An exciting award! 

I was so excited to be nominated for this award by the lovely Tina from kristabellashodgepodge. I’ve recently started following her blog which chats  about crafts, and baking amongst other things, and i particularly enjoyed her recent tutorial to make a really cute little crochet flower, in her series ‘new stitch sunday’. 

Thank you Tina for your kind nomination, and for your lovely, friendly and encouraging comments on my blog posts. It’s a pleasure to have met you here in blog land! 

My blog started because :

My husband Mark had been encouraging me to start writing a blog about crochet, but i didn’t feel I’d have enough to write about. But in the new year we talk about things we’d like to achieve in the coming year, and i thought I’d like to start writing a blog about different creative things i did. I hoped the blog would motivate me to do more creative things, and give me an excuse to book on  some interesting courses (stone carving coming up in the summer holidays, and blacksmith skills in the autumn!), and then write about them. I wanted to write about it in order to keep a record of all the things I was doing, but it’s turned into a way of meeting  like-minded people, sharing my creations with interested people, exploring the lessons I’m learning through craft and prompting  me to do more craft than I’ve ever done before (and as a by-product, filling  up a corner of our living room with boxes of stuff I might just want to use)! 

First piece of advice :

Blog because you want to. I’ve been blogging for 7 months, and if I was blogging in order to gain a huge following I’d be disappointed and might have given up by now. Looking at other blogs there are people with hundreds, and even thousands of followers, and as someone who compares myself (usually unfavourably) with others, that can be disheartening.  But having a smaller group of followers means I am getting to know some of the people through the comments  they leave for me and their blog posts. Blogging has an important role in giving me a way to reflect on the crafts I am doing, and the life lessons I am learning through them! Writing it down helps me to consolidate those lessons and also gives me an easy way to look back over all the things I have made in the first half of this year. Blogging is so much more than writing for an audience. 

Second piece of advice: 

Connect with the blogging world. Start by doing general searches of the areas you are interested in and have a look through some of the blogs that come up to see if you like what they are blogging about and if you like their style. Then comment on their posts. They may or may not respond to your comment but they will appreciate someone engaging with their post. Have a look at the other people who also comment on their posts as chances are their blogs may have similar themes that you would also be interested in. And, when people comment on your blog posts, make sure you engage with them and let them know you appreciate their comments. In my experience the people who have taken the time to comment on my posts have been really encouraging, kind and helpful and I’m motivated to keep going. All of this has resulted in feeling part of an ever expanding international community of people who are enjoying what they do, and who inspire me to make new and different  things, and who help me to see the good things in my creations even when they haven’t turned out how I expected. 

My nominees:

I know some people prefer to have award free blogs, and if I’ve managed not to notice that you are one of them then please do not be upset. Please just see my nomination as a recognition that I appreciate you and your blog, and don’t feel you have to write a post with your award. 

Jan at Jan made it, who blogs about gorgeous projects that I want to try

Pam at hooks and hills who inspires me to want to start way more projects than I have time for! And who introduced me to the idea of sexy crazy love notes 

Rose of my whimsical fancy partly because she has the word whimsical in her blog name but mainly because I enjoy reading her  blog and very much appreciate her becoming my pen pal

Tami of tanglewoodknots who makes beautiful things, gives good advice and inspires me to try new things

And Eleanor from coastal crochet who has helped me understand something about the links between crochet /craft and improving mental health, who makes beautiful things and then takes photos of them in beautiful locations including on the beach. 
Award rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief summary of how your blog started and give two pieces of blogging advice
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award
  • Content on each blog to let them know that they are nominated and provide a link to your post announcing the award nomination

Spring fields blanket

This evening I carried on with the blanket I am pattern testing for Katie who has  now also designed a gorgeous summer themed blanket with sunflowers on it. 

I was nervous and excited about making the first buds as I’d never done reverse popcorn stitch before. But her instructions and photos were easy to follow and I produced these

I also realised I’d forgotten to link up to the stem two rows previously, so had to do an extra long one so I didn’t have to frog it! 

Then I just kept crocheting, and the blanket grew rather a lot. It’s cool when you decide you’ll just do a couple of rows but end up getting caught up in it and doing loads. It’s not so cool that I keep feeling really tired at the wrong times of day and then in the evening when I could go to bed I end up feeling really awake. But anyway, it meant the blanket grew more than I’d expected! 

Oh… My view wasn’t necessarily quite as pretty as the canal, but it was exciting as it was peppa, my guinea pig who was so poorly over the last month I was having to syringe feed her pellets, keep her quarantined from rosie due  to her diarrhoea, and not feed her vegetables. This evening I let her run around the room and she was hopping in and out of the cage several times. She’s eating veg again, and her stomach seems to be coping. It was lovely to watch her running around. 

Loads of different things! 

