Cerber-issy – take 1!

So, Felix wanted me to knit her a Cerberus to look after her haunted house, easy enough, except it had to also look like her favourite fur cousin, Missy.

Despite her markings, she isn’t a Rottweiler. She is a bundle of adorableness though!

So with that as a my goal, I knit…

Cute, no? Based on the ‘Labrador’ pattern from ‘Best in Show’ by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. I was planning on knitting the next two heads but…

Poor Missy was now in the cone of shame. What to do?

Put a cone of shame in the knitted one of course! At this point I realised this Cerber-issy was going to be way too big for the haunted house, so this little cutie will be going up to Scotland to join the real Missy whilst I continue with Cerber-issy Take 2!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 81 (no change…)
Wool bought – 27 (Up 1, but it was a shade of green I ran out of previously!)
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575

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Last, but certainly not least…

Uncle Matt, the wizard! Felix requested this specific doll the moment I agreed to make them for her haunted house. And it had to be her uncle, not just any old wizard!

I’m quite pleased with his beard…once again I’ve altered the free Fairy Doll pattern by Stephanie Law.

Also, far Halloween I made a pair of Itty Bitty Pumpkins (a free pattern) by Sparrow Kelley.

So cute!

I have just one more thing to make for the haunted house and that’ll be all the knitting done for it! I’ll be back to my regular eclectic mix of knits!

Till then!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 81 (no change…)
Wool bought – 26
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 574

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And along came two more…

A werewolf!

(Based on the 1941 Wolfman, played by Lon Chaney)

And next, a mummy!

(I wish I could say I had based it on the classic 1932 movie, but I didn’t, this one I just winged!)

As with the previous doll’s, I’ve made them based on the free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law. There’s just one left to make, who I’ll have ready to reveal for next week!

Oh, and Rabbie, to were close enough in your guess for me to call it a hat trick!

Just a short post today as it’s Halloween weekend and there’s a lot of fun things to be doing! Yesterday was Halloween on the Green, followed by some friends coming round, and today it’s Halloweekend in Manchester, there’s a whole range of spooky activities to be getting on with!

Now to pick a costume…

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 81 (1 down!)
Wool bought – 26
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 574

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Here come the newly weds!

We have Frankenstein’s Monster, and Bride of Frankenstein (or should that be the bride of Frankenstein’s monster?)

A close up of the groom.

And a close up of the bride. (Both made once again using the fantastic free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law as a base, with some fun mods and embellishments!)

The fact they look like newlyweds is purely accidental, I was using the Boris Karloff 1931 Frankenstein as inspiration for Frankensteins Monster, followed by the Elsa Lanchester 1935 Bride of Frankenstein for, well, the Bride of Frankenstein. Very pleased though with the results! So cute!

Also, there’s something that you can’t quite beat with the classic black and white movies! For those curious, I am calling Frankenstein’s Monster Adam, as he refers to himself in the original Mary Shelleys novel (he says ‘I ought to be thy Adam’ to his creator, Victor Frankenstein) , and for the fun of it, I’m calling his lucky lady Eve. Seems fitting. (She was never credited with a name)

Oh, and Rabbie, you were right once again! Can you do a hat trick and guess who’s next on the needles?

Till next week!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 80 (Unchanged)
Wool bought – 26
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575 (Hopefully it’ll go down next week!)

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And lodger number two is…

A vampire! (I used the free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law again so he would be the same size as Meg, the witch)

Anc Rabbie, you guessed right!

In true Felix fashion, she decided to push her request that little bit more in that this vampire had to have the same super awesome vampire costume that her aunty Rabbie made her…hence the bright green!

There should have been a spiderweb design on the green but Felix decided he didn’t need it – not sure if that’s because she liked it plain or because she wanted him sooner to play with…

That said, she then demanded he have a little pet too, as Meg had Mog, so the vampire has…

A teeny tiny bat! Less than an inch high! (I modified the free pattern Bat Knitting Pattern by Linda Dawkins)

So cute!

Any guesses on who the next monster is to join the haunted house?

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 80 (1 since last post!)
Wool bought – 26 (2 since last post – Ran out of white wool and I use that a lot!)
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575

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Haunted house warming!

Hey all,

A bit of an aside to the usual knitting, (though there is knitting further down) a few weeks ago Felix was given a doll’s house:

Except…she didn’t want a doll’s house. She wanted a haunted house. Filled with monsters.

After looking at lots of photos of haunted houses, Engel was let loose:

And not just on the outside of the house:

With Felix’s help, of course. She particularly enjoyed painting the galaxy in the attic – by clicking white paint off a toothbrush!

But a haunted house needs it’s monsters! First up is a witch. But Felix insisted it had to be a ‘real witch’, after some prompting she produced her Meg and Mog book. And so:

Meg! Based on the free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law.

But I couldn’t have Meg without Mog!

Made following the free pattern Tiny Window Cat by Sara Elizabeth Kellner

But now the question is, what monster to make next?

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 79 (2 since last post!)
Wool bought – 24 (16 since last post – I couldn’t resist! It was a bargain!)
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 574

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Lion’s, mice and crocodiles, oh my!

