Monthly Archives: June 2013

I’m really not sure what I’m doing here

I have to admit, I haven’t a clue what to do to make this Blog the way I want it to – I guess that’s what happens when you teach yourself how to use a computer 😦
I look at all the choices I have to do stuff to the Blog, but it might as well be written in Dutch, as I don’t understand any of it.

It’s such a shame, as I really love the look of my front page, but as I don’t know how to add stuff, or change stuff, I might as well stay with my old Blog, at: http://kat-craftingwiththenightowl.blogspot.co.uk/
as I can at least understand how that all works!

 

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Getting on with my crafting . . .

It isn’t easy, most of the time, to do what I want to do, let alone what I should do but, especially where crocheting is concerned, I find it difficult at times to do the things I want to do. Not only because of my health, to be fair, but also because I’m still learning so much. With my health being so unstable, this affects what I can do for the majority of the time and, at this moment in time, it’s holding me back something awful 😦

It’s got to be around 3 weeks since I posted my last blog and, normally, I manage to crochet at least 1, but normally 3, things a week. For this last few weeks, I’ve managed one main project – a new pattern that I was asked to trial, and which, after I had learned a new stitch, has become one of my favourites 🙂

The item was a Laptop case and, as I hadn’t made one for myself yet, I decided to make it to fit my own laptop. The pattern writer is Candace Glabas, who is the ‘Crochet Dans L’air’ part of Crochet Dans L’air and The Grey Lady 🙂
Their facebook page is:


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crochet-Dans-Lair-and-The-Grey-Lady/131901040286310

Here’s a couple of photos I took of my laptop case, but you will have to contact Candace privately if you are interested in purchasing the pattern.

I used 3 different yarns for this, crocheting them together – except for the carrying handle, where I used 2 yarns, but to the same thickness.

The main purple colour is a Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic yarn, called Amethyst – I used almost 2 x 198g, or 7 oz, worcester weight skeins of this. 
I also used some of my favourite Double Knit 100% acrylic Dusky Lilac yarn – one 100g skein. I then added some Robin Double Knit 100% acrylic yarn, in a lovely, light, Lavender – one 100g skein. 

Having made 2 cases before, one for my mum, and one for my daughter, I hadn’t thought of putting a carrying handle on either, so I wasn’t sure whether this would handle the weight of my laptop but, to my surprise, it did so, and easily – with the handle being wide enough to be very comfortable on my shoulder as I carried the laptop around the house in it 🙂

Because it’s been hard to make anything major, i’ve been occupying myself with some small projects. My daughter goes to all the festivals, as she’s in the band called Slamboree (http://www.slamboree.com), and is also a member of the Fire Performers, Pyro Celtica (http://www.pyroceltica.org/).

When she was last visiting, we were talking about her last time at the USA festival Burning Man (http://www.burningman.com/), last September, and she was telling me about some of the things they found were needed, but were in short supply, so I decided that I would make this a little side project of my own, and am crocheting all the little bits and bobs she had told me she needed. I won’t show them on here, though, as they are a surprise for her! 🙂

Anyway, that’s all my news for now and so, until my next post, Keep Crocheting!

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Why I’m called The Night Owl

I thought I’d just let you know why I chose ‘The Night Owl’ for my Blog name 🙂

Apart from the fact that I just love Owls, I’ve always been a bit of an insomniac, and so, over the years, I literally became a night owl!

When I began to crochet, I did most of the work in the wee small hours of the morning, and so I decided to use The Night Owl for my Logo.

Whenever I make something, I always try to add my logo, in the shape of a tiny metal owl, onto the item, to show it was I who crafted it. I’ve also had special labels created that I hand sew – rather badly – onto any item that will take it 🙂

I really am a crochetoholic now, and do as much as I can, health willing 🙂

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The picture, above, is just about my most favourite item that I’ve crocheted up to date – a neck pillow for my daughter to use, as she travels so much with her work as a Stilt-Walker and Fire Performer with Slamboree & Pyro Celtica. It has travelled many miles with her, and will hopefully travel ever more as she goes about doing what she does best 🙂

 

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The Night Owl

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June 8, 2013 · 5:26 am