Commissions, Crochet, Running, Sewing

Lost in Transmission

Sorry for the lack of posts over the previous weeks.  We went to visit my Mum in Shropshire for half term; a 200 mile trip which took us well over 5 hours, thanks to half term bank holiday traffic! 

Unfortunately we had no choice but to travel at 3pm on the Friday as firstly my daughter had school and secondly we had a wedding that meant we had to leave my Mums early on the Saturday morning, so we had to grin and bear it, although trust me there was very little grinning going on in our car!

The highlight of the journey was us discovering that my son suffers with travel sickness.  While this is pretty miserable for him, it was sadly a lot more miserable for the other 4 passengers in the car – my daughter got vomit on her, the DVD screen was also a victim and because of this myself and my husband suffered earache for the remainder of the journey.  Needless to say we got some travel sickness medicine for him for the return journey.

To cut a long story short we had a lovely time at an old friends wedding on the Saturday, the highlight of which was a night away in a hotel WITHOUT children (thank you Mum!) and a morning at the hotel spa on the Sunday morning after an amazing (and far too big) full english breakfast.

I took my running gear with me, I optimistically packed 2 sets of everything thinking I’d get out for 2 good runs, erm……t all stayed packed in my suitcase and promptly got put back into my drawer upon returning home.  If anyone has seen my lost running Mojo please please return it to me, the marathon and prior training seems to have sapped any enthusiasm I had for running.  It’s not like I don’t love talking about running or the idea of getting out there and doing a good plod, it’s just that when it actually comes to getting into my Lycra I feel a complete and utter lack of motivation, want, happiness, whatever it was that used to get me out there pounding the pavements and trails.  Due to this predicament I have gone almost back to basics and I have frequented one of my local park runs for the last 2 Saturdays, it’s crazy to say this but I am finding that 5k almost as hard as it was running the 42.2k in April.

On to my crochet activity now.  I’ve finished a couple of projects, the Bunny comforter that my lovely friend commissioned me to make has been finished and posted to her, she said her daughter absolutely loves it.  I have to say I was really pleased with how it turned out, it was so soft and squishy that it made me regret not making these for my children when they were babies, I absolutely loved making it, it just made me feel so content each evening.

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I’m extremely proud of this commission!

I saw a pattern for one of the super cute crochet octopus that are being made for premature babies (I know I am late on this bandwagon) and I decided I wanted to make one, no reason at all but I had a bit of a pale minty coloured yarn that I thought would look lovely as an octopus.  Annoyingly I managed to make the whole thing minus ONE tentacle before the yarn ran out and rather than frog it I decided it would add to his character if I used white yarn for the last tentacle.  And so Ollie was born complete in all his unique glory showing off his odd white tentacle.

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Ollie the Unique Octopus

I have also started work on a Spice of Life blanket.  I saw the pattern (by Sandra Paul of Cherry Heart) on Ravelry and immediately fell in Lust, I had to make this, it made my heart sing just seeing all of the beautiful stitches and textures and the variety of colours. Of course me being me, I didn’t want to make it in the colour packs that are suggested on the pattern so I chose my own colour way using Stylecraft Special DK Yarn.  The yarn arrived and I have to say I was a little underwhelmed.  It al seemed so dull, it lacked the pizazz that I thought it would have, the colours seemed muted when I piled them up to look at them working together.

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I realised when adding this image that they were never dull or muted, just my weirdness perceiving them that way

Regardless I made a start on the blanket, the first few rows are double crochet (US Terms) which seemed a bit of a slog to start with but I was kept interested with the colour changes every couple of rows, oh and I learnt to master the magic knot joining method (go me!).  As I got further in I started to think that the colours were looking better than I had first thought.  And now that I’m done with the first section and have done a fair few colour changes – WOW – the colours really do pop, they seem really bright, cheerful and so happy.  It’s living up to all of my initial expectations and more.  I am finding myself thinking about doing some more to it whilst I’m doing other things, I just want to get to the next row, the next colour change, the next stitch pattern. 

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Totally in LOVE!

As you can see I haven’t got very far, mainly because I decided that the original pattern wouldn’t be wide enough for my liking so I have done it 1.5 times the width.  For anyone interested in this pattern, there is a Facebook page that has all the information you could ever require, including how to increase the width, which hook sizes to use for different sections if you find your blanket is coming up narrower on one particular section, and also just general support and chat about the blanket.

Finally I would like to share this make with you…..

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I’ve been storing my crochet hooks in the plastic sleeve that they came in but it felt clunky and boring, I wanted something unique and most importantly – Pink,  and it also didn’t have anywhere for my little scissors to go and I found myself hunting around every time I needed them.  I decided to make a crochet hook roll, I know it isn’t crochet,  I know, but I think it’s pretty cute and it was so so much fun to make (ignoring the fact that it took me an hour to find my sewing machine pedal!!)!  It has a number of little pockets for my various hooks, a larger pocket for my scissors and I added a felt pad to hold my yarn needles and stitch marker so it is all kept together.

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How cute is this print???

It’s nearly time for me to go pick up my daughter from school now so I am off, I shall write another update very soon, thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

P.S. If you would like to commission me to make you any of the items that have featured in this post then please do contact me via email 🙂

See you soon!

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