Monday, January 14, 2008

The Mousehunter by Alex Milway - available in a shop near you!

Al's book, The Mousehunter is finally out in book stores trying to earn its keep. It's been out for a few weeks now, but the official launch is this Thursday 17th January. So, if you happen to be anywhere near the fantastic Bookseller Crow book shop in Crystal Palace, you can meet the author, get a signed copy and join us in celebrating the launch of the first of many Alex Milway children's books!

The sequel will be out later this year, and he's got another deal to write a whole different series (about Yetis!), so it's going to be a busy old year. Plus, The Mousehunter will be coming out in America and Germany (and hopefully some more countries once he gets offered some more deals).

I don't hold out much hope for our vegetable patch this year!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Amigurumi Dude - my half-arsed attempt

Oops! Just discovered this on draft from ages ago. I actually made this *last* Christmas, which makes this quite a feat of forgetfulness.

Thing is, I love the idea of making cute amigurumi dolls, but when I actually start, I find the whole process a bit too boring to keep me going. Lots of fiddly little bits and not an awful lot of mindless crochet fun, which is why blanket and hat-making command so much of my loyalty.

Anyway, as you can see, this is a fairly half-arsed little Amigurumi Dude, which I didn't ever quite finish off. I'm not even entirely sure what became of the poor little fellow. He was supposed to be a Christmas king, and I was planning on giving him to my sister. But I probably fobbed him off on some innocent child who was visiting one day. One thing worth noting, though, is the fact that I took the trouble to *knit* him a scarf, which is a very rare occurrence and should probably be marked with some kind of national feast day.

My friend put the little tassles on. She'd popped in with her other half and before either of them knew what had hit them, both Al and I had got them assisting in each of our craft projects. We really are fun people to know...