I’ve been working on this during every spare moment since my Scrap or Save post

Unfortunately, what with Oliver’s ridiculous sleep habits of late and an abundance of work, spare moments have been few and far between. I’ve been snatching time which would otherwise be wasted: journeys in the car (when I’m a passenger!) and as 10 minutes downtime before I sleep at night (to ‘switch off’ after having spent all evening at the screen).

Still, I’m really quite pleased with it. It was a bit of an on-a-whim project; & I’ve only made a few mistakes which is nice :) It’s going to be for my bed, which is a super king, so quite a way to go before it’s finished…

Scrap or Save

I have been a little frazzled recently, and in an attempt to get some ‘down time’ away from the screen was planning on doing a bit of crochet again. I say “a bit”, because as it stands I have never actually completed a project. In the cot next to my bed (which is used to store clothes, lest you think I’ve given up co-sleeping) is a project I started for the birth of my nephew. My nephew turned 7 this year.

Anyway, I was going to take my hooks and wool on holiday with me at the weekend but unfortunately couldn’t find them before we were due to leave (note to self: do not ever again try to get all packing done in the space of 2 hours right before you leave whilst juggling a baby and a toddler).

On a hunch, I checked the wardrobe earlier and lo and behold, two boxes of yarn (acrylic) and my hooks, as well as various projects I’ve started from over the years. I am thinking about actually finishing a couple of these, but don’t know which to choose. So I’m handing over the decision to you guys… scrap or save? Pick your favourite two, I will endeavour to finish them at some point in the next millenium and might even photograph my progress.

The Cutest Booties

Isabel has some cute little pink fabric booties that I bought from Marks and Spencers, they’re perfect for keeping her socks on and feet warm while we’re out and about and she’s in the wrap. However, as she’s growing at a rapid pace, I splurged a little recently and decided to buy Izz some new custom booties from “Jojasca“.

Emma, the owner of the shop, posts at a forum that I frequent. So, I sent her a PM and enquired about a custom set of booties in girly colours that Izz could grow into slowly but would also keep her toes toasty warm now. Communication was rapid, and she started the order as soon as I’d sent payment and a foot measurement. Just a few days later — better turn around than some shops with pre-made items! — the booties were in the post…

cute custom crochet booties

Aren’t they just adorable? :D I love love love the yellow buttons. Isabel loves the colour yellow, so it was the perfect touch. I’ll be investing more in Emma’s shop, especially for Autumn/Winter wear as it’s such good quality, and the price was really good too.

You can see more of Emma’s stuff in the Jojasca facebook group or her Folksy shop, or contact her via jojasca@yahoo.co.uk.

My Life, On a Bookshelf

I was in the bedroom thinking again last night (anyone spot a trend here?) and came to the conclusion that my bookcase, the one that Karl went out and bought in August, perfectly represents my life. How sad is that, eh? My life can be ‘explained’ within three shelves.

First, there’s the bottom shelf:

bottom shelf

There’s a cup that has no doubt had coffee in it at some point (that’s instant coffee, don’t forget) but is now home to 4 new civilisations of the green and furry variety. A bunch of web design books that I bought after reading everything I needed to know on the Internet (yeah, no logic there, I tell ya) and should probably re-sell because they cost me a fortune and haven’t served any purpose yet. Mind you, the Zen Garden book isn’t bad — it means I don’t have to go online to see the pretty designs. So, coffee + geek.

Shelf number two, the middle one:

middle shelf

Aw, look, cute cuddly teddies. I’m sure most of you wouldn’t believe me if I told you I owned millions of the bloody things and Karl bought most of them (it required begging). I was even tempted to put a section on my website for them once.. I decided it might ruin my reputation. Oh, and yes, that’s about 30 Terry Pratchett books behind ’em. So, we have so far: coffee + geek + teddies + pratchett.

Lastly, the top shelf:

top shelf

A crocheted half-finished blanket for my nephew and yet another Harry Potter book that I’ve not read. That’s it really. Coffee + geek + teddies + pratchett + crochet + unfinished books. Y’know, I always thought there was more to me than that. Should I be sad or relieved that I’m not one of these complex females?

(Unrelated: no, I’ve not decided on what to do with RY yet, and I’m really appreciative of all the plugs tutorialtastic got. Thank you!)

Crocheting Madness!

I’ve been crocheting basic blanket squares for as long as I can remember. My mum would start me off and I’d crochet and crochet. I stopped for a while when I discovered the Internet, and only recently picked up again; in an attempt to finish a blanket I started that was supposed to be ready for Charlotte’s birth. Yeah, right.

Anyway, I couldn’t exactly call crocheting a hobby when all I can do is squares, so I decided to use the resources at my finger tips to teach me more. This is great, I’ve found a tutorial on creating a starting chain.. but what the hell does:

sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 13 chs, ch 1 (to turn). (14 sc)

..mean? It’s on the Beginner’s Easy Single Crochet Scarf Free Pattern page. Even after translating the abbreviations as per the list, it doesn’t make much sense. I think I’m going to make this up as I go along and see how it works. *crossed fingers* Feel free to share tips..

Edit: Okay, I think I’ve got the stitches down alright, it’s basically the same as the squares only one stitch per loop thingy instead of three.. but it seems on ever ‘turn’ I’m losing a stitch — I started with 25 and I’m down to 19. What am I doing wrong?

Edit (14th Nov): I figured out where I was going wrong. At the end of each row, before the ‘turn’, it seems I was missing the final stitch because it wasn’t as obvious. Or something. Anyway, I started a new scarf and it’s going great so far. In fact, it’s almost half done after just a bit of work. That is, unless I decide to make it 10ft long, hehe..

Edit. Again: I finished! My scarf was somewhat cut short because I, in my infinite wisdom, started with a half used ball of wool. So it’s not much of a scarf, but groovy all the same.. and I love this wool, such gorgeous colours.

[img] my scarf