Beastie Number One: Monster for Bradley.
Like most crafty people, I get a looooooooooooooot of requests from people to make them stuff. I always say no, unless the asker is Mum, KB or it is something for Pixie, because things take a lot of time to make and I find that I don’t enjoy the process of making something because I have to, but I get much joy from making someone a surprise gift they have no idea is coming their way. However, when I took Alfred to work and my colleague saw him and said “I want an Alfred,” I was more than happy to make him a handspun, hand knitted monster as this colleague was the kind person who gifted me this!
This monster is bigger than Alfred, as the yarn I used was thicker. The yarn is my very first attempt at navajo plying which I love as the resulting yarn has long stripes of colour rather than mixing two single strands of yarn to create a more blended result.
This monster (still nameless) is now sitting at work on Bradley’s computer, looking naughty as intended, hopefully making him laugh when a laugh is needed!
Beastie Number Two: Richie the not-so-little lamb!
Many of the lovely people who have been visiting Raymond and me for quite some time will remember Richie, who was born just before my birthday last August. He featured quite heavily on Crochet with Raymond for a while, until he was weaned off my Dad and his bottle and went to live in the top paddock. For those of you who have not yet met Richie, here is a little look through the beginnings of his life.
Wearing his yellow jersey to stop him from getting cold at the end of Winter…
At about two weeks old… oooh this photo just makes my heart squeeze!
Coming up to a month old…
Getting bigger and cuter…
My favourite photo of all time…
At almost two months old…
Still a lovely baby who loves his bottle… but not for much longer!
I haven’t seen Richie for MONTHS, probably since that photo was taken, and asked my Mum to take a photo of him for me now at the grand old age of seven months old. Ready to see him now?
Isn’t he just gorgeous! And that is a fine looking fleece he is growing too.
Seeing as it is Sunday which traditionally means a nice lazy day, I thought I might share some links to some lovely blogs I’ve found lately. A couple of months ago I was playing with my widgets and accidentally deleted my blog list, whoops, but not the first time I’ve done that by pressing ‘delete’ instead of ‘close’ when altering things in my sidebar. Luckily I have e-mail subscriptions to many of my favourite blogs, and am facebook friends with other bloggers so I didn’t forget who I like to read, but went about finding some new blogs to enjoy and thought I might share some of them with you. I’m loving to visit My Sister’s Knitter, Field Wonderful is a great place to visit too, According to Matt is just crochet amazingness, wow, I swoon over this blog seriously, big time! My other favourite is Smoking Hot Needles, Monica is my knitting and spinning idol, I love everything she makes and am deeply inspired by every visit! So there are four new spots to go and find some inspiration, I am positive you will love them too.
I cast on the Tappan Zee the other day and have made it through the first lace section with no mistakes, *gasp* so am off to drink coffee and knit the day away, hope your Sunday is as lovely and relaxing as mine!
Love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX