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Excuses…and goodbye.

Once again I must make my excuses – I never finished blogging for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, I haven’t shown you any finished objects or WIPs, and I’m afraid we must say goodbye to our daily photos of Archie.

I’ve taken a stall at our local May Fair Market this year, and am currently frantically sewing to make wares for it. I’m also in the process of setting up a new website! After a lot of consideration, I have decided to keep Plutonium Muffins as a personal knitting and spinning blog – so the new website will not detract from our content, and things here will stay pretty much the same! I’ll let you know when the other one launches, if you’re interested.

Goodbye, Archie

I am fairly devastated to have to tell you all that Archie passed away a couple of days ago. We don’t really know what happened – JS arrived in Devon for a visit lasting a few days, and one of the first things we did was wander down to the garden to see bunny. He had been ‘refusing’ to come out of his hidey-hole all day, so I extracted him with some difficulty to let JS see him…and realised immediately that something was very wrong. He was very lethargic and unresponsive, and couldn’t move around on his hind legs.

Archie of the day...
Archie of the day…

We put him in his box with loads of bedding, fresh water and food. He drank some water, and I thought that he would be OK till morning, so we left him for the night. First thing the next day I went down to check on him, and make arrangements for going to the vet. At some point in the night, the furry little floppy creature had left us.

Archie, chilling in the sun while I knit.
Archie, chilling in the sun while I knit.

Archie has been around for longer than Plutonium Muffins has, and he’s going to leave a big hole in our lives. I am so pleased that in the last month of his life he got to experience the open wide garden, and generally be happier than I have seen him in the years we have been together. I hope he’s joined Norman in bunny and piggy heaven, and the two of them are running riot up there.

Archie, sleeping soundly in the car on the way down.
Archie, sleeping soundly in the car on the way down.

Normal service at Plutonium Muffins will resume! You can look forward to a WIP tomorrow – I leave you with some of my favourite photos and videos of my dear little friend.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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KCBWDAY4 – Colourful Corrie

Today’s challenge for Knit and Crochet Blog Week was to review your use of colour, and I discovered that I am one colourful Corrie! This didn’t come as too much of a surprise really, my Facebook and Twitter are always full of colourful knitting and crochet that I find all over the interwebs. It was nice to review my completed projects and have a look at what I had in there!

Archie of the day...
Archie of the day…

I’ve been having huge trouble getting online – we are staying in a house with no wifi so I have to hotspot to get on the net. It had been working fairly successfully from the lounge – and then just stopped and nothing except the PM front page would load. The long and short of it all is that I’ve spent about three days trying to figure out how the heck to get back, and boy am I glad I am online again!

Colourful Corrie

So, a quick snapshot of my Ravelry projects page, idea directly copied from the Eskimimi Makes post on this. Ravelry Page

Although it is primarily colourful, I have noticed a distinct pattern when it comes to blues and greens. I seem to like them rather a lot! This is just a small selection of my projects, and the resolution’s is a bit funny because I have a very wide and short laptop screen. There are two ‘non-colourful’ things in there – the first, the black Classic Hat, which was a commission piece. The second is the cat – and let’s face it, cats aren’t COLOURFUL, not reaally…!

Colour, colour, colour!
Colour, colour, colour!

Projects that I’m making at the moment tend to be variegated. I’m into Regia Sock Yarns in a big way, and I’m also loving colour variation. Ever since I learned to dye my own yarn I’ve been looking for exciting ways to use it. My stash is full of multi-colour yarn, and I have volunteered a fair amount of the duller stuff for use in projects that I won’t be making.

Variegated, yummy and blue for a colourful Corrie!
Variegated, yummy and blue for a colourful Corrie!

It will be fun to see what the colours look like next year. Watch this space!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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KCBWDAY3 – Stash Composition

Today the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week prompt is to create an infographic – my chosen one is my stash composition. I fervently hoped when I saw the prompt that it was just Mimi being creative and that we wouldn’t all be doing them. I was sad to find out that some people have done some truly incredible infographics – I’m thinking of Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch in particular. Sigh. I had to do one too.

I know what an infographic is – I do have a statistician boyfriend, after all. I do not have the graphic skills to make anything as glamorous as Mimi’s Peamonkabeetee, nor Sarah’s regular versus blogging knitters doodle. I decided to go old-fashioned, and used pens and paper.

