This May bank holiday I was at the Chestnut Centre – its an otter and owl sanctuary, and since the weather looked promising, I figured it would be a nice little family day out.

I think I should take a moment to explain. I hate water. Nearly drowned when I was 15, yadda, yadda, the stuff gives me the creeps. Especially big open expanses of it. When myself and Engel had Felix I wanted to make sure she didn’t have that same phobia, so to the pool she went when she was but a tiny thing.

Her response to water? Roll onto back, cuddle a rubber duckie/ball and kick with the back legs, grinning manically.

So we nick named her ‘Ottah’, as that’s what she made us think of.

Subsequently, I kept saying when she was old enough to not need a pram, we’d go to the otter sanctuary and she can see her namesakes in action.

She loved it. Otters go squeak. Owls go hoot. She can outrace her mum on the uphill and her dad on the downhill. Everything’s awesome.

Though she did have a tantrum at the gift shop on the way out – she ran right past all the mountains of cuddly toys, and dove into the books, demanding about six of them…she already owns five of the ones she wanted! So when we got home I read ‘The Otter that Loved to hold hands’ to her then promptly cast one on the needles.

One adorable Otter. Its one of the Patons wildlife collection. It goes to bed with her. And I had to do owls too.

The infamous Owl Puff pattern – its free on Ravelry. Oh, and because I’m sure someone must be wondering what knitted thing I photograph all the toys on:

The also infamous, ten stitch blanket. Also free on Ravelry.

Hope you all had a good bank holiday too!

Oh, wool update, three used this week! And of the two I bought last week, yep, Sods Law, only needed one in the end.

Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 10 balls (so far)
Wool used – 36 (Yeah!)
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 3

Total – 725

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What can I say? I couldn’t resist seeing what was happening in my area – quite a few LYS near me did special offers, demonstrations and cake!

I was good though and only bought two balls of wool. I could have walked away with…40 easy, but managed to restrain myself.

The ones I bought are to finish a project on the needles already – a cute jumper for Felix, and as Sods Law dictates, when knitting a pattern for the purpose of stash busting, one will have to buy more of that wool to finish the project, defeating the purpose of having knit it in the first place.

One would have sufficed, but when Engel stated that knowing my luck I would run out right before the second sleeve, well, he jinxed me. If I bought one I would run out. If I bought two I wouldn’t need the second.

So two it is. I’ll make a matching hat, or some arm warmers. Maybe socks too. Oh, a little bag would look adorable. And a toy.

May need another ball…

Wool update – used two, bought two, no change!

Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 10 balls (so far)
Wool used – 33 (Yeah!)
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 3

Total – 728

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I went and knit for me:

Captain Ameowica!

Ok, Captain America from the Avengers, but as a kitty-cat! And…

Iron Mew!

Ok, Iron Man this time.

Close up of Captain Ameowica:

Phil Pawson wanted to shake paws with his hero.

Close ups of Iron Mew:

 

And a group photo!

One big happy knitted pile of plushies!

Hope you enjoyed the chaos!

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For the Age of Ultron movie to be released, I went and knit for me:

Thor, God of Thun-purr…

And the necessary tummy shot:

Cute, isn’t he? Oh, and I couldn’t resist having the Asgardians play together.

Thor is cheating by pulling LoKittys tail though. Tut-tut, will have to get the spray bottle out…

Oh, and copied and pasted from yesterdays entry:

Thats all for now – again, just a quickie post. No news, as it was just work today, and no wool count as I haven’t finished or gained any balls of wool…

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For the Age of Ultron movie to be released, I went and knit for me:

LoKitty!

Its Loki, from The Avengers – I cant decide if the best part of this is the cape, or the helmet…

Thats all for now – again, just a quickie post. No news, as it was just work today, and no wool count as I haven’t finished or gained any balls of wool…

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For the Age of Ultron movie to be released, I went and knit for me:

Cat Hulk!

Something simple for Monday. Its the cat version of Hulk, and the fifth knitted Catvenger!

Thats all for now – just a quickie post. No news, as it was just work today, and no wool count as I haven’t finished or gained any balls of wool since yesterday.

Till tomorrow!

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For the Age of Ultron movie to be released, I went and knit for me:

Cat Widow!

(Black Widow from the Avengers)

And…

Cat Eye!

(Hawk Eye from the Avengers)

Cat Eye tummy shot!

So thats four done, five to go! This pair were the easiest so far – knit entirely in black with a few details sewn into their wooly bodies, or in the case of Cat Widows hair, a latch hook…

News for today? Not a lot again, some of my family was this way so I met them for lunch and caught up on all the current gossip. Did use up a ball of wool though!

Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 10 balls (so far)
Wool used – 33 (Yeah!)
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 1

Total – 728

Check in tomorrow and see who gets made on the fourth day of waiting!

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For the Age of Ultron movie to be released, I went and knit for me:

Phil Pawson!

Ok, its Phil Coulson from The Avengers and Agents of Shield.

But as a cat!

And here he is hanging with his boss, Nick Furry!

Second kitty from that T-shirt of Engels, and not only does he think they’re awesome, Felix is having a ball with them as well. They happen to be the perfect size and weight for her to launch across the room…

Nothing to report really since yesterday – the weather here has been lovely, so I took Felix to feed the ducks. Actually, I have a story to tell about that.

Felix: Duck! Duck!

Me: Yes, ducks! Lots of ducks!

Felix: Nom Nom!

Me: Yes, you’re feeding the ducks, the ducks are going nom nom.

Felix: No! Ducks Nom Nom. Ducks Yum Yum!

Shes definitely mine and Engels daughter.

Enough cute kiddy stories, wool count! Managed to use one ball today so…

Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 10 balls (so far)
Wool used – 32 (Yeah!)
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 1

Total – 729

Check in tomorrow and see who gets made on the third day of waiting!

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For the Age of Ultron movie to be released, I went and knit for me:

Nick Furry!

Ok, its Nick Fury from the Avengers, as a cat (Catvengers!)

Isn’t he cute with his little eye patch?

Engel received a Catvengers t-shirt ages ago, and its something he kept asking for. So he’s getting the set. Thats only 9 kitties…

Onto actual news, been a manic fortnight (hence the lack of a post last weekend) but its all work stuff an then catching up on chores and family time.

But you’re all more interested in the wool stash, right? 5 used this fortnight, and I may have ‘accidentally’ bought one…

Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 10 balls (so far)
Wool used – 31 (Yeah!)
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 1

Total – 730

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Mission Objective complete.

Final package dropped off in Liverpool.

Business concluded.

Engel had far too much fun with the insinuations of this ‘business’ and ‘package’. On Friday I had, in fact, dropped off the last of my largest commission undertaken. A friend is getting married soon and, instead of flowers, she wanted a knitted bear and liger on each table, each toy being about a foot long. For eight tables.

I’ll admit I was a tiny bit tired of this by the eight pair!

But, none the less, here are the little guys:

The bear is based on ‘Brown Bear’ by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne from ‘Knit your own zoo’

And the Liger is based on ‘Tabby Cat Prowling’ by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne from ‘Best in show: Knit your own cat’

As an amusing aside, I originally decided to knit the bears out of  a fuzzy wool, and using the pattern ‘Grizzly Bear’ by Kath Dalmeny from ‘Knitted World of Toys’

Lets just say fuzzy wool isn’t so good at holding its shape. At all.

I did get a cute guinea pig though!

Not much else to say other than a pleasant Easter was had by all. Oh, and lastly, 2 balls of wool this week.

Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 10 balls (so far)
Wool used – 26 (Yeah!)
Wool given – 3
Total – 734

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