Since we have really, really nice weather around here (in The Netherlands), it feels like spring is already here. We have a blackboard on our kitchen door and every now and then I feel like drawing something nice on it for my daughters and of course it had to be something spring-y this time.
Do you remember the Yarn Basket I made a while ago, to keep all the balls of yarn that were laying around the house in one place?
When I was busy making it, my cat already showed excessive interest in it, but after it was finished he made it his home and only came out of it for food or business he had to do around the house (fighting off other cats in our garden, that means). Long story short: again I had no basket for my yarn.
This is him, looking quite innocent, but this is a face he only has inside the house, when other cats can't see him.
Yes, you noticed it right: my cat has a very short tail. Lost in a fight, after another cat bit him and the tail got inflamed and necrotic and had to be amputated. Makes him even more The Tough Cat. And although you might think he has learned his lesson, he still can't get enough of fighting and comes home with blood, scratches and bite wounds. No lesson learned at all. 'What is mine, is mine' is his motto as it comes to his home, garden, street, the whole neighbourhood actually. Sometimes I see cats run away when they spot him behind the window, even when he's just looking outside.
Today I bought a new basket, so my cat could have the old one. I moved all the yarn to make it more comfortable for him. I couldn't wait to suprise him with the even better basket and put him in it. But, you know cats... No interest in the yarn basket anymore. Not at all. I love cats!
www.betweennapsontheporch.net In this new basket you see a piece of the little blanket I'm busy with. It's a crochet along, but since I don't have the patience to wait every week for the pattern of the next four rows, I crocheted ahead a bit. You can find the pattern here: Crochet Along 2014 And this is the new situation concerning cats and baskets:
For a couple of months now I'm totally in the crochet mode. I'm busy with a larger project at the moment. Normally I get bored and quit when projects take longer than just a couple of days, but nowadays I always start a much smaller project beside the ongoing one, that I can finish quickly. After rounding up the smaller project I continue with the large thing and can decide on which project to start next in the meantime.
This little skirt is a small project. Small and satisfying. Just crochet a couple of rows in colors you like, sew onto a wide piece of elastic, embellish as much (or as less) as you like and that's it.
A couple of weeks ago my daughters had some days off and after going to a theme park for a day and going to a Kid's Movie Festival the second day, the third day we stayed at home and baked some whoopie cakes and ate them while watching television.
Sometimes I get a news letter from Martha Stewart in my email inbox and every now and then it's filled with great ideas! Like the Key Lime Whoopie Cakes we made that day. I've been to Florida a couple of times and the best memories I have (foodwise, that is), are the ones of the Key Lime Pie and the Key Lime Milk Shake they serve at Robert is Here in Homestead (anyone here from Florida who knows Robert is Here?). So I just hád to make the Martha Key Lime Whoopie Cakes. If you ever happen to be in Homestead, don't forget to visit Robert is Here. And take a look behind the store to see the animals. Maybe the goat that's taking a ride on the back of a turtle is still there!
You can find the Whoopie Cakes recipe at Martha Stewart. I just love the combination of sweet and sour! After eating all the cakes we went biking to burn the extra calories. And picked some flowers along the way.
First I crocheted the cover in filet stitch. Then I crocheted a long, long chain in pink and used that to cross stitch the word HOME in the little holes in the filet pattern. The pattern for the letters I found here. ~*~ My Doily was featured this week by Busy Fingers, Busy Life!
One of the blogs I follow is Sewing, Vintage, Knitting from Anthea who, just like me, likes vintage clothes and makes a lot of them herself. A couple of weeks ago I saw a nice head scarf at Anthea's blog, that I really wanted to make. Another blog I follow is The Vintage Pattern Files, with lots of free patterns from all times. I did some searching on head scarfs and found a pattern that looked almost exactly like what I was searching for.
I didn't use the pattern, but it was just to get an idea of how to get started. Well, I started and this is how it turned out:
Instead of knitting two loose ends I made an infinity scarf.