Monthly Archives: April 2014

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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An inspired hedgehog

I woke up yesterday and the first thing I thought of was a way to do the spikes on an amigurumi hedgehog. I have no idea why this popped into my head; it wasn’t something I’d been focusing on at all.

There are some lovely amigurumi hedgehogs out there. Many use a yarn that has lots of threads coming off the main strand, this is a great way of making the hedgehog look spikey. However,  I don’t have any of this yarn.

But, as I said, I’ve thought of a way to put spikes on a crocheted hedgehog.  A different way that I’ve never seen before. Although I’m sure I wont be the only person to have thought of this.

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After crocheting and stuffing a hedgehog shaped head and body (all one piece), I crocheted on the surface of the body. I used single crochets, picots and chains to create a spikey look.

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I used a brightly coloured yarn (just to be different) and didn’t use a pattern.  I think the nose may have been a little too long, I’ll shorten it slightly for future hedgehogs.

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I’m pleased with the finished result, I’ll be making another tomorrow, tweaking things slightly. 🙂

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Small granny blanket

Over the last few weeks I’ve been really busy.

One of the biggest things that has been happening is having our new kitchen fitted.  It’s taking a long time but is taking shape nicely. The whole room has been gutted; for a few days there was no ceiling and not a great deal of plaster on the walls. I’m looking forward to sharing the transformation in photographs.

Also, I took two classes of 8 and 9 year olds on a residential trip. The children were fantastic and it was amazing to see them challenging themselves climbing, abseiling, and (for some) being away from home for the first time.

Today, I’ve finished my small granny blanket. It was going to be bigger but on Friday I decided it was the perfect size to sit on the back of our sofa (I think there’s a proper name for these blankets but I have no idea what it is).

I wanted to finish the blanket off with a nice edge. I considered a scalloped edge but wanted something a little airier. Unable to find inspiration on the web I adapted a shawl edging from a magazine.

I love the way it’s turned out.

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Busy being blocked

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. I’ve not crocheted much either… Well not to completion.

I’ve a few projects I’m working on and they are coming on. I’ll take some photos when the light is better.

Today, we collected our beautiful cat Elphaba’s ashes. This being the second time I’ve done this, I was prepared for the rush of emotions. It’s good to have her back, though we both miss her terribly.

I’m feeling a little incomplete at the moment but I’ve not been wallowing since Elphaba’s death. I’ll post again tomorrow with what else I’ve gotten upto over the last couple of weeks.

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Looking after and being looked after by our three cats

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