Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Past, Present and Future

Wow its been quite a week, I got my degree (BSc Zoology (Hons) 2:1, with a 1st for my honours project :D) which I am really pleased with and it means I can do the MSc in Entomology at Imperial come October. Today I got a job interview as well :D really nervous but we will see how everything goes. 

So I haven't posted what I've been doing for a while and that's quite a bit considering I have lots of free time at the moment. So to start with my Mum's finished Star blanket. I LOVE making this blanket, I really really love making this blanket, which I never thought I would say because I didn't think I would like making something as big as a blanket. As I was making it Katie our schnauzer decided to lay on the blanket that I had made for myself so I covered her in the one that I was making and she looked so cute...

So after leaving the blanket for about a week to do other things I finally finished and felt very sad because I was enjoying it so much but here it is finished...

And like I said I REALLY enjoyed making it so I got more yarn for two more blankets hehe :D

I love red so I definitely wanted to make a red one

I chose these colours to look like sea and sand

I mentioned a few posts ago that I was going to make a scarf using Noro silk garden (chunky). I didn't copy the Rapunzel pattern (from inside crochet magazine) exactly as I only made one strip instead of three as I had used chunky yarn and felt that it was wide enough and tripling it would just be TOO much. I absolutely love the colour and would recommend this yarn (be warned though the thickness of the yarn varies) albeit a bit pricey.

I decided to teach myself to knit in the round as it was annoying that earlier in the year I had tried and failed. I shall not be beaten! So I tried and succeeded, maybe I failed last time because I had little patience due to exams hurtling towards me at a startling speed. The pattern I used was From the book Knit & Purl pets by Claire Garland  and it was the bird. I love the patterns in this book so it really pains me to say it but DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK! I wonder if the publishers even checked it before they printed as half the bird pattern was repeated on two pages and the rest of the pattern was missing! I was so gutted when I turned the page to continue knitting and realised. I've also heard there are a few other errors in the book. I would say if there is another way to purchase the patterns do so.

Anyway here is the start of the bird anyway. I can't believe I knitted it in the round! :D

So since I appear to be able to successfully knit in the round I have started making a fingerless glove, you can find the pattern HERE. It's a simple glove which is perfect for me as I'm slowly getting used to knitting in the round.

I also thought I would share with you a book I love and definitely think every crocheter should own, Beyond the square Crochet motifs by Edie Eckman.

I got it for my 21st off Mum and Dad and its great, I haven't made many from it yet but the motifs are just beautiful!
Here is one I have made...

I have also made a small flower out of it which is attached to my crochet slippers, which I will blog about on a later date!

Finally I wanted to share I pattern that I like from the lion brand website called The tree of life. I think its fantastic and I started to crochet it. Sadly its about to be hibernated as there are other projects that I want to dig in to at the moment like the buttered toast scarf (which is gradually gaining slices of toast). But here is a picture of it so far anyway.

Anyway that's all for today. Oh and did I mention that I will have been crocheting for a whole year later this month! Time has certainly flown since then, I still feel like it was only yesterday that I first picked up the hook!



  1. You've got some amazing completed projects! And you've only been crocheting for one year? Kudos to you. Keep up the great work!

  2. Congrats on the degree. Good luck on the interview. And thanks for sharing that book here!

  3. congrats on the degree and I love the scarf..good luck on the interview, I have that book and love it!!

  4. Wow! Congrats with your degree!!!! I knew you could do it! And your crocheting is AMAAAAZING! :D Love the blankets especially!! xxx

  5. Thanks Pip! We must meet up soon! x