Wednesday, 21 January 2015

WIP Wednesday...

I've been in the mood for mindless knitting recently... easy work that I can enjoy in the evenings, or just knit a row or two when I have the time...

These socks have made a little progress...

My major project love at the moment though has been this shawl...

I'm using the simple shawl recipe from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Knitting Rules, and just increasing the width of the rows of brown as I go along...

I don't really have an intended size in mind... just until I run out of yarn. I'm hoping it will be quite large and cosy - something to keep me warm in the snow :-)

(Okay, so we haven't actually had any snow yet... but a girl can hope, right?)
(Also, can I just say how hard it is to photograph a shawl in progress??)

Sunday, 18 January 2015

What's your word?

I am now officially on the other side of January assessments, and so I should be able to get back to blogging and knitting! Yay!! :-)

How is your 2015 going so far? I can't believe that it is mid-way through January already! This month seems to have passed by in a bit of a blur - I blame being stuck under a pile of books and papers for the past few weeks...
Ah well, I am embracing the rest of January as my New Year, and with this comes New Year's resolutions right? I have decided to follow in the footsteps of Susannah and Leigh and to choose a word for 2015 - something I can keep in mind as I go about everyday life. I have seen so many good ones around the internet, but the one I've decided to go with is WELLBEING.
This year I am going to endeavor to do things which make me happy, and push me to be the very best version of myself :-)

Above you can see that I've started to try and follow this already. My timetable-in-progress - because nothing makes me happier than Washi Tape and coloured pens! I was inspired by this, this, this and this... it is so much more motivating to see tasks layed out in a pretty way :-)

If you could choose a word to focus on this year, what would it be?

Friday, 16 January 2015

Friday Link Love

I promise there will be some yarny content soon, but with January assessments, I haven't seemed to find the time to take pictures yet.
In the meantime, here are a few links for you to love!

Knitting has finally appeared in a commercial in a cool way! YAY!

Or how about this: yarnbombed bus, anyone?

These made me laugh...

I liked the advice in this article for artists (or anyone who creates things)...

Productivity tips (meant for students, but I thought it was good advice for anyone!)

And finally - this clock. Is it bad that I could stare at it all day just for the pretty colours?

Have a great weekend!!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Happy 2015!

Happy New Year!

Did you have a good holiday season? Mine was busy, full of visits with family and lots of yummy food!
In amongst all the hustle and bustle I have managed to get quite a lot of knitting done! Although I have been a bit silly and forgotten to take some photos - I can let you know that the dragon was very much appreciated by my sister though!
One thing I did managed to snap a few pictures of was the plethora of Christmas decorations I seemed to knit over the course of the holidays.

There were first Christmas hearts...

Sticking with the heart theme, there was also this colourwork heart bauble (Inspired by these ones...)

And of course I couldn't just make one... (there was another one as well, but this was gifted before I had a chance to take a picture...)

Once I started the colourwork, I couldn't stop! These stockings by Little Cotton Rabbits were fun to make - one was knit flat, and then I challenged myself to knit the other in the round. The one knit in the round was a bit more difficult, but I love the result, and I will admit to doing a happy dance when it turned out right!

I'm hoping these will make me smile year upon year as they get put on the tree. :-)

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you, my lovely readers! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and encouragement in 2014!!

I hope you are all having a happy, safe and peaceful holiday season.
I will be back soon with photos of Christmas knits!


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Deck the Halls...

Hello! Well we're getting ready here for the festive season!
I seem to be in the mood for festive making this year - mostly decorations, but some edibles as well!

Of course the holidays wouldn't be complete without traditional paper snowflakes...

Although I did get a little carried away with the papercraft and turned our fridge into a snowman as well!

I've had some jelly stickers adorning my mirror too :-)

It was our house Christmas dinner on Thursday, and I was in charge of the cake... I chose to do my mom's traditional Buche de Noel, and was quite pleased with the results.

These are my latest decorating obsession... Knitted baubles!

It makes me happy to see them on the tree...

I can tell that these are going to become a bit of a thing... I want to make some like these fair isle lovelies, and like these adorable stockings as well!

What about you? Have you been making anything for the holidays?

Monday, 8 December 2014

WIPs... (Or all the half projects that I've started!)

I figured it's been a while since I've actually posted any crafty content, mostly because all my projects are half-finished and I haven't really had a chance to work on any of them!
But I thought I would share what's in my knitting basket at the moment :-)

First up is a labour of love - I have finished the head, body and tail, and one of the legs for the dragon for my sister... This is a project I have to sit down and really focus on - ask any of my housemates and they'll tell you it's common to hear me say "Ssshhh! Don't talk to me! I'm COUNTING!" while working on it... not exactly the most sociable of projects! I need to really set some time aside to work on it though... with only 17 days until Christmas, I better get a move on!

Which has led to me starting this project! Little granny squares which are easy to work on during knit and knatter evenings with the girls! These are a little more sociable as they're easy and I don't really have to think about what I'm doing...

They are for a preemie blanket for the hospital... I love the pastel colours - so cute!

And of course my knitting basket wouldn't be complete without a) A knitting project - I seem to be crocheting an awful lot recently! And b) a pair of socks! I finished my last pair in the summer, so I thought it was high time I get another pair on the needles! They are just simple ribbed socks in self striping yarn - I'm thinking they'll be an easy project to work on during the holidays :-)

Hope you have a great week - it's the last week of term for me, and we have our Christmas knitting party tomorrow! Hoping I'll be able to get some pictures to show you!