Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!
I hope you have a wonderful time with your family or friends or whoever you are spending it with. And I hope you got lots of yarny goodness! I certainly did. 

Rhapsodye yarn from step grandma in law, Shawl project books from mother and stepfather in law, and then Stolen Stitches, Gamer Crafting and Sylvan Tiger Yarn from mum and dad. I also have a £25 wool warehouse voucher! Yays! My family know me so well! 

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!

Kjersti's Hotel of Bees

My word what a day we had yesterday! We travelled down to Whitstable to see my Father in Law-to be and his wife and her daughter. Its two trains to get there and should take 1 hour and 30. Unfortunately en route due to many seperate incidents our first train got delayed and delayed some more, then finally got terminated mid journey at northfleet. So we had to wait for another train to get to gravesend. That train was also severely delayed. By the time we got to gravesend we had missed our connection and had to wait another hour for the next one. We aborted mission and asked father in law to pick us up. Its a good job we did as the train an hour later ended up being delayed by 2 hours along the way! It was crazy. 
We had intended to come back last night, but when we checked they were also completely buggered and getting stranded for hours so we decided to stay at their house and he drove us back thismorning. 
Anyways, I can now show you the Shawl I made for Kjersti – the Father in Laws wife, as I was able to gift it to her yesterday.

I love it so much and so did she!

She was so happy to receive it as it is so her.

She has an obsession with bees.

As I pointed out every little detail to her she loved it even more. 
Its so exciting to see people open their hand made gifts! 

Quick Christmas Gift Rundown!

My goodness! Christmas is now less than 2 weeks away! Have you still got gifts to make? If so, here is a handy dandy rundown of quick gifts you can make in 1 sitting. 
1. Jeanie Beanie
This Beanie by Twisted Arrow Designs is so super quick to make, and only requires a single ball of chunky wool. 

2. Divine Beanie
Worked in worsted weight yarn, this hat by Sarah Arnold grows quickly and works equally well in varigated or solid yarn. And it only requires a single 100g ball of yarn. 

1. Desert Winds
I have made this scarf by Jess Coppam at the Make and Do Crew twice now and have also taught a beginner crocheter with it. It is so simple and easy but the results are wonderful. It works up so quickly and is a good mindless project that you can be working on whilst watching a christmas movie. I used a single Caron Cake, but I reckon you could make it out of any pretty yarn you like. 

For The Kitchen
1. Clean Sweep Dish Cloths
These dishcloths by Erika Loftin work up really fast – theres only 6 rows! You could nock up a whole pile in a few hours!

2. Gems Hot Pad
The Gems Hot Pad by Phyllis Wortman would make a wonderful gift for any cook – and pairs really nicely with other cooking tools as a gift set. This took me around 3 hours to complete, but I misread the pattern and did way more puff stitches on the final round than are neccessary, so you would probably finish it quicker if you stuck to the pattern. 

For the Bathroom
And of course, I should probably pop a few of my own patterns in here too. A set of wash cloths/face pads can be quick to make and paired with a lovely bar of soap can make a cute little gift. You still have enough time to make a set for the whole family! 
1. Bobble Face Scrubbie

2. Cluster Face Scrubbie

3. Starry Wash Cloth

So I hope this has been helpful! Good luck in finishing by christmas!

(Belated) Christmas Crafting…

Ok. So I know christmas is over. But in true ‘ME’ style, I am once again behind. I had really hoped to get this finished in time to display for christmas (as well as some of the items from this range published in simply crochet issue 50) but the Last Dance on the Beach blanket really took over my life in November and December. So I only just got around to finishing it. 
I know. Its late. In fact so late that I finished it the same day we took all the decorations down… (on sunday). Now I could have left it lingering but I really need to try to keep on top of my projects. So I cracked on anyways. And here it is!

And here are a few detail shots. 

Over all I am quite pleased with it. It turned out really cute. 
It is slightly different to the original. 
For one, I didnt stick to the yarn guide – the pattern suggested using Scheepjes Catona for the brown white and red colours but then Scheepjes Sunkissed for the rest. This seemed quite illogical to me, so I chose to pick simmilar colours in Catona instead. 
The other difference is due to my own sillyness. I didnt bother to double check the pattern before buying the polystyrene base, so had to modify the initial panel to go around a base that was 5cm larger in diameter. It took a lot of manipulating but I managed it eventually. 
I must say though, I absolutely adore the little candy canes – arent they just lovely! This particular shade of Catona (Poppy Red) is just so festive! 
I cant wait to crack on with more in this range. Hopefully this year I can keep on top of my christmas crafting…