Sunday, 27 February 2011

Creative Challenge Week #8 (and Alice makes her grandmother proud)

As you probably know if you're reading this, I go to St Andrews university. It's very nice and I like it lots, though it can feel like far too small a place to be stuck in for 4 years! Since I've started working here over the summer as well, I really never get away from the place and forget how lovely it is and pine for shops and people who aren't students. It's a strange place, both of the fun, quirky kind, and also the Just Plain Odd kind. I haven't studied here while Prince William did, so I don't really know what it was like, but it sounds like he led a pretty normal student life (well, not the kind I live, but the kind all the posh kids live) and I think this is one of the only towns you could really get away with that in!

Anyway, as you may have seen on the TellyBox, Mr Future King and his Lady Friend came to visit!

I've sort of met royal people twice before. I'm not... big on the whole royal family thing (though my grandma thinks I'm unpatriotic and rubbish for my non-brown nosing ways) but you know, it's still kind of exciting. When I was 12-ish my school's wind band was supposed to play for the Queen for her olden jubilee thing, when she officially opened the Gateshead Millenium Bridge ... but she arrived late and we had already played. D: (We weren't particularly impressive, but we were quite fun and organised for a state school wind band - Mr S made us play all sorts of tunes I never realised were quite as hilarious until I think back on it. Also, you always need children when the royalty visit, add some cuteness. It's the rules.) Prince Phillip did chat with us for a bit though, and was very nice and jolly!

The next time definitely counts as a proper meeting. It was my school's (different one!) tercentenary and my friends and I had helped create a school board game as a celebration type thing. It was completely ridiculous. We filled it with inside jokes and it was probably completely incomprehensible to everyone else. Still, we sold enough to cover the costs of printing the board and cards etc.! My first (and last...) successful business venture! Anyway, somehow, my tiny school managed to bag the Queen on her general North-Easterly visit to open the new Sixth Form Centre, god knows how. They were massively chuffed about this and made this whole sort of walk-through tour through the building for her, and we were allowed (ORDERED, actually, I didn't want to do it) to get a table to ourselves and our board game.

The Queen got walked past all the other stuff (which was way less embarrassing) and then we had to stand there in front of the monarch and explain we'd, ur, made a board game. She looked a bit confused, and asked a question. These being the only three words the Queen has ever said to me: "Is it playable?" Bit disappointing.

1.) Two of those words are only two letters long.
2.) I'm not sure the third is a word.
3.) She at least briefly entertained the notion that we had either a.) designed a game that was intentionally purely decorative or b.) failed to design a working game.

I feel slighted.

So the only word I have ever said to the Queen is "yes." I think I should've stuck a "ma'am" on the end there, but I forgot. Oops.

Someone else in my group had a moment of complete idiocy and decided to offer her a copy and we all groaned and whinged at him afterwards because god it was cringey. She didn't look especially enthusiastic, got to admit. Don't know if that ever happened. I doubt it!

So I didn't have very high expectations for the royal visit to St Andrews. By which I mean I wasn't going to go, hahaha. I had class in the morning, so was going to come home and eat cake and maybe watch the highlights on tv and make disgruntled noises. It's INCONVENIENT. We'd had loads of places fenced off for ages and classes cancelled and rearranged and everything. I tried to go to class that morning, but forgot photo ID (which, yanno, isn't something I have EVER NEEDED BEFORE to go to my seminar) and was sent home by the security men who were quite rude, and told me off for having not "known better" on a "day like this." Walked home, but it takes me 20 minutes to get home (and no taxis because ALL the sodding roads were blocked off) so I would have caught the last ten minutes. So I missed my tutorial on The Silmarillion and was very grumpy. :(

But for some reason, I ended up back in town with my camera and Beth, and it was quite a fun atmosphere and I had fun. So sue me. There were snipers on the roof and a fly-by and everything! We hung around for ages and it was cold but sunny but I took a photo in Kate Middleton's face! :)

Kate Middleton

Northpoint! Where Kate Met Wills...


My grandma would be proud! :3

I also escaped the confines of St Andrews yesterday and ran away to Edinburgh, which was an excellent change and I bought LOADS of yarn.

Obligatory Tourist Shot #1

Obligatory Tourist Shot #2

Have lots of plans for the yarn, watch this space! ^_-

All I have to show for my creative endeavours this week is this:

Pink Glovies

They are now in the possession of my housemate!

