Thursday, 20 December 2012

reborn doll

I've not posted for a while because I have been busily making this reborn doll, i can't get the photo to do her justice, as she is a lot more detailed than she looks here and weighs and feels like a real baby. I've knitted another neck down cardigan, for her this time. I've used layers of real effects air dry paints to paint her, she's made from a Sofia doll kit and has dark brown mohair for her hair. The mohair fleece is from Areeba who lives on Newmoor Barn farm in Devon.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Hat made from spun sheeps fleece

In July I did a post about Clark spinning a sheeps fleece. Well he's finished it and dyed it and I have just finished knitting a hat for him from it. I'm not sure if this might post in Dawniys name again as I'm still figuring out how to post under my name on my phone !!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Knitted Nativity

posted by Bridget  :-)
I was asked to help out with knitting a Nativity scene which is going in the window of a christain outreach cafe on our local high street. I knitted some sheep, shepards, a wiseman and an angel. When I next go into town I'll try and take a photo of them all together.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Finished baby blanket

Baby blanket is now finished and waiting for baby to arrive :-)
The squares I used are : start with a magic loop or with a chain loop
first round - 12 trebles (12 double crochet american)
second round - 2 trebles into the top of each treble in first round
third round - 3 trebles into each space in second round
fourth round- start with 3 trebles into each of two spaces to reach the corner , to make the corner then do 2 double trebles and a triple treble, chain 2, triple treble and two double trebles to complete the corner. Repeat on each side to make a square.

probably as clear as mud as I'm not used to writing patterns down i adapted it from the hexagons on attic 24 - the first three rounds are the same and I have just put a square around the circle. I'm happy to help if anyone can't follow it,
the reverse or inside of the blanket is just rows of trebles started around the posts of the front side, crochet until it was the same size as the blanket and stitched into place; the double thickness is really snuggly.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Work In Progress baby blanket

At the moment I'm busily making a double sided baby blanket, circles on one side and plain turquoise on the other

I need to take another pic outside in the daylight because the colours aren't showing true, the turquoise isn't far off but the other colour is lime/pistachio green.
The pram it's being made for has circles in the upholstery and is dark grey and pistachio so i'm hoping that it will compliment it nicely. I'm using double knit wool so that the quilt will be nice and snuggly.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Baby hoodie

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I've been busy knitting for my friends baby due soon :) this little hoody is knitted using this  baby hoodie pattern which is for beginners and easy to follow. I was thrilled to find the little football buttons :-)
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Now i'm making a crochet baby blanket for him , pictures to follow :) 

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


Hope everyone is well and good..  xx
Have been crocheting handbags.  This is one of the granny square ones that I designed.  Takes an age to sew them all together....the squares, I mean.    lol.  Am going to line it with funky material and will use big pink or teal buttons for the closure bit.   I've crocheted some loops at the bottom of the flap for this.   I think that crocheted bags need lining - stops bits and bobs dropping out.     The strap is lines of double crochet.   I can't be bothered with the multi coloured granny squares. that seem to be in vogue at the mo.  ...too much like hard work weaving in all the ends and not cost effective, therefore, if you're trying to sell them because of the time it takes up.   I like block colours like this.  Good job, eh?  lol     What do you think?  Do you think there is any demand for this sort of stuff?

The bag is hanging in front of a plain old beech wardrobe door that I wallpapered with some toile de something wallpaper (French theme stuff)  that I got for a quid a roll at B & Q.   I did the other door, too..  lol    I've got some plain drawers that I'm going to paint and paper to match.    I've got another bag to show, but can't upload it for some reason.  bugger! 

Sunday, 15 July 2012


Our latest project is spinning. We were given a fleece and Callum and Clark brushed it out.
I had every window open and my scented candles burning as it smells rather like wet dog, which is an aquired taste!

  I have a friend who spins and in turn for me teaching her to crochet she's teaching Clark to spin.
I wanted the boys to see the process through from the start and realise that you have to go through a set of actions to get coloured , wound wool and to realise how much work goes into a ball of wool that you buy off the shelf.
Tomorrow Clark is twisting the two bobbins of wool together, as with knitting, the basics can be taught but the main ingredient is practice. That's what gets your tension even.
After that Clark has to soak the wool overnight in water and vinegar, which helps the dye to take and also kills the wool and any nasties still in it!
So he still has quite a bit to do but never fear we will post more pictues as we do them.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Cushion Covers

cushion covers:-
Christmas one ( yes I know it's only June lol) Another one is a wip.

One for our room.  5 more smaller ones are ready but I have no inners yet.

These are for Sarah

One for the front room.  Another similar is wip.

Another for the front room
Two more

and another one!

