So don't fall off your chair, but I might just have pulled off two weeks in a row (although that does actually depend on me pressing publish!)
This first picture is a ravelry pattern which I thought would make a good gift for a friend who has just had a baby boy. (I've looked through all the patterns on ravelry and for some weird reason, none of them look familiar so I'm not sure which one I used!) I made it with two different yarns, Picasso by Robin and Sirdar Click both at a bulky weight, so the finished blanket was quite heavy, I'm not sure if this would make a better floor mat for that reason. I've wanted to make a star since seeing the beautiful one made on HillyTownBlue probably over a year ago. Mine didn't end up growing that big and I think I maybe didn't count carefully as it didn't sit as well as it might have.....
I hoped my Miranda would have been finished this week, but I have still not been able to cast on for the hood.....but I am getting there.....maybe next week.
Well this week, as I told you last Sunday, my friend and I went to Christmas Crafts at the NEC in Birmingham. I was lucky enough to win tickets from Sarah at Crafts from the Cwtch
There was plenty to see, do and to spend your pennies on. We tried our hands at some Decopatch and also Fimo modelling. We also spent ages rifling through this huge pile of reduced wool at one stall, it would have been tempting to just launch yourself in, but I restrained myself!
So I bought..........some yarn, some bags of ribbon, some decopatch bits and bobs (see the big ram's head?) a rainbow quilt starter set from Dickory Dock Designs (a lovely stall with so many colourful fabriccy things for kids), some paper strips to make 3-D stars for the Christmas tree, some embossing inks and powders...oh, and lots of inspiration (which was free!)
(My friend's fimo creations left, mine right)
The fimo tutorial was brilliant, I learnt a few techniques which were just genius and I brought my little stash of things home and baked them in the oven.
Anyway, I know this post has been a little off track, but wanted to share my lovely day with you all....I know that some of the makes that I show off in future will have been inspired by this day out.
I felt quite christmassy seeing all the festive ideas around me, so I thought I would put together a couple of things to offer as a giveaway on my blog.
So here you are, if you would like to have a chance to win the above Scandinavian Christmas 3-D Star Kit (plus a few extra bits to inspire you, hopefully), then leave a comment below. I'm not worrying about where it gets posted to, so go right ahead and add your name to the hat, why don't you!
To see other Year of Project work, check out the Ravelry page here.