Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Mayhem - 01.09.2014

I have been a bit slack with posting my weekly updates lately. Mainly because I am finding that I am getting to the computer a little too late at night. So this is going to be a bit of a summary of what has been happening here over the last month.

Apart from all the crochet, knitting and knooking that has been happening (which you would have already seen if you have been following my Wednesday and Friday posts) life has been going on much the same as it has for the last few years. Last month I went back for more blood tests and doctor's appointments as a follow to having been diagnosed with diabetes. It seems that I'm not quite bad enough to warrant medication for my sugar levels but, because of the diabetes, the doctor has decided that I should be on medication to bring my cholesterol under control.

The markets last month were a bit of a let down. The one I have been attending regularly in Mt Beauty was very slow with only 4 or 5 stall holders in attendance and not many people looking to spend their money. I also went to the Baby Bazaar for the first time last month and it was quite disappointing . There were quite a few people around but they didn't seem to want to spend their money on my wares. There were a few people that seemed to be interested in some of the items but they found excuses for not buying any of them.

Both Sue and I have had our ups and downs with our health, mainly the usual aches and pains that come with all the itises and other ailments that we have, but this morning Sue had a fall. I had asked her to do something with all the paper work and other rubbish she had been piling up on the floor as it was making it difficult to get into the cupboards and making it awkward for her to get to her desk and this morning she lost her balance while carrying in her breakfast and she fell, aggravating things that she had been having trouble with for quite a while. With her being unable to get up am me being unable to help her (she is 120kg) I had to call for help and an ambulance and police arrived in due course. The result is she has seen the doctor again today and is in more pain than usual, being unable to do much at all with her right arm.

For those that are interested in seeing what my to-do list looks like now, here it it.

Things to make to replace stock for my market stall:

Bottle Cosies in more team colours
Teapot Cosies
bag holders
Jacket, Pants and Hat set in blue (need a couple of other colours also)
Sunhat and Bootees in white
Large Jug Covers
Small Jug Covers
Tiny Duck
Tiny Dog
Heather Hippo
Large Witch
Large Penguin

Current Work In Progress:

Toddlers' Rugby Pullover
Trauma Teddies
Tartan Blanket – taken over from Sue
Woollen Baby Blanket using Motifs from Ellen's book
Bootees
Hanging Towels
Baby's Jacket, Pant and Hat set
Christmas Trees
Christmas Stockings
Teddies for a guy at church

Things I'm itching to get started on:

Crochenit Knee Rug (same as Cot Blanket and will also use up some of my stash of 8ply)
Crocheted Slocks
Banner for Stall
Table Runners for each Australian state and territory (currently trying to design the ACT one).
Tunisian Crochet Intarsia Table Runner

Dinosaurs (bought the patterns from PlanetJune)

Plenty of work there to keep me going for quite a while.

That about wraps it up for August. I hope you all had a good one.

Richard.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday FOs - 29.08.2014

I have been quite busy with the crochet hooks this week and have managed to finish four items, and here they are.

Toddler's Jacket - Zoom by Ellen Gormley
I have now made six of these jackets and now have five for the stall (I have managed to sell one since starting to make these) which means that I can now find something else to make until I sell more of these. I think I should try and find something that is a bit more boyish.

Baby Bootees
I have been experimenting with Crocodile Stitch lately (called it dragon scale the other day, slight brain fade I think) and decided to make my standard bootees with a Crocodile Stitch cuff. I think they worked out quite well.

Tiny Duck
Just because I like to have two of all the smaller toys that I make (after someone complained that I didn't) I needed to make a second duck, and here it is.

Trauma Teddy #51
This is the 33rd Trauma Teddy for this year and I am quite liking the new design even if others aren't (they seem to prefer the ones that are made flat and stitched up the back). The other is a bit easier in some respects (like figuring out the middle for separating the legs) but I have never been into doing a lot of sewing and I like being able to pull the stitches a bit tighter around the neck in order to make it look like they have necks.

That's it for the FOs this week. To see more FOs just check out the links in the sidebar.

Richard.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday WIPs - 27.08.2014

I have made quite a bit of progress on my WIPs this week and even managed to turn one of them into a FO.

Here are all the items that I have worked one this week that won't be featured on Friday.

Woollen Baby Blanket
I managed to add four more octagons to this one on Friday morning then found that I still had a bit of time to spare so I worked on the tunisian spiral blanket also.

Tunisian Spiral Blanket
Managed another couple of colour changes.

Murray of Athol Tartan Rug
I have reached the halfway mark for weaving in the chains. Now I just reverse the pattern all the way to the end.

Dragon Scale Christmas Tree
I thought I might have a go at this one for a change of pace. I'm not following the pattern exactly but it is still looking quite good.

