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Lee Mac. Crochet artist. Crochet portraits = Obsession. I am surgically attached to my Ipod and crochet hook.
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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Gough Whitlam
A Short History of Nearly Everything
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
One Summer: America, 1927
Gone with the Wind
Who I Am
Small Bamboo: How my family's journey on a leaky boat led to our wonderful life in Australia
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Sushi for Beginners
Rachel's Holiday


Monday 8th February, 2016
Couple of Crocheting CALsters!

The wonderful RACHEL has edged up to 45%! guys !!!
The flesh tones are mixing together beautifully and we are SO CLOSE to seeing Rose's lovely eyes !
Can't wait for the next update Rachel!! The eyes are where the magic truly happens !!
Speaking of magic guys...

Can we all take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous SHARON who has hit 25%! and raise the roof because she has done it in 40 degree weather !!!
Western Australia has had a staggeringly hot summer that is set to continue for a while yet so Sharon...for you my love...

Keep yourself parked under that AC Sharon and think cool thoughts my friend!! Your CAL is looking BANG ON with some fabulous texture and depth coming through surrounding that hand that is neatly tucked away there
Absolutely nailing it ladies!!!

Lee xox

Sunday 7th February, 2016
Bobbles Abound!

FINISHED my crocheted pixel version of 'Danisnotonfire' (Youtuber) !!
This was way too much fun to work on ! I how the little llama hat came out in pixel form!! Something about the bobbly texture of this stitch just lends itself to pixel graphs and AMPS the cuteness factor up to DANGEROUS LEVELS!!!
Now to work up a back piece and turn him into a cushion !
Then before returning to the CAL I must make up a pixel 'Amazing Phil' cushion to join him because honestly...

Lee xox

Friday 5th February, 2016
Bobbles & Books!

Appropriate GIF to reflect my feelings toward pixels right there ! I feel you Dan
I'm SO CHUFFED with how this is turning out !! I have nooooooooooo idea how to back it yet... ..however I have to finish off his llama hat before worrying about cushion conversions !!
I cannot BEGIN to tell you how inspiring it has been to try something new and to see yourself getting better with each row
For anyone interested in learning more about the bobble stitch, I have some links to some SUPER HELPFUL video tuts and blogs that helped me to learn this fun yet addictive stitch!!
Shatan's Shenanigans - Shatan is the FABULOUS woman who introduced me to this technique through sharing her incredible Harry Potter inspired bobble blanket !! Oh my gosh it's truly GORGEOUS and all you're going to want to do is smoosh the screen when you see it, but honestly it's one of the cutest projects i've ever laid eyes on ! If you are on RAVELRY.COM then you MUST pay her PROJECT PAGE a visit!! Also check out her Dr. Who CAL on Facebook !!
Crafty Ridge Harry Potter CAL is the home of the HP panels Shatan used in her blanket and there are links to great video tutorials as well as a really helpful run-down on how to turn your piece into a cushion! Take note Lee!! !!
Repeat Crafter Me okay this page and it's video tuts is where it's @ guys It wasn't until I got my peepers on to this page that the technique TRULY began to sink in!! I HIGHLY recommend setting yourself up with hook in hand and crocheting along to the video tutorials because that cemented it for me There were countless presses of the pause and replay buttons however it is REALLY easy to see where your hook is meant to go! She also has THE BEST and clearest video when it comes to 'colour changes' and 'how to carry your yarn'!
Bella Coco However! If you are someone that prefers being talked through a new method, I really found this video tutorial from Bella Coco super helpful!

So although this technique may seem daunting at first, it is SO MUCH FUN once you get the hang of it and the cute bobble texture it creates is just so fun to squish and ahhhh too too cute!
In other news, I have been reading like a crazy person.
2016 must be the year of devoting time to multiple hobbies for me! Especially when it comes to reading because I seem to be smashing my way through the pages these past few weeks !!
So far I have read 4 BOOKS already this year!!

Which i've all liked! BONUS!
I've just realised I haven't done a proper 'wrap-up' vid on these yet.. I think I might wait till the end of February and do a 'Summer Reading Wrap-up' and do some quick-fire mini reviews about my thoughts and feelings! Because I am set to have one hell of a reading month this Feb!
As mentioned over on my Youtube channel I will be participating in the Rainbowthon 2.0 read-a-thon from 7th to 14th Feb PLUS I am buddy reading the Narnia Chronicles with my gorgeous gal Di who also has a youtube channel that you should CHECK OUT AND SUBSCRIBE TO ASAP!

They are FLUFFIN' HUGE MAN!!! 600+ PAGES EACH! Total chunksters!!! How in the world am I going to read my way through them in two weeks!?!
So it appears that my spare time in February will be me drowning in a pile of yarn and books....
Hands up if you can think of WORSE things?!?!

Lee xox

Tuesday 2nd February, 2016
Fab Feb!

FEBRUARY ALREADY!!!! WHAT!!??? I am not handling the blur that is time speeding away from us!!! 2016 SLOW YOUR ARSE DOWN MAN!!!
Good grief !!
Thankfully the new month also brings a swag of yummy updates to sink our teeth into !

The lovely Wanda has taken Mr. Weasley up to 70%! !!!
I LOVE seeing a bright yellow background on Ron! Gives me all those nostalgic feelings over my panel from all those years ago
Looking BRILLIANTLY BRIGHT thus far Wanda !!!
Guess what else guys... the Doctor is in!!!
ALMOST in !!

The lovely RACHEL has edged Rose and the Dr. up to 42%! which now gives us AN ENTIRE MOUTH!!!! !!!
Eeeee EYES are not far away folks!!!!!

The AMAZING MICKY has taken this ADORABLE pair (*gasp* spoiler!) to 35%!
I also feel a bit guilty in reporting that this piece is coming in at just under 5 FEET WIDE holy moly!! However, I don't feel too bad because look at how freaking BEAUTIFUL it is already!!!!
Beyond stunning as always Micky!!
Now for something a smidge different!
The lure of trying something new has been too strong these past few days, so I have had another crack at the popcorn/bobble/puff stitch!!

It doesn't half show that i'm a complete stranger when it comes to working with bobbins does it?!?!
As with the Harry panel, I am learning LOADS as I try out different colour-carrying methods and yarns with this piece
I'm certainly not 100% happy with it, but I will be continuing with it as I think with a bit of stretching etc, it shouldn't look too bad by the end !
As for what it is, you'll just have to wait and see !!

Lee xox