Sunday, 22 July 2018

Week Off - Productivity!

I'm back to work tomorrow, after a really lovely week off. I feel like I have achieved a lot!

Home away from home!

We started out with a little time away camping - we opted to visit Kent, an area where I spent every summer as a child, and Dave had never been (other than the standard school trip to Dover to catch the ferry to France!). We stayed from Sunday to Wednesday on Far Acre Farm in our little tent and had a fab time visiting Leeds Castle and Dover Castle! The weather was super hot...almost too hot, and we both tanned up nicely!

Since getting home, I smashed through the housework and then got some serious me time, which I so badly needed! I have finished 2 books this week, meaning I am now through 10/16 of my Goodreads Challenge, and in a really good position to finish it this year! I have read 3,512 pages since the start of the year, so my page count is looking good as well.

Camping and crochet

I also managed to start and finish another baby blanket this week! Just a quickie holiday project, but one that I can add to my Etsy shop once my new labels arrive (exciting times!). Just need to give it a wash and block, and it's good to go! It was my first time using Caron Cakes yarn, and I found it a joy - the colours worked up really nicely (which I will show you when it's blocked and looking prettier).

Sunny Sunday Square

Also on the crochet topic, I released my first paid pattern this week! If you missed the updates on Facebook and Instagram, where have you been? You can find the pattern available to buy here on Etsy - it is also listed on Ravelry if you prefer to use that to purchase patterns! I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and I have already had a couple of sales, which is really promising. It's been good for the self esteem, if nothing else. Definitely more to come though, and I have some exciting ideas lined up to continue with!

Raspberry frozen yoghurt!

Next up, I spent some time with my best friend! We haven't had a day out in ages, so when Kirsty asked if I wanted to go fruit picking, I couldn't resist. I remember spending hours in fields as a child at various Pick Your Own locations, so it was a definite yes! We chose to visit Sopley Farm (which is in the same village as I got married in!) and it was fab. I opted for raspberries, and have turned them into some delicious frozen yoghurt. It's not something I have made before, so I was pleased with the outcome (considering I don't own an ice cream maker). I also got to spend some quality time with Kirsty, so that's what really counts!

In addition to every thing else, there have been BBQs galore, I've been able to spend lots of time with Dave, journalled, worked on another crochet project (taxidermy elephant for a friend!), watched films, listened to music, and recharged. It's been a really awesome week...and I only have a couple more to go until another little chunk of time off. Yay!

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Sunny Sunday Square

I'm sorry I have been so absent recently - I've been crazy busy, and despite being off this week, we were away for some of it, so I haven't had much chance to update til now.

I would like to share my newest pattern with you all though! It has been nearly 10 years since I last wrote a pattern. I stopped for a number of reasons (confidence being the main one) but decided recently that I would have another go, have a little more faith in myself and take the leap. It's nothing fancy, and perfect for beginners - just a little granny square you could use for all kinds of other projects.

I would like to introduce you to the Sunny Sunday Square, which I wrote a couple of weeks ago...on a Sunday haha! It has been tested by my lovely friend Sam, and seems to work!

At the moment I have it listed for sale in two locations, available to download from Ravelry and Etsy.

I would love to see what you guys all come up with, so if you do decide to give it a go, please upload a picture onto Instagram and use the hashtag #sunnysundaysquare so that I can see! I'm excited to see differently colour combinations and yarn choices (I opted for a cotton DK yarn because it was next to me, and it photographs well!).

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Week 26

Sun, crochet and doodles!

25th June - 2nd July

From left to right: one of the office sunflowers is getting a flower, unicorn hair, Ruben's birthday cake, a little bullet journal calendar, our underwater family, my second unicorn is finished, going from blue to grey, this is what halterneck sunburn looks like, and the start of July!

Week 25

Animal week!

18th - 25th June

From left to right: starting a new baby blanket with some of my Drops yarn, I won some champagne at work!, MJ the goldfish is poorly, fishy kisses, "Oonicorn" went to nursery (I love seeing pictures of my toys with their new owners), the remains of the roast chicken I made for my Grandparents, baby bird in the garden, the unicorn from my Fibreshare partner's package - I got it for her little girl, and MJ in bucket hospital...

Week 24

Sending off my own Fibreshare!

11th - 18th June

From left to right: our lovely fish and the first lily of the season, stitch markers from my Fibreshare partner, fish and chips in the garden (felt kinda bad eating this next to the pond!), June bullet journalling, wrapping my Fibreshare goodies, more June doodling, close up on our lily, a glimpse of my Fibreshare parcel with it's new owner, and a pretty wildflower spread.

Week 23


4th - 11th June

From left to right: time for chillies, pretty thrift in our garden, my Fibreshare parcel arrived!, scabiosa flowers, sleepy Alex cat, watching Waterworld with Sarah, my first attempt at Hariyali chicken, transported my work sunflowers home, and my wonderful yarny gifts!

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Another Unicorn

My second unicorn went to her new home yesterday!

Number one and two!

I made the second one a lot quicker than the first, and I'm pleased with how she turned out! I went for some slightly different colours (I thought a bit of neon green would work nicely) and think shes really cute.

I used the Sweet Unicorn pattern again, and this little lady is for another of my colleague Julie's granddaughters. I hope she likes it! It also means I will have some more money to donate to Julia's House Childrens Hospice!

Next on the hook (from an amigurumi point of view) is going to be a taxidermy elephant head for my friend Liz! It's a pattern that featured in Simply Crochet a few months ago, and I'm excited to give it a try!