I’m back baby!

Hello! Its been so long since i have written here, life i guess just gets in the way!

We are back home in England though have relocated to the lovely little town of Brackley, where Wide eyed daddy works. its nice to be all close together as a family!

Speaking of family the little dudes are now not so little! Big dude is now finishing his first year of school and the little dude is starting preschool in September! Where have my babies gone?

Now my dudes are bigger i have gone back to working part time, after an extremely long few months working on a checkout (seriously checkout staff are the most under appreciated people! Please i beg you smile and be friendly to them it costs nothing and will make their day โค ) i found a lovely job at a small local company that makes PVC rainwear! They make some stunning designs using traditional machines and methods, i will definitely be blogging more about them very soon! Here are a few piccys of some of the things we make-

 

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Would be ace if you could check us out on facebook and say hi ๐Ÿ™‚ or pop and have a nosey at the website, we are in the process of redesigning it so please bare with us ๐Ÿ™‚

I have also set up a little online yarn shop (cant say i have a quiet life anymore lol) i put together colour packs to help inspire people, you can find me here- Ewetopia Yarns these are just some of the packs i have put together so far-

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I am still crafting away, my latest passion is Tunisian crochet, i got hooked after spotting some patterns by the amazing
Aoibhe Ni! Check her out and see if you get inspired too!

I have also been subscribing to the doodlestop skills box, for those of you that don’t know doodlestop you have to go look at her site (she is on facebook and has a website too) she makes stunning crafting tools and puts together kits to learn new crafts, its great fun and very addictive (i have been learning to do broomstick crochet, hairpin lace and spinning fibre!)

Well thats it from me for now ๐Ÿ™‚ hopefully catch up with you all soon!

Ciao for now
WEM

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Mermaids and Princesses!

Hello there!ย 

Hope you are all well and enjoying the build up to the festive season! And for any american readers happy thanks giving!

Just a quick post from me today… The Mermaid Princess topsy turvy doll is finished! Is up on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy!

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I hope you like her, she was a lot of fun to design!

I will be back soon as i have finished the 3rd shawl โค think its my favourite yet!ย 

Ciao for nowย 

WEM

You turn me upside down!

Hello!

Just a quickie from me today to let you all know my first topsy turvy doll pattern is now live on-

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I am super please with how she has turned out and with the help of two lovely testers (thanks Anna & Lily!) she is all ready to go ๐Ÿ™‚ here are a few piccys for you-

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Three dollies in one! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

I am currently finishing up a simple blanket pattern and working on a review of some different hooks ๐Ÿ™‚ i wanted to give them a fair trial so have been using them for a few weeks to get a good feel for them! Hopefully that will be what i blog about next time!

So short and sweet from me today but i hope you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

Ciao for now!

WEM

Bavarian update and a bit about me.

Well hello!

Bit of a gap between my posts sorry about that, the littlest dude is having a growth spurt and making sure we all know about it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ plus my carpal tunnel is seriously playing up making even typing hard so i’ve been resting up a bit ๐Ÿ™‚

So whats new in My Wide Eyed World? Well i have been forward planning a couple of new projects including this, isn’t it stunning? Unfortunately i can’t get the yarn requested in the pattern but after having a chat with the lovely Truly Hookedย i have ordered some lovely custom died yarn to make it with! And rather than go with the crowd i have decided to go for some sea colour tones โค so watch this space for updates!

I have also been beavering away at the Mad Mad Me inspired Bavarian Rainbow blanket. Here is a little progress piccy for you-

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It’s getting quite enormous now and lovely and snuggly, can really picture snuggling up under it in the winter when its done!

Another reason i have been pushing to get this finished (apart from the fact that my WIP pile seems to be ever increasing!) is that i won some gorgeous Rainbow yarn from the lovely Cuddlebums! She makes some stunning yarns and i am thrilled to have one winging its way to me!

Here is the beautiful skein i won! Can’t believe this beauty is mine ๐Ÿ™‚

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I have decided i am going to use it to edge the Bavarian blanket, i had been thinking of edging it in white but this will look much better ๐Ÿ™‚ a proper rainbowy way to end such a huge rainbowy project lol.

