Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Meow!

Today I've got a couple of cat (real and yarn ones!) photos for you. I love cats and where I live there are quite a few strays who live outside. They are pretty wild and don't tolerate people too well. Luckily there are a few wonderful people who take them food and water every day and get them neutered so that the population doesn't get out of control.

I started to walk by from time to time to see them and there was this little black and white cat that really took my eye and I started to give him treats. In the beginning he would run away and only eat the food I left after I was far away, then after a while he'd start getting a bit closer. After a few months he's become really friendly and runs to me now when I call him! He's such a sweetie! Here he was last weekend investigating what I'd brought for him:



And last month I started a crochet cat following a pattern in a knitting book I've got. Crochet cat and knitting pattern? Yes! I'm a big fan of Tunisian crochet and the Tunisian knit stitch can pass for a real stockinette stitch. Anyway, the pattern I followed the pattern specifications and substitute the knitting for Tunisian crochet and here is the kitty:


I finished him this morning. I prefer the real one, but the crochet one is cute too :)

Here is the knitted one from the pattern book:


And in this next photo you can see a close up of the Tunisian knit stitch and see how similar it really is to knitting:


Knitted pieces are so great and there are so many beautiful patterns out there but I find working with two needles so fiddly and if I can avoid it and use just one hook, I will!

Other than that, today is 12/12/12 and at 12.12 this morning I took a photo of my clock:


There was an article in the paper this morning talking about 'date coincidences' and how this is the last one until the 1st of January 2101! Wow!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Baby dress

I finished it!



It is so cute and so tiny! It's the first time I've ever made a baby pattern and I had so much fun. I've already got out my stash of crochet magazines to see what other baby clothes I can make next :) I completely understand why my mum enjoys making baby crochet things now. I think I'll have a go at making a jacket and bootie set over Christmas.

This dress was made following this great this great FREE pattern. It's a really easy pattern to follow. Once I'd finished I added a little daisy and a single crochet border around the hem, arm holes and neck.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas coffee and a WIP

I love Starbucks Christmas coffee...it's so sweet and smells like Christmas! I had my first one this year at the weekend and it was delicious


Other than that, I weaved in the ends of all the granny squares I've made so far for my blanket/lapghan, I'm very proud of that because I normally leave that job until the very end of a project :)

Aaaaaand my WIPs are starting get a little out of hand because I've strated another one. A little baby dress:



I'm really enjoying following the pattern and it's working up pretty quickly. I'm using a DK yarn which I  think is my favourite weight yarn to work with - not too slow, not too fast!

I hadn't realised until I looked at the photo but I think this pattern slightly altered and in a thicker yarn would make a great cowl. What do you think?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Granny blanket

These last few days I've made a start on my first granny square project. I've made granny squares before but this is my first real project. I've got some stashed DK cotton yarn in a bright yellow and fuchsia and I started making squares:


If I've got enough yarn I'd like to make it into a blanket and if not I'll make it smaller and call it a lapghan :)


Look at all those ends I've got to weave in! I should make a start now, if I leave it all until I've finished all the squares I'll never finish it I know!

Other than that I've washed and blocked the shawl I've made for my mum and here it is:




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blocked Snowflakes

There are only 19 days to go until Christmas! I can't wait to decorate our house and I've blocked and stiffened some snowflakes ready to put on the tree:






Those last two are the same ones I posted photos of a few days ago. Blocking them really has made a world of difference. Especially to the last one. I didn't like it very much but once I blocked it, it became my favourite :)

To stiffen the snowflakes I used a 50% white glue 50% water mix and sprinkled a bit of glitter on them for added festiveness!

I have finished the shawl I started for my mum too. I'm going to block that this afternoon and as soon as it's dry I'll take some photos.

Other than that here is another little brooch I made:




How's your week going so far? :)
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