I Crossed the Finish Line!

I Crossed the Finish Line!

Get out the best glasses, pop open the bubbly and let’s celebrate! I actually finished a project without starting another one and it’s not even a Christmas present. I can hear the applause (which is always welcome) Yes Und Granniers, I have finished the continuous granny square blanket and gifted it to my beautiful niece Olivia. She was so surprised when I gave it to her and she loves it. I was hoping that it would be the thing that sparked her interest in crochet or knitting…it didn’t. However, I am determined to keep trying in the hope that she will catch the bug and become my protege in the art of yarny crafts. Until then cutting and sticking will have to suffice.

Much as before, you saw what the blanket looked like and it remained that way but just got bigger.

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In total this blanket took me four days to make but I could have done it in two if I had sat down and solidly worked on it. It took four balls of the Aldi wool to make it and I have to say I am so happy with how it has turned out.

Keep your eyes peeled for further updates on other projects.

Happy Crafting!

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Not Another Blanket

Not Another Blanket

I am by nature a very fickle crafter. I was shopping in Aldi when I found myself in the middle aisle where all of the curious treasures can be found. If you don’t know, the middle aisle of Aldi constantly changes and holds some real gems…and sometimes tat. However, on this particular shopping day I found some gems. Yarn! Lots of it. They are selling 500g balls of Aran wool in burgundy, navy and cream as well as chunky baby yarn which is oh so soft. Some of it is in block colours such as pastel yellow, light grey with little sparkle; whilst others are multi coloured – blue/purple and what I like to call peach and strawberry. They are also selling fine sparkly wool and that weird bobble wool which I have no idea how to use. Not only is this wool good quality but it is also absurdly cheap. The wool comes in packs of four (except for the Aran that is one large ball) and retails for about £3.50. Yes, that’s right £3.50.

So as you can imagine I went a little crazy and bought a lot. I bought two balls of the burgundy Aran, one pack of lemon, one pack of sparkly grey and one pack of peaches and strawberry chunky baby yarn. I’ve nearly finished a baby blanket in the lemon wool for a woman at work who is expecting around Easter. I haven’t decided what I want to do with the Aran yet but I’m thinking a semi chunky jumper, thoughts? With the remaining wool I’m making a continuous granny square blanket. I decided to do a continuous granny square because I hate having to sew individual squares together. Maybe this is something I should aim to do this year, making a granny square blanket. I always love other people’s blankets that I’ve seen or the ones that I’ve admired in my countless craft books. Patience is much needed for that sort of project and I just get itchy fingers to start a new one. Like I said, fickle.

Nevertheless, I have started a new blanket. It’s a very simple repeat pattern that is ideal for any beginners, made up of treble crochets, it crochets up very quickly (much to my pleasure) I’m hoping to use both the peaches and strawberry wool and the grey wool together to make this blanket. I have no idea who it is going to be for but we’ll find out soon enough.

Here are a few pictures of where it is at so far…which is not very far. I have the intention of making this a large blanket that is fit for snuggling under.

It’s a really lovely yarn to work with and with it being a chunky wool and working with a size 6 hook the blanket is growing quickly. If I can make something beautiful in a short period of time that makes me happy.

So there you have it another project, how long this one will take to complete…no idea. Will it sit in WIP (work in progress) pile for months before I pick it up again, very possible but let us hope for the best. Considering I’m on half term I should really be able to complete it this week.

Happy Crafting!

Bonny Bunting

Bonny Bunting

Well, university is over and the job hunt is afoot. I survived three very hard years with unimaginable challenges. University was one of the best things that I have ever done for myself. I have loved the past three years as I have learnt things and had new experiences. My final year of university was by far the hardest in both a personal and academic sense. The call of the dissertation is a dreaded one! This will inevitably invoke the art of procrastination…which we all know students become Jedi masters at. Nevertheless perseverance is the key to success and success was had even under the most debilitating of circumstances.

However, with that now being firmly behind me I intend to move onward and upward! This includes current employment (I say the job hunt is afoot it is now at a conclusion) I have managed to secure the perfect job for me. This being a teaching assistant in a primary school. I am working with Year 6 students which is quite a jump from Reception and is a little bit of a shock to the system but I love it nonetheless. With SAT’s being a fundamental aspect of Year 6, stressed out students will no doubt follow behind. No matter how much preparation and planning we put into getting our students ready, they will feel the pressure of having to sit a test that will impact their starting point at secondary school. To help combat the stress and anxiety I have hatched a plan to do therapy/calming/unwind-esque sessions. One of these will of course be related to knitting. It will be open to both boys and girls but we will have to wait and see who are the takers. I want it to be a safe space for the children to come away from the slog of test papers and have a stitch and bitch ‘Year 6 style’.

Unsurprisingly I have digressed and gotten carried away on a train of thought. I will come back to these therapy session ideas at a later date. For now though onto the topic of Bonny Bunting. As you can gather by the title this particular piece is to do with bunting. Blend It Like Saza asked me to make some bunting to help decorate her bedroom which she was in the process of doing. The bunting that I made was crocheted and so easy to do, it was just a series of increases. I chose the colours that matched her room resulting in quite an earthy bunting.

