Monday, December 17, 2018


Right, we have a baby kangaroo. Annika has named her Jumpy. I've made a start on the mother kangaroo:
Black is not generally considered a kangaroo colour, I grant you, but it's easy to match disparate balls, so hopefully I will be able to assemble enough yarn for the whole creature. The most important point is that Annika likes the idea of a black kangaroo.  We're going away tomorrow for a few days. I'll take my crochet with me, but I'm not sure how much time I'll find to work on it.

Friday, December 14, 2018


The owl has wings at last. And eyebrows. When Isabel heard that the owl didn't have a home, she said it definitely had to go home with her. Which is fine. But of course, fair is fair, Annika wants something from the amigurumi book too. It's going to be a unique kangaroo because it has to be made from yarn that is here. Annika has approved the colours, so now I just have to crochet as quickly as possible!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

More Keepers

Since my granddaughters are here, they could choose the colours they want for their scissor and thimble keepers. Also known as Aunty Mary's Thing - you'll have to read Dedri's post to find out where that name originates. Isabel chose white with a gold thread for sparkle; Annika chose a variegated pink. Orange is for their mum Penny. They chose which thimble they want and the button. Together the keepers make a little bouquet:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

At Last!

Monday my daughter Penny and her family arrived from Australia. Tuesday the parcel that Penny posted in June arrived! She could've saved the cost of postage.
As well as the yarn I asked her to send, Penny posted some shoes and other goodies. I will use the yarn, of course, but am thinking of knitting a top rather than crocheting one. Here's a close up of the label:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ice Drop Version

I tatted another of muskaan's spiral snowflakes and then wondered if I could turn it into an icedrop. I could. It did take me a couple of goes, but the idea was sound. I think there's already a spiral icedrop, so this will have to be called something else. 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Practice Spirals

Muskaan's Spiral Snowflake is small, so I used thread left on shuttles to try it out, which is why my colour changes are a little strange. It's also why I used bare thread spaces instead of 2 ds chains for the centre of the second one. I really like the spiral, it has a wonderful sense of movement. The josephine knots and their placement are genius because they accentuate the spiral effect.

I must confess I was daunted by five pages of pattern! Then I realised that the pattern itself is only half a page. I needn't be put off by extra information.

Now that my shuttles are empty, I'll make another spiral in one colour.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Enough For Two More

I had enough of the wildlife fabric left for two more market bags, so I bought another metre of lining material in town on Wednesday. I've cut both out. That'll give me eight market bags and three small bags, from five metres of the main fabric.  Now to see how far I can sew before the power goes off again!