My obsession with HAED and crochet and yarn and stuff . . . . .

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

I've been hooking ....

my little hands off and I've got my first large project done!  It's the Anna Shawl from a pattern on Ravelry.  And I did it!! I even managed to follow the pattern! Ok there are a couple of mistakes, a single instead of a double crochet in one place and some missed chains but hey! it looks alright :-D

This is done in a purple dk cotton yarn (Vinni's) which was a bit of a toad to work with at times but on the whole I had great fun with it.  I do need to block the shawl out which will make it a bit bigger and will really open out the pattern.

I've already moved on to my next project, a scarf for a friend who is having a bad time at the moment.  I'm doing it in a super squooshy merino so it will be nice and soft.  I've nearly finished it but I won't post a picture until she has got it.

Monday, 30 April 2012

More stash .. and some finishes

I finished my first every granny square blanket, you know the one using the (bloody awful) free "yarn" I got with a magazine?? Well DD1 decided she wanted yellow in it too as it's her favourite colour so I had a quick trip to the LYS and got some yellow.  Two yellow granny squares later and it was done.  After bodging sewing it together, we decided it looked a bit unfinished :-( so five rounds of granny later around the edge and DD1 proclaims it done! Yay!

Next is my funky scarf - I don't know why but for some reason the colours remind me of a pinata!  It's quite long, but that's ok and I like them wrapped around.  It looks really good with my denim jacket :-)

Finally, some more stash (ooops!).  Two more of the gorgeously smooth Lantern Moon hooks - in a 5.5 and 6 - and this too cute project bag (Lantern Moon again) for when I'm out and about.

Last, but by no means least, some really cute stitch markers that I found on!

I am now absolutely itching to get started on my Anna shawl, the fab-u-lous purple yarn I have for it is screaming at me so I'm going to make a start on it tonight once the girls are in bed :-) For today though, more granny squares!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Some crochet wips

.. today, first up my funky scarf.  I started this for a bit of practise with my tension and stitches.  So, I chained 150 - using a no 4 hook and some fabulously bright Wendy Supreme luxury cotton DK - and did three treble crochet into each chain.  But I realised it was too short when I had got to the end so I did a bit of a bodge job and added another 150!  I will have to see how it turns out!

And second, my emerging pile of granny squares! You can see that the (acrylic) yarn is marbled and it varies from pinky-purple to a dark purple marl so it should look quite interesting once it is all put together.  I'm using my favourite No 5 hook for this one and I'm getting 9 squares from each 200g ball.  27 squares down, 63 to go!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Starting out with some stash ....

Well I started the week by purchasing some hooks from purplelinda, just standard metal ones but a complete bargain for the price and, coincidentially, the same as the hook we had been given in our goodie bags at the crochet course.

Next, a schoolgirl error.  I picked up the only crochet mag I could find.  Bonus I thought, it's got six balls of wool on it, I can use them to practice on.  BIG mistake!  Awful awful acrylic wool! It split all over the place but I have managed to make something with it .. more on that later.

So, off the wool shop I went.  Now our local wool shop is a little, um, chaotic to say the least.  There is wool everywhere!  Shelves, floor, the cash desk, piles by the door, under the shelves .. it's great!  I wanted something a little better than I had but I wasn't quite ready for any sort of hand dyed proper posh wool.  So I picked up some purple varigated wool - acrylic again but sooo much nicer than what I had.  I also got myself a knitters needle to stitch things together.

Most exciting though, I treated myself to a gorgeous Lantern Moon hook case.  Here it is - 
Oh and even nicer, two Lantern Moon hooks, in a 4 and a 5, just to start with.  Of course, I fully intend to get a whole set!

Finally, I thought I ought to have some sort of book to refer to.  I can't get used to the English terminology so I went for this one, it looks a bit of fun and the author is American:

This is the good thing about getting a new hobby - all the lovely new stash you get to buy :-D

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Something new ....

I signed up for a beginners crochet course.  Why?  Boredom, yes a little.  A need to to learn a new skill, yes.  Wanting something with a little more immediate finishes and portable than my stitching, definitely!  So I thought - crochet, why not.  I had seen all those cute little bugs and cupcakes that my fellow bloggers were making and I wanted to be able to make them too!

So, the crochet course.  Saturday 14 April 2012, the day I learnt to crochet.  I had had a little practise just with a scrap of yarn but I didn't even know what stitches I was doing.  I do now.  The crochet course was one of the most interesting and inspiring days I have had in a long time.  The teacher Honey-Lee was amazing!  She has been crocheting for 30 years and is so fast!  But it was her enthusiasm that was catching - she loves crochet!!  It was great to meet people who were 'into' crafting - I just don't seem to meet other crafters 'in real life'.  

We started with the basics, a cloth, using single and double crochet (I should add here that I have been taught the American terminology and it actually makes more sense to me!).  Ok, I unpicked it a few times but hey! there was the beginnings of a cloth!

Next, the granny square - hated by Honey-Lee - but I LOVE them!  I think it is their uniformness (is there such a word??) and I quite like that they are repetitive.  Then on to the start of a monster, well that was a bit of a disaster (too many increases so he was a bit wonky) but, it was a start.  Finally, we started a big project, a shawl.  I chose this one - Anna's shawl - so just basic single and double crochet but I bought some gorgeous purple wool to do it in.  I can't wait until I get a little better to make a start on it.

So, a busy day, but sooooo fab!  Oh and the food was great too, always a bonus :-)

*and yes, I wish I could claim that the fab blanket at the top of the page is mine - but no such luck!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Awww shucks .... I got an award!

