wordless wednesday



Our little family is growing

but there’s something different about this newest addition

I can’t quite put my finger on it …

Bear was of the very strong opinion that there were more than enough flipping cats in these ‘ere parts,

and I always endeavour to keep my little mate happy


a lilltle tinkering with the original amineko pattern and

Spotlight Basics ACKrylic 8 ply, 3.6mm hook

[ colour me thrilled to have found a good use for the remaining balls of ACK in the stash ]

still using the Amineko pattern for the basic head, body, arms and legs, and with improvised ears and muzzle.

Like Bear, who is a fox terrier / maltese – papillon, I think Doggu is a bit of a mixed breed.

Like there weren’t enough cats round here already

I can’t remember what I was actually looking for – probably doing that typical web browse where you just click on from link to link and end up a universe away from where you started – but one day back in 2006 I found a pattern for a totally cute [ but never cutesy-poo ] crochet cat.

You all know how i feel about cats, right ?

Only problem was that the directions were in Japanese. I don’t read japanese.

Still I printed it all out in the hope that one day it would be used

Fast forward a bit, and I discovered that the designer had a charted version in English

so that got added to the file too

and that’s pretty much where it all stayed until last month when, engaged in my regular perusal of the library database, I discovered that amineko is now a book, and one was on order.So that was me #1 in the reserve queue !!

Oh frabjous day!

So far this week I have:

crocheted the bits of two-and-a-half amineko[s]

The little mauve one is an anonymous BWM 8ply wool on a 3.5mm hook

The darker blue stripey one is Yarn Bee Worsted Wool  [ an unplied singles ] and a 4.5mm hook

Number 3 – when it grows up – will be the denim blue one in Sirdar Denim Sport Aran … a lovely soft cotton blend yarn. Very nice to work with.

Number 1 has been stuffed, sewn, suitably embellished

and has already been instructed as to his/her/its position in the feline hierachy

obviously Neko is not particularly worried.

A very laid-back feline indeed.

I wish the same could be said for Bear

who is not impressed

and how did you spend YOUR day ?

A largish part of mine was spent repeatedly washing and rewashing  … by hand … in a babybath [ well, okay, it’s actually one of those large plastic utility tub thingies, which we originally bought to hold ice for drinkies at Nadie and Chris’ engagement party  a couple of years ago, and have since repurposed as a dawg bath ] but nevertheless, hand washing … with soap and copious amounts of Napisan …well supported …  and not forgetting the bending-and-kneeling [ lots and lots of bending ], my late mother’s 1950 lace wedding dress which one of the resident felines had obviously decided made an attractive alternative to any of the somewhat-in-need-of-changing litter trays.

Given its age, and the fact that it obviously hadn’t been drycleaned post-nuptuals, and given that for several decades it was stored in the home of a pair of heavy smokers, I fully expected it to disintegrate when it hit water, but, other than the revolting brown colour of the first several rinses, the lace coat seems to have survived intact.

The boned and corseted strapless moire taffeta dress that went underneath was probably never intended to touch water, but at this stage , I think dry cleaning chemicals would be just as bad if not worse, so flushed with my first success, in she went.

The jury is still out on that one.

I’ll let you know tomorrow.

zero isn’t cold

… if you happen to live in Winnipeg, like my friend Linda

however, here in Central Victoria, we consider minus 1 a wee bit nippy.

Thank goodness it had warmed all the way up to .2 [ yes a whole point 2] by the time I wandered out in my jimjams and dressing gown to feed the morning caprine chorus.

silence broken only by the munching of four happy goats