little cats & big cat (diamond painting)

Life has been a little chaotic here recently and I haven’t felt up to spending many hours working on needle craft projects, like knitting, crochet, cross stitch etc.  However, I have felt the need to keep my hands busy, therefore I’ve been having regular sessions of diamond painting.

Earlier this month I showed the canvas of a new project about to be started.

That has been finished, and I’ll admit to being disappointed with the result.

It’s the colours and marking on the tabby cat which don’t look right and all those different coloured blotches on the background, but hey ho!  It kept me amused several evenings and I only paid 4.20€ for the kit, which has now been slipped inside my A3 folder.  I’m about to begin another design (another 4.20€ one) but am feeling more optimistic about this next one.

Not sure if it’s a leopard, jaguar or panther, but I’m going to say it’s a leopard.

Whiskers look like they’re going to end up way too bushy, but the general choice of colours looks fairly good.  Time will tell.

diamond painting – a foxy finish

I’m a bit of skin-flint when it comes to diamond painting – an activity I took up only a few years ago.  I know there are dedicated on-line stores where you can buy kits but I tend to buy mine on either @m@zon or eb@y, and haven’t paid more than 10€ for a single kit yet.  Anyway, way back in February of this year, I splashed out the grand total of 6.97€ for a dreamy fox design.  Diamond painting got put on the back-burner this year, but a few hours here & there, and I’ve finished my canvas.

 

Dreamy foxy looks much better from a distance, but I’m really pleased with how he turned out.

As with all of these cheap kits, the size printed on the design is the total size of canvas, and the actual picture finished up at approx 30cm x 40cm.  That’s fine by me. I’m not going to frame this piece, but will slip it into an A3 folder I bought to store my finished DPs.  As always, I had lots of drills left over.

Some diamond painters throw their excess drills away.  I always keep mine because these kits come with DMC colour references, and I feel it’s a good idea to keep them for “spares” just in case.

I’ve already sorted drills for the next DP project.  Again, a really cheap kit.  I paid only 4.20€ for this one, in a local shop called Noz, and I already know it’s not going to look like the photo on the package.

That’s the photo, and the reason I bought this one is because the colouring of both cats looks very much like our Le Bleu and Abby, who do sometimes sleep together.  However, after sorting drills, and having a closer look at canvas and DMC colour refs

I reckon everything is going to look rather sepia.  Not to worry!  I enjoy the process of DPing, and for the price, I have a kit which will give me hours of enjoyment.  Just in case you’re curious as to how I organise myself . . . drills usually come in heat-sealed sachets, which aren’t practical at all, so I have a supply of small zip lock sachets.  I prep the kit first, transferring all the drills into zip-lock sachets.

And I have a plastic box (double sided) where I store all the little bags, plus plastic trays, wax & the plastic “pens” that are always supplied in kits.

It’s an inexpensive way of keeping things organised.

my unbirthday in Sept (and more)

I am a very lucky lady.  Postlady dropped a plump envelope in the  letter box the other day, with an un-birthday gift from Jacqueline.

Jacqueline is a very talented needleworker who also makes lace.  I feel very honoured, because it must take forever to do and need very good eyesight.   I was sent, my intial in silk thread, a bookmark in cotton thread and an embroidery kit .  Many thanks!

Also feeling lucky because I nabbed myself a vintage bargain at the weekend.  A local family were having an “everything must go” sale, selling contents of their mother’s house. Rest assured, not deceased, but moved into a nursing home where she can’t take all her belongings.  Anyway, I went along and saw this.

Couldn’t resist, and paid 30€ so it could come home with me.  It was made by a local furniture-maker, late 60s/early 70s.  I love the style, and the legs. Reminds me of the furniture my parents had during my early childhood.

And before I sign off for today . . . I’ve been busy knitting and xstitching, but also sticking a few drills on my fox DP project every now and then. So I’ve progressed from

to

a bit of this & that

A bit of this & that today . . . first up, Ziva!

Feeling very at home here these days (and it’s less than 2 months since she joined us).  Here she is, enjoying the wet food I put out for Ducky, leaving Ducky to make do with the dried food.  Ziva had her third vaccine this morning, and her micro-chip. She weighed in at 1.850kg, so that’s +300g in 3 weeks.  She’s not quite 4 months old . . . next visit for her will be at the end of the year to be spayed.

Ducky is the only one of our three cats who is prepared to be in close quarters with Ziva, and only when food is involved. The rest of the time, he’d rather be outside, enjoying the dandelions . . . along with Le Bleu and Abby who won’t come indoors until they know that Ziva is shut away for the night.

Ob (Mr & Mrs Tattoo’s cat) is the only cat who puts up with Ziva during the daytime . . . and even then, he doesn’t like her too close.

