Pretty patterns and weight loss

Today I made this

Easter Amy

I found the free pattern on Sayjai's blog found here
Saw the doll and fell instantly in love and needed to make one right there and then. The pattern was really easy to follow and I really enjoyed making the doll. I named her Amy. the problem is she's too cute. Cute things always have hidden motives. Cute by day, evil plotting to take over the world by night. She has fimo cookies in her basket although you cant see them, they're poisonous so I wouldnt eat any of them if I were you.

Also in other news you won't know this cause I haven't told you but I'm a little on the podgy side and have been dieting to try and shed some stones. in november I was almost 14 stone. Thats not good for someone who is only five foot tall, so I've been trying to lose weight, well today I stood on the scales and im 12 stone 5 thats still not great but its quite an improvement on the 14 stone mark so i'm pretty pleased with myself. Just 3 stone to go and I will be a very happy bunny indeed. Im trying to lose it all before August as I am doing a comedy/music set at a punk/folk music festival and I did a set last year and I was 14 stone so to go back in a years time at 9 stone would really shock people I think. hehehe I can imagine that would feel amazing. So thats my goal. plus to be fitter would be nice.

Not been a good day

Our car got broken into or just generally vandalised, its hard to tell which because there wasnt anything worth having in the car, but the back window got smashed in. This is highly inconvenient because we only realised when we went to get in the car and saw glass everywhere, as a result had to cancel our plans tonight which is a bit of a downer.
My husband hasnt been in the best of moods today as it is without this being the icing on the cake. Smoo. Smoo is a word I use for sighing dissapointedly. I've used it for a few years now and all my friends use it now and my husband has just been using it constantly today.
Also today I woke up and my eye felt scratched I could barely open it without it feeling like I had half a sandpit in there. I ended up coming home early from work because the stonker of a headache i had Im guessing from eyestrain. When I got home I went to sleep and when I woke up I used some eyedrops. I noticed as I finished putting the drops in, that I had an eyelash GROWING on the inside of my eyelid. GROWING? why was it growing there? What a stupid place for an eyelash to be, so after an agonising pluck, it was gone and my eye although agitated for having been rubbed constantly all day instantly felt better, which is great cause I phoned the doctor today and the earliest they could see me was tuesday I mean great! Im glad I wasnt dying or anything!

Anyway enough of my whinging, its not been a good day. Hey lets talk crafts. Heres my first attempt at a crochet pattern, im actually working on writing 2 patterns at the moment, one for a snail and one for a mermaid, but heres a random bear pattern for now. As its my first pattern there might be wrong bits, if there are then please tell me so I can fix them. Thanks
amigurumi bear

Try your best

Do you want to see something funny. My first ever crochet project. I made this in Feb 2008. I'm a huge anime fan and I really love Cardcaptor Sakura so I thought what better way to start my crochetting skills than to make Keroberos
My first amigurumi
It took me ages to make and I was so incredibly proud. He always makes me chuckle when I look at him now. I imagine him saying "" A few months later i June 2008 I tried again...and well this is the result. I took him with me to a cosplay convention where I was dressed up as Sakura from the anime. I even made little Kero button badges to give to people.
kero verses kero
I love the fact that I can see soo much progress in that 2nd picture. It really does make me chuckle, and I kept both of them. I couldnt possibly part from my very first crochet project, I love him unconditionally like a first child. Even if he is a little on the rubbish side.

In other news i'm playing a few songs up at The George and Dragon pub in my town tonight. I have 2 new songs in my head that arnt quite finished so theres going to be a battle against time and me to see if I can perfect at least one of the songs before tonights performance. I like trying new stuff out on people. I mean I like all the songs I do, but sometimes I panic that people are getting bored of hearing the same stuff. My songs are funny but they can only be funny so many times before they get dull. Normally I only write one or two songs a year, but this year already I have written 3 (and one of those is the new crowd favourite) So with an extra 2 imbedded in my head i'm set to have written 5 songs before March which is amazing. That means I already have 5 songs ready for my next album. I will make money out of either my art or my music one of these days LOL. I dont want to be stuck in my day job forever

Keeping busy

So heres the strawberry hat I finished recently for my best friends newborn baby thats supposed to be popping out tommorrow. I'm really excited for her and i'm really pleased with how the strawberry hat turned out. The pattern can be found at Theartofcrochet its in the members section but I think its free to sign up. It was a really simple pattern and i've already been asked by another 2 people to make them one, so I will probably knock them out later tonight.
I am soo on a crafting bender at the moment, the thing is, being a gemini I tend to go through phases of obsessions. At the moment its crochet but who knows what next week it'll be. it might be me trying to learn japanese again, or robotics, or maybe something new might catch my eye. With a crochet hook in one hand and my guitar in another its tricky finding time to get new hobbies.
Music wise I have a lot of upcoming gigs. I've been asked to play a venue in Shoreditch and I have the usual ones in my home town and now theres also one in hemel hempsted and another couple in couple in camden. Its all getting a little busy but I guess I wont always be in demand so I should do as many as I can now whilst people still like my music. I sing comedy songs if anyone was interested.
JammieSammys Music page Yeah thats all taken off really rather suddenly. I finished recording my debut album in december and its just not something I ever thought i'd do. I mean of course I dreamed about doing it, but thats exactly my problem. I'm a dreamer, I never actually follow through on any of my ideas so this one has taken me by surprise.

