Friday, May 16, 2008

A new obsession...

I ordered myself a new book a week or two back and it arrived today :

I've been wanting to try amigurumi crochet for ages now.
I love these little guys :)
Lucy has been doing some too after a real life tutorial from Clare recently.


Lucy sent me a link to this great etsy shop - where I purchased a couple of patterns for a baby seal and some gorgeous Matryoshka dolls.


Last night the boys went to watch some old timers play football and once Minx was in bed I got cracking.


By the time the boys got back , Sammy the Seal was ready to meet them. Minx found him waiting next to her bed this morning :)


Lucy has been nagging constantly asking for a photo of him - so here he is...

Wait a minute.....someone's lurking.....
....trying to get into the picture.......

.......shamelessly trying to hog the limelight.....
.....trying out the cute baby seal pose......
Awww - quite a good attempt at cute Ruby :)

(If you fancy having a go at amigurumi there are loads of links to free patterns here)


In other crafty news I've needlefelted another tortoise (as you do!!).
This little guy is for my sister-in-law's birthday....his friend from a few posts ago accidentally jumped into a parcel that got sent to the Locket woman!
.....oh maaaaan - here she goes again!
What the......


Ok.... I give in.....hello Ruby.....

......euwwww Ruby, you manky monkee, where on Earth has your eye been? What is that?


Don't worry folks. Further investigation revealed it is in fact some chocolate she was saving for later!


Here's a little something for the weekend:

Thanks to my friend Helen for sending me a load of these in an email today - lots of blog fodder!!


I have a meeting at work on Monday, after which I hope to have some good news about a little change that could give me more time for crafting....and blogging of course!


Got a rather nice crisp white chilling in the emergency wine chiller freezer to celebrate the fact that it's Friday :)

Happy hooking!
xxxxxx

28 comments:

Marie said...

Friday - definitely worth a celebration! I happen to have a nice bottle of rose on ice myself ;)

Loving the seal. Naughty Miss Rooby-Roo sneaking into the photo ops! But I suppose you can't blame a girl for trying.

Dare I go and look at the crochet patterns? Once I do I'm going to be helpless to resist and I have so many other projects! Arrghhh. You're such a bad influence you crafty blogger types :P

xMX

dottycookie said...

More time for blogging - surely they haven't fired you already ?!

I saw that book last week at Loop, and I was SOOOO tempted. Have you come across My Little Mochi yet? You should ...

MarmaladeKiss said...

omg! more ideas .. life just isn't long enough to try anything, nevermind to short to do what you don't want to .. blimey. Hope you have a lovely weekend.
x

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

That Ruby monkee is shameles - can't think who she gets that from!

Love your little seal and the other projects look great too - oh too many projects, too little time!

Locket (the nagging one!)

Patti said...

Cute little seal chappy.

Hi Ruby - I know you're reading this!

Celebrate that friday miss.

artisbliss said...

Uh-oh, more friends to crochet. The seal is especially adorable. Ruby really is a camera hog, isn't she?

Kitty said...

Awww, cute seal. I don't think I could do that crocheting - looks far too complicated *blush*

Such good news that you might have more time for blogging and crafting - hooray!

x

PS word verification = inkyoqpm. I hope there is a stain remover for that oqpm, ink is a b*gger to get out.

Jennie said...

You are really clever with your complicated crocheting and needle felting!
Loving Ruby's seal poses!

quiltdude said...

Looks like this crochet lark is rather catching and very, very addictive. I got the Russian doll pattern and have made all 3 sweeties. Will photo them tomorrow. Love the seal.
(And I love you too Ruby x)
Enjoy your vino!

XClarex

Kaz said...

That Ruby!! What's she like?! She appears to have a little tuft on the top of her head too.

Now you're just showing off with the crochet! I love the seal ans so want to learn how to do any form of crochet.

I'm loving the tortoise. Do you knit him first or just shape the felting as you go. I made 3 felt balls last week and gave up after the fourth time I stabbed myself!

Can't wait to hear the news to get you back to more crafting and blogging, it's very quiet without you.

Leanne said...

You can't keep a good knitted monkee down you should know that. I do love that turtle and you little seal is so sweet I struggle with crochet.

Julie said...

(Dare I say it?) My tipple tonight is a drop of Tullamore Dew - Irish Whiskey. Very nice.

Good to see Ruby and your lovely new friends. I'm glad it was only chocolate.

Sorry but I think I'll leave the crochet to you. Used to do a little but daren't take up anything else now (although I was given a rug hook today.....)

Enjoy your weekend x

trashalou said...

Oooooooooo! Work meetings. With interesting outcomes. Leaving more blogging time. And drowning your sorrows with white wine. You got the sack didn't you?

They read the post about the incest capital of Nthn Europe and now you are for the high jump my girl!

Lina said...

Ok, this is so out of my league...what a cutie! Are they letting you craft at work then?!!!

pink-petal-designs said...

i love your seal and your new book looks fab, i have been having a go at it too and i think i finally have the hang of it now. I have the pattern for the dolls as wel, i think there is a lot of us making them right now, lol, there is one on my blog as a giveaway. Im going to check out the link for the free paterns now, thanks.
Sarah x

LOUISE @ HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

Lesley, I can't get over how quick you are at finishing these projects, Sammy the Seal is fantastic, and great to see how him and Ruby have bonded so well, so soon. Are you going to make any of those cute bears, I think they would be popular, I like the Matryoshka too. I nearly forgot to mention the tortoise, your sister-in-law will love him. x

Rachelmp said...

Oh so cute!

Gina said...

I love that little seal but know I don't have the patience for such little crochet (and I can't follow a pattern)... Ruby is very persistent!
Hope the wine was good... I'm about the pour myself a large G & T and get into a hot bath!

Ali said...

Must learn to crochet. And that Ruby is something else!

Bethany Hissong said...

I can't believe you just taught yourself to crochet arigarumi's just like that!! It's adorable!!! I haven't learned to crochet yet, but my daughter just picked up a book on it and she's been dying to learn! Thanks for the link to patterns! I will wait to hear about your job news... it sounds good for us but I'm not so sure what's going on there for you! Hope you've had a great weekend!!!

Bethany Hissong said...

okay.. i can't spell!!! ha ha ha... amigurumi!!!!!

Bethany Hissong said...

And I forgot to say that your turtle is great!! I love his little face! You're so multi-talented!!!

Suzie Sews said...

Oh my, you have been busy and I am so loving the poster...

Monkee Maker said...

Ooooh, that seal is sooooo cute!! Shall you be making more for your shop, perchance??

I bought an arigur .... arrigu .... crochet toy pattern (a monkey, funnily enough) but it looks much too completed so I haven't tried it yet.

Glad to see that Ruby is getting in on the act too!

:)

julie said...

love your little seal pup - very cute indeed! Hope your meeting went well today x

Rachael Rabbit said...

I think someone might be jealous of not getting all the attention all of the time!!

Dyan said...

Ruby loves the camera. Have fun with your amigurmi, it's so fun and easy. At first I danced around it for a while but then I gave it a try and really took to it. Hope your meeting goes well, lots of love,
Dy

Thimbleanna said...

That Ruby is a crack up! Love the little one-eyed monster you made -- I've been meaning to try that ami-stuff myself. Glad you're adjusting to being back at work -- I'd love to be part time -- and I'd definitely prefer fewer long days to many short days -- by the time you get everything together, you might as well tough it out and complete a long day!