Sunday, 30 October 2016

Weekend and Bunday

It is the Halloween weekend and our neighbour kindly gave us some Halloween cupcakes, which was very tasty... No one has come calling for candy other than the bunnies, seems Mister M can eat all the Halloween candy for himself tomorrow.

Mister M and I have had a slow weekend and sat in the house watching TV, petting bunnies and doing some house chores.

And we went on a walk, and I found two more pokemons, but forgot to take a picture so I had Mister M take some.

And we took some shots of the ear warmers that we at GachaStitches are almost done writing up.
I love reflective yarn!

 Valmin loves his new box.

Mimle keeps pestering me for treats, as always.

I am still crocheting the Halloween table runner and have turned now and am more than halfway down, but I only have one more day or so before putting it away for the year... 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Wedding Blanket Squares Thirty-Five

In the cal this block is block 36 since we never made block 32 the Crocodile Flower by Joyce Lewis because this is one of the blocks that were not free anymore. I have always wanted to try the Crocodile stitch but since there were so few days left until we had to give the blanket away I felt that I didn't have time for a whole new technique. But that block looks stunning.

But this post is about Frostbloom and we did learn a new technique in this one too, although it was not quite so daunting since the new technique was only in the ruffle and seemed doable.

Frostbloom was squarely easy and straightforward up until row 16 which is the ruffle part, it looks very complicated and while I was doing it I felt that there surely had to be more to it, but it is all sc into the front loops only leftover from another round.

And the petals were also added in the end which made it a lot simpler.
So, this is a square that looks complicated but is very easy, just stick with it!
*Kio´s square, I adore her colours, not that I don´t like mine too, it is just her colours really suit the name of the square, these colours look like a frostbloom on a lake somewhere. Dainty and fragile whereas my colours area bit more screaming, but maybe my square got a frostbite...

Sorry about the post being late, I have been very busy helping out at my mothers place this past week, but we are almost done clearing out clutter, but better late than never. Also I am busy with Gacha Stitches and something fun for next year...

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

More cute tunes tuesday

It is rare that I L O V E all three songs on a single these days, but C-ute is leaving us with a great single (if it is the last, I am hoping at least one more single, a cd or the like, and that single has hard competition with this triple single)

Singing ~ just like back in the day
These two songs (first song was last week) feels very final and celebratory of C-ute and their journey,
They have done their best for so long, this song is written by Tsunku.

Love is like static electricity
C-ute goes back to their cute days and sings another sweet tune.
I love the static glued letters, such a nice touch. But why does Chisato wear that awful skirt? It clashes with the soft hues on the others clothes... 

The C-ute girls are chameleons and can be fierce, cute, funny and professionals, I will really miss them, no one in H!P are on their level yet....

I am buying all of these songs!

Other than that *Kio and I are still having fun doing water aerobics and yesterday gachastitches started another pattern, hopefully it will turn out good and we can give it out. But in the mean time we are still chugging along on the Harens Saganatt, which will be published soon;)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wedding Blanket Squares Thirty-Four

I adore this square, at first I changed colours on the second row of the hearts but thought it near impossible to see that they were supposed to be hearts then so I ripped it out and did the heart all in one colour and I love the effect of it.
This is I think one of my favourite squares in this whole blanket. I want to make a whole blanket using just this square. Or another blanket with just the heart squares.
Love those hearts!

29 grams and 21x21 cm, this square were one of the faster ones to crochet.

Into this square we made clusters and small picots in between regular dc-stitches which is the last medium turquoise row, and I sort of think those too look like hearts. I opted to stitch trough my picots to attach them, and I think *Kio chose not to. Either way looks good, I just thought less things to stick up would mean less chance of something getting entangled into the blanket later...

We used a variations of the heart rows from this square when making the border around the blanket.

*Kio's square.
I Love her colours, her square looks so crisp and clear and inviting.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tuesday Dreamlike Climax

I am too tired to really write anything about this song, although I have a lot to say, but I think it will suffice to say that this may be my all time favourite C-ute song and the music video is super cool and Halloween-y. (Which makes it a lot more fun that it will be released on November the second XD)

I am definitely buying it, and in the mean time I am listening to it on repeat.

But since I am tired and all after getting up to a normal doctors visit to check my blood after about four hours of sleep. I somehow lost my crochet hook yesterday while I was taking a picture of my wip and I spent about an hour searching for it... I search several places several times and suddenly it was inside one of the ottoman thingies, which I know I searched three times. So now I am thinking I am either blind, too tired, we have ghosts, house-elves or the bunnies somehow are more mischievous than I thought...

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Throwback Thursday and orange and blue

Valmin is still hoppy and happy although he looks a bit sleepy in this picture. He is such a goof, and I love how he always likes to smoosh his head into the rug, both when he is desperate to be groomed and when he is just chilling by himself. Mimle is up to mischief as always and begging for food all the time, one could think we were starving her, but we are not.... 

It is October and I am back with a crochet thing I started last year for Halloween but decided to only work on in October to help me get in the Halloween spirit. It was left at the first pumpkin and I have already done the second. The pattern is from red heart and is free from here.

