The 7th April 2019 was my last post, and I must admit, as I looked up the date I was surprised, as it felt longer than 9 months. I envisaged 18 months or longer, as it has felt like an eternity.
I have missed all my blogging friends, and vow this year to get back into my crafting, blogging, life and enjoy moments to the full. Sounds as if the past 9 months have been depressing – not really. Uber hectic, which resulted in my non activity and posts stating – nothing occurring here! Something had to give and not blogging lightened the load and stresses of life.
During the year I was subjected to a few medical tests. Now in the process of identifying what I am allergic to, without subjecting myself to the full FODMAP diet. The big item was the increase of my carpal tunnel. Perhaps too much crochet – nah a life long issue which flairs up, and the compression gloves are now in use more often.
My career, if you can call it a career – work life has settled. The past year has had its ups and downs. Shocks, losses and surprise. I have managed to keep a little crafting happening. A throw rug for the MOTH, which I started then after a 200g ball of time consuming linen stitch I fogged the lot and completed a 2 x 200g C2C. Frogging must be my new thing, as I also commenced a Double bed size – Tiles for Miles throw and after 5 x 100g balls frogged it and now trying a double V sttich. There was also a scarf and several cotton recyclable face wipes and a few wash bags. Yes crochet seems to be my thing at the moment. My current WIP’s include a Tunisian child’s throw.
My blogging plan, yes I have a plan is to post once or twice a month. Not too often, but I hope keep me on track and not too over committed.
I hope to pop in and check out several blogs I have been missing. I might only get to post a like and no comment – I hope your ok with this.
H.2 is for No progress these past weeks. My focus and time has been spent on other pursuits. I do encourage you to visit the fabulously talented and energetic members of this SAL to view their incredible stitchery.
Progress on the MOTH’s cotton throw has been made. It is slow going I have noticed my tension changes. Most likely due to my carpal tunnel (mild) which does not stop me doing anything. Last left off it was this size. I am still on the first ball and it has grown. Even thought each row becomes slower to make ti to the corner – Oi Vie
Some things you cannot frog – Time is one of them. Yesterday I meant to post this update, yet it was 38 Deg Celsius here, time slipped away. Ok… truth is I forgot ^^
Commenced on 2 Feb at my crafting group. Another large project – crochet Linen Stitch throw for the MOTH. We recently purchased a new 2 seater lounge. Now need more throw rugs, well thats my excuse 😂😂😂😂😂
Decided on a manly stitch for the MOTH. Mine will be in a move flowery pattern. However, one at a time. Plus he needs spoiling after a tough 2017/18 with health issues.
Using a lovely 100% cotton from Bendigo Mills ( Australia)
Follow-up from last month – Clarie was the recipient of the Red Riding Hood Bonnet.
I forgot to take photo with the ribbon, and Claire kindly sent pics of her baby doll sporting the jazzy red bonnet.
H is for Humongous. 4/5 times the size of the regular alphabet blocks. I have broken it down into many sections. If I tackle a little bit each day this Humongous section will be completed eventually. Need some method to maintain my craft sanity and momentum.
Welcome to our newest SAL member Sharon. Please hop over to the craft SAL participants. The list of member links is below.
G is for Gingham. This one took me back to my school days. The blue/white gingham school pinafore and matching gingham ribbon tied at the base of my braids. Incredible memories about as this project unfolds. I commenced the next box with the I then stopped – the big H in the centre is actually next – Ahhhhh, this section is huge.
Do pop over and visit the talented crafters in the Stitch-a-long, they write amazing blogs and keep everyone motivated.
A month of productive crochet, and a tad of knitting.
2 yarn happy dances – yeah. The first and largest is my crochet lacy scarf. I did have a few reverse crochet moments to ensure I ended on the right spot of the chart. I didn’t wish to waste the lovely Noro.
The next happy dance is a little knitted bonnet. No pattern, except stitch numbers. I really like moss stitch, lacy holes and had a rich red handy. Silly me I forgot to get a picture with the red/white ribbon added. Have already gifted to the recipient. Hoping to obtain picture to complete the set.
I forgot to mention in the class I took with my cousin I also made this little tiny crochet basket. Made great use of the lessons. As you can see it is only tiny, to ensure I could knock it over on the same night. Great fun and the perfect size to store some nail polish.
F is for French Knots and fashionable fantastic crafts. Just like those of my fabulous fellow SALers. The list is growing and welcome back into the fold Mary Margaret, and newbies Renee & Jenny. Take care all, and pop over to visit all the stunning creative crafts on the links below.
I am setting myself up for a successful and productive year. Once a month I will post my Yarn update. I have a few projects on the go. Crochet, knitting and need to tackle more yarn work on a regular basis to complete items. Crochet being one of the many crafts I enjoy. It had been several years since I spent serious hooking time. After a pre-Christmas lunch with my cousins, one asked me a crochet question which I could not answer. The recommendation/suggestion she/we attend a local crochet course – 4 x 2 hour sessions over 4 weeks. We both attended the small group of 3 students and 1 instructions.
My main goal was to learn to correctly read a chart/pattern. Expanding out of my comfort zone – the humble granny square into something a little fancier. My MIL and I stumbled across a gorgeous scalloped scarf pattern years ago, and I even purchased the NORO to make it. After several unsuccessful attempts with another yarn. I gave up. Stored the pattern and NORO away and swiftly forgot about it. Until that fateful day at lunch.
On the first evening, I learnt to read and understand the pattern, whilst practicing on another yarn. Then after a few more hours practicing at home. I still did not have the courage to start on the NORO, I waited until the next lesson and under the guidance and support of my instructor this is my progress thus far, and I am very pleased.
Then stitch by stitch it is coming together. especially a converted effort the day a few friends and I went to a Craft Cafe on the outskirts of Melbourne. The perfect little shop smothered with year, kitsch retro furniture and “the best scones”.
My nautilus shell scarf has grown even further and almost half way. Photo is not the best angle, perhaps I also need to add “work on my photographic skills” on the “to do list”
I will see you in a month – take care and I hope you too have had a productive month.