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Toy Drop 1 August 31, 2010

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Having had a bit of a mission to find a sealable bag to fit the snake into, I finally got to do my first toy drop for The Toy Society in Victoria Park.  I picked a bench on the main drag, tied the snake to the railing in a casual manner and grabbed a quick picture before running away giggling.  I don’t know why but it all felt a bit cheeky.

The crochet snake snapped in the wild.

I set off to the supermarket but couldn’t resist passing the spot on the way home to see if he had been found.  As I got nearer the bench, my heart sank as I could still see the bag tied to the railing even though the park was quite busy and it been there for an hour or so.  I sat down on a bench opposite to try and decide whether to rescue Mr Snake or not and generally wondering if people were too suspicious to take ‘something for nothing’ at face value.  I was considering my options when a little boy and his mum came by, spotted Mr Snake and rescued him.  I was delighted as by pure chance I got to see the discovery as well as having had the pleasure of doing the drop.  I am off to plan for the next one now when I will do better at leaving the discovery in the lap of the gods.


Funky Baby Blanket August 26, 2010

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A very good friend of mine recently announced that she was having her second baby.  This is great for me as I couldn’t crochet the first time she was pregnant and this time I can use her as a willing guinea-pig for the many, many tempting baby patterns which have appeared recently. To start myself off, however, I began with the basic baby blanket.

My friend is quite a funky lady and so I decided to eschew the normal pastel baby colours and go for something a bit brighter.  I got some beautiful Manos Silk Blend wool which is a lovely, soft blend of silk and mohair.  Apart from being wonderful wool to work with, Manos wool has the bonus of being produced by a co-operative of women in Uruguay, providing them with economic and social opportunities.  It’s not the cheapest yarn to have chosen but does make the softest baby blanket.  If I were richer I would make a full-size version for myself but I think I might have settle for the cheaper hat option instead.

I wanted a relatively plain pattern to make a feature of the yarn.  I expanded the simple lace block motif from Melody Griffith’s 201 Crochet Motifs and basically kept going until I ran out of wool.  Three skeins made it large enough to keep a baby warm through its first winter.

Just the blocking left to do...

I am still debating whether to add a few applique flowers but I may wait to see what sex the baby is before I add any more to it. It needs something to lift it but I have a few months left to ponder it yet.


When I was a little girl I had a… August 19, 2010

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Knitted snake.  Way back in the late 70s I was at a local fete when I saw him and fell in love with him.  I seem to recall that the privilege of owning him cost me about 50p which was not only a bargain but well within my toddler budget.  I took him home, called him Bendy and he often kept me company in bed at night.

Be nice to him - he's about 30 years old.

Now I am a bit older and savvier, I have the sneaking suspicion that he may have actually been intended to be a draught excluder.  And it was only this evening when I got him out to photograph him that I noticed that the stitches in his seam are really quite wonky as well.  At the same time, however, there is a part of my brain that sees him only as Bendy and loves him regardless.

So why am I boring you with my misplaced affection and nostalgia for an ancient bit of not-so-handy crafts?  Well, this week I discovered The Toy Society.  This rather wonderful group encourages people to make a toy and leave it somewhere in public for another person to find and, hopefully, love enough to take home with them.  This is called a Toy Drop.  The only request made is that the finder gets in touch with The Toy Society website to say that the drop has been found.  Other than that, it is all done for the pleasure of giving someone somewhere a little bit of random joy when they weren’t expecting it.

I was fired with enthusiasm as soon as I read about it and callously threw aside the baby blanket I was hooking to make a toy so I could do my first toy drop.  It was when I was considering what home-made toys I had loved when I was little that I remembered dear Bendy and so I was inspired to make…

I can’t wait to set him free somewhere and I hope whoever finds him loves him as much as I loved my toy snake.


Monkey wears a fez now. Fezzes are cool August 1, 2010

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The fez was a doddle to knock up in an hour so Monkey is now very happy indeed.

What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?


The Game is Afoot

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Monkey and I very much enjoyed Sherlock last week and are looking forward to another great hour and a half tonight.  Monkey felt that he really needed to get into the spirit of thing, however, so he wanted a deerstalker hat.  A quick bit of crochet this morning and I could oblige him.  I am rather pleased with how it came out.

Monkey sets out on his first case.

I am not sure a human-sized one made to the same pattern would be such a success.  In a rash moment I have also promised a monkey-sized fez to fulfill his Doctor Who ambitions.  I don’t think I will get much peace until I deliver the goods.