I’ve been enjoying reading blog posts of everyone’s New Year resolutions. Always happy to encourage and cheer crafters along, it’ll be interesting to see how people do (you know who you are!) as the year moves on. Age has taught me that it’s pointless me making any resolutions as I never keep them. Hence 2019 simply started as it will carry on: with me just picking up what I fancy, when I fancy. There will no doubt be lots of starts this year, and hopefully, many finishes . . . but the plan is to enjoy what I’m doing and not set myself up to too many deadlines. I suppose that in itself is a resolution? Please note, I say “not too many deadlines” – ha! I’m not ruling out giving myself deadlines when there’s a very important & urgent special occasion on the agenda.
Anyway, since xmas, I haven’t done a huge amount of crafting. There has been some patchworking (F2F blocks which I can’t reveal just yet); a little xstitch and some crocheting. My cardigan is awaiting the final stage of sewing together and knitting of button/button hole bands, but I’ve been having too much fun with my hook to even think about knitting.
This is my current crochet project. Doesn’t look much at the moment as there are still quite a few small pieces to make (arms, legs & teeth for instance) but it is definitely taking shape already. This will be a “Little Ella in her monster suit” (design by Little Aqua Girl) when finished, and is one of the many colourful projects published in “Amigurumi Monsters”. The pattern is really well-written and crocheting keeps me quiet in the evening.
Other crafting going on here is
“Chicken Sampler” a kit by The Stitching Shed, which Avis gifted me this Christmas. It’s a lovely, simple design which is very relaxing to work on (a bit of light relief from my SAL project)
It’s actually the choice of colours which makes this such a fun design, although I’ve already made a few changes along the way. Anyway, almost 4 chooks stitched although mine don’t have eyes yet. Another reason I love this kit (apart from the fact I’m stitching chooks) . . . The Stitching Shed is a small UK company, based in Morecambe, Lancashire. A totally useless fact you didn’t know about me is: I lived in Morecambe for a year during my student days! I was a student at Lancaster University and during our second year, students had to find digs off campus. So I lived in Morecambe for a year, with my friend Janet, in a little basement flat. It was in the 80s, so decades before The Stitching Shed came into being but, seeing their postal address on the chart brought back some fun memories.