Thursday 27 October 2011

Halloween Fayre

I will be going to the Halloween fayre this Saturday and I'm getting so excited, it is going to be lovely to meet Lou and some of the other members of Loving Hands. 
Here are a few of the things I will be taking with me.  You have already met George the elephant now meet Petunia and Penelope.

Link to Pattern.

Then the ghost gang Mr Boo and some finger puppets.
Link to Pattern

Halloween would not be the same without pumpkins :)

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I had so much fun making these wrist bands/ bracelets, just choose a motif you like and use cotton or embroidery thread to produce a bracelet for any occasion. :}

 I couldn't go without taking a couple of Tiny Teds. :)

I will be taking all the scarves I made and these hats too.


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 I adapted the pattern of the child's hat above to make this adult version.

Last but not least some home baked cookies :)

Tuesday 25 October 2011

George The Elephant

I thought it was time to show you George the elephant, I got the pattern from here, I love all of her patterns  I think they make beautiful gifts.  The elephant was a challenge because I had to go soo slowly counting every stitch which meant complete silence in order for me to concentrate, I'm not very good at concentrating my mind seems to scoot off in all directions but in the the end I succeeded and here he is, I will be taking him up to Scotland with me at the weekend hopefully to be sold in Lou's Halloween fayre.  I have been busily crafting none stop one thing leading onto another mostly making things for the fayre and I will put a picture of all of them on here when I can.  
Why is there never enough time to do all the things you want to do lol

Sunday 16 October 2011

Autumn Challenge 2011 Draws to a close.

The end of the Autumn challenge is drawing near and so once again it is time to pack up my box of items to send to Lou, however this time I will be taking the box up to Scotland myself and attending the Halloween Fayre she has organised.  I am really looking forward to meeting Lou and some of the ladies from loving hands, less than two weeks to go I can hardly wait.  So what is going into the box this time? most of the things I have blogged about of course and a few surprises.
I apologise in advance for the poor light quality of the photo's, it's so hard to get a picture minus the shadows.
So we start with all the lovely blankets, there are twelve of them in all mostly for babies and preemies.

Here they all are lying snugly in the bottom of the box making a soft cushion for the little tops to lie on.
Here are the little cute tops for teeny tinny babies, babies and toddlers.
There you have 10 tops, 2 poncho's, 3 pairs of booties and 2 little hats, and here they are lying in the box.

Next come 15 little bags of all colours shapes and sizes, I had so much fun making these.
 All lying snuggly in their own little special box with a little sweetie treat inside.

Remember these little guys, 25 little finger puppets cute when finished but so fiddly to make lol
Then last but not least 8 teenie little shoe box Teds cute enough I hope for any child to love and 3 pair of Angel Teds.
Tiny Teds

They will share a shoe box with the finger puppets.  So there you have it one box nearly full to the top, just waiting for some last minute items I may slip into there before I take it up to Scotland.

Thursday 13 October 2011


Inspired by some of the lovely posts in blogland I have been trying out scarves, it does make a change after all the preemie things I have been making just lately. the good thing about scarves is you can use your left over bits and pieces.

I found the link to these here. What could be more simple and as you can see there is a link to matching fingerless mitts too.  I used a bigger hook for mine and I have made different sizes by lengthening, chain size and number of rows.  I love to mix and match the colours, I am still making these can't seem to stop lol.

link to pattern
 This was another scarf which is good for using up scraps of yarn.  I made mine in one colour because I liked the lacy pattern and felt it didn't show up so well when using lots of colours.

I was going to call this a bubbles stitch scarf because I used the same stitch as this blanket but after I had finished it I found this one which is made with the same stitch.
Pattern link
This was so much fun to make and this stitch is so easy to do.  The scarf is soft and snugly just like the blanket. 
I am going to finish here for now but the scarf making madness continues so more to come later :)

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Ripples and Flowers

Last week the weather was so unexpectedly beautiful I was able to get out into the garden and do some jobs which should have been done weeks ago, but because of the bad weather and all the rain we have had I have been unable to do it,  I was out there every spare moment I had trying to catch up and I think I did more in that week than I have for the whole of the summer. There are some beautiful flowers still in bloom  so I picked a bunch and brought them in to share with you.:)
 Today the weather is back to normal for the time of the year but last week was like an unexpected gift :)
So back to crafty things, I have been trying to finish off some projects I had on the go like this ripple blanket.
It didn't take me too long really but I ran out of the purple wool before it was finished, don't you just hate it when that happens!  I bought this yarn more than a year ago and it wasn't local, the thought of not finishing it  was really upsetting.   I went onto e-bay and to my great relief they had some, I wasn't sure if it would be the same shade but when it did arrive it was close enough to I was able to finish it. It is made in a 4ply yarn and it's nice and soft and cuddly.  I got the pattern for this blanket from attic24
If you haven't tried a ripple blanket yet I would recommend you do one it's quite addictive and you really don't want to stop until every scrap of yarn has been used up :)