Leibster Blog Award :)

I was nominated by the very kind EmilyBev, who’s blog can be found here ~ http://emilybev.wordpress.com/

I discovered her because of her AWESOME Ziggy Stardust amigurumi. And hit the follow button because I love her colour choices and the hat that she made! But the Ziggy definitely made her one to follow!

The purpose of the Liebster Blog Award is to recognize blogs with fewer than 200 followers that deserve a look. My job is to list 11 random facts about me, answer the 11 questions Gray has set me, then to nominate 11 new bloggers, who should bask in the Liebster glow – which means doing the same as I am doing here! ie, post a blog linking back here, with 11 random facts about you, answer my 11 questions and nominate 11 new bloggers (and think of 11 questions to ask them – can be anything!). Off we go then…

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I was born in Derby, but we moved once I started talking and shouted “ey up mum, wait for me!” in a broad Derby accent (at 3 years old!)
  2. Both of my parents are southerners, which always gets noticed when we’re all out together! (usually someone says to mum “you’re not from around here are you?” To which she has to reply she’s been living here for 20 years!
  3. I have way more yarn than I probably will ever have time to do anything with. But I love it and almost every ball/hank has a project matched up for it in my mind!!
  4. I also have a love for crochet hooks, and keep “upgrading” one at a time. I started with metal hooks, then I discovered bamboo, now I have my beloved KnitPro Symfonies and although I did buy an Etimo Rose hook I have only used it once! (I love my KnitPros!)
  5. I am also a bit of a gamer. Not so much now that the boys take up a lot of my time. My console of choice is the Xbox 360.
  6. My Gamerscore on the Xbox is currently 67427. And I’m abit gutted that I’ve now surpassed the ability to have sequential numbers as my gamerscore! (well until I pass 100,000!)
  7. We lived in the United Arab Emirates when I was a child (from age 3) for a few years and I can still count to 10 in arabic! (aurally at least!)
  8. I can make a mean chilli, although I discovered the other day that 3 scotch bonnet chillies is 1 too many!!
  9. I both love and fear Aeroplanes. My Dad is a licensed aircraft engineer so my love comes from him. Little H loves nee-yows (as he calls them) too and he can name the flaps and rudder as well as the main parts!
  10. In total because of us moving around a bit when I was a child I attended a total of 9 schools. Which includes college, and one little home school that was run by an Australian teacher when we lived in Malaysia. I loved that little school and hated it when a place opened up at the English school so I was moved to there (Alice Smith School, which still makes me chuckle that the abbreviation is ASS!)
  11. I am a full time mummy. Which is more of a job than I ever imagined, but I love it!

