Greatest discovery!

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Today I went late night shopping at a retail park and discovered that a shop there sells wool :) but not just standard wool..pretty wools, multicolour wools, wools with pompoms attached, thin wools, thick wools and my favourite a really soft grey one with tiny sparkly sequins woven in! As soon as I saw it I knew it would make a beautiful infinity scarf and mittens set. Once I have some spare money I will definitely be paying another visit and stocking up. I think a few people will be getting handmade presents for Xmas this year…

Struggling through

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Crochet has been put aside for a few days because I’m ill. Yep, again..the perks of working in childcare haha! But this morning I snuggled myself up with a lemon green tea and my hooks to try out a layered flower pattern I found in an old magazine.

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Still haven’t finished it, there are meant to be more layers but I think I might keep it small. I’m going to look for a simple blanket pattern and put this with a few smaller ones in a corner.
It won’t be for a few days though, I’m back off to bed now..

I did it!

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Hooray my scarf is done!

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I had to finish it a few inches shorter than the pattern said as my wool ran out and I’m not sure how to start a new one half way through yet! I loosely sewed it and tried it on first though so I know it’s good :) I’m hoping for colder weather soon so I can show it off.
I’m quite excited to find something new to work on now. Let the search begin..

Things are coming along nicely.

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It’s been a busy Saturday of house viewing and shopping (seriously addicted to green tea at the moment, my flavour collection is growing!) but I still managed to squeeze in some crochet time in front of the tv this evening. My scarf is slow going but lots of progress

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and I had a little browse of heart patterns to add to my name garland. Still not convinced that’s what I want though, any ideas would be appreciated :)

Productive day!

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So far today has been very productive. Even with my ‘morning after a few cocktails’ feeling!
I finished the letters for the garland

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and started a longer project, an infinity scarf that I found on Pinterest. It’s got stitches in that I haven’t used before but seeing the pretty pattern developing after only 3 rows is a real incentive to keep going.

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I think this will be one that I come back to every few days in between making shapes for the garland. Not that I’ve decided what to do yet!

Eye strain :(

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The idea that finally made me decide to start crochet was to make something for my niece. So many of the presents she gets are clothes or toys that she will grow out of so I wanted to give her something to keep..at least for a bit longer. Tonight I started making it, not entirely sure what it will be in the end but so far I have 3 out of 4 letters of her name made. It only took an hour and I really wanted to do the ‘Y’ as well but it looks like it will take longer and I don’t think my eyes can take anymore :(
Here’s what I’ve done

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(I know it’s not a great standard, but she is only one she won’t mind. And if she does she can’t talk to tell me anyway haha)
I think it will probably become some sort if garland with either flowers or birds depending on how much practice I manage.
Off to rest my tired eyes now and consider visiting the optician. Sigh..goodbye money..hello glasses..

Take two..not bad..

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I don’t think there is an emoticon with a smile as big as mine is right now! After 3 hours and lots of counting, recounting, unravelling and more counting look what I made..

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It may not be perfectly stitched or fit quite right but I made it all by myself and as I only made my first ever stitches yesterday evening I’m quite pleased!

Now on to something that uses more than one type of stitch. Eeek!

Unsuccessful yet very proud

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I finally managed it..before work today I ran to town and bought some wool (poundworld. cheap, probably not the best quality but ok for practicing!) then tonight I made my first stitches :)
Once I started I didn’t want to stop, even though I had to concentrate it was quite relaxing. Unfortunately I can’t say I’m very good, I found a mug cosy pattern which just used double crochet and made that..by the end it was rather lopsided. I started with a chain of 15 but by the end each row only had 8 stitches?! So I unravelled it and tried again. This time I finished with 11 so a slight improvement!
Anyhow I’m proud of myself for learning and (not sure whether to admit this part, oh the shame…) have been singing Dora the explorers ‘we did it’ song to myself. Thankfully my crochet hooks didn’t leap up and sing the backpack and map parts!
I unravelled my second attempt too but will start posting some photos when I manage to make something recognisable. For now I will go to bed with a proud grin and count stitches til I fall asleep :D

Hooray!

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Hooray I have my hooks :) and they are all pretty colours! I’ve also been given some magazines with lots of tips and patterns to try out :) unfortunately I have no wool yet. I’m seriously considering unravelling an oldish jumper just so I can get some practice in but hopefully I can resist until tomorrow evenings trip to a shop.
Is it normal to be so excited about buying wool?!

Planning ahead

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I’m currently off work sick and have spent the last few days laying in bed, sitting on the sofa or struggling between the two. As I’m still yet to collect my hooks my activities have been limited to tv, books and phone (I have no computer :’( ) so have been feeding my Pinterest addiction far too much! I think the cutest thing I have seen so far is this owl ‘bunting’

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I clicked through to the link ( http://bulubu.blogspot.com.ar/2013/09/y-salen-mas-guirnaldas.html?showComment=1378399692890#c1845600333753353847 ) but unfortunately its not in English, I think it’s Spanish but wouldn’t like to say for sure.

Soo there are two things I’m hoping to find out..

1. Does it look like it would be easy to make? To me it looks pretty straightforward, quite plain with no fancy stitches or patterns but I’m new to all this so could be way off the mark.

2. Can someone translate it for me? Or maybe there is already an English pattern for it out there somewhere.

The reason I want to make this so much is that I have a very sweet 18 month old in my family who is slightly obsessed with owls and I’d love to give it to her. Maybe for Christmas if I get practising!

Thank you in advance :)

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