I’m baaack!

Looks like life is getting back to a more normal state – I have even started to make some more amigurumi animals. Before our move I gave away most of my collection

with the exception of a few special pieces so now I have room to make more! This time, for the moment at least, I’m concentrating on smaller animals something that can be made in an evening or two and perhaps even given away as little presents. So here is the little piggy

and a little bear

 

and a happy chicken

 

 

Under the sea….

I’m sure we’ve all been there:you’re up in the attic looking for something and get side tracked by something completely different. So, I found a small fish tank and thought it would be nice to have fish in the house again. After cleaning it up and checking the pump and light I started looking through aquarium books to find a small easy care fish species. We used to have fish tanks of various sizes up to a 4 foot room divider over many years but stopped a while ago, so I have a fair idea what works and what doesn’t.  But I just couldn’t decide, so it just sat on my desk, empty.

Ages ago I started an amigurumi gold fish but had problems with the tail. Not sure why, because when I had another attempt last week, it worked straightaway. It seemed to be obvious to put him in the dry tank. That didn’t look too bad, so I made him a crab, an octopus  and a seahorse for company. The difficult bit were the plants,  but eventually I worked something out. 

This is the first ‘large’ project after making just individual items,  and it was fun. I will have to think of another group to make. 

Were did the time go?

I have to apologise for not posting for so long, but real life (in contrast to cyber life) has been a bit busy. Just lots of unrelated things happening but nothing that really made for a good story.

Im WaldOn the horse front there was a weekend to be planned (and then almost didn’t happen because of heavy rain forecast) and it went of really well. Met some new people and realised that even my boring neighborhood can make for a good ride. The beach ride was cancelled though, as the weather started to come in – we managed to get 128mm of rain during that day. There will be a next time.

Technology: I have been playing around with a number of Linux distros trying to find the ideal one to run on my little EeePc, 900HA which is still going strong after about 8 20160709_155414years or so. I upgraded it to 2 GB RAM some time ago, but the Atom Processor is the bottle neck. I found Bunsenlab works really well on it and the grey colour scheme matches the plain look of the hardware. Together with the extra large battery I put on after the original battery died, this machine keeps going almost all day. Just a shame that both the keyboard and the screen are so small.

I had less success with another distro dual-booting my little Medion Akoya e1232t. The machine is so locked down that the only distro that I can load is Ubuntu. I unlocked what I could but still no luck with anything else. It works ok except for shutting down/restarting – both hang on the Ubuntu logo. The Windows side has been upgraded to Windows 10 but I really don’t use it.

And of course I’m currently in the process of setting up my brand new desktop (Core I7 processor, 16GB RAM, 2TB HDD, separate graphics, etc) with Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon, and then restoring my trusty laptop to normality (speak Windows 7) for my daughter. Although 5 years old, it is still better than a lot of machines in the shops now. Core I5 processor, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, separate graphics, TV tuner and more. Should be more than enough for her to surf the Internet and play a few games.

Craft: I have been working on a Puss-in-boots for what seems forever, I could not find 20160619_165548a pattern that I liked so I did everything from scratch and had to redo a few parts when they did not turn out the way I wanted. The end result is not too bad. A couple of smaller projects fitted in between; but the next big project is a realistic looking Schnauzer. The original pattern includes wires and discs and it is a completely new way of amigurumi for me. I do love a challenge.

And last not least, I still have a coat to finish. If anyone out here is familiar with Vash the Stampede you know the style; daughter wants to go to Supernova with it later in the year.

More critters…

A few months ago I discovered amigurumi, the Japanese art of making crochet or knitted animals and dolls and I got (literally) hooked. I posted a few photos of my first attempts and I think it is time to show you all some more. I have been making a couple of custom animals:

 

I have been getting quite proficient with my horses:

 

But recently I came across a pattern from Stuffthebody that blew me away, it is done all in one piece and looks so much better. I made the little cat and now I am going to adapt a few ideas I had to this way. I will let you know of the results.

Grey cat

Another Hobby for me

Seems I have discovered another hobby (as if I hadn’t enough already): Amigurumi. These are small crochet animals for no other use than to amuse us.  Once you have worked out the general layout, it is relatively easy to produce your own creations. Because they are small they can be taken anywhere to while away the time and create something in the process. Most parts are globes or cylinders and their variations, stuffed and sewn together with safety eyes or embroidered features.  Google ‘amigurumi’ and you will be overwhelmed with the amazing creations of thousands of people.

Another advantage of this craft: it requires only small amounts of yarn and is fantastic to use up all these left-over bits that have accumulated over the years.