Our little rescue cat has sadly passed away. We were asked to give her a home by the Cat Protection League last year, as because she was blind, deaf and getting on a bit no-one wanted her. We soon found out that she had an incredibly loud meow, which probably didn’t endear her to people! But we loved her, and she grew used to being handled, and the dog, and our other naughty cats, and we feel privileged to have made the last year of her life happy and cosy for her.
Kirstie Alsop has a lot to answer for. Mostly in a good way, I think. My friend Lucy, she of the tea-cosy commission, watched the episode of ‘Kirstie’s Vintage Home’ where she learnt how to crochet a jellyfish, along with a few other ‘yummy mummies’ (probably on an afternoon while the nanny had the toddlers, just before collecting from school in their Espace 4×4’s, wearing Boden, Mulberry handbags with little boxes of raisins in…….. etc, etc. Sorry, that’s all by the by! Now, Lucy was TERRIBLY excited by the thought of having some crochet jellyfish, because she is that type of girl. So I said that I would make her some, because I am that type of girl! The link on Kirstie’s Scrapbook website led to a rather exclusive designers page (she was the lady on the programme teaching the Yummies. Turns out that crocheting Jellyfish was just a little ‘getting on TV’ sideline for her super-expensive craft emporium, would you believe!). No matter, good old Google to the rescue, where I found this pattern. I wanted a gorgeous thick yarn in amazing colours, which I found on Ebay at a bargain price of £1.59 per ball (enough for one jellyfish). Using a thick hook, and by making the body circle a little larger, I came up with this. I found some textured yarn in my cupboard to make some of the tendrils, and ‘viola’, Bob is your uncle! I have six more to make for Lucy’s required rainbow of jellyfish, after which you will get a very colourful ‘Ta-da’ show and tell. I bet you can’t wait! 🙂
As you know, my Sunburst Granny blankets have gone viral (well, I have been asked to make three!). I really enjoy making them, and could probably make those squares in my sleep. However, maybe it’s time to put something different out there. Here are some examples of gorgeousness collected on Pinterest. The first picture is very similar to the sunburst pattern that I use now, but I like the colours and the frilled edge. I love the variations of squares in the third picture, and just adore the colour scheme in the last picture. As usual, I am wishing for more (crafty) hours in the day.
Not a speech impediment, just a fact, as looking out of my window everything is covered with snow and is, indeed, all white. My garden has never looked better! It has been a strange kind of week. Take this weekend, for instance. I was supposed to be in the Forest Of Dean with several of my young people. I have spent all week stewing and sweating over the tons of paperwork involved in taking a group away for one night. I haven’t been in this job for a long as many of you know, so all of this is new to me. I can’t help thinking that it is no coincidence the rain forests have reduced in size significantly since our paranoia over risk assessments has heightened! Masses of forms, thinking of every possible unfortunate scenario that could occur over the space of thirty six hours. Then submitting it to my manager, who corrected it, and handed it back for me to amend. At least she used a black biro, not red! Even when I amended it, we thought of more, which I added by hand (good old-fashioned writing!). Oh boy. Then…….. the snow fell, and it was all cancelled! So, instead of trudging around the forest, team-building and what-not, I have spent the time making some inroads into my orders. The picture shows some of my current WIP’s. Two Granny Sunburst blankets (I LOVE the blue one, not sure how I am going to cope with posting that off), fingerless mitts, and in the bag a heart garland. Trouble is my poor hands ache after hours and hours of hooking, but I don’t want to stop!
Another completed project, I am very proud to say! On the larger photograph are the fingerless mitts (on one pattern, they called them ‘texting gloves’!) that I have crocheted for my friend Maureen. I used two patterns that I found on Ravelry, which are gorgeous. Not a free pattern, but didn’t cost much. The links are here, and here. I adapted them a little, made the pattern easier for me to follow! They are not quite finished, I am going to pop some nice wooden buttons on the cuffs. I am quite proud of them and may well do some more, for me this time though!
Ever since I can remember, I have hated January. It is dull. No getting away from it, it just is. If January were a colour, it would be grey. If January were an animal, it would be Eeyore (yes, I am aware that Eeyore is a fictional donkey, but you get the point). If January were a country, it would be Russia. I mean, look at December. It is frenetic and mad, and joyful, and well…… all glittery and sparkly. January is just dull and unsparkly (the red line means that there is no such word, whatever!), Strangely, this year I forgot that I didn’t like January until today! Usually I have registered it just after Christmas, and dreaded it until it arrives, then become all Eeyore-ish just after the stroke of midnight on the first day of the year. So basically, I forgot to be miserable, until now, and now that I remembered, I just can’t be bothered, to be honest. Maybe this is what happens when you reach a certain age. You just become accepting, and ‘keep calm and carry on’. Either that, or the drugs are kicking in (joke, honest!). Have a good January, all you fellow Eeyore people out there!