Wednesday, 27 January 2016

M.I.A.

Apologises for being away for so long.

Life has done a complete 180 on me over the past couple of years.

Where do I start???

I now work full time in a college, moved into a lovely house & I my Depression is finally under control, even though I still occasionally have the odd bad day.

I also had to say goodbye to my best buddy of 10 years, Ginge. Still miss him meow box.

oh

& I got married!



So yeah it's safe to say life has been pretty hectic, but I am still alive & breathing!!

I promise I'll try to reply to comments quicker than I have been doing.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Zill Mufflers Pattern

Sorry it's been a awhile since I last blogged, it's been a odd few months....my energies have been up, down & all around!
Anyway........
The bellydance class I attend will be doing a zills dance for next term so I've spoiled myself with my own set of zills.
I'm totally in love with them, however, living in a flat I don't think my neighbors would be too happy with "ting ting-a-ting ting ting" at all hours so I decided to make some mufflers.
There are some really cute patterns for free out there including this gorgeous knitted set, but sadly my knitting skills aren't that great. That & the vast majority of patterns include elastic.
Well I don't have any elastic & I want to play now god dammit!!
So I've come up with a pattern that doesn't involve using any elastic.  Really quick. Really easy!





 Muffler untied.
 
Terminology (UK)

Video of how to magic circle here

Tr - Treble

Tr dec - treble decrease video example here

Sl st - slip stitch

Ch - Chain

Sp - space

sts - stitches

Materials

2.5mm hook

Sorry I don't know the size of thread, but I've included the ball of thread with a hook I used, above, so hopefully you can gauge roughly the size of thread.

My zills are 5.5cm, but I'm sure a slightly larger set could be fitted into the mufflers, if not simply go up a hook size until you get the right size :)

  1. Magic circle 
  2. Ch 3 (count as first tr). 14tr into circle & join to top of ch3 (15sts)
  3. Ch 3 (count as first tr). Tr dec into next 2 sts. . *Ch 5. Tr dec into next 3 sts.* Repeat from * around. Sl st together (5 points & 5 chains)
  4. Ch3 (count as first tr). 2 tr into base stitch of ch3. *5 tr into 5 ch sp, 3tr into top of 3tr dec.* Repeat from * round. Sl st together (40sts)
  5. Ch 3 (count as first tr). Tr into each tr of previous rnd. (20sts) Do NOT join. Ch 15 & tie off. If you join here you won't be able to fit it over your zill.

6.      Slip the zill into the muffler & weave the Ch15 into the first gap & tie closed. Any annoying tail can just be tucked in to the muffler or weaved through the gaps. Not as neat as using elastic I know, but it'll do!

7.      I'll more than likely do an elasticated version in the future (when I can afford to buy some elastic that is! lol), so keep an eye out!

8.      Like with all my patterns, I don't mind you selling what you make or sharing this pattern, just please do NOT sell this pattern & please give credit where credit is due. Thanks. :)




Saturday, 25 February 2012

Chaos Star Charts

For the Chaos magicians out there.
Small Chaos Star (25x25)

Large Chaos Star (35x35)


As normal I don't mind you selling anything you've made using the chart or printing them out, but please do not sell the charts or claim them as your own. Thanks.

& if you would like to make a donation



Every penny is much appreciated :)

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Cernunnos Chart.


I haven't made anything using this yet, as I have literally just finished it.
Like my other charts I don't mind you selling your finished creations, just please don't sell this chart or claim it as your own.
Have fun :D

*EDIT*
Hooked up a quick swatch with the chart so you can see it crocheted. Made a wee mistake on the snake, but I'm sure you'll forgive me for it :)


Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Venus of Willendorf Crochet Doll

I came across THIS pattern over at Red Wood Stitch & just HAD to make it. Isn't she adorable...
 I used a 3.5mm hook, I think the size is perfect...I can't stop holding her. Anyway it's an easy pattern to follow & I hooked her up in an evening while watching TV. It's definitely worth getting your hook & wool out for.

Friday, 30 December 2011

THANK YOU!!!!

Hoping you all had a good Yule & Christmas. I was away from home & for the life of me couldn't remember my Blog password, so had to wait until I got home before I could post. I did however manage to read my emails....

Thank you to the person that made a donation. You totally made my Yule! The smile you put on my face stayed put for the entire day! :D Thank you.

I also got the MOST lovely comment a few days ago from Alex. Thank you SO much for that comment. I'll be honest I got a little teary reading it.

I could relate to a lot of what you wrote.
My Mum suffered with Depression herself, most of her life also, so I totally understand the stress of walking on eggshells so not to upset her. It's such a responsibility that others don't understand. I think if it was a physical problem, people would be more understanding. When I first got ill I was convinced it was to help me understand what my Mum was going through so I could help her better. A few years later she was the one doing the looking after. She once drove all the way from Inverkip to Nottingham (over 300miles) overnight arriving at 4am because I was feeling so dark. She's more than made up for the years I kept an eye on her!
The beads I found really useful, particularly when my anxiety got high & I could feel a panic attack coming on (I've lost the set I made & haven't gotten round to buying the beads to make another), so I definitively recommend them!
As for your faith, give it time. My Mum was a bit "oh it's just another phase" for the first few years, but a couple of years ago she came along to watch me in the Pagan Pride Parade in Nottingham. You can't get much more supportive than that!  I'm sure yours will be the same. Once she sees that it's part of who you are & not going to be thrown away after a year or two like the ballet slippers or boy band posters she'll accept it, because it 's part of what makes you, you.

Happy life.....that's the bit that got me. You know I've been too wrapped up in trying to find a job that I've not actually realized that I am happy. Yeah, my life is far from perfect,(no job, pathetic to no social life, family problems, the occasional Depressive episode, etc) but you're right, it IS a happy life. No matter how much I bitch about it, it is a good one.
You know that is the first time I've actually said that & meant it. I need to stop focusing on the what I need to change & improve on & focus on the awesome things in my life & the accomplishments from time to time.
You've stopped me & made me smell the roses.
Thank you
If I could give you a hug consider yourself hugged!


I think I'm going to do a regular "What I'm Thankful For". I need to start remembering the positives more often. 

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Pagan Blogs

I've just been told that I've been added to a list of active Pagan blogs at Lucky Pleiades.
I've not been through them yet, but I'm going to have a nose through the list.....never know you  might find a gem for yourself too :)

I did stumble across this blog a few days ago that I love. It's worth checking out. Walking The Hedge.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Calm The Mind Blend

Since I knew these few weeks were going to be stressful, I decided to be pro-active & try & regain control, so I went looking through my essential oils & came up with this.
Yes, it could just be a placebo, but so what if it works, right?


  • 2 drops Benzoin
  • 2 drops Clary sage
  • 2 drops Bergamont
Benzoin (base) - stress reliever, relaxant & mood enhancer, soothing frayed nerves.
Clary Sage (top) - calms tension, lifts the mood & spirits. Also known to cause euphoria in some cases
Bergamont (middle) - Uplifting to the soul, relieves Depression, soothes frayed nerves & tension & relieves stress.

Do NOT drive or drink alcohol after massage, or while wearing or burning.