 

Crocheted on a 5 mm hook in double knit acrylic yarn, it was made in spitting time. It was the first time that I had made bunting and I was so pleased with the finished product. So much so that I have decided to make it in a new colour theme…can you guess?

CHRISTMAS!

Yes, that is right, I am making Christmas bunting this year to decorate either my bedroom or the front room. I can’t decide just yet, thoughts? With the Bonny Bunting I only made the triangles in block colours as I wasn’t confident enough to try and stripe some of them. However, for the Christmas bunting I intend on making it fabulous darling. It will be in the classic red, green and white colour scheme but that is not all. Some will be striped and look like a candy cane or even elf on the shelf triangles. Some will even have pieces appliqued onto them including holly and snowflakes. You know me, classy isn’t necessarily my style when it comes to Christmas…gaudy is more what comes to mind. I mean it’s Christmas if you can’t then, then when can you eh? (Name that Christmas film) I will be getting onto Christmas themed goodies pretty soon so keep your peepers peeled.

I hope that you are all well and are beginning to find the path you want to travel on or if you are just starting on it, I hope that it leads you to where you want to be.

Happy Crafting!

Not My Style Challenge: Accepted

Not My Style Challenge: Accepted

As some of you may know I was nominated by Blend It Like Saza to do her, ‘Not my style’ challenge. After she trialed blue eye shadow (which looked fabulous darling!) I was challenged to try green. Now don’t get me wrong I have tried green eye shadow and admittedly own some but I never made it look all that good. Some may say that the look I concocted isn’t too appealing and it took me quite some time to get accustomed to it. However overall I was very happy with it and this is what it looked like:

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To begin with I thought that I looked like a tree with the combination of the browns and green; but as I stared at myself in the mirror as though I were Narcissus it gradually grew on me.

I achieved this look by using my new love! The I Heart Make Up Chocolate Bar Palette has become my go to everyday since I bought it, and yes I intend to buy a few more palettes from the collection. It is a drugstore dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (though it too is beautiful I Heart Make Up prices have my heart). The product itself smells like chocolate which is always a bonus for a chocolate addict like myself and the formula is lovely. The shadows are very pigmented and blend oh so lovely. The packaging is brilliant as it looks like a partially melted chocolate bar (now who doesn’t love a bit of melted chocolate?)

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To start the eye look I put shadow 1 through my crease as it adds a lovely warm hue to the look. As usual I built this to quite an intense colour as it is my favourite colour in the palette so I have a tendency to get a bit heavy handed. Following from that I put shadow 2 about two-thirds of the way through my crease and a little lower down so that the caramel shade could be seen above it. Once that was blended out I applied shadow 3 to the outer third of my eye and softly blended it to prevent any harsh lines. To balance the look and stop my eyelids from looking like they were about to give way from the weight of the shadow, I took shadow 2 under my lash line to create a smoothish line (I am no expert when it comes to this lark I just know I am slightly addicted). Now was the point where I added the green shadow to the look.

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This came from an old friend, my Miss Sporty Army Style Smokey. I only used the green on the bottom left and I packed that only my eyelid and up to my crease. After that I then went back into the crease with shadow 2 from the chocolate palette to blend any harsh lines. To highlight my inner corner I chose shadow 4 and packed that on to add a real pop of colour (The intention is to blind others not yourself). Finally I finished the look by highlighting under my brow bone with shadow 5, then curled my eyelashes and applied Rimmel’s Supercurler Mascara in Extreme Black (my holy grail mascara). To bring it all together I used my current beau brown lipstick, Maybelline Coloursens Matte Nude Lipstick in Brown Sugar  (every time I pick it up I start singing the Rolling Stone’s song)

I won’t bore you with all the other products I used to beat my face with but I will leave artistically taken photos down below for you to peruse. If you want to know shades or what I think of them don’t be afraid to ask.

This has given me some inspiration as to the eye make up that I will be doing for Paddy’s Day (only 22 days to go if you were wondering) But you never can tell I may decide on something completely different by the time it comes around.

So I’ve whittled on enough but I will say I enjoyed doing this look and am considering doing another using this palette.

See you next time!

Fabulous photos of the products tools used on my face:

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

You are probably disgusted with me considering I have not been around for…well let’s not dwell on that. Again I must apologise Und Grannier’s but by now you should know I am not a reliable source for regular updates. Nevertheless on to new things, after much convincing Blend It Like Saza has convinced me to change the forum in which I write my ramblings. For as much as I enjoyed my last platform I like the idea of a more personable environment with which I can communicate with my Und Grannier’s. Alongside the new look of this blog there will also be a few new topics that I will be rambling about.

(Just a side note) all of my previous blog posts have moved home with me so you can always go back and read on the previous pieces as you desire. Reminding yourself of any marvelous pieces I’ve written… *cough* moving on.

The next couple of pieces that will be appearing on here are to do with lifestyle. What I mean is I’m not about to spout about keeping New Year’s resolutions which we all know are down the toilet. Nor am I going to be telling you how to keep fit and healthy because I am no hypocrite. What I am going to rambling on about is how to keep organised and how to make your space welcoming. I know everyone has there own style of doing things this just happens to be mine, like it or leave it. The reason for this change in topic is because of a change to my environment. The end of my degree is looming and with only two months left to get my dissertation and two additional pieces finished, my stress and anxiety levels have gone through the roof.

