Saturday, April 29, 2017


Three weeks ago, I went to visit Bendigo RSPCA because they had a little orange cat who looked just like the cat I grew up with.

She originally came in to the RSPCA 7 months ago with a litter of kittens and they thought she was just over a year old. Her kittens were adopted quickly, and she went to a woman with Jack Russells.

The woman with Jack Russells had her for about 4 months and then returned her to the RSPCA because she was terrified of the dogs.

The RSPCA listed her as a year old again and she was there for another month. She's a bit stand offish to start with, so maybe that's why no one wanted her. She does that semi-feral thing where she gets used to you and is all snuggly, then freaks out a bit and needs to be off on her own. She does seem to be getting braver, but it seems like she'll always be a bit timid. She doesn't seem to be very confident in her own body, unsure about jumping onto things and balancing, but we are doing a gentle exercise program that will hopefully make her a bit more comfortable.

She is constantly hungry/asking for food, but she is not too loud about it. I've made her puzzle feeders and hide bits of dry food around the place for her to hunt for to try and convince her to slow down eating and not be so obsessive. Early days, right?

It turns out I'm a tiny bit allergic to her, but it's not that bad and it doesn't seem to be getting worse, so I'm just going to ignore it and hope it goes away.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Princess Pram blanket

I am nine squares in on this baby blanket and show no signs of slowing down. There is something satisfying about making square after square. I'll be stopping at 12, mainly because I'll run out of yarn. A little bit because I feel like a baby blanket shouldn't be too enormous.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

My first steeking

 I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've cut my knitting. Nothing bad happened, the pattern worked. It was great. I might try it again.

 I used Cat Bordhi's Warm all Winter (fudged a little bit to suit yarn and head size). It was such a great pattern and I learned two new knitting things, which was fun. The yarn is Manos silk blend that I bought at Daybreak on Papa Westray in the Orkneys.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


I've staked a claim on a surface (separate to the craft/stuffing around on the internet/watching movies surface). I move to it when it is 'work time' and I only do work there. The desk belonged to one of my grandmas and my other grandma is there in the photo with me. I've read lots of things that say you shouldn't think you need 'special conditions' to write, but having a dedicated space is working out for me at the moment.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Warm All Winter (I hope)

Cat Bordhi's Warm All Winter

A made up cardigan using up my DiC stash and leftovers.

Sunday, March 01, 2015


I have been spending some time tidying things, getting rid of stuff, finishing things off. This mitts have been all done but a thumb for over a year. So I sat down and did the 8 rows on 16 stitches and wove in the ends. In plenty of time for winter!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Willy wagtail and lupins

 I seemed to have switched crafts again. Which unfortunately adds fuel to my urge to never throw anything away. The willy wagtail chart is from 2011. I first started it on 28ct evenweave over one stitch. It was almost impossible to see, and super easy to make mistakes. I started again on 14ct aida, and it has been going very well.

I've also been working on a kit I bought as a souvenir in Prince Edward Island. Was that 2008? I loved the lupins, almost as much as I love willy wagtails. I started it ages ago, but I made a mistake down in the leaves, which meant everything was off by one stitch. At the time I gave up because I couldn't work out where I'd made a mistake to go back and fix it. When I took it up again this summer, I just fudged that bit.