The hungry caterpillar

Here is my last big project modelled by the latest addition to our family, my nephew Elijah. :-)

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I think everyone will agree that he looks  absolutely gorgeous! I’m now wondering if I could make an adult sized one for winter :-)

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The Big Reveal

I teased with pictures of a project and said I would share the finished project once the tiny human it was destined for had arrived. :-)

Well arrived he has; the tiny human in question is my nephew Elijah :-)

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I saw photos of a crocheted sleeping bag and hat that looked like the hungry caterpillar months and months ago. Very much inspired by the photos I set about crocheting my own version.

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I didn’t use a pattern and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I wonder whether I could make an adult sized one :-)

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I made two hats as I have no clue about the size of babies heads. It’s nice tho as Elijah now has one to grow into :-)

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A new blanket

So I’m working on a new blanket. I’m using a similar colour scheme to the one I made for the back of my sofa (because it’s going to go on the back of the other sofa).

However, this time I’ve decided to make it out of nine granny squares rather than one large one.  I’m also being all geeky and matching the numbers of rows of each color to the Fibonacci sequence, so  1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13.

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A teeny sneak peek

I wanna share I really do! Here’s another photo (suitably cryptic) of my latest project. It’s based on something I saw on Pinterest. Looked straight forward enough to make without a pattern.

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I’m pretty much finished now just waiting on baby to make an appearance. C’mon! [Impatiently taps foot] :-)

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Bad blogger (hangs head in shame)

My last post was on the 5th of May. That’s awful!

I haven’t crocheted as much this last month or so. I’ve been tinkering(great word) around with my Tunisian hooks and doing school/work stuff.

In the last week I’ve made a baby gift. However, as it’s a gift all I can show at the moment is a very vague shot of colours and stitches.

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I enjoy blogging but I can’t help feeling like this blog should be mostly focused on crochet. I don’t mind the odd post about other things but I kind of want those posts to be an exception to the rule.

Sooooo…… I’ve started another blog that I can run along side my crochet blog. It’s  geared towards my interest in  the law of attraction and I think I’ll feel a bit more inclined and able to waffle about other things. The name of my blog is Guy Who Allows. Feel free to take a look and follow if you’d like. :-)

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Crocheted recycled basket

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A good while ago I started a  crocheted basket. Rather than use chunky yarn or purchased tshirt yarn, I was eager to try out an idea I’d had.

With the help of a pair of sharp scissors and the ironing board, I cut up an old double quilt cover and matching pillow cases making my own rag yarn.

Working with the largest hook I had, 10mm, I began working on a spiral/circular base. When the base was the desired size I crocheted the next round through the back lips only and then worked the sides evenly.

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Fiyero supervising photographs being taken

The other day, I thought the basket might look good with a lid so I  set about making a circle slightly bigger than the base and gave it sides like I did for the main basket.  In pleased with the result.

Ormskirk now to have a bit of extra space for my yarn stash :-)

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Gary the Donkey

The name of this pattern is  actually Angharad the Donkey and is available from TOFT as part of Edward’s menagerie. However, the donkey I’ve crocheted looks more like a Gary to me.

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The patterns in Edward’s menagerie are all very similar and result in several gorgeous amigurumi animals. The patterns are quite straight forward to crochet; that said I’m pleased I’m relatively experienced as a few elements of the pattern I had to extrapolate using past experience such as Gary’s facial features.

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I used honeycomb stitch and my tunisian hook to make the scarf. I think it just finishes him off nicely giving him a bit of colour.

I like donkeys they are one of my favourite animals.  Gary reminds me of a visiting a Donkey Sanctuary on the Isle of Wight a few years ago. Entry was free and we spent hours there watching the residents strolling in the sunshine and rolling on their backs (I didn’t know they did that).  They were so happy and so well looked after. :-)

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A new arrival

As many will know, we lost our beautiful cat Elphaba last month to antifreeze poisoning. We were devastated by her sudden passing.

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We are grateful that our little girl didn’t suffer for long and there is a certain amount of solace in that. We know our wonderful vets did everything they possibly could to help her and in the end assisted in making  her last moments as comfortable as possible.

Elphaba’s passing left a gap in our family. We were ok but felt something was missing. We discussed getting another cat and agreed that when the time felt right we would provide a home to another cat. As much as losing Elphaba hurt it did not undo all the wonderful moments we shared together.

This weekend just gone, we visited our local Cats Protection League Adoption centre. This is where we have got all of our cats over the years.We know the cats are well cared for here; the staff friendly, and the cats best matched to potential owners. There is also a lovely feeling you get when you adopt a cat… giving a homeless cat a chance and making a donation to a wonderful organisation.

We arrived, signed in and walked down the pens looking at the information that had been attached to each enclosure. Old cats. Young cats. Cats with no teeth.  There were lots of beautiful cats that would make lovely companions. We paused as we walked by the pen that once held Elphaba remembering the first moments when we met… when she chose us. :-)

We needed a cat that wouldn’t mind living with other cats and there were many who needed their own space. We liked the idea of a little girl and some confidence would give her a good start in our multicat household. Funnily enough the first cat we saw was the one we have adopted. A sweet little Kitten (6 months old) joined our family on Sunday.

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We are now undergoing the process of getting her settled and formal introductions to her new brothers and sisters won’t take place for another week and a half. Slow and steady wins the race.

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Her name at the adoption centre was Miranda but in keeping with our other cats names (all related to musical Wicked) she has been renamed Glinda.

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A prickly situation

I’ve just finished crocheting a larger hedgehog. Spike doesn’t seem too bothered by it’s proximity so I can only conclude it’s friendly. :-)

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I’ve enjoyed working on some quicker projects. I’m going to be making some more Amigurumi soon as I’ve just bought some lovely patterns from Toft alpaca. :-)

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Loving my blanky

I posted a picture of my green and pink granny square blanket the other week. However, it was being blocked and I wanted to show it on the back of my sofa.

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I apologise for the lighting but it was a beautifully sunny day so a slightly overexposed photo doesn’t seem so bad.

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This is the only granny squares blanket I’ve made and I really like it. When I look at it, it reminds me of starting it on the train to Matlock and building my confidence to crochet publicly. 

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I’ve realised that as lovely as these long projects are I need shorter ones too. I love that feeling of completing something.  To that end I’m currently crocheting my third (slightly larger) hedgehog :-)

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