Lots of pictures!

I haven’t done a crochet related update in quite awhile, so over the last couple of days I’ve been having a look through my Facebook page and my phones auto back up photo thing and finding some for you.
Some blankets have had more pictures taken of them than others (I tend to snap them on my phone and by the end of the day when I get chance to sit and crochet my battery is always low/gone!) So the ones with more I’ve squished together so you can see progress/different lights :)

It’s been a long time since I closed my list for requests for blankets. I think in my head I expected closing my list would mean I could whizz through all the blankets and then spend the end of last year teaching myself how to Tunisian crochet.
That isn’t what has happened.

What really happened is crochet and I went through a trial period of separation. I just didn’t want to do it, just thinking about it got me stressed and my mind would race too much with ideas.
All of my works in progress halted.

The two blankets that were in progress/started this time last year are still in progress.
There was the granny bobble spiral which I just could not get to work as it got bigger. So after a couple of failed attempts I ripped it out and started all over again as an African Flower blanket.
I don’t have an updated picture because I just cannot get the hexagons to join together as it should look in my head. There has literally been sweat and tears over this one because in my head I can do it, but I just can’t get it *right*

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That isn’t even the final layout as it stands, it looks totally different. Hopefully soon I will get it right and there will be a mahoosive whoopee post about it!! :)

The other blanket, which I’d been calling my masterpiece was the cotton granny stripe. (pattern by attic24)
Looking back I’d started it around this time last year and the early pictures were from around Mr. B’s birthday which was this weekend just gone.
Again getting the border right on this one has caused nightmares. There have been 3 attempts. The first two have been ripped out as the first one increased the stitch count around the border and made it look all saggy. The second attempt just didn’t go with the blanket at all. So that was around 20 hours of work.

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The 3rd picture down showed the second attempt at the border. (I snapped that picture the night I undid it all to start again)
Up until that point I had totally fallen out of love with this blanket. And aside from occasionally doodling down ideas in my little notebook for when my head is racing,  I also almost completely fell out with crochet.

I didn’t do anything that required a pattern,  or much thought, the kind of thing I could do on automatic pilot and not get stressed about. (When I’m not too well mentally the smallest easiest things can be too hard and it just has to be abandoned in the name of mental health!)
As a result there have been granny squares (and rectangles)

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The top picture is a little mint granny square I made for MJs cuddly toy tigger.  The one underneath is a toddler bed sized granny square made in Red Heart Super Saver (worsted weight) to be honest at first I didn’t like that yarn at all. It wasn’t soft (& I wasn’t brave enough to try some of the ways to soften it that were on pinterest!) And I’m used to working with Double Knit yarn, so it took a while to adjust to it.
After only a few rounds I liked how quickly it worked up and I got used to the bigger sized hook (I think I went up to a 7mm because my tension is tight and on whatever the label suggested wasn’t right for me)
And once it was finished and had been through my rigorous soaking routine before being washed, I can say that Red Heart Super Saver *does* soften. It’s still not as soft and squishy as say stylecraft special DK but with a bit of TLC it is soft.
That blanket lives at our house because it was all that Little H was asking for at Christmas.  “A blue mama blanket” (well that and a blue mini) who am I to deny him?!
I also made MJ a little rectangle whose size doesn’t compare to the blue square,  however I can’t find a picture so I’ll talk about that another time!

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This isn’t a great picture of the other rather large square that I made, but as it came back to my house for a wash and soak I remembered to grab this as it was drying (as I didn’t get one at the time!)
This was made in stylecraft special DK in wisteria,  clematis and cloud blue. I had one ball of each colour left from when I did attic24 summer garden squares which went on to be part of a big blanket from a bunch of us crocheters from all around the world to one of or crochet friends who has been (& still is) poorly. (I’ll try and find one of the pictures of it!)
So with the balls left over, and my god daughter’s original magic blanket starting to show how much love and cuddles it’s had over the last 7 years I started to make her a new one. I of course had to order more yarn, I think I only needed two balls of each colour. And as it was the first full blanket I have made using stylecraft special DK at the beginning I was thinking “it can’t be all *that* special” (attic24 uses it and a lot of other blogs I follow) and almost straight away I was in love. It’s so soft and easy to work with.
Stylecraft have a new fan in me! (And to support small businesses I don’t order from Deramores,  I use The Wool Loft. I always get it super quickly and their customer service is fab! (Will talk more about them later!)

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This pink and purple blanket just makes me smile. It’s not made out of fancy yarn, it’s the acrylic stuff I can get from my local market (called new fashion I think, I’ve seen other bloggers not local to me using it too) and the yardage on it is fab. This is a granny rectangle,  only the 2nd rectangle I’ve made, and like MJs I’ve winged how to do it so it’s different to MJs (because his wasn’t quite right) but I’ll be altering my way to do it again I think. It’s not quite finished (need to sew in the last few ends) and then it’ll be having a soak.
This yarn goes soft so easily (it’s not as soft as the stylecraft but no where near as rough as the red heart felt) and has been used in most of my blankets. ta-dah (2 blankets), Some rippley love, hooky goodness and falling behind (a bit gutted some of my pictures aren’t showing!!)
Hopefully I’ll be able to show you a completed blanket picture soon!
In the meantime have a picture of what helps make magic blankets ‘magic’

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Yes. I’m sharing my secret. The magic is baby feets <3

I think the last blanket I'll talk properly about, will be my current 'easy' blanket.
This blanket is special. All of my blankets are special. This one is for a lady from our weight watchers group who is lovely,  so happy and cheerful and friendly. She also has downs syndrome and at the end of last year she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that sometimes occurs in downs syndrome patients. As a group we did a card and one of the ladies got a big teddy and wrote all of our names on pieces of ribbon and pinned them to the teddy.
It just felt like I needed to do something more.
So I started a blanket.

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A ripple, because nothing makes me smile more than seeing a ripple blanket. And after talking to one of the ladies from WW who is a friend about what colours G likes I ordered a load of stylecraft special DK from The Wool Loft. And that’s when their customer service came into play. I had an email from Liz letting me know that one of the colours I’d asked for was out of stock and offering me an alternative colour or to wait until they got it back in.
I didn’t see the email for a couple of days and they sent me a message on Facebook (I’m a liker of their page and have ordered via Facebook before so I was easy to find!) To let me know. I chose the alternative and got to work as soon as it arrived.
All I can actually take credit for is holding a hook and it miraculously coming together as the pattern is Attic24 Neat Ripple (also available on her blog but the link isn’t working atm) and the colours are thanks to stylecraft and their special DK range. The choice is amazing!

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It is almost finished, and because of my vastly overestimated foundation chain it will be vertical ripples! (It’s almost 5 ft! ) and as you can see I’ve done 4 rows of each colour instead of 2 so that the colours really have chance to shine.
I love it. And as I said before stylecraft have a fan for life in me now!!

I’m not going to carry on, I have more stuff to share, and there are possibly people reading thinking I’ve forgotten what I was in the middle of for them. I haven’t,  I’m just slowly falling in love with crochet again.
I need to finish a few of my big things and get my head straight and I’ll be right! (If anyone is on my list/in progress and is worried you can message me a friendly reminder / questions anytime)

And in keeping with my previous entry…
#letmetakeaselfie

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That was yesterday. The sun was letting the rain have a day off! Normal service has resumed today!
But it was a lovely day, we walked to my friend (soulmate)s house and played in their garden (we only have a little one!)

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Happy times! <3

♡ Mrs. B x

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Serial UFO offender!

Hi!
I seem to have neglected my blog. I haven’t done it on purpose I just haven’t really had crochet time so blog time gets pushed right down to the bottom of the pile!

