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In today’s video I wanted to share with you all the things that I have been making over about the last… two or so months, and I say making, not sewing, because I have fallen DEEPLY, MADLY, head over heels in love with crochet. I can’t believe I’ve never tried crochet before… it’s so much fun! For some reason I always thought that it would be too difficult or I just wouldn’t find it interesting because I have tried knitting before and I didn’t like knitting. So I thought that crochet was pretty much the same. It’s so different and I just I don’t know why but I like it so much better. Anyway, my support worker actually, my amazing support worker who comes over once a week to help me out around the house due to my disability, she is an awesome crafty lady and she taught me the basics of crochet. So in the last video, I think I showed you my first ever finished piece, which was a beanie… Well, I’ve now made three beanies. I’m a bit obsessed with making beanies! This is the first one I made actually. The good thing about making my own hats is That I have a very, very small head circumference, so I’ve never been able to find beanies that look decent on me and I really wanted one for winter. I live in Australia, it’s winter right now. It’s a bit cold outside when I say cold. It’s like… Literally 20 degrees today, but you know, that’s cold for us Australians. Anyway, I wanted a beanie that would fit my tiny head and so, I made one. So the patterns of this is actually one that I just kind of made up. I learnt how to crochet in the round which is how you make it like you do a big kind of spirally thingy – if you know how to crochet you’ll know what I mean. If you don’t it’s not gonna make any sense anyway, so I guess that I could post the pattern for these online if you guys want it? I’ve been a bit hesitant because I literally just started crochet… So I’m worried that I don’t really know what I’m talking about, but if enough people want me to post the pattern for this then I will just don’t get mad at me if it’s not like…perfect. So let me quickly show you the other colors. I showed you this one in my last video it was made with wool from Uruguay… called… let me look this up… It’s called Manos Del Uruguay and it’s this awesome – it’s actually a non-profit, fairtrade organization from Uruguay which provides jobs for women living in Uruguay and helps them make a living and live above the poverty line… and then this third beanie I made it with a bunch of different yarn, some was secondhand that I got from Luci’s mum. And the rest I think was uh, I’ve bought so much yarn in the last two months. I can’t even remember. I know a lot of it was from Morris & Sons. Anyway, I made these stripy colored kind of earthy turned beanie, and I think it’s also v, v v cute. One of the reasons I’m really enjoying crochet is because for the past month a lot of you know I’ve been having really bad time with my health – have been having lots of migraines and I’ve been finding it difficult to be working in my studio at my sewing desk like sewing away, bending over the sewing machine has bright lights and I’m finding lights difficult… So crochet is really good because I’ve been able to kind of sit reclined on the couch and crochet away while listening to podcasts in like a fairly darkly lit room. It’s definitely not as energy intensive as sewing is so for really fatigued days I’ve been really enjoying still having something crafty that I can do. That said I have actually managed to sew up one complete garment in the past two months, which is… these pants! Okay, I’m gonna have to… I’m gonna have to do full-body shots and put it here! So these pants are actually a pattern from Tilly and the buttons. This was my first time ever trying a Tilly and the buttons pattern. I’ve only ever heard such good things about them, about how they’re really beginner friendly, easy to use, and they also teach you lots of techniques and methods as you sew so they’re kind of like a sewing lesson and a pattern combined in one. And so these are the Marigold pants. With the Marigold pattern you have the option to either just have the pants or turn it into a jumpsuit as well. I decided just to make the pants because I really wanted some cute tartan pants, with a comfy stretchy elastic waistband… Pockets! Pockets! Pockets! THEY HAVE POCKETS YEAH MMM MMM POCKETS ARE THE BEST! And so this first pair was just meant to be kind of like my wearable prototype I wasn’t entirely sure if the fit was going to work out and they suggest making the first one in a cheap fabric because it might not fit you. You might have to like adjust it a little bit here and there and that’s what you can do on this pair, but I was lucky and this just fit me perfectly. I don’t think I’m gonna have to do any adjustments with this. They’re super comfy – what I really like about them is that they’re quite high-waisted which makes them really good for wearing when I’m using my wheelchair. Sometimes when pants or skirts are a bit too low waisted I end up with a bit of bum crack when I use my wheelchair all day. So I really like things that a high waisted or have like a longer seam at the back so that reason and I love the stretchy waist. I’ve decided that I want most of my pants, or most of the things that I make from now on to have a stretchy waist because one of my chronic illnesses means that I bloat a lot and I go up and down a couple of pant sizes like within a day or a few days and that’s very frustrating when you’re trying to wear things that are fitted! So now on everything that I make that goes anywhere around my belly is gonna be elasticated or free fitting. But yeah back to the pattern, I highly recommend it. It was a paid pattern – it’s a little bit expensive, it’s probably