Friday, February 17, 2017

Cats knit?

This is a knitting project bag (or a lunch bag, I suppose) that I made out of some fabric I had printed through Spoonflower. This time, I had them print on cotton twill, and I really like how nice and sturdy the fabric is. Perfect for a bag.

This bag measures 7 inches wide and 7-1/2 inches tall and about 3 inches deep (at the bottom). I think it's perfect for a pair of socks on-the-go. The zipper keeps everything safe. The strap makes it easy to carry. And because a friend had a very near miss with one of her bags (briefly lost! :(  but then found! in a most unlikely place - a parking lot! - by her husband -The Hero!), this one comes with an ID card that fits into a pocket in the lining.

I'm putting this bag in the online auction that the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project is holding to benefit the Gananoque & District Humane Society. The auction runs from March 1st to 5th this year, and I'll be sure to share the link the Facebook page for the auction when it goes live.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Boys will be boys

A very good friend is expecting her first grandchild shortly, and that baby will be a boy. Of course, I want to make something for her (him). One thing I've been struggling with is that all my baby designs look sorta girl-y and precious. I think my next quest will be for boy-friendly designs. Toward that end, here's the base sweater I'm knitting right now. Masculine, right? :)  Well, at least it has blue in it. That counts, right?

For those who will want to know, it's Meilenweit Merino sock yarn, 80% wool and 20% polyamide, and fully washable.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A great gift

I think I've mentioned that my brother works in wood. He turns beautiful bowls, and he's given me several. Here's what he made for me for Christmas this year. Isn't it beautiful?

And extremely useful (once I figured out what it was!).

It's really nice when someone knows you so well, they know exactly what you'd like. And even better, when they make it for you themselves.

PS....It's a very fancy stitch ripper (for those who might not be familiar with them). I'm a big fan of stitch rippers. They give you a second chance at doing a good job.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas finale

Finally, finally the weather cooperated, and people's sicknesses abated, so that we could get together to see Gizmo receive his Ugly Xmas Sweater!! As I stated before, everyone needs an Ugly Xmas Sweater. Gizmo loves his, and surprise! surprise! his owner doesn't mind it either. Gizmo's one handsome dude, no matter what he's wearing.

And Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a photo of Cassie. You'll notice she's not wearing a sweater.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Not so fast!

I thought the year would end with silly, but 2016 had one more surprise up its sleeve for me. As always, art is cheaper than therapy. Thank goodness.

Monday, December 26, 2016

A new direction

In November, I was asked to make some cookies for someone who wanted to give them as Christmas gifts. The challenge was to make the cookies resemble the recipients' very own cats. You all know, I'm usually all about the silly and the whimsical.  I've never tried to do actual portraits in Royal Icing before. However, I thought about it for about 10 seconds, and decided this challenge was just too good to pass up, Sometimes, we don't ask enough of ourselves, and it takes a gentle nudge from someone else to set us on a new path. In the end, I'm really happy with these cookies, and I hope the people whose cats these are enjoyed them, too.