I’ve been picking up my hook whenever I can. Which includes taking a WIP to weight watchers with me and trying to grab 10 minutes. And as summer has arrived the boys have been playing in the garden so I’ve tried to do some but playing with them is way higher on my priorities. ♡

So.  I finished the baby blue blanket, and I made a start on writing the pattern up for you. I got as far as drawing out a chart and a few people who are fans of my facebook page gave it a test for me and it was readable. I plan on doing a full photo tutorial to go with it (including how I did the border) but it might be a couple of weeks as I’m working hard to finish some UFOs! I will however start the post somewhere and have the basic chart on there and a brief explanation for if you want to give it a go. (I’ll try and get it up tomorrow or sunday)

Here it is all tied up ready to go. I made a little hat with the leftover yarn. Only a plain one but it seemed so small ♡

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I forgot to say, the blankets mama blogged about it *here* so sweet!!

I also finished off and posted my attic24 birdie decoration to their lovely new home. I started them ages ago and I’m actually ashamed at how long it took me to get my behind in gear and finish them off! When she asked if I could do them she gave me creative freedom. And as my mind works in overdrive with ideas I had sooo many ideas and then I *think* I got scared that I was going to screw it up. So I backed away.
I finally built myself up to give it a go. And I managed to post them just before the bank holiday weekend so my heart was in my mouth waiting to hear if she liked them! Which she did! :) Sorry the picture isn’t great I struggled to find somewhere decent in our house to hang them so had to improvise using a coat hanger!

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My cushion cover that I’ve been working on for the lovely MrsJosieK has been coming along nicely. I’m definitely going to need more yarn as I’d totally underestimated how much basketweave would use. But I love it!
It was inspired by one I’d seen made by KeepCalmAndCrochetOnUk I can’t find the picture right now but it was gorgeous. And after watching a video on the net (by allfreecrochet I think) on how to do basketweave stitch I decided I wanted to work it as one piece as much as I could. So that’s how im doing it. It’s growing and I can see me needing one for my house!

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The granny bobble spiral is growing too. Just now that it’s getting bigger it’s growing very slowly! I think if you were using colourinasimplelife’s pattern as it’s written for a potholder or to make lots of little squares they’d work up quite quickly.  I’m having to add an extra ch1 at the corners to help stop it from curling under on itself but that may be my tension!

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Oh and the cotton granny stripe ♡
I’m loving this blanket. The pattern is by attic24 and it’s being made for my friend who moved to the UAE last year and wants an all cotton blanket. I’m using sirdar snuggly babycotton dk. I had it in the garden with me last week and had to take a picture of it in natural light to show it off.

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My last bit of rambling is that I’m getting lots of hits on my how to straighten an Attic24 neat ripple blanket post but no one has commented to say whether it worked for them or not (or if I need to do a more in depth guide) the post is *here* if you need it. And if you don’t mind feeding back on it that’d be great.

Thank you for stopping by. Sorry it’s just rambling and pictures I will try harder!
X

Just a stick?

I’ve had a WIP going on for awhile now and it’s starting to take shape!
I do like to set myself a challenge though it would appear!

A friend asked me if I could make her some attic24 birdies as a decoration my only instructions were you know what colours I like. Aside from that I have creative freedom. Which is ace, but my mind can be a little chaotic so I’ve been working on it in fits and bursts.

I’ve had the materials for it for awhile.
The yarn is some gorgeous cotton yarn I got from ‘according to matt’ when he had a stash clear out. At first when I was asked to make the birds I went to my local market and picked up a couple of dinky balls of yarn for 60p each, but when I started crocheting with them they made my hands itch. It was then that I realised they were polyester (not acrylic which I’d assumed!)
So Matt’s yarn was my back up plan. Although I don’t know why I didn’t think of them first as the colours are perfect, and I love working with cottons!

The next step was part of my creative freedom. Aquire a stick!
My instinct was to go to hobbycraft. Which as always seems to be the case with me & hobbycraft was an epic fail. The lift wasn’t working, which with a double pram and two children under 2 made me frustrated, without adding in that to navigate downstairs with their narrow aisles!

Hobbycraft was abandoned and off to B&Q we went.  Why didn’t I think of there first?!
I found exactly what I wanted in the bit by the skirting boards etc. And even found a man who’d cut it to the length I wanted (even if he looked at me like I was crazy with this one tiny stick!)

