Wipith Wednesday-ith | Jan 3rd 2018

Well hello, i bet you didn’t expect a wip post from me LOL – SO I have had this C2C blanket since last year and i am almost finished but because its quite big, like i mean it’s the biggest blanket i have ever made. My mum has made about 5 throws in the past 6 months including a bloody double bed – Me however i find comfort in baby blankets.

This blanket was for me, i went all out and spent probably in total about £80 on yarn for this because it’s my favourite yarn. King Cole drifter.
I think i started this project about 6 months ago – YUP! My first crochet goal of this year was to finish this and all unfinished projects, even though i am about to start two more maybe 3 *oops*
This means i have my crojo back, and i am freakin excited!! CROCHETING FOR ME!!!

THIS IS AN OLD PIC OF THE BLANKET and this was when i had just started it, its waaaay bigger now and i did take a more recent picture to show my mum but i can’t seem to find it on my phone. wp-1491604088020.jpg

 

So imagine this blanket way bigger and imagine that i only have about 20 rows to do – Do you guys thing i can get this done by the weekend?
Once it’s done ill have a full post with measurements, how much yarn etc.

Happy WIP day, and let me know what  your crafting away 🙂 xo

Crochet hats, chit chat and a little moan. (No surprise then)

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So I’ve been really busy making things for my December stall, my mum is also making things as she is doing it with me – We both have different styles so it will be pretty awesome to have a partner in crochet crime to join me 😀

I just finished this shiplap Cowl  last night, it only took me a day or so. If i crocheted none stop i probably would of had it done in about 4/5 hours but wouldn’t life be great if we could just sit and crochet without dealing with cleaning or house chores LOL.
I changed it up a little, i do need to add a SC crochet border, hers looks very stiff on the edges mine just flops and folds over so i think its because i wasn’t as consistent with the ridge rows but once its worn it looks like the picture. I wanted them every now and again! I have actually made the matching hat to this  which i did post a picture of over on my Facebook page  – I like that even though i follow a pattern, it doesn’t look the same. I always say that patterns are a mere guide and that your mind and creative hands will do the rest.

 

I got these hats done, the puff stitch one i keep needing to add a bloody pom pom but i keep forgetting lol! So i’ll do that probably over the weekend. I can make a hat in around 2.5 hours if i just keep at it etc.
I also started another unicorn for an order the other day, i have two weeks to finish it so i don’t feel like i am under pressure and going to work on it during the weekend.
Unicorns are my most popular thing and so i have changed my list of things to make for my stall, i have a few other cute items ill be adding which will be done in the next following weeks.

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The weather is certainly not fall, its bloody Arctic up my ends! SO i pulled out my slow cooker which i seem to be doing a lot, and decided to making chicken lobby.
Lobby is a traditional meal from my home town Staffordshire, it’s known as the poor mans meal.
It’s very cheap to make and is so delicious with crust bread. It’s usually done with beef or stewing meat but i really had the taste for chicken.
I’ll be writing up this recipe in the week so you can enjoy a meal i am proud of from my home!

Something really pissed off recently, and i don’t know if this is going to become a more regular thing as time goes on.
I won’t go into detail as i am actually going to do a post about it but i was asked if i could make something by a specific pattern. The pattern costs £5.00 and it had all sizes up to an adult, i assume this person wanted it for a child. Anyways, i gave a price of £25 which i explained the cost of yarn and that i’ll need to buy this pattern.
I personally don’t think this is a bad price…..Its handmade. So my response is, ‘ill think about it’ Which is a no.

What my point is, people want things for free. Especially in this craft industry when they know they can go to a store and buy cheaply manufactured made shit. I get that some people don’t have the money, but surely if you know someone makes something by hand you know it isn’t going to be cheap? I know people in this  world exist that do appreciate handmade things – BUT i feel like when it’s people i know that ask me, they expect it for cheap.
I’m not doing, this is my way of making a living and crocheting items isn’t sometimes a days labour. I know people will look elsewhere for someone else to make it cheaper and that’s fine, they clearly don’t mind being out of pocket.

It really knocked me down a little bit, i feel as though i have gone back three steps and that i am a walk over and will do anything for even the smallest bit of cash. It feels degrading.
I’ve learnt a lot this past year, and i won’t be backing down with my prices. It’s not like i am charging £45. I’ve seen what some people charge, and i aren’t that high.

 

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I am going to sit down with my list of shit to do later make my book for this months first ever book club on my blog! You can join in by reading up about it here 
I bought Decembers book the other day and it’s going to be a lovely Festive read… That’s all i will say!

I hope everyone is okay an busy crafting, i am also going to make some Christmassy things tonight.
Chow for now! xox

Crochet/Craft catch up & my first moon picture

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Howdy people I’ve been reading some of your blogs and it’s nice to see everyone busy with projects. I’ve just finished my last teddy orders, now i am working on the two Blanket orders which need to be done by November BUT this person has also extended there order after seeing me make another mini unicorn and wants two of these as well LOL!
So, i’ve kept my order book closed until the 20th of October, which was something i was going to do so i can get some prep time in for Christmas, which is only fair right?

