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141  Meet Pippin in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: May 17, 2011 03:12:21 PM
May I introduce you to Pippin bear Smiley I  made this for my fiance who' about to spend 3+ weeks in hospital to take in with him. I used a pattern by Jean Greenhowe in her 'Traditonal favourites' booklet - but didn't want a yellow bear - so altered the wool and consequently the needle size - I loved the wool I used!

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142  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Swap--Round 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: May 10, 2011 12:26:55 PM
prepare to be jealous!!!!! Not only did I get the most amazing, thoughtful, kindhearted, spoiling parcel in stuffie history (if not craftster history) but I had am amazing partner who has become a very good friend!!!!! This was Homemademama's first swap - and let me tell you, she rocks!!!! I honestly can't tell you how blown away I was by the spoilage in this package - as well as the quality of her crafting! I was going to say I received a pile of Pooh (will become clear later) but it was such an amazing package I can't even bring myself to joke!!!!

Onto pics I think before I gush toooooooo much! (but you'll soon understand why I AM gushing!)

This is everything altogether:

Firstly the spoilage - before i put these pics up I ought to let you into a bit of back story - my fiance atm is going through treatment for lymphoma (cancer) he's finished his chemo and is preparing to spend June in hospital undergoing a bone marrow transplant - that's not a ploy for sympathy but will explain a few of the presents

a beautiful photo album that's for filling 'with many happy memories'

4 clip beads (2 of each of these designs) for an 'unnamed project' will have to think of something really cool to do with them cos I love them!

two books - one of which is a fantastic crafty one with some beautiful projects in! Can't wait to try some of the projects out! and one to read that homemademama read recently and thoroughly enjoyed homemademama says this is for keeping me company on my hospital visits - however i've got nothing to read atm - and having read the back of it sincerely doubt i'm going to be able to keep it that long - am already contemplating starting it tonight - it just seems soooo my cup of tea!!!

a bag of black tea lights for "a sexy night in"

A Twilight bracelet that she saw on my wist - which I'm already wearing and loving!

and perhaps most thoughtful some Arsenal cufflinks for my fiance! Homemademama says that she wanted to bring us something to look forward to - so knowing we're engaged to be married sent them for him to wear on our wedding day - how kind is that?

As if that wasnt enough - i also got my stuffies - not just one, but two of them!!!!!

a mouse / rat as i collect rats who has a pouch for looking after the tiniest, most perfect, Pooh bear i've ever seen!

everything was wrapped up in the pretty purple paper you can see in the photo's - I'm sorry I was too eager to pause and take photos of the wrapping - cos it was so lovely! I felt like it was my birthday!!!!

I so hope i havent missed anything - there was so much there it was hard to keep track of!!!!!

thank you, thank you, thank you homemademama!!!!!!


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143  Re: Fiber Friday 5 May 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: May 06, 2011 11:05:42 AM
OK having looked at all your yarns - I'm scared to be posting in this thread - but I got my first spindle in a swap a couple of weeks ago - and this is the first thing i've spun with it - 100g purple Merino plyed with shop bought black wool - I've called it Gothisma!

You can see which ball I did first and which was second lol!!!!

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144  Re: Crafty Detective Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: April 18, 2011 08:33:32 AM
Here are the photos of my AMAZING swap package - get that wisting finger ready! Smiley

The pictures arent the best because i was so eager to get them up I didnt take as long as I could have done - stalker - if you have better pics feel free to add Smiley

First - everything together so you can see just how spoilt I was!

Now bit by bit - my Twilight Bracelet - which i have wanted for so, so long!

Next - my Glittens - which I love and can already sense I'll live in come autumn / winter - and for all those cold English days before then!

they are SO me!

Next - something I've wanted for a long time - and which you can see I've already tried to use - (not very successfully so far but will learn!) A drop spindle and some roving

I was soooooo pleased to receive this - I can't tell you!!!!!

Last but certainly not least - my absolutely amazingly beautiful crochet blanket - it's just so, so, so me!

(it's not really wonky just a bad photo!)

And my stalker was


Thank you sooooooo much - I adore everything!!!! My fiance is fed up of me cooing and saying how pleased I am!!!
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145  Border Collie (Alan Dart pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: February 28, 2011 11:10:33 AM
My dog trainer is competing at Crufts this year (she does most but I didnt know her last year lol!) in competitive obedience with one of her Collie's so I decided to knit her a Border Collie as a 'good luck' gift.

I knitted an Alan Dart dog last year for my other dog trainer / friend as a 'just because' and it took  me a little under two months. This time - I couldn't afford to get the pattern until Wednesday just gone - and my last chance to give it to her is this Tuesday - so I had just under a week. On top of that my In laws were down for the weekend, I'm trying to look after my fiance who's undergoing chemo (although luckily well at the moment!) and to really add insult to injury - I suffered and astma flare up / chest infection which has made me feel really ill the last couple of days - and very nearly end up hospitalised! Mind you - this has meant that I've had more excuse to sit knitting (especially last night when I was sat up 'til 4:30am waiting for the emergency doctor!)