Anyway I better stop blogging and actually go do those strawberry hats I promised.

Having subscription troubles

Has anyone heard of a new magazine thats out in the Uk called 'The Art of Crochet' I've seen it in shops, its one of those weekly collect the issues and put it in a binder thing, and every week they give you a ball of wool and teach you a new crochet technique so that you can make a square that will eventually all combine to make a throw. It looks ace. The thing is I have a problem.

I signed up for a subscription at the beginning of January and a week later I got my first issue, all was good I made my square, things were happy. Then I waited patiently for my next 2 issues to come as they were coming together...and i'm still waiting. The magazine is up to issue 8 now i've seen it in the shops The Art of Crochet but I havent even had issue 2 and it makes me sad. I mean I want to get stuck in, I want to do so many of the patterns I see in the mag and learn new techniques and I have to be patient. I dont want to be patient. I wrote to the people at the website and they told me issue 3 was needing a re-print which was why I hadnt got it yet, and that my sub would start in the middle of feb, but feb ends on sunday now and I still dont have any copies. *sighs*
Has anyone else signed up to the mag and has anyone else had any problems?

heres some stuff I made earlier

Well this years crafting projects so far whittle down to, a star afghan for my friends new baby, A strawberry hat, a doll which follows Beths Spirit doll pattern found on her blog by hook by hand
And Rigby the wonder dog.
Rigby the wonder dog
Rigby actually started out as a pattern fround on craftster, one of my most favourite sites online, the pattern was for a bunny pincushion Bunny pincushion pattern I saw it immediately dropped all my other craft projects and started making it, only once I had the main body piece I kinda deviated and made a dog instead, then he looked like he needed underpants and well...thats how Rigby turned out. I love making stories for my characters that I make and Rigby is no different...
Rigby is a bit of a loser really, he worked at a small office firm being an errand dog, fetching paperwork, making tea, he spent most of his working day at the photocopier machine where he daydreamed about being someplace better, and being someone special. He wanted to be in crufts as part of the working dogs events, doing the obstacle course, he wrote to crufts but they rejected him, as hes a bit on the podgy side. The same day he got the rejection letter he was also made redundant. This double whammy sent him over the edge
Now he wants to be a superhero and believes his cape gives him super powers but of course it does nothing of the sort. Completely out of his tree he goes round all day trying to do good deeds but on the whole messing things up.
I also made a crazily long rainbow scarf, doctor who type length and its ridiculously bright, thats for a friends christmas present but I havent seen him since November. the thing is I suddenly realised that rainbows are adopted by gay people as their badge of honour and well my friend isnt gay so I wonder if he'll use it or not. LOL by the time I see him it'll probably be summer anyway.

Anyway off to work I go, wonder what new craft project i'll come up with next?


Almost christmas

I've been having lots of dreams lately where i'm stuck someplace for example a multi story car park and I want to get out, but all the exits and stairwells have been replaced by escalators and they only go up. I dont want to go up I want to go down but thats not an option I have. I wake up feeling stressed and tired and frustrated and with a sense of forboding. Its probably nothing, but I worry. What if its about my gigs and stuff, things seem to be getting busy, I seem to be in demand at the moment and whilst I know that's not going to last, after all theres only so many times you can hear my stuff without getting bored, but I would hate suddenly for everything to take off and I wont beable to return to my normal life. I know a lot of people dream of fame and fortune and whilst the fortune part would be nice i'm quite happy to leave the fame part to other people. I dont want to have to worry about what I wear or what people think of me. Maybe i'm just reading too much into my dream.

My guitar has some new stickers on it. I have about 3 songs in my head that wont come out right on paper and I thought new stickers might help. The odd thing is the pack of stickers it has the words "STICKERS" in bright colours on the front of the packet then underneath it says "Acid free" I should hope so. Are they suggesting they have sticker sets that ARE full of acid? do they mean hydrochloric or the drug related acid? have people bought these stickers before, licked them, and then complained when they didnt get high? The odder thing is on the back of the pack it says "collect them all and try them one by one" so it leads me to think they're talking about drugs, and that there IS a set that isnt acid free.

In other news its almost christmas. Wait no its not you say...I say well actually we're already 2 months into the year, this year is going by so quick that before you know it it'll be christmas so i'm getting in early just so I can say I told you so.