Friday, October 21, 2011

Fits and starts

Hi there!

Well, fits and starts has been exactly how my week's crafty stuff has gone. Out of the whole week, I only felt that I achieved anything yesterday.

So no finishes this week, I'm having a WIP Friday and sharing a pic of the WIPs I've worked on this week. Maybe the fact that there's so many of them accounts for the lack of finishes! LOL!

A certain person has been away with his Gran and Grandpa this week (it's half term), so I've started a Pokemon amigurumi for his birthday or Christmas - I've got a head and a bum so far. He's away on a school trip next week, so I'll be trying to get as far as I can before next Friday.

You'll see I still haven't chosen the final floss for my trees either - I feel like I'm spending far too much time looking for the perfect colour!

Finally, I've also got around to sharing pics of Billy and Belinda in Inside Crochet!

Inside Crochet with Billy Buttons

My name in lights!

Hey - aren't those my photos?

Just as a final thought, I'm not feeling particularly inspired today - please share a link with me that inspires you! Here's something I found yesterday that I'd love to find time for.

See you next time!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The stuff of nightmares

"Help! It's coming to get me!" she screamed.

She didn't seem to be able to run fast enough, but what terrible fate would she suffer if it caught her?

Those awful snapping claws!

And the dreadful headless body ....

Don't worry - Lily was quite safe!

And the 'evil' mastermind behind this terrible monster?

Maybe not so evil after all!

- Composed using BlogPress from my iPod & finished off on a pc!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Blah blah

I'm suffering from a nasty case of the blahs at the moment and not really in the mood to say much, but I wanted to share pics of some bangles I made 2 or 3 weeks ago.

They're all crocheted over cheap supermarket bangles using 4 ply cotton yarn, perle cotton and a 2mm hook. The charm one has some small celtic silver charms and swarovski crystals.

Oh - and I've FINALLY got hold of Inside Crochet issue 23, complete with my Billy Buttons pattern in it! Yippee! Although I'm a bit puzzled - if I send Billy and Belinda off to a photographer, why have they used my own photos to illustrate the pattern? Not that I'm complaining, it's not every day that you have your first crochet pattern published!

Ugh - and now I can't even comment on blogger blogs either - I just get an error. So to Natalie (pinkundine) - I really love the solid cosiness of your blanket! To Sam - I love your stripy mouse! To Hazel - I love the colour and texture of your WIP Wednesday cushion too! To Richard Rose - love the Chrtistmas trees - is that a kind of wiggly crochet?

And guess who managed to wear odd shoes to work all day yesterday?

Not that anyone noticed - or if they did they didn't tell me!

Well, that turned into a longer post than I expected! And now I feel a bit brighter too.
See you next time!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Windmills of my mind


Very helpfully this morning, I’ve managed to leave my camera at home, so I’ve no photos of my own to share today. Not that there’s any particularly exciting on the WIP front. So it looks like today’s post is just going to be a bit of a ramble around my mind!

I now have a back and a front of a knitted monkey. I’m surprised at how fast it’s knitted up, despite the fact that my crafty time seems to be getting more and more limited! The back and front of the monkey don’t exactly look like the back and front of a monkey as the edges are all curled up – I might have to get the iron out. It’s funny, but until I started reading about crochet and knitting online, I’d never heard of blocking, despite the fact that I’ve been knitting and crocheting since I was a child. (The stitching came much later – there are no other stitchers in my family, although my mum knits and one sister crochets.)

Julie commended about knitting being very relaxing and how she’s doing more knitting and crocheting than stitching at the moment. I know what she means – I think knitting and crochet just require a bit less concentration than stitching, so they can be easier to work on at times.

I still haven’t started stitching my trees yet – still working out what I want to do with the different floss colours. I’m planning to keep the number of different colours to a minimum in the hope keeping the concentration levels fairly relaxed – I might have narrowed it down to just 2 colours now, although the red/orange is a bit strong in one of them. I may just break the thread at that point and not use so much of that shade.

This is probably the sort of colour scheme I want for my trees!

Anyway, I hate posting without photos, so for the sake of a few pics, I thought I’d tell you about something I’m working on via Pinterest. I blogged ages ago about how I can find working with colour difficult and don’t feel especially confident about choosing colours for a project.

So, one of the things I’m collecting on Pinterest is colour palettes. I particularly like the palettes from sites like Design Seeds or Photo Card Boutique where they give a photo for inspiration and a palette to go with it. I’mm saving up my favourites in a folder on Pinterest – that’s where the pics in this post have come from. Sometime I’ll kit up some stitching based on one of these colour palettes – I’m already looking forward to doing it!