Monday 3 September 2012

Weekend FO

Albert's Nautie

Pattern: Nautie from Knitty
Yarn: Leftover Cascade from the Cherry Blossom Bag*
Needle: 3.75mm
Mods: The shell should really be one-row stripes but, really, who has the time or will to do this for a cat toy?

He's stuffed with catnip, and he's very big, but then Albert is a big and vicious cat so I am hoping they will be a good match. Albert belongs to Cara and he gave me a good scratching last time I saw him. He isn't very good at playing nicely. Albert's nautie, indeed.

Good pattern, ingeniously written to avoid almost all sewing but it was a bit fiddly. I couldn't do more than a few repeats without getting tetchy, trying to knit together a live stitch with an old one to form the coil, so it took me about a week to finish.

I have been doing a bit of knitting on a new cardigan of lusciousness but I have fallen quite hard for the old crochet. I reason that this is because the flowers are quick - I made another tonight waiting for the sausages to cook; a proficient crocheter might be even quicker - and also because it is addictive to see what colour the next flower will come out. I was a bit disappointed to end up with two black-navy ones in a row and I might cheat and wind that bit of the skein out a bit next time; but at least my new lamp with the extra-bright spotlight came in handy.

Anyway. I'm about a third of the way through the crochet scarf and, all being well, next week's FO might be The First Crochet! If I don't lose interest or get buried in work, anyway. The re-marks are still rolling in...

* Love that this was my longest running project, back in 2009. Sooooo not my longest running project anymore.

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