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Fuck 2016

Hey dudes!

This post is gonna be kind of long and kind of personal, just a heads up y’all!

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This is a little cross stitch I made using Subversive Stitches perfect pattern.

So obviously 2016 hasn’t been especially good for any kind of human rights, unless you’re a rich white male asshole, so if you are, whoop whoop to you!

It’s also been a hard year for me personally, my mental health really took a tumble, especially after my dog suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in June. It got so bad that I just stopped sewing a few months ago. A while after we moved to Salisbury I finally went to the drs and asked for help, I’m now a few weeks into a long course of anti-depressants and they’re starting to make a difference which is great.

I managed to work on smaller projects with crochet and cross stitch which really helped as well.

So anyhoo!

I finished 2015 with a plan of 9 patterns I wanted to make in 2016, I will be honest guys, I made 3 of them. However one of the ones I didn’t make has crept into next year’s list 😉

The ones I made are the Sewaholic Cambie (3 times, with 2 others cut out!), the Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte (3 times with 1 cut out) and the Paprika Patterns Jade skirt, which sadly didn’t work out (due to incorrect fabric choice I think!).

The patterns I have chosen for next year are a bit more practical and functional and I think, more my style. The more I sew, the more I find what suits me and what style patterns I keep returning to. With that in mind, two patterns I’ve actually already made are in my list, the Bettine and the Agnes. My 3 Bettines are in heavy rotation and I love having a dress I can jut throw on that can take me from night to day! With the Agnes, my previous attempts didn’t work out very well so I’m hoping to master this basic but classic knit top this year.

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JLV Ivy PinnaforeChristine Hayes EmeryT&TB Rosa
Blueprints for Sewing Saltbox TopT&TB AgnesJLV Gable top
T&TB BettineColette WrenGrainline Moss

Whilst thinking about these patterns and my future plans I have also planned what fabrics to use and have chosen fabrics mostly from my stash, something I need to work through this year! I’ve made a visual reminder for myself of these as well, feel free to feast your eyes!

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Finally for my 2017 plans, I have really caught the cross stitch bug the last month or so, so I’ve made myself a visual plan of the cross stitch I plan to make next year also!

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All the above patterns are from Etsy or Subversive Cross Stitch, and then the hornbill is made using PC Stitch, and it’ll be a gift for my friend who looks after her ^_^

The following collages don’t need much to be said! There’s some of my sewing, then some of my other crafting and finally finishing with some of the lovely times I’ve had with my beautiful sewing friends this year. I’m so happy I found the sewing community and that I’ve had all the wonderful experiences that I’ve had!

dressesandskirts

Sewaholic Cambie – T&TB Bettine – T&TB Lilou
Seamwork Adelaide – SOI Tulip Skirt – T&TB Miette
SOI Tulip Skirt – T&TB Bettine/T&TB Lilou – Colette Moneta

other-sewing-adventures

Blueprints for Sewing Saltbox Top – Patternweights – Seamwork Astoria
SoZo Anya Bag – Seamwork Astoria Hack – Heatpacks
JLV Bronte Top – Victory Patterns Ham & Sausage – JLV Bronte Top

othercrafts

Felted Button Falling LeavesGranny Shawl – Cardigan
Haak maar Raak! BlanketJulie Jackson Fuck 2016Sarah London Wooleater
Julie Jackson Beware of DogTerribly Simple ShawlPlastic Little Covers Girls Just

sewingbuddiescollageGabby’s wedding with Elle – Sewing Weekender with Abi – Post fabric shopping
Heavy metal shaving in Warsaw with Jenny – Cambridge Sewcialists – My cousins wedding
Visiting Backstitch with Elle – Gabby’s wedding – Sewing Weekender with Elle

Well done for making it through that rather long shit storm! 

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2017 ❤

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Falling Leaves Afghan

Hey gang!

I’ve been crocheting now for over 4 years, I learned because I liked amigurumi and because I was doing an unpaid internship so needed some cheap thrills! Over the years there’s been many projects I started and then didn’t finish, I think about 80% went in the bin when we moved last month, just because I knew if I hadn’t finished them by now then I never would.

