April II

A cat wrap scarf turned out to be a lot bigger than I thought it would … But I could not resist the thick fickle colored yarn. Doesn’t it look like a cat’s skin?

J really liked the scarf until today, when he found the remains of a jaybird in our garden. Obviously a cat had hunted down our winged friend (I will spare you the details).

A small comfort to know, that sooner or later J would have grown out of a cat scarf anyway. Probably in favor of some gruesome acrylic accessory featuring either LeBron James or Tony Parker or their NBA teams respectively … I dread that day 🙂

cat wrap scarf

You can find the Morehouse pattern here; cat siblings are here.

Nexus Sleeve

Sometimes I feel jealous that people are out there coming up with awesome stuff like this!

Neesha posted her pattern for a beautiful, no fuss, unostentatious crochet tablet sleeve.  Very easy to follow, uncomplicated to adapt (depending on tablet size), and a success without fail. So I decided to make this my birthday present for M. What can I say – it turned out great! Hard to show on a picture though.

Tablet Sleeve 1

Tablet Sleeve 2

But then I happened to find the knitted sleeve Dona made … To quote her  – I almost “died in jealousy and envy” and of course I had to make this one too. Here it is:

Tablet Sleeve 4

Tablet Sleeve 3

It’s a streamlined version without pom-poms but with a tweedy button and it fits as smooth and sleek as the crochet one. M unpacked both of them this morning (it’s his birthday today – ta daa!!) and I could tell he had no clue what it was. Fortunately, J and I could help 🙂 He then seemed to like both of them, took the knitted one to work and I am really, really pleased.

Little Horse, “Waldorf style”

Actually, I am working on an African Flower blanket and a new cover for a footstool / ottoman (posts to be) but coming across an unusual pattern almost ALWAYS makes me put things on hold and start over … This is what happened when I discovered the homepage of a German Waldorf kindergarden, suggesting to knit farm animals. I instantly fell for the horse. The pattern is very easy, the outcome delightful. We have a band of wild horses now. And one zebra.

First, you knit the body according to the pattern. It’s all in one piece with a little increase and decrease. Quick and easy, done in an hour.


Then you fold it …


… and finally you join it (don’t forget to work in the tail).


So far, all our horses have neither ears nor a mane as I don’t like the ears the pattern suggests and do not know how to do the mane. But isn’t it loveable even without?!