Hey there! I am now back at work full time, and I am finally feeling well enough to blog. I was amazed that I am still getting views, even though I have been long absent, so thank you all. A … Continue reading
It has been a long time since I posted and for that I am truly sorry. There has been a lot going on here at Rush Towers, and I haven’t been able to post much. Also, I am currently signed off work sick, and I have been off for over a month at the time of writing. If you have been following me for any length of time then you will no doubt have seen that I am more or less constantly ill, and it seems that way sometimes! However, this time it’s more than a sniffle or an upset tummy, as a pre-existing health condition has decided to make my acquaintance again, but much stronger than before. I won’t bore you with the details, but it isn’t life-threatening, and I should hopefully be back to normal soon. I will be seeing a specialist next week, so hopefully I can start getting better and get back to both work and posting!
It didn’t seem right to post when I a) don’t have a great deal to share and b) probably wouldn’t be writing my best pieces, but I am still knitting (slowly), still sewing (very slowly) and am using yarn as therapy to keep me going. I haven’t forgotten you all, and look forward to getting back to it, and catching up with all the posts I have missed whilst I have been away.
With love and raised knitting needles,
Hi everyone! While I don’t have a lot to report on the knitting front (there is progress, but it’s very slow), I do have some sewing to show you! This is my first substantial sewing project since I finished my … Continue reading
Once again, I have been a little on the quiet side. Firstly, I have been having some minor technical difficulties which have resulted in half finished posts accidentally getting published (in some cases obliterating the finished ones). I’m sure that this is a user error (i.e. my fault) but I can’t track down what the problem is. Secondly, things have been busy at work, so I haven’t managed to fit much of anything in! Thirdly, I have been working on a super-duper-tip-top-secret-project that I will talk more about in due course. I love sharing, so I find it a little hard not to just tell you all about it, but I don’t want to show you before it’s ready and I’m 100% happy with it.
Anyway, at the weekend my MIL took Mr Yarnrush and I to Ikea (my first ever trip!!) so we could pretty up the house with some of our wedding money. The Mr and I had been talking for a long time about me having my own work area for crafts, and finally that dream became real…
This area is tucked into the corner of our living room, and is mine mine mine!!! (I love the desk, would only be better if it was a pink top with green legs!)
This came about because Mr Yarnrush works at home in the spare bedroom/study. As a result, I never really felt comfortable working in that room, and would never leave a project in progress out because I find a messy environment irritating. It doesn’t bother him, but I felt really bad messing up his work space, as if he did it to me I would find it annoying. This resulted in me being a nomadic crafter, with projects turning up just about anywhere I could store them, and I was getting very little done which was making me sad. Anyway, long story short, the spare room is now officially his office (and where my gaming computer lives) and the corner of the living room is now my craft area. It also means that I can keep Fury the vintage sewing machine out where she can be admired, loved and used!
I am really lucky to be able to have this space, so I’m hoping to make the most of it, and start crafting more! It also gives me more space to have multiple magazines/ books out at once, which should help get the inspiration going when I’m feeling a little flat. Plus there is a quiet space for me to sit, have a herbal tea and recharge my batteries which is awesome.
Anyway, hopefully I will have a lot more crafting to share with you next time, and I hope you enjoyed this little peep at my work area. Thanks for reading and happy crafting!
I have now returned from my honeymoon and just thought I’d check in to say hello. I was intending to post sooner, but getting married is a lot more tiring than I realised, so I’ve only just got the energy! I won’t bore you with a millon and one weddng details but in brief it was a wonderful day, we were very lucky with the weather and being a Mrs is taking some time to sink in (I still giggle like a school girl when someone calls me by my married name!) Here are a few photos from the big day:
Our wedding rings. They are both engraved with the inscription on the One Ring from Lord of the Rings. Yes, we are both nerds.
My bouquet, made for me by my Mum. The flowers are all crochet and it is fab. Thanks Mum ♡
The happy couple (still in shock…)
Wedding cupcakes made by my Aunt. The photo is printed on yummy white chocolate. These are amazing!
Wow! A whistle stop tour of the big day. Most of these photos were taken by a colleagues daughter and are completely awesome. We also asked everyone to bring a camera so we have around 500 photos so far (with more still to come!)
So that was the big day. On our honeymoon we went to York and I, of course, explored the local craft shops. I came back with this pretty souvenir yarn from the fabulous Ramshambles.
