There’s so much going on at the moment it’s difficult to know where to start so I’m going to start right here and end up at the end of the post and hopefully I will have made a bit of sense somewhere in between.
Casting my mind back to a few weekends ago I started crocheting a mitten on a long car journey to Cardiff. Oldest son was finally moving the last of his things to Luton where he recently started his new job. After we picked up his furniture and other items he won’t be in need of for the next 6 months we drove over to Penarth and treated ourselves to fish and chips on the pier (not exactly in harmony with my current low carb regime but what the heck! You can’t go to the seaside and not have fish and chips. Some things just have to be endured!
A little bit of crochet on the beach with a steaming hot cup of tea rounded off our dinner perfectly.
I’m not following a pattern for these mittens but have made it up as I go along. I’ve jotted down some notes so hopefully I’ll be able to reproduce it accurately the second time to make an identical pair.
The notes are rudimentary but should be adequate. As long as I haven’t accidentally left anything out it should be OK.
I’ve been busy with two submissions for a new book due out next year. Here’s a sneak peak at the patterns.
One for a rather rotund chicken called Cheryl.
Slightly more extensive notes were made here. Yeah I know, what a mess of scribbles and scratches, but I have this method of quickly taking notes as I go along down to a fine art by now and can hopefully write up the fully formed pattern from them. I don’t like to break my creative flow by getting too technical at this stage so this is the best method for me by far.
There is also a hamster called Hamish who will be making it into print later on. Here’s the beginnings of his little head, nestled cosily among the final batch of hexies which are eventually going to make up a seat cover for my crochet arm chair.
Hamish has been stuffing those cheeks with some tasty treats. I think there’s a strawberry in one side and a couple of peanuts in the other. Sounds like the perfect healthy breakfast to me!
I’d better not make too many of these or they’re going to eat me out of house and home!
I’ll be exhausted trying to keep up with the constant munching. Lets hope this crop of strawberries will keep Hamish happy for a while.
There has been a welcome swathe of very hot weather sweeping the country recently. Now I’m much more of a hot house flower than a frost resistant variety so I’ve welcomed the sunshine and blistering heat with open arms. Just as this seagull greets the sight of unattended food down at Brown’s Restaurant with open wings!
Note to self never to leave lunch unattended where seagulls are likely to be.
The most lovely thing about a heatwave is walking round the river and taking the time to watch the sunset while still basking in the warmth that the blazing sun has left behind.
As well as writing two new patterns for publishing I’ve been testing a pattern written by Noah of Younique Crafts. I just love this cuddly triclops and can’t wait to see the new book with all the other cute and crazy looking monsters in it.
I may have mentioned before about how much I love to make eyeballs so I was in my element with Noah’s design.
And Jeepers and Creepers were thrilled to meet a fellow book buddy, and they immediately invited him to take up lifelong membership of the Three Eyed Monster’s Club.
Of course, he gracefully accepted and now all three (friends, not eyeballs) are inseparable.
I’ve also been asked by lovecrochet.com to design a pattern based on a real life cat who was re-homed from Battersea Cat’s and Dog’s Home. She’s called Hazel and the poor thing only has one eye due to a road traffic accident. She’s still smiling though, thanks to all the love and affection she’s getting from her new owners. The pattern will be available in August 2017 and the proceeds from all pattern sales will go to Battersea Cat’s and Dog’s Home for six months to raise money on behalf of all the canine and feline orphans that reside there as they wait for their forever homes.
Amigurumi Hazel looks quite pleased to have insinuated herself onto the prime window spot with a very relaxed Mojo.
Minnie’s not so happy about the newcomer!
I think she thinks here’s been enough domestic upheaval to manage what with having Rubick around and now another interloper? Oh purrrlease…
Rather unfortunately I seem to like cats more than cats like cats, if you see what I mean. But harmony is being achieved between our four furry friends (and couple of crocheted ones) at a slow and steady pace. A bit of hissing (mainly from hyper reactive Mojo) the odd claws-retracted bout of fisticuffs (Pogo likes to box Rubick’s ears just gently when he oversteps the mark) and Minnie simply pulls that face, nearly all of the time, if the kitten is anywhere in sight. Lots more TLC and some clever mentoring and I’m sure we’ll all be one big happy bundle of co-habitation soon enough.
Rubick has a nice new cat tower-block on which to expend some of that crazy energy that kittens have. I’m hoping that if I wear him out that he’ll give my old and grumpy cats a bit more of a break from chasing their tails and generally trying to make too much physical contact for which they’re not quite ready yet.
