Sunday, 17 September 2017

hello, stranger

We'll get right to it - I've been a stranger these past couple of months and I'm sorry, shall we start a new for autumn, the best season in the year? Run up to Christmas, such such excuses to stay inside and knit with hot chocolate and wine, mm mm mmmmmm (not necessarily at the same time). 
It's been, as ever, busy busy busy in work and in life! Work's going fabulously - we've had a run of short print deadlines, and the run will continue for another couple of months, which when in the thick of it, is incredibly stressful, but I find I am thriving on the challenge and loving every second, even when I feel like I can't possibly finish everything. But I can and I do and I love it - it feels so good to say I love my job, I and hope you all can say the same, or will manage to one day soon if you are looking. I will also have a sock knitting pattern (my first sock pattern!!) publishing in Knit Now before Christmas too, how terrifically exciting I can't wait! Don't worry, I will let you know as soon as it is available.

Not only has work been hectic, but we have big big plans in the pipeline too - we're finally getting married! We've set the date for next year, booked many a things that needed to be booked, the honeymoon deposit is down - It. Is. HAPPENING and I couldn't be more excited! I have plans to hand-make a lot of the bits for the wedding, from decorations to, wait for it, the dress itself! I'm going to sew my own dress and I can't wait to share some updates with you when that ball starts to pick up speed, but don't worry it won't all be sewing - I plan to knit a wedding shawl (be prepared, it WILL include Wonder Woman) and crochet many a bits and pieces for centre pieces, because let's face it, it wouldn't be my wedding if it wasn't at least partially covered in yarn and video games. 

That's my quick update-how-do-you-do-its-been-too-long-lets-catch-up - how about you? What have you been up to since I've been gone? In between all this of course, much knitting has occurred, including a hoodie for Ben, sewing is also taking place such as for London MCM Comic Con next month, and crochet aplenty - including the little chap I want to show you today as a little welcome back to the geeky knitter. 

Longhoh is a Pocket Monster from Sabrina Somer's new book Pocket Monsters which, let's face it, might be heavily influenced by a certain video game/mobile game/TV show/Japanese cult phenomenon, but I don't want to pry! Longnoh's pattern is featured in issue 19 of Crochet Now as well, which is the other magazine I work on (and love!) and as soon as I saw this pattern for the magazine I knew I had to make him!. 
A bit like a baby Charizard, Longnoh is designed to be made with a red 4-ply cotton and small hook, so he should be no more than 10cm high and fit, literally, in your pocket. I however am partial to a larger toy so I upped my yarn choice to an aran wool-acrylic blend and 5mm hook. I used Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool in shade Peppermint - mmmmm, I have enough to make a jumper that I haven't started yet, but having seen how gorgeous the colour looks worked up I know I will cast on as soon as I finish Ben's jumper.

The pattern was easy to follow and he is so full of character and looks so adorable with his big felt eyes, I'm rather tempted to make more from the book and have a little collection. I think he is so cute, and he now sits with me at work.

Gosh, I do always forget what a pleasure it really is to bash out a blog post and say hello to you lovely people! Rest assured I will do my best to keep you informed more regularly, if nothing more than I am waaayyy behind on the #EnchantedCottageKAL and we are nearing the end of it, and I want that blanket gosh-darnit! Tell me what you've been up to since I've been gone, and let's keep in better touch!

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