Stash Composition

Having relocated from Kent to Devon, I know my crafting stash composition. Intimately. I am a multi-crafter, and although I have a number of other crafts that are not included in this infodrawing (cross-stitch, mosaic, wood-work, paints, beading…….), I wanted to finish this before next year, so I chose the three most numerous. Each box indicates the proportion of each material. You may notice a common theme running throughout.

A knitter's stash composition.
A knitter’s stash composition.

The diagram at the bottom shows the composition of my WIP basket (which is actually a pocket-thingy hanging on the back of my door). Needles indicate active projects, ‘empty’ pockets show those waiting to happen…they’re definitely not used for yarn storage in RL, honest!

And, although Archie no longer uses my yarn as a bed, the proportion of straw to yarn is PERFECT from our cohabitation-in-a-flat days. I still find rabbit fur in some of my stash.

Your daily photo of Archie, having swapped his nest of yarn for decking!
Your daily photo of Archie, having swapped his nest of yarn for decking!

I sincerely hope that nobody is ever going to show this to JS. I may well be disowned – we all knew I wasn’t great shakes with maths, but this cements it. Although I am quite pleased with my drawing of Archie, look at that cheeky little grin!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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KCBWDAY2 – Fairisle Mittens

The challenge for today on the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is to choose a mascot project that embodies the house or animal we chose yesterday – in my case, if you remember, the House of Monkey. Before I get started, a recap of what the House of Monkey is all about.

Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

Before I choose my project, I want to share another photo of Archie with you – this is him stretched out in the sun today while I sat knitting on the lawn for a few minutes. There’s a video of him doing some bunny things at the end of this post. He is so unbelievably cute, don’t you think!?

Archie, chilling in the sun while I knit.
Archie, chilling in the sun while I knit.

Mascot Project – Fairisle Mittens

On the 9th of May 2012 (last year) I wrote a WIPW post about my Fairisle Mittens. Clues to the fairly large jump I was taking in my knitting education were there – along with me trying to use circular needles instead of dpns (I hadn’t heard of magic loop before, don’t be silly). This was a shortcut attempt for me as I hadn’t tried dpns before, and I was a bit scared of them.

Tried out circulars first...rookie error!
Tried out circulars first…rookie error!

Normally this wouldn’t put me off – however, I was also doing fairisle, which I also hadn’t tried before apart from one small pair of gloves for Wonder-Gran, and I was trying to make a complicated pattern slightly more simple.

The magazine, the yarn, the pattern
The magazine, the yarn, the pattern

The cuff of the first mitten allowed me to get used to the dpns, and by the time I was on to the fairisle, I was off! They were fantastic. I loved following the pattern, I learnt to knit continental style and the fairisle was amazing. I finished the first glove, and nearly finished the second…until I ran out of green yarn!

Half complete mitten
Half complete mitten.

I won the kit through a Knit Today giveaway, and made another rookie error of throwing the ball-band away, so I have no idea which dye lot it is. I haven’t bought a replacement – I’m not too fussed if the dyes don’t match exactly, but knowing that they will not match makes me hesitate with the ordering yarn. The mittens have been hibernating for just under a year, and when I can afford more yarn, they will probably take about ten minutes to finish the knitting on. You can have no idea how frustrated I am!

Basically finished, but no yarn left to complete the Fairisle Mittens! Argh!
Basically finished, but no yarn left to complete the Fairisle Mittens! Argh!

Have you got a mascot project? Are you participating in the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week? I’m trying to follow all my favourite blogs, but my reader has 650 unread posts in it at the moment and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, so you’ll probably all get comments next year sometime for this week’s posts!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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KCBWDAY1 – House of Monkey

It’s the fourth Annual Knit and Crochet Blog Week, hosted by Eskimimi Knits, and today I’ve assigned myself to the House of Monkey! I know it doesn’t make much sense if you read that as a one-off sentence…I’ve just arrived back in Devon and am feeling very tired and finding it hard to formulate English.

I’m pleased to be back. Archie the Bunny greeted me enthusiastically – he has burrowed through to the next door neighbours garden (shhh don’t tell them) and was very happy to receive cuddles. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever experienced him so human-loving. He was saying hello to Jet as he ate seedlings under the bird table. Isn’t he cute?

