Sunday, June 18, 2006

Alex Milway - Children's Author

Very excited - Al's webpage has gone up on his agent's site! Can't really believe that Al's actually going to be a published children's author this time next year. He's currently working really hard to get through the first edit and has added a loads more pages. I think he's a bit shattered by it all, but that's what happens when you have to continue working a normal job as well as writing and illustrating a book.

Once he's got that one finished, he'll have to start the next one straight away in order to get it written by next year. How quickly life can change!

(By the way, this isn't the actual cover, it's a just a quick mock up Al did for his agent. The name of the book will probably have changed by the time it comes out as well as Mousebeard only really makes sense once you know what it's about (a Pirate who has mice living in his beard) plus they think it makes the book sound too childish for its intended audience of 10yrs+ ).

Alex Milway's book!

Crochet Shrug Thing

Here's a proper pic of that crochet shrug I made. What the photo doesn't show you is that, although crocheted in black cotton, the cardigan is also part-Milo. Although Milo doesn't have much hair compared to normal cats, and doesn't usually leave hairs about the place, this black cotton just couldn't get enough of his grey fuzz and seemed to latch onto every last smokey strand in the vicinity.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

My Black Shrug

It's a crap picture, but I wanted to post something up (it's been too long). I'll post a better photo just as soon as I get my backside into gear. It was a bit of an undertaking making this thing really. Doubling up the stitches was more taxing on my tiny brain than I'd anticipated, and even doubled it wasn't coming out at the right stitch height. So I was sticking in rows of Half Trebles(or Half Double Crochets, if you prefer) and having to keep track of when and where so that I could duplicate it on both sides. Using a knitting row counter made life a lot easier - otherwise I'd never be able to watch House and crochet at the same time.

Still, the agony is over now, and I've moved on to something that's just as tricky. I'm beginning to regret this whole move away from granny square-based blanket making...