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Catching up

Aug 16 2017
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Things have been very busy recently leaving much less time than is desirable for crafting activities but hopefully things are starting to settle down especially now the nights are drawing in.  The appearance of different balls of super chunky yarn and 10mm needles heralds a start on a winter jumper for Mum.  As this stuff seems to have a tension of roughly 10 stitches and 13 rows to 4 inches we expect it to be knitted fairly quickly.  Aunty Biscuit meantime is sewing ends into a dog blanket for the local rescue kennels, presumably pending some new project.

Pigs and candles

Jul 16 2017
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The childs pig hat is now ready for sewing up and assessment.  Aunty Biscuits crafting has been slightly curtailed at the moment as she has a small cut in an awkward place on her index finger.  I think this is just a feeble excuse.  Mum meanwhile has been repairing a candle using her encaustic art stuff.  Encaustic art seems to be making patterns on a special paper with hot wax.  The tools seem to vary from something resembling a travel iron to what I thought was a a soldering iron with attachments but apparently is a special one with a special temperature or voltage.  So, given that both of them have pyrography irons, one has an encaustic art iron and the other has a hot foil iron, not to mention the gemsetter that was a present from Aunty Viv, all of which look like a soldering iron, isn't it about time that someone could invent a variable voltage and temperature all in one thing?  

Skulduggery

Jul 08 2017
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Some pond life has broken into Aunty Biscuits garden shed.  I had visions of a frog with a swagbag, mask and stripy jumper making a hopping getaway until it was explained to me that it is just an expression for a particular type of person.  The incident has been flagged as slightly irritating and a tad inconvenient,  The perpetrator appears to have made off with the following items:-

A Scottish sojourn

Jun 22 2017
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Work has commenced on an attempt at a child sized pig hat.  I was wrong in my assumption that Mum would cop for the rib.  Granny Biscuit was "persuaded" to knit it whilst on holiday in Scotland,  It would appear that they had a good time.  There wasn't a present brought back for us but they brought Mum a present of some fabric, one piece had dogs on and the other tractors.  One of the places they visited was Rosslyn chapel.  I'm wondering whether this will inspire any projects as it does look as if there is a lot of elaborate carvings in it.  One of the features are some blocks which "may symbolise notes or be code".  Looking at the picture in the brochure I think I could achieve a similar look for my play area by coating a childs building block in plasticine and sticking my claws in here and there.  Aunty Biscuit disagrees and says that stone masonry is a very skilled and time consuming job and that these places take a lot of years to build ...

Finishing off

Jun 11 2017
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We have had a flurry of project completion.  The pink thing is now sewn up, had snout ears and eyes placed and is now deemed completed.  It has been revealed in all its glory as a dolls pig character hat.  It is now ready for scrutiny and adjustment discussions.  They are now discussing the possibility of doing a child's hat to match, bet Mum ends up having to do the rib for it.  The yellow and black glasses cover sleeve has now had features added and is working well as an easily visible accessory.  Granny Biscuit had sent a very small doll with a slightly dodgy hairdo that needed clothes, this has now a knitted dress and a crocheted one.  Totally unrelated but Inspired by all the activity both Harrier and I had an energetic roll in something unspeakable so sadly have had to be bathed,  I take a dim view of this.

Pot watch

Jun 08 2017
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The pot is still perched upside down on the salad dressing bottle.  I did suggest that Harrier might like to climb up and give it a poke with his paw but this was vetoed as he was worried he might stick to it (overlooking the fact that he would be told off for climbing on the table).  Mum meanwhile has started to knit something.  There is an undersized doll appeared on the arm of the sofa so we suspect it is connected to that.  It had led to a conversation on crinoline lady toilet roll covers, but I am assured that this is not what is being attempted, good job as it is the wrong colour for the bathroom.

Progress at last

Jun 03 2017
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We finally have some progress on the cream pot.  It has had bits of soaked paper stuck onto and is now residing upside down on a bottle of salad dressing food tray  I'm not sure whether the significance is that it is ranch dressing or the shape and size of the bottle.  I suspect the latter.  The strips of paper were soaked in watered down PVA glue before being attached to the pot.  This seemed to be a soggy, sticky enterprise so I beat a hasty retreat to my basket to watch from a safe distance.  I believe the next phase is to do nothing until it is all dry.  

Eeek!

May 28 2017
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Eeek, yet again it has been too long since I managed to get my paws on the computer and report on all the goings on.  The puzzling pink thing indeed seems to be a hat.  It is now sporting a snout but ear size and placement are the latest conundrum.  Aunty Biscuit wasn't very well last week so now she has recovered we have made sure she has been having plenty of walks in the fresh air,  At least this means whilst we are checking out interesting scent trails she can look at plants which could be used for dyes as well as admiring the ones that can't.  Progress has been made on some crocheting, the downside is that there seems to be an endless supply of ends to sew in.

Puzzling

May 14 2017
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Whatever the pink thing is it seems to have a deep rib.  When I was younger I thought rib was a bone.  I now know that it can be either a bone or a base part in knitting.  Usually knit one purl one it provides structure to the ends of things.  Granny Biscuit always likes "a good deep rib" on her garments as "it gives it a better shape.  Aunty Biscuit agrees with her but complains bitterly the whole time she is doing it and will try any trick under the sun to palm it onto someone else.  It is at times like these that I am glad we do not have thumbs as I am sure we would get forced into the work house.  Mummy seems to quite like rib and is often brided to complete the rib for Aunty Biscuit.  She likes the repetitive nature of it, as she can complete it while watching the telly or reading a book, as she says she can feel whether she is right or not.  Unfortunately she does not seem to have mastered stroking us while doing rib but we are working ...

In the pink

May 09 2017
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Something pink has been cast on.  I think it may possibly be a pig character hat given the recent discussions that I have overheard and a couple of sketches that I briefly spotted under a tea cup.  I suppose another possibility is that it is a teacosy.  On the Aunty Biscuit front a couple more hexagons have been crocheted, a sure sign that she is bracing herself to do some finishing off before starting a brand new project.