One thing that I wanted to get before I left the UK, but forgot, was an embroidery hoop. Imagine my excitement when I found one (yup, just the one) on sale in my local craft store! I bought it with no hesitation and tried it out immediately. The screw is a bit faulty so I can’t close my hoop shut, which makes me a bit sad. Nevertheless, I managed to do a few (wonky) stitches!
It’s the panda-eating elephant! (see previous ‘Drawing’ posts)
If you’ve seen the drawing I based this embroidery on, you might realise that it’s missing a few things. I had to stop midway as I kind of hurt my fingers from pulling and pushing the needle through the fabric. It was surprisingly tough. This got me thinking: why on Earth do people often associate needlework, knitting and crochet with delicate women and grannies? There have been times when my hands were in pain from crocheting and I had to take a break for days. Fair enough, I tend to have crazy crochet marathons where I will not stop until I finish a project, even if I have to sacrifice some sleep. But still.
Am I the only one who does this?
I’m running out of surfaces in my room to display my crochet creations, so I decided for the wall to be my next victim. I have a clock that has stopped working for the longest time and decided to have some crochet fun with it. Another blogger, Matt, has this amazing idea of crocheting a background for your clock. It didn’t work so well with mine as my clock is much smaller (and broken), but it still makes for a cute decoration.
For my clock, I cut some white felt into clouds and embroidered eyes and mouths for them. I also did a running stitch around the border – just to give them that extra cutesy. You may have also noticed the little bird motif and the sun at the centre.
Clock turned into wall decoration.
Yup, the crochet motifs sure didn’t fix my clock, but it did make it cuter (no offence, clock).
The magical amigurumi unicorn
It’s been a while since I last crocheted (is that a word, or am I just making it up?) an amigurumi. My sister and I made a bet on whether I will land on a teaching job before July or not. She reckons I will and if she’s right, she wants me to get her a unicorn poster she likes. That, plus the fact that I missed playing with yarn, gave birth to this amigurumi unicorn. I got the pattern from Ana Paula Rimoli’s third book.
I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this, but it was using her books that I taught myself how to crochet. She designs really cute animal amigurumi, so if you’re into cute crochet things, you should definitely check her out!
I stumbled into an exhibition while window shopping at the mall quite close to Earth Day 2013. It showcased past Earth Day posters and I’d like to share some animal ones that I quite like.
Girls should really learn to just take pictures of the object they want to show, eh?
Eek, sea unicorn! I mean, narwhal *cough*
I took the pictures with my phone, so the quality is a bit compromised. Apologies.
On Christmas day, I had the privilege of eating some pavlova my ex-boyfriend’s mom made and it was absolutely divine! None of the pavlova I’ve tried was close to how good hers was – even thinking about it now makes my mouth water. Almost immediately after I got back home, I started to crave for her pavlova. I tried looking for one here but not one cafe or restaurant serves them! Can you believe it? As I have no luck trying to find it, I made an attempt to bake one myself.
It’s alright, but it’s still not nearly as good as hers. I had to substitute strawberries for peaches, as it’s really hard to find good strawberries here. This may well be the reason why the taste is a bit off. Regardless, I miss eating good pavlova…