Wooly related stuff, yarn, crochet, knitting

Vodka Bears

87 sleeps to xmas

And I still haven’t started making things yet. Some of the things I plan to make will take some time, especially if wool is involved.

Last year I decided that rather than inflict Boots smellies on friends and family, who hadn’t made specific requests, that I would force them all to suffer through my home-made gifts.

They were primarily alcohol and crochet related.

  1. Toffee Vodka   ( Werthers originals )
  2. Cranberry Gin ( Craisins & fresh Cranberries )
  3. Red Hots Vodka ( Experimental Cinnamon flavoured. Very Sticky )
  4. Dressing up things for small people ( aprons, shopping bags, fluffy skirts )
  5. Various Crocheted things. fingerless mittens. hats. mug copies
  6. Vodka Bears

    Vodka bears

    Vodka Gummy Bears ( see pic to left )

Out of those things, the cranberry gin, toffee vodka, and Vodka Gummy bears were the most popular.

I am now searching Pinterest with interest to determine whats popular this year, wondering where to get Sloe berries ( for the gin ). Also Ikea have some new baby glass jars and 500ml pop top bottles, so I can make smaller amounts, rather than forcing someone to drink a litre of sticky, sickly toffee vodka out of politeness.

Making the vodka gummy bears is the best part, as they swell to abnormal sizes!

The least fun part is sliding 3-4 bottles of vodka in with the weekly shop for a few weeks in a row. I wonder if i can buy it anonymously, in bulk, off the internet?

I’ve done hats and mittens to death with the Crochet. So. this year its those Scarf things that are like huge big collars that fasten with buttons. Probably.

I blame the woolvalanche

Okay, so I might have taken up crochet again. A bit. I might have finished the epic pink blanket, and the stripey blanket, and half a dozen pairs of fingerless gloves and be halfway through the rest of the blankets and
I keep bringing wool home, and theres a bit of a pile…..

June and Winter…

“There are two seasons in Scotland : June and Winter” Billy Connolly

Which pretty much holds true for the rest of the uk at the moment. And June was a bit hit and miss, even so.

So what was I doing in june?
Firstly… Not climbing this extremely tall pole on a freezing cold day. Do I need mention it was raining to?

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I went back to Crail Pottery, bought more stoneware, and coveted some bowls.

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Decided that the fiddly pink blanket I am making For K-k-katie , using the sarah london Wool Eater pattern in six shades of pink, was going to kill my fingers. So I broke out the Sugru and made custom thumb rests in my 4mm and 4.5mm hooks.

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Visited my mum and dad, who live in an award winning village in Fife, and went to look at the beach. It was high tide, and it was raining, but… still a cracking view.

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Came home via aunt peggy and uncle billy's house. Stripped clean, empty, and ready to be sold, I had to take a photo of the carpet I grew up with. It's just occurred to me thst these are the shades I dye my hair most often.

Brrr, subliminal, or what?

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I may have hooked nephew A on circular gallifreyan, sindarin, angerthas, and a number of imaginary languages. Oops!

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And then I did some more coveting. Circular 'Cuddler’ chairs, heaped with cushions, are exactly the right size for a library reading chair, no?

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End of June update :

pink wool eater : 8 balls of wool in, 3 to go, takes hours to go round.

Pink triple strand single crocheted blanket : halfway through.

Zombies crocheted : Zero, but I have the perfect sickly green for their skin!

 

Fingers worn to nubs

I’m still crochet-ing stuff. Scarves, hats, doll blankets. At new year there was also an impromptu teddy bear jumper as well, in festive red and green. No, there are no photos. its hideous. Teddy loved it.
The latest thing, because hey, who needs spare time, is a crochet blanket for my godsons sister. Lets call her K.
I decided to go with the Wool Eater by Sarah London

I let K pick the colours.
Basically she found every ball of pink wool in the local hobbicraft. Every single one!

Its-so-pink!

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hooked!

There was a long discussion the otherday about what, exactly, one calls a crochet-er. Which doesnt sound right. Crocheteer? Crochet-er ?

I voted for hooker, which was surprisingly unpopular with the masses. Can’t imagine why.

As you may gather from this, I decided that I wasnt going to mess my wrists up with NaNoWriMo this year. Heck no. Instead I have resumed crochet. Because who needs carpal tunnels anyway?

I started small, in october, with a few balls of yarn from my mum’s old stash, and a packet of hooks from amazon, plus my old metal ones. Then I visited strontian with the parental units, and found http://theclippersheep.com .

Yarn was purchased. recycled sari silk to be precise. And a wooden hook 7mm.

And then I got Stitch and bitch crochet from amazon which led me further into misadventure. Then hobbicraft was having a three-for-the-price-of-two sale on yarn.

So, anyway, I have a laundry basket full of acrylic, cotton, silk and wool, and a mission!

I volunteered to make topical christmas hats for my team of 5 at work. And also anyone else who I can inflict crochery on. ( siblings, neices, nephews , passers by )

I discovered that when I follow a pattern I get mutated-yarn boggles. Or hats that can be worn as sweaters

On the other hand, .if I sit and noodle, it turns out okay. I’ve learned specific stitches and techniques from youtube, ravelry, etc. But on the whole, I’m making it up as I go along. And infecting others.

( Sis B is now into headbands and flowers in a BIG way . If anyone wondered what they were getting for xmas )

I, on the other hand have constructed :-

  • Purple beanie n scarf in shell & Half double (usa)
  • Two black/blue beanies. One in appropriate size for 9-12 in single crochet stripes. And then a much bigger one in back post crochet stripes when realising that Nephew B has a very large head.
  • A green beanie in what might be some sort of popcorny stitch, which is made of 5 triples in the same stitch.
  • A hat which slightly resembles a jellyfish, in mohair & pink fuzz
  • A fuzzy lamb- like thing. With ears.
  • A santa hat, ripped open to show a crochet brain, complete with small zombie nomming on the grey matter, itself with its own santa hat.
  • Grey, black and white cloche made from unbelievably thick acrylic wool ( super toasty )
  • Dalek! with eye stalk, and blue glowing light! ( much tv related research! )

 

 

 

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