Serious Stash-Busting!

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on a few small projects that have been counting towards my stash busting! The first of these was the beanie that I made to send to Cupcake Mummy as part of her drive to collect beanies for cancer patients…It is on it’s way via Airmail now! Here is the finished beanie:

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It went a little wonky because I was stitching in a rush and I miscounted but luckily the handle of my Avon trolley is beanie shaped! I popped it on here over night to straighten it a bit but, as you can see, when it is being worn the wonky-ness isn’t visible luckily!

I have also been busy making some things for a friend of mine who asked me to crochet her two jammy dodgers and a Zingy! Continue reading

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So Many Stitches

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Last week Me and James went to stay with his parents for a few days, which meant a few days away from university work and a few days to focus on crafts. I took the birthday card that I have been stitching with me and made a huge amount of progress! I should have it finished soon but I’m afraid I can’t share it with you until they have received it!

While we were away, I bought the threads for a couple of other project, the first of which was the metal cuff that I bought last week. I was hoping to sit down on the evening of our return and stitch it as a quick project but it is anything but! I cannot find a needle anywhere that will go through the holes which is a pain. The improvised solution I have come up with it to use my needle threader to pull the floss through the holes but it takes so long and it has already broken one threader so the project is on hold until I can come up with another solution. And if that wasn’t headache enough, the chart for the rose from the magazine has been adapted to fit in the bracelet, but there is no chart showing what changes have been made so I am having to try and work it out from the photograph which makes the progress even slower. Continue reading

Stash Buster Challenge #3

On Monday I sent James out to buy some white felt as it was much easier than finding mine! This meant that yesterday I could sit down and finish my Zingy’s…in theory! I had some uni reading to do and an essay and between that and a meeting and an impromptu coffee date I din’t make as much progress as I was hoping! I did get this far though:

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21st Birthday Presents

It has been weeks now since my 21st birthday and I still haven’t had chance to share my presents with you! I was completely spoilt but here are a few of the presents that I got.

From my brother:

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You’ve already had a sneak preview of this as I have already begun working on it. I have wanted this kit for ages and I couldn’t wait to get started. I love the pastel colours and it is already looking really pretty.

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A Stitching Update

Sadly, Clair has now returned to Manchester, but I have some things to share with you from her trip here! The first is a long overdue update on my Dimensions Gold European Bistro kit, which I have made some progress with! Here is what I have so far:

 

Although I still have a long way to go, I am really excited to see it progressing! I owe thanks to Clair who helped out on the pavement while I was doing some crochet, so I was progressing in two crafts at the same time!

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Future Crochet Project Planning!

As the holidays just seem to be flying past, I thought I should plan what projects will see me through until the beginning of term (hopefully as a ploy to stop myself from buying yarn when I should be buying Uni books!) So here are the rest of the projects that I want to complete before uni starts again.

1. Cat bed for Christmas.

 

Now that I have finally found a suitable yarn, I will be continuing my Christmas crafting progress with the cat bed for Tabby!

2. Doily!

 

I will have to crack on with several of these if I ever want to finish a runner!

3. Laptop sleeve.

I have had my bag of yarn sat waiting since the beginning of the holiday to be transformed into a laptop sleeve so I must finish this one before term starts again, not to mention I need it to take my laptop to uni…

4. Snoopy.

 

Technically this one is a slight cheat because I still have to buy the black but I want to finish Mum’s Christmas Snoopy!

5. A surprise.

I have a little crochet surprise in store for my boyfriend!

6. A Zingetta.

My boyfriend is still insisting that I make Zingy a girlfriend (in pink with a bow) so once I get some safety eyes, this will be another one to cross off the list!

Presents!

Recently I seem to have been making all sorts of crochet gifts. It all started when I decided to make a Zingy for my boyfriend, who had admired the others I had been making for quite a while. I decided to spend the day after my return from Rome making one to surprise him. Once he came round after he finished work, he was proudly presented with a bag of goodies from my holiday, with this little one peeping out…

 

Well I think his was the best reaction to any gift I have ever made! After squealing he began bobbing around with his Zingy while humming the tune from the advert!

Monday also say my brother’s 17th birthday…what on earth do you get for a seventeen-year-old boy?? Well a Zingy of course! When I had completed my first ever Zingy, my brother even went as far to suggest that he was impressed with it! This never happens as anything his older sister does is immediately classed as uncool! So, recalling this nod of approval, I decided to make him a Zingy too!

Half way through opening his present he commented, “I think I know what this is!” and was very impressed with his gift! And here is his Zingy:

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An Explosion of Zingys!

(N.B. I don’t know what the collective term for Zingys is, but an explosion seems to to work suitably and sounds pretty cute!)

Recently I seem to have spent all of my time making more crochet Zingys! After posting a picture of mine of Facebook (big mistake) my sign language teacher’s daughter spotted it and asked me if I could make one for her and one as a surprise for her mum too! So I set about making two more and here are the latest additions:


I think it is so cute how they all come out looking so unique! The one on the right hand side certainly looks like the most mischievous one out of the three I have made so far!

As well as these two, I am also going to make one for my brother for his birthday, as he was also captivated by the infamous little creature! And my boyfriend is still insisting that I make a pink one with a bow so that my Zingy can have a girlfriend!

Before long I will be able to make these things in my sleep!

