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FO – Orbit the dragons

Hello lovely readers!

I made it, I finally managed to sew together my second Orbit the Dragon (pattern is from Projectarian) and take pictures. For some reason at the moment, I’m quite good at finishing things but not so good at taking pictures straight away, which means I end up with finished objects that I can’t really blog about (because I know that you’re probably like me and love pretty pictures!).

Anyway I digress! Here are my two finished dragons, I’m so happy with how they have turned out and I’m looking forward to my next amigurumi (I think I’m back into wanting to crochet more rather than knit).

Aren’t they cuties? The one we are keeping for baby is the one on the left (with the darker green and lighter belly) and the other will be gifted to one of my childhood friends also expecting a baby boy around the same time as us (it will be sent to France with my dad when he leaves after his visit).

I hope you’re all having a great weekend and I’ll be back tomorrow with progress on my EPP!

Emma

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WIP – Orbit the Dragon

Happy Monday readers!

I’m sorry I didn’t post progress shot earlier but I have been madly crocheting on my two dragons, hoping to finish them before the end of the month. Which means that I got my missing yarn last week, hurray!

I finished part two for both dragons on Friday and there were already a lot of parts! I do love how colourful they all look though.

And today, I finished part 3, which means that I only have the assembly left! I’m very excited to get both of those finished but I’m dreading all those small parts to sew on, especially as I intend to have those as baby toys, so everything needs to be extra secure.

I’ve been really enjoying making those, they are going to be so cute!

On other unrelated news, I just got informed that yesterday was my blog’s anniversary! I can’t believe that 3 years have passed already, and I really wanted to thank you, all my blogging friends, for still being here and being so amazing ❤️

I wish you all a great week

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WIP Wednesday – Orbit the dragon update

Happy Wednesday!

I promised you an update on Orbit the dragon and I have to say that this project has suffered major setbacks. The worst thing that can happen to any crocheter/knitter has happened, I ran out of yarn! and even worst, I have been searching for the same yarn for over 3 weeks now and I still haven’t been successful, as the shop I originally got it from stopped stocking it. I must have been to at least 4 different stores, both here in Melbourne and in Brisbane while I was away and still couldn’t find it so today I had to go to my LYS, which stocks the yarn but of course did not have the colour I was after. Thankfully the owners are great and they said they would order some for me, which should arrive next week, yay!

In the meantime though, I thought I would buy a skein of another green and that I would make another dragon, as I was planning on making two from the beginning (one for baby and one for another friend who is also expecting a little boy). Here is what I got so far with the second dragon, and I also put my first colour as a reference to show you that they are quite different (the lighter one is with the new yarn).

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My dark green yarn should arrive next week and I will hopefully be able to show you both of the dragons part 2 finished (there are 4 parts to this CAL in total). I really just can’t wait to get my hands on this yarn now, waiting is really not my forte and I’m getting frustrated with the whole thing.

What is the longest time you have been looking for yarn to finish a project? Are there some yarns that are more difficult to find where you live? I’d love to hear about it.

Anyway, I hope you are all having a good week and I’ll be back over the weekend for the Fantastic Bake-Along!

Emma

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FO Friday – Aragorn square

Happy Friday everyone!

I have exciting news, my thesis is due on Sunday but I have started the submission process today so I am officially done writing my thesis! It is really a great feeling and I’m so glad it’s done.

But of course you’re here for the crafty bits and I also have something quite exciting to share. Slowly but surely I am tackling the end of the LOTR blanket this year, and I have finished another square, Aragorn!

This means I only have 2 more squares to go before I can join my blanket. After over 2 years in the making I’m almost going to be as happy to finish it than I am to finish my thesis!

I have had issues staying motivated for such a long project, which is a shame because I love graphs and I would love to make more in the future. Do you have a secret to stay motivated on huge projects?

Have a great weekend!

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WIP Wednesday – Campfire cardigan

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Better late than never, I’ve finally made a start on my project for the granny along hosted by Rosina over at Zeens and Roger. This crochet along has been going since the beginning of Feb but with my stay overstate I just didn’t have time to start earlier. I was also pretty unsure about what project I wanted to make so I’ve left it to last minute (the CAL finished next Thursday on the 15th of March).

So finally today I chose a pattern, I’m making a cardigan for the coming winter. I have a couple of knitted jumpers already but I wanted something that I could just slip on, with sleeves to keep the chill away (unlike the kimono I currently have, which is great but has short sleeves). The pattern I chose is the Campfire Cardigan, which you can find for free on Make&DoCrew. I had never done a hexagon granny before and I’m loving it, the granny stitch is just so fast!

