Crochet Bible – Part One (and WIPs)

My Crochet Project Bible

Back at the end of May, I received a lovely copy of My Crochet Project Bible from Stationery Geek. I had seen it on one of the groups that I am part of and decided that I would take a look. I was sent a copy of My Crochet Project Bible for a blog post and review.

I’m the worst for starting multiple projects at one. As I write this post I have at least four projects on the go even though I told myself at the beginning of the year I wouldn’t start new projects until I cleared the backlog!

I hope to post a picture of my well loved copied in a few weeks or a few months so that it can be seen how it works.

I posted an unboxing video to my YouTube channel to start the ball rolling – I got a bit excited and Jaxon was trying to assist me!

Positives

Every scribble is in the same place – rather than on scraps of paper or post its tucked into my planner.

Conversion charts between US and UK terms – this is a life saver! I tend to be a bit picky about my patterns and even if I really love a pattern if it’s in US terms it puts me off. With the chart there in the first few pages it’s easier to translate the pattern and and get started.

Negatives

The grid seems to be a 3mm or 4mm grid rather than a 5mm like standard grid paper – if I could change it I would make this 5mm because it might be easier to plan out projects that way. You then know that one square on your plan should be 5cm for example on your actual pattern maybe?

Filmsy cover – a harder cover might work better when you’re trying to juggle crochet and the book but it works fine with the cardboard cover that it has.

You can purchase your own here, they also do other planning goodies. You can follow Stationery Geek on Facebook here and Twitter here. They are also on Instagram here.

Works in Progress

Temperature Blanket
Having spent a large chuck of time at Catalyst catching up (And then writing this post) I have actually started to fall behind again with this one due to getting caught up in other projects. Not good but it’s a year long project so will hopefully be able to work some more in it before the end of June.

Elmer Blanket
This one is for The 100 Days Project, I started this with my friend Jo and at the time it seemed like a great idea but we’re heading towards day 60 and funnily enough I’m behind on it! I am around day 25 I think so a lot to catch up on!

Secret Project
This one is a secret one, I’m not sure if the receiver will read this post but just in case they should stumble across it I will be vague. So I started making lots of the shape that I am doing to piece together into the final project. Each shape has multiple stages so I am trying to figure out whether it’s better to make a lots at stage one then move onto stage two or just make them one at a time. This means that I have a selection of half completed shapes. I think I need to focus on one version of the plan and then see how that works.

Currently – 15th June

Watching

I finished Grey’s Anatomy amongst other shows so ended up starting Chuck from the very beginning on Netflix. I think I’ve just finished Season 3 – this is not good! Netflix has this way of making you watch whole seasons without even really realising it! I think I probably need therapy or something like that! I have also been catching up on NCIS.

Reading

I’ve been good at reading this last week or so. A couple of weekends ago we ended up in the library so I got a new card and got Jaxon’s library card issued as he didn’t have one. I’d been told in the past that I would need to take his birth certificate with me and I think having to carry that around with me made me a little nervous. I went into the library and they explained that as I had a library card, I would count as his proof of address or something like that so we didn’t need the proof of Jaxon’s ID. I’ve finished According to Yes by Dawn French and started Boys Don’t Knit by Tom Easton. I’m also reading B-Side by Elle Field.

Listening

My Spotify playlist again – so currently on Rend Collective but have had Philippa Hanna amongst others earlier this evening.

Making 

Lots of things. I have a WIPs blog post coming up tomorrow so be sure to come back for a visit – I’ll post a link when it goes live.

Feeling 

Right now tired! I sort of took off two evenings this week to work on a crochet project and sort of just chill but it means that today I feel like I’m working extra hard to catch up (And it’s past midnight so technically tomorrow now). Today was kind of hard work as it was Our Sidekick’s LAC Review and I had to go with sword and shield at the ready and thankfully it wasn’t as bad as they have been in the past – I know Our Sidekick is currently counting down how many he has left before he no longer has to bother with LAC Reviews.

Planning 

Adventures – off on a field trip with my Mum tomorrow, then taking Jaxon on the coach to MK to visit the shopping centre and do some bits – really hoping they can stow the buggy in the luggage compartment – I couldn’t find any information on the website so making sure I catch the bus from the bus station rather than one of the smaller stops.

Loving 

 

The thunderstorms we’ve had. Just would be better if they could arrive when I have the opportunity to sit and watch them rather than charging around after Jaxon or working because he’s in bed.

Mud Mud Glorious Mud!


Earlier in the week I read an article about how kids are getting more allergies and are often sicker because they are spending less time outside playing. When we were kids I used to spend whole mornings or afternoons out in the garden with my Dad. I’m not sure I was ever good at the gardening but it was a good time. Jaxon is 23 months now and is already such an outdoor body. He loves being out in the garden or running round the park. When we were camping this year he loved being able just to potter round and play outside. We discovered in the last couple of weeks that he loves splashing in puddles. 

On Wednesday we ended up at the park with a friend and her son, Jaxon was having a wail of a time and found a couple of puddles that he decided to splash in. By the time we got back to the car I had to strip off his jogging bottoms and shoes because they were both so damp and muddy. He had thrown a little tantrum when I said it was time to go home but he’d had a great time and was happy that he’d been out to play. 

I posted the above picture on Instagram with the caption: 

When this is the result from a trip to the park it’s got to be good. Happy boy but muddy clothes equals happy mummy. I can fix mucky clothes and shoes lol. 

Making him happy or fixing the world so he can be happy isn’t something I can do easily but if stomping in a muddy puddle is what makes him happy then I will do all the washing in the world. Sometimes the washing machine isn’t going to keep up and might not always get the mud out but if Jaxon is happy that’s the main thing. 

Bring on more stomping in puddles!! 

Hey There…

Blogging

A long time a go in a galaxy not so far away, I started a blog.

Why I started a blog, I’m not 100% sure I wanted to learn web design and I had started with one of those cheesy free sites that had adverts round the outside and you could add cheesy glittery GIFs (before they were uncool and then came back again lol).

Chris wouldn’t let me make one of these sites when blogging on WordPress was within my reach for no charge. I started my first blog with all the crazy that, that entailed – I would write and write and write and hardly anyone I knew was reading it. I had some comments but not many – did that matter though? Nope probably not.

My blog has brought me various opportunities along the way which I have loved. We’ve played with a remote control helicopter, been to Butlins and been to a film screening, all because of my blog.

But over the years I think I have got caught up in what my blog should be rather than what I want it to be. I think like a lot of things it was something I felt had to be a set way to be taken seriously or be acknowledged. Was I ever going to be a famous blogger? Who knows – as I put it to someone the other day “I think I am a big fish in my little pond” or something like that. My little pond is probably the size of a puddle and doesn’t really account for anything but it’s a starting point. I’ve tried to come up with mad projects like the Julie/Julia Project (The original blog got taken down but some of the posts are copied verbatim into the Julie and Julia book by Julie Powell), having seen the film. I came home and cooked scrambled eggs even though it was like 9:30pm and I hated cooked. Similarly I came home having seen Eat Pray Love and wanted to pack my suitcase and escape to Italy for a few weeks (never did, Italy is still on the Wanderlust List).

So why am I writing this… in all truthfulness, I think trying to conform to something I’m not as far as blog was causing me a deal of stress. I’d get like writer’s guilt from not blogging, then write a sucky post that wasn’t me or was like a carbon copy of last week’s month’s post near enough word for word.

I’m therefore going to try to blog what I want to blog, in whatever version that comes. Maybe it’s wrong maybe it’s right, let’s see.

Want to come on the adventure with me?

Journal with Me {One}

I often watch Journal with Me videos (usually as a break from Thomas and sometimes because I just want to be inspired) – I love seeing what other people do in their journals and what techniques that they use. My favourites are Ali Brown, Mrs Brimbles and Geraldine Jayne.

Having figured out how to film POV videos I decided to give it a go and go for it properly once Jaxon was in bed one evening last week. Our Sidekick was super lovely while I was filming – he kept creeping around and quietly whispering to me, I said that I was going to speed it up and add music etc so it was okay to talk and yet he was still being super quiet in the background. At one point he brings me a drink and very very carefully tip toes his way around the room and leaves the drink for me when I’m finished – what a super star!

Take a look and let me know what you think.