Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Happy Easter!

This is just a quick post to wish you:

Hope you all had a lovely Easter and ate lots of chocolate! :) The weather has been lovely recently, I hope it carries on!

Love and hugs xx

Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Well, that didn't start well did it? I was meant to write more frequently and its been a week! I do have a good reason though. The day after my last post I went to the doctors and picked up a very nasty virus. This left me way to weak and sniffily to think straight (or write straight for that matter!). I'm starting to pick up a little so decided to squeeze a post in before I get ill again!

So I came across these beautiful fields whilst looking through some blogs (I'm really sorry but I can't remember which ones! The pics I'm about to show I got from google!). I think these are so beautiful, and a perfect picture of spring!

One day I totally have to visit these fields... They are so magical, I didn't even know such colourful fields existed!

Sam xx

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Day Seven! - 2KCBWDAY7

Day seven of the annual knitting and crochet blog week

"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 those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter."

I feel sort of sad that we have come to day seven of the knitting and crochet blog week already. I was just getting into it! My ultimate hope is that this challenge will make me remember to blog more frequently. I have so many things lined up so hopefully I will manage!

Over the past year I have been almost completely bed-bound because my health has dipped further, so everything I do is from my bed including crocheting, knitting and blogging. I find I either crochet or knit (or sometimes both!) every single day, and always have the TV on through my laptop whilst doing it. If I'm following a particularly tricky pattern I choose something to watch that I don't need to concentrate on, like the Create and Craft channel or something I've watched a few times before.
As far as snacking goes, I have snacks near but hardly ever eat them whilst I'm knitting or crocheting. If I need to snack I put my work down for a while! I always worry I will make my work crummy or greasy or something, and worry even more when I'm making it for someone else!

To finish of the week, I have put together a selection of pictures from my posts for the challenge! These are my favourite ones, and I think they sum the week up nicely :)

Well, for the last time, thank you for joining me to see what I did for the challenge! If you are a new visitor hello! *waves* I hope this is not the last time I see you, and welcome all of your future visits!

Much love, Sam xxx

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Day Six! - 2KCBWDAY6

Day six of the annual knitting and crochet blog week 

"Something to aspire to: Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have."

This is an interesting one. I have soooo many patterns that I plan to try when I can afford the wool that if I told you about all of them we could be here for a few weeks! Don't worry though, I will only show you a few ;)
The biggest thing I have tried so far is a scarf, and the most complicated I've ever tried is either a hat or the amigurumi patterns! Although technically the biggest thing I have made is the blanket from the art of crochet magazines, but I don't count that as 'big' since its worked square by square! I will probably change my mind on this when they are put together though.

So, what is on my list of things to try? Here are a few of them off the top of my head:
  • Blankets - Pretty blankets, granny square blankets, zigzag blankets... I think you get the picture!
  • Cushions - Follows the above pattern!!
  • Jumpers
  • Dresses/tunics
  • Cardigans
  • Various types and styles of garlands (I know these are simple, but I just haven't got round to making any!)
I'm sure there is so much more but these are on the top of my list! Cushions, garlands and blankets are pretty easy, but the jumpers, tunics and cardigans I think will be tricky. I'm worried that they will look completely misshapen, and that the shaping will go a bit wrong... However, I still plan to take on the challenge and hopefully not do too badly!

So here are a few pictures of what I would love to make:

I love this jumper. Its just so pretty! I love the grey with the pattern at the top, its not too in your face with pattern and I feel it adds a lovely element!

This one is sooo pretty! I have the perfect top to wear under this and it would be perfect for those colder days.

This jumper is my utter most favourite!! When I first joined Ravelry this is the first thing I favourited, and I still really want to make it! It looks so comfy and the colours are lovely!

For knitting, this hat is my goal. It is sooo beautiful, and not to ambitious for one of the first knitting project I try. I receive emails from Interweave, an American magazine, and recently they had this pattern for free. Oh gosh I really do love it, and it will give me something to strive towards!

I would love to make all these with the yarn used in the pictures, which is unusual for me. I usually have my own ideas of colours but I love all of these!

Thank you for visiting, and if you've been joining me everyday for the knitting and crochet blog week then an even bigger thank you to you!

Much love, Sam xx

Day Five! - 2KCBWDAY5

Day five of the annual knitting and crochet blog week

"And now for something completely different: This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.
There are no rules of a topic to blog about but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog."

