Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tea Cozies

Good grief its been a busy 2 months. I've been on prac for 4 weeks, and I did 2 weeks in ICU (Awesome and fun and I loved it!) and then I did 2 weeks at a psychiatric hospital in a locked ward (Stressful and different and I felt out of my depth) But, I liked both of them. I learnt a lot and I feel like I've settled back into real life with bad grace. I miss the fun and busyness of prac!

My crafternoon and I are very excited, because we've just launched out Etsy shop! We're the Cyborg Goats Crafternoon Society,  and while we're currently very new, hopefully people will flock to our page as soon as some other people put up items :)

This is my first scrapbooking project, we'll see how it goes
Apparently I can't rotate images?
Obviously, a 21st is coming up
In crafting news, I've been knitting away on a few projects, as well as scrapbooking for the first time ever.
This hideous beast is Grannie's traditional tea cozy, in what is possibly the worst colour scheme I've seen in awhile. The lighting and shittiness of my camera don't do justice to the brightness of the green. Unfortunately, its a commission piece. My boyfriend's mother asked me to make it for a friend of hers, and I can't discuss the colour with her, because she jetted off to the UK the day after giving me the project. I'm watching the fabric grow, and its not getting better. I knew as soon as I started that it wasn't going to work, and I would normally have abandoned it there and struck out for more tasteful choices, but I must power through.

And this little jumper here is Diplodocus, a dear little jumper for the lovely Oscar, who's 1st birthday is just around the corner!

I'm working in Loyal, 100% Wool superwash, which I must say is making it EVEN HARDER to work on the ghastly monstrosity above.
While it is still very bright and a little hard on the eyes, it is vastly better than the tea cozy, which is strange considering that they're essentially the same colour scheme.
Who knows. Its coming along quickly, thought I may have to use a back-up present on the actual day.

His Mummy is coming back to work next week, which is very exciting for those of us who've missed her around the shop. It should also help with a bit of the grumpy thats been happening at work recently.

In other birthday news, I turn 21 on June the 8th, which is exciting and stressful all at once! The idea of having to be a responsible adult is not a happy one, but hopefully nobody will make me stop skipping and watching cartoons.

I'm having a party, which is themed NANNAGGEDDON. Can't wait! I'm sure there will be a lot of crochet, and I will definately post some photos of the final decor :)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Baby Jumpers and Easter Stuffs

A wee little babby sweater is off the needles and in a package to Sweden.
Can you see just in there, those little ends poking out?

It actually did have buttons and blocking, but a photo was missed...

ALL of those ends? Everywhere? This is what I get for doing stripes. WHY did I do stripes!?

It was actually a bit of a blessing, because as it turns out with my dodgy dodgy wrists, I started developing carpal tunnel syndrome. So, I couldn't knit for a couple of days. OH MY GOD I COULDN'T KNIT FOR DAYS. DAYS!!! Luckily, I can knit again, otherwise there may have been a stabbing...

But, the weaving in ends wasn't painful and meant I had something to keep me occupied. But, it got very tiring towards the end there.

In other news, Easter is coming!! While Easter isn't usually at all exciting in my mind, and the religious significance means nothing to me, it marks my 3rd anniversary at Oxfam. I started Oxfam when I was 17, not long out of high school, as a Volunteer. I started getting paid that Christmas.

I love it there, everyone there is lovely and its a nice job that I actually enjoy doing. But, recently there have been a lot of changes. And its getting harder and harder to deal with these changes. And more and more, the fact that I'm still only 20 makes it worse. In a workplace where the next youngest is more than twice your age, age discrimination is a very real thing. Usually age discrimination is about the elderly, and making assumptions of deafness, lack of tech knowledge or senility.

But, this is my first time being on the receiving end of discrimination. As a middle class white girl, its not something that happens frequently. I've lived a privelaged life, and while being female isn't always the best chance for opportunity, never before has something so out of my control caused so much of a barrier to me. And I have the benefit of knowing that with time it will go away. That it is temporary. I can only imagine what it must be like for those who suffer this sort of discrimination all their lives. And who know that its not going to go away, that it will continue to affect every aspect of their work and personal life.

And, close to international women's day, I just want to say think about how you'd feel in their shoes before you discriminate. For anything. Nothing about a person is skin deep. And nothing can be judged from what you see on the outside.

Sunday, 2 March 2014


This here is a little post to mention the joy of the 4 millionth person joining Ravelry. I joined because I was new and didn't know what I wanted to knit and needed patterns. Some join because they want to meet people, and some need a place to keep track of what it is that they're knitting.

I realised today that the best thing about Ravelry is the Inforgraphics. Who doesn't love some nice graphs and pictures with statistics on the side? Personally, stats are pretty awesome.

On another note, I really dislike weaving in ends. Its ok if you've just got the one or two, but goodness do I regret doing stripes right now...

Saturday, 22 February 2014


I think every crafter I know has that one pattern. That one pattern that they never seem to make, but always have. Or that one project that you always seem to be working on and there just seems to be one around the house. Well, mine are baby bear hats.
And I've gone CRAZY with these. Not to mention how many people have been requesting them...

On the left is a large size for a very large baby, made for my Dad to give to a friend of his.

And on the right, the normal newborn size that I make.

I must admit that I started with a patter from Fibre Flux, which I wasn't happy with. So, I got creative.
I cast on 48sts, worked 4 rows of single rib and started knitting in garter stitch for as long as looked about right. I decreased in the way that seemed about right, and pulled the remaining stitches into a crown.

For the ears, I cast on 6, worked 2 rows and decreased at the sides until they were about the right height and roughly 4 sts across.

In the larger size, I cast on 56, and did the same thing until it looked right. And for the ears, I cast on 10 and decreased to 6.

All in all, super simple. Super cute. And very easy!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Christmas Trauma

I love Christmas. I absolutely adore Christmas. But every year, I make Christmas happen. I do gifts for my cousins and their kids and my uncles and all the family friends. I do the decorating. I do most of the cooking. And I know a lot of my family don't care about Christmas, my sister in particular thinks its a waste of money. But, to teenagers and the young kids, Christmas matters. It matters to me, and it matters to my Mother.

Its not an excuse, but I've been very busy in the lead up to it all. Add to that my unfortunate sojourn to hospital for suspected appendicitis, the end of uni, and the very very busy lead up to Christmas at work, and the blog has somewhat fallen by the wayside. But, let me entertain you with images of everything I've been doing these past few months :)

The good news is that Trellis is done, dusted, gifted and soon to be worn! It was a gift for the lovely Oscar, which will likely be his outfit for the Swiss alps, where he travels with his parents next week. After finishing Trellis, I still had a lot of yarn left. So, I designed and made a matching hat for him. When I STILL had excess yarn, there was nothing for it but a pair of booties.

I failed miserably at finishing my Dad's socks, they were never going to be dome in time. However, My mother got a CBBK, or as I believe its called Kudzu. I made it in black Cascade 220, heathers. A lovely souvenir from the UK. And my sister got the pair of Hot Gams legwarmers, in a grey acrylic I had in my stash. And the boyfriend got a pair of space invader mitts.