There’s A Mouse In The House

Among the many books I bought when I took up the crochet hook was one featuring animal trophy heads.  A strange choice I think you’ll agree but one can only have so many blankets around the place and I thought they might be fun.

I started with the smallest animal in the book – a mouse – which may have been a mistake as I’m not used to using 4-ply yarn and a 2mm hook so it was a bit fiddly but it is done.

Mr. T. made me a little wooden shield out of some scrap wood he had lying about.

Now the cats have the first of what might well be several trophies for ‘their room’ aka our conservatory.  Maybe it will discourage them from bringing any more real ones in but I doubt it.

I think I’ll do the hare next but I won’t hang that in the cats’ room in case it gives them ideas.

I know they don’t look very dangerous but, trust me, I wouldn’t want to be a mouse (or mole!) in the vicinity (plus there are four others lurking out of shot!)

To think I used to say ‘life’s too short to stuff a mushroom’.

As I used some scrap yarn – albeit Jaegar alpaca no less – and the wood was scrap too, I’m linking up with Kate and Gun’s Scraphappy Day for which we attempt to make something using scraps every month – or just when we have something to show.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn (me),  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlys, Kerry and Claire

Now, enough with the animal crochet – I have a half finished dress draped over two mannequins that won’t finish itself.


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  1. #1 by katechiconi on May 15, 2018 - 07:15

    That’s an AWESOME scrappy project! Mousey cat-trophies made of alpaca. Are you quite sure you couldn’t have involved another species…? They are adorable, and I reckon you could sell these too… and possibly cat trophies for dogs? What to give the pet that has everything 🙂

    • #2 by tialys on May 15, 2018 - 09:51

      Maybe, for the hare, I could weave some yarn out of dog hair – which I believe some people do and I have plenty of it!

      • #3 by katechiconi on May 15, 2018 - 12:54

        Good grief, that’d be the ultimate Scrappy recycling, unless you stuff the thing with dryer lint or something! Actually, of course, dog hair stuffing for your crochet doggies would be perfect…

      • #4 by tialys on May 15, 2018 - 12:55

        I have friends with horses. The possibilities are starting to seem endless. 🙂

      • #5 by katechiconi on May 15, 2018 - 12:57

        Tail hairs for sewing things up, perhaps?

  2. #6 by claire93 on May 15, 2018 - 09:24

    your mouse head is brilliant, and well done Mr T for the wooden trophy board.
    As for the dress in progress . . . are you getting ready to wave your Union Jack on Saturday?
    Gorgeous sleeves, neckline and fabric!

    • #7 by tialys on May 15, 2018 - 09:50

      He likes to get involved.
      I am wondering whether the dress will be formal enough to wear to the wedding as, of course, my invite is propped up on the mantelpiece as I type but I’m not sure I can be bothered to go. I will certainly raise a glass or two on Saturday and, if I remember, it will be to the happy couple.

      • #8 by claire93 on May 15, 2018 - 09:56

        my invite seems to have gone missing in the post !

  3. #9 by nanacathy2 on May 15, 2018 - 09:26

    So cute, and mounted, brilliant. Stuffed mushrooms for lunch today?

    • #10 by tialys on May 15, 2018 - 09:48

      Thanks Cathy. As for stuffing food, I won’t go smaller than a sweet pepper.

  4. #11 by Jo on May 15, 2018 - 11:26

    That’s brilliant, and those little whiskers are so cute. I think the pussy cats steal the show though. I think the wooden shield is the perfect way to display it.

    • #12 by tialys on May 15, 2018 - 12:58

      Cats nearly always steal the show don’t they 🙂

  5. #13 by craftycreeky on May 15, 2018 - 12:43

    Cute mouse but your dress looks like it’s going to be stunning, looking forward to seeing this one finished 🙂

    • #14 by tialys on May 15, 2018 - 12:57

      The dress is actually supposed to be for my daughter – she’s got a thing about clothing with bird designs at the moment – but, if it doesn’t fit her I would be glad to take it off her hands. Either way, I fully intend to make one for me anyway.

  6. #15 by KerryCan on May 15, 2018 - 13:20

    This cracks me up–and I must keep my cats away from the computer, or they’ll want a mouse head trophy of their own!

    • #16 by tialys on May 15, 2018 - 17:50

      Of course they will – should you deprive them?

  7. #17 by Lynda on May 15, 2018 - 16:26

    This is hilarious and quite clever! I love it.

    • #18 by tialys on May 15, 2018 - 17:52

      Thanks Lynda – I thought it was a bit of fun.

