Thursday, May 31, 2012

a strawberry festival

It'll be another week or two before local strawberries are ripe and ready to eat, but I just can't wait! After seeing these little crocheted strawberries on another blog, I decided to make a handful for myself.

Ahead of my end of May update for the Surmount the Stash challenge, it's a nice little project to use up sock yarn leftovers. The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, but I've opted to double strand fingering weight instead. Chances are these are the only little crocheted strawberries made from a mix of cashmere, merino, alpaca and nylon!

I'm very pleased with how the first one worked out. The texture created by continuous rounds of single crochet is very suggestive of the dimpled texture of strawberries, don't you think? And the size is ideal too. I only wish that I could find a quart of strawberries so perfectly sized, completely ripe and entirely unblemished!

Today I'm assembling small portable projects for the hours I'll be spending in hospital waiting rooms tomorrow. Gavin's surgery should take about 2-4 hours, and then it's expected he'll spend another 1-3 hours in post-anaesthetic recovery before he lands in a bed in the orthopaedic ward.

And the news from the vet was all good. She thinks that our cat was maybe bitten by some bug and scratched the bite. No fever, no infection, no sign of any trouble. So that's a relief.


Anonymous said...

Cute, cute, CUTE!!!!

Glad Kitty is okay. One *patient* at a time is plenty.

Sending good vibes for Gavin tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

We'll think of you both to-morrow.

Groetjes, Ineke

MarkWWNB said...

Please pass along our best wishes to Gavin as well. We'll be thinking of you both: tomorrow won't be an easy day for either of you.

Pumpkin said...

The people (and kitties) in your life need to stop getting sick, good vibes coming your way.

I love the strawberries, super cute!

Stefanie said...

Good luck to your husband and may everything go smoothly and well.
Hooray for advanced project planning to keep you occupied.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Those strawberries are adorable. Glad kitty is okay and hope everything goes smooth tomorrow!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I hope Gavin's surgery goes well. I also wish that I could find a quart of strawberries that look as great as your crocheted strawberry :).