Told You I’m Addicted!

Following the recent eating of my ergonomic 2.5mm crochet hook by that smelly monster Merlin, decided to try a soft grip for my stupid hands.

Wool Warehouse had just the job so whilst there purchased some more Drops yarn. Well it’d be horribly rude not to!

The coming weather forecast for my weeks annual leave is quite frankly PERFECT 🤗

Frost, cold, snow, rain all the ingredients for a monster craftathon with of course a coal fire, Netflix and aforementioned smelly monster.

It’s Nerd Nirvana 💖20170209_1504251486654523313-6375402421486654649043-1603692774

 

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Aurora Duckus Humongous

I have delved into the world of Amigurumi on a complete whim and in turn given myself yet another obsession!

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I found Bubbles and Bongo on etsy after DD2 tagged me on Facebook with a picture of a darling ickle unicorn stating she needed one. After a bit of tinterweb research I found the source of this beautiful pattern. A Mum and Daughter duo who design simply gawjus patterns that are super simple to follow (more on that in a minute) at really reasonable prices.

Erinna the daughter half of the duo can be found on Instagram @littleaquagirl while Mummy, Rosemary @petite_tini

My desire to get going didn’t include a rational thought process WHATS NEW I hear you cry🤗.  Wrong size hook, incorrect yarn and burning desire at hand I cracked on.

Now given how many years crafting experience I have you’d think at the very least I’d think colour themes through…..DONT BE DAFT, waaaaay to keen to make a start.

As Aurora’s head started to grow (and grow and grow) it occurred to me I may have been a bit hasty, but hey whoever believed in the act in haste, repent a leisure saying?

Aurora was getting humongous and to add insult to injury the colours (well it’s what I had available and I’m sticking to that defence) started to make her look more than a tad duck like. HH encouraged me to keep going, dang that man knows how to smooth my feathers.

I got the shivers everytime I glanced over at ‘the’ head.  It’ll be alright once I’ve seen the mane on I told myself.  She stopped looking quite so duck like and took on the form of Woodstock from Snoopy DABNABIT …… Dear Sewing /Amigurumi Gods pleeeeeease sprinkle some lucky dust over here.

Dont know what you think but I think they were listening.  Now she’s fully constructed albeit in humongous proportions I love her and more importantly DD2 thinks she’s the sweetest thing ever PHEW 😂

Ive started Emmi Lou now CORRECT HOOK, CORRECT YARN and cool colours, she’s coming on a treat, truly beautiful imho!

Can’t recommend Bubbles and Bongo patterns highly enough.  They are simple to follow with fantastic descriptions and pictures to help you along the way. I’ve already purchased 4 patterns ADDICTED!

For your perusal and amusement herewith is photographic evidence of my journey.

BTW my new yarns which arrived in a gawjus organza bag are from the Drops Cotton Light range at a mere 95p per  ball. They are 50% cotton and 50% polyester from

Wool Warehouse

 

Cor Blimey …

I’d like to say this blog post has a purpose, carefully thought through and highly directional but I would be lying!

Please forgive the random photo’s but as you read on it will become obvious that no topic appropriate pic’s exist and I LOVE  LOVE blogs with pic’s so you got a random selection from my library 🙂

Here in good old Blighty the late Summer weather is pants to say the least, seems Dellis has all the good weather hurumph!!!! That said I have had the fan going in my bedroom all week due to the previously mentioned fever. Gaining mojo and health at rapid rate now I was strangely excited to go off to bed tonight ……… Woooo nelly, not so fast in the assumption department…. I took receipt today of my new memory foam topper (current one has remembered my old, fatter shape just a tad too well).

Stairs two at a time …. Sorry another fib, can you see me Mrs Hip Replacement doing two at a time 😉 ipad, phone and glasses in hand. Yes all essential in the sleep area, just in case 🙂

Whoop off I drift to sand man land despite the rather yak smell from the new topper, that very new smell. 3am DING!  Wide awake and my back and neck killing me OMG another untruth, they are hurting quite a bit. So I lay there a while rationalizing the whole, its a new topper my body has to get used to it blurb. That’s when it happens …..  Creative mojo goes beeeezerk! Oooo I have that lovely yarn for DD1 blanket like the one I made DD2, Oooo more oriental fabric for another bag to gift to my friend. I am seeing in a few hours (yeah right like thats realistic silly billy), Oooo I need to look at that lovely pattern for a new work top, Oooo Christmas work do needs a posh frock need to look at patterns ……. And on it went.

