September Roundup

So, another month has flown past and I truly have no idea where the time has gone. One minute it’s September and I’m rejoicing the fact that Autumn has finally arrived; the next minute it’s October and I am struggling to remember what happened in September.

I do love October though. Once October arrives it means we are well and truly into Autumn and, those of you who already know me, know that I love, love, love Autumn and, if you haven’t read it before, you can check out the ‘10 Things I Love About Autumn‘ by clicking here.

Anyway, I thought as it’s the first day of the month, I would do a quick, crafting round-up post for September followed by a quick outline of what I have planned for October.

And so…without further ado…

Crafting and Creativity

I’ve made a little collage of all the knitting and crochet projects I’ve been working on in September.

September roundup

SEPTEMBER YARN-LOVE

Starting clockwise from the large image in the top left we have Jane Crowfoot’s Sunshine and Showers, mystery crochet-along (CAL). I still have a bit of catching up to do on this one. It comes in monthly instalments through ‘Crochet Now Magazine’ and I think we’re now up to part six although I’ve only managed parts 1 & 2 so far so I’d better get my skates on. The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK and I absolutely love it. In fact, I love it so much I’ve bought the yarn and a pattern to make myself a gorgeous cardigan in the Storm Blue. You can see the colour in the left hand side of the photo.

Top right is one of the knitted squares from my knitted blanket that I’m making – one square per week. I took the photo for Instagram as I love this stitch so much. It’s the Half Fisherman’s Rib and it really is lovely to work with. In fact, I like it so much I’m thinking about making a jumper in that stitch however, after looking at all my WIPs and all the projects I have waiting to be started, I’m not sure it’s such a good idea. Ho hum! What to do? What to do?

Middle right: I’ve finally finished all the blocks for the Deramores’ Emma Blanket, mystery CAL which means all I have to do now is to sew it all together which is proving to be a bit of a marathon. However, I’ve come this far with it and I refuse to give up at this late stage. I know for a fact that it’ll be gorgeous once it’s complete and that’s what’s keeping me going. Hopefully I can show you the finished article at the end of this month.

Bottom right is a picture of a lovely little A5 notebook cover I made for my ‘ideas’ notebook. It’s made up of 5cm granny squares which I’ve crocheted together then finished off with a simple border taken from the book ‘Around the Corner Crochet Borders‘ by Edie Eckman (affiliate link). I love this book! There are so many great ideas for borders. I finished it off with a wooden button which picked up so many of the colours from the squares however, I’m not sure about it now and may change it for something plain.

Bottom middle: these are some gorgeous Anchor cotton yarns that I picked up in my local ’emporium’.  You can literally get almost anything in this shop if you look hard enough. These 50g balls were on offer and I couldn’t resist the colours which I thought would work perfectly for mandalas.

Bottom left: last month’s issue of Crochet Now Mag. I just get so excited when it arrives. This month it included 2 chunky bamboo crochet hooks and a little book filled with chunky crochet patterns. Yay!! Even more things to add to my future projects pile.

So, that was it for September as far as crafting and creativity goes. Somehow I thought I had done much more than I actually had. In fact, when I made the collage I felt a bit disappointed at how little I had achieved but I fully intend to make up for it this month. And…I’m sure you’ve noticed…the nights are ‘fair drawin’ in’ as we say here in Scotland which means that I can spend more time crafting and creating without feeling guilty for not doing things outside because it’s still light.

Blogging

Over the last year or so I’ve really struggled with blogging however, every time I think of giving up Cupcakes and Cadenzas, something always draws me back to it so I know it’s still right for me. I have discovered what has been causing, or at least contributing to my blogging struggle though and I’ll write about it in another post just in case any other bloggers are going through the same thing. Suffice to say, my blogging mojo is back and I have no intention of giving up.

And so, I have set myself a little challenge. My challenge is to publish a minimum of 3 posts per week throughout October so…a minimum of 12 posts this month. It’s a personal challenge but I know that by sharing it here with you I’m more likely to stick to it than if I keep it to myself.

And that’s about it.

As always, let me know what you think.

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Until the next time,

Esscentual Candles

 

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