And then for the throwback part, here is a baby-blanket after my brother but apparently I used it too, so it is well over thirty now, but look how gorgeous it is, my aunt crocheted it and I know my mother put it over our prams.

Sorry for the bad picture, the bunnies were "helping" me taking pictures and arranging the blanket so this was the best I could do.

I have finished one secret (not for long) baby bunny blanket and am on the second already from gachastitches which will be out soon. Yay! The pattern is taking a bit longer to write up than anticipated but since we both want the pattern to be good you will just have to wait for it.

The old baby blanket and the new baby blanket.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wedding Blanket Squares Thirty-Three

I loved the start on this, so much fun. It was good I was working from the photo guide from lookwhatimade because then I found out that this piece curled into a bowl around row five but that it straightened itself out later. If I had not known that I might have given up after frogging several times and finding a bowl shaped square again and again, so that was good. Now that I have made several squares and they always turn out square after blocking so I would probably not worry as much.
My popcorns on this actually look good.
and looking back I think ending the square after row eight might look good if you want a smaller square with less popcorns. Row eight is where my last dark purple row is.

I like both mine and *Kio's versions of this actually, might be because my popcorns look good and that with blocking this square stays perfectly square.

29 grams and 21x21 cm and it didn't take me too long to make this square so perhaps three hours up to the popcorn row?

Look how her popcorns pop, I know why they are called popcorns. (or bubble-stitch, but I think popcorn is more descriptive)

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Bunday and a new friend

Valmin is better, yay!
He is pooping and eating and drinking and jumping and generally making mischief like a bunny should. Mimle is happy, although she is a bit upset the critical care has stopped coming. And Valmin is slowly stopping to run away when he sees me too which is a plus. 

Mimle can be caring too.

Rip box
This is the underside of the bunnies box, they have chewed all the way through, Mimle was not very subtle in telling me she wanted something new to chew on...
#it wasn't me
It could still be useful, but it is a hazard standing like that when they start digging so we threw it out. Now I need to clear the last boxes from mum's house so the buns can get one of those instead.

Bunday treats.

Bunnies have had herbs and hay-cakes on the floor and the humans have eaten the last of the apple cake and even some cupcakes from the neighbours. And sushi on Friday as usual and taco on Saturdays is the new thing, bunnies love taco Saturday because they get rocket.

Oh, and we have a new pet! A pikachu.
Remember last week when I saw one on our walk and it ran away, well I have one now. Hah!

Other then that 
my box is finished, and I have done a lot more on some secret stuff since it is less than three months 'til Christmas and all.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Throwback Thursday Crafts and some news

Since Mum and I are going through her house and looking at old things and decluttering I thought it might be fun to show off some crafting things we find, so here is a new series of old crafting things.

I wanted to show you one of my most loved things from my childhood, my doll, Lise, she was given to me one my first birthday I think, and on this picture she is wearing a dress my grandmother knitted, there used to be socks and a hairband in the same colour as the purse but I am not sure where they are.  I have shown this picture of my grandmother, my brother and me on my first birthday before, I have also talked a bit about my grandmother in V for vintage. I loved my grandmother, she didn't really knit that much in her later years but she did make me that treasured doll dress. My mother has also told me that my grandmother was not a very good knitter initially because that was not something her family did, but as an adult she learned and became better and so I feel inspired to continue on my knitting journey even if crochet is easier and more fun for me.

The pattern is called a mermaids foam in Norwegian I think my mother said and I so want to learn to make this pattern.

Whilst husband and I went walking the other day, I spotted a Pikachu, but did I get it? NO, even if I used a razzberry and a great poke ball the little bugger buggered off...

Valmin is still sick, but a lot better, here he is eating of the floor and having a cuddle with Mimle. We went to the regular vet today and got some more painkillers and a thorough exam, his teeth are a bit pointy so we will address that later, and the gas in his tummy is a LOT better. We still don't know why he stopped eating but when buns stop eating their tummies get worse and gas builds up and they get a bad tumyache and then they will refuse to eat so painkillers are good. Valmin is eating more but we still give him supplements since he is still not a good eater yet. Mimle is ecstatic because the house is full of tasty food to entice Valmin to eat and Mimle is stuffing herself. So we have not given her more than a couple of pellets a day, she does not seem to mind, Critical Care is her favourite food and herbs and alfalfa hay come in at a close second.

I am making something fun from the gacha stitches pattern Harens Saganatt (coming soon).
Can you guess what it is? I have used Multe on the right there, so if you want to try making your own and can't wait for the Harens Saganatt to come out you can start with the free Multe pattern. :)

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Wedding Blanket Squares Thirty-Two

This weeks Wedding Wednesday comes a bit later than usual because little bunny is sick, he is much better now (Friday) but Wednesday was rough.

Another easy square, but still it does not look too easy, it looks interesting and there are several stitches which makes it more fun to do, but still this pattern is well written and there are no weird parts of the pattern just to make it fit like a few of the other squares.
I do like that after row three it seems like a solid row and then on row four you add sc into the chains and suddenly the circle is not quite so dense.

