A Day in the Life… 5KCBWDAY1


Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.

 

Cowl

 

I sit here all day, waiting for attention,

Finally picked up,  feelings of elation,

The click clack of the needles, with the odd squidge here and there,

Means so much more, now the occasion is so rare.

 



Happy New Year!


Yes, it’s the 2nd of Jan now. It’s also 00:30 as I start writing this. What am I doing up at this hour blogging when I have to be up for work in a few hours? Well let me tell you. I’ve been to bed and trying to sleep for the last two hours, but my head is so full of all the exciting things that are going to happen in 2014 that I simply can’t sleep!

We saw the new year in in style last night, drinking Champagne in our pajamas.

NYE2013

NYE 2013

 

So anyway, we also made plans for what we would like to achieve in 2014, both individually and as a couple. I can’t stop thinking about them though!

The most important one for me is to get healthy, I haven’t been well towards the end of 2013 and it’s brought home how important my health is and how much I need to look after myself because I’ve only got one body and a lot of living to do!

There are other things such as learning to sew properly with my sewing machine, and career aspirations, but I’ll go into them another time. I’m hoping that writing it all out here and resurrecting my blog will help me to get my head around things too.

Don’t worry, there will still be crafty posts, just not as many. Partly because I have so many things going on in my life that I don’t have as much time to craft as I would like, but also because there are other important things going on in my life too that others might find interesting.

Anyway, I’m off to check out some tax laws – if that doesn’t send me to sleep nothing will!

Goodnight and happy 2014 to all readers, I hope you are as excited about all of the possibilities in our futures as I am.

Tanya :0) xxx

 



I know, they’re like buses…


Well, today has been bitter sweet for me. Since September of last year I have been working as an Assistant Psychologist with a local CAMHS team. Today was my last afternoon with them. I’ve had a really interesting and enjoyable five months and am actually really sad at leaving, but this gives me two things to be happy about. Firstly; part of the reason that I am sad is that they are a fantastic team who have welcomed me with open arms, had a shed load of patience with me and imparted knowledge like you wouldn’t believe. I’m quite convinced that my short time there is what has led to me getting the job I’m going into now and can’t express my gratitude enough for that. Secondly; the reason it’s my last day couldn’t be better, because – on wards and upwards! It’s the best reason to be leaving certainly. I hope so stay in touch and make them proud in years to come.

Thank you CAMHS team, and thank you to my supervising Clinical Psychologist, I found learning under a perfectionist to actually be pretty awesome.

Also: chocolate.

Leaving chocolate

Leaving chocolate



Wow


It’s actually been five whole months since I logged in here, that’s pretty shocking really. I even had to Google how to log in as I’m on a different PC now having replaced the desktop with a laptop.

If you’re expecting a post on what I’ve been making lately, you might as well stop reading now. I haven’t had chance to craft a single thing (disappointingly) apart from a mess… You see a lot has been happening at Chez Tanya.

Firstly, I have a new job – hurray! Well, I’ve not started it yet. Got six more weeks and then it’s all systems go. Actually, that’s a bit of a lie because all systems are already go. It’s not just a new job, it’s in another part of the country, so I’m relocating. Also, I need to get my current house ready for rental, so that’s interesting when you consider I’m still only on a part time wage and will have to go to work on that for my first month, while also finding somewhere to live… I don’t know how people do this, seriously.

Anyway, I didn’t open this place up for a whinge, it was more of a catch up with everybody. It is stressful though, there is so much to do that I have lists of lists.

Well, D-day is 8th April, so if you have any advice (or any of you have a double room to rent on a temporary basis in the Leicester area) let me know!

Not Impressed.

Not Impressed.

 



My First Socks


Well Hello there! Wow, it’s been so long I ‘d actually forgotten what my blog looked like!

No, this post isn’t about a new Mattel toddler toy – sorry, It’s about the fact that I have actually managed to finish my socks!

 

The same size and everything!

 

Psych!

I started these socks back in February with the Help of the infamous Eskimimi. I think she has taught me pretty well!

I was following the pattern from her book The Knitting Bible.  Ravalry page here.

The pattern is titled Bandy legs socks, I would love to try them with the striping too some time.

I learnt a lot from one sock to the next, such as how invaluable stitch markers can be when doing short rows, that I can’t do short rows with a dark yarn in artificial light and that life is a lot easier if you put the stitches you are not using on a piece of scrap yarn.

They fit!

Has this given me a taste for knitting socks? Well I guess so, I cast on again that evening! More about that in my next post though. :0)

 



Rainbow Scarf with Clouds


Well it goes like this. Several days of rain, followed by a Friday afternoon at three where there was a short lull during the Nursery run…

Chloe; Nan, it’s stopped raining!

Me: Yes, lets get to the car quickly before it starts again.

Chloe; When the rain stops, we get rainbows don’t we Nan?

Me; *looks at the grey sky* I don’t think we’ll have any today, we need sunshine too and it’s too cloudy.

Chloe; Aww, but I really, really like rainbows. 🙁

Me; Me too, *remembering I’ve seen a Rainbow scarf on Ravelry*, I know, why don’t we go home and I’ll see if I can make one?

Chloe; Yay!

So, I showed her the Rainbow Scarf with Clouds pattern on Ravelry and she loved it!