So this week I plucked up the guts to embark on this final stage of the decoration….

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It was more difficult than I thought it would be to crochet around! I’ve had to do double crochets and have gone back along the row slip stitching to firm it up a bit.
I just hope the finished item lives up to my imagination!

And because I can’t leave you with just one picture… here is the attic24 neat ripple blanket I made for the same person which is why I know her colours so well. It was my first proper bespoke crochet request!

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I loved making that blanket!
It was made in sirdar snuggly bamboo dk, purchased from Black Sheep Craft Barn in Culcheth. (With a few balls from ebay when I started to run out!)

I didn’t do a proper edge on it, partyly because it was a huge blanket,  but mostly because my crochet confidence back then was low. If you want to straighten a ripple blanket I’ve posted how I now do it *here* but if you google how to there are lots and lots of peoples variations on how they’ve done it.

I really must go. Mr B has requested steak amd risotto for dinner tonight so I’m trying my hand at an asparagus risotto. I chose the recipe as I’ve had a craving for asparagus!

♡ Mrs. B x

Ripple blanket edging

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I posted in my Ripply love blog entry how I straighted out my Attic24 Neat Ripple blanket but I wanted to follow up with a picture illustrating it. (I’ll quote what I put in the other blog entry)

“I’m not very good at explaining crochet so I apologise if it’s poorly put! (UK terms

Slip stitch in the 2 most central stitches from the ‘peak’ of the ripple. Double crochet in the next one. Half treble crochet in the next two stitches. Treble in the next two stitches then double treble in the next two stitches (these two should be in the 2 stitches at the bottom of the valley)
After the double trebles just reverse what you’ve done. So treble in the next two, half treble in the next two, double crochet in the next one and slip stitch in the next two (back at the peak)

So it’s :- *sl st, dc, htr, htr, tr, tr, dbl tr, dbl tr, tr, tr, htr, htr, dc, sl st*
Repeat from * to *

On the next round of the border I just double crocheted all the way around. (I hope that makes some sense!)”

I’ve done a picture to try and help.
It’s not great quality but it’s surprisingly hard to write and draw the lines so that they match up. Hopefully it’s useful…

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I found that it didn’t look quite straight at first, but I did another round of just double crochet and it worked (I chained 1 and turned to start the next round) the dc’s on the right hand side can be replaced with htr (half trebles) but if you do that chain 2 at the corners.

I hope this is useful to someone. Sorry if it’s not clear enough.

♡Mrs. B x

Edit to add a thank you to Peach tree & lime jelly for the idea to do the picture like that (with the stitches written) and naturally to Attic24 for her amazing patterns!

2nd edit (may 2014) if you find this and give it a go and it works for you (or doesn’t!) Could you leave me a little comment just so I know. & thank you x

Lazy days

Calling to you!!

Sorry to start with a random Robbie Williams lyric but it’s been stuck in my head since I decided lazy days should be the title earlier today!

Mr. B has been off of work for a couple of days. Which naturally means that one of the boys is going to get poorly. Which of course happened!
Little H woke up on Wednesday night and was sick.  So the last 3 days have been spent having lots of cuddles and all of us feeling pretty sleepy.
I had joked earlier in the week that as it’s Mr.  B’s birthday next week that we should plan something for this week. (Because last year it was as we were getting ready to go for a birthday lunch that Little H was sick!) And touch wood he should be ok by the time it actually is Mr. B’s birthday!

Anyway, I digress!
Not much crocheting has been done as you can imagine. Last night I did manage to finish my Frayed Knot perfect cowl. I only had to sew in afew ends and construct & attatch the flower. After that I did a row or two of the little blanket I’m making for a friend who’s collecting them for her local neonatal unit. Then I realised I was really tired and called it a night.

Today when I got up I spent some time playing with the boys and after lunch Mr. B told me he thought I should go upstairs and relax with my crocheting. You don’t have to tell me twice! (I think it was a ploy so he could watch football!)