Hey there everyone. Hope you all had a good weekend. My husband and I had kept this weekend free, after having a few busy weeks, and it was lush to have time to catch up with each other, and have time to focus on crafts. 

On Saturday we  went to a gorgeous cafe next to the canal, called the stables café. I took my crochet and sat  in the sun with this beautiful view! 

The blanket is coming along though I still seem to be making lots of mistakes. I know they won’t really notice too much, but it’s bugging me that I keep ending up with too many stitches in the row and I don’t know why I’m getting them. Plus I obviously got a bit cocky with one set of leaves and managed to add an unnecessary loop in front of the stalk! But… At least it is growing! 

I also spent time making collage cards for a giveaway on kelleysdiy which I am really excited to be part of. Do go and check it out… She’s had loads of sponsors donating things for the giveaway so there will be loads of chances to win something lovely. 

I love the idea of giveaways, and can give you a heads up that I plan to do my own to celebrate when I have 50 WordPress followers… Don’t think it’ll be too long now! 🤣

I got really excited when I discovered a blog written in french and English, and found that Charlotte makes beautiful wooden items. She wanted to do a craft swap for a gorgeous unicorn necklace, so I’m going to make her a crochet shawl in exchange. It might take a while though as I really need to finish pattern testing this blanket too. 

My final area of creativity was making a photo book online for one of my nephews who I’d taken on a zookeeper day. It was so much fun going through the photos again and adding comments about what he’d been doing. They’re coming to stay soon, so i hope it arrives before then so I can give it to him and see his  reaction. 

Ooh, and finally… How could I forget?? I had the most gorgeous parcel from wool warehouse, with my book and the wools to make Sophie’s universe. I love the bag it came in too! 

The project will have to go on hold for a while as I have too many things on  the go at the moment, but maybe it will make a lovely winter project. 

Quick catch up

This post will be more pictures than words as I need an early night! 

At the weekend the baby blanket grew a bit more. Unfortunately I somehow grew it sideways as well by adding some unintentional stitches, but i rectified that pretty quickly! 

This evening I got to catch up with my friend Iona over dinner at mine. We then played with my craft stuff and she explored how to use my intense ink pencils (like water colour pencils only with an ink effect). She produced these really vibrant flowers which I love. 

While she did that i made a few more cards, which were fun as they evolved as i made them. I really only started with an idea of the animal I wanted to create and then saw what happened  at each stage. 

It was a fun evening, and as always, lovely to have a craft buddy! 

Pottery and cards 

I was very excited yesterday evening when Hannah brought me back my pottery painting from her birthday party. Here are the finished items. I’m especially happy with the plate and really look forward to using it soon. 

 Hannah also brought me a cool thank you card that she had coloured in. I love the vibrant colours she’s used, and the shiny bits that are part of the card. They really bring the picture to life. 

I’ve not done much craft recently as I’ve not been feeling well and did not have the brain power or motivation  to think about crochet, but i did make two cards. I got the idea from a calendar, then drew a squirrel, which I cut into different parts and then cut those parts out of different pieces of patterned card. I’m so pleased with how it turned out though it was fiddly to do! It s fun  trying to pick the colours and patterns that would work best. 

Then I decided to make a slightly simpler card with hummingbirds on as i had some shimmery cards  that I thought would work well. While laying the pieces out they overlapped the edge and i decided that it would look cool if they did that once  they were stuck down. Again, I’m really pleased with the final result. 

I can see me making more cards like these in the future. 

It grew! 

This evening while babysitting for our nephews I thought I’d do a couple of rows  on my spring fields baby blanket, and then I got caught up in it and suddenly it had grown loads! 

At the end of this evening
Where I’d got to yesterday

I like reflecting on the growth of the blanket and the growth of the baby I’m crocheting it for, and have a much stronger sense of that with this blanket than with others because while crocheting I am making the flowers grow taller and sprout leaves. 

Stalk with first set of leaves

I feel quite proud of myself as I’m doing stitches and techniques I’ve never done before, while following a pattern written in American terms. Mainly its ok as  there are really useful descriptions of what to do for each stitch, but i realise I did one row wrong as I forgot to translate double crochet up to treble crochet. It made my row a bit wobbly (see the picture above of where I’d got to yesterday)  but I sorted it with some stitches with  less  tension on the next row! I realise things also went rather wrong somewhere in the first couple of rows, making the stalk a bit wonky and the edge very uneven, but I think I’ve sorted that now, and have the right number of stitches between each flower stalk, so i hope it will be ok from now on. By the time I realised I’d made these mistakes I’d gone too far to consider frogging. Crochet is helping me to learn to live with and accept my mistakes instead of trying to make them disappear. I’m beginning to accept that things that are less than perfect are still acceptable and often even still really good. Hopefully I can begin to transfer this acceptance from crochet into my life a bit more. 

Wobbly edge!!

Who knew that crochet could have such an influence on personal and spiritual development?!