A Day In The Life Of Wurm The Stitch Marker

Hello! My name is Wurm and I would like to tell you all about me and my special job!
To some people I may look just like a piece of thread, but I am much more important than that! I have a super special job of making sure my owner (She's called Sam, you might know of her...) doesn't lose her place in her crochet! Sam often makes friends for me to play with like Bee and Ladybug that you met on Day 2, and to make them she has to crochet in circles! This gets confusing for her and that's where I come in :) I slip into a stitch to mark her place! That way she never gets lost! Yay! Apparently some people use strange hard ones, but Sam says I am the best at the job! This makes me very happy :)

So, what happens in a typical day for a special wurm like me? Well! I am very busy! Here's how it goes:
I wake up bright and early in my home - the desk. I have my usual breakfast of fluff then take my morning stroll around the rest of the desk, inspecting various objects as I come across them. I often have a lovely chat with the pin family! They are early risers too, and all 50 of them go for a little walk too! The view from desk is amazing and I often find myself gazing across at the big mountain: Wardrobe. So beautiful! I would love to move home one day and live near Wardrobe! I would recommend coming to view it one day, you will be amazed at its enormity! Of course if you do you will be welcome to come to my house for tea. I love visitors!

So, after my morning stroll I have a little nap then wait for Sam to need me. She doesn't need me everyday, but I'm glad because I have my own projects to work on! Of course, I have been knitting and crocheting for longer than Sam so when I am not holding stitches I give her tips and advice, she very much appreciates all the help I give her and tells me every day! She makes me feel very special :)

So there you have it! My day. I hope you enjoyed it! I will leave you with this little picture. This is a picture of me demonstrating how I hold stitches. It is in a ball of wool because Sam didn't have any projects for me to use, but I think you still get the point :) As you can see, I enjoy it soooo much that my tail glows! According to Sam this makes me a very special stitch holder!

Thank you so much for reading my special story, I hope that one day everyone gets their own wurm!

Lots of love Wurm and Sam xx

Friday, 1 April 2011

Day Four! - 2KCBWDAY4

Day four of the annual knitting and crochet blog week

"Where are they now?
Whatever happened to your __________?
Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.
There are a lot of different aspects to look at when looking back at a knitting project and it can make for interesting blogging, as much of the time we blog about items recently completed, new and freshly completed. It is not so often that we look back at what has happened to these items after they have been around for a while.
How has one of your past knits lived up to wear. Maybe an item has become lost. Maybe you spent weeks knitting your giant-footed dad a pair of socks in bright pink and green stripes which the then ‘lost’. If you have knit items to donate to a good cause, you could reflect on the was in which you hope that item is still doing good for it’s owner or the cause it was made to support."

I struggled with finding something to talk about for this one. I Have only been crocheting since last May, blogging since October and knitting since January this year, so finding something that has been around long enough to count has been hard! The first ever gift I made was last June. It was a little amigurumi mouse for my sisters birthday. However, I completely forgot to take a picture of it! (I do plan to ask her whether I can borrow it for a little photo shoot one day, but keep forgetting!)
I am going to bend the rules a little bit. I only made these little things a few weeks ago so they haven't been around for long, but I feel they are the best interpretation of the challenge set.

Meet the monster couple! These were made for my youngest sister Sarah and her boyfriend Deccy. Deccy was very impressed when he saw some of the things I had made so I decided to make them both a little something :)

They are both quite gothic style-wise, so I chose darker colours for them. Red and black seemed perfect for monsters! I decided to do opposite colours, so one started with red and the other started with black. They needed their own characters :) Their eyes and teeth were made out of felt (I had ran out of my usual toy eyes!!) I originally sewed them on, but was not happy with the look of the stitches through the felt so re-did them and glued them on with super-glue (the only glue I had at hand!). I finished them both really late at night, the day before I planned to give them! I was exhausted but it was very worth it, they both loved them! I have no idea whether they have survived any wear and tear, but I will ask them and let you all know! I also will find out their names :) The one on the left with one eye was given to Sarah, and the other one was given to Deccy.
Here are a few more pictures:

So there you have it :) My little monster couple! Hope you like them as much as Sarah and Deccy do!

For those interested, the pattern can be found here

Thank for visiting again! Sam xx