I also made my first amigurumi, but I forgot to take a photo. He's a little ghostie ♥

alice xox

Monday, 21 February 2011

Creative Challenge Week #7

This week I branched out into human sized clothes, le gasp! :O

I decided to have a stab at some fingerless gloves. I get really cold hands, but love having my fingers free, and wanted a pair that didn't get in the way of my crocheting so I could do it in the cold. :P

Here is one of the pairs that I made:

Teal Fingerless Gloves

Now started worked on a stripy pair which will probably go to my fellow cold-handed housemate if they turn out ok! :)

I am churning out doll hats at a rate of knots...


I am absolutely knackered so I hope you will excuse this day late post and my complete lack of anything interesting to say! I shall leave with this this cute photo of Beth, and the hope I will see many of you there next October! ^___~

BlytheconUK 2011?

alice xox

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Creative Challenge Week #6

First of all - if you've noticed you suddenly have a new follower, it's me! I have moved this blog from my old blogger account to my new gmail account - and so am blogging from a different account and had to add you guys all back so I have lots of pretty things on my feed! :)

The reason for the new gmail is actually because my hotmail (and battlenet) got hacked this week... no damage was done, but it panicked me because I'm incredibly stupid and use the same password for nearly everything. I know I know, I'm a complete idiot. I've changed that now, and you'll be pleased to know my WoW account had no serious damage. :P I was apparently spammy and inappropriate on chat and that's it. (Another member of my guild was hacked this week as well, but they weren't so lucky. Emptied our entire guild bank. Eeek!)

I have learned my lesson about bad internet hygiene! :$

Anyway, craftiness! My love affair with crochet continues! :P I have borrowed (perhaps unwisely) a massive boxset of House from my housemate (one of those programmes I neglected to watch and now am kicking myself) and so have found the perfect multitasking combo: House and crochet. :P I don't really watch episodic TV - by which I mean, most of my programmes have way more of sense of continuity from episode to episode, and I get super hooked and binge for hours because I need to see each plot arc through. House does have that, but the episodes are way more self contained and that's quite a novelty. I finish one and can then stop, and do something else. It's less dangerous to my work! :P

Anyway, I crocheted a woolly kindle cover as my beloved kindle didn't have a home (and was getting jealous of Gavin's fancy official Amazon cover) -pretty straightforward pattern I came up with myself, could probably do better next time with regards to the colour swapping and shape. :)

Kindle Cover

At least my kindle is cosy now!

I am also halfway through a pair of rainbow handwarmers, but I'm not sure about them yet and they might be for the unravelling, so no photos. :)

I think making Blythe hats is my new favourite thing ever. The scale is definitely a big part of the appeal - my yarn goes further and they're so quick compared to human sized things!

Flower Hats!

I learned how to crochet flowers last night and it was very exciting. :D I was thinking about setting up an Etsy shop to sell them - not because I want to make profit, or because I think they're particularly excellent, just because I enjoy making them and there has to be some sort of turnover - my girls only have so many heads... :P

I'd love to know your opinions on this! I have no idea how I'd price them, if they'd even sell, etc... I'd just love to keep on making cute little hats and playing with yarn! Please do let me know your thoughts~

alice xox

Monday, 7 February 2011

Creative Challenge Week #5

Alas, my last week of vacation. :( Finished yesterday (when I should have done my blog update, but I was distracted by WoW and forgot, oops) and I was back to class today. Despite the compulsory "booo less free time" kind of reaction, I'm actually excited to be back and be doing work! My modules are fun and I prefer having some kind of structure. :) Even though classes don't really provide me with a whole bunch of structure, as an arts student! I have two classes a week... but I have work to be doing, and so a reason to get up early and be productive. :D

It's been poop weather here, tonnes of rain and really windy, so I haven't really braved it, for food or photos. xD

I have been quite productive on the crochet front, though! :) I am getting better at making properly fitted Blythe hats, and even gave one some little embellishments, as modelled by Beth! :)

Ladybug Hat

I also completed a human sized item, a crocheted bag! ^_^

Fashion First Aid

The pattern is Fashion First Aid by Sarah Davis, which is in the Stich N Bitch crochet book. I altered it slightly to make the strap longer (200 rather than 140 stitches) and was a bit sloppy in counting my rows, so the back is longer than the first. Lazy mistake! >__< Still, weee, a crochet bag! I feel all proud of myself whenever I wear it! :3

Anyway, hoping for better weather next week and lots of exciting lectures :D I have my first Tolkien class tomorrow, weeeeee~

alice oxo