But I believed I’d finish this one!

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Then I got REALLY strict with myself and decided that in fact, I could only start my next blanket, if I finished this one.

I started this blanket, in April 2013 and finished it October 2016!!

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Early 2013 the creator of this pattern, the wonderful Susan Carson (Of Felted Button) asked for testers and I applied. I was unemployed and needed something positive to fill the void, and it did! …don’t panic guys the tester was 4 squares not this whole blanket haha!

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I call it the Falling Leaves blanket because that was the original pattern name but it is now called the Flying Colors blanket.

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I used the following 6 yarns for the project, all are Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK;

sr_f013_0793_0793 Clover
sr_f013_760_0760 Orchid Pink
sr_f013_840_0840 Purple
sr_f013_957_0957 Primrose
sr_f013_819_0819 Bright Lemon
sr_f013_978_0978 Sunflower

The colours I chose weren’t the best however I still really like the way the blanket came out, but after all these years I had a bit of a love/hate thing going on with it and I wanted it to go to a new home. Luckily my oldest friend was coming to visit that weekend and as I owed her a new house gift (from months ago, I’m such an asshole!) I decided to see if she wanted the blanket, and she did!

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I’m so glad my blanket has found a loving home!!

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Tiramisu baby blanket

A few months ago we found out that my boyfriend’s brother and sister in law were expecting a baby, so as soon as we were told it was going to be a boy I set about making a blanket.
I’ve had the tiramisu blanket in my ravelry queue for what feels like eons now. I got me some Aran weight baby blue yarn from Wool Warehouse. 
I’ve been a Deramores customer since I first started crocheting about 3 years ago but the last time I ordered from them they’d changed from Royal Mail to Hermes, the parcels took longer to arrive and it was much harder to get your parcel of you missed it. I complained about it on their Facebook only to receive a faceless reply. So I switched to Wool Warehouse and the parcel came super fast and in a cute little bag so I was super chuffed.
When I started the blanket about 20 rows in I realised it was too small, so I ripped it and increased the starting chain by about a third.
This blanket got boring super quick and quickly got too big to carry around in my project bag.
It took about 3 months in total and that’s only because a baby shower was announced ha!
Of course I finished it altogether about 15 minutes before I had to leave. Turns out threading ribbon in this pattern is SLOW, SO SO SLOW.
But anyway here’s some pictures which I obviously took as I was running out of the door!!

The yarn used was Patons Baby Fab Aran and I ended up using 4 Balls, with a 5.5 Hook.
Overall I kinda hated making this blanket, I hated the colour and the repetitive stitch, and I thought it was ugly. Once I got the ribbon in it though I changed my mind and decided it was rather lovely so I came to peace with it in my mind haha.

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Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

So I mentioned before that I won a couple of tickets to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show from Winnie at The Scruffy Badger. I was super stoked and invited my friend Estelle to come along.

I’d never been to any kind of craft show before but I’d read reviews on blogs of shows like Unravel and Yarndale where there was a lot of interaction between stallholders and visitors.

Walking in we found it quite overwhelming and we didn’t know where to start, so we decided to try to zigzag round the stalls and then go back to ones we wanted to buy things from.

 I was surprised at the amount of random crap stalls there were, selling things like soup makers and vibrating bed things, I had kinda expected to see more independent companies and more interaction.

That’s not to say there weren’t some wonderful stalls there, and some great displays.



The above two photos are of course from the Best in Show books company, I’ve actually got one of the books, it was a gift from a friend as it has a wire-hair dachshund in it, but I really cant knit very well, maybe one day!




Both of the above were from a knitted farm competition which was really cute.



The above photo is from the Toft crochet jungle project, there was a large number of chairs underneath where people were crocheting to add bits to it.



I loved this stall which was a beautiful modern take on tapestry, if they had had any of Brighton or Warsaw I’d have definitely considered buying one.




This was the stall of Sincerely Louise Who’s work I saw in Mollie Makes recently, I was also seriously tempted by one of these however again as my knitting skills are seriously lacking it’d be a bit of a dud! Also my other half isn’t convinced of the awesomeness of crafty taxidermy. 


