Eighth pair of wristies

What do you do when the car’s in for repairs, an MOT or service? Shopping? Visit a cafe? Stay in the garage workshop and wait? Well today, we had a product recall on our family car. Driving there in the snow, the DH and I chatted about tomorrow’s party and wondered whether the snow would settle this time.
The car was booked in for an hour, so my DH and I went to buy some school sports socks for my daughter – her pair had mysteriously fallen out of her bag after a sports lesson on Friday. She also broke her zip on her school skirt and therefore it needed a new zip. We then didn’t need much persuasian to sit in the cafe and nope, I couldn’t just sit there, could I?

I wrist-knitted this scarf in between sips of cappuccino using wool that was in the reduced box. Then I headed home with the repaired car and tried out a new crochet pattern for my next pair of wristies 🙂

I’ve not done zig-zags before, so I’m pleased with the result 🙂

Wristies – made in an evening

OK, hi everyone! Yesterday was my birthday and what better way to spend it than my DH and daughter taking me to my favourite craft store (with its very own cafe) for breakfast with my son home from uni)?
While we ate, I glanced at the rainbow selection of wool stacked from floor to ceiling and racks of ribbons in every colour under the sun :-). There were yarn bombs decorating the indoor pillars and a delicious variety of books to suit beginners and experts alike. So, what did I buy?
My youngest child wanted me to crochet her some wristies (she’d seen the ones I made earlier in the week). She chose some wool – blue flecked with silver and a grey for the stripe. While she browsed, I flicked through the books. One caught my eye and made me giggle: a book on pipe cleaner pets! Not seen one on that before! I resisted buying the book – for now – but for anyone interested in trying a new craft … It’s also available on Amazon:
Maybe this is something to try next year on Squarebird?
I then found some pretty pink and grey yarn which was perfect for my friend. This evening, after watching the indoor sparklers flicker on my birthday cake (bought for me by the colleague I’d made the red wristies for earlier), I crocheted another pair of wristies for my friend.

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Now onto making some for my daughter!



When a colleague asked me to crochet or knit her a pair of wristies and gave me free reign over colours/style and pattern, I checked out a number of patterns and basically it evolved from 38 chain. I modelled the size around my own wrist and hand length. She hasn’t seen them yet (I said I’d have them ready by Friday), so hope she likes them now they’re finished. I enjoyed making them so much, I’m going to make myself a pair!

The wristies consisted of mainly trebles, so the pattern grew quickly – if I’d opted to do some knitting, they could well be waiting until after Christmas!

First ever crocheted necklace

Over the year I’ve achieved several firsts at crafts:
Pewter casting
Patchwork chicken pin cushions
Toothbrush bracelet (yes, really)
Printing on a gelli plate
Completing a 39 square embroidery project
Painting a mural on a wall
Creating a magazine-rolled pen pot
Book sculpting
Holding my first art exhibition (outside of college)
Creating my first knitting pattern and publishing it
Taking part in the National Novel Writing Month, achieving the winner’s 50,000 word badge and working full time!
Stitched my first teddy bear out of a cushion cover …

…just to name a few! There have also been many crafts I’ve revisited and enjoyed very much such as drawing and sketching, book making, lino cutting and printing, pyrography and writing haiku. Time and again, I reminded myself that it would be a huge challenge to produce a craft a day as this blog suggests in its name. I mostly achieved that – and sometimes posted more than one post in a day – until I began to work full time and seeing my son go off to uni. It was only when we got to November I reasoned with myself that I could produce better work if I spent more time on it than pushing myself to get that blog post out before midnight!
There have only been a few days when I’ve not added a blog entry … that’s only recently. This is because I’ve realised there are some things that need to stay hidden for a bit so that ideas can grow and creativity can happen :-). Also, some opportunities happen when you least expect them … and aren’t even consciously looking for them (such as when I found the route to buying my first printing press) and having one of illustrations published (outside of the blogesphere) this week!!! That really was exciting!
Now, I have editing to do on my newly written novel – a creative journey in itself, so if this blog goes quiet you’ll know that I am still busy creating. But … I’ll be back and hope that you will drop by and say hello in the comments now and again.

Meanwhile, here is another first: I’ve never made a crocheted necklace or piece of jewelery before. I was inspired by a colleague wearing a knitted bauble necklace at work today. She had a lovely deep red jumper on and a long necklace. As I’m not keen on knitting, I decided to attempt to make one using a size 3 crochet hook and a ball of cotton string :-). I chose string mainly because I’m not keen on the wool colours I have in my cupboard; each of them were bought with specific projects in mind or I’ve been given random odd balls of yarn by my mum who knits trauma teddies for children who’ve been displaced through natural disasters. I’m also thinking that I might dye the string now that I’ve made the necklaces. What do you think?



A new crochet hook

Just posting something I was doing yesterday – a work in progress. I started this round of crochet a few days ago and the needle snapped. My lovely husband bought me a new set and I managed to do a bit more of my project. Today, however I’ve been suffering from an excruciating migraine, causing me to be in bed for most of the day and I’ve been avoiding computer screens. Apologies for not sharing a new craft, but my body said no today!


Yarn Bombing in Bath for charity

Yarn Bombing … A crocheted or knitted rose for charity March 2014

Next week there are workshops in Bath City Centre to knit or crochet a rose – there is a free pattern/tutorial available at http://www.emmaleith.co.uk/category/tutorials for people who can’t get to Bath to have a go at home and make a rose for charity.  According to the article in the paper available at:

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Knit-rose-Bath-Fashion-raise-money-charity/story-20677102-detail/story.html completed roses need to be in by 30th April and can be handed in at the following places or posted to Emma herself.

Wool, 19 Old Orchard St, Bath, or Great British Yarns, Unit 9, Brassmill Enterprise Centre, Brassmill Lane, Bath.  UK.  or Emma Leith at White Cottage, Devizes Road, Box, Wiltshire.  SN138DY

I thought I’d have a go …

Here are a couple I crocheted this morning following Emma’s tutorial 🙂

Daisy Chain

Craft 48/365 Daisy Chain

It was mufti-day on Friday for my daughter. She wore a daisy chain in her hair and had lots of comments from teachers. I found the little chain of daisies at a Christmas market and you can buy extra daisies to make really long chains.
I decided to have a go at crochet using some remnants of wool and odd buttons. I started off with making a magic ring and 8 dc around it. Then I made the petals by crocheting seven chain and linking this chain back to the dc in the magic ring. The flowers were individually attached to a long chain of bright green wool. Considering I had no crochet pattern to follow, my daughter was pleased with the result!Image