I started with the clouds as I already had white DK.

Four Towers of Puffs

I got the coloured DK I needed for the scarf the next day and eventually began on the scarf it’s self.

I don’t seem to have a photograph of them separately, but I will say the scarf turned out very well and the clouds were much easier to sew together and attach to the scarf than I was expecting.

Rainbow Scarf with Clouds

 

Chloe loves it;

All wrapped up

There is only one problem, it’s way too long for her!

So, I decided to keep it for myself. 😀 Don’t worry, Chloe didn’t go without, you can read all about it in my next post.

In the mean time, there are still places left for Pay it Forward.  My first recipient will be Natalie of Misadventures in Craft, you can check out her blog here.

As I’m off work ill at the moment, there will hopefully be more from me here tomorrow.

See you soon!

 

 

 



Sam’s Cushion


 

Regular viewers will remember the Blanket of Doom and that at the end of it I had a granny square left over.

 

Granny Square

So lonely...

 

Well I had a couple of spare large cushions left over, so I decided to make him a large cushion cover to match his blanket.

I wanted to have two different sides on it, so one was granny squares and the other one was a giant granny square.

 

Cushion!

Lots of Granny squares

 

Cushion!

Large Granny Square

 

Want to see it in it’s rightful place? Yeah, I’m sure you do.

 

Matching Pair

Snap!

 

Target Practice?

Looking Good

 

I’m happy with the way it’s turned out, but wish that I had covered the cushion first, I really don’t like how you can see so much white, I think it ruins the effect.

Oh well, at least Sam likes it…

 

Snuggly Sam

Sam snuggled up on his cushion with his blanket

 

Altogether now…Awww!

 

 



Pay it Forward


Good Morning all!

A couple of years ago I received a gift off a friend, it was unexpected and I loved it. It was a shawl (that I’m sure was meant for going out to beautiful places, but I don’t do such things) and I love to wear it when I’m sat at the PC with the window open. I have no photograph, but if you badger me enough I may take one for you. 😉

Anyway, why am I telling you all of this? Well in crafty blogging circles at the moment we have Pay It Forward going on and the rules go like this;

 

1. I will send a surprise gift to the first three commenters on this post. The gift will be handmade by me. It will be sent sometime in the next 365 days. It will be a surprise. We all love getting surprises in the mail, right?

2. To sign up and receive a gift, you must play along, too. Pay it Forward on your blog, by promising to make a surprise for the first three people who comment on the post.

3. You must have a blog (that is updated, as I will blog stalk you to find the right gift for you).

4. After commenting here, you must repost this or something similar to your blog in 48 hours. If not, I will chose the next person who comments.

 

I was lucky enough to get in on Voie de Vie’s PIF, so sometime in the next year I will recieve a handmade gift from her. 😀

So there we go, have a crafty blog? Want to join in? Get commenting!



Crafting Balance


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Crafting Balance 
Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both? If you are monogamous in your yarn-based crafting, is it because you do not enjoy the other craft or have you simply never given yourself the push to learn it? Is it because the items that you best enjoy crafting are more suited to the needles or the hook? Do you plan on ever trying to take up and fully learn the other craft? If you are equally comfortable knitting as you are crocheting, how do you balance both crafts? Do you always have projects of each on the go, or do you go through periods of favouring one over the other? How did you come to learn and love your craft(s)?

 

Hmm, well over this past year I have thankfully learnt to do both, but with the exception of Sam’s blanket being such a big project, I wouldn’t say I do one more than the other really. I think I’m a bit scared that if I down needles or hook for any length of time, I might forget how to do one of them and have to relearn all over again.

Looking at my WIP’s to see what I am working on at the moment I have four.

Number One

These are a couple more Panda Bear Hats. I have made one, but it was too small for my grandaughter, so I have made two more matching ones for her and her Daddy. They just need the various bits attaching really.

Number Two

My Bee Keepers Quilt, I won’t be surprised if this is on the needles for a couple of years really, it was never designed to by done from start to finish and I think that’s one of the attractions of it to me – no guilt!

Number Three

Bandy Legs Socks, I have nearly finished the first sock and then on to the second, I would say that these are my current knitting WIP’s.

Number Four

This would be the Rainbow Scarf, the clouds are done and most of the scarf is too, but again I will document that another day as I’m hoping to have it finished tonight and throw another one together before next weekend, all will be explained! So anyway, this is my current crocheting WIP, so it’s one all really!

 

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Thank you for reading!

 



Improving Your Skillset


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Improving Your Skillset
How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how’s your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you’d like to have tried them by.

 

 

Well to make some decisions on this I decided to look at where I was last time we did this topic.

Looks like I was learning to crochet! Well, I can tell you now that those fingerless gloves never happened, but they will – I promise!

As for my crochet, well, see for yourself!

 

First there was Sam’s Blanket, and then Sam’s cushion. There have been a couple of other things since, but I want to blog about those another time.

One of the other things I wanted to do was to learn to knit socks, I’m most of the way through my first one and so about to learn kitchener stitch.

I still haven’t tried cables though and amigurumi these are on my to-do list for this year. I probably have a enough to keep me going for the rest of the month (I want to do away with a couple of WIP’s) so maybe June time will be a good time to try them both.

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