Rainbow Beanie

Clearly a beanie frenzy has taken over at Cat and the Wool, because I’ve started another beanie! One with super amazing rainbow colours! You can really tell I like rainbows 🙂

I started out exactly the same as for the purple beanie in the previous post, except this time switching colours every second row. It even looks amazing with just 4 colours already!

Circle Start

I had a big stash of Elle premier DK cotton in all the colours of the rainbow so I had to find a few uses for them 😛


I kept going until the hat was the desired width and size, and then switched to a smaller hook for the last few rounds (4.00mm to a 2.5mm – I didn’t have a 3.00mm!). I had initially started out doing a ribbed edge, but decided against it as the beanie looked fine without it.

And then….TAAADAAA!!!


It worked out perfectly! And I’m really getting addicted to them because they are so easy to make! You could take it up a notch and include different stitch patterns, but that’s another blog for another day I think. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up making them colour coded to match my wardrobe?!

The Minions however also thought this rainbow beanie was the coolest thing and decided to have a little fun. Mike and Frank are having a whale of a time, while Stein suspects a beanie would be a perfect place for a nap 😛

Mike with Beanie

Stein and Frank with Beanie

On that note, stay tuned to find out what other crochet creations evolve with the Minions and Cat and the Wool!


Beanie Frenzy!

Cat and the Wool has been up to some exciting things the last few weeks! Moving country, new work, and buying new wool! The range of choice here is sometimes overwhelming, but it does get the creative juices flowing. So what do you think I did when I stepped into a little store and saw some luscious wool for a good price? I bought it of course and started a new project 🙂

Magenta Beanie Wool

Ever since I saw the blogpost by Moogly about her beanie pattern and the fact that she has amazing tutorials for all things crochet, I decided a move to colder weather conditions would require keeping my head and ears warm. So, a beanie was created following her pattern!

Beanie train

I’m currently travelling close to 4 hours each day on the train to get to work, so what better way to make time go faster than crochet?! I started with a circle of about 4 chains and then continued with single crochet stitch, increasing each successive round to create the folds.

Beanie Start circle

I kept going until I had approximately 100 stitches and then continued the rows without increasing, so in a sense creating a tube. I’ve figured out that 100 stitches with a 4.0mm hook and double knit yarn is good, thanks to my anonymous beanie tester 🙂

I kept going until I decided it was long enough for my liking. Most of these beanie patterns can be modified in many ways, and even if you’re a beginner it’s a really easy project to start with. I suspect later on I’ll want to attempt using finer wool and add different stitch pattern to create a lighter lacy beanie.

Now the fun begins – Moogly also had a tutorial on how to do ribbing as an edge and create a slightly elastic band. I am so glad it’s so easy to learn and works out beautifully!


I wanted the ribbing band quite wide so I started out with 15 stitches worked perpendicularly to the beanie and the doing single crochet stitch in the back loops only in each row (not in both loops as is the norm). And this is what creates the wonderful ribbing effect! Plus, you do this in a smaller hook size (I used 2.50mm because I don’t have a 3.00mm hook) and if you think you’ve made an item too big/wide, the ribbing gets it to the right size that will still look great and fit perfectly. Trust me, it’s worth the time spent!

Beanie Finished

And as always, the Minions decided to join in the fun! Frank was having a ball of a time in a new woolly “cave”, while Stein thought it would be a great time to nap. Francis the Owl felt the beanie was a superb place to settle down and start a little nest! However, that can’t happen without another little owl, so perhaps one might be on my to-do list… I shall introduce you to The Animals in the Zoo soon!

Panel Beanie & Plushies

I’ll be posting once a week until I get settled here in the north, so click the “follow” button so you can stay up to date with all the fun happenings with a crochet hook and wool. And the Minions of course!

Stay tuned to find out more about the Beanie Frenzy and whether Francis gets a partner!



Moving Time with Minions!

Cat and the Wool has been super busy prepping all the travel gear and sorting out what to do with shipping boxes. Hence the slightly infrequent blog posts, sorry 😦

Not to worry – the Minions said they would help!

Both Mike, Frank, Stein and even Kitty lent a helping hand!

First – assemble the box according to instructions.


Minions and boxes


Second – test box for durability and stability. Kitty and Frank loved this part and made sure all boxes were ready for packing!


Stein and Kitty

Third – ensure non-helping hands refrain from disrupting activities. Stein apparently did not cooperate with the other Minions and proceeded to smash the boxes and turn them upside down. Frank then noticed a little roll of packing tape nearby…a promptly thought up an ingenious plan!

The tape roll fit perfectly around Stein, and while he wasn’t watching Frank promptly dropped the roll over his head!


Stein and Frank with Tape

Stein was not impressed with this! But what could he do?! His hands were stuck and he couldn’t go anywhere. The only thing left to do was to sit and watch the other Minions do the hard work, and let out a complimentary roar every so often!


Stein and Tape

The Minions have been great with the packing and moving, Cat and the Wool is very happy to have such helpful friends 🙂

We hope the moving process goes smoothly – stay tuned for more updates!

The Minion Documentaries – Bath Time!

The Minions like to start their day early so that there are plenty hours to explore. So, a visit to the bathroom is in order!

Clean teeth means healthy teeth, means happy teeth for chomping bananas. Mike has brushing teeth down to an art form as is evident by his big smile 🙂


Mike with Toothbrush

Frank has also just mastered the toothbrush, though still struggles with using the toothpaste. We haven’t shown you a photo of this because Frank doesn’t want people to know he’s still not able to put the toothpaste on the brush properly, but he was absolutely filled with pride that he could use a toothbrush for the first time!


Frank with Toothbrush

Next up was Stein and…oh dear. This did not start out well. Even holding the toothbrush seemed tough. As for the placement, we will need to work on that.


