Wednesday, 20 June 2012

WOYWW 159.... a new angle...

Hello fellow WOYWWers!  Happy Wednesday to you all.  I hope you are all fine and well and prepared to bare all in the name of crafting science.  Or WOYWW, to be more precise.  LOL

I managed to get round a few of you last week - I've jumped on the band wagon and taken to visiting those who have the same second number as me - and it's taken me to a few blogs I've not seen before.  V cool idea, whoever first thought of it.

If you're not familiar with WOYWW, well, you need to go say hi to Mrs Dunnit at Dunnit Dimensions where all will be revealed and you can either just bloghop or add your own desk for us to gawk at admire.

Firstly, this piece of lusciousness is my ATC from Doone - which on the back is addressed to "The Eye of Morti" - heheheheheh.  More chucklesome was the cartoon of the dead car on the envelope.... I LOLled at that for sure...


Next, here are three lovely ATCs I received from Zoe, Lavinia and Ros A - Ann B, I'm sorry hun, I got a bit muddled when I said I'd had yours.  You must think I'm a loon.  I'm sure it's en route!  I think there are a few out there in the ether on their way to me as there's another one coming from foreign climes.  I hope folks liked the fun ones I sent out.  Not quite my usual standard, but a bit of fun nonetheless.  I have one left that hasn't yet been earmarked - so please, first person with their hand up?


My desk this week?   Oh dear......


And let's be honest, the space behind it on the bed isn't any better now, is it?  Oops indeed.


I have new stash on that bed somewhere, after visiting both Paper Arts in Stroud (Hi Ladies!  I'm the one with the enthusiastic partner!) and Snazzy Stamping in Swindon (Yay, someone who'll have my self-adhesive aluminium in 3 months' time!) when we went to Gloucester to look at a car.  I see that someone didn't put away the paper after wrapping up a father's day gift, and I'm not entirely sure which of the two potential culprits it was!

However, I am suitably chuffed to announce that I have another desk too.  Years and years ago, I tried to learn how to crochet, only to fail miserably.  Squares?  Hah!  More like rhombuses, with all different length sides etc.  I gave up very quickly cos tension wasn't working for me.  I never tried it again.

That is, until last Wednesday evening.

Over a year ago I was given a mahoosive amount of knitting wool, as my friend's mother had died leaving lots of wool and neither he nor his girlfriend, nor anyone else in his family, could knit.  I figured I needed to make something for their kids but having failed on the jumper front (and kids don't half grow fast!) I wanted to make something they could keep.  My own Grandmother knitted a kerjillion squares to make the blanket I still use to this day, and so I thought I'd do the same.  Only I wanted something that would grow a little faster. 

So last Wednesday, I took the bull by the horns (or should I say, wool by the hook?) and with grim determination, taught myself to crochet a basic granny square.  To say I'm over the moon with the success of it, is an understatement.  I can only do one square a night, simply because any more than that will set my carpal tunnel off, but that's fine by me.  See you here this time next year, cos I figure it will take that long to make enough squares.  But here are my first six.   Yay!



Ah... I hear Miss Julia knocking on my window, to complain that I'm taking too much of your time up with my waffle!  Best be heading off - maybe I'll bump into you in a comments box near you!  Might not be today - might be next Tuesday, but I'll do my best to slide by.....  Ta-ra!

30 comments:

Doone said...

glad you like the all seeing eye,

love that you can now crochet - tis a fine craft,

my god you can ramble eh?
and I read it all, now I'm gonna viait all the early posters, then I am off to bed...

dxxx

Julia Dunnit said...

No no, I'm knocking on your window to say thanks for the ATC and to reassure anyone who reads that you are indeed, a loon! Lovely idea for the wool, and from here, a perfect square..I can't crochet like that...and I've had my carpals fixed. Best thing I ever did. Apart from lots of other things. So - the car, did you buy it, or did you just spend the budget in the two great shops you went to?!

Ann B said...

I had to teach myself to crochet as my Mother couldn't - she was right-handed and I'm left so we couldn't get the reversed instructions.
Sorry you still haven't got the ATC, I posted 2 on the same day and not sure if May has got hers yet. They did go second class so I thought it was quick. Will check in a couple of days and send a replacement if it still hasn't arrived.
Ann B
#67

Doone said...

I am 'morti fied'

i have the BEST atc from you and I did not photo it on my desk nair did you receive a mention in dispatches....

hangs head in shame

I will do a massive feature next weds - you wait and see if I don't ( please can you remind me on Tues????)

h aha ha ha

I do hope you are the forgiving type...

mwah mwah kiss kiss

dxxxx

sandra de said...