This is Noro Silk Garden in colour S84. Wow. The picture doesn’t really do this justice, it is extremely vibrant with reds, fuchsias, dark blues and unexpected greens. I think that this is destined to be either a Hitch hiker, or possible a Crosswords at the Coffee Shop. We’ll have to wait and see!
I also, by complete accident, found a fab shop and cafe further up the Shambles called Flax and Twine, which had a small but wonderful selection of vintage style fabrics.
I got this beauty to make myself a skirt, the Miette skirt by the awesomd Tilly Walnes (of Great British Sewing Bee fame!). If you are at all interested in sewing, her blog tillyandthebuttons.com is well worth a look.
That was all I could buy whilst in York (we had so much bulky stuff like my wedding dress and his suit that we had to buy an extra suitcase!) so I made up for it when I got back home. The day after we returned from honeymoon, I went straight to Button Boutique, my local LYS and had a little splurge…
This pretty fabric is going to be the lining for my self designed bag project. I love the colours!
Pretty fabric to practise sewing with. I’m planning on making a basic tote bag.
Tools and notions
This yarn is for my mascot project. I think that there should just be enough in this ball (famous last words, I know). I still need to get some lining fabric (not to mention some needles) but it’s a start at least!
Finally, just time for a little progress report. I now have 1 and 1/3rd sides to my design project, and it’s looking pretty good so far! Must knit faster…
And yes, this did come on my honeymoon with me. It’s entirely possible that I also knitted on my wedding night… #couldn’tpossiblycomment.
Anyway, thanks for sticking with me this far, hopefully it didn’t bore you too much! Take care and happy crafting
After the excitement of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week IV, on Monday I was at a loose end. What to do with myself? So I ironed out a few last minute wedding things, and then thought “Excellent, I can get some knitting done!” Except, there was a tiny problem – none of my projects were inspiring me. I don’t know if I’m the only person to have this problem but sometimes I just look into the knitting basket and think “meh”.
Off to Ravelry then! My intent was to cast on my mascot project but I had misread the yarn weight, and had somehow confused chunky with DK. Whoever says that wedding brain is not real is lying! I really fancied making a bag so I trawled Ravelry for a couple of hours and didn’t find anything that really leapt out and yelled KNIT ME NOW! So I did the only (il)logical thing. I designed my own.
Here is the first piece in progress. It is a super simple design and will be fully lined to stop saggy bag syndrome. It also uses pretty much every bit of the glitter yarn I have, meaning minimal waste. I’ll share more as it progresses, but needless to say, I’m very excited!
Now for a little admin. Firstly, as you may know I will be getting married on Saturday, so I am taking a week’s break from blogging and should be back either next Wednesday or possibly Thursday. Secondly, my little blog now has 20 followers! Thank you to all of you, I really appreciate you taking the time to read my ramblings. Finally, I have had the honour to be nominated for a Liebster blog award by lottieknits! Thank you so much for nominating me, I will do a full post on it next week when I return from my honeymoon
Until next time, thanks for reading and happy crafting!
7 posts. 7 days. I made it! I really, really doubted my ability to pull this off but somehow I managed it! Some of the posts I have made this week haven’t been my finest work, but I managed to post each and every day. I’m so proud of myself! Let’s finish this then, shall we?
4kcbwday7 Looking Forward One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?
Hmmm. This for me is a tough one. I tend to have a short attention span when it comes to projects, and I usually knit on whatever speaks to me at the time, be it a shawl, a jumper or whatever. As a result of this, I rarely make specific goals, however now’s as good a time as any to start!
So my goals for next year are:
- Complete my mascot project
- Design my own pattern
- Finish a jumper
- Learn toe-up two at a time sock knitting
- Knit something in lace weight yarn
- Hand dye some yarn
Hopefully these goals will be challenging, yet flexible enough to allow me to choose appealing projects that fit within the categories, which will stop me from getting bored.
I’d like to close out the blog week with some thanks.
Thanks to Eskimimi for organising this event, it’s been a lot of fun, really inspiring, and I suspect that I will be reading through the posts for the next month or so!
Thanks to my readers and followers. Without you guys there is no point in doing this, you all rock!
Finally, thanks to The Northerner. Without you kicking me up the backside and making me believe in myself I wouldn’t be writing this at all.
I hope everyone had a great Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, whether you participated or just read the posts, and I hope the coming year brings happy and peaceful crafting to you all.
Thanks for reading