Oh goodness! I just looked at my last blog post and see it started with an exclamation about how it was September already. Hmmm, now I have to start this one one with a similar remark about how it’s October already! Time seems to be speeding up here in Moji-Moji world and blog posts have been left behind, trailing in the dust for now. I haven’t been idle though. Far from it. I have been working on a major commission for a magazine with lots of different crocheted elements to it – all of which must remain top secret until publication but I don’t think it will be giving too much away if I shared with you a little piccy of the gorgeous colours I’ve been working with.
This is my first time working with Stylecraft Special DK exclusively and I just loved the colour range and the supersoft feel of the yarn. Ooh, I cant wait to show you what I’ve been up to!
A lovely dose of brightness has helped with the transition from a sunny summer to a gloomier autumn. Gotta get a cat nap in near those luscious balls of yarn. I’m quite surprised Pogo isn’t actually in there with them. I guess it’s not quite that cold yet!
Minnie gets in on the action too… attracted by the rainbow of yarn and a comfy (?) keyboard to lie on.
It admittedly looks comfier than my WIP basket which is her other favorite spot at the moment. This one is full of notebooks, pencil cases and lumpy, bumpy, partially finished amigurumi. A far superior resting place than her fur lined, padded, roomy and expensive cat bed, of course.
Not to be outdone Mojo likes to demand his share of desk time too.
He finds it impossible to grasp that I may have to occasionally prioritise typing up a pattern over fussing him and often tries to put me back on the ‘right’ track by reminding me of his presence in an up close and personal way.
What is it about paperwork that makes cats so obsessed with lying/sitting on it? Ah well, plenty of room on the desk for a nap.
It’s kinda cute that even when I relocate to the other half of the desk so he can enjoy his first choice of prime resting spot, he just hot foots it over and hassles me there instead!
I give up, but secretly bask in the kitty love of devoted fur babies that follow me around all day.
Tigger’s been sneaking into my project baskets too. Here he is blocking access to the ongoing Spring Dots blanket (a smaller companion to my Spring Circles blanket, finished a few weeks ago).
Pogo and Mojo shared my lazy birthday morning lie in recently.
It’s just good to do nothing sometimes and a slow start to open some pressies and enjoy a cup of tea before my birthday really gets going is a very nice indulgence.
Mysterious commissions and happy birthdays aside, I’ve also been busy finalising my new Owl design for Zoomigurumi 6. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with these books, this is a the latest in the series of amigurumi compendiums published over at amigurumipatterns.net)
So this is Oswald, or rather these are all Oswalds in their various subtly different incarnations that are the result of painstaking and maybe even quite unnecessary tweakings of small details until I’m 100% happy with the finished design.
It was rather nice to have a parliament of owls gracing my desk, followed shortly by the owl pageant – staged to decide which one to send over to Belgium for the photo shoot. They do all look quite similar, I know, but there are differences in the eye structure, stripes, beaks and the types of yarns used. I’m so fussy!
At least I can be sure the pattern’s had a few really good trial runs to iron out any problems before it goes through the main pattern testing phase at the hands of the Zoomigurumi team.
I’ve enjoyed working on his pattern either tucked up in the lounge in the increasingly chilly evenings or outside in the occasional burst of early autumn sunshine.
Got to make the most of the fine weather while we still have it. It’s been a lovely summer and I’m going to miss marathon crochet sessions lounging about on the daybed in the yard. But there’s always next summer to look forward to – and all the fun of Halloween, Christmas and Easter in between.
I think my leftover Oswald’s are going to be taking part in this year’s Halloween display. I’ve found the perfect roosting space for them anyway.
Looks like they may have been teaching owl manifestation spells at Hogwarts this year. If only creating amigurumi could be as quick and simple as waving a wand and uttering a suitable latin phrase then I might well catch up with all the new ideas buzzing around my head once and for all. Actually, that might not be so much fun you know, after all I do really enjoy the whole process (apart from tight deadlines, frogging and knuckle cramps). ‘Be careful what you wish for’ as the wise old saying goes! A life without the need to wield a crochet hook would actually be a terrible curse now I come to think about it properly!
Talking of tight deadlines, I’m admittedly running out of time for new Halloween designs this year but, hey, just like there’s going to be another summer after this one there’s always another autumn too. Here’s a sneak peek at what may or may not be appearing in my Etsy store this year!
I’m carrying on anyway, in the hope I will catch up with myself over the next week or so. You never know – there may be plenty of last minute crocheters looking for a spooky pattern. I can’t be the only one who leaves everything to the last minute!
So with my magazine commission in the bag, Oswald the Owl safely shipped to the publishers, my birthday and a dose of some change of season gruesome flu-some type snuffles out of the way, I’m going to dedicate the next few days to trying to finish my latest two patterns. On that note I will bid you good bye and head off to find my various baskets of projects (and hopefully they will be found without a cat in situ!).