Wips on a Go-Slow!

I feel as though I am pedaling hard and getting nowhere at the moment!  Maybe I was just so busy with making gifts before Christmas that this quieter pace feels strange!

I have made a couple of bits though.  Firstly these two wash cloths.

I thought that the wash cloths in the kids stockings would be a bit boring but when they came to use them there were instant requests for more!!  The bumpy Pattern makes them a delight to use, they are soft but the bumps massage your face!

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I used the Wash cloth sampler set pattern.  It is a paid pattern from Crochet Spot but if you join for premium pattern membership at $10 a month you can download as many as you want.  They prefer you to stay with them for at least 3 months.  I did 6 months and downloaded all the patterns I was interested in during that time.

I have started another pair of socks, this time for Abi.  Again the yarn is self patterning so I have gone with a plain sock.  I am finding it really enjoyable doing a few rows here and there.

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I attempted a bit of continental style knitting on the rib but got in a bit of a muddle and decided that that would have to be done with scrap yarn!!

I am really struggling with motivation for Josh’s blanket but I really need to get on with it.  I have scrapped the wave pattern I had designed and I am doing a simple shallow ripple.  I need this to be a ‘no brain’ project for those moments when I am too tired to work on anything else.  I think the lack of motivation stems from too many other interesting things to do!!

I have also made this little mouse out of felt to have as my avatar picture.

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He was nice and easy to make being simple shapes.  He now sits on the little table by my chair in the lounge.

Oh yes, my pattern for the month!  I have been working on a crochet shawl which has taken quite a bit of time.

 

I have made one and I am just testing the pattern with another.  Abi has already claimed the first one, the browns but is now thinking maybe she prefers the second!!

 

I have also been experimenting with dyeing yarn and will post about that soon.  I have dyed with fabric quite a bit but not much with yarn.  I just love the effects that you can achieve!  Here’s a little teaser for you!

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The list doesn’t look so sparse now that I have put it together, perhaps I have achieved a bit more than I thought after all!

How are you finding January?  Are you fired with new ideas or just taking it slowly after the Christmas rush?

Blanket making tomorrow so that should be fun, except the friend I do it with is ill. I’m really hoping she’s better for tomorrow. I’m in charge of the creative side and she organises the games afterwards and I really don’t fancy having to do that bit!!

I hope you all have a lovely and creative weekend!

Sharon xx

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A Few Gifts…

Christmas seems ages ago now and yet January seems to have flown by, the sun is shining and it feels like spring out there!  Secretly I’m hoping for a bit of snow before the winter is over,  enough for the kids to enjoy for a couple of days!

I still have a couple of things I made as Christmas gifts that I haven’t got around to showing you so I thought I would get a quick post in this morning.

I did a couple of stitched bible verses for two ladies at our chapel that had both lost their Husbands this past year.

 

For my Mother-in-law I made some simple Christmas quilted place mats to match the bunting I made for her last year

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and for a little extra for my niece I made this simple sock doll with a little sleeping bag to keep her in.

I’ve got rather a social week booked including a crafty day with a friend and a refugee blanket making event to prepare for on Saturday but I shall try and pop by with another post later in the week.

I hope you all have a lovely and creative week.

Sharon xx

This and That!

A couple of weeks into the new year and I still find myself on a bit of a go slow.  Just quiet day to day routine with some nice creative slots here and there.

It’s great having a daughter old enough to treat you out to coffee…

And a boy to make you laugh.

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The boys in Josh’s school, when the fruit is satsumas, save a section for the afternoon lesson and see who can make it last the longest.  When asked what do you with it when you have to speak to the teacher he said ‘put it here’…

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We went to see my dear old Grandad at the weekend.  Hubby was putting up some extra rails on the stairs.  He is nearly 94 and still manages on his own, cooking his own meals and just having help with his cleaning and garden.  Some of the grandchildren take it in turns to do the cleaning and my Mum helps with other bits and does the garden.  He has 16 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren with another on the way.  Most of us are fairly local and so are able to pop and see him which he loves.  There are always sweets and biscuits in the cupboard for the children!

