Thursday, 23 November 2017

Square and Triangle

I have finished my two centre squares!


They're so cute! You can't really see in this picture, but there are three little popcorn stitch bobbles on each corner, which adds a bit of texture.


I've also finished my first edge triangle. These were a bit more fiddly - I found the main colour row after the light pink a bit of a struggle, but winged it and it looks right so I'm just gonna roll with it! I have decided to make the other 5 triangles in a batch, colour by colour, to try and save some time/sanity. They're currently complete up the to turquoise row, so they should come together quite quickly now - I'll see what I can manage this evening, after work.

It's starting to look like I may have this project done in the next couple of weeks though, which is exciting! Just means I need to crack on and get the bed painted and finished, so it's ready for it's lovely new blanket! My project after this are a set of teddies for a colleague. I already have the yarn, so I can start those straight away!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Octagons

I've just finished my six octagons!


I'm really pleased with them! Im so thrilled with how the colours have turned out - my favourites are bottom middle and bottom right! I'm super excited to be able to start the squares now. Despite only having had to make six of these, they are large and quite labour intensive...not helped by my massive mistake whilst making the last one (if you follow my Facebook and Instagram pages you'll already know about my "octagons don't have nine sides" fiasco!).

Anyway, time for bed. I haven't been at all well over the last couple of days and work was a real struggle today. So I'm glad I've ended the day nicely. It's always satisfying to finish something (although I have technically only finished a stage...it's the largest stage though right?).

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Dave's Blanket

So, I recently realised that I finished Dave's giant blanket 2 years ago, but never actually got round to taking proper pictures of it. The size is an issue, so I just never bothered. At the moment, it is downstairs in the spare room though, so I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures this morning! Long awaited but here we go!


For those who are new to my little world, the pattern is the Sherbet Dip Blanket pattern by Nicki Trench, which featured in one of the early issues of Simply Crochet magazine. It was great fun to make - or would have been, if there weren't 361 squares! I really wanted to make something big enough for a double bed though, so it certainly manages that!


It took me 2 years to make, with a few breaks in between. By the end of it, I never wanted to make another square again haha! I do love it though, as does Dave. He chose the colours, and I positioned all of the squares so that no colour is repeated next to one of the same colour!

Anyway, it only took me 2 years to bring you this finished project update - sorry about that! I just thought you'd all like to see how it eventually turned out!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Week 45

Lots of food and crafting!

5th - 12th November

From left to right: a yummy cake from Steve, reading time, my lovely new drawer knobs, sending silly pictures to Ruben, palak paneer, yummy chicken for dinner, my second finished set of drawers, frozen food instructions for Dave, and crispy beef!

Week 44

Time for colder weather!

29th October - 5th November

From left to right: condensation on my windscreen, time for candles, purple car, our fish have found a spot to hibernate, spots!, scarf time, a massive full moon, herbs, and sunlight!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Second Cabinet Finished!

It's taken me a few weeks, but I have finished my second bedside cabinet for the spare room. Hoorah! It looks awesome - especially with it's funky drawer pulls!


The distressing came out really nicely on this one. I only did one coat of white, which made the sanding process way quicker than the last one. I also think the overall finish is better. Still happy with my first attempt but this is definitely my favourite of the two. The drawer pulls were the absolute perfect colour as well!


I opted for a crackle glaze ceramic finish (it was one that Dave hated the least!!) and the colour is spot on. After looking all over the place, I finally bought mine from Knobbles and Bobbles on eBay - you can visit their shop here. They've got some lovely coat hooks that would match beautifully as well, which I may buy for the back of the door once I've finished work on the bed. We shall see!

A little before and after for you!

Whilst talking about the spare bedroom, I made a massive mistake on my blanket last night - actually a few days before, by the look of it! I somehow managed to make a 9 sided octagon, which I think is a really special skill. Not so much when it comes to crochet though. I obviously got complacent, wasn't counting properly, and bodged the entire block. So I frogged the last cream section last night, and have started the block again this evening. I will frog the rest of the previous one another night. It's so frustrating though, as it's actually my last block of the set! Onwards and upwards though, with lots of careful counting from now on!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Week 43

I missed cooking!

22nd - 29th October

From left to right: finished my malaria tablets, walks to work, new earrings, poached eggs for breakfast, blanket block pile is growing!, came home to find Dave hanging fairy lights, my first apple strudel, eggs from Fiona's chickens, and a "lobster pie" for Emma (chicken and leek...haha!)