Crochet Cat for My Colleague

I was asked by a friend if I would make her a cat, and I have! He is very dinky compared to anything I have done before measuring approx 5 inches from head to tail.

Crochet Tabby Cat2I went online in search of a suitable pattern and chose one from son’s popkes called Dandylion . If you have a look at the pattern you will see that I have altered it a bit so he is curled up rather than stretched out, also I have stitched his arms into this curled up position.  I am rather pleased with the end result although I did set myself a bit of a task in trying to do it on a smaller hook than the yarn requires to get a nice tight finish.

 

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Scheepjes CAL 2014 – I just couldn’t resist it!

I was so excited when my parcel arrived. The Deramores website said it could take up to 28 days but you can imagine my delight when just two weeks later it appeared.

Scheepjes CAL 2014  Yarn Parcel I love the packaging too, I felt like Mary Poppins ripping into my  brown paper package tied up with string. And what was revealed …………………………………

Scheepjes CAL 2014  Yarn Arrives

An array of 12 gorgeous colours in a soft velvety cotton yarn.

Sadly lighting is an issue for me and my photography skills so this shot doesn’t show the truly beautiful shades at their best.

Scheepjes CAL 2014  Weeks 1, 2,& 4These are the squares from weeks 1, 2, and 4. I couldn’t resist the little flower centred square so missed week three and skipped straight to week 4. A bit naughtly of me but I will catch up soon, I am sure I will be forgiven for going out of sequence.

As a late starter on this project I am running behind anyway but who’s counting? I am just loving every minute of it.

I have kept the colours fairly simple so far but I am itching to do a stripy one next……….

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Yarndale Purchase Coming to Life

Hi to all my lovely friends, I have not posted for a while as I have been catching up on life after a very busy summer. But never fear I have still been quietly hooking away for an hour or so in the evenings, I don’t think I could unwind after a long day without a hook in my hand poised to create!

Crochet Donkey Angharad 3

I went to Yarndale with one of my yarn bombing buddies and we had a wonderful day wondering up and down the aisles taking it all in. The train journey there was extended as we had to be coached in for part of the way due to work on the line but it was definitely worth the hassle.  And Tajana, I must thank you again, I wore my lovely crochet rose pin, as promised I wore it on my day out and got several compliments.

BroochFromTajana2

We both bought this pattern book, Edwards Menagerie, the designs are so very simple but aren’t they adorable?

Edwards Menagerie Pattern Book

All the amimals were made up in very natural colours, which was great, but not really for me, so my interpretation and Angharad the donkey has a bit of colour. I am sure it won’t be everyones cup of tea but I like him with his colourful bits.

Crochet Donkey Angharad Head The pattern is very simple and easy to make but has so much character. Who would have thought black plastic eyes could look so soulful?

Crochet Donkey Angharad Back My favourite bit is his mane and tail. I think I may have sewn his tail on a bit high looking at him in this photo, oooops!

Crochet Donkey Angharad Tail He has a nice round tummy that gives him a really cuddly feel, then his arms and legs are only stuffed in the very ends which makes his limbs very floppy and easy for little hands to hold. I am sure that I will use this book over and over again, I am thinking of making the floppy bunny next.

Crochet Donkey Angharad 2

The pattern rather reminds me of an image from the Winnie-the-Pooh books, the one where Christopher Robin is walking up the stairs holding onto his bear by the paw and Pooh is just hanging there all loose limbed. Do you know the one I mean?

Winne the Pooh

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Charity Yarn Bombing – Part 3

This is the final instalment.

This was another of my favourites, I was so happy that I actually won the bid for it so we can keep it up at the surgery.

Wooden TreeThe wooden tree was made by a friend using a photo frame as inspiration. It stands 5ft tall made from MDF and stained with wood stain. I am currently making more leaves so it will look fuller, then the plan is to decorate it with snowflakes for Christmas.

Wooden Tree 2

Not sure if you can make this out but it is a real nest that we were given, it had been abandoned so no little birdies were dislodged from their home we promise. Debs made a little crochet bird to sit in the nest which was given a new home in our floal garland adorned tree.

Crochet Bird in Nest These were balls from a childs ball pool that we covered with yarn to hang like colourful woolly fruits.

Crochet Balls in Tree A pair of gnomes donated by Dean’s Garden Centre were yarn bombed and graced the front garden with their crochet flowers.

Yarn Bombed Garden GnomesThen we had our safari theme, ok I know a koala does not really fit this theme but he is so cute we had to include him.

Knitted KoalaThe colourful purple snake slithering along the branch. A little boy won the bid for him and when he collected his prize we were trying to help him choose a name. We were all suggesting names that would rhyme with snake like Syd, Sammy and Cyril, good names we thought. But no, “Bob” said the little chap, tied Bob around his waist and off he went. One very happy little man and a snake called BOB!

Knitted Purple SnakeThis colourful parrot was a great hit with all our visitors but sadly he was not available for bids, although his maker did offer for eggs to be laid and nurtured for baby parrots.

knitted Monkey and Parrot 2Cheeky monkey swinging on a crochet vine, his mate was sitting behind the parrot awaiting his turn on the vine swing.

