Slugging along

I’ve made a slug! Isn’t he cute?
I wanted to give him spots and make him a leopard slug, but the brown color I chose for the body was too dark and I changed my mind. If I have time to make another before the CAL ends I will do a proper leopard slug, beige with dark spots. This will just have to be a regular brown slug πŸ™‚
All parts of the slug is supposed to be worked in back loops, but I found that nearly impossible to do on the antennas with so few stitches, and so I changed the eyes as well. Didn’t want it to look weird πŸ˜›


Slug-a-long :)

I know I’ve said I will be really busy, but I just can’t help it – I need to make this slug! Isn’t it adorable? I have real soft spot for mollusks, and this one seems like a quick make, so I’m gonna try and squeeze it in somewhere πŸ™‚


The pattern is available for purchase HERE and you can join the Ravelry group along with many others. There’s even a prize at the end for one lucky winner! Read more about the cal HERE πŸ™‚

PlanetJune Christmas CAL

There is a new CAL going on! Anyone who’s been following my blog for a while knows how much I love CALs. Love to watch lots of people make the same things and see how everyone makes it different, plus it gives me extra motivation to make something that’s not my own. A kick in the butt, you might say πŸ™‚ Now it’s time to make Christmas stuff. Yay, my favorite holiday!Β 
June has been somewhat disappointed by all the people who’s taken advantage of her CAL discounts and then never finished anything, so this time it will be a little different. She has several Christmas patterns, some of which are free, and we are free to choose which ones to make. One or all of them πŸ™‚ Then, after the CAL ends on Christmas Eve, the participants can win prizes! Gift certificates and/or free patterns, I think πŸ™‚ Read more about the rules HERE.

I plan to make a Christmas tree or two, as soon as I’ve finished a few holiday patterns of my own πŸ™‚


Here are two pumpkins I’ve made over the last few days. The small one is for PlanetJune’s Fall CAL, and the big one is for Itsy Bitsy Spider’s Pumpkin Patch CAL.Β 
I almost couldn’t finish them because of wrist pain, but I only had the stems left, and I decided to do them anyway. Carefully, and only one stem a day πŸ™‚ I think the pain (beginning tendonitis) is because I’ve mostly been tatting for a long time now, and the sudden and intense crocheting was suddenly very straining on my wrists…
PlanetJune’s pumpkin is crocheted with a lovely soft acrylic yarn (Idena Twins, now unfortunately discontinued) and crochet hook 4.5mm. The pattern was easy to follow and the pumpkin could easily be made in a few hours πŸ™‚ I had plans for making a couple of the Pocket Amis as well (the witch and ghost), but because of my wrists I think I’ll be satisfied with just the pumpkin. I would really love to make more of those and line them up in the window for Halloween πŸ™‚ We’ll see how it goes… The big pumpkin was crocheted with the same bulky wool yarn I use for my Great Big Bugs, also with a 4.5mm hook:
This pumpkin could easily be mistaken for an ordinary pumpkin, albeit a very pale one… Let me tell you that he is not πŸ™‚

This is Archie. He is a very special little albino pumpkin who needs glasses because his eyesight is a little poor. He feels like all the other pumpkins are looking at him and teasing him for his glasses. Not cool! If anything, glasses make you smarter, and your nose doesn’t look so naked πŸ™‚ Archie is a really sweet little guy who’s going to be an ophthalmologist when he grows up. He has one really good friend, and they stick together like – well – pumpkins!Β 

Have a good weekend, and don’t make fun of people (or pumpkins) with glasses! πŸ™‚ (In case you are wondering – yes, I was inspired by this post..)

CALs and give-aways and stuff

First of all, I really need to thank Greenpixey for the lovely prize I won from her give-away in July. Thank you! What I won was a little heart shaped tin of mint candy to give to my boyfriend πŸ™‚Β 
Also in the package was a surprise that I decided was just for me :p A yummy bar of milk chocolate! It was gone within minutes, hihi πŸ™‚
The package arrived several weeks ago, but I waited to post about it since the mints were going to be a surprise, and I’m not sure whether my bf reads my blog or not. And then, of course, I forgot… I remembered to post about it now because my boyfriend came home from the library the other day and gave me the empty tin to keep little treasures in πŸ™‚
I’m currently participating in another give-away that (hopefully) has not ended yet. At Artikaur’s blog you can enter to win a ball of pretty blue crochet/tatting thread:
I think the give-away will end in a few hours (some time after midnight in my time). Hope I win – my thread stash is not big enough yet! Perhaps it never will be…? πŸ˜›
So, the CALs… Well, I never got any further on my alpaca for PlanetJune’s summer CAL 😦 I feel really bad that I got the pattern cheaper than I normally would, and then I never had time to make it… The CAL has now ended, and you can see all the finished alpacas and violets HERE.
Finally, there’s a new CAL that’s just about to start – a halloween themed fall CAL at Itsy Bitsy Spider (who also hosted the Great Owl CAL earlier). This time we’re making pumpkins πŸ™‚Β 
We are to decorate the pumpkins however we want, and at the end there will be a contest with a prize. Whoever makes the coolest pumpkin wins! I have no concrete ideas for my pumpkin yet, but I’ll come up with something as I crochet along πŸ™‚