is probably actually colder than the outside! As it has enourmous entrances on one side for the trains and on the other end for people its like sitting in an enourmous wind tunnel! I just hope I dont get snowed in to work overnight!
**Edit I am now at work and its so bad its snowing inside…***
Anyways, Its Wednesday, so that means its time to look at my WIP’s for the week.
My Knitted scarf hasnt had much progress this week as I have been focussing on my jumper.
The jumper is getting along nicely. I am working on the sleeves at the mo so I hope to finish by next week when I visit my auntie so I can show off my first ever garment to her and my nan! Unfortunately its geting a bit hard to carry with me and do on the train so its now more of a home project. It takes up nearly my entire rucksack!

So whilst I was on the bus to Bethnal Green last night for a comedy gig, I started my first jellyfish of March.

Februarys Makes

Its the end of the month again so here is my months makes. This month I have not completed as many as last time.
First, I finished 4 Octos

I then halted octo making for a moment to complete my Locker Pouches.

With some leftover yarn from the locker pouches I made this little jellyfish.

I then continued with the octos and made 4 flatties (which I will give more detail about in my #octopledge post.

I had hoped I could finish this month with my jumper but it wasnt to be. However, I am certain I can finish it within the next week.

WIP Wednesday (21/02/18)

I am working on two projects at the moment.
The first is my first ever knit scarf. I have now got to the end of my first ball of yarn (Knitcraft Hug It Out) so before I can go any further I need to youtube how to change yarn. Does anyone have any particular suggestions for good knitting tutorial youtube channels?

When I sat down to do a few more rows last night Max promptly ran over to sit right on my yarn and project. So I pushed her away. Seems she learnt something because the second time she went under.

Look at her eyeballing my yarn…
The other project is my jumper. I can finally see the end. The yoke is now almost done, despite having to frog the entire yolk a week back. So its just sleeves then then the collar and the stitching around the bottom then I am done. I think I dont have enough yarn to complete it so have ordered a couple more balls in a contrasting colour just to finish off the final touches. I cant wait to be able to wear it. Hopefully by next weeks post I will be able to hang it on the mannequin so you can get more of an idea of how it will look once finished.

Incidentally, for anyone who knits, could you tell me how you take such beautiful picyures of your half done knits – mayne its just mt tension amd the chunky yarn but my work is so curly its hard to make it go flat for pictures.

FO Friday (16/02/18)

Hello all. Another project finished perfectly in time for a FO Friday post. Wonders will never cease.

Popping in to share with you my locker pouches that i have been making to organise my locker at work.

Dont you just love the colours.

In order of when I made them. The first was done with a starter chain of 20 and SC stitch all the way around. The second was done with a starter chain of 10, but with a slight gusset to make it slightly deeper and DC stitch. The third was done the same way with a starter chain of 30. The fourth was done using 2 basic granny squares stitched together with a row of SC. And the final one was done with a starter chain of 24 and HDC all around.

They certainly have helped to organise my locker substantially. Here is the before:

And here is the after:

And now, with the small amount of yarn I have left from this project, I might reward myself with an octo… only the one though, since I still have 2 substantial WIP’s to get a mooch on with.

Happy hooking!

#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.

WIP Wednesday (14/02/18)

This week I have no octopusses on the hooks. I banished them to their project bag because they were occupying my time too much and I was neglecting other wip’s. So this week I have much more progress to share with you.
First of all, with the most progress, is my set of locker pouches. I now have 3 complete pouches and one half way done pouch. This means I have just 1 and a half more to go until I finish.

I have done a few more rows on my first ever knit scarf.
And the jumper is still languishing in my WIP box. Soon it will have its day!

Hand Made Wash Cloths

Hello all. You will have already seen these wash cloths if you saw my end of January post. I got very annoyed when I couldn’t find any flannels in my local shops, so I decided to make my own. Well finally, I am here to share the patterns with you!

Th first is this star stitch flannel. You can find the pattern here.

The second is this cluster stitch face scrubbie. You can find the pattern here.

The third is this bobble stitch scrubbie. You can find it here.

WIP Wednesday (07/02/18)

How is it February already! Gosh how time flys!
I have once again been overtaken by octos for Octopus for a Preemie UK. Those little buggers are so portable and so addictive! But I have made enough to fill my pledge for February so whilst I am itching to do more, I have stashed them away and promised myself I will not make another octo until I finish my other WIP’s.
I have made a little progress on my locker organisers. I am working on pouch 2 as we speak. I am hoping to make 5. The first is for pain killers. The one I am making now is for pens. I also need one for lip balms and moisturisers, one for charging cables and one for nail care stuff.

I need to get cracking on my first ever knit scarf. Its still in the same state as last time I updated you!

And I have yet to make progress on my jumper. I will try to get on with it so I have some actual progress to show next week!

WIP Wednesday (31/01/18)

Good afternoon all. Here is my round up of this weeks WIP’s.
My main WIP has been, you guessed it, more octos. I have 2 on the go right now. The heads are done so next is to stuff them and add tentacles.

I am also working on some little pouches to go in my locker at work. There are so many little things lying about (nail files, pain killers, pens, plasters, etc.) So I wanted to somehow organise them a bit better!

Finally, I am sad to report that I have gone backwards on my sunny yellow jumper – I made a few silly decisions about the placement of decreases and it judt wasnt going to work, so I had to frog back and entire balls worth of work! It was like super noodles!

I have noticed all of this weeks work is in cotton – I think I may have become a bit of a cotton yarn addict.
What have you been up to?