Thursday, 28 January 2016

A Busy Week

I’ve had an unusually busy time this week. Firstly, I went out for a meal with EC, PDMC and JA at handmade burger co. on Friday evening. A huge disadvantage of being vegan is that it can be virtually impossible to eat out with family and friends, but I like eating here as the staff are friendly and welcoming and it’s also one of the few places locally where I can easily get a vegan meal. They recently altered their vegetarian menu so they now have four vegan burgers on offer -Cajun Vegetable and Bean, Spinach and Lentil, Sweet Potato and Bean and Chickpea and Quinoa, all of which are pretty yummy and well worth a try even if you aren’t vegan.

Afterwards we went to the cinema to see ‘Creed’. I don’t generally rate Sylvester Stallone as an actor but he impressed me in this - despite Michael B. Jordan's solid performance, he pretty much stole the show.

There are a few corny bits (it is a Rocky film after all) but there’s some genuinely touching moments, too. The sparring scenes were incredible and I felt like they set the pace of the film as it led up to the final, graphic fight scene.

It gets a big thumbs-up from me!

I popped round to see my sister the following afternoon as it was her 40th birthday. My mum made her this cake. It's really lovely isn't it?

Then at the beginning of the week I picked up some more yarn so that I can finish the jumper that I started for EC just before Christmas. 

The jumper is a pretty simple pattern and it’s done in aran yarn so it shouldn’t take me long to finish it off, which will be good because she gets particularly cold at the moment.

It's annoying because I always seem to run out of yarn right in the middle of a project. Some might say that this is bad planning on my behalf (!) but in my defense I think that it's usually because I try to use the leftovers in my stash first and I just seriously overestimate how much I have.

I also got some new watercolour pencils the other day. I've never used watercolour pencils before and have no real idea how to use them, so i just did a bit of experimental doodling with them last night. 

I’m going to have a look online and see if there's any tutorials on how to use them and hope to spend a bit of time this weekend practicing. 

Hopefully I'll be able to create something with them which is a bit less hideous than this!

I think another one of the reasons that I’ve seemed so busy this week is the huge amount of waiting around that I’ve done. There just seems to have been massive queues in shops and delays for buses, on the ‘phone, in traffic, everywhere!  I suspect the reason for this will turn out to be that an important planet in my sign is retrograde or that the planets are temporarily aligned at some sort of a disadvantageous position for me. It looks like until this changes I’m just going to have to cope with feeling super-frustrated that I’ve not made as much progress in certain areas as I wanted to this week. X

Friday, 22 January 2016

Crochet Mittens

I was hunting around for something the other day and found these almost-finished chunky mittens stuffed in the bottom of a drawer.

I started these way back in April last year whilst I was doing Jury Service, as I wanted a quick and simple project to do during the (inevitable) waiting around. As it turned out I was discharged after the third day and for one reason or another I never got round to finishing them.

At first I was thinking that there was still lots to complete on them, but when I looked properly there was only a thumb to crochet and a side seam to sew up. It makes me feel marginally ashamed for leaving them for so long!

They are made from James C. Brett Marble Chunky in shade 42, which is 100% acrylic and the pattern is available Here.

I think they'll be really useful as it's particularly cold and wintry here at the moment. x

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Creative Every Day Challenge and KCACO-Groovyghan CAL 2016

Hello again! I hope you are all well and looking forward to another creative year. I know I am. I haven't managed to show you any of my crafty stuff over the last couple of years so I've signed up for Leah's Creative Every Day Challenge again this year- hopefully this will also remind me to post here a bit more often.

I've also joined in with Heather's Crochet-A-Long which has started over at Keep Calm and Crochet on-UK. I didn't really want to buy any new yarn for this project as the plan is to use up leftover yarn from old projects, but I really don't think I will have enough yarn to finish it. We're still on the first part of the CAL though, so I have plenty of time to obsess over my dwindling stash and to raid the wool shop when I run out.

Like many people, I had Part 1 (a series of 10 granny squares) crocheted up within a couple of days. My colour choice was heavily influenced by the stripy cardigan EC is making and because I'd been thinking about things to crochet for Valentine's Day. Can you tell?!

I decided to do each of the five rounds in a different colour and each square alike as I had a lot of very small balls of yarn to use. I ran out of purple before I finished all ten of the squares so made a four-square granny using the remaining four colours, which looks OK.