Sunday, February 24, 2008

Play by Play Sunday Sachet

Okay I need to make a toy for my friend's cat. This is a cool book - good especially for people like me who like projects that won't take a ton of time or a ton of yarn.

Mr. Biddles would you like to help me knit?



"i think not."

Okay. Well, it's a pattern for adorable sachets but I'll stuff it with polyfill and voila it will be for kitty.

DPN's can be a bit tricky, especially at the beginning. Imagine wrestling with a little porcupine. Anyhoo, off we go -

You can see one of the eyelets on this one.

Getting there....

Looking at these pics, it's funny how noticeable the change is in the lighting, lol. I began in the morning and now it is late afternoon.

Here it is finished, just awaiting the fill and ribbon. Isn't it silly?

and done! I tried the ribbon first, but since it is a cat toy, I thought it best to give it something with more strength and no loose ends that kitty might untangle or eat.

Cute, fun, and easy to make!

The sachets in the book have more of an oblong shape, being made with a different type of yarn, and being filled with a teabag of lavender. I can imagine these would make great gifts.

"when's dinner? sigh."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cat Blankie

Finished crocheting the cat blankie for my mother's new kitty. I experimented with popcorn stitching. The shell edging has given it a nice ruffle. It's cute and girlie and perfect for a sleek little black female kitty. I'm quite pleased with it. The only thing I would have done different is put the popcorn a little closer to the ruffles, in order to make the 'nestling' area bigger. She's a small cat though so this should work fine. I like making things without following a pattern. Sometimes things won't come out quite as expected, sometimes I wind up frogging entire projects, but that is okay with me.

Shell edging.

Popcorn stitch.

Monday, February 18, 2008

On A Roll

Ok I think I'm all tapped out on scarves for now.

I had to knit this one - the 4 strands of yarn made it too bulky to make a long enough scarf in crochet and I did not have much of this yarn. I'm not sure if I'm right about this, but I think it takes more yarn to crochet something than it would to knit it, if you were making the same pattern. Has anyone tried that? I'd love to know for sure. With knitting, it's loops inside loops. With crocheting, it is more like knots and wrap-arounds.

I'm nearly done with a crochet-in-circle Pet Blankie for my mother's new cat. I am loving crochet. I learned how to knit first, several years back, and now that I am teaching myself crocheting, I am amazed at how much easier it is than knitting. I think there are more possibilities too. FUN!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Finished X 2

Done with my crocheted funky yarn scarf. It is very warm.

I have also completed a scarf for one of my mother's friends. It's so soft.

Isn't it dreamy?

Thursday, February 14, 2008


I love watching and feeding the wild birds in my yard. I've been feeding birds since I was a kid, and wherever I live I cannot resist feeding them. The blue jays love peanuts and they will get pretty close. I figured I'd try and take some pictures today. I do not have the best digital camera, but here are a couple shots I like.

Kinda blurry, but I like this perspective. That peanut is histoire!!!

I love the blurred movement in this photo. Birds are amazing.

I'm almost done with the funky scarf. I'm liking it very much. Ever have a hard time putting down the needles? I was crocheting into the wee hours this morning, wanting to complete it, but I finally had to stop myself and go to sleep!

I'm a fiber nut. I love these textures.

Mr. Biddles approves.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Funky Yarn Scarf

What can I say? I love making scarves. I have a mess of knitted ones and so now I will make a mess of crocheted ones! They are easy and involve very little fussing about with counting and complicated patterns, and you do not need a lot of yarn to make a decent sized scarf. This is the latest and I am halfway through. The yarn is Trendsetter Yarns - Baffi. Mostly wool and a little poly. The colors are what I'd like to call beach sand and blue sky. There is some metallic gold wisps mixed in and uneven bits of fuzz which is giving the scarf an organic look which I am very pleased with. Simple single stitch crochet.

Monday, February 11, 2008

This Yarn Gives Me The Warm Fuzzies :)

Ahhhhhhhh. Just thought I'd share. Too bad this isn't feel-0-vision.

I just found out last night that some yarns are extreeeeeeemly difficult to crochet. Maybe it is because I am a beginner at crochet, but maybe not. When you have to find the little "V's" to hook, if the yarn is very floofy or uneven, it seems nearly impossible to crochet properly. So out come the knitting needles once again!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Just to Reiterate

Just following up on the aforementioned scarf, from the Great Scarf Incident of 2007.

The new one is on the left, of course, looking loverly and springy. The one on the right, borrowed/stolen and ruined by some fool, is the "dead" mohair.

I just thought it would be interesting to show the vast difference between the two.

I cringe when I look at the felted one.

Onto better news, I have started crocheting again. I love the colors of this hand-dyed, hand-spun yarn. I think I am enjoying crocheting more than knitting at this point. There is something very satisfying about the geometry of the single crochet stitch.

Aren't the colors beautiful?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Deja Vu All Over Again


I have finished the "Deja-Vu" scarf. I think it came out better this time. I have made it a slight bit wider and longer. My casting on and binding off are looking more even than they used to - they used to slope in a bit and look smaller than any other part of what I was knitting, which I found extremely vexing.

I love the close-up of the fiber. Not my favorite yarn to work with but very pretty.

I love it when cats "talk" with their ears. Yoohoo Mr. Biddles...


Photos from after the storm last week:

"I disapprove of this snow."


But today the sun is back out.....

"Ahh. This is nice."

"This is nice too."

"But I also feel good like this."

"mmm. sleepies."