A hump day victory, plus revealing the Granny Stripe Beast!

Something rather wonderful and unexpected happened last week. Out of the blue the number of hits to my blog just exploded! I occasionally get a bit of a boost if someone links to one of my patterns, or if a picture gets re-pinned on Pinterest, but this was just bonkers! Every time I hit refresh the numbers just climbed higher!

When I checked where the referrals were coming from I found that the latest project I’d added to the Hookin’ on Hump Day link party (jointly hosted by Moogly and Petals to Picots) had been the third most clicked that week, and so had been featured at the top of the post for the next link party! It was being featured that caused my hits to rocket rather than the initial round of clicking (does that even make sense?), and the project in question was the crochet bag I made my mum for Mothers’ Day using Lucy of Attic24’s Jolly Chunky Bag pattern.Happy crochet bagI left a message on Lucy’s blog to say thank you for her lovely pattern and to let her know that my version had done so well on HOHD but I don’t know if she has seen it. Continue reading

Crocheted rainbow ripple star blanket in all its technicolour beauty!

You’d be forgiven for believing that I managed to knit and crochet myself into a coma this month, and whilst at times it was a close thing, it’s really been procrastination that’s kept me from blogging recently. That and food, oh god, so much food! Christmas dinner, Boxing Day lunch with the faaaaamily and then Turkey Soup Day after that (nephling no 1 is campaigning for for the latter to be made an official national holiday). Can you picture Jabba the Hutt with a lap full of crochet blanket and a cat sitting on each side like a pair of furry bookends? Because that is me right now.

Between all the eating, I did manage to exchange gifts with my nearest and dearest, which means I can now start to share pictures of the things I’ve been making.

Remember I teased you with this picture last month?

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Hulk inspired crochet blanket plus pink sock monkey

October is usually the time I start worrying about making Christmas presents for my family, but a run of niecling and nephling birthdays from mid-august means that I’ve had plenty of gifts to make well before the dreaded December deadline. I try not to post pictures of something I’ve made as a gift before I’ve given it to its intended recipient, so it’s easy for them to get overlooked on this blog in favour of projects that I can show off the second I’ve finished them.

So, with apologies to niecling no 2 who is still waiting for the circle skirt I promised her (shhh! I think she’s forgotten!), let’s start with niecling no 3. Continue reading