I sewed Saturday, Sunday AND Monday. And wrapped things Monday evening so I could start giving my co-workers small gifts on Tuesday. Because we are on shift at different times, with most of us being part-time and scheduled different days, I allowed five shifts over the course of the week to see everyone before my holiday week starts on the 21st.
Usually all I feel like doing is vegging on the couch after work. I DID intend to do some knitting tonight but then I remembered that I had seen a poster at work advertising a new tutorial on the blog for a coffee cup sleeve. Coincidentally I had seen it mentioned on Facebook too, and had actually made one, but I messed it up, and the one-way print was upside down!
Well, I looked at the clock tonight at about 8pm and thought to myself, hmmm, lots of time to pop downstairs and run up a quick coffee sleeve, eh! So I did. Rather than make it in Christmassy colours, I went for a gorgeous leafy print. And because a coffee sleeve can get lonely without company, I made a mug rug (coaster) in a leaf shape, just for fun. It’s pretty big, about 9 x 7″, so perhaps more of a mug and a cookie rug.
The button is a ceramic one from the stash. And the mug rug is made with raw edge strip applique, but wider strips than I usually use, and a prettier stitch. Somehow I lost track of time and it was nearly 10pm by the time I emerged!
Other things that I have finished this week include:
and this journal which you’ve seen the cover of before, but once I had made my mind up about the person I wanted to give it to, I changed a lot of the pages to be more relevant to her interests.
And now it’s time to hit the sack as I have work again tomorrow.
Edited to add: I just spent all of five minutes adding all my free pattern links back in the sidebar. They were all still there, in the background. If I’d realised how quick and easy it would be, I would have done it 9 months ago when I changed the theme! Doh!
Daytime shot of the Polaris scarf, taken outside this morning. We have another day of orange sun, the sky being totally obscured by smoke again.
And I finished off this coaster, which is about 5 inches in diameter. I felt like my experiment was a success and I’m itching to move on to something new.
If you look carefully, you can see a little bit of the Phil Techno rubber yarn peeking out at the bottom of the photo. I didn’t want to trim it too close. The yarn is Red Heart with Love, and I think the colourway is Boysenberry.
Yay for finishing things!
So my day looks like this…keep nagging young men to get up and get ready for the bus, drop them at bus stop, go to gym (which I joined on Tuesday and I am all gung ho for getting fit again), come home, shower and change, vacuum the house, and make dinner. Sounds like a plan!
And tonight I can pull out a cake of Lion Brand Mandala (totally non-fattening) and crochet on the couch, guilt-free!
The back of the sweater is coming along slowly – I started out with way too many stitches and had to restart a couple of times, and then I decided I didn’t like the plain ol’ dc, so I ended up with a V stitch. The back is now about 8″ long.
I really hope this works out, because if I end up unravelling I’ll have lots of short yarn bits to deal with.
So anyway, I digressed this evening with a little gift for a co-worker. Someone I haven’t given anything to yet. I used the Stylecraft Classique Cotton and a 4mm hook to make this mug hug (cosy) and mug rug (coaster). The coaster is a basic African Flower motif which I have made before. So pretty! And the cosy was just made up as I went along, adding a thinner section through the handle for a button and buttonhole. The crocheted viola is from the book “100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. I’ve had the book for ages (thanks to a friend) and this is the first thing I’ve made out of it, I think.
It was a work day today – I exceeded my 10,000 step goal again – and I ended up staying home this evening even though there was a choice of two events I could have attended. Finishing work at 6 meant dinner around 7, by which time it was too late to think about going out again.
I just completed three full shifts in three days and to be honest I just didn’t feel like crocheting after I arrived home after 9pm Thursday night. However last night I pushed ahead with the cocoon and called it done when it looked big enough. I have been really bad at following the pattern as I felt I couldn’t really trust it. No gauge info, no final measurements to give me confidence.
I started weaving in the ends at home and finished them on breaks at work today. I really hope that this set looks good on its intended recipient, but I suppose as it’s meant to be a photo prop it only has to look good for a short time and any (potentially) excess cocoon fabric can be tucked around the baby.
Another small project that I finished today is a double thick coaster. It’s an African flower motif, but I’m not going to bother linking to the site I was using for instructions as the “pattern” was really vague and I had to peer at people’s photos to see if I was interpreting it correctly. I suggest a search on Ravelry for a better option if you’d like to make this motif.
I made two motifs in different colourways out of Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK and a 4.25mm hook, then slipstitched them together back to back. I’ve been wanting to test out this motif for a long time. It’s really easy and one day I hope to make a larger project with more of them.
This item is for a fellow Ravelry member who was let down in a swap. I think her parcel got lost in the mail. A few people are sending her small extra things to make up for the disappointment. I will add a few bits and pieces to this coaster and send them off soon.
Another bit of mail I need to send is a few grams of Stylecraft Special DK in Copper to a Raveler in New Zealand. She has nearly finished a blanket and just needs to finish half of a row in Copper. She didn’t want to buy a whole new skein so asked on one of the forums if anyone had any they’d be willing to send her. I have half a ball left over from Demelza so I will be putting some in an envelope and mailing it off soon.
I just love this Ravelry community. It has added so much to my crafting life.