Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Knitted Snape Bookmark

So this was one of those thoughts that in your head seems like a really good idea but in reality turns out to be a bit of a disaster. This is probably the worst, most impractical bookmark of all time but I made it for my twin and she seems happy, so what can you do?

As you can probably tell I also still have yet to master the art of writing using chain stitch but I felt if I was going to embark on this terrible idea then I had to do it properly and see it through to the end. If for some strange reason you would like to replicate him (don't do it) the pattern is pretty similar to my mini knitted Castiel except instead of making legs you knit until it's bookmark length. I put some Cardboard in it to so he stays upright but to be honest I'm not sure whether that made it better or worst :).

I don't think there's really much else to add about this project but on a side note Exeter (where my twin lives) is a really beautiful place. I wouldn't recommend it if you're adverse to climbing up massive hills though but they have a lovely quay (in my head, though I know it's "key", I still pronounce this word "kerrway"), lots of old buildings and a really cool, if slightly random free museum.

I don't think the picture really makes it clear, but for only 40p a man will pull you across the river on his hand-operated cable ferry. You can't really get much cooler than that, can you? There is a bridge, but I think you pay for the novelty.
Bet you thought these birds were alive :). The stuffed animal section of the Exeter museum.
Until next time then :). Be good (and if you can't be good be careful).

Friday, 23 January 2015

Lord of the Rings Book Necklace

So I am a terrible person. I should be revising negation and articles and why you don't make the verb agree if it takes avoir in the passé composé unless the object pronoun comes before the auxiliary *groans*. But instead I've watched the whole of season 1 of Teen Wolf (deceptively terrible title, it was actually quite good) and made this...

Just to clarify, I made the book not the Evenstar, that "was a gift". It was very simple, just thick drawing paper, a little bit of cardboard, a biro and some coloured pencils. Of course if you're not artistically inclined you could always print of a mini book cover instead but I think doing it yourself is nicer (and they charge a lot for coloured printing in the library, plus I'd have to walk there).

For the pages I used nine rectangles of cartridge paper, folded in half and glued together, definitely do any drawing or writing you want on them first. For the cover you will need a bigger rectangle of paper folded in three (not equal bits, it should be; almost half the rectangle, fold line, little bit, fold line, almost half the rectangle) with a thin strip of cardboard glued down the middle section. I selotaped the eyepin to the cardboard and then superglued the book pages on top. I also glued the back page to the cover for extra security.

Red Biro over coloured pencil was surprisingly effective.

I filled the pages with a variety of things, the One Ring poem, a slightly awful tiny drawing of Gandalf, a bit of tengwar, normal stuff :) and unlike the Winchester journal, this isn't a mini prop replica so you can write or draw whatever you want inside it. Favourite quotes, a homage to Orlando Bloom's wig, the options are endless.

So you can compare it to the genuine article.

The final thing to do was to attach  a jump ring and put it on the necklace.
And there you have it. Have fun :)

Saturday, 17 January 2015

I Hate Revising!

One exam done :), one to go and very jealous of all my friends who have already finished. I like how my university makes you come back a few weeks before any lectures or seminars start, it gives you lots of time to revise for exams draw terrible Supernatural fan art. I don't know what happened to Sam's face but it wasn't anything good and I just gave up with Cas and decided to pretend that I meant it to look like that, which I can do because it's "art".
I admit, it's not my best work

Things I have done with all this free time:
  • Knitted (constantly)
  • Napped (almost constantly)
  • Wrapped a scarf around my head and pretended to be Queen Amadala
  • Drank an absurd amount of tea
  • Tried to remind myself several times that "only boring people get bored" and then succumbed to it.
  • Started watching the Christmas specials of comedies I don't even watch because that's all that is on BBC iplayer.
What I should have been doing:
  • Reading through my notes
  • Practising exam questions
  • Drawing mind maps
  • Making beautifully colour coded but ultimately useless flash cards
This is a slight exaggeration, I have been doing some work but I like to plan things around things I have to do so I find it hard to have so much unstructured free time. I've been good, and getting up and having breakfast by nine each day but sometimes I just go back to bed afterwards. Today I didn't even get dressed, I just put more clothes on over my pyjamers and pretended I was a normal functioning human being. Still after next week it'll all be over and when I'm back to lectures and reading lists I will long for weeks of nothing to do. C'est la vie.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Cable Knitting

Continuing with my quest (so much cooler than "new year's resolution") to learn some new knitting skills this week I've been cable knitting. I have until this moment always gazed in wonder at those who can do this mistakenly assuming that it was as hard as it looks. But like most things to do with knitting, it's really not.

If you can knit, purl, count and slip stitches onto a different needle and back again then you have all the skills you need. I had also always thought that you'd need specialist equipment, but although you can buy special cabling hooks you can also just slide the stitches onto a different needle. The green square is the most simple cable stitch, just switching from purling to knitting for the cable. I would recommend watching a YouTube video as it's always easier in my opinion to be shown how something works rather than read it, but the basic idea is that if for example you had a 6 stitch cable, you'd slip the first three stitches onto a needle, then knit 3 stitches, then slip those first three stitches back onto the left hand needle and knit them too.

 I'm sorry if that doesn't make perfect sense, I was up until two this morning finishing We Need to Talk About Kevin, it is an amazing book, although I'm jumping so late on that bandwagon that I think most people have already left.

Anyway, I'm back at uni now which is nice but I also have exams which is not so great and I feel like I've forgotten how to work, I can do an hour now tops before the lure of a nap or a snack becomes to great for me and one of my exams is on a Saturday! French grammar at 9 o clock on a Saturday must surely be some kind of abuse. Life is pain.

So good luck to anyone with exams.
Happy Revising! :D
*groans and curls back under blanket*

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Moss Stitch

So I failed my driving test for the second time today, life is pain, but I also finished off season 8 of Supernatural (WHY?!) and I learnt how knit in moss stitch so I'm trying to not see this day as a total disaster, *sobs*.

It's actually deceptively simple as I think most things to do with knitting are. You just cast on an odd number of stitches, for the first row you knit 1, purl 1, etc, for the second and third rows you purl 1, knit 1, etc and then for the fourth row you go back to knit 1, purl 1 and repeat those for rows. But Google could have told you that, as it did me, I used How to Knit Moss Stitch-For Dummies, it was about my level, :).

 I love how textured it feels but I do prefer knitting where I don't have to think too much, then I can watch TV at the same time.
In case you hadn't guessed this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship blanket. I wanted to have an excuse to try out lots of different stitches but I don't like knitting without actually making anything at the end and blankets are fun.

Now I'm going to wallow in self-pity, eat too much chocolate and finally finish Spartacus War of the Damned, though I'm sure it will do nothing to cheer me up,  "I looked into your future and I saw death", and I'm not sure my heart can take it :'(, I am aggrandising I know (new word, v.exciting) but if I'm in the right mood I have been known to cry at films such as Beauty and the Beast, Cool Runnings and even Bruce Almighty.

Anyhoo, enough of a ramble has been rambled, I'll leave you with one of my favourite lines from the series, said by my favourite character, A man must do what he can to brace against the sh!t of a simple day and if that isn't the best excuse ever for cracking open the whisky then I don't know what is.

I feel like my first post of the new year should have been more cheerful, but January is definitely the most depressing of all the months.