I commissioned a blanket and gave it all of my crochet time. Which actually helped me focus on what I want to make for ME. So here are a few images of all my crochet crushes right now, not forgetting knitting which is also turning my head. I am all about the wearables.
I had a mini break in Skegness from 2-5 June 2017.
So many lovely memories made. Here is a snapshot of the hooky related moments.
Holiday prep -YARN!
Four days away, 6-ish hours car crochet time and how ever much time I could sneak in whilst being away. How much yarn would I need? How many projects would I need?! Like a suitcase full.
I decided to start another scrap yarn blanket, take my second hottie cover and my new socks I’ve cast on. Simple, easy portable projects.
I prepped a giant #HGDCScrapBallChallenge scrap skein the night before whilst watching Tomb Raider (Lara Croft is so badass) to take with me. I also started the foundation chain and first two rows of a granny square stripe blanket to work on in the car.
Darcy helped of course.
Friday. So much car crochet.
I crocheted on the beach.
Tanning and crochet work well on the UK coast as it is SO windy.
I crocheted on the park.
I crocheted whilst watching the Yarn Hoarder podcast on a chill afternoon whilst the kids watched crap cartoons and my cuz napped.
I crocheted before a night out.
Crochet and Presecco is BLISS
Check out my tan!
Car crochet on the way home was cut short due to extreme grogginess and wrist aches which meant that although I actually came close to running out of yarn despite feeling like I had over packed on the yarn (imagine how bad that would have sucked) thankfully I had about 50g to spare by the time I reached home. And the untouched hottie cover and cast on socks in my suitcase…
Granny Stripe info
I chained 182 for the foundation row. I have 60 granny treble clusters across. It measures 47in width.
I timed myself on a row which took me 10minutes and 19 seconds and I was by no means going flat out. I’ve rounded up to 11 mins x 54 rows. That is 9 hours and 9 minutes of crochet time altogether. WOW.
The glitter works so well in this blanket. Glitter yarn makes me happy.
Now I just need a name. Suggestions below please!
Book Worming is my jam
The book bug hit me hard on Sunday night and carried on through most the journey home. I got sucked into AngelFall by Susan EE. Penryn, the main character, is a badass female who can fight like a ninja, has a wheel chair bound baby sister to look after during the end of the world and a crush on a wingless angel. Yeah. Intense. Angel’s have always been my least favourite paranormal topic and I haven’t found a angel book that i’ve ever been into so I am pleasantly surprised this time round.
It also never ceases to amaze me how I can sit and read amongst the chaos of 5/6 kids running riot or generally creating a hella hullabaloo on a car ride and I can zone them all out to read (but still hum to the music or give a bum wiggle!). book worming is my jam.
It feels so good to be reading again! Use my side widget to follow me on GoodReads and recommend good reads for me. Has anyone read AngelFall?
My cuz and I are music mad and probs played it 24/7. She is an amazing singer and I just join in as back up. Booty shakes are the norm for us. I created a mini Spotify playlist here for the top ten songs we had on.
Does anyone have any mini trips planned? What are your travel crochet go tos? Let me know below.
I have a journal for pretty much every aspect of my life.
I have so many different journals I’ve created blog post series to cover them all.
Today I will briefly introduce them all and then show you around the journals I use for HGDC – craft and crochet journals.
‘Journal’ – like a typical ‘dear diary’, for all my emotions, thoughts and moments I want to keep (or never ever repeat ever again!).
Vision journal – Think Pinterest meets real paper. This journal is full of quotes, mantras and affirmations which I flick through when I am feeling negative in anyway + I am also a big vision board fan and made one for my 2017 goals.
Gym journal – I am a massive gym addict #GirlsWhoLift and I use this journal to track my progress, weight gain (yes GAIN), measurements, personal bests, food plans and training sessions.
Book journal – If I have read a book on my Kindle then I just click and highlight anything that resonates and it is added to my clippings. This journal is my physical booky book clippings.
Art journal – sketchbooks, I have a few of these hanging around, with pencil sketches and watercolour drawings on random pages. I would like to add to these but I am not willing to sacrifice the crochet time!
HGDC – I have both a planner and a journal. The planner has all of my on going crochet and knit projects. The journal contains all my notes and ideas for my blog, social media and a few projects I am dreaming into existence. The rest of this post will delve into this pair with a little tour.
Right now I am using this folder set up which I got from Wilkinson’s for around £3.00. Its a ring bound A5 sized clear cover with dividers, insertable booklets and zip pouches.
The purpose of the HGDC planner is to keep track of all my current projects and projects I am planning in one little handy place. I have found so many pro’s of keeping a crochet planner/journal my top ten are;
1. Keep track of hook sizes, yarn type and place purchased. 2. Plan WIPS before you start to prevent mass frogging, 3. Note down that amazing idea you have without losing it. 4. Queue the WIPS you want to start. 5. Log progress. 6. Keep track of your yarn stash. 7. Keep printed patterns from Raverly in one place. 8. Proof there is a method in my madness. 9. It looks so cute. 10.Everything is in one place!
