Tuesday, 31 May 2016

An apology

Very quick post, I just want to apologies for the fact that people aren't getting comments on their blogs off me at the moment. I've recently discovered that there's some kind of issue between google and yahoo and because of that while it's showing me that my comments have been posted, they aren't actually showing on people's blogs. I don't know how long it's been going on, but I am seeing everyone's beautiful work and am trying to work out how to solve it at the moment.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Ooops, how did that happen?

Firstly, thank you so much for everyone who sent me congratulations last week, I have finally stopped being giddy (mostly because I've now realised that we've got a wedding plan, and that's in no way scary, but we've got a couple of long car journeys ahead of us, captive audience conversations, it'll be fine). 
Secondly, crafting, you know, the thing this blog is actually about (I'll try to keep wedding panics to a minimum, but I'm not guaranteeing that they won't happen). So, I finished the baby blanket off, it's not actually that different to last weeks post, as I decided to go for a simple, one round of triples in lemon, but I do still quite like it, now I've just got to organise a visit with the little dude and his parents to pass it on.

And here's the beginning of the next baby blanket, I do so love variegated yarn, it avoids all those tedious yarn changes (and all that darning in), although I do have some lovely colour strip plans in my future, you know with my copious free time. Anyway, this is using Magic Light by Ice Yarns (again) and the pattern is Cosy Strip by Attic 24, just without the actually striping. I do love her patterns and can see myself making many variations of both this and her ripple blanket in the not too distant future.

Finally, a tiny bit of me stitching (because that's what I need in my life, more me stitching that I don't have time to work on). Geckorouge had a sale recently with an additional 10% off on existing member discounts, and I was very weak and ended up with two kits (this when my next members kit is due in a couple of months anyway). This is, obviously, one of those, it's Cara Mia Mon Chere
by Medusa Dollmaker, and I'm completely in love with it. I actually started it last Friday before we went for our weekend away and so in my head it has sort of become linked with our engagement, and it has a sort of romantic theme, if you think about it, so it has now become my engagement project. Chances of it being finished before the wedding, zero! Chances that working on it will make me happy, very! So in to the rotation it goes. I'll finish something, one day, in the dark and distant future.

And talking of new starts (and ignoring the fact that I have a new start list a mile long), I've half got it in my head to make a wedding present for Ben, I'm just mulling over ideas for that at the moment (along with when I think I'm going to do it).

Monday, 23 May 2016

Look, stuff has happened!

I'm quite proud of myself that I'm actually having stuff to show at the moment, on a weekly basis you can see the difference, well, I can, but I'm not counting on the fact that you can. Either way, don't get used to it. However, I digress, and so early in the post. Here is the main body of the first baby blanket completed, I now just need to do a border on it, and decide what I want to do with that, I was thinking just a basic triple stitch (double for the US), but I can't decide whether I should do something else as well, I'm just not sure what. 

Secondly the wedding sampler continues, I know, it still doesn't look like much, but I am loving being back to my stitching, I've added a whole second colour now, and hopefully am on track, ideally I'm looking for it being finished by the end June, I think it's possible.

And finally I do have other news, I got engaged at the weekend. See how good I was, see how I posted about the crochet and stitching, the things that are meant to be about first before going all giddy about it! I am quite giddy I must admit. I tend not to post about my personal life on here, but I couldn't resist sharing that one.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Things are happening!

Just to prove that I have been doing things (of sorts) in my recent absence, I have tow things to show this week.
Firstly is the first on many baby gifts that I'm working on, a baby blanket. This is using the Blackberry Salad pattern, but I'm not changing colours just using variegated yarn. For those of you that want to know, this is Ice Yarns Magic light, and it has an almost fuzzy texture on the bobbles!  
Secondly, because it's been so missed, I've started a little stitching. This is a gift, so I'm still missing my own projects, but it's nice to be stitching again at any rate. I can't remember what this chart is called, judging by the kit it's a Russian company (although I bought it from Sew and So, so I'm happy that it's legit), and it's two sheep holding a lantern of sorts. It's very cute and will make a sweet little wedding present, which is the plan.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Bad blogger!

Very bad blogger, I've just looked and I didn't post at all in April... so firstly, hello, I'm still here and kicking.
Part of the reason I haven't been blogging is I haven't been cross stitching, and I don't like to post crochet too much because I mostly do blankets, and I'm aware that once you've seen a couple of stripes you've seen them all... however, I finished my first blanket this week,which is a present for my Grandad. It also survived the washing machine, which I'm incredibly releived about. Having been working on this on and off for about six months I think I would have cried if it hadn't.

I have other projects to work on so hopefully I'll be able to post some more updates and try to remember to post once a week again, it's mostly crochet, but there are a few things that aren't blankets, and there is a cross stitch project in my future... I'm definitely missing my own projects at the moment, but I reckon it's going to be a few months before I'm able to get back to that... although my reward is to completely blow off my 2016 plans and allow some new starts once I've got everything I need to done.
The other reason for not posting is I did go on holiday for a week (I got sunburnt in Wales, I'm still amazed by that), and we've been manic at work, having had a few people off sick, so I've been working longer hours and coming home knackered!
Anyway, he's my pretty colourful blankets, and hopefully I'll get back to posting more recently.