Sunday, 25 August 2019

Creative Weeks 14 - 16

There has still been some creativity happening on my better days when I have been able to sit up on the settee.  We had a week away and I thought I was doing okay, but within two days of getting back I was struck back down with more severe pains which landed me back in hospital and in resus as I collapsed.  I don't really remember that part, but hubby said it was scary!  I think I just passed out from the pain.  Still don't know what is going on.  Two A & E visits in just a month is way too much for my liking!

Anyway, this fellow has helped cheered me up and I really enjoyed making him.

Meet Geoffrey, who can't quite decide if he is an Alpaca or a Llama!

I am really pleased with how his face turned out.

He makes me smile.

I have started a 'Three Elephant Project', making one each for myself, my sister and my Mum.  My Mum sadly probably won't know what it is, and probably won't even really acknowledge it, she is sadly that bad now, but I at least know what it would have meant to her and it can sit in her room.  My Mum used to love elephants and made a lovely elephant embroidery picture that is on the wall in my parent's home.  The first poem my Dad ever taught me to learn off by heart was about an elephant and so it just seemed a fun little project to do.

This is Mavis


Mavis and Martha - the first two elephants.  I think the final one, which will probably be my Mum's will be in dark grey.  I don't think I have enough of the light grey to make the third. 

They are knitted with some of my fabulous New Zealand Merino Wool that I bought while in NZ this year.

I have two more little rag doll so on the go.  One is for a swap, so I can't show them yet.  They still need their faces, eyes and clothes.  The other rag dolls I have been making (shown on the last Creative post) also need some more clothes and underwear made, but I just haven't been feeling like sewing or doing those.  

I just love the next project that I made for my Daughter in Law's birthday.

I have really enjoyed making this special animal.  

Her name is 'Sally' the Arapawa Sheep and she is made with Arapawa Wool and her dress is NZ Merino, so she has true Kiwi roots.  


I crocheted a little pumpkin

Really pleased with how this turned out, so can see me making some more.  A nice little quick and easy project.

A little dress for Martha Elephant.


  I have almost finished the bear I am making for my husband's birthday - just have to sew it up now when he isn't around and make a little outfit for him.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Creative Weeks 11, 12 & 13

Never one to be idle, I have found having to spend a lot of time bedridden this last fortnight very frustrating.  On the days I was up sitting, I decided to try a project I had been meaning to for ages, and that was to make Amineko the Cat.  I bought the book several years ago now, and it has sat in my bookcase tempting me, but because crochet tends to really upset the pain levels in my arm and shoulder, I haven't tried.  Well I needed some real distraction so I thought this would be just the challenge.  I have to put it aside for a few days while in hospital and in bed sleeping, but then was able to pick up and continue making him.

Sleeping - he does a lot of this!

Of course getting into the swing of making him, I decided I wanted to try another little critter.

This time a bear.  

He is quite the dapper little fellow and I love how he turned out.

I realised while making the bear that I hadn't been doing this style of crochet quite right as I had been joining each round.  Once I realised this I wanted to try another creative critter (as I am calling them)

A little pig!

I might put a little bit of red felt in his mouth.  He also has a cute little curly tail that I must have forgotten to photograph.

A pattern that I wanted to try for a long time, after seeing a friend make one is the following little bear.

I really like this little travel bear.  If I make another I might make the arms a little longer, but otherwise he is a real cutie.

Such a sweet little face.

Gaining in confidence I decided to try my hand at making a little crochet doll.

I found the face on her really difficult.  It said to sew the face on before attaching the head. I wish I had done it afterwards, as now it looks wonky!  I might have to redo it at some stage.

Nancy greets her and offers her the loan of something to wear until she has her own clothes.

That's better!

Betty thanks Nancy for the clothes.

She enjoys a wander in the garden.

Later in the day she tries on a longer skirt and quite likes it longer, so she may get to keep this little outfit until she gets her own.


Yesterday while having yet another 'couch' day, I finished the faces on my four little dolls I made while on holiday on IOW.  I also made their shoes and knitted a dress.

These little dolls all have homes to go to.  They are still waiting on their underwear and another set of clothes. Hopefully I will feel up to getting those done this week.


A coupe of 'just because' photos....

I caught Peggy Sue standing on the settee the other day.  When I asked her what she was doing, she said she was trying to look in the mirror!

Later on her and Everlee Rose were seen deep in conversation.

Two of my favourite sweet girls