Apparently it’s 2021

Last year was a bit chaotic and I don’t actually remember what my goals were at the beginning of the year, indeed I had quite forgotten them by halfway through.

I did enjoy doing a lot more drawing and embroidery in 2020. I missed my sewing machine in the 8 months I didn’t have it. I didn’t seem to accomplish much knitting or crochet. 

We moved house twice – first in with my parents in Wellington short term which turned into 8 months and then to Wakefield at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. The kids went to school in Scotland, remote schooled for 15 weeks with their Scottish school, attended school in Wellington for a term and a half and then had 3 and a half weeks at their new school in Wakefield. They have been remarkably resilient during the whole year.

We now live on a lifestyle block in a beautiful part of the country up on a hill with views of hills and out to the sea. The garden is amazing and it is lovely to have so much space around us.

I was the lucky recipient of a hand me down spinning wheel just before Christmas as well as a loom. The loom has yet to be explored but I have been enjoying the wheel.

I am crocheting Wee Man a blanket and have plans to build him a bed once the workshop is all sorted and I acquire some wood.

I hope to do more watercolour painting this year as well as improve my drawing. I have four projects ready to sew. I’m embroidering another door and I’m waiting for hoops to turn up so I can get all the completed ones from last year framed. I hope to do some more yarn dying and maybe try dying some fibre. There are a number of things in my Ravelry queue I’d like to knit and crochet and I still need to finish furnishing our new house.

I hope that 2021 is more predictable than last year.

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FO: Yeti

Although Wee Man hasn’t read the Beast Quest book with him as the title character he is very keen on Nanook the Yeti/Abominable Snowman. This is a modification of Choly Knight’s adorable sloth pattern as it was closer to what I had in mind than the Yeti patterns I found. I left of the velcro, added ears, and modified the eyes and mouth. The fun for was not too bad to work with though stitching the neck was not exactly easy but wearing a black dress with white fun fur was not the best plan.

Pattern: Sloth by Choly Knight

Fabric: 2 A4 sheets of blue felt plus scraps of black and white. I purchased half a metre of fun fur, it was super wide so I only used around half.

Notes: modified eyes with white backing, shape from the Night Fury pattern. Skinny nostrils in black. No velcro on hands and feet. Half moon ears – cut four stitch and turn them insert as stitching front and back heads together.

Notions: thread, seeing machine, hand stitching needle, stuffing.

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FO: The Child

Someone’s big brother came home singing about this one and now she’s in love. A relative quick crochet ready for Christmas.

Pattern: Baby Yoda by octoberin_the chair (on Ravelry)

Yarn: Fawn and green Marvel 8ply acrylic

Hook: 4mms

Ravelry page: here

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Belatedly November books

Very behind due to moving house last month and then being internetless for some time. December had this far been super busy and there probably won’t be a December books post given I haven’t finished any books so far.

 The Temeraire books are a re-read. I working on number three now. I think I read up to about book six and then never read the last ones so I’m starting a new read through.

I’m not sure I got much from Start Finishing but I could see that it would be good in a different brain space and it may get a another read one day.

Biased was good and I’d recommend it.

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FO: Mushroom door embroidery

Another door. And I’m still exploring more door ideas. 

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October books

This has been a slow month for crafting but I did manage to fit in reading 5 books which I’m happy about. Next month we are moving so not sure how that’s going to impact things on the other hand by the end of November we should have the belongings we shipped from Scotland at last. Looking forward to have them.

Enjoying the Rivers of London series, I find them quite fast paced which means I read them fast. Tony Habits was interesting and I may re-read bits in the future when my life is more stable. I like the movie of Staff at and while it is based on the book they are actually quite different in parts which threw me a bit but enjoyable nonetheless. The Ragged Edge of Night is a WWII story based in Germany and was a good read. No great drama but plenty of interesting twists.

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FO: Bluebell door embroidery

Been quietly working away on this embroidery. It’s a 6 inch hoop stitched from one of my drawings.

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FO: Altheda Sweater

A finished object in a Friday, fancy that.

This is the Altheda Sweater by Jennifer Steingass knit in Ashford Tekapo 8ply. I am super happy with how it’s turned out. The right amount of slouchiness and the yoke is great. I had fun knitting this even if the body was a bit of a slog at times. I look forward to hearing it but may not get to much as we are coming into warmer weather and it’s a lovely warm one.

Pattern: Altheda Sweater by Jennifer Steingass on Ravelry.

Yarn: Ashford Tekapo 8ply in Charcoal and Silver

Needles: 3.75mm

Ravelry project page: here

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September books

I got off to a good start this month and flew through the whole trilogy starting with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. And then I slowed down a while bunch. I’d thought there was another one I read but I can’t work out what it was.

The trilogy was really good but I found the end a little odd. It sets up for future story rather than concluding so it doesn’t quite stand on its own but as of now there is no follow-up.

Royal We was fun but a bit too much about people not like me (even excluding the whole royalty bit from the equation). 

Rivers of London was interesting and I’m planning on reading further books but not just yet.

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FO: Door Embroidery

Based on a drawing of mine, stitched entirely in a single strand of black embroidery floss. I’m really happy with how it came out.

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