So after much procrastination (which will get you nowhere) and much stress texting to Blend It Like Saza, I have emerged with a clearer path ahead of me. Through the power of writing I can confidently say that I am feeling much more comfortable with how I am going to tackle the next coming months. I won’t repeat myself regarding my gingerbread man oracle, you’ll have to go over to Instagram (undgranny) to read about him. No, today is going to be about the advantages of a calendar. You may think this an obvious one but until this year I had most definitely underrated the effectiveness of a calendar.

Again, I was having a crisis about my work and my life in general when I decided the best thing to do was to purchase a calendar. This way I could get all of the dates and information I had stored in my head down so that I wouldn’t forget about anything. And what do you know, it worked. However, it is not just your usual humdrum calendar with cute puppies on it.  This one is made to inspire! It is bursting with colour and every month has an inspirational quote to get you through that month.

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I find that I work better when things are stimulating and colourful, so I decided to go one step further and got out my Sharpies (not genuine that’s far too expensive for a student) and jazzed up the significant dates on the calendar. Doodles to break up the monotony of black and white squares. Things to draw your eye and to remind you that something is coming up. There are even dates that aren’t significant, just that its the start of summer, but still it deserves a bit of love.

Yes, I even highlighted my submission dates because they ain’t going nowhere (sorry Mother) so there is little point in trying to avoid them. I feel that this has given me a drive to work at it and get what I need done.

I find that just by doing the doodles it helps to calm me and gives me a little breathing space from the slog of studying. Here are a few doodles that have helped to brighten up my space which is, admittedly already a colourful corner of my home.

Usually this is where I would sign off Happy Crafting! Today however for the purposes of a different topic we’ll mix it up.

Happy Doodling!

Lazy Sundays

Lazy Sundays

What’s better than a bit of crafting with Galaxy and Elf

I have yet again been a very bad blogger! (Please forgive me I don’t want to lose my Und Granniers) So I only did one blog post for November and now I am doing my first blog post of December, I can say with mild confidence this is not going to be the only one for December! I have been busy this past month with assignments so my absence has been warranted.

Anywho, it is now December which is extremely scary as the year has literally passed me by without me seeing it! My time here in Ireland is almost up and I will be going home in just under three weeks! As happy and excited as I am to be going home for Christmas I am going to miss everyone at Togher Girls School, my adopted family and my actual family. I have had the experience of a lifetime and have learnt and grown in so many ways.

So after submitting my essay this morning I have decided to have a truly lazy Sunday and am watching Christmas movies (Elf to start with) with a little chocolate and crocheting a Christmas present to boot. I can’t reveal what it is as the person who I am making it for may very well read this, so spoilers! It’s been a while since I’ve crocheted – I’ve done plenty of knitting but not a great deal of crocheting, so today is a lovely change.

I highly recommend the odd lazy Sunday especially with chocolate and Christmas movies, they are a great restorative and good for the soul. So this is me giving you a license to have that lazy Sunday and enjoy the end of the weekend before work resumes again on Monday.

I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday (or whatever day of the week you happen to be reading this on) and that you are ready for the week ahead. If your week is feeling a little daunting just remind yourself that you can do it and that anything you put your mind to is possible to achieve. Keep an eye out for the next installment to my ramblings as I can guarantee there will be more to come this month!

Happy Crafting!

I just want to say thank you

I just want to say thank you

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a while now but as usual there is always something else that crops up. One day I may become a consistent blogger i.e. when uni is over. Until then however sporadic posts will have to keep you going. I’ve also just realised that this is my first blog post of November! Can you believe it? Where has this year gone?!

So what is this big thank you about?

Well, this thank you is because you my lovely Und Grannier’s have managed to get my blog past the 500 views mark! Yes it is time for you to pat yourselves on the back. To be exact my blog is up to 525 views! (Admittedly quite a few of those were me checking up on my views and if the page looked pretty) That to me is an astounding number, though I know it is the same faithful few who come back (and who I am thanking muchly for your undying support)

Something that started as an accident (as most children do) has turned into something that I have grown to love. I dreamed of becoming an author as a child and that love for writing has never left me (Hey, you never know I may become a multimillionaire author like JK Rowling yet so keep your eyes peeled) I feel like this blog has become another creative outlet for me as trying to talk to people about knitting can be a bit awkward. Leaving some long silences in a conversation because the other person doesn’t really know what you’re talking about On here is a different story, I find that by adding humor (no matter how strange I may be, I mean it may be…) people seem to get what I’m talking about even if only a little bit.

Anywho, thanks for being my little band of Und Grannier’s following the trials and tribulations of my projects (whether I complete them or not) and for putting up with my ramblings. I just want to say a final thank you and to keep your eye out for the next post.

Happy Crafting!

P.S I promise I am going to do a blog post about my 7 year blanket it’s just that I don’t have a picture at the moment and since I’m in Ireland I can’t just run upstairs and quickly snap one.