Hence, here I am exorcising my ‘demons’ so I can please get a bit more sleep else I will look like an utter drack for my luncheon date AND what on earth is this on the TV ?????  Oh. Cheaters….. That explains all the screaming and shouting LOL!!!

So my dear reader, what crazy things go through your head in the early hours of a sleepless night? Or am I only one that does this?

 

 

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Ravelry Raver …. REALLY Recommend

Dearest Dellis at curlsnskirls pointed me towards Ravelry several weeks ago during a skype. I dipped in and liked what I saw, as a result my first ever real crochet project happened, a Minion Beanie which was well recieved by DD2.

You may recall from last Summer dear reader that I was fortunate enough to meet a fantastic group of ladies at a sewing workshop I ran. Well this same set of Super Mum’s have said they fancy a go at crochet and we have agreed to do a crochet coffee morning at one of the ladies homes. Currently we are sorting a date for one Saturday this month.

My usual stupid o’clock trick this morning, wandering aroundthe house like Billy No Mates! Thought to myself, now’s a good time to do a bit of research for the coffee morning. I needed to tick several boxes:

1. Good for beginners

2. Will produce an end result quickly to keep enthusiasm going

3. Not too demanding on my arthritic thumbs ( I look enough of a moron without extra help)

4. Cost effective for my Super Mum’s (SMs from here on in)

5. Practical

So with this list in mind I hit Ravelry.com and had a good old mooch around the free crochet patterns. As I am, I guess you would describe as an intermediate crocheter I was looking for something I would have wanted to be taught. Challenging enough but not so tough as to lose the will to live type project. Well I found it! A wonderful snuggly infinity scarf/cowl that is perfect for the UK winter as we are about to enter into the coldest part of our year.

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The pattern has been designed by Stephanie Jessica Lau, find her wonderful blog here.

Enormous thanks to her for being generous enough to share with the world for free, being creative enough to come up with a simple yet very effective pattern and the easy to follow written and pictorial instructions.

Am keeping everything crossed that my SMs will approve of my choice….. if SMs are reading this blog TRUST ME you can do it, truly you can 😉

I did choose a rather pricey yarn but that was because I was being a petulent only child and had to do it NOOOOOW! Therefore HH had to take me to Hobbycraft on a Sunday to buy yarn. Wasn’t madly impressed by the selection their Milton Keynes branch have so settle for this very pretty coloured yarn despite it being costly.

The balls were only 50g and are 51% wool 49% acrylic, thus it is heavier and less yeilding than the pattern so in turn I used more than the pattern suggested …… this resulted in a second trip to Hobbycraft for extra balls!!! I am so lucky I have a very patient HH!

If I had everything in front of me from the getgo then this would have taken approx 3 hours to complete which I was delighted with. I’m not super fast with the old hook, it’s my thumbs you know (my story and I’m sticking to it).

For SMs think we will go with a chunky rather than super chunky, be way more organised and buy online as the savings are substantial here in the UK if you do it that way, again trimming some cost off. Currently amongst the great unemployed myself at the moment I am very mindful of making a £ stretch as far as possible (always have been careful in truth).

With SMs permission I will post some pictures here once we have had our coffee, crochet and chat 😉

Best Laid Plans …

Go to waste!

So much for the Oh Yes! I’m making a tunic top next…… ha ha! Life has an uncanny way of getting in the way don ‘t you find? In a bid to avoid a non creative day, what with my post flu lethargy being pushed aside with some mojo for the creatives i found a simple crochet pattern on the internet for a beenie hat. DD2 fancied one as she is really feeling the cold having only recently returned from Aruba after an 8 week adventure, making interesting and fun international friends ….. My little loon even did a sky dive with Aruba Sky Dive!

Surprise I digress AGAIN!

Crochet beenie, had the right size hook, there’s one better than the knitting aye? Wool, mmmmm a bit too chunky but how much difference can that make? I know ….. A LOT. Undeterred, with gusto I threw myself at the task. Never hving done a hat before it was all a bit perplexing and a little exciting 🙂

The baby blue yarn (looks grey in pictures) took shape very quickly on such a large hook and before I knew it I had a hat. HOORAH. The chunky wool however gave me a somewhat baggier beenie so some rapid creative thought processing, I added in a couple of extra rows for length, threaded fine elastic around the base and made a bobble. Attached bobble so it dangles a bit, whipped my hair brush through said bobble to make it fluffy and hey presto a hat that DD2 is delighted with.

At this point I would like to say if you think her varied ways of wearing one hat and unique modelling is funny or cute then she is my daughter. If however you think she is a few sandwiches short of a picnic then she is my Husbands !!!!

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