You may have noticed there has been a obvious lack of hexipuffs on this little blog of late and I have to say I have not really been knitting very many at all. In fact it was way back in may over here I even showed you a hexipuff at all and I have not counted or done a tally since Episode 23, where I was way behind my deadline.
So lets recap
I started knitting this project on September 20th 2011 my plan was to finish this by September 27th 2012
At the end of last season we were up to 139 Hexipuffs and was way behind schedule on our grand plan.
The puffs had been on lots of adventures but the knitting was lagging behind.
Fast forward to Season 2
I have knitted 200 hexipuffs, I’m now over half way of my goal but far behind the deadline and I now believe I am going to have to admit defeat. There is just no way in a blue moon I will knit 183 puffs in 79 days. But hey you never know I might just get a massive buzz and go on a hexipuff binge. But let’s not hold our breath. Though I’m not prepared to calculate a new finish date yet. I just can’t face.
So since March 14th I have knitted 61 puffs its been 118 days
that’s far from one a day but
As Gingerbread girl has restarted the One A Day
I may just reclaim the motivation to complete this blanket some time soonish
Love to all
I can begin showing you all the pressies I’ve been working on.
Today I put the finalizing touches to one of the little pressies that has been on my to do list.
But over the weekend I actually got to give a little present to a very delighted mum to be of twins at her lovely baby shower.
Her reaction was exactly what makes giving a hand made gift so delightful, the little shriek as she realised what I had made and the big smile that said that’s exactly what I wanted
Ok do you want to see
I was so excited when I thought to make it
here we go
She’s having twins remember, oo I wanna squeal now they are just so cute.
Though in case your a bit confused and are thinking ‘Oh how mean to call the babies thing 1 and thing 2′
don’t despair it’s a little joke playing on the Characters from the famous book
by Dr Seuss
The Cat in the Hat
I can only hope that her twins don’t bring as much mischief as thing 1 and thing 2 did in The Cat in the Hat.
I used the same pattern I used for this little hat here.
and I totally love how they worked out
Isn’t it just wonderful when you find the perfect colours for a project and it all comes together so well.
And now to just wait for the arrival of two little munchkins.
This beautiful scene is what we woke up to this morning, and I just couldn’t resist grabbing the camera and running outside to take a quick snap before starting the morning school rush. The whole backyard was covered in the most beautiful dewy pink glow. It made you all warm and calm inside. But the weather man was reporting 21 and showers but they didn’t seem anywhere in sight. Fast forward a couple of hours and it turns out the weather man was spot on our beautiful pink sky is no longer and has become a dreary grey mass.
It is so dark and gloomy now I have had to turn the light on inside so I can knit. I should be knitting hexipuffs as you probably gathered from the lack of one a day post, I haven’t really been into it this week. I might have knitted one but really that’s being pretty optimistic with myself. Instead I have started one knitting project 3 times. 1st I cast on the wrong number of stitches and didn’t pick it up till I had knitted 1 round, secondly I stuffed up the ribbing somewhere and finally after getting to the required length realized I was using the wrong size needles. So I went rip rip rip and have finally got it on the right needles with 1 round of ribbing done right and the right amount of stitches hopefully by tonight I’ll be back up to where I was before I ripped. I have however finished a few little crochet projects but I can’t show any yet as they need to be wrapped and posted off to a little one who will soon join us. But I will give you a teeny tiny sneak peek.
Hehe no colour for you yet. Can you guess?? I can’t wait to show you I’m so excited by these little pressies they have really been an absolute joy to make. I also stuck some art up on the wall and it has been met with mixed response’s. I’m quiet liking the splash of colour to our beige lounge room and this is the beginning of a our new gallery wall. I can’t wait to hang some more little family objects up.
Oh I’m so embarrassed it has been far too long and yet you lovely readers have still been visiting my little world. Thank you so much.
