On blogging and other things

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I’ve realised, having read over my past posts, that I write very politely. (And I’m definitely not as nice and bubbly as I think this blog reflects.) I guess because when I started I was younger and not wanting to offend anyone. Knowing that I was blogging about work sometimes (and my manager read my blog) I watered down and happied-up a lot of what I put out there. I so wanted to reach into my screen and out of yours and scream “My life isn’t this impossibly lovely! I’m a real person and bad things happen to me too!”

So to make up for my previously mild-mannered posts: tits, poo, arse, willy, shit.

I stopped posting when my life turned downhill. I avoided posting things that reflected a lack of success or beauty. Not exactly the most realistic way to go about it!

So I think this time around I’m going to try and be a bit more genuine, rather than an obnoxiously happy crafting robot. Because it’s impossible to be as successful and overjoyed by absolutely everything as I made out the first time around. I’ve definitely grown away from my naive awmagawsh-everything-must-be-rainbows self, but I still want to keep a spark of that joy. I just want to feel like this blog is written by a real, living human too.

Life is far from perfect, but the thing I’m just learning is that it’s still worth blogging about.

And now that’s off my chest, I can get back to the knitting posts!

Lastly, here’s a photo of my cat, just cause I damn-well feel like it! (<= REFRESHING HONESTY)

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I’m back!

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Well, that was quite a break! There’s so much crafting to catch you up on. The fractious fair-isle jumper is complete. The hexipuff quilt is taking shape. I’ve made mittens, socks, hats, scarves and blankets. So, there’s probably going to be quite a bit of show and tell over the next few posts.

Here’s where the quilt is at:

I tried laying out the puffs with all the colours mottled together…

Matching puffs and feet!

Which looked gorgeous! But I found it hard to disperse colours evenly.

So I tried putting them into little clusters of like colours like this…

Hexiflowers

And this…

Hexiflowers 2

It makes them easier to put together and means I can join them as I go. This way I don’t have to wait until the very last puff to see how much I have of each colour and disperse them evenly throughout the quilt
It’s safe to say the quilt is going well. Slowly though, as I only just broke the 200 puff mark earlier this week. (Summer here is brutal and not ideal for hexipuffing!)
Here’s the Ravelry page for it all.

And just for a wee bit more eye-candy, here are some of the yarns…

Green yarns for quilt

Next time I can catch you up on my winter knits from last year. I made a bunch of things for my chilly travels to Europe which I’m pretty proud of :’) I also bought some lovely Shetland wool from the undeniably lovely Kathy’s Knits in Edinburgh and used it to make a traditional fair-isle tam on the teensiest needles imaginable.

Yes.
Next time.
You must hold me to that promise so I don’t neglect this blog for so long again!

Much appreciation to those of you who used to follow this blog, and I hope I continue to post things that interest you again.

timmy and puffs

Over and out.

(Temporary) Abdication Statement

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Dear reader,

I just want to profusely apologise for not doing a Fractious Fair Isle Friday post this week – not even on Saturday as is often the case when I forget. I’m giving the blog a rest for a little while. (I’m aware I’ll unwittingly make this post seem like an abdication speech or something hugely more important than the little explanation of my whereabouts it’s supposed to be. Watch out for that.)

Life gets in the way. I’m afraid that not only do I have less time to take photos and write, but I’m finding myself with less and less time to actually make things worth showing you. I’ll still be crafting. I’m sure that by now many of you have made note of my obsessive and prolific qualities and know that nothing could truly get in the way of that. And this may culminate in the rarest of posts.
But for now, I must say a temporary farewell to the world of craft blogging. I know, with absolute certainty, that when I return I will have numerous things to show you, but for now I just can’t commit to sharing them with such regularity.

I’ll admit, another part of this excuse is that I’m going to be participating in the Ravellenic games, which will require full devotion to an entirely new project that isn’t my Fair Isle sweater. I’m going with this cardigan by Amy Christoffers. (Finally some stash busting will take place when I put to use that rust-red Country 8ply!) That said, I’m skeptical about even finishing such a task with such limited time despite all that obsessive drive on my side. Feel free to stalk my progress on Ravelry.
In fact, if you have Ravelry, let me know. I’d love to have a sticky-beak at everyone’s projects, queues and favourites.

