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2 mice and a hat.

I realise that I have held you all in suspense for far too long….sorry about that. It was actually finished last week but you know how things take over?



...turned into this.

…turned into this, a hat for my wonderful husband.

He requested one, in grey and when I bought the magazine – Simply Crochet (issue 12) they had the perfect design right there. (The fact that it was designed by my lovely friend Joanne Scrace was just a happy accident.) It is crocheted in King Cole Riot Chunky which has this lovely self strip effect. It worked up really quickly. I hope he likes it!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who commented and left their words of wisdom on my post last week regarding my dilemma, I really, really, appreciate it. I have decided to go ahead and make them.

My initial thought was to crochet them as I always think that it is easier but I then got my head around knitting and decided this was the way forward. Once I had got my head around it they didn’t take that long at all.

Christmas 2013 018Once the features were added they really came together:

I have to say that they look so cute. I am really pleased with them.

I have to say that they look so cute. I am really pleased with them.

All I have to do is add little aprons to them using the fabric that she has given me. This HAS to happen tomorrow.

I am then on to the last few details before Christmas. (Wrapping presents etc) I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas, filled with joy and happiness. xx


Gnarled Bark Hat

I am not sure if anyone remembers this?

YarnAt the time I was unable to share the project that this was destined for, but now I can 🙂


Photo courtesy of Kat Goldin

This is it: The Gnarled Bark Hat from the latest issue of The Crochet Project. The designer, Joanne Scarce had asked me to have a go. I am not really sure why as her patterns tend to be written beautifully but I was more than happy to oblige.

It was a new stitch pattern for me that involved working around the stitch below which is not something I had done before. The pattern was easy to follow and I really enjoyed making it. It was fairly quick and therefore very satisfying to make. I found that, once you got going it was one of those projects that is perfect for the evenings when you are tired and need something to help you de-stress.

This is the pre-blocked hat.

This is the pre-blocked hat.

I am very ashamed to admit that I have not yet got around to properly cast off or block despite finishing a couple a weeks ago. Now the weather has changed I feel that this may become a bit more of a priority!

To help give you an idea of the finished hat I put it over a bowl. This is the view from the top!

To help give you an idea of the finished hat I put it over a bowl. This is the view from the top!

Doesn't it really open the pattern out? I really, really like this pattern.

Doesn’t it really open the pattern out? I really, really like this pattern.

This is the wrong side of the hat. I think it is lovely in its own way - almost a reversible pattern.

This is the wrong side of the hat. I think it is lovely in its own way – almost a reversible pattern.

Now I am not really a hat person but I would recommend this hat – I may even wear it!! The pattern is a bargain at £3. In addition, yesterday I went to a hat clinic with Wooly Wormhead who is the master of hats, at The Sheep Shop (my LYS.) It was really fab and I may well have bought another hat pattern so watch this space 😉

Do pop over to Handmade Harbour to catch up with all the other wonderful crafty events of this past week.  Hope you have a really great week. x


Exciting Projects

I have to say that I have a bit of a problem with today’s post. The thing that I have spent all week working on is something that I would dearly love to share with you but for reasons out of my control I am unable to…yet.

This is about as much as I can show you. Pretty isn't it?

At first I didn’t think that I would be able to manage a post for Handmade Monday at all this week which saddened me greatly. Then I remembered that I would be doing something on Saturday that would mean I would have something to show that had been made by me! YAY

There is a group of very lovely ladies from the Cams City WI that are meeting up once a month to do a very exciting crochet project. The idea is that during October as part of the  Cambridge University Annual Festival of Ideas we shall be displaying some crochet at the Botanical gardens in Cambridge. Last month we met and some learnt how to crochet, some learnt how to read patterns and some practised making leaf shapes. This month was all about lichen. Yes really – we were having a go at making our own interpretations of lichen.

For anyone unsure of what lichen is, it is a plant consisting of a fungus and photosynthetic partner growing together in a symbiotic relationship. A perfect symbol of the project as we are working together to create something together.

English: Lichen Eesti: Sammaltaim, kasvab mänd...

The idea is that it will be displayed in the alpine glass house, covering the rocks that are the home for the many species of plants that are growing there. How very exciting. Although it seems to be a bit daunting. Just look at all those bare rocks!


The aim of yesterday was to get everyone comfortable with working on the patterns that Joanne Scrace had devised in the hope that we would be able to teach the Cams City WI as a whole at the next meeting (gulp!) We will certainly need all the hands we can get!Here are some examples of the patterns:


The next phase will be a bit more free-form I believe. I am really enjoying these little meetings. The group is very friendly and it is lovely to see people improving on their skills. I am very impressed with the dedication many are showing – working at home to improve their skills further. I am very proud to be part of the group.