It has been a busy no scrap that hectic time. The days just seem to be flying by in a whirl of crafting, decorating, playing mummy and making home. But all of this was interrupted the last week with a little trip to the hospital that turned into a long stay.
You see part of the reason for my absence has been a persistent pain in my tummy which has made me exhausted, cranky and left me with a complete lack of motivation to do anything. I have to admit even my beloved crochet and knitting has been neglected over the last couple of weeks.
But I’m glad to report that I’m all better after a few days in hospital, where they made me fast for so long, I feel much better and it was so nice to finally get a reason for my pain and have it all fixed up and made better.
I have been trying to get back to hexipuffing too and have tried to always have one on the needles at all times.
I now have a total of 139 hexipuffs
and I need make 254
in 197 days
Oops I seem to have fallen another week behind. I am really struggling to hexipuff lately. I still like making them I even made Mr C admire how perfect one was the other day. He was rather amused and agreed it was very lovely, but I’m not getting that giddy with excitement feeling. I guess part of that is that I’m not joining them together as I go, purely because I want to be able to play with 383 hexipuffs before I put them altogether, but I’m left with just a big box of hexipuffs – no blanket in progress and it’s leaving me a little empty and with that need to make a blanket feeling. But I’m already doing such a big project can I start another huge project too?
Even though I’m falling even more behind I’m well on my way to having a
truck load of hexipuffs.
I actually managed to make 7 hexipuffs this week and finish off this book above for My bookclub on Goodreads “Bookclub Bitches” xcuse my language .
Now this book has had rave reviews and was even a finalist for a National Book Award, but I just didn’t get it. I mean I understood it but I just couldn’t put faces to the characters I felt they were all very one dimensional and the fables that ran through the background while being intriguing resulted in me being disappointed by the end without giving away anything.
But hexipuffs we shall talk
With the 7 made this week I have a total of 121
I still need to make 263
in 212 days so as you can see I have done no catch up knitting and am still far behind. But I’m totally amazed that I managed 7 while reading a book and also a little sickie. Poor Little Princess has come down with a bad case of tonsilitis. Monday she had such a high fever that her little body looked like it was all sunburn she was so sick she couldn’t even crawl, she would get up on all fours and than flop on the floor unable to gather anymore strength. But through all this she has been so cuddly and just been cuddling into me which as an active 1 year old hardly ever happens now. Today she is much better just a bit grisly but oh so ever cuddly still.
I noticed that Carole over at Gingerbread Girl hasn’t posted in a while I hope she does today but if not pop over to raverly and check out all the other great one a dayers.
P.S. I’m not sure if I have said this but I’m having trouble commenting on blogger blogs using my wordpress account and can only comment if the blogger account allows you to use your name and address.
Is anyone else having this problem or is just me I would love to know if any other wordpress users have had this problem and if any blogger users no why this is happening to me.
As promised I have returned with a One a Day Episode and not only am I posting but I actually made 7 hexipuffs this week. Which I think is a massive accomplishment with the week I have had. But more of that tomorrow.
I am so happy that I managed a week back on track with 7 hexipuffs but I have to say thank goodness I already had one cast onto the needles because it took a lot of will power to pick up those needles again after the huge break I have had. I still love the little hexipuffs, they are cute and squishy and still make me all giddy inside but the knitting part, well the enjoyment of that has taken a downward slide. I want to, want to knit them but I have a bit of hexipuffitis, and who knows how far behind I have fallen on my schedule. I am so scared to look at how much catch up knitting I will need to do.
Oh well here goes
My total hexipuff count is 114
I still need to make 270
And I have 219 days to make it
I have so miss calculated along the way I thought I only had 209 to make no wonder I seemed to still be on track in reality I’m oh so far behind.
So I have 51 hexipuffs to make up. but this week it’s just 7 and a few hexipuffs having an identity crisis and playing at being cupcakes this week.
mmm hexipuff cupcakes yum yum. The perfect photo for the weekend we have had I’ll be back tomorrow with a lot of wonderful photos and some exciting news.
