I last did a blog at the beginning of 2017 full of ambitions about learning to sew, they haven’t fully gone to plan but I think I was very overly ambitious for a beginner and sewing is also an expensive hobby !!! I have managed to complete a few sets of bunting and I have some Christmas fat quarters so I’d like to make some presents with those. I did make an attempt to do the Sew simple t-shirt but it was a disaster !!! I will try again though.
I have made a start on my Attic 24 harmony blanket but I really need to get a move on if it’s going to be ready for a Christmas present ! I’m loving the colours just gorgeous check out the pattern Harmony Attic 24
I did manage to complete a little pram sized ripple blanket for my friend who’s expecting in November I really enjoy crocheting the ripple blanket as it just works up gorgeous.
To my list of hobbies I’ve added running, back in January I cancelled my gym membership as I wasn’t making use of it and needed to save some money but to keep up some exercise so I decided to try running using the couch to 5k plan it was really tough but I managed to complete the weeks and began feeling easier to run for longer and before I knew it March came around and I signed up to run a Half Marathon for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on the 15th October !!!!
Training was going great but 2 weeks before the event I hurt my leg and it was really sore to run on, so I signed back up to the gym and did some non-impact training for the final 2 weeks and as the day of the Half Marathon arrived I was ready and excited to get going massively pleased once I began running I couldn’t feel the pain in my leg result 🙂 the atmosphere of the run was amazing I am definitely hooked now the support was amazing. I completed the Half in 2hrs 56min and 48secs.
Photo of me enjoying myself at mile 6 🙂
I’ve lost 1 Stone since January which is massively way off what I need to lose as the saying goes ‘You can’t out run a bad diet’ which I’ve learned is completely accurate, tomorrow I am going to start the NHS 12 week weight loss plan I’ve downloaded the app and have a journal to record my food and hoping I can be successful at it.
I’ve found the running community on-line so inspiring and massively supportive no matter your ability beginner advanced are all just so positive and it’s really infectious. If anyone would like to have ago at the couch to 5k programme Click here You Can Do it
Happy New Year, Got some new goals for this year as always first and top of the list is learning to sew as I got a sewing machine for Christmas 🙂 after watching the great British sewing bee on BBC TWO last year I was hooked and the Christmas list filled up with lots of sewing goodies received from my family and friends. My machine is the hobbycraft midi machine Link to the machine I got can’t really provide a review just yet as just getting used to it and only had a couple of goes. Info about the Great British Sewing Bee.
Today I completed the Sewing machine driving test number 6 the tutorials provided by hobbycraft they great as they are really clear and easy to follow click here for the tutorial Here is Holly modelling it for me and its an ideal size for a crochet on the go project.
The featured picture is a lovely baby boy willow square crochet blanket I completed for my colleague who’s baby is due very soon. I also made this jar cosy which fits around an old Yankee candle jar. Hoping to receive some flowers soon lol.
I have now become pretty confident in following a crochet pattern which I’m really proud of as when I first started I thought that it would be impossible.
Things I want to crochet in 2017 an attic24 harmony blanket for my best friend who wants a large blanket for Christmas, to finish my waffle stitch blanket, get up to date with my art of crochet magazine and to crochet a granny square per day.
Things I’d love to sew in 2017 ( I dont expect to be able to do all these this year)
I’ve decided to embark on a Sophie’s universe blanket its an old CAL from 2015 but all the pattern and video tutorials are still available I’ve decided to do this to use up some scrap and left over yarns and to learn some new stitches and hopefully improve my crochet.
I also managed to complete a little drawstring bag which came with The art of Crochet magazine by following the pattern and NOT using a video tutorial !!! I went slow took my time reading the pattern and counting my stitches I’m really pleased with the outcome I still need to improve on where you join stitches though mine always look a little messy and obvious.
Finally non crochet related but I have to recommend this Arnica Gel by SBC pictured with the drawstring bag its divine soaks into your skin instantly makes it smooth and soft, the arnica one is brilliant for aching muscles after workouts and feels so much nicer than a normal moisuriser I got mine at http://www.qvcuk.com look out for it on TSV.
Not wrote in such a long time since my last entry quite some time ago !
The new job has been going really well I’ve been there for 10 months now so feeling really settled in and have met some lovely new colleges, it has also meant more hours at work for me now so my crochet time has been very lacking recently buts here’s a couple of things I’ve managed to do.
The first picture of is of a waffle stitch blanket I’m planning on this on being a long project making it double bed size blanket hoping to complete for the next winter, the yarn is from hobbycraft is bonus sidar DK http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sirdar-hayfield-bonus-dk-starling-yarn-100g/572310-1018. I picked a neutral cream colour with a lovely speckle dashed through it, the idea for the blanket was found on one of the crochet groups I follow on Facebook. The yarn is generally on 3 for the price of 2 so stocked up on it with my giftcard the kids got me for mothers day :).
The next picture Boodles textile yarn I picked this up in TKMAXX home dept, literally my favourite place to browse at the moment for lovely home stuff and craft items. However I have no idea what I’m going to make with it yet any ideas ???
Finally the lovely pink baby blanket I completed this in 2 days as I was literally hooked was so quick any and easy all thanks to the tutorial by Jayda InStiches https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctfSucGmwCo. She has loads of fabulous tutorials please check them out. I can’t wait to give this gift to my friends new arrival due very soon 🙂
The end of May will see me leaving my job after 9 years, I’m feeling very excited, nervous and many other emotions but mostly thrilled to be embarking on a new career adventure. Wish me Luck Xxx
Crochet plans this month will be to finish a lovely blanket for my god-daughter who is taking her first holy communion time goes so quickly she’s growing up so fast. Also going to make some coasters for some lovely work colleagues who are moving to exciting new homes. I’ll add pictures when they’re all finished up.
My partner kindly gifted me the Attic24 cosy CAL pack for a Christmas present and I finally got around to finishing it last week so pleased I managed to complete it after a rocky start. Its also larger than I thought, although it took me a long time to complete I’m really proud and sure it will provide me with plenty of cosy times.
I’m also going to start a mood blanket for 2015 inspired by Bellacoco, however I still haven’t chosen all my colours yet but I had recorded my mood each day since January so once I’ve picked all my colours I need to lock myself up for a crochet day.