Love the green and blue on this and the purple in the middle seems to fit, it does seem like a flower burst now.

*Kio's square.
I love her colours, she has used a lot of white in this and it looks good, mine seem a bit squashed in the last picture but I think that is only because it is not completely flat. *Kio is very good at blocking and I think she blocked her squares a lot more than I did so her squares are a bit more square than mine, so I feel inspired and will do my best at blocking from here on.
Other than that, I love *Kio's colours.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Tuesday Tunes

Juice=Juice with Dream road kokoro ga odoridashiteru,
another song from the concerts, and I must say it really grew on me, to the point that I really love it, however I am not so sure about the new edit of it, somehow it was different in the concert and when shown on the girls live... Even though the dance is somewhat quirky I like it and it worked very good on the concert. 

I like that in the video the flower petals are in the colours of each member and that those shots are shot in reverse. I hate how it sort of fades out when the song is done though...

Keep on Joshou Shiko!! is another good song from this single, but I haven't heard the last yet so I don't have anything to say about it.

All in all I am hoping this single will make me follow Juice=juice more, they were so promising in the beginning with the saxophones and stuff but then they turned a little meh, Juice=Juice is a strong group and they are good but it doesn't help if I find their songs boring, which thankfully this single I don't. ^^
So heres to juice=juice I hope they will grow on me because next summer when there is no more C-ute I need an interesting group and sadly Angerme is lacking I think, and they are too big, Country Girls I do like, MM is a bit meh these days too, except Masaki, and in regards to Kobushi Factory they are still so new so it is hard to tell, but I loved the last single. Tsubaki is meh, except Hitorijime...

Anyway, it is October and it is starting to be colder these days. I like the colder days, Mister M and I try to take a walk everyday and the air is crisp and clear, even if Mister M complains that he can't see the stars too well.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Book Challenge Month Four

I may be way behind in my book challenge, you know Japan happened and I had to return the books to the library and things like that so thing took time, but here I am with another set of books.
June was Autism month for me, it is usually in march I think but that doesn't matter. 
So here are my best books written by people with autism or about people with autism.

Kjære Gabriel by Halfdan W. Freihow
a book written from a fathers perspective about a boy with autism and ADHD in letter form, about their daily life and how he tries to understand his son. I love the book, even if it is sad and I sometimes get a bit angry about the father who does not seem to understand his son even if he tries ( and he thinks he does understand him, but I can see he doesn't always). I recommend it.

Another book I really like is the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon. Another book about a boy with Aspergers Syndrome, something happens to the neighbourhood dog and the main person wants to know what happened, all the adults try to dissuade him from investigating... And then his whole life turns upside down.
I like this book, the portrayal of someone with Aspergers I think is spot on although I have never been a boy so I wouldn't know how boys with Aspergers react. But since all people are different even those with a syndrome I am sure there may have existed someone like that.

My one grievance about this book is that this too as so many Autism books is about how one thinks a person with Aspergers is like and it turns a little into a stereotype, I wish there could be written a book about more normal people with Aspergers, you know someone without "special powers"? Someone who is not good with numbers and not a train fanatic.

A book written by a group of girls in a school in Britain who have autism. I have seen the documentary a couple of times and really liked it, here we have a more natural portrayal of autistic girls, and I am happy this book is about girls for a change. I highly recommend it even if it is short.

Temple Grandin is an autistic woman who has a Ph.D and is very good at designing things for animals and thinking like an animal. I did miss a Rabbit section since I am all about rabbits, but I did learn a lot about cows, hens, cats and dogs and how you can fulfil their needs. I do think some of the things in this book can be used for rabbits too, I do know that I do think about the rabbits needs, like having two exits in their hideaways so that they feel more at ease when hiding and giving them things to chew on and explore and rugs on the floor so that they can run about and things like that...

Deja Dead, by Kathy Reichs, this series of books is what the series Bones is based on. I have only read the first, and I quite like it.... If you like detective books you will like this book, it does not have anything special about it and the language is fine, I had a bit of trouble with the French since I don't speak French, but Mister M does and he translated. I love Bones, I did not love this book, but it is the first in its series so things might get better.

Why do I jump, by Higashida Naoki, written by a young boy with autism who tells his story. I really like this book, it is in my opinion one of the best written books in its genre. And the fact that this boy is still a child makes the book een better... 

I don't jump much, but when I am very exited I do. Sometimes when I have something to say that is bursting out of me I may flap my hands and my interest in rabbits may be as big as the train boy in the other book...

So, by June I have read 23 books, and again sorry for being late, and I have read almost all the July for Japan books and August books, but not quite so I will add those posts when I have read them.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Bunday everywhere

First some herbs for breakfast....

then Mimle gets rocket in the kitchen since she came fast as a rocket the minute she heard the refrigerator open.
for those of us who can't hear the refrigerator or the bunnyslave'a calls they get special treatment and the rocket served in the bun cave...

all is well here in the bunny warren. Humans are busy and bunnies are not.