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Taking the blanket home!

JS and I went to the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home yesterday, to give the blanket in.

Download the pattern here.

The actual handover was a bit…anti-climactic. I guess I was expecting the staff to be like “Oh my God, you worked so hard, thank you so much for this beautiful gift….” but that was a bit stupid of me. While to me, it was a big deal, to them I guess it’s just something that happens all the time — and totally necessary to the running of the home — so my ego got a bit of a bashing. Fair enough!

The blanket on the pile of donations <3
The blanket on the pile of donations <3

We got to go look around the kennels. You aren’t supposed to take photos, but this guy was so cute that I was a bit naughty…I gave him lots of cuddles (also not allowed) so I hope he doesn’t mind. His name is Brando and his information is here. If I had been in the market for a dog, this would have been the one I had taken. As it was, it was really difficult to just leave. He did have a knitted blanket, though..!

Resting with his blanket <3
Resting with his blanket <3
Brando "please take me home"
Brando “please take me home”
Brando's blanket.
Brando’s blanket.

I find the concept that you aren’t allowed to pet the dogs bizarre – they all just want love so badly. I can understand the health and safety implications, but equally I couldn’t resist, and did end up petting most of them.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
Little statue at the home.
Little statue at the home.

Anyway, the blanket is handed over and life is moving on — I’m in the process of knitting my Digger, and I’m also plotting the next project. I haven’t had any external opinions — do we think I should do Draco for Grumpy or knit myself a shawl?

Much love,

Corrie xx

Boxer dog from the home
Boxer dog from the home
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The Blanket is Finished!

On Sunday night, I finished the BDCH KAL dogs blanket. Hurrah! Download the pattern here.

Folded up and ready to go.
Folded up and ready to go.
Opened up and glorious.
Opened up and glorious.
Close-Up of the Paws.
Close-Up of the Paws.

It was good timing. My dog, a beautiful and amazing labrador with the biggest heart – and head! – I’ve ever known, laid down for his final sleep with my dad and his vet by his side on Friday night.

I spent much of the day on Saturday being highly emotional, and well-looked after by JS. There was no progress on the knitting front, though I did buy some golden yarn to make a stuffed toy. We are going to put Digger’s collar and tag on that.

Rest in Peace, Digger.
Rest in Peace, Digger.

Anyway, back to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Now that the blanket is finished, we are going to take it in by hand and meet some of the dogs there. I’ll probably do it on Saturday morning, before we go down to Kent.

Sarah also finished hers, and has already posted it off. I’m so excited about it. I hope you’ve enjoyed following us. If we’ve tempted anyone else to get involved, I encourage it whole-heartedly. It’s one of the best projects I’ve ever done.

What should I work on next?

Much love,

Corrie xx

PS Things at work are getting busy again, so I might cut down on my blogging schedule. I know how many times I’ve said that in the past, so we will see what happens.

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No WIP Wednesday today

I have bad news – I have food poisoning! I can’t even lift my needles to get on with the BDCH KAL. This is a tragedy as I have to get a hat done by Friday for a friend…but, I’ll just have to bear with it.

I’m going to read through blogs, watch rubbishy TV and hopefully be better by tomorrow, back to work and happy!

Happy news, though!

Corrie has a first! Right at the top! :)
Corrie has a first! Right at the top! :)

Much love,

Corrie xx

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The BDCH KAL as of yesterday

I took this photo yesterday, with my progress on the BDCH blanket. I have managed to knit a couple more blue squares, but no real progress, compared to @gingerbreadbun, who is finished all the knitting! How amazing is that?!

Blanket half-done (Copyright Corrie B)
Blanket half-done (Copyright Corrie B)

The reason for slow progress is that I decided to have a clear-out of my knitting WIP basket last night. The reason for this is a bit odd. None of the “what do I have at the bottom of the pile?” or “I wonder if this is where my keys have fallen to*” excuses.

The bottom of the Knitting WIP Basket (Copyright Corrie B)
The bottom of the Knitting WIP Basket (Copyright Corrie B)

No, the rabbit had decided that it would be the ideal bed for him while he was moulting. In the course of the clearing, I discovered enough discarded rabbit fur to spin a skein of yarn, enough hay to feed the guinea pig for a month, and the remnants of a bag of rabbit food that had gone missing. Worse than that, he chewed up a mitten that I’ve been working on for a very, very long time. Not happy.

This has lead me to wondering. What is the strangest thing that has happened to your knitting?

Much love,

Corrie

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PS I’m trying out some new iPhone apps which integrate with Ravelry, which is where these photos come from. Do we prefer them to the normal style, or do you prefer the others? Or, no preference?

* I lost my keys a month ago. On the set was the safe-key, with JS‘ passport in it. He is going to India, and needed his passport. After searching each and every one of my coats, trousers, bags, boxes, baskets, yarn stashes, secret fabric stashes, the kitchen drawers, behind every sofa, under the bed, in all the shoes…he found it in the keys in one of his hoodies. Lesson learned.

