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A Few More of My Crocheted Pieces

It’s been a while since I posted about my crochet, probably because I’ve been so busy either trying to finish Crochet-a-longs, or CALs as they’re known as in the crochet world, and also because I’ve been desperately trying to learn what I could about British Politics – I’m not sure whether to laugh, or cry, that I’ve become involved right at this time, but I’m going to persevere, which means doing an awful lot of reading!

Fortunately, there are some wonderful Bloggers around, that lay out what’s happening, and what it means for us all, so I’m now slowly begining to understand where the UK stands politically – and, boy, it’s frighteneing!

Anyhoo, I thought I’d get away from that for one evening, and continue showing you all the things I’ve been crocheting over the last year or so – I believe my last post about it was on May 3rd – here’s a link: A Few More of My Offerings

The last project I showed you wasย  two shrugs I’d made for the daughter of a friend but, after that, I went through another awful patch of ill health, and so couldn’t do any crocheting ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


The next project I finished, was a Wrap, designed by a wonderful crochet designer called Annelies Baes. You can get the pattern free at this link: Flight of Fancy.

The CAL was called Scheepjes Flight of Fancy Wrap, and it was done in weekly increments. I started the project on 10th June, and finished it on 1st September.

I was really taken with the wonderful yarn used here, by a company called Scheepjeswol . With this CAL, I was using one of their yarns, called Scheepjes Linen Soft , which comprised of 47% Cotton, 27% Linen, and 26% Acrylic, which made for a strong, and durable, yarn to use.

Here’s the Project page I created on Ravelry, which gives you the details: My Flights of Fancy Wrap The colours used were gorgeous, and reminded me of peacock feather, which I love ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s my finished project, which I gifted to a dear friend:

2015-09-01 - Scheepjes Flight of Fancy Wrap CAL - Start-10th June


The next project I made, was finished on 19th September, and was something that I made for my daughter to give to a friend. Her friend loved kooky presents, especially if they had something to do with the body, so I crocheted her two seperately coloured, and sized, eyes – including the optic nerves, too ๐Ÿ™‚

I had come across the pattern by chance, at this link: Crocheted Eyeball by crochetninja, and just loved the idea of it – and making it was fun, too ๐Ÿ™‚

I used various yarns from my stash for this, mainly acrylics, if I remember true ๐Ÿ™‚

2015-09-17 -The Eyes Have It

I’m told the recipient loved them ๐Ÿ™‚


My next project took me a bit of time, as my health was becoming quite dicey again, and I was still working on another CAL, too.

A friend was making up a package to send over to her grandchildren, a young girl and boy, and I offered to make them something. I showed my friend some of my patterns, and she found the one she wanted among one of my favourite Amigurumi Designers – Moji Moji Design or Janine Holmes, using her real name ๐Ÿ™‚

Janine had recently released a new design, called Katie the Caterpillar – so how could I resist? Lol

I started making the two caterpillars, and managed to finish them by October 12th, just in time for them to be shipped to their new owners in the USA ๐Ÿ™‚

2015-10-12 - Suzanne's Caterpillars
I used acrylic yarn from my stash again, and I think a lot of it was Red Heart yarn, as I had so much of it in my stash. I used the same colours in both, but just used them in opposite ways, as you can see in the pic. That way, we hoped the children wouldn’t fight over which one owned which caterpillar ๐Ÿ™‚

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My next project, was the CAL I had started on August 2nd. I didn’t actually finish this until October 31st. This was another Scheepjswol CAL, designed by another amazing Designer that I love: Julie Yeager.

The design was called: Summer Mosaic Afghan, and you can buy the pattern from Ravelry, using the link provided ๐Ÿ™‚

This time, the yarn used was Scheepjes Stonewashed XL, a wonderfully soft, but strong, mixture of 70% Cotton, 30% Acrylic.

Here’s the link to my Ravelry Project Page, and the colours and amounts used for it:ย My Summer Mosaic Afghan.

This was a pattern I loved, with a yarn I fell in love with, too. I made this CAL for Mr Night Owl, and it was fun and games trying to crochet it, where, and when, he wouldn’t see it all, as I wanted it to be a surprise for him, for our wedding anniversary that year. It was a couple of weeks late, but he forgave me when he saw it ๐Ÿ™‚

2015-10-31 - Summer Mosaic Afghan


I have to admit to being totally exhausted by the time I finished the Afghan, and it wasn’t until almost mid-November before I took up my crochet hooks again, and that was because I had received my first box, from a company called Little Box of Crochet.

I’d come across them via my monthly crochet magazine, and the story behind their starting caught my attention, so I decided to subscribe for 6 months, to see whether I would enjoy it.

The first Box came with everything needed to make my first Little Box Project, and this was 3 different types of toadstools:

  • The first was Aminita Muscaria, or Fly Agaric. I finished this on November 10th.
  • The second wasย Stropharia Aeruginosa, or Verdigris Agaric. I finished this on December 12th.
  • The third wasย Hygrocybe Persistens, or Wax Cap. I finished this on January 15th, 2016.

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2016-01-15 - LBC - Fly Agaric, Verdigris Agaric & Wax Cap

These were designed by Kate Bruning, of Greedy for Colour, and were made using Scheepjes Stonewashed, with a small amount of silver yarn to give them a christmassy feel – and enough to make them into tree decorations if I’d wanted to ๐Ÿ™‚



My next project was one I made for fun. My husband, and a good friend of his, have a running joke about Wood Nymphs – and, no, I’m not getting into that, as it would take an entire new post of it’s own! Lol

Anyway, we had been invited over to his house for a meal and, as a joke, I decided to make him a Wood Nymph hat, and this was the result:

2015-11-18 - Wood Nymph Hat!