I did a bit more of the neonatal blanket, and then switched to the pastel coloured granmy stripe for a bit and then went and had a lovely hot bath and started reading Game of Thrones which I’m really liking!

So aside from the poorly toddler we’ve had a chilled couple of days. :)

I shall leave you with a picture.

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♡ Mrs. B

A bit all over the place!

Evening!
I can’t seem to settle on a project to work on. Which isn’t good!
I currently have unfinished ~
Attic24 birdies.
Frayed knots’ perfect cowl.
A Red Heart Manhattan cardigan
The spiral blanket (pattern by colourinasimplelife.blogspot.co.uk)
Frayed Knots’ Ocean Wave blanket.
The babylegs I’ve been trying to come up with a pattern for so a baby wearing friend can try them out.
A Htr little blanket for a friend who’s currently collecting them for her local neonatal unit.
A Rainbow block blanket I started last year for my mum.
The ripple I started making when mj was still a bump.
A little pink pram blanket that was for a fundraising auction. (But the person it’s for has got another blanket request in and as they’re going overseas I’ll post them together)
A playin hooky strata beanie that I started making for little H. (Then put down to make something else!)
A granny square snuggly magic blanket that I started making as a present for a friends little girl (& will be making a matching one for her twin sister)

There’s probably at least one thing that is missing from that list.

Just seeing it all written out like that makes me frown disapprovingly at myself!

Last night when I sat down after dinner to watch some Tv (we’ve just started watching the walking dead season 1) and an hours worth of crochet before bed. I knew had a voice in my head shouting at me to finish *something* (anything!!!) But the other bit of my brain is going meh! So I started something else.

I really need to take myself aside and have a word!!

Anyway.  Here’s a picture for you…

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It’s an Attic24 granny stripe blanket. Being made in sirdar snuggly babycotton dk. And as you can see I’m not using a knitpro hook! (Shockinh, I know!) The cotton was a bit too grippy on the knitpro so I’m giving my tulip etimo rose a whirl!
I like, no love the smoothness of it. And the soft grip bit is nice I do wish the shaft (insert immature smirk here) was a bit longer! (Ok another smirk!) And I do like using cottons. I loved rico’s creative cotton aran that I used for someones ripple blanket once.

Anyway,  I’ve rambled. (Sorry!)

My plan over the next couple of weeks is to finish up some of my UFO’s (unfinished objects) I’m going to start small. So probably the cowl first as I only need to do the flower and attatch it, and sew a couple of ends in. Then I’ll decide what to finish next. The blanket for the neonatal unit will get done gradually because that’s my current “do when the boys nap after I’ve done housework” project because it’s all from one ball of yarn so easy to grab!

If you’re reading this in a few days and I haven’t updated please give me a nudge.  I need to do some before it starts to feel daunting!!

Right.  I think I’ve rambled enough!

Mrs. B x

Some rippley love <3

I will start by saying I love this blanket. A lot! I do always love the blankets that I make so I know I say that with every blanket, but if I didn’t love what I make then what would be the point in making things?

I was asked to do this blanket by an internet friend when she was pregnant. But like I did she stayed team green so we waited until baby arrived before picking colours. She had a baby boy and chose white, purple and blue.
When written in words I struggle to see the colours together so I went off to the little shop in our local market and spent ages makinh sure I picked the right shades. I love it if I manage to go on the right day the little cubby holes are all full of all the colours you could want and I just spend ages lining up colours and no one cares. (Yarn shopping is the only kind of shopping I love and feel relaxed about doing!)

Once I sat down and lined the colours up I decided to change up the ripple a bit. I still followed Attic24’s neat ripple pattern but I varied the colour changes because I didn’t want any one colour to totally dominate the blanket.
It’s taken me awhile to get it all finished and she’s been so lovely an patient. But she received it today and likes it so I will share with you the pictures I took before I posted it. (Good Friday was a rare sunny day squeezed between days of snow so I got to peg it on the line!)

