What a wonderful excuse to stay inside and crochet!
Before my backside finds its favourite groove in the couch I did need to attend to some important little creatures.
Jerry (Hall) & Violet the guinea pigs needed a nice clean hutch with some extra straw for warmth.
So they came inside for cuddles with Sonofagun No.2 whilst I braved the chill and drizzle to muck out their house.
Guinea pigs are funny little creatures. Especially these two. One gets jealous when you're patting the other! They make that freaked out squealy piggie sound until you start patting her, which then changes to contented guinea pig purring and chattering. Then the other starts protesting because she's not getting pats! You have to find a way to pat both grumpy buggers at the same time!
With fresh sawdust and lots of hay stuffed in their castle and around the back for warmth and tunnelling, I popped the girls back in to Casa Guinea. They then ran around exploring and chattering to each other in their happy piggie way. Now I could get on with some crochet!
A friend in Banana Land (Queensland) asked me via Facey if I could try making a cute Hoodie for her gorgeous little girl. It's available as a free pattern on Ravelry by Marken of The Hat & I.
Soooo I've been faffing around with this one a bit.
At first I used DK and a 3.5mm hook even though the pattern required a 5.5mm.
It was obviously way too small. You can't tell from the picture below, but this is the size for a 3 year old. And Banana Land friends little girl aka The Little Mermaid (because she's an absolute swimming legend) is about 9 or 10?
I then have switched to 2 strands of DK and a 5mm hook. This is giving the right measurements or gauge but will be way too thick for Banana Land.
I'll finish this one, then I think I'll do another in single strands, smaller hook but work out the extra chains etc required.
|That pink, it's so bright! My eyes! My eyes are burning!!!!|
Last night was our usual Saturday night Hooked on Crochet. But instead of cosying up on the couch with our men and crochet in front of a movie in the comfort of the loungeroom, we made it a family affair and took the Sonofaguns to the cinema to watch the latest Avengers Age of Ultron movie.
And we took our crochet.
We did have a few peeps look at us oddly when we pulled out wool etc.
A few curious souls even asked "how do you see what you're doing?"
The Blonde Bombshell is making a beautiful baby blanket for a soon to be new arrival in her family which just requires rows and rows of bobble stitch.
I started another placemat which is rows and rows of DC so we didnt really need to see what we were doing. Every now and then I used the light of the movie screen to check I was going alright but that's about it.
Here's the Blonde Bombshell just before the lights dimmed and the movie started. Many apologies for the blurry pictures!
And here's the start of my piece!
Do you have a Crochet Buddy? Or even a regular movie night?
It's often hard to find time for these things especially when you've got little grommits who zap your energy. But finding time to incorporate this kind of thing once a week or a fortnight can be so beneficial. Give it a go!
If you haven't already, pop on over to my Facey page and say hello. I love new friends and sometimes post random mostly crochet related stuff which doesn't end up in Blogland.
Also pop on over to Handmade Monday and check out some other crafty blogs!
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