There are so many nik-naks in his house, mostly gifts from grandchildren over the years and a whole long wall of photos. (I couldn’t fit them all in!)

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We are just so blessed to still have him with us.

We have finally had a little sun which Abz tried to catch a little of while she read a book, all bundled up in the garden.

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I’ve been enjoying some chai latte my Aunty brought when they came to tea and I absolutely love it!  A lovely alternative to hot chocolate.

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Abi put fruit teas on her list and got this lovely tin with some great flavours in, she usually asks me to surprise her if I’m making her a drink, so I get to pick out what I fancy trying a sip of!

So far our favourite is peach and ginger which surprised us as neither of us are great fans of ginger drinks.

Josh is drinking herbal tea!!  He is really having trouble getting to sleep at night and this seems to be helping.

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Are you a traditional tea and coffee drinker or do you like to experiment with flavours?

I have some crafty bits to show you soon but for now it’s goodbye so…

Happy Crafting and have a great creative week.

Sharon xx

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Ravelry Pattern Giveaway

After my Thank You All post looking back over my first year of Blogging, I have used the random number generator random.org to take two names from the comments to gift a Ravelry Pattern to.

The numbers were 13….. Lorraine

and number 4 ….. Ericka Eckles!!

Isn’t that just so funny?  After writing in my post thanking you all for your support over the past year and also Ericka for the stocking which she sent me to thank me for the comments on her blog, Ericka has now won the thank you gift from me!

Congratulations Ladies, just send me an email at shar.izzard@gmail.com with a link to the pattern you would like up to the value of £5 and the email address you would like it to be sent to and I shall get that organised.

Thank you all again for your support over the past year.

Sharon xx

Ravelry Pattern Giveaway

Just a quick reminder that there is a giveaway of a Ravelry pattern to the value of £5 for two people who comment on my ‘Thank You All’ post. This giveaway will end at midnight tonight GMT.  Click HERE to go to the post and leave a comment to enter. (Comments left on this post will not be entered.)

I hope you all have a lovely and creative weekend.

Sharon xx

Monthly Challenge. Old Goals – New Goals!

Well, it’s been a slow start to the year really with a little creativity in between a lot of tidying, finding homes for gifts, moving things around and into the new dresser Hubby is making and generally getting things in order but I have finally made time for my last monthly challenge reveal of 2015!

So, about my makes for the December challenge, I did it, just!!!  (Well sort of, more about that in a minute).  Doesn’t December already seem ages ago and I can’t believe that it was a year ago that Jennifer asked if anyone wanted to join her with a monthly make challenge!  As most of you will know I challenged myself to one make for Abi and Josh each month and also a ‘Me’/home make each month in 2015.

For my December makes I crocheted a lace shawl for Abi.  I used a different pattern to the other lace shawls. I had made six using the ‘feeling dotty‘ pattern and because I had made one of those for myself and one for my Mum, Abi wanted hers to be different!  To be honest, after making 6 dotty shawls it was a nice change to use a different pattern.  She chose the Elise Shawl from Ravelry. This was similar to the feeling dotty shawl but with only a two row repeat rather than three. It was quick and easy to make and the diagram was really helpful.  I added extra picots on the edge and she loves it.  (Her boyfriend calls it her spiders web, I take that as a complement to the delicate crochet!!) Here she is with it on Christmas morning!

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Then I knit my second pair of socks, this time for Josh. I had wanted to do a patterned  sock this time, I wanted something ‘manyly’ and midnight knitter suggested the Basic Ribbed sock pattern which I loved but then I realised that I would have to do a lot of resizing so I went with the Petty Harbour pattern.  I enjoyed working the pattern but with such a patterned yarn I think I would have been better with a plain sock or else plain yarn and patterned sock.

