This week I’ve discovered that it’s really hard to run a blog when you end up with splitting headaches due to being given a pair of contact lenses that are the wrong prescription! No wonder I was getting lots of pain every time I sat down at my laptop. Still – problem now solved thanks to the lovely lady in the local Boots Opticians and hopefully I can now go full steam ahead again.
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last crafty update here, and they’ve actually been a really busy couple of weeks of crafting.
To start with I went off to the wonderful BritMums live – a huge blogging conference in London that I always enjoy. This year was slightly more special for me though as one of their key sponsors was Lady Sew and Sew, and they had a huge lounge full of amazing Coats products and some brilliant people teaching people to knit, crochet and sew. My idea of heaven.
I instantly went in and made myself at home with some yarn and a crochet hook. I set upon the idea of seeing just how much it was possible to crochet during a blogging conference so off I went on a simple granny square. A colour change with each row and I’m delighted in how much I managed to complete whilst sat in sessions and during the coffee breaks.
It was also nice seeing how many people followed along on Instagram and twitter too. As an added bonus I also found myself concentrating so much more on the actual conference sessions than I usually do when sat there on my iPad trying to tweet along. A definite win-win.
Whilst there I also made the time to follow one of the sewing tutorials that they had and I’m pretty pleased with the hair clip that I ended up making. It really didn’t take long at all and I plan to make a few more as broaches or clips in the future.
The big ripple blanket is of course continuing, but I managed to meet a pretty huge milestone with it last night – the half way point!
This is most definitely the biggest crochet project I’ve ever undertaken and when I started I was a tad worried that I’d get part way and then lose interest or give up. It’s hard going in this hot weather, but I’m determined that this is going to get finished – and soonish I hope.
A trip up to visit my mum also means I’ve finally got my hands on a frame for my long stitch project, so expect some further progress with that soon too.
And of course, the big Emily Peacock butterfly tapestry is also still in progress. This is going to take a long while to finish, but an evening on it earlier this week really helped relax me after a hectic couple of days.
And if that all isn’t enough, the visit to my mum’s also had me going through all the new sewing magazines that she now subscribes to and in a moment of weakness I may have gone online and bought one of the featured patterns from eBay and the material that they’d used in the magazine. Hopefully this will be a skirt quite soon.
As if proof were needed of just how weak I am when it comes to crafting – look what else came home from the newsagents the other day. Whoops!