Monday, March 17, 2008

Discworld Swap Creations

Here are some more things I made for the Discworld Swap on Ravelry

Some blank greeting cards from Death's Domain. The ones with the dark centers have radiographs from very small animals but look much better with light behind them.

A sheep coin purse, which contained the next item...

...Nac Mac Feegle stitch markers. These had interchangeable rings so they can be used on different sized needles.

A scumble bookmark. For anyone who reads Discworld, I can imagine Nanny Ogg has at least one bottle of Scumble secreted inside a hidden compartment in a book.

A tote bag, in Nanny Ogg's favourite red and white striped stocking pattern. This was a last minute addition, partly because my parents were posting it from Hawaii and I though it would be good if there was something to keep it all together. I also added in some Tim Tams and Vegemite.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Circular Knitting Needle Holder

For the Discworld Swap on Ravelry my partner wanted a circular needle holder. I got inspired by this one on craftster. I wanted it to look like a Watch (Discworld police) notebook, and so I embroidered the coat of arms on the front and had the needle pockets in an aged paper colour of felt.

(Photo courtesy of Miriknits)

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Discworld "I'm just sending this box so my partner can have cardboard for their boots and I was guilted into putting stuff in it" Swap

In February I took part in The Discworld "I'm just sending this box so my partner can have cardboard for their boots and I was guilted into putting stuff in it" Swap on Ravelry. I was lucky that I managed to get most of my crafting done before Barney got sick, and also that mum and dad were flying to Hawaii so could post the parcel from there, letting it arrive nice and quickly.

Anyway, I was completely spoiled with the package I got from Miri
Look at how beautifully everything is wrapped!
The enormous pile of goodies. There is a load of old craft books (the oldest is 99 years old) all from the Librarian, a turtle needle felting kit, some soap and soak samples, a gorgeous book made from recycled paper at the San Miguel Mission in Mexico, some wonderful socks, an awesome project bag made by one of Miri's friends, some wonderful wool (including a skein of Malabrigo, some yummy chocolates, very cute buttons, a lovely turtle necklace and a gorgeous knitted lace cuff (with beading). Here's some more detailed shots.
The wonderful socks, which fit perfectly and are now my favourite socks in the whole wide world.
The beautiful cuff. I wish I could have got a better photo of this, but it is just divine.
The lovely yarn. Yummy, yummy, yummy!

Edit: Yes, I know the pictures are being silly but I'm lazy and I can't be bothered fixing them at the moment.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Thank you

Thanks everyone for all your support, it's really appreciated.

I'll get back to normal blogging soon.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

In Memory of Barney 1996 - 2008

It feels like months since I've last posted here. After posting to the blog in the morning I went into work and got results from blood tests I'd run on Barney the day before. He'd just been lethargic and a bit off his food and radiographs hadn't shown anything. When I got to work and read the blood results they gave a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, which is very rare and also has a very short lifespan. He was also very anaemic and had very low platelet numbers (which are important for blood clotting). Dad ended up bringing Barney in that day for a blood transfusion. It picked him up a bit over the weekend and he had a really good day on Sunday, but on Monday night he collapsed when coming in from the toilet so we took him into work, and one of the other vets put him to sleep.

We knew from the diagnosis that he didn't have long, but it was terrible to watch him deteriorate so quickly. In the end though, he had a wonderful life and gave us so much joy. We still have his brother Deefa, who has such a different personality from Barney, but is equally loveable. He's obviously missing Barney, but seems to be coping alright at the moment.