I have crochet envy ... I have never been able to crochet a square they all turn into circles then scrunchy balls. They eye is so doone like ... lucky you.
Sandra @32

Hazel said...

Fab ATCs. You certainly have a lot of interest here today. Thanks for the opportunity of having a peep at your busy workspace - trying to make a few visits early this week! Hazel, WOYWW #87 x

craftymonki.com said...

Lovely crafty space! I do love a bit of chaos in a craft room. Well done on teaching yourself to crochet!

Happy WOYWW

Zoe #57

scrappystickyinkymess said...

You ramble like me :) but I am well impressed with your granny squares. And agree, much safe to make something they can't out grow before you finish. I have an adorable sweater I started for DS, but he grew too fast, and then I picked it up again when DD came along and it's still unfinished. Maybe grandkids one day? :D Seems unlikely ...

Happy WOYWW

MA (4)

Miriam said...

fabulous, busy desk/bed! Loving the art work.
#101

Laura said...

Oh they'll just love the granny square blanket!
Laura 94

Gabrielle said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I did receive your ATC and commented on a previous post to thank you. I regret that I have been really rubbish and not remembered to photograph it (mainly because I'm useless and because I race around all week like a loony but this last week I've had a really nasty virus and my brain is all over the place!) I WILL do it next week - sorry x #56

Twiglet said...

Well done with the crochet. I love the "eye". x Jo #84

SophieNewton said...

love how you're spilt over onto the bed :-)
Sophie no.93

BJ said...

Busy desk and busier bed - hope you don't have to sleep in it! Horrah for the crochet squares, well done you. BJ#47

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Well done you for persevering :o) Your first squares look great, not a rhombus in sight xx
Fiona #132

Lunch Lady Jan said...

So, now you are a crochet queen too!! I am deeply impressed as that's the one yarn craft that has eluded me so far!
Hope the car purchasing is going ok - did you buy the Gloucester motor?
Hugs, LLJ #72

PS great slug gag, rofl!!

Danielle said...

I had a fifth grade teacher keep me in for recesses when I was having a hard time dealing with my parents divorce. She taught me to crochet and it was the best thing I have ever learned to do. It has gotten me through lots of tough times through the years. dani22

May said...

Fabulous art work... well done on the crochet front... I have tired but can't do so now thanks to you... I will have another go! your squares look fab.. Hugs May x x x#62

Neet said...

I take it that is a spare bed? What a lot of stuff you have - and such an overspill.
Congrats on the crochet - you will get there, before you know it too. I think we could see the whole thing when it is a knee cover and then as it grows. Please?
Hugs, Neet #21 xx

Angie said...

Well done you ...I used to knit and crochet 30 odd years ago and I have been trying for the past 10 to rekindle the ability ....finally I've cracked the knitting but forget the crochet ...so I am so pleased for you ....great idea for the use of the wool. xx#9

scrappymo! said...

Well done on the crochet front...and good that you have taken care not to set off your carpal tunnell pain!

Love the eye ball ATC!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

congratulations on your "new desk" well done! and yes, your desk looks very "oops!" like mine most of the time anyway! love the ATCs you got! happy WOYWW!
hugs, #15 peggy aplSEEDS

Neesie said...

Apologies for being so late visiting this week...but I'm here now!
Wow what a desk and bed full!
The ATC's are stunning.
I tried to crochet quite some time ago and although I can do it...it just seems to go round and round getting frillier and frillier!!!

Have a wonderful weekend WOYWW ~ enjoy!
Neesie #26

Madame Bizarro/Nan said...

Love your desk...take a look at mine, you'll feel like the tidy fairy!

Nan #162

CraftygasheadZo said...

Wow that's some stash you have there! Super pics. Take care, am snooping still on Sunday, late but determined to get round more than I have for a few weeks! Zo xx 73

Twiglet said...

Hi Morti - have emailed you about the dumflings. x Jo

scrappymo! said...

The wee st5amps are We R Memory Keepers.

Carol Hornby-Clements said...

I had to laugh at your ramblings. your desk makes mine look neat. LOL Well done on learning to crochet. I would love to know how to make flowers.
Thanks for stopping by.
Carol

StampinCarol said...

Oh my! Your desk is extremely busy! LOL! My floor kinda resembles it. And I used to crochet MANY years ago. Made granny square vests (am I dating myself?). Gave away all my needles. And thanks for the tips about the light box. I am going to try daylight bulbs next and will be reducing the size of the box.
Carol #129

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Ohh I love that eye, and that's what my spare bed used to look like till I got rid of it, now I just don't invite people over!

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