Firstly it’s my own fault, the problems that is. When I set up my site at the beginning of the year I started following the quick tutorial, uploaded photos and posted my first post and thought I didn’t need to learn any more… how wrong I was!! I was doing exactly what Hubby does (and most men that I know do) and tried to do it first without reading all the instructions! You know the feeling, oh yeah, I can do this, it’s easy 🙂
All went fine until a couple of weeks ago when I realised that I had used nearly all of my media storage space and they said I could upgrade my site for £89 per year – no thanks!! So it was off to ask google! I soon realised where I had gone wrong. I had just uploaded the pics straight from the camera without compressing them first. As a result I have spent rather a lot of precious crafting time compressing photos (four times before they all compressed as I didn’t realise I needed to do the portrait images separate from the landscape images) and replacing and deleting the original pictures!
Thankfully we do have Adobe Photoshop so I was able to compress multiple files at once . Anyhow, all done now and lesson learnt – read all instructions first – (until next time) and I now have plenty of storage space for more posts 🙂
I am trying out knitting again as after my budgie attempts I thought I really ought to try and do a bit occasionally and maybe, just maybe, one day I will be good enough to knit a pair of socks. I looked on Ravelry for easy patterns and came up with this pattern for simple garter stitch slippers, brilliant. I need some new ones for the summer as I am still using my slipper boots from the winter, although Josh kindly told me yesterday as he watched me knit that it will probably be winter again before I finish them!!
(Image courtesy of google)
The pattern said Needles: 3.5mm circular or two straight needles. I thought ‘Great, now I can do a bit of practise with a circular needle on something easy’ but as I read on it said ‘if your’e feeling adventurous you can use a seamless CO technique’ I do not feel adventurous where knitting is concerned and I wanted the seam anyway as I think it enhances the slipper so I wouldn’t need the circular needle…but I used the circular needle anyway as practice. What a pain that is, the thing has a life of it’s it own and twists and curls as though it’s alive, maybe the feeling is mutual and it doesn’t like me either!
As far as the pattern goes I am getting on fine this time but only because all I have had to do is cast on 40 stitches and keep knitting! I did manage to gain a stitch, I guess that’s better than losing one. I really didn’t want to undo any of my hard work – I find knitting so hard to pick all the stitches back up, unlike crochet where you have only one loop to find again – so I just knit two together! The only other slightly annoying thing is working with two strands together but mostly it has been fine.
I am using the women’s institute soft and cuddly 4 ply yarn from Hobbycraft. It is a bit more expensive at £3.00 for 50 grams but they are usually on a buy two get one free deal and I love it so much, it has to be the softest acrylic yarn I have ever used. There isn’t a huge range of colours yet so I went with a pale blue and cream. (I have just realised as I took this photo that one ball of yarn is soft and silky and one soft and cuddly. With the soft and silky you get 100 grams for the same price, both gorgeously soft.)
I am probably about halfway through the first slipper so not too bad going but I do find that I am very tense when I knit and I have to consciously make an effort to relax my shoulders. To be honest just working in garter stitch can be a bit boring so I am saving them to do when I really haven’t the concentration for anything else.
I have also been busy writing lists. I love lists, I love crossing things off of them even more, in fact I have been known on occasion to write a couple of things I have already done on my new list, so I can cross them off!! I Hmm, rather sad I know but I always feel better when a couple of things have been crossed off.
I have an A4 notebook dedicated to my craft lists and notes. Things to make for Abi, for Josh, for the nieces, for men, for the mums, for the home, for me soon, for me one day, gifts already made etc! I also have this great weekly planner but things often end up getting transferred from one day to the next and the next before they get crossed out, I think I am too ambitious about what I can achieve in a day!
But this week I realised I do not have a wips list…What??. I have posted on here about my wips but the list is changing so often that it is out of date in a few days but no list. Well, of course, that had to be rectified and here it is.
WIPS LIST JULY 2015
small hexagons – on a bit of a go slow with these
large hexagons (I have been reading too many of Ericka’s posts lately and she has got me using up my scraps with larger hexies. Ericka has made some gorgeous hexie cushions with scraps you would never normally put together but they look amazing! If you pop over you could join her on one of her rambles and learn a lot about British wild flowers. ).
spinning – only about 4 more lengths to spin and then I can ply, Yay!
crochet granny flower and owl cushions. (Hmm, those were a bit buried and forgotten, to be honest, crocheting a back is rather boring.)
crochet patchwork blanket (here). I’m still enjoying this.
crochet shawl (this is another new wip using this gorgeous pattern by Sandra over at Cherry Heart blog. It is lace weight and so, so pretty and delicate.
embroidery (I’m still working through the aprons for the pj cases, only 2 to go!)
To be honest it is no as bad as I thought but my to do list is items 17 long and two need to be made for gifts this month plus stocking pressies for Abi and Josh so I’m going to say toodleoo and get crafting 🙂
Happy Crafting and have a crafty week!!
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