Music

End of the week earworm

Today has been filled with coffee and cake and seeing people. It’s been quiet and  lovely. It’s also been accompanied by Lady Gaga’s Million Reasons. I love the song, the first time I heard it was when she sang it on Carpool Karaoke I actually paused the video so I could find out what the song was. It’s been a happy earworm to have so what better than to share it here too.

Life

A touch of herstory. 

I was going to write something about memory tonight but then YouTube listed this video for me and I loved it so thought I’d share it instead. March is Women’s History Month and the Girl Scouts of the USA did a photo shoot with some of their girls dressing up as iconic women throughout history.

This post includes the photos, I think my favourite might be mini Whoopi Goldberg.

Craft

The tiniest crafting.

Last week I shared this photo on my Instagram:


It got plenty of attention both there and on Facebook so I thought I’d blog about it. In the picture there are 10 pairs of bootees, 16 cardigans and 57 hats all in tiny sizes for premature babies. They were knitted by me and my mom over the last couple of years – I’ve got one storage box of baby yarn and and grab some out periodically to add a few more items to the pile.

 

The patterns all came from Bliss a few years ago. They’re not there any more, there are new patterns on the website instead, you can see them here.

On Saturday I went to my local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to deliver the parcel of knitting. While I was there they mentioned that their current priority wish for crafters is crocheted octopuses. These have been in the media quite a bit in recent weeks, I first heard about them and their benefits when a friend sent my this link from the Bournemouth Echo and had added them to my ever growing project list. Hearing how wanted they are has made me move them right up towards the top.

The link to the English language crochet pattern PDF is here. The nurse at the NICU told me that they’re best crocheted in 100% cotton yarn – this is both so they can be made sterile and because cotton yarn has a smooth finish which is a preferable texture. I’ve ordered some yarn so will have photos to share soon once I start making.

Craft

(False) Starts.

Over the weekend I started, finally, the year long stitchalong that I’ve subscribed to. I’m three months’ worth of patterns behind but getting the materials together and my move home have both delayed me. The delays aren’t over though, the fabric I’d ordered is far too light and now I need to order more – it’s dyed to order so it’ll be another few weeks before I can properly get started.

Today my cupcake themed mini stitchalong from the Geeky Stitching Company arrived and so tonight I got stuck straight into it.


It’s a decent sized project – I think it’ll be my crafty escape for the whole week at least. I’m looking forward to seeing the design grow, it will be framed in an oval hoop which will be something entirely new for me.

Craft · Libraries

Reading craft.

I spent this morning at The Hive, Worcester’s combined public and university library, poring over an armful of craft books:


I wasn’t entirely sure what I was looking for. There were two books I’d seen online but wanted the opportunity to check them out before I bought them. I grabbed a load of other books that grabbed my attention too, most of them pattern and technique type books but a few more theory type books. I feel very much that I want to be learning more about the history and background to the crafts I do – they’re so steeped in history and it feels important to understand where they’ve come from as well as be working out what I want to do with them. The options for this were pretty limited, the ones I grabbed weren’t really what I was looking for, but I’m only just starting to look at this so there’s plenty to do yet. 

The two books that I wanted to see – 100 Cross Stitch Card Designs by Joanne Sanderson and 1000 Mini Cross Stitch Motifs by Sharon Welsh are both ones that I will now buy (I have vouchers left from my birthday that have been waiting for me to choose something like this). They both look like they’ll add a lot to my cross stitch library and have some really nice, contemporary ideas. I’ll also be buying 100 Colourful Ripple Stitches to Crochet by Leonie Morgan at some point in the nearish future – it has 50 different ripple stitch patterns (each is shown in 2 colourways which gives the 100 stitches in the title) and a small number of projects that use the stitches as examples of how you could use the stitches. There were quite a few stitches that I liked the look of – I can see plenty of smaller projects like cushions in my crocheting future.

In the meantime I’ll keep looking for my history books (any recommendations will be gratefully received), and look forward to plenty of time planning new projects.