New start

Time for a new(ish) start…

In the last FIVE MONTHS (how ridiculous) I’ve been up to a few things…

I baked…*


Orange and lemon cupcakes…


Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes…


WEDDING cupcakes! My most nervewracking order to date!

I knitted…*


Just needs a matching hat now…


And some more…

I went to Spain* (and took some photos this time…!)


One of the tiny cobbled streets in Albaycín, Granada


The famous Alhambra, Granada


La clave eres tú…


Clichéd, but I couldn’t help it!

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be moving house (yaaay!), I’ve got plenty of knitting and sewing ideas to work on (and some shop shenanigans afoot…) but most importantly I’ll be returning to university for my final year. It’s a long time coming, and I can’t wait to get back to London and get back to work 😀 I think it’ll be a little bittersweet, and I’ll be devastated to say goodbye to all my friends and lecturers at the end of it, but at the moment I’m just focusing on getting back to the good times and enjoying myself (and getting down to some hard work too!).

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*I realise this is very déja vu, looking at my previous post…!





Moar cupcaeks

I’ve been asked to make 100 mini cupcakes for a party next month, so I thought I had better make a practice batch… I normally make giant cupcakes, more akin to muffins, but I think the smaller versions are actually a bit better – much less sickly. These cupcakes were supposed to have pillarbox red icing, but no matter how much colouring I put in, I couldn’t get it redder than this – is it possible?! And don’t even get me started on the green icing I tried – it was supposed to be a nice festive moss green, but ended up a neon lime green (plus it tasted foul). Very disappointing.

I also baked an apple cake (recipe here), which was absolutely delicious. I don’t have the sweetest tooth, but this was lush. My sister gave us a bag of apples she had been given, that must have weighed 5 or 6lbs – I think there are lots of apple crumbles and cakes coming up…

And I’ve also been doing some knitting…

Not the best picture, but hey. I managed to knit this in a day and I’m really pleased with it (despite the whole thing nearly unravelling; there was a knot in the yarn which was actually tying two ends together… Until it came undone. Not happy.) Anyway, I hope the recipient likes it 🙂

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Cupcaeks, om nom.

Well my last post was post 150. And what a distinctly underwhelming post it was. Today I have not much better, but I do have sparkly cupcakes.

Pink and sparkly, for a baby shower (let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be a boy…)

In other stuff, I’ve made some scary realisations…

My yarn stash was previously housed in this – a roughly 16-20l box (that and a couple of plastic bags). After a bit of reorganising, it’s grown.

That’s a 55 litre box, as well as the old one. And it only just fits. I was scared by this point. I also updated my Ravelry stash page. I managed to mark 4 skeins as used. I added twenty two “new” skeins (to be fair, I had already had most of them for years, they had just evaded my last stash-checking). But still. That takes my stash up to eighty skeins of yarn. And that’s just the whole skeins, not the half-skeins or odd left over bits.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH IT ALL?

Seriously. I even went to the library and picked up a couple of books in the desperate hope that I’d find some inspiration and get knitting. Instead I just got all intimidated and indecisive.

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Uncertainty

I’m not quite sure why I blog any more (which I suppose is evident in my lack of posts). I’m just not sure I see the point.

Anyway, this is all I have to show for the last couple of months, craft-wise.


Mittens On A String

This was a nice little pattern to knit – quick and easy, plus I think they look very sweet 🙂

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Week 8-10

Yep, it may be cheating, counting one project as three weeks’ worth of my Project 52 thing*, but I made the rules and that’s how I’m rollin’.

Wee baby blanket, idea nicked frominspired by gingergooseberry

I had to rip rows, nay, whole squares, out so many times, I’m really surprised that I did actually finish this bit.

I can’t see me finishing this bit though…

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*counting each strip of squares, y’see. I’m totally going with it.



Week 7

I know I’m getting further and further behind with my Project52 challenge, but I’ve been busy with exams, assessments, coursework and a hell of a lot of procrastinating recently. I mean, I’m usually procrastinating, but I like to think at least I’ve had a valid(ish) reason 😉

Anyway, I have finally finished a project 🙂


Snug by Hinke

I was aiming to finish this before last weekend, in time for the baby shower of the recipient (!) but alas, I couldn’t knit fast enough 🙁 But I HAVE finished it, and I’m quite pleased with it.