Close-up of the little rascal Archie.
Close-up of the little rascal Archie.
Jet and Archie saying hello to each other <3
Jet and Archie saying hello to each other <3

House of Monkey

So today for Blog Week, Mimi has invited everyone to delegate themselves to a House – the four houses are the Houses of Bee, Manatee, Monkey and Peacock. I couldn’t really decide between Bee and Monkey, but did eventually go for Monkey. The description for the House of Monkey is:

Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

I dispute the ‘intelligent’ bit…hehe, but I did have to consider the fact that I am determined to learn something new with most projects. My first ever project was a pair of gloves – talk about ambitious!

First ever project, a glove.
First ever project, a glove.

After that was the Harry Potter wall-hanging, my first illusion knit – forget a small dish-cloth, I went for the three-months to make monster! My first proper hat was a beard hat rather than a standard one, and let’s not forget that for this months Resolutions I’m aiming to knit three different pairs of socks using patterns I haven’t made before – as if three pairs of easy socks wasn’t enough!

Harry Potter wall-hanging.
Harry Potter wall-hanging.

So, what house do you think you would be in?

While I’m talking about Eskimimi Makes, although I’ve followed her blog for a while I’ve only just explored the website – and discovered tonight that she wrote “The Knitting Pocket Bible“, which is one of my absolute favourite books in the entire world! Check it out if you haven’t already.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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April Resolutions Update

My internet is causing me so many problems that I’ve been trying to write this April Resolutions post for an entire day! My blogging is all done online so even writing the posts offline is impossible. My Facebook and Twitter have been silent as well – I can’t even update my status most of the time. The state of my blog reader is even worse – at last count I have over 500 unread posts! I miss you all horribly, and I wish I were better able to stay in touch.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’ve just moved from Kent to Devon. My parents house got flooded last year and it is in the final stages of renovation – still uninhabitable, but we are finally able to start decorating some of the rooms and the garden. We spent yesterday, Sunday, in the garden, and I released Archie into his new home after bunny-proofing it. He was *so* happy. Today, we primed what will become my room. And did some clothes shopping!

Archie sprinting up the garden while Jet and Wonder-Mum look on.
Archie sprinting up the garden while Jet and Wonder-Mum look on.

April Resolutions Update

So, what has become of my April Resolutions? A recap:

  1. Knit three different sock patterns.
  2. Knit something with beads in it.
  3. Find a suitable pattern for Wonder-Mum‘s Big Birthday.
  4. Make a wool hackle.

Two new sock patterns have been cast on – Business Casual and Cadence Socks. I expect the third one will be stockinette based – does anyone have a toe-up pattern that is basically stockinette all the way up? I learned at Knit and Natter last week that I need some very simple knitting to cope with the chatting…

I’ve decided that (2) and (4) are to be scrapped for this month. I just don’t have time. I’ll probably try to collect materials for the wool hackle around the building site of the house, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to get started.

As for finding a pattern for Wonder-Mum…I’m going to dedicate some time when I go back to Kent this week to this. I will go potty if I try to do it while I don’t have good internet.

Archie doing some weeding.
Archie doing some weeding.
Scenes from Devon - a field full of assorted sheep.
Scenes from Devon – a field full of assorted sheep.

How are you getting on?

Much love,

Corrie xx

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WIP Wednesday – Riverton Cowl

I’m sitting in ‘my’ new bedroom, gazing at my suitcases and bags of clothes that have yet to be unpacked, knitting the Riverton Cowl and listening to “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” on Audible. So, I’ve arrived then!

The journey was OK, nothing memorable really happened apart from Archie using the whole thing to either rip up the newspaper in his travel box or sleep in various states of comfortability. This is how he ended the journey – looks a happy little bunny, doesn’t he?

Archie, sleeping soundly in the car on the way down.
Archie, sleeping soundly in the car on the way down.

We are currently staying in the house of some friends of my parents, because our own is being renovated following a flood last year. We’ll be here about a month, I expect, and I’ve put most of my things into storage. The only stuff that made it through was one….OK, TWO bags of yarn, my needle felting equipment, a fleece and my spinning wheel.

I’m going to a Knit & Natter at Hulu, my LYS tonight. I’m really looking forward to it, not least because Vicky, the owner, sells the most gorgeous yarns and I will never get tired of looking at them. Look her up, she does online orders!