Before I head off to visit all the other lovely one a dayers and catch up reading all their awesome blogs. I just wanted to share my little parcel I sent off to Counrty Fragrance for the Initial Heart Swap over here.
I loved my little hearts I made for our house so much that I made one for my swap partner too. I added some Choccies that are Australian made and owned as I have been being a sneaky little swap partner and visiting my swap friend to find out things about her and knowing that she is on a health kick too I also included some sugar free chocolate as a healthy alternative for valentines day.
I loved this swap it was so much fun and Cheryl has a lot of wonderful swaps so if your like me and you love little surprises in the mail go over and find a swap that takes your fancy.
Ok off to check out my One a day partners in crime.
I seem to have gone missing. I haven’t gone into hiding, no witness protection programs, I just seem to be finding it hard to find time to blog. No I’m not particularly busy doing anything but I am working on a fair few projects at the moment and they all seem to be taking up a lot of my time.
You know the kinda projects you are working against the clock on. The kind with a deadline, whether that be a filming schedule or a babies due date. And the thing about schedules and deadlines is as soon as I have them I tend to procrastinate. I know I should get hooking and knitting away as soon as I find out about these deadlines but I always seem to leave it to the last-minute and spend several days/weeks hooking and knitting away like mad. And so this is where I am at right now.
I am in the clutches of rippling away. I am nearly halfway and the colours I’m using are making me really enjoy this project. But the bouquet of hooky flowers on my to do list is nowhere near half way and I’ve got one more week to have it ready to mail, so tomorrow I must I repeat to the procrastinator in me I MUST hook up a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
And don’t even get me started on my one a day. You may have noticed a drastic absence of One a day posts, this is largely due to the fact I’m not puffing away. I need to pick up those needles, I even have one half way done on the needles but I’m just so busy with all the other knitty hooky business going on in my house. But I will be puffing away again I promise to deliver another episode of the puff family next week.
Oh god did I just add something else to my to do list. Better go start now or I’ll never get anything finished.
Love to all
Warning this post contains irresistibly adorable photos.
Ok I warned you. You may begin to swoon over the cuteness of the upcoming pics.
A little while back I came across a cute little pattern for doxies, after reading that it can be considerably hard to find sweaters that these adorable puppies don’t just walk right out of I instantly thought of my friends who are proud parents of their own little doxie, and straight away cast on the xs size for their minature doxie (yes these tiny little dogs come in minature).
Do you remember me showing you the beginnings of this little pressie, way back here. Well my freinds have now received the little presents but not before I added some little touches for their sweet little girl
A nice little puppy picture for the chest and of course to top it off the little doxies name on the back.
But I promised irrestible cuteness and here it is courtesy of some very proud puppy owners I give you a doxie in a coat
What a poser even looking at the camera for her mummy
I told you irresistible cuteness in miniature
‘Ok folks show over, Ruby’s out of here’
And ruby’s parents love her coat too and she can’t walk out of it so if you’re a doxie owner out there grab this pattern.
Oops a daisy last week I was positive I had been making a hexipuff a day but it turns out I may have lied a little because after the count this week I was very sorry to discover that I had only added 3.5 puffs to my total. Thats 3.5 puffs in 2 weeks not 1. Oh dear that is very terrible I really must get back to making these little puffs of joy. I may have made a dismal amount of puffs for the last 2 weeks but excitement did set in as I was counting and I started to head up in the 90′s and I discovered that I have finally cracked that magic number
I’ve made 101 Hexipuffs
this number makes me so happy
it makes me want to start knitting right now and crack the half way mark
I’m promising myself to knit at least one a day this week
But now for the scary bit am I still on schedule or -as I suspect – have fallen behind . . . far behind
So I still need
which need to be made in
I can’t believe I’m on track, I suspect somewhere a long the way I have miscalculated.