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I do love when a blanket is received and loved but I do feel a smidge sad that I won’t be curling up on the sofa under it (making it) anymore! And little H keeps asking for it to give it a kiss!

I’m particularly chuffed with the edge. Usually I just did double crochet (uk) all the way round, but as I’m getting braver I decided to straighten off the top and bottom of the ripple.  I was sure that I’d seen a how to on attic24 but I couldn’t find it (I’m still not sure if it does exist but I just couldn’t see it.)

Here’s a close up of what I did… (I can’t remember if I already blogged about this sorry!)

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I want to try and write how I did it but I’m not very good at explaining crochet so I apologise if it’s poorly put! (UK terms

Slip stitch in the 2 most central stitches from the ‘peak’ of the ripple. Double crochet in the next one. Half treble crochet in the next two stitches. Treble in the next two stitches then double treble in the next two stitches (these two should be in the 2 stitches at the bottom of the valley)
After the double trebles just reverse what you’ve done. So treble in the next two, half treble in the next two, double crochet in the next one and slip stitch in the next two (back at the peak)

So it’s :- *sl st, dc, htr, htr, tr, tr, dbl tr, dbl tr, tr, tr, htr, htr, dc, sl st*
Repeat from * to *

On the next round of the border I just double crocheted all the way around. (I hope that makes some sense!)

Right I best go, I’ve been writing this on and off for awhile whilst the boys play and nap. Need to make some dinner. :)

One last picture.. all packed up ready to go.

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Bittersweet “Symfonie”

I know I am a really bad blogger, and I promise to fill you in on what I’ve been up to since June with lots of photos soon. But…

I have to tell you about the gutted feeling I have tonight as one of my trusty Knit Pro Symfonie crochet hooks broke. The hook bit just snapped clean off.
I could’ve cried! I was only making the wings for an Attic24 birdie decoration, not swinging from the lightshade with it (it was only a 4.5mm, not ideal for swinging from light shades with!)

So after digging out my spare 4.5mm I carried on for awhile and made a start on the next wing, but in my head I was trying to work out how long ago I brought it. So out comes the iPad, and I start searching my e-mail accounts for the receipt. Sure enough I find it, and I only brought it in April this year. Sure it “only” cost just under £4 but I’ve got hooks that only cost me £1 that lasted me years before I discovered Knit Pro. And £4 for something that has only lasted 7 months (slightly less actually as I purchased via eBay on the 11th April so delivery would’ve taken afew days, I can’t remember if I posted in here about it?) I still think £4 is comparatively expensive.
I sat there winding myself up with these thoughts, so tonight I have fired of a contact form via knitpro.eu… Would you like to see? (as I can’t hear your reply I’m sharing anyway!

Hi,
On April 11th 2012 I purchased a 4.5mm Knitpro symfonie crochet hook, tonight (9th November 2012) whilst crocheting a basic item the hook broke clean off of the shaft.
The shop that I purchased from is in the process of shutting down & I don’t think they’re getting new stock to be able to replace my hook.

To say I’m upset is an understatement. My hooks are stored away securely after use, they’ve never been handled by anyone other than myself and whilst I have other branded hooks knit pro have been my favourite for over a year, and I now have from sizes 2.5mm to 7mm, with two in sizes 4mm-5.5mm as they’re my most used so like to have a spare.

I posted on Facebook about this and a couple of people have said they had the same happen to them. Tonight I’m upset and worried that the set that I’ve taken time (and money) to build up, and also the Tunisian crochet hooks that I’ve asked my mum to get me for Christmas will all start breaking after a not very long period of time.

I’m unsure as to whether you will do anything to help replace my broken 4.5mm hook, but I truly hope that you do and that your customer service can meet the love that I have for your product.

I hope to hear from you soon.
Faithfully

(CrazyCrochetMama)

I have also sent an email to the retailer I purchased from the company is lovely and I’m sure if she can help me she will (they once sent me a clover hook instead of a knit pro one and sent out a prepaid envelope for me to send it back and sent my hook as soon as they received the clover they were lovely) but the business is closing down (ForestFibres) at the beginning of next month so I don’t know if they’ll be getting new stock in, or even if I’m entitled to ask her for help after this amount of time.