Knitted MonkeyBelow all the activity on high there was an animal picnic going on.

Safari PicnicBunting and birds were hung and strung all around the building giving life to all the themes.

Crochet Bunting and Birdies

I have to finish by saying a final thank you to all of you who helped us achieve a display that in the end was more than we could have hoped. Both the Hospice and the Hospital are extremely grateful for the funds that we have all raised. And the patients too have continued to show their appreciation.

Thank you.

So here ends our Charity Yarn Bombing story………………….until next year!

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Charity Yarn Bombing – Part 2

The seaside scene was really spectacular but I found it was the hardest to photograph because of the size. To give it some perspective the stretch of railing that it s dressing is 4 metres long. To get the whole thing into view it lacked detail so I will have to ask you to use your imagination a bit. I really regret not taking more close-up shots.

Crochet Sea Scene Full Width

I had to wear a wrist support for a week after making two thirds of the sea blanket and was extremely grateful to Debs for taking over and finishing it. She made the wonderful pennant and ball bunting and the magical giant jellyfish too.

Sorry that the light doesn’t show up on the lighthouse but it really does work, honestly, the top lifts off and you just have to press down on the bulb and hey presto, it lights up! With a bulb top and bottom it gave off a good amount of light and drew lots of comments.

Lighthouse

There was a family of whales swimming above the tiny fishes amongst the seaweed on the far side. In the centre were more fish,  jellyfish and a knitted submarine. The octopuses occupied the near side of our woolly sea blanket. As you can see some of the creatures were stitched into place and others were 3d and hung from the top giving the whole scene a life-like appearance.

Crochet Sea Scene

At the back of the surgery the pond scene worked so well despite a last minute hitch about getting the cover made! We were very grateful to the local builders who we managed to rope into doing it for us just a week before the event.

Under the Shrubbery We had little creatures nestling in the undergrowth.

Frog and Friends And a tea cosy disguised as a fishing gnome.

Knitted Tea Cosy Gnome Fishing

Just around the corner from the pond was the little grotto.

Fairy Imogen on a Swing Imogen finally got her wings thanks to Rosemary and she sat primly on her swing overlooking the scene below that was full of taodstools, mushrooms and gnomes.

Fairy Garden Fairy Garden 2 At the front of the pond scene was this amazing tree that was full of little birds. It has found a new home as a window prop in a local shop in town.

Crochet Tree in Pot2 The pond was home to a little family of ducks that swam amongst the groups of water lillies sent by my lovely Mama H.

And caterpillar was very good and did not nibble into our plants.

Caterpillar

There will be one last post to show you that last of the photos including our safari corner with snakes, monkeys and friends.

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Charity Yarn Bombing – Part 1

At last, some photos of the event to share with you. Bunting and TreeI have to start with a huge THANK YOU to all of you for your support and contributions, all of which were put to very good use and helped to make our little event a huge success. The displays were manned over the August bank holiday weekend when we had the majority of our visitors. All the items were given a number and visitors could place a bid to buy whatever took their fancy in a sealed box.

A couple of weeks before the opening we started to stir local folk and patients curiosity when the tree on the roadside was wrapped in a clourful blanket. Patient’s would come into reception and ask “is the tree poorly’? There is a bus stop opposite and we would giggle as we watched people waiting for a bus chatter and point inquisitively.

Yarn Bomed Tree

I will break the photos down into a few posts so they are not too long starting with the floral delights and the bunting. We had lots of floral garlands and bunting around the grounds and building, it added a wonderful festive air to the whole event.

Crochet Flower PanelsWe used many of the flowers we were sent to create these flower panels to hang from the hand rail at the front of the surgery.

Crochet Sunflower Flower Panel

Crochet Poppy Flower PanelCrochet Vase Flower PanelCrochet Daisy Flower PanelA friend made the gorgeous pink potted flower, if fact she made 5 of them and another friend knitted little butterflies and bees to decorate them. They were dotted around the  garden and I have to say they looked amazing.

Crochet Happy Flowers in a Troughs

The Happy Flowers from the pattern on Attic 24 worked their colourful charm in flower troughs with the leafy trellis on the walls at either side with bees and ladybirds nestling in the leaves.

Crochet Leaf Vine and Ladybird TrellisCrochet Leaf Vines on Trellis with BeesNext I will show you the seaside scene so come back soon!

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Yarn Bombed a Gnome

Dean’s, one of our local garden centre’s have been really supportive of our yarn bomb project. They donated a couple of gnomes for us to play with, a friend has one and this is the other. I managed to get him bombed yesterday.

Yarn Bombed GnomeHe was a bit of a challenge because under his red woolly hat he is wearing a cap on sideways so the peak sticks right out. Hiding it was a bit tricky, so if you think he has a funny shaped head this is why.

Underneath the flower is a paint brush but I ran out of time to cover the paint bucket, maybe I can make it into a basket if I get time but as the event is this weekend time is what is running out eeeek!!

 

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