The front page has to have ‘HG’ of course and a ton of decoration.
The dividers are covered in quotes and images + inspiration making a junk journalling/smashbooking/scrap booking hybrid for yarn.
As added embellsihment I have parts of the super cute packaging from my original Queen G bag that Miki from SFMGS.co.uk sent to me as a moving in present. Go check out her out if you haven’t already for trillions of amazing free mandalas and all the emojis.
Sneak peak: the granny square might be the start of a new WIP using Miki’s idea to create a never ending granny square using the #HGDCScrapYarn Challenge. Progress pictures soon!
The planner has notebooks with squared paper and lined paper. The squared paper acts as graph paper for C2C projects floating around my mind. Yet to materialise in crochet form…
The lined notebook is handy to keep business cards of the indie dyers I buy from, yarn tags with swatches and colour ways noted. I keep notes on the hook sizes I am using because I have eight or nine WIPS and sometimes with delays in returning to a WIP I have forgotten the hook size and then have to resort to stalking my own IG or camera roll to try glimpse it. I have done this numerous times. Such a frustrating use of crochet time.
Oh and here is the cute message from Rosie from @Pixelatlantis when I won her mini skein giveaway.
I have also included a yarn colour card for a blanket WIP. I used the colour card to plan out how many of each coloured square I needed and found it really handy to have with me in yarn shops so I could select complementing colours – or just not double up on a colour I already had stashed. See organised buying. Totally justified.
In the zip pouches I have been storing my new circulars and some gold thread to create glitter yarn. Glitter all the yarn.
I use my HGDC journal as a way to keep all my ideas, thoughts, plans and to do lists together for a secret project I hope to launch soon. I collect information on everything so I have pages on blogging, social media, accounting, business start-ups, marketing and research. Every other page is a mind dump where I scribble every idea fizzing inside to keep them safe and keep my head clear. I am so excited to share it all and super nervous to top it off.
My HGDC Journal is chock full of inspirational quotes obvs. Currently heavily featuring #GIRLBOSS (a must read).
So that is it for this week. My HGDC planner and journal.
Are you a journaller? Do you keep a crochet or craft journal? Let me know in the comments.
Thank you for joining me on my mini tour lovelies.
Next in the series will be my ‘Journal’ journals. How I use them to stay sane and capture memories. See you then.
Hey Tribe, Insta followers (my wonderful tribe) will have seen my posts about my latest crochet obsession. Stash busting scrap yarn blankets.
Why stash busting scrap yarn blankets?
Basically because, well – adulting.
I touched upon my new crochet habits in my first blog post HGDesignsCrochet – A Crochet Blog. Since moving into my own little place I haven’t had as much spare dolla to splash on yarn (sigh) and in actually having to pack up my stash I rudely realised how MUCH yarn I own. Like so, so much yarn. More adulting realisations, my place is tiny cute, so storage is sacred. There are not so many hiding places for yarn. I had an entire wall of built in wardrobes at the folks and trust me you could cram that solid!
And, I confess, I want to buy lots of new squishy yarn to start a few (hundred) colour co-ordinating blankets so I need the space for the said new yarn. It would be amazing to purchase said squishy new yarn because its actually needed and would be guilt free because i’ve depleted my stash. Imagine that. Wow. So new adulting miss independently living me became a stash busting scrap yarn boss. Yeah hashtag that.
I admit (begrudgingly) that I have a lot of yarn and I don’t need to buy more to make a million blankets (my project of choice always). How to work in all those scraps? With the #HGDCScrapBallChallenge.
Here is a mini pictutorial on how to make the #ScrapYarnBalls to take part in #HGDCScrapBallChallenge.
I collected together all my leftovers, scrap yarn, rejected abandoned half used balls, test swatches, and yarn barf. Yarn barf is the yarn that tangles in the bottom of your project bags. You all have yarn barf issues.Then I made scrap yarn balls.
Take two ends and knot together
Begin winding on your fingers to start a mini skein
Knot each end, as you reach, it to another scrap
Until you have your very own scrap yarn balls
Make a million of them
Start making your stash busting scrap yarn blankets. Just like mine.
You can follow its growth on insta with hashtag #HGDC_Scraptastic
Ready? Get set, GO!
Ready? Raid those yarn stashes and get making scrap yarn balls. Tag your pretties with #HGDCScrapYarnBallChallenge so I can shower your Insta and Twitter with love and so I can show you off in my #SaturdayShoutOuts. A special thank you to @nai_nai_makes for starting the challenge hashtag. I told you I have a wonderful tribe didn’t I.
Be sure to visit soon. In next weeks post I am showing off my first finished stash busting scrap yarn blanket, Scraptastic. Plus I will be show casing some of the tribes’ #HGDCScrapYarnBallChallenge blankets too.