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They weren’t quite ready for Christmas but I just got them finished them on New Year’s eve….only to find that I hadn’t made the foot long enough grrr.  Ripping back was easier than I thought and I was so glad that I had worked top down!

So Josh finally got his socks New Years day and he loves them, in fact he put them on before I could get a photo and wore them for two days and two nights before I insisted they must be washed and managed to get a photo and here they are.

Finally for myself I made some stitch markers, I used lobster clasps so that I can use them for crochet as well as knitting.  At the moment they are on a ring in my project bag I made last month.

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You can read my other Monthly Challenge posts throughout 2015 here.

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November.

It’s great to look back but also to look forward and ponder new goals for 2016.

I have been thinking that this year there needs to be a lot of stash busting.  There are no shopping bans planned but I do hope to keep buying to a minimum.

I would love to do quite a bit of up-cycling too.  During last year when we sorted out clothes I kept a lot of t-shirts for tarn and other clothes to be re-purposed. Hmm, not a lot of room in our loft right now but hopefully that will change as I always enjoy taking something unwanted and making it into something new and I’m looking forward to doing quite a bit of re-purposing.

So, what about a new Monthly Challenge?

I will not be doing the stocking present challenge again although I do hope to still make bits throughout the year for the children for next Christmas.  Abi was rather disappointed when I told her but I find it a real struggle to find ideas to make for Josh.

I have been thinking a lot about a challenge for 2016 and I have decided that I would love to create a pattern of my own each month, they will most likely be crochet patterns, in fact I am working on one now but more about that soon.  I know that some of you create patterns, where do you put them?  Do you just blog them or do you use Ravelry or something else?  I would love to use Ravelry more but I haven’t really got my head around how it works other than to get patterns from it!  Also ‘creativity and family is too long for Ravelry so I need to think of another name. I would have preferred to use the same name in each place.  I am also considering using Instagram. Do you use it and if you do, how do get on with it?

I would also like to make some more project bags and of course continue in my goal to be more creative.

I have some dyed fabric to use, I have lots of tarn and t-shirts to turn into tarn for some chair pads or maybe even a rug!

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Then there is the crocheted patchwork blanket

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and Josh’s blanket to get on with

and lots of scraps waiting to become hexies and eventually patchwork blankets!  Not to mention my rather large stash of both fabric and yarn. (it is stacked two deep!)

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I also received a yarn dyeing kit for Christmas from Hubby’s parents and I have just started exploring that!  I am having such fun and will be sharing more soon.

Well, I won’t have any excuse for being bored in 2016, that’s for sure!  How about you, do you have things that you would like to finish or start in 2016?  Also any pattern publishing ideas would be great.

Happy Crafting!

Sharon xx

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Thank You All!

I received this gorgeous handmade, hand embroidered stocking in the post just before Christmas.  It was from Ericka at the Ericka Eckles blog.

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I was just so touched by Ericka’s kindness.  She had a giveaway that I had entered and she had picked the two winners,  I was disappointed to find that I was not one of them but then, as I scrolled on down the post, I came to my name and she was also sending one to me for all my kind comments over the year.  I felt a bit overwhelmed to be honest, it was just so kind of her.  I love Ericka’s blog as I do many others and I was pleased to know that my comments were encouraging someone.

So as it will be a year this month since I posted my first blog post, I wanted to say a huge thank you to each and everyone of you have taken the time to visit my little space, read my posts and like or comment.  I would like to especially thank those of you who have taken the time to comment.  Time is precious but those comments are so encouraging and often what keeps us blogging. It is great to hear your opinion, have a chat and generally get to know you all.  I feel that over the year I have made some real friends.

So finally, as a thank you, I will be gifting two people with Ravelry Patterns, up to the value of five British pounds each.  All you need to do is  to comment on this post and your name will be entered into a draw.  I will keep it open until Friday 15th January.

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon x