Thursday, 27 February 2014

Normal life is getting in the way of my crocheting!

Feel like normal life is stopping my crocheting at the minute which makes me really unhappy. Crocheting makes me happy and relaxes me so when I don't get time to sit and do it I feel like I'm missing out!

I finally got my robot finished, had a few problems getting the neck right, I kept making it too tall and then his neck was flopping round all over the place. I think if I make another one I'll just forgo the neck all together

I'm still not 100% happy with the neck but to be honest I don't know if I ever will be haha. I have actually submitted this guy into the hobbycraft "make of the month" competition. Fingers crossed that they like it!

Now that this is done I can get back to working on my doll prototype. Me and one of my friends (and also one of my crochet protegees) decided to look into starting up a little business making customised dolls and I'm currently in charge of designing the basic pattern. At the minute shes just being made out of odd bits of yarn that are lurking at the bottom of my craft ottoman (I have so much yarn I need a whole ottoman for it haha), that's why she's in some odd colours. For some reason she really scares my 18 year old sister, she says its the eyelashes but they're  not very clear on the photo because of all her hair! We've decided to call them "Yaya Dolls" after my lovely nan who taught me to crochet.

My boyfriend has also requested an A.W.E.S.O.M.-O. toy for his desk. For the people who are not avid South Park fans its from an episode where Cartman pretends to be a robot.

I've already sketched out a rough pattern for it so I can get started on it soon

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Early Spring Clean

Today I spent my whole day cleaning my house - I hate cleaning. I always find it amazing how it only takes a few busy days where you don't have time to do your everyday chores and the house turns into a huge mess! Also every time I thought I'd finished I managed to find something else to do.

So it was lovely this evening to just have a bath and then snuggle under a blanket with my crocheting. As I mentioned in my last post I've started my Valentines Robot. I've done a rough (very bad) sketch. Does anyone else use diagrams for their patters or just me?

Started actually crocheting the Robot at work on Friday and managed to get his head finished:

I decided to make it in separate sections and sew them together rather than making it in one piece to ensure that it gave a good cube-shape. I'm going to do the same with the body pieces I've made and then construct a neck to go in between the 2:

Thursday, 6 February 2014

How did it end up like this?

This felt like an apt name for both the blog overall and this post together. My yaya (my Greek grandmother) taught me to crochet when I was 10 and though I picked it up very quickly I soon got bored of it. My yaya only used to make tablecloths and duvet covers - neither of which held much interest for the 10 year old me. In September 2011 my yaya passed away and about a year later I decided to take up crocheting again in the form of amigurumi in order to try and feel closer to her. I picked it up again as if I'd never stopped and I haven't stopped since, its become a bit of an obsession (hence the title of the post). I currently work in a call centre and I sit and crochet at my desk while waiting for phone calls and have taught a few of my colleagues to crochet as well. I have dabbled in crochet outside of amigurumi but I always come back to it. I just find it so versatile and with only a few slight changes to a pattern you can me something completely your own. I tend to buy amigurumi books for inspiration and then design my own patterns from there. 

I have a horrible habit of not quite finishing my crochet projects and part of my New Years resolution was to lose this habit. I thought that if I was posting pictures and blogs of things I was making online it might help push me to finish things.

So onto my next project.....Valentines Robot :)