It’s hard to deny that as you get older the festive season seems to come and go quickly. I’m getting back into the daily grind, starting afresh this new year in my new Hobonichi planner.
It is a significant change from my weekly planner from last year. In addition to yearly and weekly views, there are daily pages. The company encourage self expression with the planner and put forward a ‘use-it-your-way’ approach. I haven’t really quite decided how to attack it yet. It is serving as a daily journal for me so far.
I want to keep track of when I start and finish my projects. I finished a couple of knitted Christmas presents at the end of 2017, and now I’m ready to start something else. I bought a set of 3 skeins from We Love Knitting. The set fades from blue to white to pink and is the most adorable combination ever. I have big plans for this yarn, watch this space.
We’re halfway through the year already and I don’t really know how time is flying by so fast! I’m just trying to stay dry today. I left the house with my gumboots, my fab new Elka rain jacket I got from Europe *love* and a brolly.
In an effort to keep myself accountable I’m going to document my current work in progress (in terms of my craft projects). I brought a few bits to work on whilst in Europe, but I’ve gotten a bit discouraged with the length of time that it is taking. Lesson learned I’m focussing my energy on short and portable projects that I can put down and pick up without recalling too much pattern information.
At the moment I’m making a turban style headband which will be perfect for keeping ears warm in winter. It’s a gift for someone that I started maybe one or two nights ago? I’ve already had to frog it and restart twice, but I’m pleased to say it is almost done. All I have left to do is sew all the ends in. It uses the brioche stitch which is perfect as I’m a continental knitter, but I can get easily distracted by things and miss a stitch.
Yeah, you could say I have a *bit* of a yarn addiction. I originally ordered a cheap-o yarn winder off eBay. It came to the grand total of $11 inclusive of postage and was due to ship from Hong Kong. After an entire month of anticipation and waiting, the yarn winder never showed up. I was disappointed but never fear, this story has a happy ending. I got a full refund for the cheapie winder.
I ended up ordering a heavy-duty yarn winder for a little more money and a fraction of the time. It has metal gears unlike the original one I was getting, and can make balls of up to 10oz. I don’t really measure in ounces, so I don’t really know what that means, but I have zero regrets. I love my new winder.
They say it isn’t good to cake any skeins if you aren’t planning on using them soon. The problem with my stash is that I adopted a majority of them as loose skeins which have been bugging me for a while. I am planning on using them very soon, so I love that they’re beautiful centre pull cakes. Hashtag yarn nerd.
It is sososo much easier than winding a skein by hand. I did 6 yarn cakes in the space of about 30 minutes. Definitely the best thing in my maker life right now.
Each time the cold weather sets in, I’m inspired to knit something. I’ll do a separate post with the projects I currently have on the go. Off the top of my head I have about six projects on. Help. I think I may have too many. I tend to switch between each project depending on how mobile I am on a particular day. Nothing is worse than bringing 10 billion balls of yarn onto the train. I’m so looking forward to receiving the yarn winder I ordered.
T-shirt yarn (aka spaghetti yarn) has been on my radar for a little while now, but I haven’t brought myself to take the plunge. I stocked up on some t-shirt yarn at the last Lincraft sale, where giant balls were 50% off and as low as $4 each. I made a small planter out of yarn which I gifted to someone. Not too dissimilar to this planter tutorial from Wool and the Gang.
Now I yarn yearn for more. Sorry I couldn’t resist.
I’m thinking of whipping up one of those cute floor rug weavings that are very much in at the moment, but I’m not sure how slippery it would be on tiling and wooden floor boards. I also worry that they’ll only be trendy for a short time. I imagine with a larger gauge they’d work up super quick and easy. I like this tutorial from My World of Wool.
I love all things kitschy, and this macrame planter is calling out to me. I made some out of fluorescent builders rope, and it looks fab. I had never thought to experiment with yarn instead. Find the tutorial for this planter at the Clover USA blog.
There are so many fantastic yarn colours out at Lincraft at the moment. Unfortunately no longer half price, but still as steal for $8 bucks for a large skein. After I pick which project I want to do first, the next problem will be deciding the colour!
