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Wool thief strikes again!

So I thought that maybe she would have grown out of the ‘wool stealing’ phase when she grew from a kitten to a cat. WRONG!

I am an avid knitter and crocheter and generally have wool all over the place. My older cat who is over five has never, even as a kitten, paid much interest in my wool stash. She would get up beside me an be fascinated by the needles working and the strand of wool moving but that was it. My youngest cat who is now around two is a total wool addict ( like me) and wool stalker and has been since she entered our house!

I have a granny square style blanket on the go that I am making out of all my wool scraps, and I keep all the wool and the squares in a carry box and I now cover it with a towel to help stop her temptation…………………………………………………this however is all in vain.

Quite often I will come in from somewhere and see imediately that she has taken 2 or 3 balls all the way upstairs ( 2 flights) and the wool strands are all up the stairs and landing as proof. This week however, she really upped her game and my husband thought it was so funny he left it for me to see…………

She started here! This is the box, the towel is on the floor and she has helped herself....

She started here! This is the box, the towel is on the floor and she has helped herself….

But that wasn’t all Oh no, she had a field day with the rest………

She went for it big time and decided to mix them all together so I would have a lovely puzzle to work out!

She went for it big time and decided to mix them all together so I would have a lovely puzzle to work out!

They had all been intertwined amongst each other and took ages to unravel and then roll up again, she even had the audacity to try and attack the wool strands as I was winding them up.

This is exactly what she ended up taking from the box………..

8 granny squares and 15 balls of wool in total had been taken for a walk and suitably killed in action!

8 granny squares and 15 balls of wool in total had been taken for a walk and suitably killed in action!

Then she has the cheek to sit here, in her spot, looking the picture of innocence!

Here she is looking like butter wouldn't melt in her favourite sleeping spot ......

Here she is looking like butter wouldn’t melt in her favourite sleeping spot ……

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Wool obsessed………..

I do have a wool obsession and I totally admit to it- but this time I’m not talking about me!

I have 2 cats at the moment and had another before the youngest came  but he unfortunately is no longer with us. My eldest cat Tilly, is 5yrs old and during that time I have always been a knitter, this means I have stashed wool everywhere, and I mean everywhere. However, not once has she bothered to even take it under her notice. Our second cat George when he was alive only bothered when I was actually trying to knit as the slight movement of the ball of wool would be too tempting.

Now our youngest cat, Minnie is a total minx. Not only does she love a ball of wool but she can sniff them out at a hundred paces and can find them and take them for a walk wherever I try to hide them and believe me I really do have to hide them now.

Here she is looking like butter wouldn't melt in her favourite sleeping spot ......

Here she is looking like butter wouldn’t melt in her favourite sleeping spot ……

Do not be fooled by the lazy appearance, she had just worn herself out while I had been out. I came back to find this…..

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Not just the one ball of wool, normally the red one that she finds tucked away under a desk in my bedroom ( that one is like a little surrogate baby to her), Oh no she went to town and decided to get through a plastic bag full of wool that I have been using to make a crocheted blanket with…….

This bag was tied closed with everything inside!

This bag was tied closed with everything inside!

It can be such a pain in the arse at times especially when you are using the wool to make something for someone, but equally it is a bit cute when she sneaks downstairs with a ball of wool in her gob with the strand of wool leading all the way up two flights of stairs!! We have tried letting her have the red ball to play with but she is never satisfied with that and I can find chomped balls of wool downstairs, up on the landing, in the boys rooms, and up a second set of stairs in my room. I need something cat proof……………………… like a whole separate house for my wool stash to be safe ( not sure the hubby would agree to that one though). I suppose it could be worse, she could bring me presents of another kind, like dead things and that would NOT be good.

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Knitting project #6 – 2012

This isn’t officially my 6th project, I have done others but they aren’t quite finished (need to find some nice buttons for them!) so therefore this one is being posted about first.

I had seen this in one of my books and thought that it would be perfect. I had picked up some lovely Aran wool in Dusky Pink from a craft show a few weeks ago at Bluewater.

Anyway, I loved this one as it got me back into a bit of cable work but on a beginner level. This I made for my God daughters birthday as she needed to something to put her net book into!!

Unfortunately the colour doesn’t show up that well in the pictures as they were taken on my phone but it’s almost like a salmon pink.

It was worked in simple garter stitch with a small cable running up each side. This can be made smaller or bigger depending on what you want the bag to be used for. It would be easy to pop in some material to line it and make it stronger too.

I have since thought of ways to adapt this pattern to possibly try a laptop cover without the handles!

 

Knitting project #4 – 2012

Ok here it is………………another scarf!!!

But this one was different, I used the biggest needles I have ever knitted with (20mm) and a pattern that read really easy but did take me a while to work out!!

 

Really can you believe the size of those needles? I had to put the pencil in the picture just so you could get the idea!!

 

It was like knitting with 2 branches from the tree in the garden!!

However, I persevered and this is what I ended up with. I’m really pleased with it too, and once I got in to the pattern it was a total breeze.

Now I’m really getting into this knitting malarkey and have another couple of projects to post. Now I’m wondering whether I should look to make and sell items. At the moment I am off work through long term illness so I need something non physical to do and I would love to earn an income( however small). I have been looking at the Etsy site and wondering would it be worth me selling on there? Looking at what can be sold on there I’m thinking:

Scarves, gloves, cup cosies, bottle covers, flower brooches, kids toys, hot water bottle covers, hats, small dog jumpers (yes they really sell), baby blankets etc.

What do you think? Would these sell?

If you sell on Etsy and advice would be gratefully received.

On to the next one!

 

 

 

Knitting project #3 – 2012

I had made a scarf for my Mum as one of her pressies from the boys. My brother was suitably impressed and commented he wouldn’t mind a ‘proper’ knitted scarf!

So voila……………………….my 3rd project of the year!

I had picked up some wool in the sales after Christmas and this was perfect for his scarf. Not too technical but great practice!

Not modelled by my brother……..but my OH!

VERDICT:  he likes it! (my brother that is! )

Now onto the next project…………………………