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Crochet Creations – pattern roundup

There’s been a bit of crochet being done, I think I’ve just about mastered the art of crocheting whilst balancing sleepy baby!

Booties pattern from repeatcrafterme


Pink pussycat hat – no pattern


Octopus for premie pattern from my nomad home


Sleepy dolly pattern is sleepyhead

And none baby related, we’ve had some slugterra inspired slugs appearing (sorry, no pattern). Here are a couple:

Octopus

I get bored sometimes…

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Sometimes people will compliments me on something I’ve made. I don’t respond to compliments very well. I used to respond with ‘I get bored sometimes’… I’ve managed to stretch that to the slightly more socially acceptable ‘thanks, I get bored sometimes’. But my social ineptitude is sometimes impossible to hide.

Anyhow, I made Mr Octopus over a couple of nights after work whilst watching TV. He’s a pattern from a book, I got a bargain on some sock wool (the best stuff for monster making) and had to test it.

In other news, my fridge-freezer gave up and the end of last week, which wasn’t good as I couldn’t afford a new one. Santa is helping though (he gets earlier every year) and a new one arrives tomorrow. A different santa helped when our washing machine stopped washing just before Christmas. I like Santa.

Someone on Facebook posted something which describes my financial status… He said ‘I dropped a pound coin under the car seat and couldn’t find it, so I guess I have savings now’

It made me chuckle, anyway.

Well, enough rambling for tonight! G’night folks!

New year, same life..

After a break from blogging due technical and life difficulties, I signed up to blogging 101 to try and get back in the habit.

Lesson one? Who I am and why I’m here.

That led to a bit of ‘what’s the meaning of life’ type thinking, but I don’t think that’s what they’re after.

So, without further ado… My House:

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My house is like my blog. It’s small and gets overcrowded and sometimes there’s a bit too much going on. There are kids – 1 & 2 (large and small). A zombie gnome (there really is, it’s new) as we have a bit of a zombie thing going on after a thing last year. The things in the windowsill in jars are crochet hooks (crochet is usually a major theme) and buttons – yes, I know it looks like a jar of pills. It’s not, honest. The spidery-type things behind the jars are balls of wool, being true to their role in my house by threatening to take over. The door is open as husband has nipped out for a game of football (he seems to have forgotten the ball though) and you can here music – another blog theme and all that’s ever be on in here if I didn’t let the kids watch cartoons sometimes.

So, that covers a lot of it really.. I missed me, I’m probably on the sofa with a camomile & spearmint tea, telling the kids to stop staring at people passing by.

The blog started as somewhere to put stuff, and hopefully find people like me, who don’t have a lot of time in the real world. That’s about it really!

And today was the first Monday back at work after xmas, which we’ve christened ‘Miserable Monday’. That’s a thing now, honest!

Hello and how are you?

I’ve been a bit busy lately. Not the good kind of busy.. The wading-through-treacle-to-busy-to-sleep kind of busy. I feel like I’m painting the forth bridge.. No wait, that’s a song, isn’t it?

‘cos life is like, painting the Forth bridge with a tooth brush, in the full knowledge that when it’s done, it will be begun again…

(For those interested, The Divine Comedy, Painting the Forth Bridge)

Anyway.. Back to my excuses reason for not being here. Stuff has been busy and I’m really tired. That sounds rubbish written down, but I am. I barely make it to the gym, there’s just stuff that needs to be done. All of the time. So! To avoid sinking into a pit of self pity, I’m doing one of those positive posts this evening, without further ado, reasons I have to cheer up be happy:

My new hobby – tatting- this is not popular in the UK, so I haven’t found anyone to teach me. I started with YouTube and bought basic patterns books with a book voucher I got for my birthday. I’m not very good, but I like learning something new. And it’s really helping my empathise with my beginner crochet people! So, I managed this:

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My babies – not quite so babyish, still very cute. Biggest is at that stage where sentences are overly complicated… “Mama, what’s today after I go to sleep?” Is a favourite. And in true toddler fashion, everyone stinks/is stinky at the moment. And every game must have a story, and there must be a reason for everything, and he must know what it is. He starts school nursery next week, so I can join the millions of people posting pictures of their kids in school uniform on Facebook and Instagram. Littlest is growing up too, he tried putting words altogether for the first time last week. His first attempt at a sentence was actually the same as his big brothers – more cookie please! This came out as ‘more cookie peas’ but I got it (and he more cookie). He’s like a small bulldozer and is incredibly tough (I think his big bro taught him that). Today he is sporting circular bruises on his head- the same shape as the toy he was running with at nursery and landed head first on, according to the accident report! Tomorrow is the last day that the boys will be in daycare together, near my work. That makes me sad! So back to happy thoughts…

I decorated my bathroom – well almost, I need to paint the floor. But I did it all by myself (well, I didn’t attach the cupboard to the wall). I even painted a frame to match and made a crochet thing to make it look pretty.

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I haven’t killed my chilli plants yet

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Work – should never be on a happy list unless you have your dream job. Which I don’t. I don’t even know what that would be! But anyway, going back to work after maternity leave is awful. It feel’s like you’ve been consigned to the scrap heap for being a mammy for a bit. So.. A few months down the line, it’s getting a bit better, I think. This can only be a good thing and therefore is on my happy list.

I’m running out of happy things… I’ve seen more of some of my family recently which is happysad. Happy for seeing them, sad cos the reasons for seeing them are sad. (And if happysad isn’t a word, it should be).

Right, I’m good at waffling on about nonsense, I think we’ve ascertained that. Maybe I should practice being good at sleeping now.

Goodnight folks!

Crochet 101 – sc in the round

Working in the round with Single Crochet

Note: This post is written using US terms, for UK crocheters, replace each single crochet (sc) with a double crochet (dc)

If you’ve gotten the hang of working in rows, and counting your stitches, it’s time to try something different….

A few tips:

  • Use a stitch marker to mark either the first or last stitch in a row, so you don’t get lost.

  • You can either join the last sc in the row to the first, using a slip stitch and then chain 1 to start the next row, or simply continue to work round in a spiral. It doesn’t make a lot of difference, as long as you use a stitch marker to count your rows, I think that working in a spiral makes a nicer pattern.

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  1. 6sc in the 2nd ch from the hook (6sc)

  2. 2sc in each sc (12sc)

  3. 1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, to end (18 sc)

  4. 1sc in next 2sc, 2sc in next st (24sc)

  5. 1sc in next 3sc, 2sc in next st (30sc)

  6. 1sc in next 4sc, 2sc in next st (36sc)

  7. sc in back loops only round (36sc)

8-20 sc round (36 sc each row)

To finish – slip stitch in next sc, fasten off.

Roll a piece of card inside your pot to make it more sturdy.

Why not try:

  • Changing colours to make a stripy pot

  • Making different sized pots to hold different things