One. Have you guys been down to see any of Vivid Sydney? I really want to go and check out the cathedral of light before it closes but I don’t like my chances as time is running out. I walk over the Pyrmont bridge after work, so I got a peek at the laser light show. I can see a lot of effort has been put into it, but I’m not sure about the music choice.
Two. I’m spending every spare moment I have to get into crafting. I took a bit of a break and was a bit slack these last few months, but after buying a whole lot of yarn from the 50% off sale at Lincraft the other week, that passion has reignited. I bought some amazing fabric scissors from Japan that I’m in love with. I’m on the hunt for some really amazing craft blogs. The majority of them seem to be the traditional quilting/sewing hoo ha, which I don’t really have an interest in. If you know of any great blogs, please let me know!
Three. I’m eagerly awaiting the next retina MacBook Pro release. The announcement is imminent. My laptop is still going strong, but it’s been many years now since my last upgrade, and well, my daily use of it at work now warrants a newer, faster machine. There you go. I’ve justified it. I’ve even found some conceptual 3D renders from MacRumors.
Four. Yep I’m still super obsessed with Japan. I’m going through all my holiday snaps ever so slowly. Trying to decide which ones to print larger to put on the wall is always so difficult. I try to do a bound book of photos in lieu of a photo album (who has actually put together a physical photo album recently?). On the plus we got a custom frame made for a tenugui we purchased and hung it up on the wall. Loving it.
Five. I’ve been listing bits and pieces up onto eBay these last few days. I find eBay super fickle – one day they’ll be all over your item and bid crazy amounts, then the other moments where there are zero bids on an item no matter how many times you list them. I’ve inherited minor hoarding traits which I’m trying to break free of, so selling items feels very therapeutic right now. Besides which I’m on a spending ban post-Japan. Hah. As if.
In conclusion, I’m craving Mexican food for lunch today.
I’m obsessed with crochet at the moment. I tend to flit between different mediums and projects at any one time so writing about it is a good chance for me to take stock of what I have left to complete.
I’m working on a teeny tiny baby cardigan (everyone I know seems to be having a baby). I’ve not really crocheted or knitted anything more than a square or rectangular flat shaped piece, so I’m pretty excited to see how this project turns out. Perhaps I’ll move onto making me-sized clothes next. I find crochet so therapeutic on the train. Besides which I love seeing garments slowly come to life.
One crochet hook offers portability and zero risk of poking the passenger sitting next to you (unlike them pesky knitting needles). Although during the recent Lincraft 50% off everything sale, I stocked up on circular needles which are perfect for travel.
I found a pattern on Ravelry called the 2.5 hour nap cardigan (believe me I was under no illusions that I would finish this in under 2.5 hours). I’ve been working on it on and off for a few days now and it’s starting to take shape! I’ve even made a small rose to attach on the chest.
I’m loving it so much I’m thinking up different colourways for my next project. I need to find some boy cardigans too.
As per usual, life is crazy. I can’t remember what I did last weekend. But I am seriously obsessed with crafting at the moment which as all but consumed all my (little) free time.
I went to go visit Spotlight. They have an INSANE buy-$100-and-get-$40-off deal that was too good to refuse. I ended up walking out with a whole lot of stuff, not limited to an envelope board maker (OMG have made so many envelopes) and also a 24-piece crochet hook set (for under $10, umm yes?!).
I spent one entire weekend teaching myself how to crochet and do the magic circle technique in the hopes of making an obscure amigurumi character. It still needs eyes. And a mouth. I’m not really sure what it is to be honest. Mouse? Bear? Mousebear?
I’m currently in the process of making a small throw blanket. I find granny squares oddly therapeutic. I’ve been approached by strangers regarding my crocheting. I don’t mind the attention, so long as small talk doesn’t follow for the entire duration of my trip.
H and I seem to encounter all the sales. Good and bad if you ask me. I spotted a 30% off everything Lincraft sale where I hauled enough yarn to last me a couple of winter seasons. I have grand plans for these babies.
I’m curious if anyone is a crochet queen out there? What have you made this winter season?