Wednesday, 30 October 2013


And now for something completely different...

If you know me in real life you might have heard me mention a little something called NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is an amazing event that takes place every November when people across the globe come together to do something utterly over-ambitious: write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. 

What's that, you say? What's the point? How can you possibly write anything good in that short a time? Well that's the point! NaNo is an exercise of quantity over quality - going against your perfectionist instincts and just writing. Of course you can't write a good quality book in 30 days (especially if you have a full-time job) but it's great to be able to write freely, without abandon, and just getting practiced at putting words on paper (or screen). 

This year I'm very excited to be taking part again after two years of being too busy - I did take part (and managed to win!) in 2010 during my first year of university. To 'win' NaNoWriMo you simply have to reach the 50,000 word goal - there are thousands of winners each year (and no, you might not receive a physical prize for winning but dude, you wrote 50,000 words in 30 days - respect!) 

I will say that I do not consider myself a writer at all - I don't write much in my free time and NaNo 2010 is the only big writing project I've ever done. However I loved it so much in 2010 that I couldn't not give it another go this year. I've got no intention of publishing or trying to write professionally, but neither have a lot of other NaNo-ers - there's all sorts of people who take part. 

So, have any of you guys heard of NaNo or are thinking of taking part? It's not something that requires a lot of planning - when I took part in 2010 I signed up on the 1st of November with no plan but still managed 50,046 words. So if you have a little free time this coming month and feel like doing something utterly insane, why not give it a try? 

Katy xo

Sunday, 27 October 2013

[stitches] Sunburst Granny Square Placemat

You guys, I am so so sorry for not updating more often; it's been over a month since my last post and I can't apologise enough. My job is eating up all my spare time since I have such an awkward commute and I've been busy at the weekends so I've had barely any time for nails/crafting/baking, taking pictures, or writing posts. However, my weekends are much freer from now on so fingers crossed there'll be more content coming your way! 

Today I have another Platypus Stitches for you, this time crochet rather than knitting. I really wanted to have a go at the gorgeous Sunburst Granny Square pattern by Jenny from Nittybits, so I picked out a colour scheme and knocked up a square. After that, well I had to make it into something more. 

As you can see, I used a green/turquoise colour scheme with two different versions of the sunburst square. The pattern was dead easy to follow and I think it turned out really nicely. 

I attached the squares together just by sewing them along each edge, rather than crocheting them together. The border is made up of one row single crochet (US terms) in white, and then used this scalloped edge tutorial for the turquoise edging. 

Since I was kind of making this project up as I went along, I wasn't sure what it would turn out to be. I knew I didn't have the time to make a whole blanket, but just trying out the pattern and not finishing it would have felt wrong. So I was glad when I realised that the 3x3 square layout made the right size for a table placemat. 

This final photo shows you how it looks on my family's dining room table - it doesn't look super professional I know, but I think it makes quite a cute centrepiece with the plant. I'm thinking of perhaps doing a full set of four or six mats, or maybe some in other colour schemes. What do you reckon?

Katy xo