The pattern was, in my opinion, a bit strange, but it was nice to knit something in a new way, and I think it’s a very sweet little jacket. I definitely learned some new skills whilst making this – provisional cast on, invisible garter stitch seaming etc… However, I wish I was as happy with the yarn. I used Adriafil Llama and it shed everywhere and the thread kept breaking – very disappointing!


Buttons from John Lewis

I’m really looking forward to finally starting my next project (once again baby-related!), although I’m sure I’ll find a million ways to put it off -_-

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Week 6


More Ribbed baby socks

Week 6 was a bit of a cop-out – more baby socks. But I’m trying to catch up, and they were a quick, easy knit, I promise there are more interesting projects in the pipeline, honest. I need my yarn winder to start on one (a pitiful excuse, but I’m going with it, k?) and I haven’t quite figured out the vagaries for the pattern for the other one. But I shall, all in the fullness of time.

I realised I haven’t posted about books in a while. I finished Memoirs Of A Geisha ages ago – I thought it was really interesting, a worthy read. Not much of a review, I know, but it’s been a while since I finished it!

I’m on to Far From The Madding Crowd and am feeling far less inspired.

I think the most valuable lesson I’ve learned this week (probably above learning how to use el subjuntivo in Spanish) is “Turn your camera off “automatic” mode”

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Whoopsie…

I’m really not doing very well at this Project52 thing, am I? *facepalm* My raglan jumper has sort of ground to a shuddering halt – I got halfway down the first sleeve before realising I really can’t get away with doing no shaping whatsoever, and I don’t think I have the willpower to undo it and try and figure out some sort of shaping, so that’s gone on the backburner for the time being, and I’ve otherwise been really busy – a lovely Valentine’s weekend in Bradford was had (if you ever find yourself up there, I can highly recommend Prashad, a very sweet little restaurant serving some AMAZING food – not to mention the fact it’s lovely not to have to look for the little “v” next to dishes on a menu!) and I had THREE exams this week, amongst lots of other rather stressful happenings (like getting hit by a car on my way to aforementioned exam…)

Fortunately I’m in the middle of a 4 day weekend, so I have just been relaxing, catching up with stuff and generally trying to “recharge” a bit, ready for the next round of courseworks, projects and deadlines in the next month or so…

But there has been SOME activity on the craft front. Lots of SEX*, for example.


I can’t bring myself to start using it… Look at it nestled in there, all cosy…

I FINALLY made my first visit to iKnit after my last exam (any excuse), and I wasn’t disappointed. The shop wasn’t anything like I imagined – much smaller – and there was a knitting group on when I visited, so it was quite a squeeze to get round and paw all the yarn (many skeins were knocked on the floor, much to my embarrassment), but the range of yarns they stock is gorgeous, and I felt quite weak at the knees. It took quite a lot of willpower to remember I am a student and am on a student budget… I did get some yummy llama/wool yarn, for a top secret project – I’ve never worked with llama yarn before so I’m excited to see how that goes!


I think I need a moment :’)

There’s something about Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino that makes it probably my favourite yarn. It’s just so simple, yet so lovely. Anyway, I’m a bit scared of starting the project I got this for (another top secret one ;)) in case I screw it up, or throw in the towel halfway through, but I shall give it a go.

Anyway, I’ve managed to write quite a long post about not much at all, so I shall end here with the promise that I will catch up with my Project52 with all due speed 🙂

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(*Stash Enrichment Exercise, justsoyaknow)



Week 5

As promised…!


For want of a better name, “Cabled Mitts”

I’m really pleased with these – they were originally intended for my Folksy shop, but I like them so much, and I didn’t keep track of the pattern as I knitted the first one, so I’m not entirely sure they are completely matching… Just an excuse to do more knitting, hey!

I would be intrigued to try these as mittens – my only issue would be with what to do with the cables as the top is decreased… Any ideas?

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