Questions from Emilybev

  1. What was the first thing you ever crocheted? – As a child it was a really long foundation chain. I think it ended up being about the size of a football! It was during the summer holidays and mum & dad had put my brother and I on a plane back to the UK to stay with Nanna & Grandad for the holidays. It was an amazing summer, and the first time we flew on our own. I’m pretty sure Nanna regretted letting me loose on a crochet hook and her yarn!! She taught me a granny square after that (& we unwound the yarn from the huge foundation chain!!)
    As an adult, I can’t remember if it was a large Granny Square. Which I sent to a friend who had recently had a baby. (who today turned 5!) Or a Shell blanket that I made by discovering TJW1963 on YouTube. Her pattern was for a shell scarf, and I thought it looked pretty, so I spent an evening or two on her channel & blog teaching myself how multiples worked (and wtf they were!!) and how to read a chart because I knew I wanted to make a shell blanket! Little H now uses it as his naptime on the sofa blanket! <if I can find a picture I’ll add it!>
  2. What is your favourite type of food? – Cheese! Is that the right answer? I do love cheese though and as I get older I’m being more adventurous. But my favourite cheese will possibly always be Edam. I only allow myself to buy the small bits of it when shopping because I could quite easily cut it all up and just eat it! Mum & Dad brought be a whole ball back from Amsterdam when I was a teenager. I’m pretty sure it didn’t last long!!
  3. Who is your favorite band/singer? – I will always struggle to answer this! I am torn between David Bowie and Robbie Williams. I was brought up on David Bowie, T-Rex, and was introduced to The Jacksons, Queen and The Carpenters as a tweenager (I think thats what they call them now, I was 10/11) and my first concert was Michael Jackson in Singapore in 1993, and there will always always be love for Michael! (I saw The Jacksons on their Unity tour last month, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal show only a week and a bit ago!)
    But no matter what mood I’m in Bowie or Robbie have a song to suit it. And to pick me up! Only the other day I was having a bad day, walking through the shopping centre and Robbie’s “Misunderstood” was on the centres music thingy. It made me smile, proper Bridget Jones moment! Bowie… Well he’s just amazing! I have been lucky enough to see him live once, at Move in 2002 for my birthday. (with mum naturally!) and I am really hoping that he tours again!
    Robbie I’ve also seen once, in Melbourne in 2003. He was amazing! And I have tickets for June this year! (Mum is coming too, she is a new Robbie fan after we saw Take That in 2011!)
  4. Summer or Winter? – Summer. I think its all the living in warmer climates!
  5. What is the main purpose of your blog? – It’s just somewhere for me to ramble really. I don’t expect (and never have!) anyone to read it. (Or to be able to follow my ramblings!) And to post pictures of what I’ve been making, I guess so that in years to come I can look back and see when it was that I made such a thing (or to find out where I got a pattern from!) I love remembering dates of things, but since becoming a mum my memory has definitely declined!
  6. When not blogging, what are some of your favorite websites to visit/hang out at? – Facebook gets a fair bit of my time, mostly because it’s easy to do on my phone. I go through phases with Pinterest. I love it for awhile and then forget about it and rediscover it! Although I now have the app on my phone, so its quite easy if I have 10 minutes to forget the world and Pin and RePin lots of stuff! Aside from those two I don’t really have an online life anymore! I always say, if the choice is between internet and crocheting, crochet wins everytime!
  7. Favourite smell? – At the moment I really love the scent of PurelyArgan (they have a fb page >here<) I can’t really describe it, but I’m not really a flowery scent person, and it’s nicely scented without being overly RAWR and girly. I love the smell of fresh washing too. And Orange!
  8. You have £100 to do with as you wish. What do you spend it on? – First, I would do a happy dance! I would get myself a Furls Crochet hook I think. Maybe. I’d at least see if I can borrow one to see if I can crochet with it and then get one. If not I would definitely get a Lantern Moon hook. Then probably yarn or books!!
  9. If you could go back in time and talk to anyone from the history books, who would you choose and why? – Not so much history books, but history none the less. Heath Ledger! I don’t really know why as such, just I’d like to know what happened. And just talk to him! (or ramble at him as I tend to do with men!)
  10. What makes you laugh? – Currently MJ walking/trying to run. He’s 16 months old now and over the last couple of weeks he’s decided he can walk, and its just adorable! Both the boys have the ability to make me laugh no matter what! DisneyPixar films do too, and Lee Evans. He will never fail to make me laugh!
  11. What is your favorite memory? – Coming around after my 2nd c-section and seeing Mr. B. Cuddling MJ, and asking what we’d had. Him telling me we’d had a boy made my heart feel like it was about to burst. And being able to hold and feed him almost straight away. Little H was a prem baby so I didn’t get to see him until he was a few hours old.

