FO Friday – The Year of the Owl

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and you got all your handmade gifts made in time.

While I may have run out of time to get most of my Christmas crafting started, I did get a few Nel the Tiny Owls by FreshStitches made for an earlier Christmas that the Tiny Owl Knits Ravelry group.  It is called TOKmas and this year on 14th December at the same time everyone opens their gifts from a secret spoiler.  It is a lot of fun to first stalk your spoilee and then to open your gift at the same time with everyone else around the world.

TOK owls

Including these 2 and the one that I showed you the other week, I have now made 5 tiny owls and not kept a single one.  I really have to correct that next year.

TOK bag2 TOK bag1

I also made a couple of drawstring bags out of fat quarters.  I really liked the fabric and had to go back to the store to buy some for myself! Not sure what I will make out of it yet, I just had to buy it before it was all gone.  The drawstring is a ribbon which I wouldn’t normally use for this purpose but I couldn’t resist the cute little Christmas owls.  They just fitted the theme perfectly.

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I loved being part of TOKmas this year and will definitely do it again next year.  The hardest part was receiving your box of gifts but not being able to open it until TOKmas day!

Until next time, enjoy the rest of the holiday season.

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Amigurumi, Crochet, FO Friday, Sewing


Merry Christmas

Merry Xmas 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!  However you celebrate at this time of year I hope you have a great time, even it is just playing with the wrapping paper.

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Posted by on December 25, 2013 in Blog, Cats


WIP Wednesday – A Project For Me

How is everyone’s week going?  Putting the finishing touches on all those Christmas presents?

I think I am just going to have to admit defeat and buy all the gifts I need to instead of making them like I intended.  Work has been crazy busy and by the time I get home I am exhausted.  Today I came home and slept for an hour which I have never done!  It didn’t help that I was not feeling very well.

Needless to say I haven’t had much motivation to do anything.  Last night I started one of my many kits from FreshStitches.  I started the Mal the Duck because my eyes were hurting after staring at a computer all day.  I could not focus on the black stitches of the top hat.

Ever wondered what you get in one of the kits from FreshStitches?  I think I will make this kit next after Mal.  It is Nel the Tiny Owl.  I think kit is about time I made one for myself.

Kit Contents

I love that you get everything you need in one little bag, the pattern, yarn and the safety eyes.  In New Zealand it is very difficult to buy worsted weight yarn.  I always wanted to try it to see what I was missing and these kits have been perfect for that.  The wool yarn that is in the kits is really nice to work with and I do miss it when I go back to using acrylic yarn which is what has the best range of colours.

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That is all from me today.  Good luck with finishing any last-minute Christmas present you might be making.

(Looking for a Christmas themed pattern?  Go to FreshStitches blog for a special discount code valid until Friday)

Be sure to check out Tami’s Amis Blog if you need a break from crafting.


Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Amigurumi, Crochet, WIP Wednesday


FO Friday – Buzz Buzz Buzz

So I haven’t had a chance to finish the Snowman, the top hat is taking forever! I might have missed the end of the CAL but I will get him finished.  He will not become a long-term WIP.

Today’s project has been finished for a while but I have not had a chance to photograph him.  I just couldn’t get his to stay still long enough.

Mozzie FO

This version of Dale the Mosquito by FreshStitches was part of the Kit Club.  That is why the legs are longer than normal.  There are pipe cleaners in the legs which makes them moveable.

I really can’t stand mosquitos.  I have spent many nights trying to find that annoying buzzing around my head.

Mozzie Swat

The really good thing about Dale is that you can easily see him!

Mozzie Gone

Don’t worry Dale is fine, he just has a small headache but he promise not to try to bite me again.

WIP Wednesday

I am off to finish the Top Hat for the Snowman and try to figure out some Christmas presents!

If you are like me and need some inspiration for last-minute Christmas gifts, check out Tami’s Amis Blog.


Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Amigurumi, Crochet, FO Friday


WIP Wednesday – Snowman Progress

I am making slow process on the Snowman for the FreshStitches CAL.  I don’t think I will make the December 12 deadline but I am going to try to finish him off by FO Friday.

Snowman WIP

Just a word of advice, if you have kittens that are 9 weeks old, 1) do not introduce them to yarn on the first day you bring them home and 2) do not leave a ball of bright orange yarn unattended while going to look for scissors to cut the yarn to finish off a carrot nose.   I may or may not have had to redo the last round of a nose after coming back to find to little girls playing with it!

WIP Wednesday

I still have the stick arms, the top hat and the cowl to finish.  I am thinking of making the cowl in red and green for Christmas.  Any other suggestions?

Be sure to check of Tami’s Amis Blog for more work in progress.


Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Amigurumi, Crochet, WIP Wednesday


Meet My Little M and M

2 weeks ago tomorrow we welcomed into our house 2 little balls of fluff

Molly and Marley hugging while sleeping.

Molly and Marley hugging while sleeping.

They are now about 9 weeks old.  The tabby one is called Marley (after Bob Marley’s family) and the grey one is called Molly (after Molly Rhone, the President of the International Netball Federation – she is a Jamaican).  Marley + Molly = M and M.  Both girls are from the same litter and have been inseparable for the last 2 weeks.  They do EVERYTHING together!

I promise not to turn into the crazy cat lady who only posts photos of their cats, but I can’t guarantee they won’t appear the odd time or two.

Over the weekend I was searching through Ravelry to find patterns for cat toys to make for them this Christmas.  Here are a few of the patterns that I am trying to decide between.

Mouse Toy by Stephanie Garcia
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Garcia (Kawaii Gurumi)

Swirly Mice Toy for Cats -  pattern by Julie Oparka

Swirly Mice Toy for Cats – pattern by Julie Oparka

Tiny Whale – pattern by June Gilbank (PlanetJune)

Crinkle Ball Cat Toy by June Gilbank (PlanetJune)
(Photo Credit: June Gilbank)

(Click on the pictures above to go to the website for the patterns.)

I made the swirly toy last year for Tabs who is sadly no longer with us.  I have given it to Marley and Molly and it has almost been destroyed in 2 weeks.  I am thinking I need something with a long tail or I can attach to a stick because their claws are getting really sharp!

Does anyone else have cat who they make toys for?  Do you have any suggestions about what else I can make for these 2 little trouble makers?

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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Amigurumi, Cats, Present Ideas


FO Friday – An Owl Wearing Glasses!

Wow what a week it has been.  I have been working full-time this week and it has been ridiculously busy.  Needless to say that has meant there has been very little time for crafting.

I have been able to finish this little guy.  The pattern is Nel the Tiny Owl by FreshStitches.

Owl wearing glasses

Last year the woman I work with asked me to make a couple of owls to the children of 2 other people we work with.  We decided that they would be really cute with glasses, so this year I decided to make her one.  The glasses are from the local craft store.  They are meant to be for teddy bears but I think they just the perfect size.

I am still trying to figure out how to best attach the glasses to the head.  I was going to stick the arms of the glasses into the head but there are little rubber stoppers at the end of the arms which means I have to think up something else.  A stitch on each side might work.  No children will playing with it so it doesn’t have to be really secure.

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I really do need to make one of these for myself! I have now made 3 and not a single one has been for me.

I am now inspired to make so many accessories in miniature!  Can you imagine one wearing a Santa’s hat. How cute would that be.

Be sure to check out Tami’s Amis Blog for more finished projects.


Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Amigurumi, Crochet, FO Friday