Mischief Monday – RIP Howl (??/12/13 – 21/10/16)

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I missed last weeks Mischief Monday, I wasn’t really feeling great on the Sunday or Monday, late pregnancy insomnia/aches/pains just knocking me out a bit. So I’ll post this now instead to keep to the Monday theme (given that I seem to be failing with WIP Wednesday and FO Friday!)

On Thursday the 20th we woke to our darling, wonderful old boy, Howl, just not being himself. He seemed very ready to move onto the next great adventure but we didn’t want to be hasty, so we gave him some Baytril to see if that perked him up and I spent the morning having a lot of cuddles with him. He did seem to perk up a little in the afternoon so I cancelled the appointment I had made for that evening at the vet, knowing full well that we had a matter of days at most now rather than the weeks we had previously. Unfortunately he lost all of his energy for living by late Thursday evening and so we spent Friday letting him cuddle his cage mates and stealing some last cuddles for ourselves before taking him to the vets on Friday afternoon to be put to sleep.

We’ll miss him, the other boys seem to realise what has gone on and apart from Ben being a little more cuddly than usual they are otherwise their normal selves so we think that they’ve accepted it as well. This last of our Ghibli boys has gone, and one of our first pair. He did so well getting to nearly three years old despite his long list of health problems!

RIP Howly x

Finished Object: Noah Sweater

So I finished my little jumper, I love it! I decided against adding the pocket as I like it the way it is, though I reserve the right to change my mind at a later date 😉

This pattern came from What To Knit When Your Expecting, a lovely little book with lots of lovely little patterns, but one that is riddled with errors, so if you get it, do check the errata before casting on!

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Knitting with the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK was wonderful, I’m looking forward to working with it more to be honest and I’ll be treating myself to nicer yarns in future, acrylic works well enough but I never realised just how indulgent knitting with nice yarns is. There’s the satisfaction of the project being complete and then there’s the additional joy of knitting itself, and that is massively amplified by what I call ‘naice’ yarns, yarns that are nicer than bog standard!

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Ravelry Pattern Page: Noah Sweater
Ravelry Project Page:
Nikki’s Noah Sweater (for 0-3 months)
Errata:
Found here

Project 7 out of 28 complete 🙂

WIP Wednesday – 26/10/16

 

I’m slightly embarrassed by this, once again a WIP Wednesday on a Thursday! I actually had the entire post written out and ready to go yesterday as well! I just needed a photo, which I was going to take on my nice proper camera after I had cleaned out the boys and before my younger sister arrived for dinner, then all hell broke loose! Our two younger boys decided to cause mischief, as rats do. They tend to free-range whilst we clean them out. D’Argo got behind the cage and decided to see the girls, he usually likes to wind them up by sitting where they can see him, but he decided to full on just cling to the back of the cage. So there was me reaching in trying to bat four girls away from the back of their cage and from nipping his hands and feet whilst also trying to stop Oreo from escaping out of the front and poking D’Argo’s fingers in an effort to get him to let go of the cage and jump down, my husband crouching down to try grab him from the back by the rump and Ben running around our crouched positions trying to work out WTF was going on. Having finally managed to dislodge D’Argo, he then decided that he was going to stay underneath the fecking cage whilst his young companion decided to hide. Cue me having to pull everything out from behind the sofa (our dumping ground) to see if he was there. He wasn’t, he was down the side of the sofa instead and only decided to let this be known after I’d emptied the space. Both boys then had a run around through the stuff that was all over our living space because it’s really funny to annoy the rat-parents after already annoying them. My sister turned up during all of this and the photos did not get taken.

The joys of pet rats! Cheeky little sods.

So, I digress, back to WIP Wednesday:

I have a new project on the needles! The jumper is finished and I shall post about that on Friday, and my new project is for me, not baby (though was chosen because of baby really!)

Back in May I asked a yarnie FB group that I’m a member of what pretty yarn I should buy myself as I received some money for my birthday, they suggested that instead of just buying pretty yarn, I should find a project first, and that with a baby on the way, nice cardigans and shawls are great. And so I found three projects that I thought would suit, two cardigans and a shawl. What I’m working on now is the shawl, which is lovely.

It is the Stitch Sampler Shawl, and I’m knitting it in Drops Big Delight, it’s a lovely wool, though I’m concerned about the slight scratchiness of it, which I know is normal but I’m a bit funny about things like that! But I figure that over a cardigan I won’t really feel it on my skin so much so I should be okay.