Took Jet for a walk this morning and walked through a field that smelled EXACTLY like sheep.
Took Jet for a walk this morning and walked through a field that smelled EXACTLY like sheep.

Riverton Cowl

While going through my stash before I left, I happened to catalogue it all on Ravelry. That’s right – all 104 yarns (not including multiples of a ball), completely recorded. Having had such fun with my Scrunchable Cowl, I decided I would try giving another cowl a go. I found the Riverton Cowl through a search on Rav, with my search criteria being ‘knitting’, ‘free’, ‘DK’, ‘4 mm’.

The Riverton Cowl - halfway there.
The Riverton Cowl – halfway there.

I’ve found the pattern OK, once I figured out a really stupid issue with my own pattern-reading first. I’ll describe this in more detail once the cowl is an FO – I really, really need to get on with unpacking.

Much love,

Corrie xx

PS I need to add that my internet connectivity in this house is poor. There is no landline, and my phone barely gets any signal. I have found a place I can hotspot (which is why I’m in my room) but the signal is fairly poor, so please excuse me if I’m slower than you believe I ought to be in responding to anything!

WIP Wednesday's with Tami's Amis

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CSHC Show and Off on a Grand Adventure…tomorrow

Archie and I are all packed and ready to go down to Devon tomorrow. I’m nervous about it, and I have been sitting here trying to work out why for what feels like hours. It finally clicked when I was going through my day and trying to figure out if everything was in the car. As you look at this photo, don’t worry about Archie being in his travel box overnight…he will spend his last night in his hutch, fear not!

Archie will be carefully watched over by Archie-Penguin, Skinny Liz and Sam the Penguin.
Archie will be carefully watched over by Archie-Penguin, Skinny Liz and Sam the Penguin.

I’m terrified that I’ve left something important behind. Like, you know, my 60 cm circular needles, or a WIP that I haven’t worked on for ages but might decide I need to pick it up again tomorrow? What if the yarn I want for my April Resolutions has gone missing behind some washing and I don’t realise till I get down to Devon?

I think that people may be able to see that I'm a yarn addict from my boot.
I think that people may be able to see that I’m a yarn addict from my boot.
Spinning wheel wrapped up in a blanket, along with boxes (!!!) of knitting needles and patterns.
Spinning wheel wrapped up in a blanket, along with boxes (!!!) of knitting needles and patterns.

It’s all a bit silly, because I’ll be back to Kent every two weeks for medical stuff…but that’s the nature of the beast I’m running from, I suppose!

Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts Show – London

I went to the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts Show again yesterday, in London this time. It was a fantastic day – because I’d already been before (sort of), I was a lot more relaxed about going to various stalls, who I wanted to talk to, what exhibits I felt I hadn’t seen my fill of and so on. I also didn’t spend so much money! I bought one ball of yarn and a bit of fibre, which was a very good change.

The most GORGEOUS bear. Look at that nose!
The most GORGEOUS bear. Look at that nose!
Gorgeous yarn bought for some socks.
Gorgeous yarn bought for some socks.

The friend I was with, Curlywurly, did loads of workshops, and I joined in on some of them, which was a big change to the last trip. I missed out the Decopatch workshop, because I have done loads of that before, but we did both sit down and knit a link for the world’s longest knitting chain! After the show we also went to a coffee shop and used the fibre I’d bought to needle-felt some baubles

Knitting links for the worlds longest knitted chain.
Knitting links for the worlds longest knitted chain.
Fibre, me doing some needle felting, and Curlywurly's ball on both sides.
Fibre, me doing some needle felting, and Curlywurly’s ball on both sides.

I chatted to the people from “Above and Below the Waves” – it turns out that the brains behind the installation, Alison Murray, lives in Devon, and the workshop is also down there! I’m going to see if I can go along and visit. I’ll talk about this more sometime this week – for now I need to go put the last few bits in the car and have a last supper with my JS.

How has your weekend been?

Much love,

Corrie xx

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WIP Wednesday – Patchwork Blanket

When I started knitting seriously, I started making squares – one after the other after another, and when Wonder-Gran heard about this she decided I ought to make a Patchwork Blanket. The darling lady sat in her lounge for many a night, knitting dozens of squares for me. I had no idea about this until she handed them to me when I visited one day and announced I got to sew them all together. Whoop!

