Things that make me happy.

Yesterday I took a stroll around Bewdley, town home to my most favourite sweet shop Teddy Gray’s. It indeed took me back to my childhood, peering at all of the tall wooden shelves stacked with jar after jar of delicious delights. I decided that this was a day for super indulgementation (did I just make up a word?), and so I invested in one of my favourite childhood confections: The Candy Necklace.

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Sadly, now I am fully grown, it would no longer fit me as a necklace, but instead charmingly adorned my wrist as a fully edible sweetie decoration. During my visit to this legendary confectioner’s, I also purchased some delightful Fairy Satins, also a famed sweet from my youth.

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However, these beauties are solely for the decoration of my Little Bro’s Birthday Cake, along with the Blue Bonbons that I bought today.

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Mmmmmmmm. Now you’re talking.

Now, a while back I said that I was making a rainbow granny square baby blankey. Well now I have the finished item to show you. Are you ready, because this will blow your mind…

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Is that not just abso-freaking-lutely awesome?! I love it love it love it. I did say that I was going to use the Attic24 Granny blanket edging on it, but in the end I thought that the Half double/Half treble crochet edging would look nicer.

Speaking of baby blankets, I have been making another one because I found this white yarn with sparkly bits in it in Poundland and thought that it would make the perfect baby blanket after I saw something similar on another blog. I made it in the Granny Stripe style and I have to say that I think that it looks marvellous. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And closer up (because you can’t see the wonderful sparkly bits).

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Ooh it make me feel so happy! ๐Ÿ˜€

Along with the knitting now. I wanted to make a tea cosy as we have now recently been using a tea pot and proper loose tea leaves to make our tea now since buying those beautiful sets of cups and saucers. So I decided upon Knitting a Tea Cosy. Now you see, all of the patterns on ravelry are either too big or small for my pot, too complicated or too boring. This called for an emergency. I have chosen to… make it up as I go. DUN DUN DURR. This inevitably means disaster for me, as whenever I decide to try and do something myself instead of following a pattern, it always ends up looking like an old cabbage. So I am putting my knitting skills to the test here and so far, I have this:

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It’s going to be bright green (obviously) with brightly coloured flowers on it. I’m going to use all of the flower patterns off the Attic24 blog. It’s gonna be ace tho! ๐Ÿ™‚

And now another baby blankey that I told you about a while ago.

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It’s a wavy blankey! Altho I haven’t got much done on it cuz I’m a bit of a one for procrastinating you see.

I also maded myself a Rainbow On A String so that I could hang it up in my window all colourful like. Obviously I plan to make honks of them over time and hang them everywhere!

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Oh itโ€™s just divine! ๐Ÿ˜€

And so we come to the end of the post. I shall leave you this time with a picture of all of my wool laid out all nice and rainbow-y.

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Ooh lovely methinks! ๐Ÿ™‚

More updates soon.

Sharkย  x

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Long time no post…

Gosh!Well hasn’t it just been the longest time?! I have just been so busy y’all. Oh where to start, where to start? Well. Lots has been going on, let me tell you. I have been crocheting more and more (obviously) and have told myself that the time has come now where I have to start aquiring new skills. First skill (and incidentally last skill at the moment) is KNITTING! It took a long time of trying and failing, dropped stitches, ripped up work and broken needles before I got this:

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I knitted a square on the diagonal! But let me tell you there were a few ‘accidentally thrown at the wall’ knitting sticks before that point. and yes, I did just say ‘knitting sticks’ and what of it. That photograph was actually taken in the car on the way to the one and only Weston-Super-Mare! (Woo!) It had been so long since I had been to the seaside and I got Martin to tek me! A total High-5 for my persuasion tactics there indeed. We were proper fattys I can tell you! We had ice cream, a big fry-up, doughnuts, chocolate and fudge. Not too good for a wench on a diet! Altho despite the heavy eating I still lost 2lb that week, which I was quite chuffed about.

I diagress. The knitting you see had a purpose. The purpose was… a hat! For years now I have wanted one of those double-pointed beanies. Y’know, the cat ear hats? Well I always insisted to myself that when I made one, it must be knitted, and nothing but knitted. So, after persevering for a few days with the knitting, I maded this:

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Woo and woot and woot again! A knitted hat that I can proudly wear upon my noggin. When I finished knitting it I thought to myself that it looked rather plain even though the wool I used was truly beautiful (you can’t see from the photo, but it was darkish-blue with strands of deep red in it, and was made with 55% wool – very posh for me, the all-acrylic girl!) so I embellished it with a crocheted flower that I made many moons ago. The result – a very satisfied Melody in a hat.

Now back to the old friend – crochet. Oh how I missed it after all of that oh-so-fiddly knitting malarkey! Straight on to the long awaited project of… SOCKS! I had wanted to make myself some socks for EVER and so with the help of a customisable socks pattern for my insanely enourmous feet (I’m a size 10), I craftily crafted some socky-wocks. Would you like to see them? Please take a peek at the wonderous-ness that is my beautiful pair of handmade socks!

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Oh they have made my feet so snuggly! Especially since all of this cold weather that has suddenly come on. Made just in the nick of time I think. And here is the pattern if you want ao make some Custom-Fitting sock for yourself or a friend.