It’s been busy since my last post – despite losing three days to the plague (some viral infection that resulted in me seeing black spots during coughing fits, and left me so short of breath I was unable to go up/down the stairs without a break halfway up/down) – I have managed to tie up the ends of a few projects, Felix has had her fifth birthday and there was a crazy cat party with 30+ around five year old kids, with games, activities and even a wizard!

Rabbie has done a good post that covers more on that last bit!

Needless to say I am exhausted! But it’s been worth it, Felix was so happy and excited!

And that leads us to both the lion and mice part of this post. Mice first:

A few more mice where knitted, but more importantly, I finished the cat of the ‘Feed the Cat’ game. Here it is having survived the party, in pretty good shape all things considered!

The lion:

I’ve wanted to make Missy, my dog-niece, something for a while, and even though she wasn’t going to Felix’s cat birthday party, I wanted her to join in. Originally I was planning on mostly following the pattern ( To humiliate the dog by Amoena Online – its a free and very cute mouse/reindeer doggy costume pattern) and adding cat ears…but somehow I ended up doing loop stitch and making it into a lion’s mane…

She’s a big dog, so maybe she needed to be a big cat…?

So incredibly cute!

And lastly, crocodiles. Well, crocodile, singular.

The mini crocodile scarf I had made previous was mislaid last winter, as happens with small children, at the time Felix was good about it and accepted a quick knit black scarf I threw together.

When digging out the winter woolies for this year, however, she once again spotted my crocodile scarf, grabbed it and paraded about in it like a shawl…before asking where hers was…

To which Daddy then said ‘wheres her crocodile scarf? Have you not made her another yet?’

Sigh. So I’ve made another for this winter…hopefully it won’t get lost!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 77 (9 since last post!)
Wool bought – 8
Wool given – 7 (1 as a cheer up gift, along with a new need gun!!)
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 560

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Clangers

Deep in the depths of space, lies a small moon like planet, where a family of peculiar creatures live…

Of course I’m talking about the Clangers, this here is Small Clanger! I was given a kit to make him a little while ago and finally decided to get him on the needles after Inkling spotted Felix’s Tiny Clanger.

I had fun knitting this guys, but not so much on the cutting out and sewing of all the felt pieces, though he does look really good for it. There no plans though in the near future to make Mother, Major or Granny Clanger!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 68 (2 since last post!)
Wool bought – 8
Wool given – 6 (1 as a birthday present!)
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 568

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Mice!

Some of you may remember this time last year I was knitting fish for Felix’s birthday party, it was for a game called ‘Feed the Shark’. This year it’s been demanded to make a return but, seeing as this year’s birthday theme is cats, not Octonauts, we’re going for ‘Feed the cat.

And what do cats eat?

Mice!

Haven’t made the cat part to ‘Feed the Cat’ as I need a big bit of cardboard, but the mice are done at least! Though I’m debating more, 55 just don’t seem like enough…

Seeing as I don’t have a photo of the finished game (yet!) I’ll reward you all instead with a photo of Dashie being Queen of the Cat Scratcher, Hoarder of knitted mice!

She looks so regal…

Got a few more little projects, and a small one, on the needles but more in them when they’re done! I may knit a few more mice in between projects mind you, just in case 55 isn’t enough…

Not much to say on the non knitting front, life’s been busy with work and family time (had a good laugh at Portland Basin Museum today)and I may have gotten severely distracted playing Unravel (Yarny is so cute!) but getting there. Even if my boiler decided to die on me whilst I was in the middle of washing my hair…so cold still…

Alright, enough of me whining, wool count time!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 66 (8 since last post! Hooray for odds and ends!)
Wool bought – 8
Wool given – 6 (1 as a birthday present!)
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 570

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Miss Mittens

Look who I’ve now found in my cat mint!

Its Miss Mittens, sister of Miss Moppet and Tom Kitten, Daughter of Tabitha Twitchit!

I really need to move that cat mint…

As with Miss Moppet, I’ve done a variation of the Tom Kitten pattern by Alan Dart with a few tweaks and additions. I’ll be knitting her and her sister little pinafores like the ones they wear in the Tale of Tom Kitten, but they’ll have to wait as I have a few bits to squeeze in and do first! They’re probably also the last Beatrix Potter related knits I’ll be doing for a bit, I have a lot of projects I want to work on and could do with a change of pace!

But don’t worry, I still intend to make them all!

Just a short post this week as I am shattered – it’s been a long week at work, the terrors have been particularly terrifying, I was at the Assemblage 23 gig on Friday (it was down the tiniest, darkest, dingiest alley ever!) which was awesome – particularly the second support act, ‘Rainland’ (formally Analog Angel) – Glasweigian EBM for the win! Makes a homesick Scot happy to hear! And I’ve been running Achtung Cthulhu! this weekend too.

I may have overestimated just how much I could fit into a weekend! A good 10 hour sleep and I’ll be as right as rain again I’m sure! It’s just getting 10 hours of sleep that’s difficult…

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 58 (1 since last post)
Wool bought – 8
Wool given – 6 (1 as a birthday present!)
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 578 

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