I haven’t done one of these for a while! We took a break from getting more babies due to having a human baby, and we lost our enthusiasm for rat ownership for a long while, particularly as we’ve lost most of our mischief over the past 12 months. We were down to two.
However, back in the summer we reserved some babies with a new local breeder, and we picked them up on the 3rd. Already both Nick and I are feeling our rattie spark come back, they’re wonderful little creatures and great fun!
So meet Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa (who have joined D’Argo and Sikozu). For those interested, Bellatrix is a Russian Blue, Andromeda is a Blue Agouti Berkshire and Narcissa is a Blue Pointed Siamese.
I had hoped to be posting a hat and cowl pair today but unfortunately my daughter hasn’t been feeling the greatest and so I’ve had significantly less time to craft than I would have liked!
So instead I’m showing you half of the pair.
This beauty is the Oh My Hat pattern by Moogly. It looks really complicated, it’s really not. I was really surprised by how simple it was to make and how effective the stitch was. I would advise watching the video on how to do the stitch and how to bring the yarn up for the colour change (as it runs up the inside) as it makes it really clear, but even if you don’t it’s not exactly complicated.
I did the beanie version which is marginally too big on my head so it slips over my brows occasionally and bunches at the nape of my neck (my tension was spot on, I don’t have a small head I don’t think?!) but I will be wearing it daily this winter despite that. I’m not a fan of slouched hats on me but I think that the slouchie version would look gorgeous too tbh.
I used up some of the ‘Fucking Debbie Bliss’ [as it’s referred to in our house!], Debbie Bliss Rialto in Jade and Cyclamen. I adore green and purple combos and these two work beautifully together, the photo doesn’t do it justice.
It was a really quick hat to make as well, and despite the holey-ness it’s lovely and cosy out in the wind. Below is the obligatory selfie posted to instagram as soon as I sewed in the last end!
So I didn’t write the post for last week as promised, but I did finish that dress. Almost. She wore it on her birthday at the zoo after I finished it in the car on the way to said zoo!
I haven’t done the neckline for it yet as I hadn’t decided whether I wanted to do it, I like Artemis to wear things that I can get on and off easily, and I’m worried that the neckline would make it more difficult. I’ll likely end up doing it anyway just to make it look a bit more complete.
The pattern was a nice and simple one, I took out the yo row for the belt as I didn’t want a belt and I had to compensate for the lost increases there, but it worked nicely and looks lovely!
You can probably see where the dress narrows at the hips, that isn’t intentional shaping, the dress design has it flat until it starts to flare, but where I changed to a yarn where the tension was different and couldn’t up my needle size to compensate until I was working primarily on the coloured yarn it has tightened the tension overall on the colour change section, but that isn’t an issue.
I botched in a colourwork pattern from a different pattern as this dress called for a straight colour change, and I wanted to try something special! I’ve been eyeing up the Pixelated Pullover for a long long time, and decided to bite the bullet and buy the pattern so that I could use the colour chart for this dress.
Yarns are stylecraft special in silver and Sirdar Colourwheel in Follow The Rainbow (beautiful colour way! Really fun to knit with and a nice weight. Slightly thinner than your standard DK but it works well. I have a few more of the colourwheels in different colours to use up too!)
The second thing that I have finished is a little Flamingo which, as I said, was a quick birthday gift for a little girl in my antenatal group who got given a book by me as well, Flora and the Flamingo, which is a beautifully illustrated story with no words. The pattern has a few errors but it’s sweet and simple to work out if you are familiar with crochet/amigurumi, I’d think an advanced beginner would be fine! The English translation is a PDF so I won’t link to it from here but it can be found on the rav pattern page. All stylecraft special dk again. I have a lot to burn through still.
It was my husband, Nick’s, birthday on Wednesday. Ever since he’s seen a crocheted Mr Meeseeks he’s commented occasionally about it. Then resolved to learn to crochet so that he could make himself one as I obviously wasn’t doing it for him. Well I caved. (Though he has been practising crochet!)
It was a really easy pattern but I wouldn’t advise it for a beginner as the pattern writer made a lot of errors. Most of it is mathematical but the arms and legs particularly need some working out.
It’s made using Stylecraft Special DK in cloud blue. Not exactly the right colour but it worked.
It’s been a while since I’ve managed a Finished Object but here is one I’m happy with, this is Chutney and he’ll be heading to my nephew when I next see him. Artemis was really excited when she saw him so I think I’m going to have to make one for her too now!
I’m still working on the Carousel CAL, which has been ongoing since before Artemis was born. Whoops. It’s looking good though and I’m so close to finishing that I just want it done now!
I’m also making a chimpanzee from Happytown for my Nephew. It was his 2nd birthday 3 weeks ago. A few weeks before I’d gone into The Works and they were selling Chimpanzees of Happytown in their 3 for 5 deal, had loads of them on one of their special offer tables. Great! I think, I’ll go back and get 3, one for Nephew, one for Temi to replace the one she’s destroyed and a spare for another birthday or for when Temi inevitably destroys a second copy. I had some money in a card ready to go and went back to buy it and they were all gone. I forgot to give him the card in time for his birthday (it’s still in my car), went into The Works a week after his birthday and they’d found six copies of Chimpanzees of Happytown out back and put them on the shelves. So I decided that I would stick to my original plan of giving him what has to be one of my favourite children’s book and a Chimpanzee named Chutney to go with it. So here is Chutney so far. I’m hoping to finish him by Saturday as I think we’ll be seeing them so I want to hand him over only a month late. Whoops.
My biggest WIP at the moment is my lovely new house though. Mostly my front and back garden at the moment. I’m planning to set up as a childminder by the end of this year, but unfortunately my gardens are a state, so we need those complete before Ofsted set foot into my house to approve my application. We also need to work on the part of the living room that’ll be the playspace, and my desk area which is in the kitchen.
As you can see, the playspace is a bit basic. The desk area is rubbish and flows onto the dining table, the front garden (middle) is currently just mud as my Mum kindly came round and dug out all of the weeds on Saturday whilst I attempted to help between feeding baby and getting her back to sleep. That will be a flower garden. And the back garden (excuse the bedding drying, picture on the right) needs a kango to be completely ripped up and returfed as that is a combo of concrete and astroturf. I hate astroturf. The back garden did have a hideous decking area taking up half of it over the concrete which was also very dangerous and rotten, which is why it’s not there anymore. And masses of rubble, most of which has already been removed but there is still work to be done there.