Red Foxes

When my right hand was giving me a lot of grief some months ago I started this project with my left hand. It took a long time to finish but I got there.

Derwent watercolour pencils on A4 hot press, photo reference by Stevenjberkowitz

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Doll Shoes

Sometimes I like to try and crochet shoes, I especially like to make mary janes. I’ve tried many patterns over the time I’ve been crocheting which is almost 2 and a half years now. The hardest part I think is making the second shoe to suit – your tension must be the same as the first shoe and getting your t-bar to line up in the same spot is somewhat frustrating with some patterns I have found. Sometimes I just cant get that second shoe to match correctly – but I am fussy I must admit!!

I always come back to the one pattern I find is my favourite so far. Did you see my blog titled ‘missing crochet’ where I shared some shoes I made with thick yarn? This pattern was the same as the one I used to make these little shoes pictured below. But these ones are much smaller, they could be premature baby shoes or doll shoes and they do fit my daughters doll. They’re a bit cute! I used 4ply cotton for both these pairs.

And what is the pattern you ask??? On Ravelry.com of course, a free pattern called Baby’s First Mary Jane Booties by Colleen Hayes. I just know I will make them again someday!

Cats from My Life

Growing up we always had animals and so my love of cats began. Here I will share my little story of my life with cats…

Sisters, Kitana and Shae as kittens

I didn’t have much luck as a young girl with kittens, they always seemed to meet their fate by sleeping under the hood of the family car. I then opted for fish but they never had the same appeal as a kitty so found myself loving cats again. We had a black and white cat named Mummas from as early as I can remember, my parents were told she was a boy and they soon found out she was a girl when she had babies, she then became the little mumma, she lived a long life. I had a very pretty chinchilla named Crazy and that’s exactly what he was, Crazy! He wasn’t an affectionate cat, especially as he grew, if you tried to pat him he would swipe or bite. We also had a grey tabby named Noody, but we called her Baby. She got a broken leg from fighting with the cats next door which left her with a funny walk. When she would sit her leg would sit out the side of her. She had such an attachment to our family that the day she passed even my parents were upset.

Billy – Pastel Pencils

When I was old enough to leave home I got Billy, a tabby kitten. He lived to be 12 years of age. After Billy I brought home two sister tuxedo cats from the vets. They were the last of the litter and they looked the same except one had a black spot on her nose. I couldn’t decide which one to pick and my partner said get them both! When the man who doesn’t even really like cats says get them both – you get both!! I named them Shae and Kitana. Kitana was special to me, she had a sass about her! I almost lost her once when she failed to come home for days. I called after her again and again, she finally turned up in very bad shape. She had been attacked by a dog but she pulled through and since that day she wouldn’t go so far from home. In 2013 I did lose her when my neighbour put snail bait on her flowers. I sat with her while she died with my then neighbour saying sorry over my shoulder!! Shae is still with us and is going on 13 years of age this year. She is a small cat, very timid and very loving and can’t sit still. Below are some artworks I’ve done of my cats over the years.

Sisters – Watercolours
Shae – Pastel Pencils
Shae – Pastel Pencils
Kitana – Pastel Pencils
Kitana – 3rd Prize Australian Artist Magazine 2010
Kitana Love – I drew this one after Kitana passed away – graphite pencil

Today not only do I have Shae but I also have Storm, I got him from the RSPCA, he is 5 years old now. He is a white kitty with blue eyes and is the most layed back cat I’ve ever had! He loves his tummy being patted, sleeps with his mouth open, you can hardly hear his meows and he doesn’t even claw the furniture, I think he might be part human! Life is better with kitties!!!

Making a Shawl

I’m making a shawl with this awesome Scheepjes Whirl yarn called Watermelon Hellraiser! Love the name! Colour change is gradual, can’t wait to get to the pink. Shawl is called Fields Of Whirl. I’m about half way thru. Free pattern on ravelry.com