Falalalala lala la la, dishcloths & **Blogger of the Month Award**

You can test the number of las if you like, it’s just taken me far too many seconds to work out!

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Confession: when I see that people are crafting for Christmas straight after Easter my eyes tend to glaze over and to be honest I usually stop reading a blog post right there. It’s just too soon after the last and far, far too organised. BUT stay with me for another minute though because it’s much, much later in the year and these are for a VERY good cause.

I have a cat loving friend that I’ve mentioned before (she said I made her sound deranged in that post! But take a look at her blog, you never know what you’re going to get; jelly, knitting, garlic, chilli, cats or….) She’s asked me to crochet some sparkly silver mini stockings (the sparkles aren’t showing up here, but it’s pretty yarn) like the one I gave her last Christmas. These will be sold on a Deaf Access craft stall in aid of the charity during the Autumn. It sounds really good; apparently Bromley council let them have a free stall, depending on how many paying stalls there are that day depends on whether they get a good spot or not, but crafty things are usually bright and eye-catching so I bet they do well.

It occurs to me as I write that you might also like to make something Christmassy to support the work of Deaf Access. It could also be sold on their craft stall along with my stockings. If you’re interested please let me know. Gill would be thrilled to pass on your items to the group, and I’d probably be forgiven for the deranged-sounding-friend-post that I’ve drawn attention to again!

Apart from stockings I’m crocheting more dishcloths. I know there are some intricate patterns available, but even my simple stitch combinations are not as good as the plain trebled version apparently; because they don’t wring out as well or have the scrubability! (Spell check does not like this word. Red wiggly flashing lines!)017

I haven’t taken a new photo this time because they’re just rows of trebles. This time I double crocheted a border around for extra durability, but have been told it’s not necessary as they last months and months anyway. They’re boiled every day and they do seem to stand testament to my darning skills. No unravelling here, oh no! ;-)

Black sheep wools badge small This award came as a wonderful surprise! I had a message on Monday to say I’d won the new Black Sheep Wools Blogger of the Month award. It was mentioned on their Facebook and Twitter feeds yesterday, you can read their Blogger of the Month post here which features my answers to a list of questions I was sent yesterday.

How exciting, I can’t wait to spend my £25 gift card. The online shop looks fab. I loved seeing some of their stock at The Spring Knitting and Stitching show so know I’ll get some good crafty supplies. I’ll let you know what I buy. Lucky lucky me. If you nominated this blog ThaNkYoU so much!

Harry the flirt

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So, as I mentioned yesterday, I’ve tried out a new crochet mouse pattern provided by the organisers of the Mile of Mice fundraiser in aid of The Alzheimer’s society and attempt to break a Guiness World Record for a Mile of Mice.

I crocheted Harry using some Stylecraft Special Dk and a 3.5 mm hook as someone had said the pattern came out rather big. As long as he measured 9″ from the tip of nose to end of tail it didn’t matter, but I fancied using a smaller hook for a change from the usual 4mm.

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He is undeniably not quite as elegant as Gerald and the rest of the knitted crew, but Harry seems to have bags of personality.

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In fact as I tried to get him to pose sensibly he seemed to be flirting a tad.

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But then he looked as if butter wouldn’t melt. You need to keep your wits about you with Harry around.

If you’d like to crochet a flirty mouse, or knit his elegant cousin, see the Facebook group (link above) for the free patterns and details, or look for the ‘KAL: A Mile of Mice’ group on Ravelry which I set up in support of the project. I’d LOVE to see your meeces.

Mouse crazy

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Gerald.

Someone rather silly says he looks like a mouse wearing a jumper.

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Charlie

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The gang

I might have gone a little mouse crazy because this morning I found myself Charlie mouse sending an email to a friend, wishing her a fun time away in Sweden over the weekend!

I’ve always winced a bit when toy makers state each “have their own character” or authors insist “the characters tell the story, I just write it down. ” But these mice? They definitely have their own characters (one is excellent at flying) and each seems to come ready-made with their own name.

If you’re interested in knitting or crocheting a mouse, or ten, to raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society and to set a World Record, for a mile of mice around a football ground in October, please see the Mile of Mice Facebook page for more info. Alternatively you can join the Mile of Mice Ravelry KAL (knit along) group I’ve started.

There are many knitters/crocheters taking part around the world who are sending their mice to England. If you simply want to make a donation the organiser Libby is currently in the process of setting up a ‘Just Giving’ page.

A Mile of Mice

Do you know what these are? I’ll give you a minute…..

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Did you guess?
They are little mouse bodies of course!
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This is as the pattern instructs with M1 increases, going into the bar between stitches and knitting into the back. Hideous! Somehow I nearly stabbed myself in the eye a few times when trying, and failing, to stick the needle into the back of the picked up bar. My friend and I were knitting along together last night, albeit in different counties, but using the power of texts, FB messenger and photos to compare our techniques. In the end she made her poor husband stop watching his tv programme and video her knitting the inc. in what we agreed is the easier ‘old way’.

How do you make neat increases with the M1 method? It’s supposed to invisible but mine are certainly not! In my defense I’m new to this method.

The body below was knit using a traditional increase; knit a stitch, then knit into the back. There’s a fairly nice neat line of stitches along the back.
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Why mice? Here’s a link to the Make & Craft magazine website which tells you all about A Mile of Mice charity project and plans to attempt a Guinness World Record in October. You can also download the free knitting pattern and sponsorship form.

If you fancy knitting a mouse, or a Mischief of Mice(!) and want to join in a KAL to share your creations then please let me know in a comment below. I’ll post links to your mouse photos when we get going. You don’t need to be a blogger; I can link to Ravelry, Facebook, Flickr or Instagram etc. It’s a fun project for a good cause.

I’ve started a KAL Mile of Mice group on Ravelry. There is a Mile of Mice group on Facebook, which has presumably been set up by the organiser of the project, Libby. If you have any questions head to Facebook. :-)

Now I need to buy some 3.25mm needles otherwise my mice will be ear-less!