Welcome the Christmas Gift edition of FO Friday. As I promised on Wednesday there would be photos so here they are!
My mother loves ginger cats. When she said the other day that she wanted to get a ginger cat but not until the current cat is no longer with us (he likes being the only cat in the house) I had the great idea to make her a ginger cat so she could have both. I wanted something quick to make – I only started on the Thursday before Christmas – so I thought a bookmark would be a good idea. I found this pattern and I fell in love with the little feet, especially the back paws.
The pattern said to would take some hours to knit. I think my idea of some hours is very different to the patterns designer, it took me about 12-13 hours from Thursday 20th to 3:30am Christmas Day morning. I am pleased with the results but when I make this again I will be making the head in the round. It took about 2 hours for me to get about 2 rows of the head done, the stitches kept falling off the needles. I was starting the head at about 11:30pm on Christmas Eve so that might have had something to do with it and the fact you need to increase very quickly and I struggled to move the needles.
Despite the issues I had, I really enjoyed knitting this little guy. I will definitely be making another one eventually for myself.
Coffee Cup Mug Cozy 1.0
As I mentioned on Wednesday I made my grandmother a mug cozy that really did not turn out as I intended. It doesn’t look too bad in the photo but you can see how the button pulls at the fabric, it is worse when you pick up the cup.
I have already frogged this version and started again. I haven’t finished it yet but I am making progress. I found this really great idea to make the cozy ‘stick’ to the sides of the cup. It is so cleaver and simple, I really hope it works. I will let you know next week.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned I was going to make a pom-pom toy for my cat for Christmas. I really didn’t like the pom-pom loom that I found in the craft store (I really want to get one of those Clover Pom-Pom makers but I can’t find them here so need to order online). Anyway, I decided to make something else for the cat. I did a pattern search on Ravelry (one reason I love Ravelry) and came across a Swirly Mice Toys pattern which looked like it would be really quick and easy.
It only took about 10 minutes to make at 3:30am Christmas morning. I couldn’t really move my hand after finishing the Cat bookmark but I still managed to make the cat toy really quickly. It was fun to make but the cat was not so fussed about it. He has not played with it until tonight when I turned it around and waved the tail in front of him and he went crazy. The “right” way around he could not care less. I did not need to bother about making it and should have just taken a length of yarn and giving it to him! The mouse bit it nice to hold in your hand.
Be sure to check out Tami’s Ami Blog to see what everyone else has been finishing this week. This is probably my last post for the year so have a good weekend and a Happy New Year. See you all next year 🙂