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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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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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Deep breathe

This is it, I’m re-attaching the two parts of the blanky! See you on the other side!
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Dream invasion!

I’ve awoken from such a strange dream. In this dream my hair felt really odd and my head beneath incredibly sore. I stood in front of a mirror and my hair was wool and beneath that my skin was single crochet (US terms).

Too much amigurumi?!?

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Adventures in amigurumi

Pinterest introduced me to amigurumi. These are small crocheted and stuffed figures and creatures.

I began with a cute little zombie- well I thought it was cute. I made all the parts and stitched it together and it looked great… except for an unsightly (even for a zombie) seam that ran up the back of the crochet.

After a little research, I learned that amigurumi was crocheted in one long spiral and didn’t require the slip stitching and chaining that I had been doing to go up a row. My next attempt was much better but I still like my first little zombie.

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How I started hooking… or how I learned to crochet

In October of 2012 I decided I’d see if I could teach myself how to crochet. This was completely on a whim, I simply bought myself a 4mm crochet hook and a cheap ball of wool.

After a little googling, I settled down with a few YouTube videos. I learned, over the next few hours, how to create a chain, single crochet and double crochet (US terms).

Over the next few weeks I learned more complicated stitches; began making crocheted flowers;  started a scarf, and discovered amigurumi.

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