what was it like twelve pounds which is around $20US I think? But it is easily the best pattern – the best commercial pattern – that I’ve ever worked with. In addition to the instructions that come with the pattern they even have a full like step by step with photo sewing tutorial on their blog which I found really invaluable and I learned a lot making these so I’m definitely gonna be buying Tilly and the button’s patterns again in the future, but first I’m going to like make as many possible versions of this pattern as I can. A really cool thing is that you can hack it into all these different patterns, so like really you’re getting like eight or something patterns in one. So yeah, I really recommend it I’ll pop the link in the description box below. So something that I am in the process of sewing right now is a sweater shirt which I wanted to make cute and pink and slightly oversized and I also am going to be doing it’s not called lantern sleeves… I can’t think of the name of the sleeves right now, future Annika will put it here cause she will look it up… but yeah, I wanted to make those kind of sleeves so I made the sleeves really wide at the moment they look like they’re going to be bell sleeves, but I’m actually going to cinch this little bell with a elasticated cuff. I feel like I’m explaining myself so badly, I hope you understand. Actually you know what I’m gonna do, I’m gonna put – here’s the picture I drew of this design before I started sewing it up to explain what I’m going for. The other things I have been making this month are all crocheted things so sorry, if you are only into sewing but if you are let me try and convince you that crochet is awesome and you should give it a go. It’s so fun. So something I crocheted… this is just last week of these little hand warmers. My hands have been freezing every time I go out and leave the house because it is winter So I made these cute little wrist warmers if you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen um that I attempted to add a thumb… I got too big for my boots I got overconfident and I was like, hey, I could totally you know, I’ve got the base for mittens here So let’s just try and crochet your thumb and I ended up with this Which looks more like a monster’s claw than anything and I’m not trying to cosplay a monster right now so removed the thumb – good thing about crochet, is that when you make a mistake, like a giant monsters claw, you can unravel it really easily, really quickly it’s a lot quicker than seam ripping which I still HATE doing. Anyway, they’re very cute and I like them. Oh and the pattern for these is a free pattern that is from crafts.. craftsy? I’ll put the link for them in the description box below because I’ve already had some of you asking me what the pattern was on Instagram and they’re totally free and REALLY easy to make. I made them in one evening in one sitting. So yeah, I like them a lot! I’m also halfway through making a stripey blanket – as you can see the edge is not totally straight here but I think it’s pretty decent for someone who just picked up crocheting I’m making it all out of warm toned and grey yarn so I’m just using random bits that I find here and there to make different stripes. The yarn from this has come from all over the place yeah, and I’m probably about halfway through at the moment. And then finally my most recent project – I just realised I haven’t taken off my wrist warmers… whatever. They’re cute. My most recent project is this crochet bag. I also used a free tutorial for this one, which is from the YouTuber Donna Wolfe, the tutorial is the granny square bag and that tutorial is really easy and clear and simple so I highly recommend trying it out if you like the look of this. I’ve made it out of this super chunky sixteen ply, 70’s style cotton yarn, so it’s kind of more like ropey feeling, it’s not as soft as like gloves. Yeah again, I’m not finished I still have to line it. I’m going to line it with – I’ll show you – I’m going to line it with this fabric because we’ve got some nice oranges and greens and this fabric is remnants of a bed sheet that I got years ago – this cute vintage bed sheet that I thrifted and have also made a top and skirt out of already, but there’s like, small amounts left, but it’s about wide enough to be used as the lining for this bag so I think it’ll work perfectly. I’m gonna try and do a little pocket in the lining and then I’m gonna attempt to do some straps, but I’m so happy with how this is turning out so far. It’s gorgeous. I’m just loving crochet so much I think that my sewing skills have actually helped me pick up crochet really really quickly, but on the whole I do think that crochet is probably a little bit easier than sewing. I promise I’m not giving up sewing! I just, I mean I want to combine the two I’m gonna be combining the two in this, and I want to get really good at crochet so that I can start making tutorials because I love it and I want to share my love of it with you all, but yeah, I’ll also link some YouTube channels that I found really useful for teaching me the basics of crochet and getting started, I’ll link them all in the description box below, so links galore in the description box below! Now, time for some exciting news and a little message from our sponsor. Luci: I gotta burp. Sorry. Luci: I know that’s going in now. Annika: Hi!
Luci: Oh, hi, I didn’t see you there Annika: We have some exciting news that I wanted to share with you all. You’ve probably seen it all over social media already because I posted it everywhere in my excitement… Anyway, what happened last Friday?
Luci: Last Friday, I had to go into the government office. Annika: What else happened last friday? Luci: We took Ella to the park
Annika: And then what happened at the park? Luci: We got engaged!