I have also been working on my own patterns i actually have one written hereย (its also available on Ravelry for those who aren’t fans of Etsy) which i made last year ๐Ÿ™‚

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i have been working on a sister for my elf, a little ballerina or fairy (i can’t decide yet) and also some topsy turvy dolls. A recent post on facebook made me feel so nostalgic i couldn’t resist having a go making up a pattern! so again please watch this space for updates ๐Ÿ™‚

So i promised an Edgit review… i have to say so far its not going well ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i am massively disappointed with it, it didnt work at all for the project i had in mind when i brought it so at the moment it is sitting on my desk gathering dust. I am going to give it a second try and see what happens but i am really not feeling the love with it right now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

My big dude has started showing an interest in crochet and after turning my back on him for a few minutes i came back to find him doing this-

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He had pulled out a ball of yarn, popped it in the yarn bowl, grabbed a hook and started crocheting! “It’s a teddy for me” I was told when i asked what he was doing bless him! โค

This week i thought i should share a picture of me… here you go-

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Hahaha i said a piccy not a photo :p this awesome drawing was done by the amazingly talented Eric fromย Red Ink Sagaย who is the brother of a lovely friend who runs Sugar-Coated Chaos. i seriously recommend you check these guys out ๐Ÿ™‚ they are both lovely, mega talented people! Sugar-Coated Chaos has some amazing geek inspire designs. I especially love the tardis and chewbaccas! Piccy

Eric also drew this picture of my crocheting ninja alter ego-

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Isn’t it ace? ๐Ÿ˜€ Please pop over and show them some love (and say i sent you ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

And on that note i will leave you for today!

Ciao for now!

WEM x

Lots to do and something new!

Hi there!

Been a bit quiet here the last week as Wide Eyed Daddy has been on holiday from work so we have been having lots of fun family time ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Building epic train tracks-

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and chilling at the park-

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And little wide eyed boy as grown more confident by the day with his walking and is keeping us all on our toes ๐Ÿ™‚

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But of course i have managed to squeeze in some crochet ๐Ÿ˜‰

At the moment i am working on several projects at once, i am seriously suffering with my carpal tunnel and find it very difficult to hold a normal hook so i have been using my furls hook as much as possible but i only have it in one size so thats not always possible. I find varying the stitch i’m doing helps as i’m not constantly using the same movements so hence the multiple projects! (if anyone has any hints or tips to help me deal with this i’d love to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I only have one to show you today but i’m super pleased with them ๐Ÿ™‚ little giraffe themed trousers (or pants for my american friends!) ๐Ÿ˜€ I adapted a basic trouser pattern from Ira Rott (link to her etsy pattern here)ย Its a brilliant pattern, easy to read and well explained the sizing is also spot on. I love the designs she includes with the pattern and will definitely be making some more in those styles as well as buying some more of her patterns! I then added some spots and a tail and hey presto giraffe pants!ย 

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And back-

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What do you think? These are being added to the growing stash of things i am making for my new little niece/nephew, poor thing is going to be swamped with things! i’ve also got a rattle, a basket weave blanket, a hat and a jumper on the go! Hoping to share with you all soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

On another note something new landed on my door step today which i am super excited about! An Edgit crochet hook!

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Been looking for something like this for ages but there is just nothing like it in the UK so took the plunge and ordered one from the States to come here to me in Italy, i already have a project in mind for it just need to find the time to squeeze it in lol! I will pop up a review when i have had a chance to have a real play with it ๐Ÿ™‚

Well thats all from me for now ๐Ÿ™‚ the big dude wants to play trains again (no surprises there!) so ciao for now!

WEM

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Owl Obsession Crochet Blanket

Hi! Well i can’t believe just how quick this blanket worked up, i have finished! Was lovely to sit and work the motifs and dip in and out of when I felt up to it.

The pattern is by Marken of the Hat & I and can be found here-ย http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-obsessionย It is a truly lovely pattern, very unusual but a real pleasure to crochet. I would say its a pattern suitable for intermediate crocheters as bits of it are a bit tricky, there are lots of lovely pictures which really help if your a bit stuck but i say its a tad beyond a beginner unless you are extremely determined!

The only think i did differently from the pattern was not continually fastening off my yarn and starting again for the partial octagons, i did a couple like this but i hate sewing in ends and this method gives you a lot of extra bits to sew in! So i just flipped the work over and followed the instructions for the next row but did them in the front loops rather than the back loops, it gives the same affect but less work for me!

I used one ball of Ice variegated rainbow yarn for the coloured section and two balls of style craft special DK for the white. Both really nice acrylic yarns (i’m slowly over coming my aversion to using acrylic) The colour changes in the Ice yarn aren’t as bright as the chroma recommended in the pattern but i couldn’t really afford to splurge on more yarn so used what i had in my stash. This yarn crochets up on a 4mm hook so the overall size was small than the blanket in the pattern but i didn’t mind this, it would be super easy to make it bigger if you wished by adding a few more blocks ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

So here are all my bits sat out waiting to be pieced together! Always such an exciting moment i think!