I also messed it up last night and had to slowly unpick almost an entire row *sobs* I was too busy chatting and not concentrating!

As you can see, I now have instagram as well! Just checking it out for the time being but I may stick with it.

This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,304g/4382g left (54g this week)
SSDK: 12,017/12,255g left (0g This week)

FO Friday – Sherbet Blanket & Hat for Baby

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It’s finished! Whoop! Baby has a blanket to come home from the hospital in. It’s actually smaller than I originally intended, but it’s the perfect size for the pram and car seat, so I’m really happy with it. I am hoping to whip up a big granny square or something over the next couple of weeks, but given that I literally have two weeks until my due date I think I’m pushing it slightly.

The colours are Stylecraft Special DK: Pomegranate, Spice, Citron, Spring Green, Cloud Blue, Lavender and Grape.

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There was some standing on small coffee tables involved here…

Project 5 out of 28 complete 🙂

Ravelry Pattern Page: Neat Ripple
Ravelry Project Page:
Nikki’s Sherbet Blanket
Direct link to pattern: Attic24 Neat Ripple Pattern

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I’ve also made a hat in the same colour scheme as the blanket, it’s just knit stripes rather than chevrons but it’s still cute, I’d like to attempt a matching cardigan too!

Project 6 out of 28 complete 🙂

Ravelry Pattern Page: Easy Hat (knitted in the round)
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Sherbet Rainbow Hat

WIP Wednesday – 19/10/16

 

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I have finished the Sherbet Blanket! I will post all about that on Friday though. Currently I am just trying to finish this jumper before starting on something else, though I’m not sure what to work on next! I have a few projects that I have bought the yarn for but haven’t started yet but I will wait and see what I’m feeling after this jumper is finished. I now have a sleeve for it and am just starting on the second sleeve. The problem with knitting is that it doesn’t use up much yarn compared to crochet!

This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,358g/4382g left (16g this week)
SSDK: 12,017/12,255g left (59g this week)

Mischief Monday – Kozu

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Sikozu was my compromise rat. I have always coveted silverfawn rats, they are a lovely orange colour with red eyes, I love them. In the summer before we got Kozu our breeder successfully bred two litters of silverfawns and intended to breed more from them; Nick and I agreed that I couldn’t have any from those first two litters but I could have one from the line that was supposed to follow later that year. Unfortunately they didn’t have any interest in making babies, but a litter of ‘buff’ coloured hooded rats were born to a rescue that our breeder had picked up, and Kozu was one of those buffs. After much ‘discussion’ it was agreed that we would have one instead of the silverfawns which weren’t going to happen and she was the one who charmed Nick by falling asleep on him in the shop something she never did again! We got her at the end of October last year, it doesn’t feel like it was that short amount of time ago though!

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Kozu soon turned out to not be a buff hooded at all, but actually a Himalayan (or siamese, I can never remember the difference). She’s also the smallest of our rats bar Rygel. It’s strange to look back on the early pictures of her as she doesn’t look the same at all! Kozu is mad. Absolutely, positively mad. She bounces around like a kitten, scales the furniture in seconds and is the fastest rat we’ve ever had, she’s ridiculously fast. Her first party trick was running up us and onto our shoulders in a ridiculously quick time with no warning what-so-ever, and then going back down leaving us wondering if we’d imagined it! She is still very quick and fun but can be very troublesome too. Her and Aeryn like to tag-team to see who can get into the most mischief each time they come out. She’s also ready to come out 90% of the time, sits at the door of the cage watching us and making it clear that she wants out NOW. A sleeping Kozu is a rare Kozu to be seen.

Malt Paste and dried fish are about the only food items that can convince her to do tricks, even then, they aren’t reliable!

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WIP Wednesday – 12/10/16

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So this week I have my usual two projects on the go still. I’m making some nice progress on the blanket, as you can see! I’m aiming for 5 repeats, which should make it around 90cm long, though I may stop at 4 repeats if it feels big enough, I want this one for the pram and in the car mostly, but it may be slightly too big for the car seat!

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And here is the jumper, which has both a front and a back now and part of a sleeve (well, a start on it!) I’m concentrating on the blanket at the moment as I realised that I haven’t actually made one for baby yet and so I’d prefer to have at least one finished by the time that they come along!

This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,374g left (4,382)
SSDK: 12,076g left (12,255)