Creative 2017

C17: Day 67 – Wild-eyed kitteh

March 8, 2017

It’s been a ridiculously windy couple of days, with the house making strange groaning and banging noises and, occasionally, shuddering in the strong gusts. I tried to capture some of Mewton’s alarm, but instead I appear to have created some form of wild-eyed Frankenkitteh. Possibly two. This sketching malarky is hard.

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C17: Day 66 – Fidgety kitteh

March 7, 2017

Grabbity was very fidgety today, but she struck some fun poses.

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C17: Day 65 – Annoying kittehs

March 6, 2017

I suspect that my super quick sketches today display ever so slightly my… let’s call it resentment at today’s kitteh behaviour. For inexplicable reasons, both Grabbity and Mewton have decided that they don’t like their food, food they’ve been quite happily eating for months. It’s special urinary tract food, because poor Grabbity has awful bladder crystals […]

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C17: Day 64 – Lazy cats

March 5, 2017

Even the promise of treats didn’t inspire either Grabbity or Mewton to get up and move about today, so here are some cats, mostly reclining. Also, I know that I should really scan these pages, instead of taking photos on my ipad, but the scanner’s all the way upstairs and such a faff…

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C17: Days 62-63 – Cats in various poses

March 4, 2017

I missed a day yesterday, because my choice was either do a sketch or talk to my husband who’s away for five weeks, and to be honest it really wasn’t a hard choice to make. So today, you get two day’s worth of sketches! The obvious problems with cats is that you either draw them […]

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C17: Day 61 – Grabbity reclining

March 2, 2017

Having learnt from last night that one can be too close to one’s subject, I waited until Grabbity had fallen asleep and had a go at drawing her sleeping. I thought after last night’s quickie that this might be an easy month, but no. Grabbity looks like she’s been made of plasticine. Still, that’s what […]

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C17: Day 60 – Cat month!

March 1, 2017

Carrying on from yesterday’s Cat Stitch, this month is Cat Month! I shall be sketching a cat, or a part of a cat, every day for the whole of the month. Today, that proved to be a bit of a challenge as Mewton came to sit on me, and Grabbity’s upstairs asleep, so I did […]

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C17: Day 59 – Cat stitch

February 28, 2017

This one slipped in just under the wire, a stylised cat stitch made of shells and long drop stitches. My little swatch is not the best execution of this stitch, but you can sort of see a cat-ish-ness shape in the purple, if you squint. (Video at the bottom.) Today is the last day of February, […]

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C17: Day 58 – Double crochet chevron

February 27, 2017

One of the things I’ve learnt about crochet this month is that most of it’s really, really simple. There are only a handful of actual basic stitches and the rest is how you put them together. Today was the double (US: single) crochet chevron, which is basically just a matter of skipping a stitches here and […]

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C17: Day 57 – Larksfoot or Icicle stitch

February 26, 2017

Larksfoot stitch (which sounds sooooo much better than icicle stitch) would be lovely with a different colour for each set of two rows, but it looks fine with a single colour too. Very easy stitch, though, so a good one for the arsenal.  

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C17: Day 56 – Spike stitch

February 25, 2017

I was expecting a bit more from spike stitch than I got, tbh. It sounds interesting, but it’s just double (US: single) crochet worked into the base of the stitch below instead of the top. Which basically means it’s a very slow stitch to work up and a rather thick fabric when it’s done. Not a very attractive […]

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C17: Day 55 – Star or Daisy stitch

February 24, 2017

I’ve been using a double crochet foundation for my swatches, because I don’t get on with foundation chains very well. Unfortunately, most patterns assume a simple chain instead, and that can sometimes lead to issues. This daisy stitch is one of those times. I did a dc foundation of 20, and should then have done […]

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C17: Day 54 – Shell and V stitch

February 23, 2017

A friend of mine is making this amazing owl blanket and shared with me the video explaining the shell and V pattern, so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s pretty easy and produces a very pretty fabric that would be great for a blanket or a shawl in a lacier yarn.  

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C17: Day 53 – Solomon’s knot

February 22, 2017

Something slightly different today – Solomon’s Knot. It’s a very open, lacy stitch, unlike anything I’ve done before. It seems complicated at first but is actually very easy. The biggest challenge is keeping each stitch the same length as the last. Finally, though, I can see a reason to buy lace weight yarn!

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C17: Day 52 – Moss stitch

February 21, 2017

Moss stitch is another stitch that’s ludicrously easy. It’s just rows of alternating double (US: single) crochet and chain, with the next double crochet going into the chain. The biggest challenge is making sure you don’t accidentally drop a stitch at the end of the row, but counting fixes that. It’s a nice looking fabric though!

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