Welcome, Wilf Whippet!

Wilf Whippet We have a new member of the family – please welcome the lovely Wilf Whippet!

Wilf came into my life totally unexpectedly, I hadn’t been looking for another dog, but I met Wilf out of the blue and fell in love.

He’s adorable – a cheeky, loving, little bundle of mischief. He has chewed up my favourite shoes, nibbled through the lead on my mouse (took me a while to work out why my computer wasn’t working!) he has a fondness for yarn, and has claimed my soft, snuggly dressing gown as his favourite place to sleep. He follows me round and likes to be close at all times. For all his puppy mischief, he’s a fabulous dog (but I’m looking forward to the teething stage to be over)!

As whippets have very little fur, they can get chilly in the colder months. As he’s growing rapidly, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a variety of coats to see him through to his full size, so I decided to make him a little fleecy one to keep him going for now – he may not look especially happy in the photo, but he doesn’t mind wearing it at all, he certainly prefers it over shivering when the wind gets a bit nippy!

I also pyrographed him a collar, it’s still a bit big for him, but it’s ready for when he’s full-grown, which may feel like a lifetime away at the moment, but I know his puppiness will be gone in a flash.

Learning Crocodile Stitch

Crocodile stitch cushion cover I love finding new, unusual crochet stitches to add to my general granny-ing, and crocodile stitch was definitely on my list of new ones to learn. As it heads towards Autumn, the yearning to fill my home with soft yarny warmth increases, so I settled down to really get my head around this pattern.

I tried a couple of times just by following written instructions, but it just wasn’t clicking until I read this post, the video linked within it really helped me to work it out.

It is quite slow going, and uses a massive amount of yarn – this one cushion cover took about 400g of aran weight – but it produces a dense, tactile fabric that works really well to hold it’s shape. I backed it with a pale grey woollen fabric so both sides are equally soft.

Here it is at the start, and the end, together with my Blooming Flower Cushion, pattern by Attic24, and a quick teal blanket.

Wedding Socks for Madam Salami

Wedding socks for Madam Salami, yarn by Puddytatpurr

So, here are the second pair in my #12socks challenge – the first pair of knee-highs I’ve ever made (and possibly the last)!

They were made for my friend, Madam Salami, for a wedding gift.

She chose the pattern Lakeside by Julia Vaconsin, which was a very easy pattern to follow, and she chose yarn by Puddytatpurr of Fluffosity, who dyed up the colours she wanted as her wedding gift, and posted it off to me to be knitted into the socks.

Really hope you like them!