I also have another order which i have accepeted, but does ‘t need to be done until December but its the same as this mini unicorn but made bigger and personalised.

 

Horrible weekend.

So i was woken at 6:00AM Sunday by a lady with her two children outside our block screaming help help fire. Sadly, the three story block right next to mine was on fire. Her home set a light by the use of a storage heater, because she lived on the ground floor she managed to get out.
I saw the fire, and this horrible sight of seeing someone pulled out. A guy jumped out of his window and one had to be rescued from this ledge.
The family that i am guessing lived above the lady, has sadly passed away today and i feel completely helpless, her two children are still in hospital critical. I don’t believe in God but i do hope that the baby and kid survive.
I haven’t had much sleep, it’s been playing on my mind alot and i can’t get the images out of my head. I have to wake up and see it out of my window as it was in plain view. I wish i could of helped.

My heart also goes out to those all killed in Las Vegas, i have no words to as why someone would want to such a fucking thing.
This world is bloody horrible at the best of times with all sorts going on with Spain and these god damn storms just ruining peoples lives.

So lets just take a few moments to look at how lucky we were. We might not have much money, or not live in the best of homes. But we have a roof over our head, food to eat and fresh water to drink. And some of us are lucky to have friends and family around us as well. 
We are privileged in so many ways, and yet we do take things for granted whether you want to admit that or not.

Back to it

So apart from that, an i aren’t saying sorry for that sad moment. I’ve been a bit grumpy lately. Like i’ve felt extra stressed and cant figure out why – I have even acted shitty with my mum and i shouldn’t because she’s not very well and everytime i am nasty i want to cry because i really don’t mean it. I think its a build up of something idk.

But i have my camera now, just waiting on my back drop stand cause it took me a while to pick one and some lighting so i can film when its darker.
Can’t wait to make videos, it’s easier to explain LOL – I’ve also made a massive list of things to make in the up an coming weeks and what i want to crochet.

Its long………………………………………….Also buying these crochet magazines, anyone else find some of them shit? It’s a hit and miss most months and i end up getting pissed off i just wasted 6.99 on a magazine that has average crap in it. IDK I hate they are in plastic so you can’t even sneaky peak in them.

OH so, this is the picture i took with my camera of the moon 🙂 I still need some practise with the tripod etc but i kind of wanted to hurry as i felt like people in surrounding flats would see this person with her window open and a camera and assume i was a peeping  tom. It’s not bad, i wanted to get closer but it was a cloudy night so i am hoping the weekend will be better as i want to get in on some of those stars!

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 Hannah @ quietwatercraft has been a doll and made me a custom birthday card for my mums birthday! I love it and she has such a cute eye for detail. We also noted that its such a small world, she used to live locally – how crazy is that?? So i check out her blog and her Etsy shop.

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So that’s it i haven’t a lot to say as i am typing this, and scheduling it my hands are frozen as the window is open and i cba get up and close it.

I hope you are all well, and what have your crafty hands been upto????????????????????????

Here is a picture of my cat for comfort. I don’t know why hes cross eyed here???????????????

 

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Crochet owl & blanket

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Happy Saturday folks! I’ve limited myself on how many days a week i am blogging as i just seem to be so damn busy lately.
The washing just piles up and I can’t seem to figure out why AND socks are going missing.
I refuse to buy any more damned socks!

So I’ve been making progress on what I wanted to do and everything that i needed has arrived. (Safety eyes, keychain blanks blah blah)

I’ve decided to make some itty bitty things for my site – Key chains being one. I made this owl one not so long ago which is a free pattern on Ravelry, click here > Owl pattern
I think i will make a few of these but I’ve had an idea and I am going to make my own design of key chains.
So keep a look out on Monday for a collection i’ll be designing and then i can say this is my own work for my online store.

 

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Also I started this chenille baby blanket the other day. I really needed a break from all the hustle and bustle and needed something that i could flow with. I am actually half way done with this since taking the picture and it should be done by tomorrow. I LOVE chenille yarn, this is a lovely Turkish yarn and it literally feels like velvet! I am doing the v-stitch because i love it and totally forget how pretty it looks. Also it’s super quick especially with this bulky yarn.

OH MY yes my 12 point ripple star piece of annoying shite blanket. I progressed a lot with it last night and it hit around midnight an i thought yes I am right on track, this should be done by Saturday night. HAHAHAHAHA – I am so wrong! I somehow had kept going and going ignoring the end of the row where you ss into the chain 3. I must of done about 15 rows…. YES 15 – I realised wtf where is the end of the round? So i had to frog it all because 1. it was bugging me, 2. I would turn out odd and i can’t be doing that with this expensive ass yarn.
So i have fallen behind with it and quite frankly I am not going to do it until Monday.
Its been stressing me and i’ve been hauling ass to get things done and this just angered me so bye for now star blanket :@ :@ :@

 

In other news, I was going to go out today for a meal and even make a cake but i cannot be arsed. I have washing galore, cleaning, a tv stand to put together. So tomorrow the day of rest (so they say) I will cook a nice dinner 🙂

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So in the U.S it’s mental health month and here in the UK it was only for a week but I think it’s now just being known as the month because yeah.
Anyways, this is something i feel very strongly about as i suffer with mental health issues.
Anxiety, Depression and I’m a hypochondriac. – The last one is easily laughable but I’ve lost a lot of sleep over the years. It’s easy to make jokes about how sometimes i think I’m having a heart attack and that I might not wake up the next morning because I am convinced I have a heart problem. I am not actually joking when i say these things.
It’s very hard to admit to people as it’s used a lot to take the piss out of people who worry and think they have something wrong with them.
I do laugh of course as sometimes i sound silly but it also takes a huge toll over my mind and it can be quite hard to live with.