Experimental Bear
I started making the arms and legs but didn't get very far. I think I can get this finished for next week though.

Baby's Jacket, Pants and Hat set
I managed to add a few more row to the pants. still a bit to do before I start on the legs though.

That's all my WIPs for this week. Be sure to check back on Friday to see what items I have managed to finish this week. In the mean time, check out the links in the sidebar to see what everyone else has been working on.

Richard.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday FOs - 22.08.2014

I haven't finished anything major this week, just another tiny toy and another trauma teddy. Here they are.

Tiny Duck
This is to replace the one I sold a couple of months back. I will be making another of these just to make sure I have a couple on hand.

Trauma Teddy #50
This is number 32 for this year. If I manage to finish one per week for the rest of the year I should have completed 50 this year and 68 all up. The ears on this one are a bit odd. Maybe I can improve on the next one.

That's it for me for this week. As usual, check out the links in the sidebar to see what others have been making.

Richard.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday WIPs - 20.08.2014

When I went out to take photos of all my WIPs this afternoon I thought I had worked on all my projects this week but discovered that there was one that missed out, so it will have to be the first cab off the rank tomorrow. I also had a small problem when I went to crochet class on Friday. I forgot to take the project I wanted to work on so I had to work on something else instead.

Here are this week's WIP photos.

Tunisian Spiral Blanket
I hadn't intended to work on this this week but it was the only project I had in my bag at crochet class so I worked on it until I got to a point where I couldn't continue because I didn't have the colour I wanted to use next. I will have to make sure I have more colours available for the next time I get this out.

I then had the problem of what to do for the rest of the class so I started another new blanket.

Yarn Eater (Hungarian crochet) Blanket 
This was one of those future projects that I had listed on the to-do list but was going to happen next year or maybe the year after. I still have so many other things that I want to get done but I just didn't have the yarn available at the time.

Woollen Baby Blanket - motifs from Ellen Gormley's book
This was the project that I had intended to take with me on Friday. I still managed to add 4 hexagons to it so it is still on track.

Murray of Athol Tartan Rug
I am almost half way with the weaving of the chains and it is starting to look more like a tartan each week. Still plenty of work to be done.

Toddler's Jacket - Zoom by Ellen Gormley
The second sleeve is almost done. I might even be able to finish this before next Wednesday.

Baby's Jacket, Pants and Hat set
I managed to start on the pants this week. The first few rows are always a bit fiddly as I crochet over the hat elastic but I'm past that now so the rest should make up fairly quickly.

As usual, this isn't all that I have worked on this week. I have managed to finish a couple of items so you can check back on Friday to see them. In the mean time, check out the links in the sidebar to see what others have been making.

Richard.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday FOs - 15.08.2014

Hello and welcome to another FO Friday post. I have the usual finish as well as a couple of others, and here they are.

Knooked Scarf
I'm not sure if my special stitches show up real well but I don't think that this was a failed experiment. Knooking does allow for easily mixing Crochet, Tunisian and Knitting stitches and I may do further experimenting with this.

Tiny Dog
Now I have two of these I can move on to the next toy.

Trauma Teddy #49
I'm still experimenting with making these in the round and one of the ladies at Craft'n'Cuppa on Wednesday suggested making the arms a bit bulkier. I'm not so sure about these and will probably switch back to the less bulky arms for the next one.

That's it from me for this week. Check out the links in the sidebar to see what others have been making.

Richard.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday WIPs - 13.08.2014

Well, progress has been made this week and it is now time to show you how much. This week all WIPs have been worked on and three items have been finished. Here are the items that are still WIPs.

Woollen Baby Blanket - motifs from Ellen Gormley's book
Another row of squares has been added. I bought some more wool for the outer rows of the motifs and it's paler than the first lot so now I'm going to have to get creative with how I fit this into the scheme of things. I'm sure I can figure something out.

Murray of Athol Tartan Rug
Progress on this seems a bit slow but it is quite a big job making the chains and weaving them in.

Toddler's Jacket - Zoom by Ellen Gormley
I think I'm about halfway on the second sleeve. A couple more weeks and I will be able to weave in the ends, sew on a button and call it finished.

Baby's Jacket, Pants and Hat set.
The Jacket is all but done. Now to find my hat elastic and start on the pants.

Experimental Teddy
I'm sure this won't be the final design for the Teddies I'm doing for the guy at church but I will still finish it and see how it looks.

Tunisian Spiral Blanket
More time in waiting rooms means more time working on this one. I don't think I have any more appointments for a few weeks so this might get put away for a little while.

That's all I have to show you for today. Be sure to check back on Friday to see what I have managed to finish this week and check out the links in the sidebar to see what others have been making.

Richard.