Sunday, 30 August 2015

Cat-ching up!

Over the summer some ideas have been quietly purr-collating, and taking shape! 
The finished cat-alogue is quite different from the original idea - 
but the new owners are pleased with their pets!

 Free styled spiral vessels provided a purr-fect base for a cat body.

.....the cat back! 

The purple cat had some fun in the sun!

His new owner is fond of his whiskers or mus-cat-che!

I really enjoyed going with the flow again, and love the random shapes, there are short ends and trimmings inside each....
It has caused a paws for thought involving more adventures with a spiral vessel....
all will be revealed, in seasonal time!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Random Wooliness!

A long time ago.... Linda's stashbusting project really captured my imagination.
I had bags and boxes of  random wool stashed all over, just waiting for those perfect projects!
As a result of Linda's inspiration, I've busted some of my stash and kept notes of the gs that have been put to good use.
Not only did the stashbusting have an effect on the volume of hoarded wool, it opened my eyes to new ideas, and I have found inspirational fellow busting bloggers.
However,  the whole project has really encouraged me to think about my purchases! 
Ever since joining the group I have only bought reduced or odd balls of wool that I have a use for, ideally British where possible.
I accept donations from other woolly minded folk and
I really enjoy searching for charity shop oddments. 
Its exciting to rise to the challenge of transforming other people's woolly donations.
As most of my makes are small I have the flexibility to do this, and my increasing love of freefrom also lends itself to the use of an eclectic range of exotic spare threads!
Recently I have unearthed some real gems:

Falcon by Post.... 75% Courtelle


 and some fab Jaeger.... I always enjoy a reference to the North East too!

Having spent a substantial amount of time tidying up our spare room and squishing my stash (in more ways than one!!)  I've decided that there's plenty for projects until the end of the year!
I warmly recommend Linda's colourful inspirational blog,  for stashbusting or browsing, 
I for one have been transformed!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Time off!

I had some time off free-styling and free-forming to follow a pattern!
This was a birthday present for a friend of RW Jnr!

 The easy to follow pattern can be found here:

As my big fingers found the arms rather fiddly I adapted that body part!

He was well received...and I have had another couple of orders! 
Will be giving my stitch counting a break first!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Oh I do like... be beside the seaside...which is a little ironic living in the middle of England!
We recently revived memories of a friend's Woolacombe wedding,  enjoying the photos of a beautifully sunny and warm weekend.
For an anniversary present a window of woolly Woolacombe was hooked!

Many sandy strands and bubbly wavelets...

...the green hill in the distance..

 surfs up?!

back view...

...and a different background...

It takes a while to gather materials, so while they were all to hand....

and back

 This has surface crochet footprints on the sand

and in the water

Cuffs have been on my mind for a while....

Loved my visit to a local independent haberdashery shop with an abundant button bounty!

There are a couple of techniques I stumbled upon by happy accident, which I hope to use again!
I really enjoyed my time dipping into the woolly waves!
Hope to wiggle my toes in some real sand sometime this summer! 
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Ruby Stripes

A few weeks ago friends of ours celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary. 
One of them is a big fan of Bridget Riley, she invited me with her to hear Bridget in conversation during this exhibition.
The stripes in Bridget Riley's work inspired a crochet piece for the couples anniversary card!

Started with two rows of 20 stitches for each red....

 ...some in back loops for texture...

Congratulations to the fantastic couple - and hope they have many more happy years together!