11 Blogs I Want you to take a look at!

  1. http://veiledpurl.wordpress.com/ – Take a look at her “Inspired by ModCloth” entry. Love it!!
  2. http://naturallylillys.wordpress.com – Look at her Etsy shop.. I love her large shawl in black & grey heather.
  3. http://gluisyarnblog.wordpress.com/ – She’s fairly new to wordpress, so take a look!
  4. http://sasumog.wordpress.com/sasublog/ – She hasn’t blogged for awhile, but does have a Facebook page give her a quick like!
  5. http://agirlinwinter.wordpress.com/ take a look at her handmade wardrobe. And her Victory Rolls!! <3
  6. http://sincerelysarahandcrafted.wordpress.com/ She makes pretty things and is having twins!
  7. http://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/ One of the first crochet blogs I discovered when I joined WordPress. And is nice enough to leave comments when she drops by! (she has pretty patterns to take a look at too!)
  8. http://marissafh.com/ She also has a blog that’s just for crochet, but I love the posts on her main page a lot!!
  9. http://gentlestitches.com/ – She’s already been nominated for a Leibster award, but you should check her out anyways!
  10. http://bobblesandbaubles.com/ – Beautiful crochet and other bits and pieces. And she does awesome crafty tips too!
  11. http://vintagehomespun.wordpress.com/ A lovely blog, and she knits too, I’m always in awe of knitters!

Questions for Nominees

  1. What was the first thing you ever crocheted?
  2. What is your favourite film?
  3. Who is your favorite band/singer?
  4. If you’re a crocheter/knitter what is your favourite yarn?
  5. When did you discover blogging? (reading or writing them!)
  6. What’s your favourite book(s)?
  7. Favourite smells & flavours?
  8. If you won the EuroMillions, would you tick the publicity box, and why would/wouldn’t you?
  9. Do you have nice handwriting? Do you like it?
  10. Brown paper packages tied up with string? What are a few of your favourite things?
  11. If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go?
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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

The blanket stash

Well, its not so much of a proper stash considering 5 of them aren’t actually for us.
But as I can’t blog about how many stitches I’ve done on the Neonatal blankets everyday I dug out Little H’s blankets for a bit of a stash session.

I love his blankets so much. There are only 3 that I have made, he does have more, but they weren’t made by me (they were made by my much more experienced Nanna and no way am I putting my work next to hers! haha)

First of all we have my shell blanket (left). I *think* I made this in 2007, when being a mummy felt like such a pipe dream but I discovered youtube & “The Art of Crochet by Theresa” (as it was then!) and her shell tutorial (that I can’t actually find the video for, but it was kind of like this one) And I just made it into a blanket by working out the multiples and going from there.
It was the first time I’d actually “followed” a pattern, even though it was more watching the video, rewinding it and watching some more to make sure I did it right. And then I made up the ruffly edging by chaining 6, doing a slip stitch back in the blanket and chaining 6 again to give it a wee ruffly effect.

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Then on the right is my first attempt at Attic24’s Ripple Blanket I saw the link to her blog on a parenting/pregnancy forum I go on in the home & hobbies section. I think my eyes popped out of my head all cartoon like when I saw the pattern. And it truly was the first time I’d seen a written pattern (the pictures at the bottom with the 2tr’s etc totally freaked me out)
So I bookmarked it and went back to it when I was feeling brave, and that was the result.
Since then I have made 3 more Ripple Blankets. One for a craft swap on the parenting/pregnancy forum for my recipients little girl (the wool is my blog background, Rico Baby DK) and 2 were custom made for members of the forum, they picked the colours and I just got to work. I also sent the link for the pattern to my Nanna, and much to her annoyance she can’t do it, *but* she’s insanely proud of me that I’ve taught myself to read the patterns as she never did and can now only crochet her way!
Next up is the only blanket I made when I was pregnant with Little H. I started it with the colours I had laying around the house (amazing how much my wool stash has grown since then!) and I said at the time “Now I’ve put pink in a blanket Flo (bump) will be a boy!” and of course, bump was a boy!

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Unfortunately I can’t remember where I got the pattern for the edging from, it was probably from youtube but I have no idea, and the laptop that I was using back then broke shortly after Little H’s arrival so I have none of my bookmarks. But it was easy to do and I still have it written on a scrap of paper somewhere!
& I must find a “proper” pattern for a granny square, the off-square-ness of it bugs me when I see it but its my “totally made up way to do a granny square”

And finally a quick picture of all of the blankets that are made by me and are in the house all together…. Cheese! :)

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