  8. #19 by Lindashee on May 15, 2018 - 21:46

    The mouse trophy is hilarious though a bit out there ! Nice work with the piece of wood for the hubby, wish I could make that out of scrap wood :O

    • #20 by tialys on May 15, 2018 - 22:52

      I think the most ‘out there’ one in the book is possibly the swan. I’m not sure I’ll progress that far or even if I would want a swan’s head on my wall.

  9. #21 by mariannasew2pro on May 15, 2018 - 23:20

    Nice mice (are those real whiskers?!) and the little shields are hilarious. The dress looks pretty awesome too, even unfinished.

    • #22 by tialys on May 16, 2018 - 08:37

      I tried giving the cats a whisker trim but they weren’t having any of it so I had to use nylon monofilament which I found in my long abandoned jewellery making supplies.
      I’m pleased with the dress so far – it’s one of those projects I have to concentrate on so it makes me slow down and take time to make sure each stage is good before I move on to the next – good job the weather is so rubbish here that there is no urgency for a summer dress 😦

      • #23 by mariannasew2pro on May 16, 2018 - 20:18

        And no temptation to spend your free time outside!

  10. #24 by magpiesue on May 16, 2018 - 01:47

    If you’re talking about using dog hair for stuffing, what about creating the next mouse head out of cat hair? It looks like you’ve got at least one contributor on hand. 😉 I know, I know, too fiddly by half…

    • #25 by tialys on May 16, 2018 - 08:34

      I can sort of imagine using dog hair for yarn – if I was into the spinning part that is – but cat hair is so floaty and light that, even though I have six willing contributors, I think that would definitely be a ‘life’s too short’ project.

  11. #26 by Emma on May 16, 2018 - 04:56

    loving the mouse trophy head! such a cool idea 😀 and the fabric for your dress is super pretty, it’s going to look great when it’s finished

    • #27 by tialys on May 16, 2018 - 08:31

      Thanks Emma – I must get on with the dress but the weather’s been so awful here that I’ve lost my summer dress mojo.

  12. #28 by Beads and Barnacles on May 16, 2018 - 15:30

    Hehe that looks so cute. I liver the little shield for it.
    That dress looks lovely too 🙂

  13. #29 by Beads and Barnacles on May 16, 2018 - 15:30

    ^love obviously

  14. #31 by CurlsnSkirls on May 16, 2018 - 18:02

    Brava & bravo to the cat room’s adornment.
    Maybe a fish next, if Mr. T has more scraps… ? 😻
    CAT POWER! 😸😸😸

    • #32 by tialys on May 17, 2018 - 08:27

      I’m on a grey mouse next but I’m impatient to move on to the hare, continue with a circular blanket, start a multi coloured blanket, turn the heel on some socks, do another three legs and a tail for a dog and, oh yes, finish that dress. So, even though I am only the cats’ humble servant, I think they will have to be content with two mouse trophies

      • #33 by CurlsnSkirls on May 17, 2018 - 19:10

        I quite understand, and can but hope the felines do, too!

  15. #34 by Born To Organize on May 17, 2018 - 04:55

    You’re so clever! I love that the “trophy” mouse will hang in the cat’s room. They’re adorable (the cats and the faux mouse). Tessa moves at lighting speed when she wants to, and she can be stealth kitty too. I feel your pain.

    I love that bird motif on your dress. Is it cotton or something with drape like rayon?

    • #35 by tialys on May 17, 2018 - 08:22

      Thanks Alys. The dress fabric is viscose and very drapey. The skirt is quite full so it should work well.

  16. #37 by PendleStitches on May 17, 2018 - 20:24

    That is just too adorable for words. I can’t wait to see the hare. I have a very soft spot for hares!

    • #38 by tialys on May 18, 2018 - 09:07

      Oh yes, I remember you are fond of hares. I hope it won’t freak you out too much then, to see one’s head mounted as a trophy – if I ever get round to it that is! I seem to be in ‘amigurumi mode’ at the moment which must stop shortly otherwise I won’t get any of my other projects finished.

  17. #39 by poshbirdy on May 21, 2018 - 15:57

    Love that mouse trophy!

    • #40 by tialys on May 21, 2018 - 18:18

      Thanks, it’s fun isn’t it?

  18. #41 by sewchet on May 25, 2018 - 17:11

    Now, you know you’d rather be crocheting a hare trophy head than finishing of a pretty AND useful dress! Love that Mr T made you the wooden part without questioning your sanity. He’d get on well with Mr H-L……

    • #42 by tialys on May 30, 2018 - 11:26

      Isn’t life grand when you have an indulgent partner?

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