Crocheting like a mad woman...

When I told Matt that I would spend the following week crocheting like a mad woman, he thought I meant that I was going to make a crochet mad woman, like a crochet crazy cat lady or something. He still thinks it's a good idea.

But why was I crocheting like a mad woman - at least more so than usual? My church is currently doing some fundraising to improve the building we meet in. The steeple is at risk of falling down, so it needs to come down, and while we are doing that we're going to build a new foyer. One of the plans is a fundraiser dinner along with a silent auction.

The idea for the auction was that it was mostly auction off services, such as hosting a dinner and such. But because our church has many members who probably have never seen my crochet, I also donated a few items to be auctioned off, and for people to see what possible things I can crochet. Although basically I'm willing to give anything a go, as long as I have the yarn and a pattern. Designing things is a little trickier, and I'm not sure if I would want to design something for someone else's design brief. 

Here are some of the items I donated (I already had the scarf and jellyfish ready, the rest were crocheted specifically for this event). As you can see I even made little tags using my logo from my website here on SquareSpace!

 Moss Fringe Scarf, available in my shop, based on pattern by Stephanie of AllAboutAmi. Dinosaur pattern by Bluephone Studios on Etsy. Jellyfish pattern by Ana Paula Rimoli. Doll designed by me! Elephant by LittleBearCrochets on Instagram and Etsy.

Moss Fringe Scarf, available in my shop, based on pattern by Stephanie of AllAboutAmi. Dinosaur pattern by Bluephone Studios on Etsy. Jellyfish pattern by Ana Paula Rimoli. Doll designed by me! Elephant by LittleBearCrochets on Instagram and Etsy.

I even designed my own little ballerina doll. I almost gave up on her! But once I added her skirt she looked a little more like I wanted her to look. Her hair is based on a pattern in issue 49 of Simply Crochet magazine by Ilaria Caliri. 

In an effort to post more often I'm planning to do monthly round up posts of what I've been working on in the past month. This one is a little late. During September I didn't post many pictures on instagram because I was working on the Cedar River Blanket that I'm making for my sister (it seems I don't have any decent photos of the squares at the moment, but I'll probably devote an entire post to the beauty once it is finished). It was originally going to be a birthday present for her, but her birthday is 10th October, and that was starting to come up just a little too fast, especially with all the other plans floating around my brain! So I asked her if it would be okay as a Christmas present instead, and considering Summer is coming up I don't think she would get all that much use out of it between now and then anyway. I'm currently up to my 33rd square out of 48, I should easily finish by Christmas! Maybe I'll give it to her as an early Christmas / late birthday present.

Looking back at my Instagram pictures, I remind myself that I started off the month of September with my wrist playing up again. Six years ago now I stepped on a tennis ball and fell over, landing on my left wrist. I don't recommend this. Every few months, especially through Winter, it gets painful and stiff. It stops me from crocheting and going to the gym. And just generally puts me in a bad mood. Here's a picture of me sulking under my Cupcake Blanket instead of crocheting.

Once that had sorted itself out I started on a shawl/scarf thing, the pattern is called Northern Sea. I had found a lovely, soft yarn at Spotlight (Patons Merino EFXM 8ply) and needed a project for it! It's a beautifully soft Australian merino yarn. It does split a lot while I'm crocheting, but I love how the stitches look! 

I received my copy of Simply Crochet magazine, which unfortunately takes almost a month to arrive. But I was in it! My actual face! In a magazine! Here's Zoe being excited, while big old Oscar is not particularly bothered.

I also started working on a new LalyLaLa doll, Sepp the Seahorse, late one night when I was feeling a little lonely. These dolls often take me a while to complete as I work on other projects in between. I've started working up some little starter Pokemon to sell - who would be interested in buying one? They do frustrate me a little bit with all those pieces to make and join together!

Finally, I made this little teacup buddy for a friend. Isn't he just adorable peaking over the edge of the teacup?! I have a bunch of tea cups I have bought in op shops that I can use for crafty things. I really love the idea of giving a gift of a cute little teacup buddy to brighten up someone's day.

I'll leave you with a set of photos I made up for the auction to show people what they could ask me to make if they won.