You know, I thought it would be cruel if I didn’t keep you sated with a few photos of my hexipuffs so far. So, here you go! I’ve made a few more since taking these, but the light has gone now.

You have all been really welcoming, encouraging, inspiring, and just generally wonderful. I’ve loved rifling through your blogs, and having you do the same to mine. Numerous thanks to you for commenting on, liking, and even just reading the self-indulgent ravings that plaster the pages of my blog.

Stay wonderful. Keep making stuff. May your stash prosper.
So on and so forth and farewell.
For now.

Darcy x

Fractious Fair Isle Friday #6

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Wowzers, we’re up to 6 weeks already! And I feel as if I really haven’t done quite as much as I should have. I am a little miffed by the fact that winter is almost over. It’s been sunny, and dare I say even humid here the last two days. Somewhat pleasant. But life’s also been very kerazy. I feel the misspelling of ‘crazy’ is necessary to convey just how crazy it has been this last week.

I know today is Saturday, not Friday, but if you could have witness the saga I experienced yesterday then you would most certainly understand why this post is belated. I won’t bore you with the finer details, but the general tale involved almost 6 hours of walking, a presumed pickpocketed wallet, accidentally joining a birthday party at an exclusive underground cocktail bar, and ice cream for dinner. At the time when I would have been sitting quietly at my desk at night, typing away to you dear reader, I was waiting for a train with my lovely friend who accompanied me on this wild adventure, overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge in all its brightly-lit glory. I’m not big on the whole touristy, iconic building thing, but it was quite a spectacle to behold. I tried my best to get a photo, but all I had on me was my phone and my laptop, neither of which did a satisfactory job.
And now this post has been more about why it’s not about what it should be about rather than about what it should have.

So anyway, in lieu of a post demonstrating any progress on the fair isle sweater (of which there is quite little) here is a photo of a couple of the hexipuffs made from all those lovely yarns I showed you last time, and also one of my finished cashmere cowl.

So what if my Fractious Fair Isle Friday posts aren’t actually always about the sweater? It’s just nice to have something compelling me to post more regularly!

Blogger Awards: Installment #2

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Rainbow Junkie nominated me a little while ago for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m really grateful. Even though I haven’t been blogging for all that long, it was really lovely to have someone come let me know they like what I’m doing. So thank you! I appreciate it.

People who are nominated are requested to do five things. They must:

  • Thank the person who gave them the award
  • Include a link to their blog – (which I have, here it is again!)
  • Tell seven things about themselves
  • Nominate 15 other blogs for the award (I couldn’t manage fifteen; I hope thirteen is okay.)
  • Tell them that they have been nominated

Now for seven ‘things’ about yours truly:

  1. I’m currently on a gap-year between high-school and university. I’ve taken the time off to work, be crafty, and later in the year, travel. It’s not turning out to be as relaxing as I had hoped, but I’m convinced that it was way better than jumping straight back into studying full-time. I’m enjoying myself.
  2. I know it’s becoming a ‘thing’ to be a tea drinker (and I kinda wanna say something along the lines of ‘I liked it before it was cool’, but I won’t…), but I can safely say that I doubt you know anyone who can pack away as much tea in a day as me. Actually, maybe not. I’ve noticed a lot of craft bloggers and suchlike are massive tea-fiends. Scratch all of that. I’m going to change this ‘thing’ to “I’m a massive tea-fiend” and leave it at that. I don’t want to start any arguments or tea-drinking competitions. Someone might get hurt.
  3. My most favourite part about working at the wool store is when we make little handwritten ‘With Compliments’ slips to send along with orders from our online store.
  4. Before knitting and crochet, for me, there was origami. My Nicky Epstein was Tomoko Fuse. My Elizabeth Zimmerman was Kunihiko Kasahara.
    My obsession started when I was about 9 when my friend Liam was making all these awesome modular shapes out of paper. I was so jealous of the way he could manipulate the 2D paper with his hands to create fantastic and intricate 3D models. That was it, I had to do it too.
    I haven’t made anything in ages, but here are some photos I found of things I made in early high-school.
  5. I have a very keen visual-spatial sense. It probably came about from doing all that origami. I can knit and crochet in my head. It’s kind of like I can create a 3D model that I can rotate in my mind. It’s great for problem solving issues with certain stitches, or for working out how to make stitch patterns or decreases perfectly symmetrical. My ability to problem solve only improves when I have the needles in my hands.
  6. I cry when I hear the theme to the ‘Babar’ TV show.
  7. Most of the time I’m wearing at least two pairs of socks. This is mainly because my feet are so narrow that very few pairs of shoes fit me properly. This has been the bane of my existence ever since I had to buy my very first pair of school shoes. Now, if I find a pair of shoes that fit comfortably, I buy a pair in two different colours because it’s such a rarity.

