Monday, 6 September 2021

The Cat in the Nest

This guy is kind of spoilt. He recently scored a new crocheted bed...
A couple of weeks ago Sonofagun No. 1 bought his cat child 8Track a cardboard nest. These nest things are supposed to be a claw sharpening thingo. Apparently. 8Track would simply sit in it and watch his favourite non-tv tv show.
I decided to make it a little more comfy. For possibly months but most likely years there has been a very large ball of chunky yarn sitting in an alcove in a bookshelf in the lounge. 
I read through a couple of popcorn stitch tutorials and got to work.
The one I found the most useful was on the BHooked website.
I had forgotten that the very large ball of chunky cream yarn was a very large ball of different coloured chunky yarns.
I crocheted a roundish shape big enough to sit inside the whole nest. It turned out a little irregular but still rather nice.
Most afternoons he can now be found here for hours.

The 1st of September is the beginning of Spring but I've been paying more mind lately to the traditional indigenous seasons. I mentioned in my last post that August is Guling or Orchid Season to the local Wurundjeri people. September and October is "Poorneet Tadpole Season, (September and October) is when temperatures rise, rain continues and the pied currawongs call loudly. The days and nights are of equal length." (
And the weather is warming. Last week we had a few days in the 20s. It was glorious!

I'm finding new native blooms on my park walks. These gum blossoms smell like sweet honey from many metres away.
This sweet yellow flowering shrub was tucked under some other bushes and was the only one of its' kind I found on a recent walk. I had never seen it before and thought it was a Boronia. However it didn't really have a scent. After a bit of research it has been revealed as Senna artemesioides.
A bright little Genista...
Broccoli, parsley, spinach, lettuce, nasturtiums, an orange and a lemon all picked from the garden. Everything except the orange was for our dinner that night.
You say Spring, I say SPRING CLEAN!!!

Look, my housekeeping skills are generally non-existentish. But I have my moments. As I slowly claim the end room as an office/ craft area I went the whole hog on the weekend.
I dragged every single ball of yarn, craft magazine, craft thing into the room and sorted everything.
I spent 5 minutes getting inspo from the Instabrag and apparently this is The Only Way To Arrange Colours.
ROYGBIV. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Apparently white and black go on each end and brown is like a boring old daggy bit at the end.
So I ROYGBIV'd the cotton threads.
Then I ROYGBIV'd the acrylics.
The 4 and 8 ply cottons copped a good old ROYGBIV-ving as well.

I wonder if there is also a real person called Roy G. Biv? Maybe G stands for Grahame, or Gerald.
I haven't bothered to show you the rest of the craft stuff. Honestly, I have accumulated a massive amount of craft crap over the years. Boxes of beads, embellishments, easter craft, paints, polymer clay etc. It's embarrassing really. They all got ROYGBIV'd as well and stored away in tidy boxes, tins and bags in the cupboard.
And now I have this nice little space!

My 'french' wall can stays as it is for now. All these sticky notes only stay up as long as it takes to embed the words into my brain but there has been a discussion with the house handyguy about floating shelves....
Thanks for stopping by!

Red Haired Amazona


  1. I love it! I am a hemisphere away and just did the same thing with all of my yarn and "fall" cleaned my house. Seems to be in the air right now. Gave away lots of yarn and other things to local charities. House and garage feel so much better! Your craft room looks terrific!!!! Congrats! It has to feel good!

  2. Love the woolly liner for the cat bed and can see someone must really like it. I'm loving all our native flowers that are out at the moment and especially all the different wattles which smell gorgeous too. I think your craft space looks fab, light, airy and "tidy". Well done. Take care & hugs.

  3. Your yarn stash looks lovely Louise! I'm very jealous!

  4. Love the cat mat. And the gum blossoms, very May Gibbs. I like the way you've sorted, looks very lolly shop bright :)

  5. oH, i laughed out loud at this post, in particular the reference to browns being the "boring old daggy bit at the end", haha!! I feel exactly like that about browns most the time!!! Loving your newly ordered rainbow world, may it bring you endless happy vibes xxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. I can never pass a bobble! I love them :)
    Drooling over your beautiful yarn stash!