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Monday 30 November 2015

#crafting365 Week 2

If I'm honest I didn't think I would get here but as you can see, here I am! I made it through to week 2. To read about this crafting/photo challenge please read my first post here.

As I thought I am struggling with time if I use my 'big camera' as with my computer being so slow the whole uploading process, just for one photo, really isn't worth the stress! I have resorted to using my phone and to be honest, the pictures aren't too bad (apart from the most boring photo in the world- I'm sure you can guess which!) if you don't look too hard, or blow them up big (essentially they are ok if you look at them on your phone). I've realised that there is no point stressing over this because as much as I would love a beautiful Instagram feed and blog I feel that this challenge is more about documenting my craft and actually getting on and doing it rather than worrying about producing perfectly presented images. 

So, here is my week in craft.....

1) So I managed the first couple of rounds of the 'sockhead hat' by Kelly McClure and am satisfied that yes, I can still knit.......

2) ......and I made a bit of progress, just a couple of rows of an evening once everything else I wanted to do was complete

3) I started on another large wreath. You will have to wait til next week to see it in its full glory though (unless you follow me on Instagram- Sal_Strawbs).

4) Now this was fun. I am a member of a small local craft group and we meet every couple of weeks, taking it in turns to lead an activity. This week was peg fairies, and allowed me to relive my childhood and let myself go creatively, as you can probably tell!

5) THE most boring photo on the internet? It was an essential piece of kit- a template for cutting out fabric for bunting.

6) Sockhead hat again- Saturday was a bit of a nightmare.....though it meant 3 and a half hours of knitting time on a train and then a coach. I'd forgotten just how slow knitting in 4ply is, though I managed to almost finish the turn-up brim.

7) So I cut out the fabric for the bunting, using the template in the most boring photo in the world and GOT SEWING!!!! I have just posted my finished picture on Instagram now so head on over :-)

Hands up if you think I'll make it to week 3.....

Monday 23 November 2015

#crafting365 week 1

As some of you may have gleaned from Instagram (I'm Sal_Strawbs over there!) I am taking part in a #crafting365 challenge initiated by Vicki Brown. You can read Vicki's words about it here. Yep, 365 days of craft......pretty easy really, as I do craft most days (however small), though the photography, and posting a photo a day is a bit of a challenge to me. I'm still using my 'big camera' as I'm frankly embarrassed at the quality of the photos from my phone camera. This, coupled with an incredibly slow laptop has thoroughly tested my patience! However I am pleased to say I have completed my first week! 

So what have I been up to then?

1. I am very excited to have a design accepted into one of my favourite crochet magazines! Here I was starting to crochet up my samples. These have now been photographed ready for publication new year :-)

2. I'm working on a new design and was doing a bit of swatching. I have gone back to the drawing board on this on....

3. Better but not there yet. Still a work in progress.....

4. A sprinkling of crochet stars I have strung into bunting as a gift for my boyfriends' mum

5. Some Christmas hats I have crocheted up for colleagues at work to give as gifts.

6. I spent a fantastic morning at Kirstie's Handmade Christmas Fair in Manchester at the weekend. I tried my hand at paper cutting and lino printing. I was a bit naughty and have treated myself to some lino cutting tools so expect to see some poorly executed prints over the next few weeks! I also bumped into Vicki Brown herself in the toilet queue!

7. Checking that I can still knit.......This is the 'Sockhead hat' by Kelly McClure and the yarn in Lanagrassa in India. Fourth time lucky on this cast on!

Anyone else joining in?

p.s massive apologies for making my picture background the same colour as my blog background! It took over half an hour just to put the photos together so will leave it for now and make a better choice next week :-)

Tuesday 10 November 2015


........crocheting for Christmas.....

........crocheting star bunting (you can find the button under my patterns tab at the top!)......

......deciding which crochet hook I like the best.....

What have you been up to recently?