Hi, everyone! This post was meant to be a bit better planned that it is, but we had a little surprise last night…
Yep, our hot water tank developed a leak and brought the kitchen ceiling in. So, the house is in utter chaos at the moment and we had to evacuate last night as we had to turn the electric off because there was water running out of one of the light fittings. Today, I’m left with a big hole, men with hammers hitting the ceiling and a horrible smell, but the damage seems to have been fairly minimal. Fortunately, we rent, so the landlord will be sorting out the damage to the fabric of the building. So, excitement aside, what have I been up to?
Well, to be honest, not a huge amount as I am currently being treated for a pretty serious infection and it’s beating the crap out of me. In fact, when I realised I had a major leak, I just shut down, concentrated on making everything electrically safe (I’m qualified in electrical engineering), watched it rain inside, screamed my head off when the ceiling fell in and just felt… washed out. It’s currently on the pile of “screw it, I’ll deal with this later”. Tomorrow, I have to go to the hospital to get this infection checked out because this is the second batch of antibiotics I’ve had and it’s not budging. With a bit of luck, it will just need a minor procedure to drain the infection and some stronger antibiotics. I will let you know how I get on. Oh, and this just came out… so I’m super excited and I’m getting my Pokemon on!
But, this is (apparently) a craft blog, so let’s get to the good stuff! I have an FO, which is this ear warmer I made for my Mum.
The pattern is the Best Friend Twisted Headband by Ana D which is a free pattern available on Ravelry. I worked it using an 8mm crochet hook and Magnum Lightweight Chunky yarn by King Cole in the Petrol Teal colourway. I found the yarn when I was looking for something in my stash and it is so soft and squishy that I just had to make something with it! The pattern doesn’t call for the button, but I thought it would give it a little lift – the button was also in stash and I think it came off the front of a magazine. The pattern was easy to work up and includes step-by-step photos to help you make the twist. It only took about an hour to make and would be a great pattern for someone new to crochet. The pattern is written in American terms.
Moving on, I also have some stash enhancement! Please excuse the photos because, due to the aforementioned chaos, I can’t get better ones!
2 skeins of Cascade 220 fingering in Ember Heather. I don’t normally go for brown, but this one is simply gorgeous and has little flecks of oranges and yellows in it. This is destined to be a Project Peace Cowl (on which more later!). Also shown in this picture is a set of 5mm KnitPro Spectra Trendz interchangeable needle tips. I have a set of 6mm tips from the Comby pack and, to be honest, I hated them. But, I think that might be because I was trying to knit acrylic on plastic needles. The project I’m working on now (which has to remain a mystery, because it’s a gift for my Mum!) is worked using 100% wool yarn, so I gave them another shot. So far, not bad at all!
I also got myself a weaving loom. It’s something that I’ve been curious about for a while and the price was right so I thought I’d go ahead and try it! This is a small loom by Rico, but I have to say that upon opening the box I wasn’t that impressed, because there are splinters sticking out of it. I need to get some sandpaper!
I got a pattern for this adorable little chap. He was sitting in the clearance section all alone and I just couldn’t leave him there! So, I brought him home and I’m hoping to get to him once I’ve finished a few of the other projects I’ve got on.
Finally, we have a bit of an oddity. These needles belong to my Mum. Apparently, they’re curved DPN’s designed so you can knit in the round on three needles instead of four or five. We’ve yet to try them out, but it should be interesting to see how they are to knit with!
And, as one of my favourite things to do is to listen to audiobooks or the radio whilst I knit, my husband bought me this sweet little thing! It’s an FM/DAB radio which can also take input from an external source. Days when I’m stuck in bed just got a lot better 😀
That’s all from me. I hope you all have a great week and I will be back in a few days to share how I’ve set my bullet journal up for December!