Before I continue, some news for you! I’m moving to Devon on Monday. I’ve always been pretty open about depression and so forth, and it’s all got a bit much for me. I’m retreating to the parental homestead (which is currently being renovated so is actually uninhabitable) to take stock and try figure out what is what. I’m going to be leaving my beloved JS behind, but Archie is coming, so it’s not all bad. You’ll hear more about it as things progress, so back to the WIP.

A certain man I love chilling on a bed of moss.
A certain man I love chilling on a bed of moss.

Patchwork Blanket

In keeping with naming my projects after things from Harry Potter, the project name for this on Ravelry is “Honeyduke’s Best Chocolate” – because I imagine the chocolate to be warm and comfortable, and the Patchwork Blanket certainly is that!

Aerial view of the Patchwork Blanket with squares to be completed at the bottom.
Aerial view of the Patchwork Blanket with squares to be completed at the bottom.

I’ve been sewing these squares together for more than three years now. It’s not that there are many of them – in fact there are surprisingly few. It’s more that I will sew one on to the set and get bored, move on to something else. I’m sure you knitters can identify with this – the sewing up is the worst of the worst, in my opinion.

I think I've got another third or so to go.
I think I’ve got another third or so to go.

Anyway, this is where I am now. It’s certainly been a study in finishing techniques – in fact, I would absolutely love to take a workshop on finishing, because my knitting has been entirely self-taught and YouTube can’t show all the finesse! I do have a book as well, but one of the symptoms of my depression in particular is that I basically find it impossible to read things.

This square was not attached to the Patchwork Blanket well.
This square was not attached to the Patchwork Blanket well.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at. What are you making this week? Head on over to Tami’s and Ginny’s for more WIPs.

Much love,

Corrie xx

PS Look, shiny yarn! Part of the Resolutions for April, join in the conversation here.

Shiny shiny blue sock yarn.
Shiny shiny blue sock yarn.
WIP Wednesday's with Tami's Amis
WIP Wednesday’s with Tami’s Amis

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Draco Malfoy is finished!

Draco Malfoy, the arch-nemesis of Harry Potter, my favourite villain, and the subject of my latest knitting project, is finished! If you had forgotten or missed it, I started knitting him about a year ago…well, OK, last July (2012), and put him down when I got bored. He sat in my WIP Basket for ages, until I decided he was going to be finished.

This project, an illusion knit by Steve Plummer, sparked off a discussion on “The Never-Ending Knit” on Ravelry – join in here.

Draco Malfoy – Illusion Knitting

I made the most concentrated effort I’ve ever made on finishing a project this week with Draco Malfoy. I have literally been knitting non-stop in every available moment. Even quality time with Archie the Bunny has been interrupted by knitting. (Tell me that Archie looks like he’s upset by this arrangement!)

Archie using Draco Malfoy as a blanket.
Archie using Draco Malfoy as a blanket.

The wall-hanging was knit as a companion piece for Harry Potter, both presents for Grumpy. I used King Cole Premier Value Double Knitting yarn in dark green and white for the house colours of Slytherin (green and silver). I used this yarn because it’s 100% acrylic and I would never want to use it for a garment. I knitted it on 2.75 mm needles so that it would be very dense fabric and the illusion would be very obvious.

Draco Malfoy before the tassels were attached.
Draco Malfoy before the tassels were attached.

I haven’t put the wall-hanging on Draco Malfoy yet, and I took the one on Harry off so that I could do them the same. Here they are, side-by-side! Grumpy will hang them opposite each other – after all, arch-nemesis’ must be able to duel to their hearts content.

Arch-nemesis' from the top.
Arch-nemesis’ from the top.
The boys side-by-side. Who is your favourite?
The boys side-by-side. Who is your favourite?

I swear off illusion knitting for a very long time. I vowed after I finished Harry that I would never do another again – well, that was a waste of time, but honestly, I’ve had enough. Just ten lines of knitting takes an hour and a half. Progress is too slow for that.

I’m so excited that I can start doing other projects that it’s taken me a while to decide what to start! Any thoughts?

Much love,

Corrie xx

Harry Potter project on Ravelry
Draco Malfoy project on Ravelry

Harry Potter wall-hanging.
Harry Potter wall-hanging.
Draco Malfoy wall-hanging.
Draco Malfoy wall-hanging.
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