Hi friends! I’m alive! But this fall has been kicking my butt. So far October has been just as busy as September was, maybe even more so… and in the last week I’ve caught a pretty terrible cold that is just laying waste to my productivity.
I have been able, FINALLY, to do a tiny bit more knitting than has been possible in the past months, though. The doctor I saw about my wrists prescribed a fantastically effective topical anti-inflammatory, and also referred me to a hand physiotherapy practice. (I have not been to the physio yet, but I will get there! Eventually!). So far, even just using the anti-inflammatory and continuing my practice of limiting typing time as much as possible, taking breaks, doing a variety of activities instead of just one for a long span, trying to exercise a little more, and extremely limited knitting time has been making a big difference.
So, I have been knitting just a little bit on little things…
Some pretty (slightly blurry) yellow projects. One is a nearly finished hexagon, for my forever-in-progress Six’es blanket. The other is a surprise for a friend, which I will reveal when it is fully complete ;)
I also spent a couple of evenings (because, only a tiny bit at a time!) making up this little coffee cup cozy for a different friend.
The yarn is leftover lovely handspun (I did not spin it – it was a gift from my mom a few holidays ago) – I have a teapot cozy made from it, so it seemed like a lovely thing to have a sister mug cozy to send my friend, with whom much tea has been consumed! So, we can both have tea knowing that yarn from the same ball is keeping it warm.
I added crocheted loops on one side and buttons on the other, and blocked it so that it would lay flatter. I hope she likes it!
So, I rooted around in my stash last night, and came up with a tiny bit more yarn in the right weight for my crocheted cat nest.
Although red isn’t really a colour we use in household decor over here at casa-barf-green, I really like using up leftover yarn (in this case, the red yarn is from slippers I made my brother-in-law for Christmas one year), AND I want to keep this project as cheap as I can… because my cat is wonderful and I love her, but she’s also hella fickle.
While she looooves the cat-nest-in-progress right now…
Maybe she won’t love it forever, and if I spend a lot of money on the yarn, I’ll be sad.
I’m hoping I can use some coupons at Michael’s and pick up some (Lion Brand) Wool Ease Thick & Quick to continue the nest!
I never thought I’d be saying this, but… crochet is really fun, people.
So, I’ve barely made any progress on my crocheted cat nest project…
But I did get the highly important feline stamp of approval!
I did something crazy last night.
It’s something I haven’t done for years, since I was much younger.
I CROCHETED! :)
I’m nearly always a knitter, although I did learn how to do very very basic crochet way back in the day. Last night, I saw this adorable pattern for a cat nest, and I knew it would be perfect for my cat. She loooves to squeeze into small cozy spaces for naps. After much googling and some helpful youtube videos, this…
Turned into this…
in the span of a couple of hours! I’m using a 9mm crochet hook. The green yarn is leftover Brown Sheep Burly Spun (from the first sweater I ever made!), and the gray is leftover Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (from some Christmas gift slippers).
Okay, my hands are a bit sore this morning, and okay, I’ve now run out of bulky stash yarn to use. But the idea of a cozy cat nest is too adorable not to see it through! I’m stashdiving to see if I have some heavier worsted I could hold triple or something.
Excited! Cat Nest!! :)