A slight obsession with books

Crafts, cats and books


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Coast Ripple Blanket #5

The Ripple blanket has come back out to play after last being worked on about four years ago. This is what it looked like when I put it away to do some shinier, newer projects.

Ripple-07 And this is what it looks like now.  I haven’t got much done, only 9 rows but I’d forgotten just how lovely and soft the Stylecraft DK is to work with. As it’s a simple pattern, I can do this while watching TV so I’m hoping to get it done fairly soon, and then I may do a smaller project or two, or I may carry on with Arizona and get that finished.

Last week I spent some time tidying and adding my yarn to Ravelry. I do have rather a lot, and my yarn boxes and drawers are full. Very full. I decided that I really needed to use a lot of it up before buying any more. So, no more trips to Aldi when the craft stuff is in, and definitely no more projects being started until the existing WIPs are complete.

Guess how long that resolve lasted? Right up until we went into Aldi for grocery shopping and found yarn there. Ok, so I only bought three packs, but one of them was such a good match to my winter coat, that I made a scarf in it. It’s a lovely squishy, chunky yarn and I decided to use Waffle stitch to make a textured scarf that’d be fairly stiff. The yarn is So Crafty Knit & Purl baby yarn and there were 4 100g balls in the pack. Just the right amount to make a scarf that can be worn like this. It’s incredibly warm, soft and snuggly so will be perfect for next winter.

A close up of the waffle stitch. The yarn was lovely to work with. I’d describe it as a chenille. No splitting and it flowed off the hook. It’d be great for making something like a loose cardi or jacket, instead of living in fleeces all the time.

Hopefully I’ll get back to the ripple now and have some decent progress to show soon.


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Perpetual organiser #02

This is another mini book designed by Cal Summers from the Facebook page Paper Scissors Story. I’m trying to use existing stash for projects but the kit for this was so lovely that I couldn’t resist getting it from Scraplab. The papers are calendar themed and simply beautiful. They’re Fashion Forward by Graphic 45.

It’s finished! I’ve really enjoyed making this one. It’s such a clever design and the papers that I used are gorgeous. I’m going to use it as a wellness log which will record and encourage to hopefully promote an improvement in physical and mental health.

This is the front cover. It has a large pocket on the front with a flap that has a magnetic closure and a shaker pocket. Inside are six pages, each with a double insert. The first thing you see when you open the book is January. These pages have one large pocket which I’ve used for an insert to record daily achievements.

The page opens out to reveal three stacked pockets on the reverse of the large one. Those are being used for inserts to record daily exercise, progress with physical fitness and a migraine log. I may add more inserts as I think of more things to record but I’m happy with the ones I have so far.

I won’t show you all the flip-sides, but these are the large pocket pages for each month. I haven’t printed all the inserts yet. I can do that as I go along.

The kit came with a lovely Safimel charm that’s meant to go on the spine. Unfortunately, my mini books live on a small shelf unit above my desk and the shelves aren’t quite tall enough for the book so it’s having to lie on its side at the moment. I don’t want the charm dangling off the edge – too tempting for the cats, so I’ve left it off until I can find a solution. I’m now working on another of the organisers, using paper pads from The Works. I’m going to use it as a craft organiser. Sneak peek above 🙂


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SAL – I never finish #01

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I started and finished a wee project that’s been in my stash for years.

Last time I showed you the stash photo with that gorgeous orange fabric and some pretty Threadworx thread. This is what I made with it. Hopefully I’ll be proving that saying wrong LOL

The chart was bought from Etsy, from Nerdy Little Stitcher. I ignored the colour suggestions as I wanted to use the colour-changing thread. The fabric is from Sparklies and is 28 ct Britney in Pumpkin patch.

It’s a lot smaller than I remembered from when I put the kit together so I’m going to do another smaller project before going back to Precious Dreams. I’ve just spent some time some prepping a few small kits so they’re all ready to go. I’ve replaced the horrible aida with some nice soft 32 count Murano, and have put all the threads onto the cards and marked them with the symbols.