For anyone who wants to make their own, I got the pattern from here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/99034027/zingy-the-edf-energy-mascot-crochet?

 

 

 

Building My Crochet Stash!

Even though I am (already!) short on money this month, I couldn’t help myself stocking up on supplies for my next few crochet projects! (My thinking being that if I stock up now I will have enough to keep me busy until I get paid again…) So, after yet another trip to the Hobbycraft clearance isle, I have got a nice stash of wool for my next few projects!

As my slippers are just about complete (pending assembly) I have decided to work on a lovely phone case designed by Tamara. I was actually going to work on my hat next, but on my previous trip to Hobbycraft to buy the wool for my hat, I spotted some Sindar Squiggle at £1.99 a ball. I absolutely fell in love with it! But I had no idea what I would use it for so reluctantly I left it on the shelf. The minute I stepped onto the bus the phone case pattern that Tamara had kindly emailed me came to mind and I was kicking myself for leaving it behind! Although the wool is chunkier than what Tamara recommended, I love it so much I am going to give it a go! A few adaptations may be in order but since I haven’t stuck to the recommended wool on a project yet, I’m prepared to take the risk! So after scuttling back a few days later and grabbing three balls I have come home a happy bunny 🙂 However, I have decided to do this project next as I’m not sure of the total yardage required, so if I start it now and discover that I need more (fingers crossed!) I will be able to go back and get some before they sell out!

Sirdar Squiggle wool for my phone case!

The next project in line is then my hat (finally!) that has been waiting patiently in my cupboard for ages now! I am using the design for this hat on Ravelry, as it uses chunky wool (which I seem to favour) so I got three balls of Rowan Big Wool (also from the Hobbycraft clearance isle at a bargain £3.99/ball!) and I have made this flower to attach to the hat, using the left over wool from my gloves, so that they (sort of) match. Because the wool  I used for the flower was chunky, I only did two rounds of petals so it didn’t get too big for the hat!

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The ‘Frothy Flower’ embellishment for my hat

Next in my list of projects in the Zingy (EDF orange blob) pattern that I found here on Etsy. I cannot wait to tart this project because, let’s face it, anyone who watches the advert falls in love with him! I already have a list of people who want one making! One my trip to Hobbycraft I picked up the only (!) ball of orange wool that they had. It is a Hayfield Bonus DK that only cost £1.49 for the ball but it is slightly more fluorescent than I wanted. However, I’m sure that you won’t notice when he is finished, as only the cuteness will be seen!

And my final project (with wool in waiting!) is this shawl. Technically, it is the shawl waiting for the wool, as I have ordered ball of Caron One Pound wool, but alas, the postman hasn’t delivered it yet, which is why this one is last on the list at the moment.

The beasty ball of wool I am waiting for!

So I certainly have a nice stash building that will keep me busy (until pay day at least!) Then I’m sure there will be plenty more projects that I am eagerly awaiting to undertake!

Plans For This Week!

After having what felt like a less-than-productive close to last week, I am determined to kick of this week in a productive manner (and see it through to the end!)

Firstly, I WILL have ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ finished by the end of this week! I’m currently just under half way through it but I was really struggling to engage with it towards the end of last week (possibly as reading is pretty much a busman’s holiday for me!) but this week I will approach it with renewed vigour and have it ready for a review next week!

In terms of crochet, I have lots to keep me busy! I am still working on my throw, busily completing one square a day! This week, I am going to take a break from working out of my ‘Granny Square’ book, and return to Crochet Geek on Youtube, as she has some wonderful patterns that I never got round to trying so they will all be from her this week! As well as that, I am hoping to have my pink bunny slippers (pattern from the ‘Stitch and Bitch: The Happy Hooker’ book) also crocheted by the end of the week so all I have to do is assemble them! I seem to now have a slight backlog of projects ready and waiting (as does any crafter!) as I have the wool patiently sat ready and waiting to make my hat (the pattern changed due to the thickness of the wool available in the clearance section!) I am also awaiting the arrival of the wool to make my shawl, and now I have found this little gem, not only have all of my dreams come true, but I am going to have to invest in some orange wool!

My cross stitch stash is also alarmingly large! After completely falling out with my large project because of my stitching nightmare, it is still only half unpicked (mainly as the treads kept snapping as I did it) so I’d really like to get that back on track this week! As well as my Dimensions Gold kit, I am also trying to work through some of my smaller kits and projects that I have lying around. I am currently working on an advent calendar for my boyfriend, and with seven of the twenty-four pockets done, that will keep me busy for a while! I also have two lovely bookmark kits and a pot that I want to stitch a fairy for, so hopefully (fingers crossed!) something will be finished by the end of the week!

In other general news, I am going to an event on Wednesday at the local Literary Festival to meet some horror writers, and I am doing some [summer] cleaning, as now I have finished uni for the summer, it is time for a clear out! I have already sorted under my bed (produced two bin bags of rubbish and a carrier bag for the charity shop) and my dressing table and the  small cupboard under it (produced one bin bag of rubbish and a bin bag for the charity shop) and my wardrobe (produced a bin bag of rubbish, a carrier bag for the charity shop and six dresses for eBay!) and yet I STILL have no space for the craft stuff that is growing out of its corner! Hopefully when I sort out THE cupboard (the one where you open the door and run away so stuff doesn’t fall on you!) that will all change!

A busy week for me then!