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The BDCH KAL progresses – yellow, done!

So, following @gingerbreadbun‘s success of finishing the second colour yesterday, I was spurred on and managed the same today! I’ve managed to sew some of the squares together, as JS and I watched the football tonight. I haven’t taken a photo of that, as the pub I’m sitting in is dark – it’s also my bedtime, so I’m just going to leave you with one pile of really pretty yellow squares, and will see you tomorrow for Friday Inspirations!

Big pretty pile of yellow granny squares (Copyright Corrie B)
Big pretty pile of yellow granny squares (Copyright Corrie B)

(I edited this photo on “Yarma” a new app that integrates with Ravelry. Its for iOS — you should check out the latest Ravelry blog-post* for apps that work with it – they’re brilliant, I’ve downloaded two already! And they don’t only have iOS apps.)

There’s still time to join the KAL. I’ve never been as inspired as I was when @gingerbreadbun put her photo up on Twitter yesterday! If that’s not a reason to join, I don’t know what is.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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BDCH KAL: A Flying Start!

I finally started the BDCH KAL yesterday!

So, I’m off to a flying start, with all of my orange squares completed already. I’m so happy about this that it’s actually an effort not to put an exclamation mark at the end of each of these sentences, haha.

Beautiful stack of orange squares, photoshopped to decrease saturation because they are SO fluorescent!
Beautiful stack of orange squares, photoshopped to decrease saturation because they are SO fluorescent!

The lovely @gingerbreadbun has cast on and finished her first square, and I’m really looking forward to her blog post about it.

@gingerbreadbun's first square (Copyright Sarah J)
@gingerbreadbun’s first square (Copyright Sarah J)

In true over-organised Corrie fashion, I drew a pretty chart on my iPad about how I was going to assemble the finished product. I tried to make myself do it organically, but I just couldn’t. These are the charts I came up with. I have decided to do number one for now…but I may do the others as well.

Pattern No 1 In Progress
Pattern No 1 In Progress

Pattern No 3

Pattern Number 2

My initial plan for this was to do it to the 11th of July* — but as only @gingerbreadbun has joined me, I might do more than one, to a) complete my charts, b) get more people involved and c) [and most importantly] send loads of blankets to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. That is what it’s all about, really.

How could you resist doing something like this? Copyright Barbara S with many thanks
How could you resist doing something like this? Copyright Barbara S with many thanks

Still nobody else tempted to join? Ravelry group and thread here if you are, by any chance!

Finally, while you’re reading, I’d like to boast about the fact that, despite taking me five years due to illness and related ickyness, I am finally graduating from Imperial College with a first in Materials Science and Engineering (BEng). Hurrah!

Much love,

Corrie


* My biiiirthday!

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And so the BDCH KAL begins!

Following yesterday’s apologetic post regarding not having got myself in order, I can announce that the baby-hat is now finished, and, the BDCH KAL has started!

Do you want to know the mega-exciting news? From Twitter, this literally made my weekend.

Twitter news!

I ran down the stairs immediately to finalise my yarn choice (and got told to shhhh by JS as I tried to tell him my success and excitement…he clearly doesn’t appreciate the importance of this, haha). So, I’ve chosen and cast on! Unfortunately, I have some extra work to do this weekend, so that’s as far as it goes for now, sigh.

The Yarn

I’ve chosen acrylic double knitting yarn – mainly because I don’t want to use my nice, soft, expensive yarn on animals which will appreciate the acrylic as much as they would anything else! Each of my acrylic balls of yarn was bought for a specific purpose though, so I’ll tell you a bit about why each one is special, and may I will feel a bit less heartless!

Yellow!

Yellow Yarn – bought to make the Penguin Archie for JS last summer.

Orange!

Orange Yarn – bought because I found orange yarn and had never seen any before! I had to have it…

Pink...?

Pink Yarn – bought to add to the hexipuff quilt, but didn’t match the colours of the rest of them.

Red!

Red Yarn – bought for jubilee celebration head-band.

Blue!

Blue Yarn – the first yarn I ever knitted with.

Ginger Bread Bunny

@gingerbreadbun can obviously be found at Twitter, but she has an awesome blog here as well, and I am so, so, so grateful to her for the support! It’s definitely never too late to join something like this, so even if we finish and move on please feel free to post on Ravelry and join the Plutonium Muffins group.

Much love from an excited me,

Corrie xx

Black for a crochet border

All the yarn in a pile.

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Timing Gone Wrong

There have been a few people on the web who I know have been eagerly waiting for FO Friday on the Baby Hat, and the kick-off of the BDCH KAL. In addition to this, it was Friday yesterday, and we were due a Friday Inspirations.