Anyway - after that massive essay (sorry!) I finally got him finished today - so here he is!

I'm giving him to her tomorrow - and am shitting myself as am really shy, not good at giving people things I've made for him - and aren't as pleased with him as I could be - but everyone I've asked says give it so I will do!
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146  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: February 28, 2011 10:52:42 AM
Some wonderful wonderful stuffies in this gallery! I love the bigfoot - but the thistlespirit has to be my fave so far - that's being wisted! Well, my fave other than what I received! Get your wisting fingers ready - especially you Gerbilgal!

Shy and I agreed that i'd send 3 small stuffies in return for a small and a large - and I got this incredible mummy and baby rat! I love them sooooooooooooo much!I received last Thursday - and apologise for not putting pics up beforehand  - but have been hectic making a big stuffie for my dog trainer - (a collie as a good luck as she's competing at crufts) last time I did a similar project it took me two months - I had to get this done in just under a week (got the pattern wednesday tomorrow is my last chance to give it to her!!!!!! Then the Inlaws were up for the weekend, and to top it all I've been thoroughly poorly with an asthma flare up and a chest infection and narrowly avoided hospital!!!!

Still - the collie is done now, the inlaws have gone home and ihave some time to breathe (literally!) so can finally upload these photos! (sorry for the essay!)

Mummy and baby




The tails are just loosely sewn on - so I can have them 'down' if I prefer. After I took pictures I decided I preferred the little one with her tail down - so she has a loose tail, but mums is still sewn up!

I also received two willow swing for my real ratty - which I love and a Scottish Rat Club badge

at the moment one of my girls has a nasty abcess on her leg - and my balti boo is poorly - so as soon as they are better the swings will go in the cages!

Thank you sooooooooo much Shy - I cant tell you how much I love my stuffies! If I hadnt received them - they'd have been straight on my wistlist - they are soooo me!!!!
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147  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: February 17, 2011 01:33:50 PM
Annachronism has had a lot going on lately - so agreed I could put up some pics of what I sent her!

I only have pics of two of the bits though - so will await hers too Smiley

I sent her a knitted sackboy

A pair of earrings that were inspired by tentacles

a Belle cross stitch (which didnt come out as well as I'd hoped - her face was too pink there was not enough of the light coloured in the kit so i had to start againw ith a darker yarn!)

Some Alice in Wonderland japenese fabric

and lastly a small box of whimsies.

I only have pics of the Sackboy and the earrings though

I really hope she enjoyed the parcel as much as I enjoyed crafting for her - she's a trully lovely person!
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148  Purple Striped Fingerless gloves in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: February 07, 2011 11:34:35 AM
`My latest project Cheesy I based these loosely on this pattern: http://helpinghearts0.tripod.com/id9.html but made a few adjustments -and did it in two different shades of purple (I LOVE purple!)

Their the first thing I've knitted for me in about 2 years - and am really pleased with them - I can't take them off atm  Embarrassed


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149  Knitted Springer Spaniel in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ratfinkz on: February 05, 2011 12:06:36 PM
I knitted this using Alan Dart's pattern can be purchased here http://www.alandart.co.uk/products/product/40 . I knitted it for my Dog trainer - who has her own real springers about 8 months ago - but cos I am useless am just getting around to posting pictures!!!

I was really chuffed with it - and she liked it too Smiley
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150  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 5: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ratfinkz on: December 14, 2009 12:22:02 PM
I received an awesome package today from the wonderful CathieB - and am feeling guilty as I havent sent mine yet! Still, should be doing tomorrow!

Beware - this post is pic heavy.

First a pic of everything

So, one by one I got

Oodles of sweets for the something edible catergory - I have nearly eaten a whole packet of the Maomi already n Embarrassed

Gorgeous wool which I cant wait to knit with, and wonderfdul stitchmarkers (have always wanted some stitch markers!)

Something sentimental, a flourite heart, she collects crystals and thought this one would suit me - it has calming properties. I also collect Crystals - so am very happy with this!

Something local - an ironic colouring book on her local shopping centre - which made me laugh - Bristol is a bit grey then? A local map with post its on telling where things that are important to her are and a card with some touristy pictures

Oh my fiance has just passed me dinner - will update the rest after! XX

Sorry got distracted after dinner - the rest of my goodies are:

Purse essential:

Horatio hippo - along with some lipbalm and a moleskine notebook

Something related to non crafting hobby

a programme from a recent choir she was in and a double cleft bag charm which I love close up of bag charm

A winter essential - Tissues, hand cream and soothers. She's also sending me a caliometry but it forgot to go in the box so she's sending it along later

something to wear

A gorgeous scarf - although I dont normally like pink - I absolutely love this scarf!!!

Something that smells nice

Lavender soap and vanilla candles - yumm!!!! I love Lavender.

Oh I also got a selection of cadburys hot chocolates - including hot chocolate bars - which are to die for - I made one as soon as I opened the parcel - yummylicious!

Thank you very much Cathieb - I love it all and cant wait to package two - I think certain things in my package are gonna make you laugh - we've been quite similar!!!!
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