If we’re lucky all that charging around and running up and down his furry tower gives us all a few moments of peace…
Pogo allows Rubick to get quite close now, though I have to say that face is enough to frighten the toughest of cats, or people too come to that!
When I’ve not been either mentoring the cats or working on book patterns or crocheting up charity commissions I took out a little time to make myself a pretty coaster.
I still have the matching mandala cushions to finish up. It’s really just the backs that need crocheting so I’ve put them on my to do sooner rather than later list. I shall aim to get them finished this week. That will be a perfect mini project for the summer evenings and not too taxing, or too bulky for the heat.
In the meantime one of the cushion fronts has ended up lining Rubick’s sleeping corner but it’s been much too hot for curling up, better to do the heatwave sprawl!
I’d also like to finish up the Daisy Chain Hexie seat pad cover to add the finishing touches to my green wing backed crochet corner arm chair. I’ve made another batch of 100 hexies so far and have begun to slip stitch them together across the short rows. I’ve a fair way to go yet but this is another project that can be picked up and worked on in fragments whenever I get a chance.
It’s all been a bit too warm for mittens but I finished up the first one anyway. Now I have to make the other one. It will be cold enough again, and too soon as well, if the great British summer sticks to its usual form.
I love the variegated marbled yarn that I’ve used for this Mitts but I can’t find the ball band anywhere so can’t share with you what it’s called. I think it may have been by Sirdar… If anyone knows the name of this yarn please do let me know what it is! I’d quite like to get another ball and make a scarf to match – but the other mitten must come first. I have enough projects on the go as it is!
July 2, 2017 at 4:13 pm
Is the pattern available yet for that lovely hamster?
July 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm
Hi Barbara, its not available yet but it should be published around December or January in a new Zoomigurumi book 😊 A few months after that I will be able to release it as a single purchase pattern in my online shops.
July 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm
I like Hamish very much, if you put it on ravelry, I’ll certainly buy it. Best compliments
July 3, 2017 at 3:26 am
I always look forwards to your posts, asI’m guaranteed to see some wonderful colours, to cheer me up and, of course, lots of pics of your furry friends 🙂
I must say, I’m very impressed with your projects, and can’t wait for the chance to purchase some, if not all, of the patterns, especially Cheryl & Hamish (sooooo cute!) – and I look forward to the opportunity to buy a pattern of Hazel – and knowing that the money is going to help Battersea makes it that little bit more special, too 🙂
Thank you for always brightening my day 🙂
July 4, 2017 at 9:39 pm
Glad to hear you like all my new patterns 🙂 There’ll be a bit of a wait for Cheryl and Hamish as Zoomigurumi 7 is still at the collating of designs stage but the date for Hazel’s pattern release is coming around fast. She is at a photo-shoot in London this week so all will be revealed soon 🙂
July 4, 2017 at 10:12 pm
I can’t wait to see the pattern on sale then 🙂
I look forwards to Zoomigurumi 7, as I have the other 6 already 🙂
July 3, 2017 at 10:13 am
Hi, love your blogs they really cheer me up, especially the antics of your gorgeous cats! The chair cover looks brilliant, such a clever idea!, and Hazel is adorable, as are Cheryl and Hamidh. Battersea Cats and Dogs Home is such a good cause too. As for your yarn, it looks like Surat Crofter, possibly Bria (083) hope you manage to track down some more. Happy crocheting 😊
July 3, 2017 at 10:14 am
Sorry, that should read Sirdar Crofter……predictive text..grrr! Lol!
July 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm
Brilliant! Thanks Susan
I was hoping someone would enlighten me as it is lovely yarn to work with but I have no recollection of when or where I bought it. This is what happens when you impulse buy and let your yarn stash get out of control :-O
I’ve just been over and found it on the Love Knitting website so I’m heading back there now to add it to my stash. One more ball can’t hurt, surely… especially as I have a project already in mind for this 🙂
July 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm
I love reading your posts. You’ve been busy with all sorts of cute amis and the cats are entertaining as ever.
July 4, 2017 at 9:08 pm
I love seeing Rubick grow! He is so gorgeous! And I think those new amigurumi are so cute! I love your hamster! I will definitely have to get the new zoomigurumi book 😊
July 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm
Janine . Ils sont magnifiques .Bravo. Bisous