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I then laid them all out to try and make sure i didnt end up with too many of one set of colours in one place. I wanted them to look random so just threw them down but then rearranged one or two until i was completely happy ๐Ÿ™‚

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I joined my motifs together using whip stitch in the back loops only, i tried slip stitching as recommend in the pattern but this method doesn’t seem to agree with me.

After joining i then crocheted the boarder which really added something to the blanket, its nice and simple but really makes the difference!

So here is the finished blanket-

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A close up of a couple of the motifs-

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And a couple of action shots with my littlest man who took a real liking to the owls!

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The back of this blanket is super beautiful, i think if you just crocheted the blanket up minus the owl motif (so just used the basic octagon instead) it would look just as beautiful, maybe as a big bedspread. Here is a quick shot with it folded so you can see the back-

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Then i couldn’t resist a slightly odd arty shot, you can tell i’m new to this but i thought it looked pretty laid out next to the wee lemon tree on our balcony with the sun shining down on it ๐Ÿ™‚

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So i hope you like it ๐Ÿ™‚ highly recommend the pattern to anyone who is interest it is worth every penny! Please pop over to Markens page and show so love for her amazing work and say i sent you!

Ciao for now

WEM x

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Satisfaction…

There is nothing more satisfying than coming to the end of a big project, the moment you step back look at what you made and think “wow, i did that!” However every now and then i feel like i need a bit more of a quick fix if you know what i mean? You feel ace completing those big projects but sometimes you just want something quick for a wee boost!

Since having my boys i have suffered from carpal tunnel quite badly, particularly in my right hand, ive been experimenting with different hooks and holds to ease the pain but sometimes i just have to have a wee rest and take it easy.

I seem to have hit a bit of a wall with the Bavarian blanket (all those shells have taken their toll on my hand lol) so i decided i needed a quick and easy pick me up… and what better than granny squares?

I will admit i had fallen out of love with the basic granny square, it just seemed so old and dated to me so i have been on the hunt for something more modern and fun! I have found a few interesting things which i have added to my ever expanding pinterest list

(which you can find here- http://pinterest.com/wideeyedmummy/crochet-things-i-want-to-try-x/ย if you fancy a nosey)

but i particularly fell in love with this ace pattern- http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-obsessionย ย Owl Obsessionย byย Marken of The Hat & I, ok so i know its not technically a granny square but yo can work each piece separately for that little boost of satisfaction but at the end you get that big boost for finishing a big project ๐Ÿ™‚ win win ๐Ÿ™‚

so i started crocheting away and im pleased to say the motifs work up super fast ๐Ÿ™‚ its a beautiful pattern too ๐Ÿ™‚ this was the result of one afternoons work-Imagevery satisfying ๐Ÿ™‚ and the colours are just so pretty!

i will keep you up to date with my progress!

Ciao for now.

WEM x

Settling in :)

So we have been in italy just over a week now and started to settle in ๐Ÿ™‚ me and the boys have been out exploring though in this heat not for too long!

Being in a small apartment without a lot to do has given me the chance to really catch up with my crochet ๐Ÿ™‚ its so nice just to sit and chill in the evening when the boys are asleep with my hook and yarn, hubby calls it my crochet therapy and i have to say i agree with him! i always come away from it feeling a sense of pride and peace ๐Ÿ™‚

heres what i am woking on at the moment-ย ImageIts going to turn out huge when im done but i am loving the yarn- its my first foray into using acrylic yarn (i will admit im a yarn snob and usually stick with cotton) but its gorgeously squishy and will be super snuggly. Its an amazing colour pack of style craft yarn from the wonderful Sconch textiles (link here-ย http://www.sconchtextiles.co.uk/yarn/stylecraft-yarn/stylecraft-special-dk-packsย ) please check her out, she is on facebook too and just lovely, fab products and ace service highly recommended to you all!

as if to prove my point i put it down for five minutes and came back to find biggest wide eyed boy had stolen it for a snuggle ๐Ÿ™‚

ImageIts a slightly modified bavarian crochet style blanket inspired by the amazing Mad Mad me blanket link here-ย http://032ad8a.netsolhost.com/madmad/2012/02/04/bavarian-crochet-blanket/ย it was one of the first things i pinned to my pinterest board so its nice to finally be able to sit down and have a go! i will post a wee tutorial to how i did it when its done ๐Ÿ™‚

Signing off for now to do a bit more crocheting in the sun

ciao for now!

WEM