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?

A little help from my friends?

Hi!
I’ve been thinking, seen as I’m intent on blogging more & reading your blogs more (and hopefully commenting too!) That I’d really like to do a page of blogs that I like as well as facebook pages (and maybe pinterest pages too if people would like?)

I’m hoping that to make it a bit easier to gather links together that you guys and girls might be willing to post your links in the comments box here?

I’m open to links for blogs, pinterest,  facebook pages and etsy shops.
You are more than welcome to post your craftsy/ravelry shop links in the comments box too but I won’t be putting them up on the links page (not just yet anyway)

My comments are set to need approval, but I will approve them so that your links are public and then other people can see them. And I’ll start putting together a linky page :)

I hope this works!

Oh and because I don’t like doing an entry without a picture here’s an ocean waves blanket update ♡

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Ocean Waves Blanket

Pattern by frayed knot (search ocean waves blanket/frayed knot on craftsy and you’ll find it)

Spirally

So, really this should be a tah-dah post for the primary colours blanket but I still haven’t turned on the laptop and transferred pictures from the camera! It will happen soon!
Instead I thought I’d share something spirally with you!

I can’t remember where I saw this first if it was on ravelry whilst looking for new gramny square patterns or whilst noseying through blogs but as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make one. Luckily someone on my list of people who want a blanket also had the same need so I’m making one!
The pattern is from http://colourinasimplelife.blogspot.com and is called the granny bobble spiral. It’s beautiful and really easy to follow the instructions.

Here is my offering..

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I love the colours as soon as I saw them I knew it had to be that exact yarn. Its by Katia and is called Alabama. I’ve never used Katia yarn before but I think I will be in future!

I’ve also finished up the attic24 ripple I was working on and managed to do a straight border on it which I am still chuffed I managed to do. I was sure Lucy had posted how to straighten off the top and bottom but couldn’t find it so I kind of winged it and it worked!

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And a lady who has a shop on Facebook (MrsJosieK) asked me to make some cushion covers and we saw one made by Keep Calm and Crochet On UK and knew it had to be basketweave for hers too, which I’d never done before because I couldn’t work out how it looks like that (I’d never looked at a pattern for it) but once i got going it clicked!

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Unfortunately I totally underestimated how much yarn I would need so have to get more. Its Rico big wool (I think that’s what it was called!) Its merino and lovely to work with!

I best go and do some mummy type stuff. I’m so glad I can blog from my new phone that makes it easier!
Hope you are all ok and if you’re on fb check out my page as I post pics on there pretty regularly x.

Facebook Celebration!

Hi!

Yesterday I hit 123 likers on Facebook, not a huge number but I love the sequential ness of it, so to celebrate I’m doing a little giveaway. And I’m a bit excited because it’s the first time I’ll be doing a hat, I really want to get into doing hats, they work up so easily and look so nice!

So if you want to enter head over to my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CrazyCrochetMama and comment on the status with the pictures of the hats to be in with a chance of winning. The choice is between the Chloe slouch hat by unravel me designs (which I love!) or the strata beanie by playin’ hooky (which I also love!!) for some reason WordPress isn’t letting me add the links to the patterns but they’re both linked to on my Facebook page (I have a feeling the links not copying and pasting is more to do with my iPad being old and not wanting to work than WordPress!)

I best go, even though I recently promised myself a boycott of hobbycraft I need to go there as for some reason I can’t find the December or January issues of inside crochet anywhere so I’m going to have to give hobbycraft a try andthen maybe I might make it down to the black sheep craft barn in culcheth. I love that place so much! X

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