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Fleece bed for Harvey the rattie is finished.

I’ve been so exhausted and fallen out of my posting daily routine. My apologies.

Today I took a scrap piece of fleece and cut it into one continuous strip then crocheted it into a bowl shape. This washable bed will hopefully become Harvey the rat’s favorite place to sleep. Pet accessories are so expensive which makes DIY projects like this all the more exciting when the work out as planned. Plus I find DIY things hold up better over time. I hope Harvey likes his new pet bed!

Be well.

(edit to add: Fleece is one of the few trusted fibers for small pets in case ingestion occurs. Always avoid cotton and be mindful of fraying.)

Functional WIP #crochet

I cannot accept that it is already Sunday. Today I needed to keep busy. I worked on my crochet ripple blanket for a short while. It’s lovely to have a functional work-in-progress. Already I like covering up with it.

Doodle using my new pens ^^

I doodles for a bit with the pens a friend sent me in a care package. It was supposed to be a sort of Zentangle but I didn’t really follow the rules. It was fun and helped keep my mind away from worries and stressful thoughts.

Top right: ankle at rest. Bottom right: ankle as far as I can get it. Progress is goooood!

Lastly I worked on angering my ankle. I need to increase it’s range of movement a lot before next week. I’m scared. I’m quite uncomfortable after moving it around gently. I can’t imagine what it will be like if I don’t make progress in the next seven days. I’m very tired of being uncomfortable but I’m more tired of not being able to do things. I hope my ankle takes that as a warning. I WILL MAKE PROGRESS.

Be well.

Time to get me #crochet on.

Some days aren’t the best or very good at all. It’s good that tomorrow will be an entirely new day

I did work on my crochet ripple blanket for a bit. I sat on our brand new freshly delivered love seat. We ordered it back in September but because of the accident it couldn’t be delivered. But today the new “Chili” colored beauty came home. The estate sale granny square afghan I got years ago in hopes of redecorating matches poifectly!

New love seat is finally here!!!!!!!

But now I need to rest and refocus. Be well.

I now have two snowflakes ^^ #crochet

I fell asleep about three hours ago and just woke up to get ready for bed. Such bad habits are developing. I thought of writing a post earlier but I guess this will have to do.

I worked on crochet snowflakes today. I ended up with five total. Slowly but surely things will take shape. Tomorrow I will measure the fireplace mantle and get a better plan for this garland.

Now I will return to dreamland. Goodnight and be well.

They are multiplying ^^ I'll be making more while I watch Edward Scissorhands.

First snowflake #aedm2011

I’ve been thinking about making a crochet snowflake garland. Today I found a cute pattern HERE. I grabbed my yarn and H hook. The directions are clear and before long i had my first finished snowflake. I’ll be working on these when I can. I can’t wait to see how these will look strung together hanging on the mantle.

Be well.

Working on the ripple blanket today #crochet

Another rough night full of waking and trying to find a comfortable position. I can only really sleep on my back which limits the possibilities severely.

I took a shower today. Normally this wouldn’t be something of note but it’s now quite an ordeal. My Mum helps me. She’s been so very selfless and has been my rock through this entire ordeal.

I’ve been a bit out of it today. The lose-track-of-time fog swallowed me up good. I can’t even grasp that it’s Wednesday – my brain wants it to be Saturday. I managed to crochet a bit today on my in-progress ripple afghan though. It was a nice change of pace. I have a bit of time left before bed, maybe I can do something more.

Be well.

#AEDM day 2 -crochet cozy for my cast

I’ve decided to participate in AEDM – Art Every Day Month (more info HERE)

I am also going to try and post here about every day’s artistic adventure.

Yesterday for day 1, I journaled a bit and did some doodling. I also took some photos. That fills the quota quite nicely I think.

Today I made a crochet toe cozy for my cast. I am going to attempt a few hours at work tomorrow. This will be my first day back since the accident on October 8th. I’m nervous for a lot of different reasons. Grabbing a crochet hook helped me relax and focus my energy elsewhere. Now I have a fashionable and functional cover for my toes that will look nice with my black jogging pants.

I might just grab my journal and do some scribbling now quick before sleep. A journal is a great way to refocus.

Take care and be well.


Despite the accident, surgery and all the crazy, I managed to get Iggy Pup’s Halloween costume to a wearable stage of completeness. Unfortunately it was starting to rain and my ankle was quite fussy so Dinosaur Iggy wasn’t able to properly greet the Tricks or Treaters. We did manage to give out all the candy before the rain really started to fall and I was convinced by my ankle to return to bed.
Iggy’s dinosaur costume is all crochet and done without a pattern using Red Heart Yarn. I’d say it was successful, wouldn’t you?
Happy Halloween to you and yours! Take care and be well.


At some point I thought I’d regain a spark, some fire inside of me that would conquer the winter blues and I’d blaze through projects with an inspired internal fire. Unfortunately I must have a really good internal sprinkler system because not much has sparked. The important thing is to take one moment at a time, to keep moving – even if it is only baby steps.

Hexagon scarf nearly complete.

I’m working steadily on crochet projects lately. I made 12 hexagons in brilliant and vibrant red, pink and purple. I’ve gotten to the last stage – weaving in ends. Its not my favorite part of crochet but I’m working through it.

first snow

We woke up yesterday to the first real snow of the season. Iggy enjoyed it more than we did. Shoveling is hard on my gimpy wrists. But we survived. Iggy had fun running and bouncing on the new white turf.


I keep reminding myself to keep at it. Journaling and doodling are necessities this time of year. Pen to paper, pen to paper.

The fire is so delightful...

We had our fireplace inspected on Wednesday. More than five years have passed since it was last used. Less than two hours later Matt had a blaze going. I forgot what it was like. So organically comforting. Iggy barked a lot at first. After the warmth started emanating he settled in to stamp his approval with a good nap.


Its actually sunny today. The gloom rolled out with the snow and welcomed in freezing temperatures. I should put on some layers and enjoy the day – one baby step at a time.

The darling @marymg has been a loved member of my Twitter family from the beginning. She tweets about many things including fountain pens, cooking and the antics of her grandchildren. You can imagine my delight when I saw that she had gotten her darlings a puppy!

cecelia & abby copy

I love making Iggy Pup sweaters but I can’t do ruffles or flowers for him – he’s too macho. Not long after the puppy announcement I messaged Mary and the plotting began. One skein of Red Heart “Monet” yarn and an “H” hook later and the sweater/dress was taking shape.

dog sweater/dress in progress

Abby pup is tiny and its hard for me to create a form-fitting outfit if I can’t do fittings as I go. My idea was to create an outfit that would fit her now and when she is full grown, with just three measurements – neck circumference, length from neck to tail, and her widest girth at her ribs.

Finished dog sweater/dress

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Here is the final sweater dress. I crocheted a flower for the back. I hope its not too much girlie-ness with the ruffled edge. I thought it was the perfect amount of cuteness. The button and belly strap was a fun adventure. I created multiple buttonholes just in case pup grows a bit or the dress hit her at a different area than the widest. The neck line also has a crochet button but instead of a button hole I created a simple loop. Ideally these features will make dressing her easy and fun.

Finished dog sweater/dress

Here’s a side view. Imagine a puppy inside! This weekend I’ll be mailing this sweater/dress off to Mary, her adorable granddaughter Cecelia and the darling Abby pup. I’m crossing my fingers everyone likes it. I hope I can bribe them for a photo or two.

This was such a fun adventure. Crochet without a pattern is a lot of fun; I encourage everyone to try it … It’s worth it!

Take care and be well.