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Cat Ears on a Hat

Just a quick little update on my crafty projects, I had some serious speedy crochet going on over the last two nights, and I managed to make the cat ear beanie that I mentioned in my last project post.

cat hat

Me in my new hat

So there we have it. The pattern was super easy to follow for the basic beanie. In just over an hour I managed to make the basic hat. I didn’t want the hat to be too tight, so I did the extra increase, but I really didn’t need it. The hat is comfortable and quite loose, but I could cope with it being a little more snug.

I had to learn how to do front post and back post double crochet to make the ribbing at the bottom, but YouTube is your friend. I found a really good video that showed the stitches in slow motion. It was super helpful.

I found the ears a lot harder, small pieces always make my fingers and brain hurt. I adapted it slightly so the increases happened faster, and there were several rounds of the same size… but I think they came out really well.

Positioning the ears was a bit of a nightmare, this took several attempts to get them in just the right place, but very easy to achieve once I was happy with where they’d been pinned.

Now I want to make a whole batch of these in lots of different colours, so I can be any kind of cat that I want to be. I wonder how I’ll find ginger kitty wool… but that is something for another day.

– Girl in the Nerd Shop

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Works in Progress

I am very good at planning things. I think for the most part it’s because I like to plan for every eventuality. I’m a notorious list writer, going on holiday anywhere near me makes me pack and repack half a dozen times.

In the last few years I have planned and started so many projects, some I even started… but there are very few that I have actually finished.

For example, the blanket I planned 3 years ago, to use up some of the balance in my paypal account [best reason to start a craft project I know!]. It’s taken me 3 years of on and off work to get to the stage I am at.

Granny Squares for days

Granny Squares for days

Over the last 3 years I had to redo some of the squares as I got better and my stitches got tighter. 140 squares. I had a real kick in July when I had a sudden burst of enthusiasm for crafty projects and churned out the squares by the bucket load.

This is the eventual plan...

This is the eventual plan…

Now I’ve frozen again. I have to block each square individually to fix the tiny inconsistencies in size, then starts the final step of fixing them all together. This feels like a monumental task to complete – and it has taken such a long time to get here.

I’m hoping to get it finished whilst its still cold enough to need blankets, but it’s not the end of the world if it takes me a little longer than that to finish.

I have other crochet projects too.

I bought some wool just this morning to make this cat hat

Soft black wool

Soft black wool

This one I need to make a start on as soon as possible. Otherwise I won’t be able to wear it until the end of the year. It’s cold now, and I need a cute hat to make myself feel warm and toasty [and even more adorkable than ever]. I might even make two, another one in ginger to match my cats.

I got a really cute arigurumi crochet kit from Summer as my Secret Santa

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I’ve never made stuffed animals before, but it’s something that I’ve wanted to try for a while now. The kit makes a fish and a beaver – such an odd combination, but cute. There are some really sweet looking critters in this book that I want to make too, so hopefully I get off my butt and do them.

It wasn’t the only crochet toy book that I got this year. Another friend got me a book

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These have some of the most adorable little toys in, from birthday presents to Rudolf. With lots of ideas for all kinds of different celebrations. These little projects might help me get through the backlog of wool I have going on!

I have none craft projects too. This month I am organising a sticker swap with the International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club. I’m really enjoying this one, a handful of people have signed up already, and it’s only been live for a day or so.

Yay, stickers!

Yay, stickers!

I can’t wait to send my goodies out and see what I get back. I found it so hard to find cute stickers lately, and I’ve had some really cool ones in letters and stuff from my friends and pen pals. Organising this swap has made a million other ideas go through my brain. [Anyone for a cat lady swap or a hobby swap?]

I think I need to slow down a bit, finish one thing at a time. I’ll try to do some updates as I go with projects – especially the cat ear hat. It just looks so cute!

Who am I kidding? I’m off to look for paper craft ideas, and fingerless glove patterns, and snood or scarf patterns. The winter makes me want to bundle up with warm things, and the weather has been particularly bleak this February.

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