Annika: We got engaged! Annika: I don’t have the ring on me but it’s true…
Luci: It’s getting resized Luci: [singing] Luci: Yes, I asked Annika to marry me, and she said yes.
Annika: And I cried so much… oh I’m gonna cry again Luci: But you’re not here for romance, you’re here for an ad! Annika: Yes, you are Luci: If you’re seeing this video society has collapsed, and we have seven important tips for you Annika: What???! Luci: you said to be concise not go off on a tangent
Annika: so today’s video Luci: can’t you see why she said yes? Can’t you see why we’re engaged? Annika: Help me Annika: So today’s video is sponsored by our faves… Squarespace! So my website and now the site on which we host our podcast. Luci: Yes. Oh my gosh. This is an ad within an ad! It’s adception! Annika: is hosted by Squarespace and you actually had a chance to work with the Squarespace system and website now – I’ve been making Luci upload some of the podcasts sometimes as he is also involved in it, and how are you finding it? Luci: Well, yeah, it’s my job to upload the podcast. Annika: It’s his job and he’s done it maybe twice…
Luci: I am very bad at using the computer, and people are sitting there thinking like, ‘oh one of these millennials that says they’re bad at the computer but really they’re just fine because they’re millennial’. No, I’m really truly bad. I’m like much older and less skilled person when it comes to using the internet and computer Annika: Hey, that’s ageist… Luci: Okay, I’m just, just unskilled then. Annika: every time Luci has a problem on the computer, he asks me to do it I’m like, why don’t you just google it, google knows this, but he doesn’t seem to know how to do that Luci: lack the skills, lacking googling skills. Using Squarespace is very intuitive for the computer challenged like me the template like the way you can move things around in the template is very intuitive Annika: Yeah, when I set up the Squarespace website annikavictoria.com/podcast um to like work with Apple iTunes there was like this whole tutorial how to do it on the Squarespace blogs, like the help section and it was really easy to setup. Luci: With Squarespace, it’s legitimately really easy. And what would you do if you had a problem with Squarespace? Annika: If I had a problem with Squarespace I would contact their 24/7 award-winning customer support Luci: Award winning? Annika: Yeah award winning! Also Luci in the video I just made I was talking about how I wanted to release a pattern, and I think that I can do that through Squarespace. So I’m gonna try and set that up . Luci: Sew it yourself! Annika: I was even I’m thinking of making like a little pay what you want so like you can download it for free or you like pay what you want to like support me for the pattern. Luci: It’s really easy to set up an online store, they have all e-commerce. It’s all in the one place, so it’s really good. You can have your online store, you can have your podcast – if you’re a multimedia branded personality hashtag influencer like Annika, you can put it all in one place. Annika: You can! Also my website looks really nice, too. You should go and check out the new podcast section not only to listen to our podcast but to just check out how like nice and simple, but also I think attractive it looks! Luci: And listen to the podcast and leave a comment there on the website! Annika: Yes, people can leave comments about the podcast and that’s where we can read them and so they’re not in all like ten different places Luci: yeah if you want to talk to us about the most recent podcast episode Annika: We may not reply because we are very busy… Luci: but I read them all!
Annika: Yes Luci reads them all Luci: I really enjoy reading them. Annika: Yes, so hopefully we’ve convinced you that if you have the need to make a website for any Luci: Uh I need to sneeze… Yeah, I sneezed so hard, I ruined my hair style. Annika: Stop laughing, I’m trying to do my bit! So hopefully we’ve convinced you that if you need to make a website Luci: Which you do… Annika: Everyone needs a website… then you should definitely be using Squarespace.com and you can go to Squarespace.com for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch your site go to squarespace.com/annika to save 10% of your first purchase of a website or domain. LucI: Yes and just do it, you need a website and we need to pay for our wedding… Annika: Yeah, we do weddings are expensive. Luci: So come on, you need a website! Make a website! I wanna see your website… make a website! Annika: Ok. thanks Giovanni off you go… Oh, no, you have a kiss mark, haha that’s true love! In the comments down below share with me the projects that you are currently working on or have just finished I’d love to know what people are sewing right now especially if it’s from a pattern company or if you’re making it up yourself or if you’re crocheting or knitting I know that I had a little rant about knitting there, but I do appreciate people who are good at knitting I just I can’t do it myself. Thank you all so much for watching. I will see you all in my next video. Bye! Thank you so much to all of my supporters on Patreon and Ko-fi for making these videos possible to support this channel with a one-off donation go to Ko-fi.com/annikavictoria or to become a monthly supporter go to patreon.com/annikavictoria. Also, check out these amazing small businesses that support my channel. I’m proud to know some of these people as friends, and their businesses are fantastic, you will not regret checking them out!