Thursday, April 23, 2015

Colouring In For Adults

There's a new craze sweeping the globe and it's got everyone reaching for their pencil bags! Adults all over the world are taking up one of our favourite childhood past-times, colouring in. Indeed, colouring books aimed at adults are selling like crazy. In a world where stress and deadlines are no stranger to us, it can be remarkably comforting to pick up a soothing, zen-like creative hobby, and the pen-and-paper aspect of colouring in also provides us with a much-needed break from staring at a screen all day.

My first re-introduction to colouring in was with this post from CupcakeMummy. I quickly downloaded and printed a copy of the page, grabbed my koki pens and slowly started filling the page with bright colours. This was the final object (it's now cheering up my desk at work!). [Pardon the bad lighting, these photos were taken at my desk!]

I've also done this mandala-style owl in very girly colours! (download the free printable here)

Now that I've caught the bug, I've been looking at actual colouring in books for adults. I was recently in PNA and saw this one on display, so I just had to get it! (It's also available in English - although the only difference is the cover. I've since seen it in several bookstores, both online and brick-and-mortar.) It has a mixture of bold geometric patterns with some more intricate designs (I'll post some pictures once I've coloured a few in.) I've also got my eye on a few of the Creative Haven Colouring books, also available on Takealot.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Adventures in Crochet #1

As you may have seen on Instagram, I'm now addicted to crochet! It all started in the middle of December, when I was staying with my parents for the Christmas holiday. I'd seen this gorgeous hand-crocheted blanket in the shops on sale for a small fortune, fallen in love with it, and my mom offered to teach me to crochet for myself. I started out with some old blue cotton yarn that she had found at home, and after much staring at her hands effortlessly work a crochet hook and an hour or two of practicing my own very wonky stitches, I started to get the hang of it.

For my very first project, I decided to go with a simple granny square blanket. I decided to do solid-colour blocks, rather than the more conventional multi-colour blocks, but chose a few coordinating shades. These neutral shades were inspired by the blanket that first caught my eye.

I bought all my cotton from Thimbles, Quilt and Knit in Durbanville - I can def recommend them if you live in the area, they have an amazing selection of yarns! The cotton yarn that I chose is Vinnis Colours Nikkim -  a 100% cotton, super-soft yarn that is hand-dyed in Cape Town. The colours I used for the squares were Slate 540, Khaki 571, Sand 578  and Dune, and I'm using Natural 500 for the joining and border. I'm using a 4 mm hook for this project.

Here are some work-in-progress pictures of how far I currently am! I've finished all my squares (13 rows of 9 squares) and am now in the process of joining them using this tutorial. Joining is now taking rather long as I can no longer just carry a ball of cotton and a crochet hook around with me, the blanket is starting to take up considerable size! I'm mostly just working on it on weekends when I can sit down in front of the TV and crochet away! I can't wait until it's finished and I can show it off!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Music Monday

Yes, the return of Music Mondays! Here's the song that I've been playing on repeat for the last few days:

I haven't even had my morning cup of tea yet and I can already tell that this week is going to be a tough one. Just looking at my to-do list is making me hyperventilate. So deep breath in, sigh it out. We can do this, folks. Have a great week!