Weekly Post Round-Up #4

Sorry this post is coming later than usual today…I’ve had a busy week and an especially busy weekend! Last night was my first Rainbow sleepover and 7 of the girls that I volunteer with attended their very first sleepover…and didn’t do a lot of sleeping! It resulted in an afternoon at work on only 5 hours sleep but I had loads of fun so I don’t mind. I even have the badge to prove it!

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Anyway, onto the post summary!

This week was a strange one for post, as I didn’t receive anything from Postcrossing, Swap-bot or #PostCircle. I knew that there would be a slight lull as I couldn’t afford to enter as many swaps for a while, so less swaps means less post 😦 but, as pay day was last week, I did have some exciting parcels containing some things that I had ordered instead.

The first thing to arrive was my pack of Alice in Wonderland stamps that I mentioned in an earlier post. I also received three acrylic blocks to mount the stamps, so I have tested the first three and I’m going to keep collecting acrylic blocks for the rest of the stamps. Continue reading

Stash-Buster Challenge 2013

Well, I have been crocheting for 8 months now and knitting for just a few weeks but I have already noticed that my stash is quickly becoming out of control! My stash really took off when my Grandma donated lots of unwanted yarn my way, but since then I have added to it a fair bit!

I tend to be good when buying yarn and only buy it for specific projects that I have in mind but getting round to doing the projects isn’t always as easy as I imagine! I also have a lot of Ravelry projects in mind to use up any odds and ends that I have lying around but so far I haven’ t got round to actually doing any of them!

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More Craft Buys! (I Can’t Help Myself!)

I’ve been shopping again! And I wanted to share some of my buys with you! First up are a couple of bargains that I got last weekend when I went out with my boyfriend when I found these in The Works:

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I got a pack of 50 6×4 pastel coloured cards that were reduced to £1.99 in the sale! The pack has pastel blue, green, pink, yellow, orange and red cards and, fr such a great price, I couldn’t leave without them! I’ve not done much card making in the past so I am looking forward to trying a new skill.

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Crafting Charity Shop Finds

Recently, someone told me that the Dove House Hospice charity shop in the city centre had opened up a craft section. Where I live, craft items fly out of the charity shops before they even hit the shelf so it is almost impossible to find anything worth buying in them when it comes to craft. So, intrigued by this idea, I made a trip there before Christmas. Sadly, with the festivities looming, I couldn’t afford to treat myself but yesterday I made another visit and this time my boyfriend decided to treat me after longingly gazing after this: Continue reading

Latest Crochet Projects

I have been working on a few small projects this last week, so I have managed to complete three things from my Ravelry favourites!

The first project that I wanted to take, was inspired by this mug cosy that I discovered during my Rainbow of Etsy.


I thought that the cosy was adorable and looked lovely in the cheerful yellow colour. When I discovered some oddment balls of yellow yarn a local yarn store for 25p/ball I knew that this was exactly what I wanted. I found a pattern on Ravelry, which incorporated a coaster into the mug cosy design. I decided that this was a more practical solution, so I made this:

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A Trip to Whitby!

Whitby Abbey!

Last weekend, my boyfriend decided that he wanted to have a trip to Whitby since I wasn’t working. Since I only live one and a half hours away, I have visited Whitby many times, but since my comes from Skegness, he has only visited it once, and had never been to the Abbey.

So we set out on Saturday morning and the sun was even shining as we made or way over the moors to Whitby! Once we had arrived (and finally found somewhere to park!) we wandered through the old town in the direction of the Abbey.

One stop that I simply had to make on the way was a trip to Bobbins, whose sign claims it to be ‘a knitters paradise’ and it certainly is! Located inside an old hall, the room is crammed full of baskets of luxurious wool. Be prepared for an expensive visit though, they don’t stock any cheap yarns!

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For the Love of…Post!

I’m one of those really sad people who gets ridiculously excited about getting post. My neighbours have an Airedale Terrior who has a really loud bark, and I have even learnt to distinguish the ‘postman bark’ from any other passer-by! Upon hearing said bark, I will race to the door like a loon and eagerly await anything that might come through our letter box! The only down side of exciting post is that it often involves money to provide parcels…something that students never have a lot of!

However, this week I decided to treat myself and here is what the postman has brought me!

My first order was for seven balls of Debbie Bliss Amalfi in Apple Green. I bought it from Black Sheep Wools (.com) where it was reduced from £4.50/ball to just £2.25/ball! I just couldn’t pass this offer up, especially as I have been looking for the ideal yarn to make this blanket…

 

I fell in love with this design when I saw it and it seemed like a great way to use up the fabric that I have left over from my appliqué projects! The tutorial is available here: http://www.sewingdaisies.com.au/sewing_daisies/2012/01/tutorial-kaffe-fusion-blanket.html

Upon measuring out my fabric for the blanket, I discovered that I needed three more different fabrics to complete it, so I bought one from eBay that  I had had my eye on for a while…

 

I love the newspaper print style of this fabric, combined with the flowers…I was just waiting for a reason to buy it! I am still two fabrics short, but once I have been paid again, I will be raiding My Fabric House (.co.uk) as I always love the fabrics that they sell!

Finally, my last little treat that I bought for myself was from Whitby. Although this one didn’t come through the post, I can’t resist showing you it!

 

I bought myself a ball of King Cole Galaxy DK in Fuchsia, simply because I loved the colour, and it has sequins in the yarn! I have taken a close up but unfortunately my camera refused to focus on the sequins 😦

 

Although I had no idea what I was going to use it for, I knew that I couldn’t leave without it! When I got home, I looked through my favourites on Ravelry and found this scarf, which is ideal but (you guessed it) will require another ball! Back to Whitby it is then…

However, the design is technically for a shawl, but I prefer it worn as a scarf so maybe I can get away with making it smaller? Probably not but we’ll see what happens!