Before I get into the meat of this one, I'm just going to take a line to say Holy Crab-sprinkles! This is my 300th post!
OK, now that I'm done being stunned by the amount of time that has passed and the fact that I haven't been distracted by something shiny and wandered away, back to it!
I've been trying my hand at the arts and crafts over the last few years.
My most ambitious project so far was that I made a Deddy-Bear* for one of my friends for her 30th Birthday.
And of course it was my first project. I went from 'nothing' to 'super ambitious project made out of difficult to sew fabric'.
Luckily I have an incredibly crafty aunt who took me step by step through the process.
I - of course - forgot to take any pictures of it before I gave it to my friend but I've got another one 90% done that I've made for myself so I'll post a picture sometime this year hopefully**.
It looks a bit like this lovely bear by moonwing-pamela on deviantART but different as we put together the pattern ourselves and used shaggier fur.
I've started knitting, successfully produced a big-ass scarf...
...I cast on too many stitches because I didn't know how wide it would make it and then I had to make it long to balance it out... But look, if you wear it like this it is normal sized and extra cosy warm...
...and am now making lots of little squares for a snuggly rug.
I've learned how to crochet and have a tentative little learner's scarf on the go and probably some more little squares for a different kind of rug coming up sometime soon.
My new thing that I'm planning to throw myself into is trying to make a quilt.
And I've decided that the first one will be for my friend Awesome's baby - who is now somehow two months old! - who I'm sure will dribble and widdle all over it.
And this is the material I've chosen.
So friggin' excited!
And I am totally making one of these for myself!
And I have bought enough material to make probably a tonne of these because I didn't know how much I needed and erred on the side of super caution.
As you might be able to make out I have seven prints so some of them will go into the quilt design and some of them will probably become bags, maybe for holding quilts.
Very Hungry Caterpillar quilts for everyone!
Of course I haven't started yet, have no idea how long the process will take me and how often I'll be able to spend time with my crafty aunt and how much I'll be able to manage without her guidance but man am I excited.
*Toki's teddy bear from the TV series Metalocalypse
**It depends on getting time with my aunt and her heavy-duty sewing machine.