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Splash of colour.

A few days ago I finished a project that was really enjoyable. I decided to make a cat blanket, using scraps of yarn left over from other projects. The result was amazing. A rainbow of colours. Are cats colourblind, I wonder?  If that is the case, it may be a blessing, otherwise they might be dazzled.

I made approximately 100 little 2.5 x 2.5 granny squares, with a well known pattern (I see it all over Ravelry and other crochet sites), and double crocheted them together. The yarn I used was one of my favourites, Patons Sorbet. I think I have mentioned it before. It’s a cotton blend, aran weight (worsted weight for those who are in the States and Canada), and its good for things like bags or something that needs to be fairly thickish  or rugged, like a bathmat. So should be good for a pet blanket 🙂


I enjoyed making this so much, that I am now making something similar, though not for a cat. It’s so easy to pick up, do a few squares and put down again and makes my 50,000 stitch target for NaKnitMo, a breeze, (at least I think it will). I’m so proud of the girls who are doing this challenge, (actually, I think there is a male in there someone as well), but the totals some are racking up every day are incredible. For the rest of us, it’s just a chance to pick up unfinished projects and get them finished, make presents ready for christmas, and generally have a lot of fun. It’s surprising how quickly the stitch totals increase and several people have upped their targets already. I don’t think I will be doing that yet. I am managing to keep up with this blog for the NaBloPoMo, but haven’t done much for NaNoWriMo. I have been planning my plot, but not writing the book! Ah well, tomorrows another day.


Five minutes later!

Not five minutes after I wrote the previous post, the postman delivered my NaNoWriMo Mascot swap, and what a delight. He is  a ‘Lucky Cat’, made by Alissa, and he is beautiful. How clever to be able to create something out of clay! (I presume it is polymer clay). He is particularly loved because I have a black and white cat (Jiffers) so very appropriate. Alissa also sent other goodies, fabric and stationary. She had obviously been reading my profile on Swap-bot 🙂 Thank you Alissa. I love Lucky and everything else you sent. You have been very generous. Good luck with Nano. I hope Lucky’s sphere of influence reaches you too lol. Here are some shots of Lucky in his new home and the parcel.




The quiet season

For all that I have been busy, I haven’t done much crafting. I thought that there would be a load of stuff to put onto the blog, but had to search to find anything at all. Definitely a lull in productivity. This is partly because I have been concentrating on the back room, but partly because I have not been well. I have fibromyalgia which has been bad the last few weeks and slows me down completely. It would seem that the mojo has disappeared and all I can do is hope that he will come back! meanwhile, here are some piccies of recent work…not many though!





First attempts

Well. I still haven’t been writing. No, I am still in the clutches of crafting and art. I have been trying out my new Corel Painter software. I haven’t checked out the tutorials yet, but I will. With the help of publisher, (I suppose it should be photoshop) I have painted and put together the following:-

 blue-flowers-in-vase.jpg      turquoise-vase-plus-red-and-yellow-flowers.jpg          publication1vase-of-pink-flowers-ed.jpg        turquoise-vase-plus-red-and-yellow-flowers-page-2.jpg


I also managed a couple of cards. I actually got out some watercolours to paint the stamped images. First time I have ever painted with them ( well…coloured in).






Second month – May 2007

Having got started, I couldn’t stop drawing. I began to think that instead of using other peoples’ artwork for my handmade cards, I could use my own work. I have done this  a few times now, and although it isn’t fantastic art, it is at least original, and mine! One day, I will take the plunge and paint with paint, and draw with a pencil, and produce works that are original one-offs, and not prints. But one step at a time.

I began the month by playing with the tools on Artrage and Smoothdraw, and testing out some of the techniques. I love creating patterns, so there was quite a bit of experimenting to do. I started off with patterns and backgrounds, like these…

study-in-blue-ed.jpg     study-in-pink-ed.jpg    orange-and-brown-background-ed.jpg   

spots-before-the-eyes.png  and then some mouse clipart…    

 mouse-clipart.jpg       mouse-clipart-2-ed.jpg   

I also experimented with another art programe, called Poject Dogwaffle. The pink flower was my first attempt at using this programme.

pink-flower.jpeg    blue-flower.jpeg

By the end of the month I felt confident enough to try a picture of one of my cats, Jemima. Not perfect, but I felt very pleased with it at the time. It was done using Smoothdraw again.



Another Scottie Dog!

A couple of weeks ago it was my friend’s birthday, and I was trying to think of a design for her birthday card. A few days earlier she had stated her intention, should she ever be in a position to do so, to have a little Westie dog, as she adores them. I had only recently found the drawing I had done as a teenager, and I thought it might be useful to try and do a similar drawing now, some 35 years later! I ended up just doing a portrait, rather than a whole dog, and again I used Artrage. This was the result…


I must admit I felt quite pleased with it.


A few days earlier I had done a portrait of one of my cats, Jemima. I was pleased with that too, except that you have to be careful how you view it on the monitor, or you don’t see all the detail.



 I feel I am making progress, but it is very slow, as I’m doing lots of other things. I need to focus!







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