For now however I am popping over to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week. It’s one of the highlights of my week 🙂

P.S: If any of you know someone who would quite like to start blogging but are unsure where to start I have started a new series where I share all the things that I have learnt over the past year in an attempt to help. I am aiming to post these up on a Wednesday. (Sorry for the shameless self plugging but I am simply keen to help people start their journey in the wonderful land of bloggers. 🙂 )

A Quick Update

A while ago you may remember that I had a dilemma with some knitting that I was doing. I had made a mistake which in order to correct meant ripping back about half of the work I had already done. Many of you gave me your opinion on this and, after much procrastinating I decided to rip it back. In the event it only took me just over one evening to re-knit the rip back. It was so worth it as I now know that there is no mistake on the piece.

This is it - a shrug called Angel wings.

This is it – a shrug called Angel wings.

I really love it. It is warm, fits over most things and looks amazing (even if I do say so myself!). The pattern is in the current issue of Yarnwise magazine and more info can be found here.

A close up of the cabling that forms the wings.

A close up of the cabling that forms the wings.

It is a quick knit with enough pattern to make it interesting without being too difficult. I recommend it.


I won a giveaway this week (YAY). A huge thanks to Joanne Scrace (Notsogranny) and Artesano. It was to celebrate the release of Artesano silk blend book 2. Joanne has two projects published in this book and was giving away the book and the yarn to knit one of the patterns. To enter I had to decide which project I would knit and which colour way I would use. That was really easy for me – the Triogona pattern (by Joanne naturally) in the colour that she knit it in for the pictures. For those of you not able to follow the link here is the yarn:

You know a yarn is posh when it comes in hanks, not balls!

You know a yarn is posh when it comes in hanks, not balls!

It is a colour made for me being a very fair coloured person. I think that I am going to have great fun knitting this over the holidays. The yarn feels absolutely divine. I am such a lucky, lucky girl 🙂 (sighing with pleasure!) It just shows that it is worth entering the giveaways on blogs as you never know if you may win. 🙂

Targets – how I hate that word!

3KCBWDAY6 : 28th April   :   Improving your skill set.

Well where to begin? It seems that the more I talk, the more there is to learn! Just the other day I was talking to Joanne Scrace and she was doing double knitting. I have never seen this before. It doesn’t look difficult (although that is not to say that I would not make a mess of it!) so I ought to add it to my list!

When I first thought about this topic I thought it would be easy but I am not so sure as I think it means to develop a skill set of knitting or crocheting. As on the hero day I may therefore be barking up the wrong tree. Oh well in for a penny, in for a pound! (I wonder how many other sayings I can squeeze into this post?). The obvious thing for me is that I want to continue developing my ICT skills. (Don’t worry it is related I promise!) I have been blogging for about 2 months now and am really enjoying it. I have also attempted to set up on Facebook and twitter. I am quite content with the blogging. I am getting some very nice comments from people and feel far more comfortable with the whole writing things down and permanency of it all. As for Facebook and Twitter, well they are plodding along but I feel that I have loads more to learn about them both. So this would be my first target:

1. To be more effective and further develop my understanding around Facebook and Twitter.

Ok, that wasn’t so hard although I fear that this is where it begins to become more so. My original intention was to set up an e-shop in order to sell some of my knitted and crocheted jewellery. All the rest was really just a support system for this but, as you may have noticed, I have been putting this off. I am very good at procrastinating – which shop should I use?, How should I display the items?, How much should I charge? How will I package it? (You get the idea!). So I suppose that this is my next target:

2. To set up an e-shop to sell my jewellery.

Ok. It is out there now – whats that? You want a time scale? hmmm I think that is pushing me too far for the moment. Lets leave it that I will do it this year, ok?

One more target that has actually been set by Joanne Scrace a while ago is to get one of my patterns published. I am not at all sure about this but I may just have a go – once I have a suitable idea of course!

Well that is the none- craft technical bits done. As for knitting and crochet techniques I would love to have a go at this:

Isn’t it great? If you fancy having a go at something similar there is a free pattern for this at beadsmagic.com.

3. Make a beaded crochet rope necklace by the beginning of the summer holidays!There, I have even put a timeline on that one! See I can do it 🙂

(From paperblog.)

I think that is enough goals for the time being. I have nearly completed the one to blog everyday and I am well chuffed with that! One down at least three to go 🙂 Happy blogging (Oh and if you have any tips to help me with my goals then please do enlighten me – thanks ):)