Now, I don’t believe that I have ever got aound to telling you about The Big Project. What is The Big Project you ask? Well I just happen to be a mahoosive fan of Attic24. There is so much amazing-ness oozing from every post that Mrs. Lucy Attic24 makes. I obsess over it and read it every day. She brightens up my little world she does. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Lucy. Anyways, back to reality. I stumbled one day upon a crochet pattern on there. One that I knew had to be used right here right now. And so, The Big Projct was born: A king-sized-bed-sized Ripple Blanket! I have never embarked upon such a long crochet journet before, but felt like maybe that this was the time to start. So first comes the 276 chains loooooooong foundation chain, and the of course the Fiddly First Row. But from then on it’s just a piece of cake. I was whizzing along like a crochet nutter doing row after row of superbly bright ripples. But as with large projects, you can’t be super-enthusiastic forever, hence why there isn’t a whole lot done on it but I do attempt a few stripes every now and then, but they do take an hour each, the stripes. So I will show you my progress so far, altho this photo is actually a couple weeks old now so there is about 5 more stripes on it now!

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Is that not just abso-vulcan-lutely gorgeous?! Again, I will add that the colours are ALOT brighter and more vivid in Real Life, but still, it is beautiful. And just for you, a link to her fabulously fab Neat Ripple Pattern.

And now last but not least. Pure bargainous beauty. A set of 3 from a charity shop for only ยฃ1.50. Marvellously bargainous. Are you ready for this?

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I abosolutely adore with double adoration The Willow Pattern. These little beautys made my day. My week. Hell, they made my life! ๐Ÿ™‚ And so I shall leave you with that little jolly feeling that is a Willow Pattern cup and saucer set, and bid you adeiu until next time, where I shall yet again share my joy with you all.

Thanks for reading.

Shark x.

A new hobby.

Yesterday I learned how to make friendship bracelets and I have my first one here to show you.

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That’s right – it’s a rainbow one! However did you guess? (:ย I didn’t think that it was too bad for a first attempt (if I may say so myself).

ย This however obviously doesn’t mean that I have stopped crocheting, oh no. I have been hard at work on a new baby blanket. Two to be precise. This one here is a Rainbow one (oh no, not again) made up of 3-round granny squares which I am joining as I go with a 5mm hook and I aim to edge it with white afterwards with Attic24’s Granny Blanket Edging. I will update you with another photograph of the finished product soon.

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The other blanket isn’t very exciting at the moment as I have only just started the second row but i will post pics soon when I have got further along in the making of.

Now, here comes todays rant. I am absolutely disgusted with the staff that The Range employ. I was there today having my weekly browse when I asked a member of staff about whether they sold clock works to fit inside an old broken clock of mine and what did she say, this hopeless zombie of a woman? She said no as soon as I said the word clock. She hadn’t even heard what I was even asking her at that point! Anyway, I just about managed to get over her rudeness and me and the other half went over to the homewares section in search of a cheap clock that we could take the works out of to fit inside our clock. When we couldn’t find any clocks in this section, we asked another member of staff where we might find their range of clocks, to which he replied “Somewhere over there” in a very nonchalant and apathetical manner, and pointed vaguely toward the back of the store. I then became quite gobsmaked with the total and complete lack of manners and customer service that these two members of staff provided me with. Thus when I came back home, incidentally, empty handed, I jumped straight to sending them an Email informing them of my dissatisfaction with their customer service and am currently awaing a reply.

*Sigh* Glad that rant is over now. But really, the way people are nowadays really angers me. A little respect and manners go a long way. It’s a good job that I have crochet and chocolate to calm me down now isn’t it.

Shark x

Good luck… and rainbow VOMIT!

Today has been a good day, for something bright and rainbow-y has yet again found its way into my path.

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A rainbow-heart-beaded friendship bracelet! Don’t you just feel the happiness OOZING out of it?! It has made me very happy indeed. 20p from a charity shop. 20p! Best 20 pence that I have ever spent in my entire life! Please excuse me for my excitement at such a simple object, I must be quite easily pleased. But, as a wiseman once said, the best things in life are free (or very cheap, like somewhere in the region of 20p).

I was in town today you see looking round all of the charity shops for things that I can clutter the house with, as I do, and I thought that I should try out my new hat that I made only yesterday and my gloves too. Because, you see, sadly, it looks like autumn is well on the way now and it is getting quite chilly indeed. But thats no matter when you have things to keep you nice and warm! I felt all cosy wrapped upand thought that they looked quite nice too, if I might say so myself. Here is mister Red Bear modelling the beret:

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And here are the gloves, which I made from this pattern on the My Favourite Things Blog.

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I am now going to excitedly look at my new bracelet whilst I finish my Rainbow Granny Square baby blanket. It only needs one more round of Violet now and then it will be complete!

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And you’ve even got a little bit of footage of my footage in there too! (I hope that you get that, because I thought that it was quite witty)

Please excuse the terrible quality of the photos. I have the oldest phone… in the world, and it only takes VGA which is like, less than a megapixel.ย 

Will have to get a memory card for my better camera at some point so that you can see my crochet wonderstuff in all of its fabulousness! Happy times till next time. Shark. X

Rainbow stuff

I love to crochet, and I have started to make some rainbow-y things. Here I have made 3 rainbow granny squares of different types for you to see here. Image

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And above are the other two squares along with my name that I crocheted to go on the wall next to the boyfriends name but I still haven’t got round to doing his yet. For the letters I used the Moogly Crochet Alphabet, which you can find here.

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More crochet goodness coming soon! x x x

In the beginning…

Howdy! I’m Shark and this is my blog of my colourful life. I hope to make this blog as interesting as I can and fill it with glorious events such as making cookies and spotting rainbows. I aim to write often about my sweet little life and all of it’s endeavours and hopefully bring a smile to someones face with my own happiness.