Please don’t be ashamed of having an mental health issues. Don’t hide your problems, talk about them. Too many people don’t like to admit it and a lot of people find it hard to talk and can have a huge impact on them mentally & before you know it, it’s too late to help.
I don’t want to live in a world where this can’t be taken seriously because the damaging effects are serious.
If you know anyone that suffers with mental health, don’t snigger and don’t judge.
It comes in all different forms not just the issues i have. Help someone if you can, let them know you are around to just listen. Because talking can make a huge difference.

If you are sufferer,  speak up. Talk to your doctor or find a local support group where you might feel comfortable in talking. If you ever need to be heard here is a list of numbers and websites you can call or get in touch with  >>>> Help and support

 

And with that guys, i wish you a  very happy weekend! Take care xoxo

Crochet moomin – amigurumi

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Was up you guys, its Friday! Isn’t it funny how the weekend makes you more happier? Unless you have to work then my bad!
So just a few things to get the post rolling is it’s MAY! I did not blog yesterday because I hate Star Wars and could not deal with the may 4th jokes, like I mean this once time it was funny and it was like oh I see what you did but now i feel it’s really annoying.
Yup, I have no sense of humor. I am the ice queen.

The point of it being May is that it’s my one year anniversary from when I started to crochet and this time last year I ordered my first set of hooks after buying one hook and trying to imitate a Youtube video, failing at making a blanket and CRYING like the drama queen that i am *AND BREATHE*
So this whole month is dedicated to me learning how to crochet! I remember telling you guys that i started last year and i may of been a little off with when etc but thanks to Facebook memories  – I got this.

In other news, Day 5 and smoke free. I am not sleeping well, i didn’t sleep til around 5:00AM but i was super tired by like midnight but couldn’t sleep, i then woke up at 8:00am feeling fresh BUT i managed to go back sleep kind of got up at 11 which i needed the rest. I feel really good in regards of craving but i have a cough coming and my nose is blocked, which is a mixture of allergies. I am hungry more, so i’ll be doing a grocery shop but making sure i have mostly healthy stuff. I don’t want to smoke again but it’s been a struggle this week. It feels like it’s been a month, i cried a lot yesterday LOL and just felt weird in general within myself but i think the main with-drawel symptoms have gone.  Not sure what to expect next, i think it’s my anxiety i need to control.

So here is my moomin

Let’s take a minute to appreciate the Moomins! They are so god damn cute and in a way they are like strange looking hippos LOL. I loved this when i was a kid and i just enjoy the loveliness they represent.
I wanted to make something cute and different, also in replace of Mr Fox as he will be burnt and abused next week for my CE testing.

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This was a free pattern which you can get Moomin amigurum free pattern
Amigurumi.today is so awesome for free patterns, I have the app on my phone. I’m using a Samsung so not sure if it’s on Iphones I imagine so! I didn’t use the app to make this i had my laptop open, it also gives you a chance to print the PDF file. Which I am going to do. I want to get a collection of patterns printed off.

This was so easy to make, i did spend like 6 hours doing it because I was kind of watching The Designated Survivor on Netflix LOL! I took breaks also in between etc.
It says 2.5 – 3 i think for hooks, i used a 2.00MM as for some reason doing amigurumi my tension isn’t the tightest so i always go down a size.  I used white DK yarn and some safety eyes.

From head to foot it measures 10 inches down. I did not like attaching the head to the body, it was quite awkward and i think I will change this when i make another once as i plan on making  a few different colours and have them sold on my website but obviously I need to do CE testing so i can sell teddies and things.

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I really love him! He’s been my favourite amigurumi i’ve ever made. Can’t wait to make more!

I’d love to see if you guys make one of these 😀 I think the pattern could be adjusted to make them bigger or smaller. I like the size the way it is though I kind of like the idea of a HUGE moomin!

That’s all for today, my computer desk has arrive so I’ve got my bedroom to sort out. I actually didn’t think it was coming today so big up to Amazon for last minute shit but also quick delivery! I have like 4 more things from Amazon I am waiting for, one big and the rest are nifty little things to use for blogging purposes and taking pictures.
It’s kind of a money saver tbh so i will do a post on that.

I also made some stickers for my website, but I have started to change my site again as i wasn’t happy so I may of wasted some sheets on current logo design and wasted some as i made a mistake in printing. All part of the learning curve. No more changing the site i am 100% happy!

What are your plans this weekend? I hope you have fun whatever you do 😀 & stay safe!