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I’ll blog this properly later, and include the patterns I used, but for now here’s a photo 🙂 

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This is another ‘use it up’ project that I’m partway through. I’m mostly enjoying it, or I was until I hit a snag with a leaf.  More details to follow once it’s finished!

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Another very long overdue reveal.  I made the first one of these hats over a year ago.  It was for a friend’s son, and it was a little bit too roomy but still went down well.

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I then made one for another friend’s daughter.  This one was also slightly roomy, but rolling up the brim fixed that!

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That’s where it got a little out of hand.  This young lady’s brother really liked her hat, so I made one for him too…

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…and then their grandma decided she also wanted one!  Of course I was only too happy to oblige 🙂

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And that, as they say, is that.  They were good fun to make especially as I had to figure out a pattern of my own, and then keep adjusting it (with varying degrees of success!) for different sized heads.  I think I am all Lego-ed out now so no more hats.

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I’ve not done much in the way of knitting or crochet for a while.  In terms of unfinished knitting/crochet projects I have at least two (and possibly as many as four) blankets that have been abandoned in various states, and a pair of socks that might get finished by the time I’m 40 at this rate.  I just haven’t felt in the right mood to focus on big or complicated things, although I have enjoyed some short but sweet little makes.

A snake for a friend’s dog.  This contains a squeaker that she saved from an old toy that her dog had destroyed, so the squeaker goes on to squeak a bit longer.  The yarn is various oddments of felting yarn that I had left over from other projects so it was a good stash-buster as well as being fun to work on.  I didn’t have a pattern, just made it up as I went along.

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I also made some little felted carrots as a gift for a litter of puppies.  When I got my dog I made him a little carrot, which he and his litter mates (and his mum and grandparents) played with.  When the next litter was born the breeder asked if I’d make more little carrots, as they seemed to be a favourite and last quite well.  Ever since then I’ve crocheted carrots for each new puppy of the Mymsin line – it’s a fun little tradition 🙂  The large carrot on the end, in case you were wondering, was a gift for a friend’s dog.  He’s an absolute darling so I thought he’d like to be an honorary shiba!

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Not much going on in the studio at the moment in terms of bookbinding, but I’ve had some other projects on the go.  First up was a small crochet project that turned into an epic production line.  I’ll write about that separately (and possibly try and cobble together a pattern too) but basically I was making hats for babies, a child, and a grandmother.  Here’s my doglet looking mightily bemused at me perching a hat on him.

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I’ve also been a bit distracted by the reading challenge I set myself for this year – which is to read all of the classics on my bookshelves that I’ve not read previously.  To make it more challenging I’m reading them in the exact order they’re in on the shelf, so that I can’t just pick the ones I like the sound of (which would then leave me with all the ones I’m not keen on to plough through towards the end of the year).  It’s going well so far and I’ve read four, and to add a further challenge I’ve decided to illustrate my efforts.  The shelf I’m working through is stocked with £1 classics – cheap and functional paperbacks that I bought when I was in my teens.  They’re fine but they’re not the prettiest of books, so I’m changing the covers (well, the spines) for my illustration.  Here’s how it looks so far.

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The other thing I’m working on is new merchandise.  I’ve been having fun drawing and painting over the past couple of months and it’s about time I actually did something with my work so I’m looking into having a few of the designs printed as notecards, or even as notebooks (with lined pages for a change, as my handbound books are always blank).  It’s probably going to take me another month to decide which designs to go with, and then to get them ordered, but watch this space for updates!

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I didn’t get a chance to do much (any?) blogging last week so here’s a quick look at what I’ve been up to recently…

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…lots of bunting in the process of being made, but I’m having to do it in bits and pieces because my pinking shears are a bit uncomfortable and despite rigging up a leather finger guard I can only do so many flags before I have either a dent or a blister on my finger 😦

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Yes, I should probably just buy some different pinking shears…but I’m too tightfisted!

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More embroidery, a commissioned piece this time, and in the photo above you can see 100 French knots.  I gave up counting after that but I think there were around 1,000 knots in the finished piece (which I will blog about soon!).

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After a bit of a break in my knitting and crochet habit I’ve picked up my hook again to make the cosy blanket designed by Lucy of Attic24.  It’s a nice easy pattern, and I bought one of the yarn packs from Wool Warehouse so I didn’t even need to worry about buying the right colours.  Gratuitous yarn/shiba photo…

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…and that’s it for now.  I really have been a bit rubbish at remembering to blog stuff so I will be trying to catch up with things over the bank holiday weekend!

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At the start of August I thought I would finally take the plunge and learn Tunisian crochet.  I decided on this pattern (you’ll need to register to view it, but it will cost you nothing), and for the first time in ages I decided to go ahead and just use whatever yarn I happened to have spare.  It’s been a while since I didn’t buy yarn specifically for a blanket project and you know what?  It felt great.  There is something extremely satisfying about using up yarn that’s left over from other projects, it’s what blanket squares were made for!

I found it really easy to get to grips with Tunisian crochet, and it’s definitely something I will come back to (I might even make this pattern again).  The pattern itself was great as it comprises 9 different stitch types so making the afghan was a real learning process.

Here’s how it looked once it was all sewn together.

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Not bad, but I thought it was lacking something so I gave it a scalloped edge.  That did the trick.

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The squares are a little uneven in size although you can see that I did eventually get the hang of keeping my tension even.  If you look at the second photo the bottom half of the blanket is made up of all the squares I did first, the top half were the ones I did last – it’s very easy to spot the difference!

So it’s a little wonky, but I love the variety of stitches (nine different stitch types), and the fact that it used up a huge chunk of my leftover yarn stash was a bonus.  The finished item measures approximately 1m square, and it’s destined to be a gift for a friend.

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