Yesterday, I managed to finish the quarterly accounts for my company, ingest enough dust to give me a respiratory problem, royally screw up the baby-hat embroidery and go to bed when I got home from work at 9 pm. So, none of the above.

To make up for it, have a photo of the embroidery half-ripped out (I forgot to take a photo of it before I started) and a promise of FO Sunday tomorrow, as well as the kick-off of the KAL. Yes, you still have time to join (tbh there is no time limit), and to make up for the Friday Inspirations loss, check out this little girls blog. She’s made international news!

Half-destroyed embroidery

I hope you all have a good weekend.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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WIPW (10) – Baby Hat for T

In my posts about the BDCH Knitalong I would like to host*, I mentioned I couldn’t start until Friday as I was involved in another project.

This project is a hat for one of JS‘ colleagues babies, a little boy whose name starts with a “T”. They are moving to Delhi in India in September, and JS asked me to make them a present for when they go. After a quick bit of research on temperature in the winter, and finding out how old the baby will be by then, I cast on in beautiful variegated yarn with earthy colours, which are what I associate with India.

Variegated Yarn before knitting.
Variegated Yarn before knitting.

I finished it on Saturday night. To my absolute dismay, it turned out to look like camouflage fabric, too Armyand absolutely wrong for this particular present.

Camohat in progress.
Camohat in progress.

I had to start again. I chose blue and white this time, and am currently halfway through after having to rip back over a thousand stitches yesterday to correct a mistake. I will be done by Friday — in time for the KAL!

The hat half-done.
The hat half-done.

The colours are a bit brighter than the picture shows, my iPhone was obviously having a bit of a hissy fit when I took the photos. The below photo shows the section I unpicked and redid.

The section between the two needles had to be totally unpicked and redone.
The section between the two needles had to be totally unpicked and redone.

I plan to embroider an Indian elephant and a cute little T on it in honour of India and the baby. What do you think of this design?

Embroidery Pattern
Embroidery Pattern

It’s the first baby item I’ve ever made – has anybody else got their first ever baby items to share? You can do so on the Ravelry group!

Much love,

Corrie xx


* Nobody has signed up yet! I’m going to be incredibly embarrassed if I’m the only one who takes part. Please would just one person say they’re going to join me? I will be eternally grateful!

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Knitalong – BDCH Blanket

Dogs want love from you! It’s official! I’ve decided to do a knitalong, which I intend to start knitting on the 15th of June (this Friday). So far I have a grand total of…zero…people signed up! I’m incredibly disappointed, but given that I only decided to do it last Friday, maybe that’s to be expected.

A brief summary of the BDCH (Battersea Dogs and Cats Home) can be found in last weeks Friday Inspirations, and the pattern for this knitalong can be found here. Designed by DeadlyKnitshade (who sometimes masquerades as Lauren O’Farrell), it is a patchwork design with a number of paws on it, from tiny to big. They are designed to be given to pets looking for homes while they are at the centre, then taken with the pet in order to make sure they have something comfortable for their new home.

Me and the abandoned rabbit <3
Me and the abandoned rabbit <3

The project itself is very close to my heart. I’ve traditionally been a rescuer of animals, from fluffy rabbits to bedraggled bush-babies, abandoned squirrels to young, fearful kittens. Despite limited space we currently home bunny and guinea-pig, and I have been told NO MORE PETS by JS. So, it’s nice for me to get involved in a project which will directly help a poor animal requiring a bit of TLC.

Gizmo the Bushbaby (used with permission from Daddykins and www.zambezi.com)
Gizmo the Bushbaby (used with permission from Daddykins and www.zambezi.com)

The blanket itself doesn’t look too complex. I’ve attached a picture from the pattern itself, courtesy of the BDCH and/or DeadlyKnitshade, and for someone with limited time and experience knitting patchwork stuff, it couldn’t be simpler. It requires knit, purl and sewing, and that’s it. I’m choosing my colours at the moment, and am making myself wait till then to start actually knitting so that I don’t give up on my current commission, which I have done before and learnt my lesson in that respect.

If nobody joins me, I will be deeply saddened – but will knit it anyway, and post progress up here and on the Ravelry thread in the new Plutonium Muffins Ravelry group. I’ll also keep the Plutonium Muffins Facebook updated! I do urge you to give it a go though, especially if you have run out of projects to do for the summer.

I anticipate I will be done by July the 11th, which is perhaps slightly ambitious, but there is a good reason for it that will be explained at some point in the future.

So, are you in? If you’re not, and even if you’re not a knitter, please, please, please pass the details on so that I can have a community to work with, and so that the lonely animals at the BDCH can have more blankets and you can have that warm, squishy feeling of having done something good!

Much love,

Corrie xx Kipper, my first puppy (not a rescue, but he would have loved a blanket like this!)

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