A Very Late WIP post

Hello everyone. I am very sorry for neglecting you all lately. I have been trying to find time to crochet but as you know, I am living in a hotel during the week righy now whilst I attend signalling school, and the lighting is so bad for WIP pics. Also I thought living in a hotel would give me plenty of time to crochet, buy I have spent almost all of my free time studying. So much studying. We had our first observations this week, which gladly, I can say I passed. Buy we have our first exam next week, so I fear I will have little time for crochet. I will try not to neglect my blog completely but it is very hard to find time to blog, so for the next 3 months I may only be posting on the weekend.

Anyways, whilst I am at home with my photographic equipment, I grabbed a few pictures of my current works in progress.

I am still working on my kindred spirit scarf. I am well into the decrease half of it so each row is getting quicker and easier. I hope to finish soon!

I am also making headway on my baby blanket. It’s growing nicely.

And finally, I made a start on my February donation to OFAPUK. Still trying to use up half balls of yarn, so I went with these two very springy colours. Like a daffodil, just in time for all the spring babies.

Some Charity Mittens

OK, so do you remember last week I had a mahoosive clear out of yarn? I sold some of it on ebay, which made me £120 to pop in the Yarndale fund. And then I had a pile of odds and ends and single balls. Those I intended to turn into some sort of charitable donation.

Well, I have worked out where I will donate them. I have found a foundation called Knit For Peace. This foundation takes in all kinds of hand knitted and crocheted goods and allocates them to much smaller initiatives in need. Homeless shelters, old peoples homes, hospitals, refugee outreach programs, women’s shelters, to name just a few.

So now I know where I will send them, it was time to start crocheting. So this past weekend, I started with two pairs of mittens.

I made one with the leftover Noro Haniwa from my Sailors Moon jumper. This pattern is the Make us in One evening With a great movie Mitts by A French Touch.

And I made 1 from DMC Natura. These are the Lucious 1 Skein Mittens by Tamara Kelly at Moogly.

One small pair and one chunky pair.

Next on the agenda, a couple of chunky hats. I am currently living in a hotel with 10 other trainee signallers (I have 12 weeks of this to get through) and I am suffering a touch of social burnout from constantly being around the same people from breakfast to dinner, so this evening I had dinner early and alone, a very comforting dinner of pizza and halloumi fries, then had a lovely warm shower, and now it’s time to cosy up in my jimmers and crochet. Lush.

A Big Destash

Recently I have been looking at my stash and suffering extreme choice fatigue. And I realised that you can, in fact, have too much yarn. I have so much yarn that I bought because it was on sale or because I thought I wanted to make something with it but then never got around to it and now the inspiration is gone. So I decided to sort out my Yarny life.

First, I had to clear up my stash on ravelry. I discovered (after 6 years on Ravelry) the feature that allows me to remove yarn from my stash and place it into an ‘All Used Up’ folder. And all of a sudden my digital stash shrunk almost in half! I went from a tally of 157 to 90.

Then, I went through all of my yarn in my draws and cupboards and boxes and god knows where else, and assessed all of my yarn. Does this bring me joy. Am I still excited for or do I even remember what I had intended this for? If I didn’t love it, In the ebay pile it went. And my goodness, I was surprised by just how much yarn I no longer wanted:

5.85kg of yarn gotten rid of. That bought my digital stash on Ravelry down to 73.

Whilst chugging along I also organised all of my odds and ends into one location. The leftovers from other projects that still contain enough yardage for a small hat. I intend to turn these into hats for charity. Once they have been used up, my digital stash will have gone down to 62.and I have also resolved to use up all of my odds and ends of Cotton yarns in my OFAPUK stash, before starting a new skein.

Now I intend to cease purchasing new yarn (We shall wait and see how strong my will power is on this one) wherever possible, so in theory, the only new entry into my stash will be the WYS The Croft which I intend to buy with the Wool Warehouse vouchers I received from my Fiance just as soon as they are back in stock in the Colourways I want.

Now I feel much more organised and my craft drawers are much less over stuffed and I can focus on the projects that really excite me. If I can abstain from unnecessary yarn purchases until September then I will have more nmoney to spend at Yarndale, which would be an absolute dream!

Some New Project Bags

Back in November, I purchased a lovely little project bag covered in sheep for my mums Christmas gift. I got it from a lovely lady on Etsy called Josiane who’s Etsy store is called GladeOfDreams.

As a thank you for my first purchase she gave me a discount code for my next purchase. Well, mum loved hers so I decided that for chris’ Birthday, I would get him his own one. Up until this point he has been using one of the organza bags provided by Wool Warehouse but organza doesn’t hold up well to dpn’s. So I thought it time he had an upgrade.

And of course, it would be daft of me not to get my own project bag too, wouldn’t it? So I got this one.

And, the parcel came with an added extra – she had thrown in an extra little notions case as a thank you for being the first buyer of 2019. Isn’t that lovely? and its the perfect size to fit in my stitch marker tin, my chibi, and my jammy dodger tape measure.