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Just from today, I’ve managed to make one of the sides and I’m well on my way with the second side. Next I will have to lengthen the bottom of the cardigan and the sleeves and I will have a perfectly snuggly new cardigan to wear! I don’t know if you can tell but I’m excited! This will have to be finished before Thursday next week, I should be okay but still, wish me luck!

What have you guys been working on?

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WIP Wednesday – baby whale

Happy Wednesday!

I have a confession to make, I am a bit late on my Christmas presents. Yep, you read that right, Christmas presents, at the end of January! As you may remember, I moved in October, so I haven’t actually seen some of my friends since then. I do have a trip to Queensland planned in the next couple of weeks though, and I really wanted to make cool presents for my friends.

I’ve actually had this project saved in my Ravelry queue for a while, and my friend loves marine animals so I thought this would be perfect!

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How cute is it already? The pattern is the Baby Humpback Whale from 1dogwoof. And it’s free! Can’t wait to finish this guy, he will just be the best huggable amigurumi 🐋

Have you decided to start a project you’ve had on your list for a while recently?

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WIP Wednesday – Christmoose

Happy Wednesday beautiful readers!

I hope that this last week before Christmas isn’t too crazy and that you are all getting into holiday mode. I have my last week of work before the holidays now and it’s been quite hard to stay focused when all I want to do is bake and craft!

You probably remember a few weeks back I participated in the Fantastic Creature Amigurumi design contest from amigurumipatterns.net. I wanted to say a very warm thank you to everyone who voted for me, it was my first participation and seriously it was awesome!

Wiley and Sandy did pretty good too, I was very excited to get over 500 votes with Sandy, it was really a great experience and I can’t wait for next year’s contest!

I did not win the contest (the first person had over 2000 votes for her design!) but I’m really happy with how I did and all the participants earned a place in the December ami-along hosted on amigurumipatterns.net. Which brings me to today’s WIP: meet my Christmoose! He is Sabrina Somers design for the December ami-along and he is adorable!

He tuned out so cute! I’m very excited to add the finishing touches: baubles in sparkly yarn! ✨

Are you currently participating in an Ami-along or have you participated before? I’d love to know!

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FO – Liula stole

Happy Wednesday lovely readers!

I’m a bit sad to announce that we had no trick or treaters yesterday, so I was a bit sad but on the other hand, more lollies for us, so still a win!

Today I’ve finished my Liula stole. The design is from Emma Potter from Potter & Bloom and I absolutely adored it! I started this last week on the 24th and I literally could not put it down! Emma was also organising a crochet-along for Liulas FO so I was able to enter it on her Ravelry thread. It was super fun to see everyone’s FO, they all look so great!

Here is mine, pretty good right?

What I loved is that the pattern calls specifically for a yarn cake in 4 ply, and I have to say I had been dying to try one of those! I actually found out that they sell some at Lincraft, which is an Australian craft store chain and I had to go and buy one. Because the Liula pattern is inspired by leaves, I chose rather autumnal colours and I love my new stole! I think it will get quite a bit of wear, especially because it’s still pretty cold here during spring.

Have you participated in any CAL recently? I’d love to know about them!

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LOTR CAL – Gandalf’s pipe square

Happy Monday lovely readers!

It has been a while but I have finally finished square 9 of my LOTR CAL! I have been seriously distracted by other projects but I hope that I can get back in the groove and finally get done with this huge blanket!

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It’s a very short one today because I’m actually at a conference all week and so I won’t have much time for blogging. I do hope you all have a great week and I’ll try to be back on Wednesday with some plane knitting updates 🙂

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New project bag

Happy Monday lovely readers!

This weekend I had some prime craft time while watching the Harry Potter movies 😊 I have been having yarn everywhere though lately and so I decided to make myself a new project bag to keep all my yarn in. I made it using calico and it’s actually pretty huge! I even put in a zipper and I was very please with how it turned out (excuse the wrinkledness, I still haven’t found my iron!)

You have probably noticed as well the red patch on the bag? Because the fabric is calico, I thought it would be cool to have a long term project to decorate the bag with cross stitch, and so I’ve made a start on this cute little star fish! I just love how tiny the stitches are and I’m sure it will look great once I’ve done more around it too.

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And lastly, I just wanted to show you what’s currently in the bag! My Blurre shawl from Addydae Designs 😍 I love everything about this shawl and I can’t wait to finish it, hopefully before the 30th of June so that I can enter it in the CAL!

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What have you guys been working on lately? Do you have project bags to keep your crafting area tidy(er)?

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