Finally there was a mini full of sewing machines!!

This is my hoard from the day, 2 lots of fabric, a new tool and a brooch from MIY Workshop, a bracelet, and these 3 patterns. 


The MIY Workshop stall was one of the friendlier ones, however it was only after we left I realised they are based in my hometown of Brighton! I am pet sitting for my mum in a couple of months so I may have to head over there then.

After reading Jenna’s post about her visit (read it here) I think we made a mistake by not signing up to any of the workshops or classes, whilst I’m not in a rush to go to one of these shows again soon, I may do in the future.
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2014 Round up

I thought this post wouldn’t take so long as obvs I am rubbish and barely make anything and everything I make is rubbish, but when I put some photos together I realised I did rather alright last year, woohoo! So I made some collages of course. Theres some stashy filler pics too of course

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Bedroom lampshade/Work Lanyard/Kitchen Bag Holder
Sexy Men Cushion [Pattern]/Feather Holder/Golden Girls Cross Stitch [Pattern]
1 of 6 Pattern Weights/Cup of Tea Cross Stitch/4 Handmade Cushions


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Mollie makes fox brooch/Mollie Johansson Emboidery [Pattern]/Deer Cushion [Pattern]
Fox Scarf WIP [Pattern]/Polka dot clutch WIP/Bull Shit Man Costume
Granny Square Blanket/Original Angela Landsbury Print [Artist]/Embroidery Sampler WIP


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Crochet Owl Cushion [Pattern]/Pusheen [Pattern]/Dachshund Embroidery on a Picnic Blanket Skirt [Pattern][Pattern]
Flamingo Cross Stitch [Pattern]/Kitchen Unit Curtain/Long Sleeve Bronte Top [Pattern]
Christmas Stockings (Frogged)/Yarn Stash/Keila Top WIP [Pattern]


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Fabric Pot/Quilt WIP/Vintage Sewing Machine
Rainbow Cowl WIP/Miette Skirt [Pattern]/Fat Quarter Stash
Star Trek TNG Cross Stitch [Pattern]/Green Dress WIP/Round Cushion

Definitely a right mix there, I only started cross stitching this year and its quite fun although I get bored rather quickly so I don’t think it’ll be something I do too often. I definitely did not take enough photos, there’s other things I made that aren’t here (including clothes) and I’m bringing plenty of WIPs into 2015. I’m planning another post for my plans and hopes for 2015 so maybe I’ll finish that post for the end of March haha.

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New Blog

I used to have a blog but I let it sort of rust away over time so I’m starting a new one just to document all my makes and things I get up to.

I now have my own craft room which deserves to be written about and the dog deserves a mention too.


I’m really good at forgetting what I planned to make and also what I have made, so hopefully I can keep more on top of it with this blog!


I’m gonna start with some lists because there’s nothing I love more than a list!


Current WIPs 

  




Falling Leaves afghan

I’ve been slowly making this for about a year now!! Its something I go back to when I’ve finished a project.





Polka dot dress
Poor little dress, its New Look 6183 with a ridicuously wide back which I need to take in at some point.









My first ever quilt
As you can see it’s progressing well…


Embroidered cushion for my friend Jenny, as its a surprise design I can’t show it yet but making it is super fun!




Keila top

I’ve only just started with the first square, the fabric is from an old camp bed belonging to Garys grandparents! It gave me an excuse to try some scwepswool that Deramores have just started stocking










Picnic bench cushions
The foam for these is also from Garys grandparents campbed!







Moss Blanket 


I named it after the colours of the yarn which I love! Its James C Brett Woodlander.







Future Projects



My Ravelry queue is ridicuously full… 

It’s a mix of amigurumi, blankets and some accessories too.

Some have been on there for almost a year…


I have a few printed off PDF new look patterns for dresses but I’m also trying to work through the Colette sewing book.

I also splurged on some great cross stitch and embroidery patterns recently because obviously I dont have enough in my to-do list!