Okay, so those are my things about myself. Now for the less self-indulgent – and more fun – part of things. In no particular order, here are my rad and Versatile peeps!

Coffee and Lilacs

Not Your Average Crochet

SpiderWomanKnits

Obey Crochet

Say Yes to Hoboken

TECHknitting

Crochet made by Kate

knittingformentalhealth

Versatile Blogger Award

caroline d. h.

Knittybutton

Volkstricken Industries

Posie Gets Cozy

I can’t prove that I’ve gone and notified these people, but you can always check up on me to make sure.
But how?
I hear you ask.
By visiting their blog of course! ;)

Installment #1 can be found here.

Blogger Awards: Installment #1

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It occurred to me that I don’t follow nearly enough blogs. I mean, I follow a few. But when I was nominated for the Liebster and the Versatile Blogger Awards recently, I realised that I couldn’t possibly drum up the required list of blogs I wanted to nominate.
So I figured I could take the easy route and nominate the list for both awards at the same time. But the problem arose when I realised that I only follow a handful of blogs that I could nominate that have fewer than 200 followers (a requirement for the Liebster Award).

So began trawling the internet for blogs that caught my eye and went on a following spree. This was great because I’ve been really quite sick for the last week and haven’t been able to do very much at all. I’ve hardly even had the energy to knit or crochet, shock horror! So it was nice to go around and find some new and inspiring crafty people.

I’m going to split this into two posts. The first will be about the Liebster Award. The second one will be about the Versatile Award which will give me a bit more time to find 15 blogs and decide on the seven fun facts I want to disclose which might take me a little while to compose.

Dara from Coffee & Lilacs nominated me for the Liebster Blogger Award.
She’s rad. She’s reconstructed an old, well-loved Babar toy using the miraculous art of crochet. (That’s close to my heart; my eyes still well up with tears whenever I hear the Babar tv show theme.) She’s made the loveliest collection of crafty Easter goodies. And she leaves the nicest comments. Aaaagh! If only I could renominate her, but I suppose this little spiel is as close as I can get to that.

She explained in her post that I needed to post the award badge and some flowers. So, here’s the badge.

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of flowers that are my own (except for some ridiculous ones of myself in a head-wreath at a Mexican Day of the Dead/Frida Kahlo themed party). Just imagine the flowers. Some really lovely, pretty scented flowers. Your favourite kind. Better than any other bouquet you’ve ever set eyes upon. Yes. That’s it.

My 3 lovely nominees are…

Emma from Gingerknitters! What a beautiful blog, my dear crafty friends. Selected highlights include these knitted mochimochi cascarones for Easter, those knitted herringbone fingerless gloves, and the envy I felt when reading this. Go, go, go! Read this blog.

‘Craftlyn’ from Craftaceous Period! She’s genuinely doing a granny a day. And these are some of the most visually delicious grannys I’ve ever visually feasted upon. Now I want to do a granny a day, but I’m fairly sure I don’t have the patience. Also because I get so easily distracted and have so many projects going on. I really, really admire her focus. Oh, and  her wit. She makes very honest and often very funny comments with each of her granny posts. Excuse me, friends. I’m gushing and I shall move on now.

Crochetlatte! So many gorgeous, delectable free patterns! So many gorgeous, delectable photos! So much gorgeousness and delectability all ’round. The blog’s subtitle states that the patterns are ‘quality’. I can verify this remark. (If you’re interested, Crochetlatte, I don’t mind doing some kind of endorsement.)

I’m not sure how many followers each of these blogs has and whether that makes them ineligible, but who cares! They all deserve a heap of praise and I hope you’ll take the time to check them out.