I had found some Red Heart Camouflage yarn in my stash, and so added some flowers and bells to it, then made it a caveat that he had to wear the hat whenever he went hunting! ๐Ÿ™‚
I don’t know why, but he tells me he hasn’t been hunting ever since! Lol


On the 19th of November, my Dad died.

I was devastated, as I was too ill to travel the 360-odd miles needed, to get back to my family home, to attend his funeral.

I really didn’t know what to do with myself, and felt helpless that I couldn’t say my goodbyes to him, nor comfort my Mum the way I wanted to. I spoke a lot to Mum on the phone and, wonderful woman that she is, a few days after Dad’s death, she suggested that I crochet something that reminds me of him, and send it to her, so she could put it in the coffin with him, and so that I knew there was something of mine with Dad in his rest.

My first thoughts were of his being Irish, and that special humour he had, that every Irish person I’ve met seems to be born with, and so I decided to crochet symbols of his Irishness – one for me, one for Mr Night Owl, and one for our daughter.

I looked through all my thousands of patterns, and settled on a combination Shamrock/Four-leaved Clover for myself, a Leprechaun for hubby, as he’s as mischeivous as one himself, and a Pot-o-gold, with rainbow, for our daughter, as she has always been our symbol of wealth, happiness and joy.

A week had gone by this time, and I worried about getting them done in time for the funeral, but I managed toย  finish them, one each day, by the 29th, where I then quickly packed them up, and a friend sent them, post-haste, to my Mum. Fortunately, they got there in time, and that’s where they lay now, keeping my Dad, that funny, chronic, joker company.



I have to admit to finding it hard to concentrate after that but, in early December my Little Box of Crochet, for that month, arrived. Purely for distraction, I decided to give it a try, and the design came from Heather Collins, whose Blog, Pink Milk, was one of the favourites of the Little Box team, and was something that caught my fancy, too, and so I thought I’d give it a go.

The pattern, this time, was for a wonderful pair of Wristers, made with Debbie Bliss’ Baby Cashmerino. As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had to make these for my daughter ๐Ÿ™‚

Fortunately, we have the same size hands, so I was able to make them to fit her easily. I also made her a second pair, but this time with yarn from my stash, in Black and White, as she loves monochrome, too, but more to my own design ๐Ÿ™‚

I finished making them on the 5th and 6th of December ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll tell you about the rest in another blog ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The Lion’s First Trip . . .

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Lion enjoying his first train ride ๐Ÿ™‚

I got an email from my daughter, just after she got back home from her visit here, but I’ve only just got around to doing something with it, as I’ve been really busy with my crocheting yet again ๐Ÿ™‚

Brex sent me a couple of photos of Lion, enjoying his very first train ride.

As Brex is still away, I still don’t know what Lion’s new name is but, as soon as she tells me, I’ll let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

Until then, here he is, having a great time on the train from Carmarthen to Bristol ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lion enjoying his first meal ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Short, But Sweet, Visit . . .

Like the whirlwind we often refer her to, our daughter has been, and gone, in a seeming flash!

We knew it was only going to be for a couple of days, but they flew past far too quickly for our liking – but at least we know she’ll be here with us in early October, as she’ll be coming for at least a week, for our 30th wedding anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚

By then, she’ll have had all her yearly festivals out of the way, and we’ll be able to spend some really quality time with her, catching up on all her doings and, no doubt, looking through the many photos she loves to take of anything, and everything, to do with her life as a Stilt-Walking Pyrotechnic ๐Ÿ™‚

In late August, she’ll be travelling to the USA, where she’ll be taking part in The Burning Man Festival, in Nevada, where she’ll be joining in with yet another great performance, created by The UK Fireworks Collective. Her visit last year was a fantastic start to her professional life as a performer and, having seen the practice video of this year’s performance, it’s going to be even better than last year ๐Ÿ™‚

I mentioned in my last post that I’d created a mascot for her and, thankfully, she absolutely loved it! I crocheted her a Lion, and dressed him in a fancy vest, and legwarmers, with Brex’s name, and the name of her new company, The Gutter Stars Collective, on the vest.

It had actually taken me 3 weeks to complete the Lion, only finishing it mere minutes before Brex arrived on her visit. The actual body only took me around 4 days to crochet, stuff, and assemble, but the rest of the time was taken up with creating his fur – If I ever want to take up rag-rugging, I think I made a good start with this! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brex took a few pics of her new friend (she hasn’t decided on a name yet – she reckons she’ll know what it is by the time she’s finished her next gig!), so here he is in all his glory:

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Why I’m called The Night Owl

I thought I’d just let you know why I chose ‘The Night Owl’ for my Blog name ๐Ÿ™‚

Apart from the fact that I just love Owls, I’ve always been a bit of an insomniac, and so, over the years, I literally became a night owl!

When I began to crochet, I did most of the work in the wee small hours of the morning, and so I decided to use The Night Owl for my Logo.

Whenever I make something, I always try to add my logo, in the shape of a tiny metal owl, onto the item, to show it was I who crafted it. I’ve also had special labels created that I hand sew – rather badly – onto any item that will take it ๐Ÿ™‚

I really am a crochetoholic now, and do as much as I can, health willing ๐Ÿ™‚

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The picture, above, is just about my most favourite itemย that I’ve crocheted up to date – a neck pillow for my daughter to use, as she travels so much with her work as a Stilt-Walker and Fire Performer with Slamboree & Pyro Celtica. It has travelled many miles with her, and will hopefully travel ever more as she goes about doing what she does best ๐Ÿ™‚

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