Tanya's Blog

Latest News


I’m not going to put it all in one post, but I’ve got to start somewhere, so here is a round up of my latest project. I finally had my tenants evicted in April and needed to do a lot of repairs to the house, particularly the kitchen. We looked…

So, this is the first in my adventuring posts, or travel if you will. I thought I’d like to document it somewhere, so here it is. On Saturday we went to London, but not to see the queen… We caught an early train with the only intention for the day…

Well, Facebook tells me we’ve lived here for two years now, and people keep asking me for photographs, so I figured some blogging about it wouldn’t go a miss. Two years ago we brought a three bed unmodernised (of sorts) semi detached ex local authority house. We both work full…

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

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…

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…

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…

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!     I started these socks back in February with the Help…

You might remember a couple of days ago I told you about the Rainbow Scarf with Clouds and how it was too big for Chloe. Well I needed to whip her up a replacement pretty quickly, and it needed to be a rainbow scarf with pink in it (I know,…

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…

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

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…

  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…

  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…

  Something A Bit Different It’s back, and this time it has the most amazing of prizes (look for the prize for ‘most creative post’). This was a massive success last year, and for many it was the highlight of the Blog Week, so this year you are challenged, again, to find…

  As spring is in the air in the northern hemisphere and those in the southern hemisphere start setting their sights for the arrival of winter, a lot of crocheters and knitters find that their crafting changes along with their wardrobe. Have a look through your finished projects and explain…

Today’s subject is; Your Knitting Or Crochet Hero Blog about someone in the fibre crafts who truly inspires you. There are not too many guidelines for this, it’s really about introducing your readers to someone who they might not know who is an inspiration to you. It might be a…

And today’s topic is…. Photography Challenge Day! Today challenges you to be creative with your photography, and get yourself in with the chance to win the photography prize. Taking interesting photographs in this instance isn’t about flashy cameras or a great deal of technical know-how, it’s about setting up a story…

So, today sees the first day of Knitting and Crochet Blog week 2012. Today’s topic is colour… Colour Lovers Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with. Have a look…

Well, it’s official – the blanket is done. According to my Ravelry projects page, I’ve been working on this since February of last year. It has become known as the blanket of doom. It has taken many man (woman) hours and many, many balls of yarn to get this to completion. So, let…

Last year loyal readers may remember that we had a blog week, well there is going to be another one this year – whoop! Last year for whatever reason, I never finished my week’s posting, so I’ve challenged myself to finish last years before this years begins. Experimental blogging day…

After reading one of the posts from the Blog Hub swap 2012, my interest in Tunisian crochet was rekindled. So I have invested in this book; I hadn’t ordered a hook as I wasn’t sure what size I would need, and I was hoping to get one that would go…

Just a quickie to let you know that my swap parcel has arrived and is being blogged about here. I can’t wait to read about day two tomorrow! I’ve added Sam’s blanket to my project page, but it’s not complete yet. Hope you all have a great weekend. I know I…

Ladies and gentleman, I am pleased to announce that there will be a 3rd annual blog week this year! You can see from the little banner above that it will run from 23rd-29th of April this year, so spread the word and help to make it the biggest Blog Week…

Before you ask, no, I don’t smoke. I’m referring to the other addictive form of puffing, making hexipuffs. Last year a pattern came out that has created a whirlwind of activity in knitting circles, that pattern is The Bee Keeper’s Quilt. It is basically a blanket made up of hundreds…

I thought you might. 😉 Well, Natalie has chosen a pattern for me! It’s the Blue Jean Wrap by Monique Gascon.  I’ve had a look though it and it seems quite straight forward, there is only one problem. I need to buy the correct weight yarn for it. This means…

Now the Blog Hub Swap 2012 is all but over for me (there will be follow up posts though – oh yes), I’m a little at a loss for what to blog about. I am one for wanting to get to certain stages before writing about things. I have found…

Well, today is a bit of a double edged sword, happy that I have a present to open, but also sad that it is my last one. I can see only one solution, all my avid readers need to send me gifts so I can blog about them! 😀 So,…

It’s yarn day! 😀 I knew what this parcel would contain as it’s the rules that we send 100gms of new yarn to our victims; I couldn’t get it out of it’s packaging quickly enough! Isn’t it lovely?! It’s Hand dyed BFL in Chrysanthemum and it’s so beautifully soft. I’ve been coveting some…

Day five already, say it ain’t so! Today I chose one of the little pink packages, again it was all shiney; They say that great things come in small packages, I would have to agree! If you can read the note that comes with them, it says that Natalie hopes…

I cannot believe that we are on day four already! I was going to let my son choose today’s present, but he’s annoyed me so he’s not. *blows raspberries* I lucky dipped again, this time getting… You can’t tell too much from that photo, but the paper is all shiny….

More goodies! My other half chose my next package to open; It felt like it was full of little balls, so I suspected beads. Was I right…? They are polish strawberry yoghurt sweets! I cannot tell you how nice they are… maybe if I tell you there are non left…

Okay, so we’re onto day two! My sender revealed who they were yesterday – Hello Natalie! Natalie’s blog can be found here and makes for some good reading. Well yesterday avid readers may have noticed that Natalie told me to open the card that came with my goodies, I duly did…

Okay, so here goes. This last year has just been stupidly busy, in a good way I mean. Those of you who saw I’d changed my blog URL may also have noticed that I haven’t been blogging, well hopefully that is all about to change. Those of you from Ravelry…

Well it turns out that my other half has been rather clever today, he’s managed to retrieve some pictures that I thought I’d lost from my phone. Such as this; Yes, I know it’s just a mess of knitted bits, but there is a story behind it. I knitted a…

So, Hi there. It’s been a while. On planet Tanya lots of things have been happening to keep me away from crafting of any kind, but yesterday I got a bit of my Mojo back! It was enforced really, for those of you that don’t know I pulled my back…

Another finished object! This is my simple funky scarf that was actually started while it was still a bit cold. Honest! You can’t see it too well in the photo, but I think that’s more to do with the ‘yarn’ used than anything else. I’m not actually sure if you…

…and the project! Hello  readers, and welcome to the first of the ‘Finished projects’ on my to-do list. This one being my first attempt at fair-isle/intarsia (I have no idea what the difference is…). (Edit, this has now been explained by Mimi in the comments section below – I think…

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work…

For those of you that don’t know, this week has been the 2nd annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 28th March – 3rd April 2011.  I’ve been rather lax in participating for a number of reasons, but do intend to blog for each of the seven subjects, it’s just going…

When my eldest son was younger (about 7ish, he’s 18 now), on the way to school on a cold morning he would constantly ask me for a full-face hat (balaclava). I never got him one because he was always a little scamp and I was worried he might grow up…

This post is really a celebration of my Christmas present to myself. I had rather an unexpected sort of Christmas, so with my new found Christmas cash, treated myself to my first set of circular needles! I brought some Knit Pro interchangable wood ones after some advice from a friend…

there was a blog. Now how do you know what to write in a blog that other people might be interested in? Well, you don’t really. You can just type stuff up and hope that someone out there enjoys what you have written. Okay then, where do you start? At…

Well, I suppose this is my first ever blog post! Over the next few months I shall be sharing my journey though learning how to create new things, from making jewellery to knitting socks, I can see just how excited you are. 😉 I’m going to spend some time setting…