That Instant Hit of Satisfaction

So I may or may not have used crochet this weekend as a procrastination tool when I was supposed to be completing assignments.  I was supposed to get one Maths assignment completed and a biology report draft written, and only ended up completing the maths assignment.  On Friday night I made all these amazing plans to get up early and get cracking in the biology research, but instead I spent the whole night crocheting a slouchy hat to wear on Saturday because the weather has been extremely cold (rain, sleet, snow, hail – you name it, we’ve had it).  This resulted in a sleep in because I had stayed up so long, and my weekend plans just went downhill from there.

The slouchy pattern was from Moogly, and while I like the pattern, I wouldn’t use acrylic again for a beanie/slouchy as it’s just too stiff and doesn’t get that desired ‘slouch’ look.  Okay so it pretty much looks like I have a tea cosy on my head.  Definitely using wool next time!

I did manage to get my maths assignment done, plus I started and finished a bulky infinity scarf last night, which I’m wearing today and am absolutely in love with 🙂  The yarn I used is Ice Yarn’s Bulky Alpaca, and true to it’s name, the 25% alpaca gives it that lovely fluffy feel.

No biology report though – maybe tonight….? Maybe not, too.

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Virus Shawl Progress

As promised, here are some photos of the shawl and its progress….as you can see, I’ve done quite a bit over the last two weeks.  I think another foot or so on each side will see it finished.

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Holiday Crochet Fun!

While I was on the mainland for a week reveling in the glorious shorts-and-t-shirt weather, I wasn’t exactly on holidays.  I had a university residential (I’m an external student, so these lovely things are mandatory) which was so full on that I’m pretty sure my brain hasn’t fully recovered from over-stimulation yet.  I had these massive days, and then got to go back to the college and watch Netflix on my laptop and crochet.

I had a huge suitcase to lug around, which I’m unashamed to say was filled with more yarn than clothing.  After the residential was finally over my sister picked me up and I spent a few days at her place by the beach, where I got to spend time with my nieces and – surprise surprise – do some more crochet!  My mum also drove down from Queensland to spent a day or so with us, and so we had a bit of a crochet group going on in Mum’s motel rooms.  I think it was the first time the three of us had been in the same room crocheting together (other than on Skype) since we all started crocheting, and it was very nice 🙂

I ended up getting a hell of a lot of my Summer CAL blocks completed, and quite a bit on my virus shawl done too.  The latter was able to easily fit into my handbag, so I was able to take it with me on the plane and confused/intrigue the rest of the passengers when I whipped it out and started hooking.  I’ll take some nice photos of the shawl today and post them soon, but I’ll leave you with some images of the Summer CAL blocks 🙂

I’m very glad to be home, despite being back in coats and scarves.  I missed my puppies and my plants.  Oh, and my partner too I suppose 😛

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It’s Savage Ted’s Birthday!

This time last year I created this website to blog my adventures in crochet and life in general, and I am happy so say that my love of crochet has only increased over the last twelve months!  I can’t believe that I hadn’t tried to crochet before then – I liked knitting but I found it slow and got bored very quickly.

As a ‘birthday’ gift of sorts (any old excuse will do) I bought a LOVELY new handbag yesterday.  It was designed by knitters and has hook/needle pouches, roomy pockets and is big enough to not only house your usual handbaggy items but also a crochet project as well – all the while still looking like a classy handbag!  Absolutely in love with it.

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So last night (after finishing a very stressful maths assignment) I treated myself to a start on the Summer CAL by Amanda Perkins.  I’m only using cheap Spotlight wool for this, but they have a great range of colours and I needed a full spectrum.  It’s a little fluffy but I don’t mind working in it.  So I finished the first square last night with a 4mm hook, which is the size I usually use for this yarn, but because of all of the HCs being used in this pattern, it worked up very tight and stiff.  So today during my lunch hour at work I finished a square with a 4.5mm hook, and it looks and feel SO much better.  It’s amazing how drastically a slight hook size change will affect crochet!  I am very happy with the CAL so far, I think this little block is very cute and it’s nice to change colour every row, for something different.  There are two block patterns out this week, and I have to do six in one and nine in the other.  I can’t wait to get home now, curl up under a doona on the lounge and crochet my little heart out in front of the TV!  No uni for me tonight! 😀

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A Hectic Life

Wow, I can’t believe it has been over a month since I last posted on Savage Ted!  Uni has been a bit full on, and if I don’t force myself to take half an hour every now and then to crochet and have some me time, I get too wrapped up in the ‘OH MY GOD THAT $*@#$! ASSIGNMENT IS DUE TOMORROW PANIC PANIC PANIC’ vibe and I end up doing nothing else but work, study and sleep.

Doesn’t help that my sister and I almost halfway through a 21 day no sugar challenge.  To say that it has been a frustrating month is a complete and utter understatement.  If you wanted some light entertainment, my sister and I post (almost) daily on our little 21 day challenge blog to keep us motivated.  You can laugh at me as I describe how much I want to murder people because of crazy sugar cravings.  My partner is now keeping an up-to-date ‘fear of death’ statistic table on our fridge, and those numbers are climbing!  (Doesn’t help that he can eat sugar and I can’t, and will quite happily eat a chocolate muffin AND NOT EVEN LET ME SMELL IT).  Anyway, our blog can be found at here.

As I said, unfortunately not much in the way of crochet over the last couple of weeks.  And when I actually do get the hooks out, I’m just continuing to work on a few older WIPs, like my virus shawl (my project that stays at work so I can crochet during any lunches I have free), and a few little odds and ends to get ready for Christmas etc.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to enter my Sophie’s Universe into the Royal Hobart Show in October.  I’m actually pretty excited about it, and looking forward to it doing more than just lying on my study chair at home.

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