30 January 2014

Back to old crafts

I finally found some time to get into crafts again. I'm afraid to say it's mainly yarn - crochet and (very recently) knitting. I seem to have lost a little of my interest in beading. But I'll have to get it back as I have two projects that need completing. 

Our addition arrived safely in August, and is absolutely adored by her siblings! She reached the stage of wanting to touch everything long ago so I have to keep yarn out of her reach!

So, at the moment it's crochet and knitting. I learnt to knit aged 10, and even have the book my mum bought mr for my birthday :) So far I've done a hat, which was lost at school but luckily found!! He loves it, as you can see.

And will also be working on a sweater for my youngest.

I joined a group on Facebook where they have a theme every month. January was a crochet-along (CAL) blanket/afghan. And this is what I'm making:

I have until tomorrow to finish it. The yarn is lovely (from Lidl) and I've managed to resist buying more when I've passed through for shopping. 

Let me get on with it. I have one more section of colour to do then I need to edge and block it!! Have a good day and thank you for checking in despite the drought!!

25 May 2013

Those pesky ends!

But at least I am almost there! The end is nigh!! 
I only showed this blanket in the early stages, but today I finished the crochet part....well the main part. All that remains is the border and getting rid of those pesky ends. Which pesky ends, you may ask? I am dreading it but the effort will be worth it in the end. 

I think I'll make a start on them tomorrow, and think about the border as well.

12 April 2013

There's (almost) always a good reason

And I have a good one for why I haven't been keeping up with my blogging....at least I hope it's acceptable!

The first month or two of the year were difficult for me. I felt quite ill most of the time, and was lacking energy to even do any beading or looming. Now, that shows you how bad it was! I normally don't go a few weeks without working on something! Anyway, I finally mustered up some energy and started on the bracelet with the swirl pattern. And the afghan for our sitting room.

I have to admit that crochet has somewhat overtaken my beadwork of late! I have my nephews' blanket to finish still - the yarn I needed was out when I went to buy more. I've also started on one for my daughter, with the next being for my son!

Anyway, this was all about explanations! The reason I've not been keeping up to date is this little bug!

We are getting ourselves ready to welcome a little mini-me towards the end of summer :) All is well so far and she is active. The picture from the second scan isn't great as she was lyng on her tummy - showing signs of stubbornness already! And we had the chance to really see the heart beating for a while. Even the two sections were clear. Just amazing!

My eldest is very excited and keeps asking, every time I have an appointment, if we are getting the baby!! I can't wait to see them with her :)

So now I have to plan some more crochet. A blanket and hopefully jumpers and a hat and socks! With so many projects on the go I'm not sure how I'll fit it all in! Time will tell!

For now I will sign off. Work calls then a weekend at my brothers with my mum and minis. Enjoy your weekend and whatever it may bring :)

11 March 2013

The pain of it!

My GORGEOUS nephew was born last week (one week today!). I had planned to make him a blanket, and started one sometime in February. You know when you work on something and it doesn't inspire you or make you want to work on it? Well it was one of those. Despite everyone else saying how nice it looked, I just wasn't happy. So I put it away...or rather didn't work on it.

After trawling the Internet and seeing some amazing works, I changed direction!! I'm now much happier with what I'm doing - using tunisian crochet. The issue now is I have found a mistake!, about 8 rows back!! I dropped a stitch. I've already had to undo about 3 rows. So I've decided to just add in the missing stitches and continue. The thought of going back all those rows is too depressing! Open illy it won't affect the design. Still the bottom section so I think it should be fine. This is the last photo I took, I'll post again when I've made more progress.

27 February 2013

This crochet

Take 3 by MrsN_K

Is really making those beads take a back seat!! This one will, like my bead portraits, slowly reveal itself. Hopefully it looks good :) Use will be decided when its finished.

Now where did I leave those beads??!

15 February 2013

Neglect is such a bad word

But that's what has happened with my blog. We were away over the Christmas break, and fell straight back into school and work routines almost immediately on our return!

To be honest I've not done much beading or crochet of recent. I've been feeling a little off for a while, but hopefully I'll perk up soon....well ok, I'm starting to perk up. And here's the results of that.

I bought some accessories for my Mirrix just before Christmas - a spring for size 15 delicas and an extra warp bar. Both are occupying the loom right now. I wanted to try working with 15s and have finally gotten round to it!

I'm liking working on something narrow. First time in a long time! I've had to stop after breaking a needle an not having one small enough to pass through. I guess I'll have to make a trip to a store seeing as I'm no Lilly to order any beads soon.

My other project. Something for our home. My son asked who I'm giving it to! That tells you a lot (including I think he liked it). Here it is. A granny suare/zig zag blanket. It's wider than I had planned so that's good. I'm now working on lengthening it :)

I'm really eager to work on it, despite the width - I've not done something this wide in...well..almost 5yrs!! I'm working out the colour order as. Go. Randomness can be a good thing sometimes :)

It's good to be blogging again. Hopefully I can keep up this year. Have a good day, or what's remaining of it.

9 December 2012

The crochet bug bit me!!!

And I'm finding it hard to resist it! I've rediscovered crochet after seeing the beautiful handy works of my clever sister (please take the time to visit her blog HERE).

So, I started a while ago on what was to be a handbag....it decided to take on a mind of its' own and become a blanket. So I plodded and crocheted away, interspersed with some beadwork of course!!

I finally finished the border about two weeks ago, but the boring bit still remained - weaving in all those ends!!! I started questioning why I had done colour changes. But it wouldn't have looked so pretty otherwise!! So I present my first granny square blanket

In the process of making it, I chose the recipient - a friends' baby! They (read the mother) are eagerly waiting on it. Hopefully it lasts them a while....well it should considering its' size :D

My oldest wants me to make him something so i m now working on a jumper. I also started a variegated thread shawl for my youngest. I run out of yarn but bought some a while back. I have to decide what I can take to work on to and from work this week.

As for beading, I'm still doing it but I can't share. One will be shown once the recipient gets it - I'm involved in a swap on a group. I just hope she likes it!!!

I also recently got a macro lens (let's call her Tammy). BEAUTIFUL as a macro and portrait lens :) I'll have to wait for spring for some serious bug action, but here is one I made earlier.

The coming week is set to be cold with possibly sone snow! I'm off to bed with a warm cup of milk and a little more crochet. Goodnight and enjoy your week :)