They say if you have a bad customer experience you tell more people than if you have a good one, but previously in my blog I have always tried to make sure I pass on good customer experiences, I’m hoping that even though this entry sounds like a bad experience that it turns into a good one!

I’ll keep you posted, and I promise to write more, even if it’s without pictures, waffling has got to be better than nothing right?

CCM x

To add, I can be easily followed through my Facebook at Facebook.com/CrazyCrochetMama I have lots of recent pics on there as I can do it via my phone, and that I now have an email address should you ever want to contact me/ask a question it’s CrazyCrochetMama@gmail.com. X

Falling behind!

I’m really quite crap at keeping this updated.

The annoying bit is, I’ve been taking pictures and making notes of patterns that I’ve been making up, but haven’t actually managed to transfer the pictures from the camera and sit and resize etc them.

So in the spirit of blogging just so that people don’t forget I’m around here I am.

Ive managed to finish afew bits and pieces over the last couple of weeks, which is good for me as I do have quite a few projects on the go simultaneously to keep me entertained.

The one I’m most proud of comes from the pattern here.. http://inthesky1.blogspot.com/2012/03/granny-chic-granny-stripe-wrist-warmers.html

I made them with pink as the main colour and used afew different colours that in my head made it look rainbow esque. I will try and switch the laptop on and grab the pictures off of Facebook later. [Edit – Here’s a not so great picture but its here!]
Laid out flat before final construction! I need to take a proper finally all put together picture, I keep meaning to but I forget! 

All those ends to sew in before final construction! (Oh yay!)

A full view close up of the colours (Its silly but I’m proud of my colour choices, although the light blue & lilac are abit washed out looking in this picture!)

I’m also talking part in a craft swap, which as always I’m full of great ideas for, but won’t have time/the skills to do all of it, but because I managed to follow the patter written for the wrist warmers I have brought a pattern to follow for one of my items instead of just winging it (and messing it up) I just hope I can actually follow the pattern. When the PDF arrived last night the first thing I did was send it to my kindle (which I learnt how to do thanks to the wrist warmers pattern too) and I skim read the pattern and my instant thought is I can’t do this…

I get that feeling of dread when I look at patterns, I remember getting it the first time I read Attic24’s neat ripple pattern, and again with granny stripes and the bird decoration. I always forget to just take my time & practise. I do love that about crochet, if I mess up I just unravel it and have another go. If only more things in life were like that?

Right, I must go and prepare for mj waking for a feed. Maybe stick Torchwood on (thank you virgin media for letting me watch from the beginning!) and work on my totally winging it project for the craft swap. (&get some new pictures added into this entry!)

Tweeeeet

I can’t sleep so I’ve just set up a twitter account, linked it to my blog, so now no one can read it or see my tweets :p

I had a message today from a friend asking for a basic idea for how to do a kindle cover and I was gutted that I haven’t finished the one that I’m halfway through, therefore haven’t even started writing out the pattern, or seeing if it’s readable, or if people would even like how the case turns out!

I’ve got abit of a “thing” for using double crochets to join things together instead of sewing, I think it can look prettier and depending on how I want it to look either show off the top of the DC or have it show the underside of the stitch so that it looks like I’ve sewn it. I’ll have to take pictures to show you!

Tonights crocheting didn’t really happen. Little H is still out of sorts and then once I got him into bed I couldn’t settle mj but I did manage to sew some ends in, but remembered toretake pictures first, there’s something satisfying about seeing all of the yarn ends waiting to be sewn in, knowing you did all that. Although I normally get a feeling of dread at the same time, sewing all those ends in just doesn’t hold my attention, I feel myself itching to start on the next bit/something new!

Tomorrow I’m hoping to do a full picture update from the laptop thus avoiding awful iPad autocorrects!

Oh & my twitter is @CCrochetMama. What’s yours? X

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