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!