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21 August 2013

A Crochet Cat

Meet my new little crochet buddy, Amineko cat.  He is a special little crochet cat for my brand new baby Nephew who was born last Thursday.
 
I can't remember how I first came across Amineko cats, I guess from looking at lots of crochet sites etc, but once you come across them, they just seem to be everywhere.  I had collected these little pics on my phone for a while, very sorry but I don't have original sources to credit the photos (bad blogger sorry!) But I just love how different they are and how people animate them in the photos, so cute.  I knew he would make a nice pressie for my new Nephew, and I was dying to have a go at making one.

Here he is just before being stitched up, head, body and limbs all made.  It is funny at this stage, I hate the stitching up because you just have no idea how they are going to look.  But once you begin to piece the bits together they get their own little personality... 

The wool I chose was Sirdar Snuggly double knitting in shades 0326 and 0259 as you can see I have used most of the blue and have quite a bit of the creamy colour left over, so you only need to purchase two balls of wool for this project, so can be relatively inexpensive.  I used a size 3.5 crochet hook. The pattern I used can be found here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amineko-crocheted-cat 

This is a little Instagram I took of him after completing his face and whilst attaching his arms.  I had him laid out on my lap and just thought he looked so cute, it was as if I am performing an operation on him! hehe. He def has a little personality now he has his face, quite pleased with how he has turned out so far.

And here he is all finished, all limbs attached.  Ah, he is a cutie, rather tempted to keep him for myself... 


Close up of his little paws.

Profile view.

 Bum view! Check out his little tail.

Just chillin! haha.

Have you made an Amineko cat?  I would love to see the pics, if you want to leave links in the comments. 
 

19 August 2013

The Chair Project Part 2

We left Part 1 of the Chair Project here with nicely painted bright blue chairs.  You may remember from The Bookcase Project I can't just leave anything nicely painted, oh no I like things to look a little bit worn and shabby, so yeah out came the sandpaper and wallpaper scraper, oh that pretty blue paint!
 
 
I was slightly worried that I had overdone the distressing on these blue ones.  After I painted mine Dad painted some old chairs of his own pretty bright colours and I was jealous of their perfect paint finish.  Oh well, I can always sand them down and re-paint them again when I get bored and in need of a project! haha.

So that's 2 pretty blue chairs completed, but I started out with 4 chairs, so what to do with the other 2?  I didn't want them all to be blue as that would be boring, why stick to one bright colour when you can have many?  So I went paint shopping, oh paint shopping is soooo much fun, I might even put it up there in second place after wool shopping! I chose the brightest colour I could possibly find...
 
Here's Daddy making the chairs yellow, YELLOW! Screeeam! How amazing is this colour, I just want to stare at it all day long.  You can't fail to be uplifted by its cheery brightness. The actual colour is Dulux Lemon Chiffon, I got it mixed up at Homebase, it cost around £2.60 for the smallest tin and was more than enough to do two coats on 2 chairs, bargain!  Dad didn't do all the painting, promise I did some too, but he was very keen to help, I didn't force him!
 
 
So here are my little yellow beauties in their new home in the little loft flat.  Yes I distressed them, just a little bit for the yellow ones, after I overdid it for the blue I didn't want to ruin the beautiful bright paint too much with these ones.  Here the chairs are photographed in the bathroom !?! they don't live in the bathroom, it just so happens the bathroom has the best light in the flat and seemingly it is trying to be Autumn outside and we don't seem to have had much nice daylight recently for optimal photographing conditions!
 
Oh, yes just to mention I varnished my chairs after painting and distressing. I used B&Q Quick Dry Varnish in Satin Clear, I had lots leftover from the Bookcase. Just gives it a nice finish and of course protects the distressed bits from getting anymore unwelcome distressing.
 

And finally, hurrah! Here are the beautiful blue and yellow chairs reunited in their final home round the polka dotty dining table.  I am SOOOOO pleased with them. I literally cannot stop staring at them now, such a happy little corner with my colourful bookcase here too.
 

 
I was dying to have a little get together with my friends to show off my new chairs, so I invited everyone round for dinner to try them out.  I put together a little bright table, I love clashy prints and bright colours.  All my plates and cutlery are brightly coloured and mis-matched, but I think it all goes so well together, makes me smile anyway. Ahhh, now, what next.....
 
So what do you think?  What colours would you choose for a chair project?
 
 

12 August 2013

What I'm working on...

It seems like some time since I shared a crochet project on here, well just in case you were worried (haha) I am still crocheting, I just seem to be working on big projects that are taking aaaages!  This is my current major project and it is a REALLY special one!
 
The colours I have chosen are by Wendy Peter Pan wool (the cutest brand baby wool ever!) and I chose shades, 306 baby blue, 913 blue jeans, 303 pale lemon and 922 pistachio.

This is a baby blanket, I've made baby blankets for lovely babies before but this one is extra special because it is for my soon to be born nephew.  He is imminent, my Sister in Law's due date was Friday, screeeeam! We are all so excited.

I wanted this blanket to be a bit different to previous ones I have made so decided instead of my usual granny squares I would go for Lucy's Neat Ripples. I have used this pattern before for a cushion, here.  The pattern I am following with the 3 main colours is as follows:
 
A = dark blue, B = cream, C = light blue.
 
A x2, B x1, A x1, B x2, C x1, B x1, C x2, A x1, C x1
 
It is worrying me slightly that the baby was due on Friday and I am nowhere near finished the blanket, eek! But first babies are always late right? I am sure my Sister in Law is hoping not too late tho... better get hooking...

I have not yet used the green colour but I am planning on doing something with it for the edging, I have not settled on the perfect edging pattern yet, but will see how it looks when I get there. I will no doubt show the completed blanket on the blog, so stay tuned...
 

5 August 2013

Life Lately...

Pretty bike ride to the seaside...

New crafty bits...
 
The cutest present from my sister, a bunny hole punch and cat stapler!

Watching rivers of rain run down my driveway. Love heavy rainstorms like this.

Crocheting ripples
 
 Trying to be healthy...
 
Watching Mark be a Total Warrior...