Stein with Toothbrush 1

Stein gave it a second try, with a little assistance, but he still preferred his tried and tested manner of letting out a loud roar and putting things in his hair. And then walking off, with said toothbrush still in his hair.


Stein with Toothbrush 2

We may have to remove the toothpaste from his vicinity until he’s capable, as toothpaste + hair = not something I want to deal with!

After all the commotion and rinsing mouths, it’s time to say good morning to our other inhabitants: the Duckies!

The Duckies have been around for quite some time and enjoyed their little home on the windowsill in the bathroom. They get beautiful warm sun on their backs in the morning and a great bath in the evening with loads of bubble bath! Great Grandma duck herself used to feature in her own Duckumentary, who knows if these duckies shall follow in her footsteps?


The Duckies

The Minions say hello to the duckies every morning with a big hug and spend some time with their feathered friends. Stein loves chatting to the duckies and apparently can speak the language of Quack!


Frank with Duckies

The big ducks are quite the crowd in the bathroom! There’s Cow duck, Pirate Duck, Rock ‘n Roll duck, Angel duck, Ninja duck and Doctor duck.


Big Duckies

Stein, however nice he tries to be, tends to scare the duckies away with his loud roar. But he’s known to terrorise most living creatures, so we shall have to see how this turns out.


Stein with Duckies

There are also quite a number of small duckies residing in the bathroom, and they tend to get lost. Nonetheless, they all have their unique personalities and tend to create a lot of drama at dress up parties!

There’s Nurse duck, Red Valentine duck, Batman duck, Black Valentine duck, Count Duckula and King duck. You can just imagine the chaos when these little duckies put on a Shakespearean play, especially with Count Duckula trying to bite everyone and Batman duck trying to be heroic!


Small Duckies

So now that the Minions have brushed their teeth and said hello to their feathered friends, it’s time for some exploring!

Stay tuned to find out what next Mike, Frank and Stein the Minions get up to!

Until next time!

Minion Monday Blues

All that can be heard is a grunt and a scrap of feet…dragging across the floor…into the kitchen…and a bleary-eyed purple minion making a cup of coffee.

Monday Blues Coffee 2

It is Monday morning, and in Stein’s world, this is not a fun morning. He had such a busy weekend terrorising the other minions, the cats, the dogs, the birds and even the trees. No energy is left after such a fun weekend. Stein wishes Monday morning would not exist.

He drags himself to the laptop, but can barely stand, so decides to take a nap. Minions need naps. Well, purple terrorising Minions do – terrorising is hard work!

Monday Blues Head Laptop

Caffeine is slooooowly starting to kick in, so Stein makes his way to the front of the laptop so he can work and plan his next weekend of terrorisation. But alas! The coffee has not kicked in enough!

Monday Blues Lying on Laptop

Monday morning is clearly getting off to a slow start, so a second cup of coffee is in order!

Monday Blues Coffee 1 Flipped

Now the planning begins in earnest! Two cups of coffee down, eyes open, and many many many ideas to terrorize unsuspecting victims with. Stein is now happy, this is how Mondays should start. 🙂

Mini Minions!

Frank and Stein Intro

The madness of crocheted Minions continues! I’ve been playing around with different minion sizes and colours, et voila! Mini minions!

I use Elle Natural 100% Cotton DK because it’s such wonderful cotton to crochet with.

I started out with this sweet little minion in yellow and blue, and gave him a wonderful smile.

Meet Frank!

Meet Frank

Isn’t he such a handsome chap?! And he’s tiny – barely 15 cm tall!

I managed to find an easier and faster way of putting everything together and having less ends to sew in. I crochet half of the body from the head down and include the goggles strap, and then crochet the pants bottom up. I then sew them together like two halves of an egg and just before I close and fill with stuffing. I eliminate the loose ends by crocheting directly over them with the next row, so it saves me countless hours with a needle painstakingly sewing each end in.

I’ve also decided not to sew the eyes on until the last minute – it’s very easy to put them on skew, and create a slightly odd-looking minion.

However, I just HAD to try to crochet a purple minion! It took me a loooong time to create his hair but he looks awesome and devilish!

Meet Stein!

Meet Stein

He looks just like the purple minion in Despicable Me 2! And apparently has the same attitude…but still very cute!

I created a half circle for his mouth and sewed the teeth on haphazardly as I went a long and they turned out perfect! 🙂

Stein Teeth

Stein is also about the same size as Frank, and has long droopy arms. I wanted to make one eye bigger and puffed out to give him a really crazy look, but maybe that’s another idea for the next minion.

You can also see how Stein loves his hair styles and ensure that his hair matches his emotions!

Stein Hairstyles

The introduction of the two minions was a bit troubling at first, with Stein starring Frank down and giving the evil eye. I had hoped they would get along quicker and made sure to monitor their interactions closely!

Frank and Stein Meeting

But after eyeing each other out and Frank being his usual happy self they came to an agreement to tolerate each other.

And they fit in so nicely with the whole family too, and Mike is quite pleased with extra siblings 🙂

Minion Family

So, I’m glad to have introduced you to Frank and Stein. FrankenStein. Haha! I couldn’t resist the names 🙂



The Minion Documentaries: Banana!!!

As promised, the amazingly awesome Minion Documentaries second episode!

Minions get up to a lot of naughty antics during the day, but before they start they need to fuel up with none other than their favourite food: BANANAS!

Minion Banana

You can see that Mike the Minion is first in line for bananas!

Other minions like to fill up with different types of breakfast such a French toast. Yum!

Minion Breakfast

A minion has to have enough energy for the day and what better way than with a power breakfast that includes bananas?! If you’ve ever had any doubts as to their favourite food, watch the video clip 🙂

Minion Banana Song Video

Until the next episode for more Minion antics!