With only 3 puffs made this week I have been busy doing a little crochet for this wonderful blanket. The idea is that we all send our squares to Stocki and she puts the blanket together and then one of the lovely contributors wins the blanket to have in their very own home. 1 square = 1 entry so the more you make the more chances you have of winning and getting a beautiful blanket handcrafted by some amazingly talented ladies from around the world. Now I signed up to join in but I was under no delusions that this blanket would ever make it’s way to my house. I have actually never won anything in my life, it’s not that I think I am unlucky but I definitely don’t have the lucky lottery winners gene. I do however love the idea of a blanket from all over the world in an array of colours going to someones loving crafty home and with this I set about making my squares
I used 4 different patterns and I absolutely loved making these squares. It was a great chance to try out those patterns I had seen around but was not commited to making a whole lot to form anything. Though those Hawiian flowers (bottom left) are so much fun to make I might need to make something with those. I do hope Stocki can join them in as a square. I did however realise that, that one middle far left is going to be pretty hard for her to join oops . . sorry Stocki. The square with the flower is from Rose Hip though I worked a few more rounds of granny around the flower they are super cute and were exactly what I was after. The one far right bottom I had found a long time ago on a blog called Millie makes and the pattern is called ‘something pretty’ doesn’t that just sound devine. It was my first pattern with popcorns and I found it quiet confusing to follow but after a quick you tube video on popcorns I was off and running.
Well I must go make hexipuffs now, want to get to that magic half way mark now, who knows I might just have a blanket pretty soon.
Don’t forget to check out all the other talented one a dayers I’m off to take a look now
I finished my Yarn bombing piece last night and proceeded to block my 4 squares for Stocki’s Beautiful Blogger Blanket and than I found myself in the very odd place of not having and immediate projects, but a big desire to start a blanket of my very own. But what to make and where to even begin with so many lovely blankets in blog land I just don’t know where to start. Though this morning I spent sometime browsing through blog land and came across Cherry Hearts Yearly round up and 1 photo caught my eye and popped right off the screen at me, can you tell which one it was. That’s right scroll down to march, any ideas yet? That’s it just down the bottom center those adorable flowers, I just must know where they are from, so after a little browsing in Cherry Heart land, I found Sandra had made them from this lovely book which just screams with so many make me now projects, so without a second thought I headed over to my fav online book shop and purchased said book with out a moments hesitation and now I start the wait for it to arrive on my little doorstep and the fun to begin. Yippee!!
But while browsing photos last night I realised I had forgotten to share a little hat I made at the start of December for a very special friend from the days of High School (and doesn’t high school feel like a faint memory) who is having her very 1st bubba. Lovely high school friend will be such a fun mummy I decided a little fun hat was in need but without knowing the sex (we do now) I wanted something gender neutral but not yellow. And than while browsing in my fave Debbie Bliss books (yes her again) I found it.
The Wee Willie Winkie Hat can’t you just picture a newborn sound asleep in this cute little hat. Well unfortunately I don’t have a cute little sleeping newborn on hand I do however have a little snowy bear
who was more than happy to pose for a few quick shots. I had so much fun making this little sleeping hat. It was my first time actually using all 4 Dpn’s and after a little confusion (more of my just see how it goes attitude) I was off and circling in no time.
This little hat was also a very quick knit worked up in about 2 days. That’s 2 days of normal knitting, you know the kind where children want things and partners need love and house needs attention: normal days.
I did however change one little thing and finished the hat off with 2 i cords tied in knot instead of the pom pom, I know know I just can’t seem to leave a pattern alone.
The little wee Willie winkie hat completed my little care hamper for the lovely high school friends baby shower.
After having 2 babies of my own and not being the most comfortable pregnant lady I decided that babies are far to spoilt at baby showers and the mums to be need much more attention. After all they’re the ones doing the hard work so we can all have new born cuddles. So from my own experience I put together a few little things to hopefully help ease the
burden load of pregnancy
I do so hope she enjoys it all and I can’t wait for the little one to be born only. 4 more months to wait.