Emergency Sheep!

Hello all! Hope you are well! I have had a bit of a week of it this last week!

On Thursday I set off for work, and when I pulled out my crochet project on the train, I found I had left my hook at home! What a disaster. I am sure you will all sympathise with me here – this is one of those situations that is unthinkable and unbearable! I was at a loss as to what to do with myself.

But then I passed the Paperchase in Waterloo station, and I happened to spy a Toft Crochet kit through the door. The kit came with a hook and stuffing and a needle and everything! I was saved!

This is Simon the Mini sheep. Crocheted using 25g of Toft DK. Isn’t it sweet? I definitely think Toft mini kits could be a new obsession.

But my tale of crochet woe does not end here! I finished this little sheepy on Friday and so got back to work on my Willow Crop, but on Saturday, on boarding the train home from work, I realised I had now left my project at work! Doh! And I wouldn’t be back at work until Wednesday! Whoops. So I had to start another project!

#Octopledge 2019 May Donations

After what seems like forever, I am finally able to share with you a donation for OFAPUK.
Life majorly got in the way for a few months, what with my course and being ill so many times and my new job. But hopefully from now on I can get on and continue donating monthly.

I made these little critters using Ice Plaid Cotton.

#Octopledge 2019 February Donations

This month for OFAPUK, I made a trio of Octos.

I think they are perfect for spring, like a little bunch of daffodils. Others in the Facebook group think they look like pineapples. One lady even thought they looked like carrots! To each their own I suppose!
I will update this post once I know how they went. I suspect they will be going to angels, as I struggled even moving down a hooksize to get an Octo with no holes.

Happy Birthday to My Love

I do love a good birthday celebration, and this weekend we celebrated my Fiancé’s 31’st birthday. Here he is looking happy as a sandboy with the birthday gift he got from my parents – a Lubitel 166b Medium format film camera.

His birthday isn’t until Monday but he has to go to Germany to give a speech at a tech conference so we celebrated today with cards and gifts and a lovely meal after visiting Greenwich Market to collect the camera. So now I can share with you my birthday craftiness!
First of all, here is the card I made him.

Did you get the reference? It’s from the video game Portal which is one of his favourite games ever. It isn’t as neat as I would like, but I think for my first attempt at both watercolor painting and paper cutting, I think it is pretty acceptable.
And of course, since in the game, the cake is proven not to be a lie, I too had to prove the cake not to be a lie by producing the cake.


Here it is – on top, the cake in the game and below, my attempt. After spending forever trying to work out how to get the sprinkles on the side of it, I almost dropped it whilst lowering it into the fridge, which I can tell you, was heart stopping moment. Luckily I managed to rescue it, with minimal damage. He loved it!
And of course, in true Me style, I had to crochet him a gift too. And, of course, I finished it whilst he was sleeping on the morning of gifting. Doh! When will I ever learn to be punctual?

This is a Pachimari, modeled on his favourite character, D.va from the Video Game Overwatch. And, I am especially proud of myself as I did not have to buy any new yarn – I was able to complete it using leftover yarn from the Loot Llama I made back in December.

I am particularly proud of the little headphones. I think I managed to pack in quite a lot of detail!

#Octopledge 2018 Final Tally

Goodness me, its been a whole year since I joined Octopus for a Preemie and what a year its been. I thought I would take a look back at the year in donations.

I have made 63 Octo/Jellies/Flatties in total. 45 of those went to preemie babies. The other 18 went to comfort angel babies and their greiving parents. 
My most successful month was October, where I donated 17 little critters and 100% of them were preemie passes. 
I have crocheted 2281 yards of yarn creating these little critters. 
I have really enjoyed making these creatures for some of the smallest and most vulnerable members of our society. And the charity has had an amazing year, but they still have so much work to do.
If you love amigurumi and want to give something back please consider joining us. The facebook group has over 20000 members and press articles often say we have over 20000 volunteers but this is a misinterpritation on their part – in reality only around 300 of us are actively making – and we have around 90 hospitals to supply so any more crocheters and knitters who can actively donate would be super welcome! Just type in Octopus for a Preemie UK into facebook. You wont regret it! 

A complete Llama

Yahooooo! I completed the Loot Llama! And in the nick of time. 

I finished the bulk last night, so took some photos. 


At this point I was just missing the saddle bag and tail. So as I took the train down to visit my nan today I furiously crocheted away. I crocheted on the train, I crocheted in standing in the station car park, I crocheted in my nans car, and I crocheted at my nans house. Finally, I managed to crochet and assemble the saddle bad and tail and fix them to the main body. 

I love it but my word it was close to the wire. So many small parts to sew together! It seems not to matter if I start crocheting in July or december, I still seem to finish in the eleventh hour – my partner has a good explination though – he reckons its because starting early means you are more ambitious, and I think that is very true this year of me. Oh well – at least I had fun!
And because its christmas, I thought you may enjoy some pictures of my cat photobombing my photo shoot!

#Octopledge 2018 November Donations

Hello all! Another month has passed and another bunch of Octos have been donated. 

Admittedly, a much smaller donation than last month. What with a rotten stinking cold, tummy bugs and the mad dash to finish christmas gift making it was hard to find time this month. 
I will update once I know how they have done! 

Augusts Makes

Oooh this has been another month filled with Plenty of Crojo. Knitmeter tells me I have crocheted over 2200 yards of yarn this month! I think that is a record for me! 

First I completed this shawl.

I polished off this Linen Stitch Cowl.

Then this Pachimari Amigurumi.

I managed to make 5 octos in total.
Then I completed this jumper in under a week, a real acheivement for me.

And I made this Cactus on a train between Eltham and Whitstable.

Then I made this hat.

I finished part 6 of the Hook n Learn CAL.

I made another hat.

And I finally got started on the Pick n Mix CAL! 
A great month for productivity. And if it wasnt already a great month, I have some news! Some of you may remember that back at the end of August I had an interview for a new job. Well I can finally tell you all – I got the Job! I have been offered a position as a Railway Signaller with Network Rail! What a promotion!  I found out a while ago, but was waiting for everything to be formalised and contracts to be exchanged and things to be confirmed. It really is a dream job for me so I am super excited to get started! I have to wait for the next Signalling School to start so wont be starting until January but what a great start to the new year! 
What a month! 

Prickly Pear Cactus Ami

A quick project to share with you today.

I made this Ami on the train to Whitstable on Saturday. On a whim I decided I wanted to make a little something extra to go with the wine and chocolates we bought my future father and step mother in law for their birthday. As it is it took a little longer than the train journey so we stopped at a little indi tea room for cake and tea and a bit of ami assembly. Here I am working away – my fiance took this photo and he really likes it. 

As it was a spur of the moment project, I cobbled it together with whatever yarns I could find. So the green was Drops Paris, the yellow is Scheepjes Catona and the brown was Wendy Ramsdale. 
I am pleased to report that the recipients loved their new cactus.