I'm so excited, honoured and happy to say that the lovely Erla has given me a Liebster award! Thank you so much Erla!  You really should check out her blog, she has the most wonderful stitching on there :-)

The Liebster award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting.
  1. Choose 5 up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award the Liebster to.
  2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  3. Post the award on your blog.  List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites.  Leave comments on their blogs so they know about the award.
  4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don’t know about you.

Here are the five people (and their blogs) that I’ve chosen to share this award with:
  • Clare Clare (fairly) recently had her first baby (who is gorgeous!!) and so, understandably, hasn't crafted or blogged for a while.  Here's hoping we get some more update of her fantastic Train soon!
  • Falstaff Folly Sue's blog is always beautifully photographed and you can follow her adventures in doing something New52!  This year, Sue is trying out new recipes and so far they have all looked delish!  Oi Sue, bring some round here!! ;-)
  • StitchySam Sam always has such beautiful stitching and is a fellow HAED addict!
  • Fireflies and Cats in the Garden Leonie's blog is always full of great pictures and is a fab read.
  • Shhh because this one is cheating .. but only very slightly!  The Manbroiderer has just over the 200 limit but I had to include him as he does some amazing work!

And here are my 5 random facts:
  1. Before I had my children, I was a lawyer .. and I hated it!
  2. I am a keen amateur photographer and have been lucky enough to get the really good shot or two!
  3. My favourite colour is purple, and I even have a purple kettle!
  4. I have registered for a beginners crochet course (they provide lunch and homemade cake, what more could you ask!) and I'm really excited about learning a new craft.
  5. I love to read.  One year I kept a note of every single book I read and it totalled well over 300 - but then I didn't get much stitching done that year!

I'll be back soon with an update on A Princess is Born because I have nearly reached the end of page 2 - yippee!!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Just had to post today ...

.... because it's leap year :-)  

Anyway, I am way overdue an update - life has been rather tough lately what with one thing and another.  But all through it I have had my stitching as a constant, reassuring, presence.  It can't say anything to comfort me, it can't hold me when I feel down but it is still my friend - it is always there when I need it.  

So throwing myself into my stitching I have finally managed to complete the first page of A Princess is Born by Hannah Lynn.  I love the colours in this one so much, but the blardy confetti was an absolute pig!  I've moved on to the next page now and it's not quite as bad so I am hoping that it won't take me the six weeks page one took.  Yes, six weeks!! I can normally get a page done in two weeks max!

Next up is Tranquility (The Vintage Angel).  On to page two with this one, but I have to admit the blue got a bit much.  It will make a nice change from the confetti of Princess so I have a feeling I will be going back to this one soon!

Sadly neglected at the moment but one that really needs to be completed, is my page on the Chelsea Project of Chelsea's Gift (Hannah Lynn).  Not really that much to do but I didn't park on it, and it's driving me crazy squeezing all those odds stitches in!

Finally, is Mini Masquerade (Sessler).  Another confetti mess but so nice to have a limited palate of colours, you definitely don't spend so long finding the next thread you need!  Despite it being a mini, I really think that it has lost none of it's detail.  I am really pleased with the way it is turning out.

I've realised that I have been totally unrealistic with my stitching goals this year - it's nearly March already and I am seriously behind.  I have discovered also that I don't like stitching to deadlines! So, I have decided that I am going to drop the HAED SAL piece, Bookend Kitty.  It's cute and I love it but I really can't get in to it at the moment.  Maybe I might get back in to it later in the year? Who knows, but for the moment, it's coming out of the workbasket.

Friday, 27 January 2012

And the winner is .....

The fourth person to post that they wanted the travelling pattern - FAERIE!!!

Congratulations Ali!  Please message me with your postal address (I will aim to get the pattern in the post to you on Monday) and also your choice of prize!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


Today is the last day for the travelling pattern draw!  If you haven't already put your name down to receive this super-cute pattern next, make sure you get it done now!!  I will be closing entries at MIDNIGHT (UK time) tonight, 24 January.  

Don't forget, you could also be in for the giveaway too!


Sunday, 15 January 2012

Ta da!! The travelling pattern is ready to move on :-)

At long last ... I have stitched the travelling pattern!!!!!! Now c'mon, don't faint - I really have done it!  Here's a little bit:

And here it is finished!  For some reason, the colour of the fabric has been totally lost in photographing, it's a pretty pale lime hand-dyed but it looks a patchy grey to me here :-(  I've stitched this one over one on 28ct with Carrie's Creations hand-dyed thread in Berry Blast.  I really like the way it has turned out :-)

So, the pattern now travels on - after a slightly longer than anticipated stopover in frosty Oxfordshire. 

If you would like to receive the pattern next, please leave a comment below and I will draw the winner next Wednesday which is the 25th of January.  You should note that if you would like to be part of the travelling pattern there are a few rules:

  1. You must have a blog. 
  2. Comment on this post only, saying you would like to be part of the Stitcherhood.
  3. You must have an active blog to participate, if you have a blog but never post on it you won't be chosen to be the next stitcher. 
  4. The stitcher who will receive the travelling pattern must stitch it (within an acceptable time frame) finish it and display the finished piece for all to see.
  5. Then the stitcher must offer up the traveling pattern for another stitcher to use and it will be off on its travels again.
Finally, as I have had the pattern soooo long and I feel ever so slightly guilty, I am adding a little giveway to the winner :-) You will also receive a RAK of your favourite Heaven and Earth Designs QS or SK.  Or if HAEDs don't float your boat, then a voucher for an online needlework store.

Happy stitching everyone, and good luck!

PS  Please feel free to tell your followers about the pattern and the giveaway!