I doubt she’ll be allowed in the Tattoo’s bedroom again soon though, because she had another “accident” and peed on their bed AGAIN!

On the crafting front . . . my poncho knitting project is growing, very slowly.  Has progressed from this

I’m past the 43cm mark, and have placed markers for the start of armhole section, and have to carry on knitting straight for a total of 70cm, so quite a few rows to go.  It doesn’t look very wide, because it’s all scrunched up on my straight needle, but it’s 171 stitches across.

Oh, and after enjoying the instant gratification of completing the diamond painting kit of 4 Mandala design cards, I have picked up a canvas I began way back in February of this year, and been working on a larger design.

 

 

some new diamond painting

While crochet, knitting & cross stitch is what keeps me busy most of the time these days, I have been diamond painting a little too.  Recently bought a kit to make 4 cards

Bargain price, only 1.49€ for the pack which contains 4 cards, 4 enveloppes, drills, etc.  I’ve done three so far, which kept me quiet for a few hours.

And a photo of little Ziva . . . who spends her days charging up & down two flights of stairs;  annoying all the adult cats;  hissing at the dog;  sitting patiently by the French windows in the hopes that she can sneak out into the garden (no such chance! she hasn’t had all her vaccines yet, nor her micro-chip!) . . . and occasionally sitting still long enough for me to take a photo.

 

WIP updates and a DD happy dance

I’ve been concentrating on two projects these past few days:  my knitting and some diamond painting.

Knitting is coming along in leaps & bounds, but not quite finished.

My “Shavo” sweater in pink.  It looks finished because the sleeves are now done. They’re knitted by picking up stitches and knitting directly onto the body which gives a great, almost seamless, finish.  However I haven’t yet tackled the job of sewing up the sleeve & side seams . . . so be patient, and I’ll get that done soon!

What did get finished was my lion diamond painting.

I thoroughly enjoyed sticking all the little drills down on this one, and loved working with all the bright colours.  Have already ordered in two new kits because I find diamond dotting quite addicitve!

 

 

 

WIP updates

Two WIP updates to share with you today, in two different categories: knitting & diamond painting.

First, the knitting . . . following size M of the “Shavo” pattern by Berroco, and knitting with a pink DMC Magnum (aran weight).  It’s a pattern for a men’s sweater which is why the size M is nice and roomy on me.  I finished both front & back, so sewed together at shoulders.

There’s less of the pattern repeat on the pink version compared to the grey I knitted in December, because the grey was following pattern size XL for the husband.  And then for the job (I don’t like) of picking up stitches evenly around the neck and knitting 2 x 2 ribbing on 4mm circular needles.

First photo is the true pink, a nice dusky pink, but you get the general idea.  Now to pick up stitches and knit the sleeves, which are knit directly onto body.

Another WIP is my current diamond painting canvas.  I showed you this sneak peek photo the other day.

Where it’s impossible to see what the picture will be, apart from very colourful.  Now you can see more.

I’m really enjoying doing this one!  Very therapeutic and easy to do because of the blocks of bright colours, and symbols are all very clear.

quietly diamond dotting

I seem to be having a diamond painting phase, or, as I prefer to call it,  “diamond dotting” because that’s what it really is. Just picking up those colourful drills with the plastic pen and sticking them on the corresponding symbol.

I received a new DD kit for xmas, which was very fortuitous, since I’d recently finished the previous one I was working on.  The new kit, also a Koi carp theme and lots of blues.

It’s only small though so was very quick to complete.  Canvas size is 30cm x 30cm but finished design size is only approx 25cm x 25cm.

No sooner had I finished this, than I was prepping for the next one.  I’ll keep that as a bit of a mystery for now

This is a kit I bought from a discount store (ACTION).  Was a complete bargain for the price, being a full drill design area of 30cm x 40cm to cover.  Maybe not a design I’d have bought if deliberately shopping for a new diamond painting kit, but it’s very colourful and somewhat “abstract” which I do enjoy.

 

a new Shavo beginning

After knitting the Shavo pattern in grey for the husband, last month, I began knitting the same pattern for myself, but in pink.

I knitted the front piece first because that’s the piece that needed shaping for the neck & shoulders. Once rows are sorted for that, the back is just a rectangle with the same number of rows.

The “top secret very important” crafting project is now finished – ready to be posted and to be revealed in February.   With that done,  I’ll be getting back to some unicorn xstitch soon.  In the meantime, I sat out in the kitchen for a couple of hours and made up a set of 10 xmas decorations from a diamond painting kit I was gifted  this Christmas.

 

They were supposed to all be done in red & white, but I fancied playing around with leftover drills from other kits. So I did !