So If you need a project bag, do go over and check out Etsy – she is still quite a small business and I am sure will be very greatful for your visit.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GladeOfDreams

And Whilst I am here, I want to share with you some yarn I forgot to share with you back when I got it in December – check this out:

I received this yarn and pin badge as a reward from Sealy MacWheely, for helping to fund her dream of opening a Bricks and Mortar store via Kickstarter. The colourway is a kickstarter exclusive, so you won’t be able to get this specific colourway, but I would definately recommend giving her Instagram a perusing – just don’t blame me if you can’t help but spend all of your money!

Boxing Day Sales and A wonderful Holiday

Ok. I know that yesterday I said I was trying not to buy any more yarn, but there are some exceptions…

First of all, I want to share with you these yarns we got from Truly Booked in their boxing Day sale.

I do have justification though. I wasn’t actually the initial shopper here. My fiance was looking at yarn other which to make socks, and when he asked “do you want anything before I check out” I really can’t be expected to say no, could I. So the yarn in back is mine, and the one infront is my Fiance’s. Can you well we have a favourite colour?

I also received another gift from my Fiance for Christmas (I received a steady stream of gifts after Christmas since my Fiance forgot to check delivery times on half of his purchases). Isn’t this the coolest. A marriage of my love’s of crochet and tattoos.

And then onto our holiday. In the gap between me finishing my old job and starting my new job, we decided it might be nice to just spend a few days somewhere different, so off we flew to Vienna.

And of course, we had to check out the local yarn shops (it is now a tradition after all). We visited 2 yarn shops. The First was Wollewein. This wonderful little shop has its own line of yarns as well as stocking Fernerwolle, and Austrian yarn brand. You can’t miss this shop if you visit the city center – it’s in the beautiful Greek orthodox church building. Whilst you are there just a few minutes walk away is a wonderful restraint selling hearty Austrian meals in an informal setting – Schachtelwirt. We had the best Roast Pork with Crackling, Dumplings and Sauerkraut so tasty it made me want to learn how to make it at home. Anyways, I digress – again, not all of this yarn is mine. The green and grey yarn is mine – I almost picked a sunset shade but then decided I already have so much yarn in orangey shades that perhaps I ought to try something else. The darker yarn is my Fiance’s. Again with the purple – he liked this one because it apparently works up like a purple tiger.

The second shop we visited was Lille Butik GMBH. Very unasuming from the outside, but full of beautiful yarn on the inside. And there was a wonderful little market on the streets adjacent, so if it hadn’t been icy cold and snowing, we could have easily wandered around longer drinking and eating local produce. I got just 1 cake of yarn here. Poema by Laines Du Nord. Italian so not technically local but they do share a land border and I have never seen this yarn before so that totally justifies the purchase.

And now to find projects for these lovely yarns. Any ideas?

Bonus – of course, max smelt yarn and had to get involved so here are the out takes.

She just can’t help herself!

A New Toy

I remember the joy I had when I bought my first ball winder – the happieness that can be acheived from a lovely little cake of yarn is something that is hard to understand if you dont knit or crochet.

Well, my original ball winder was great, but it is only rated up to 4 Ounces. Which is just over 100g. However, I would argue that it is only really suitable for 50g – at around 80g, the yarn starts to bunch up, with large gaps between lines, and the yarn often slips and gets stuck in the gears. Its for this reason that I am a little scared to wind my expensive hand dyed yarns on it. 

Well, now that my hand dyed yarn collection is quite large, I decided to use some of my christmas money to purchase a larger more heavy duty. Enter this beast.

This winder cost me around £20, and is rated up to 10 Ounces. which is almost 300g! And of course, once it was out of the box, I had to give it a whirl. 

Out of the maximum security yarn storage box (A special clip lock box that the cat cant get into) came this gorgeous Abstract Cat Superwash Merino in colourway Joie De Vivre. I was given this gorgeous yarn in september of 2017 as the winner of a giveaway that Hannah over at Quiet Water Craft was running as a celebration of reaching 800 followers. I finally found a pattern that I love so I am pleased to say it is finally getting its moment to shine! Isnt the cake beautiful? I was transfixed as I wound it by all the wonderful colours – from the outside of the initial hank, it looked like a beutiful blue varigation, but as you get further into the yarn, there are actually gorgeous shades of purples and aquas too! I cant wait to work it up! Thanks Hannah! I am flying to Vienna tomorrow so this will be my in flight entertainment.

Nine For 2019

So now that the new year has begun, I am joining in with this Nine For 2019 instagram thing. Here are my 9 projects that I hope to complete. 

Finish My Pick n Mix Cal by Lucy Croft
Finish my Hook n Learn Cal by Lucy Croft
Raspberry Pi by Joanna Scrace
Sleeveless Top by Wendy Love
Lucinda Shawl by Vicarno Crochet Designs
Nepal Beanie by Michelle Costa
Blooming Crocus Top by Sweet Potato Crochet
Bear Hooded Cardigan by Mon Petit Violon
Lacy Top by Lisa Richardson
I have a huge number of other projects in mind too, but these particular ones have yarn already assigned so these are the ones which will be focussed on first.