I’ve made a start on one of them. Just a few stitches, mind. Can you guess what it is? LOL Also, I’ve just noticed that there’s a cat hair on there already!

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, CindyHeidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, DeborahMary Margaret, ReneeCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.


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Perpetual organiser #01

This is another mini book designed by Cal Summers from the Facebook page Paper Scissors Story. I’m trying to use existing stash for projects but the kit for this was so lovely that I couldn’t resist getting it from Scraplab. The papers are calendar themed and simply beautiful. They’re Fashion Forward by Graphic 45.

It’s a larger project than the others that I’ve done and I’m very behind on it as I’ve been unwell. I’ve just finished part two of four and wanted to post an update on it before continuing. I’m really chuffed with it so far, even if I did have to remake the cover after sticking the hinges on slightly wonky. I’m going to use the wonky cover for something else so it won’t be wasted, but as this is something that will hopefully be used for years, I want to make it as near perfect as I can.

So far, I’ve made the cover and added the hinges. I added the base pages to the hinges and decorated them. That was part one. Part two was to make the pocket pages, which insert into the base pages. The next step is to decorate those, which is underway at the moment. It’s looking really pretty.

Hopefully more pics to come soon.

 


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SAL – Precious dreams #09

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve got a little bit more done on Precious Dreams.

This is where it was up to last time.
And this is it with page four finished. I took out all the orange thread that I’d used for gridding. That was fun! I’d worried that it would split as I stitched round it as it was only normal sewing thread. I was right. In hindsight, I should have waited until I had the proper stuff to grid with but it was several years ago that I started this project and I didn’t know about the proper stuff then. It’s all out now though and I’ve replaced it on the lower pages so I won’t have the same problem.

I’ve tidied up the parked threads and grouped them by page but I haven’t de-fluffed yet. I’m quite worried about the amount of fluff on this. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get it all off as it’s stitched in. Hopefully when this makes it onto the wall, you won’t be able to see it, or maybe it’ll just look like authentic texture LOL

I was very tempted to carry on with this for another page, but I’m going to stick to the plan and do a small project first. I’ve just finished prepping it, which didn’t take long as it only uses two colours. I’m not going to bother gridding as it’s very simple. Don’t you just love that fabric? Hopefully I can finish it by next update and then carry on with Precious Dreams.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, CindyHeidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, DeborahMary Margaret, ReneeCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.


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Hinged ring mini book #02

Last December Cal did a tutorial in the FB Paper, Scissors, Story group for a wee little mini book that I thought would be perfect for some pictures of the cats. I loved it so much that I made a couple. I posted pics of the first one a few weeks ago. This is the second one, with mostly kitten pics in it.

This time I used some digital papers and embellishments. I spent a relaxing hour cutting them all out. The papers are lovely and printed beautifully. Luckily I don’t need to worry about how much ink I use as I have HP instant ink, which I think is a great idea. I get 50 pages per month for £1.99 and they send more ink as I need it. I never have to worry about running out of ink again. I just make sure to fill an A4 with photos or journaling or digital embellishments.

I used the Cat-itude bundle from Nitwit collections. There’s so much stuff in there. Great value, especially as I had a discount.

This is the inside with the pocket on the left and six cards hanging from the rings. With the cards folded up. These are the fronts of the six cards. And the backs. I may make another of these little books. They’re so quick to make. At the moment though I’m making a different mini book. It’s a much bigger project than the others that I’ve done but is going to be so useful as well as beautiful. I can’t wait to show you the finished item.


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SAL – Precious dreams #08

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve got a little bit more done on Precious Dreams.

This is where it was up to last time.And this is it now, with page three finished.
I was hoping to get page four done as well as it’s only two columns but just haven’t found the time to pick this up. At least page three is done though, and I’ve done the confetti on page four, what little there was. I only need to whizz down those last two columns with navy now and the top half is complete. I may do that before I put it away to play with something a bit less fiddly, so that I can show you a photo of all of the top half without the frame getting in the way.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, CindyHeidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, DeborahMary Margaret, ReneeCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.