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I just love cats!

One of my favorite youtube videos is the one of Debbie, the internet dating crazy cat lady who just loves cats. It never fails to amuse me – if you haven’t seen it and you fancy a giggle you can check it out here

At the risk of sounding like said crazy cat lady I just had to share with you my latest knitting treats. As you know I am very slowly working my way through a lace intensive wrap called Spring Haze and my need for stitch markers has never been greater. I was perusing Etsy a few weeks ago as I wanted something a little more interesting than the standard plastic markers, as great a job as they do they are, well, just a bit dull.

And so I came across ‘Weeones Creations’. Oh my goodness, where to start! Jillian at Weeones makes the most incredible polymer clay stitch markers. Pretty much every animal you can think of has been miniaturized and hand sculpted into the cutest little character and the level of detail captured is amazing. I couldn’t resist and placed my order for some little cats. Because I love cats.

They arrived today!

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Aren’t they just the most adorable things you have ever seen?

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I think the one playing with the ball of yarn is my favorite. He looks like a teeny tiny version of my cat Mr.Pea.

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One even has a little mouse…

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And just look at the level of detail, they have little paw prints!

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Here they are in action

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I can’t wait to get cracking on with Spring Haze this evening 🙂

There is also a really interesting article on the Etsy blog where Jillian talks about quitting the day job to start her own business which you can read here. Inspiring stuff.

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The Big Felt – Follow Up

It’s been a couple of weeks since I dipped my toe into the world of felting and I am pleased to say that I am really happy with the results of my shrunken cable bag. I wanted to post an update right away but then decided to wait until I could show the finished article, lining and all 🙂

The actual felting worked really well in the washing machine. The fibres of the wool have all melted together and although I have lost all stitch definition, the lovely cables are still there in full glory.

Determined not to lose momentum this time I splashed out on some gorgeous fabric for the lining. I used Novella – Peony in Scarlett by Valerie Wells for Free Spirit. I bought mine from my LYS but it is also available on Etsy here. Its a lovely fabric with a bold red flower pattern on a light beige background which gives it a ‘vintagey’ look.

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Now for the tricky part. I am not a sewer and I was not looking forward to the lining part, but I was determined to finish this bag once and for all! It took me a week of looking at the lovely fabric to taking the scissors to it. I have to confess I brought in the assistance of the sewing savior that is wonderweb to help create shape and hold everything together while I pinned it, but I got there…after 2 evenings of hard graft, sore fingers and a little bit of swearing…I did it, I finally finished! And here it is…

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I am so pleased with the results. And even though it was meant to start life as a laptop bag all is not lost…

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And it even gets approval from Pea too!

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