So that's been my busy work for the last few weeks. I just have one more quilt to make for the front room to cover a chair we have in there and it's done. I have nearly finished a wall hanging for our bedroom and am starting one for the front room at some point soon. WIP is some cushion covers, a quilt for S and S, a quilt for Katie, a quilt for D and a throw for K bedroom to put over a chest she has in there. It's been awful weather so I will keep going until it gets hot- if it ever does. 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Save My Socks - A Plea for Help

My daughter is a sockaholic!   Keeps nicking mine.  lol   I don't mind because my arthritic feet can't cope with some of the snug fits that you get with bought ones.  Makes my ankles swell and then I have to lie down with feet on cushion..which drives me mad when I have things to do/places to go!  lol.

So, I've decided that I am going to started knitting some and wondered if anyone could point me in the right direction of EASY sock patterns?   Easy patterns required for a) brain and b) arthriticky hands.   I would be very much obliged...and so would my feet:o) xx.

My pc is too slow in the search department.  So slow that it times out! 

PS.  What yarn do you use/not use?   I've got tons of mohair wool.  Don't suppose you can use that?     How long does it normally take to knit a pair?   Anyone know?   My tootsies are waiting in earnest:o)


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Time for bed!

I've got a few friends birthdays coming up, so I've knitted these and trimmed the cuff with some lace.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Joshua's Jumper

Although this is very nicely modelled by my own Clark, it's actually for my friends son, Joshua for his birthday.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Found this

Hi Folks

I found this site through Knitting Daily. Seems to have lots of stuff.

Apologies if you know of it, as I am usually a bit late with discoveries. lol

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken, lay a little egg for me!

Been making these, I'm going to use them instead of party bags at Clarks and Solomans parties which we've got over the next few weeks. Eden and her friends usually give each other gifts for Christmas and Easter. You leave a hole in the bottom and put in an egg. Don't look too closely some of them look quite menacing up close!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Dolly outfits

I've been  making these for my niece :-) the cream cardigan pattern is here  is made with crochet sc and dc stitches. The pink outfit is knitted and i got the pattern from here . I loved making them and having an excuse to play with my daughters dolls ;-) , well I had to check they were fitting ok didn't I !

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Charity knitting

We are having a "Fairtrade Fortnight" at the church where we have our knit and natter meetings to promote fairtrade products, so I've been going along and trying to promote the knitting group. Here's some of the things we've knitted since Christmas

The boys and myself have been knitting things for Samaritans Purse who do the Christmas Shoeboxes, I'd love to say that I knitted it all but this is just one of the piles of garments given in, these are mainly jumpers. We went to the handover of all the garments and were made very welcome.

Here's most of the stuff, Soloman and Cody are in the picture wearing some of the hand puppets, hats and scarves.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

oops I crocheted the boy!

 ...well his feet anyway ;o)

*the socks are from this pattern on ravelry, but I used a bigger hook so these are a bit chunkier and more like slipper socks than sock socks

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

granny squares bag

While I've been joining in with the leap year blanket I've been wanting to do more than one square a day so i've made this bag up from a pattern I bought on etsy, I love it! I've got to line it now but rather than crocheting the inside i'm going to do it with fabric so that the bag doesn't stretch. I found the pattern on here.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Linus Project Quilt

made this one for the Linus Project I found out about through a friend A.  I am very pleased about this as it gives me every excuse to buy gorgeous fabric in colours I might not normally to make quilts for children aged 0 -18.  It was hard going emotionally cos saying "Oh yes, I'll make one." and making one are two different things. Making a quilt for a sick child is different to making one for your own bouncing around at home.

It started with this. They all do.  A mish mash of fabric waiting for a rotary cutter lol

I hope whoever receives it likes it.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Fingerless gloves

I knitted these and Callum sewed them up for me.
They're for the Fishermens Mission. I think they wear them under their big waterproof gloves for extra warmth.

comfy hooks

I was shown this link by a friend and so I've given it a go and I must say I'm thrilled with how nice they are to use.
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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Hand Puppets

Callum and I sewed them up this afternoon

A closer shot

Callum sitting at the table sewing them up with me.

They are for Samaritans Purse who run all the Christmas shoebox appeals.

Friday, 3 February 2012

leap year blanket

The January part of my Leap Year Blanket 
I've used pattern from where the heart is  and this pattern from you tube, one of my favourites was a pattern from attic 24  and this one from Crochet with Raymond

Trauma Teddies

We've been making these, they are used by the Police, paramedics, the fire brigade and hospitals
Callum has been helping me to make them as well as hand puppets to go into this years Christmas shoeboxes.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Knitting and Beading

I've knitted these for my nephew and my friend has two of her boys with birthdays in March. The picture's a bit dark! The blue cardi at the back is knitted in chunky wool, the chocolate brown is in double knit and the light brown is in double knit, it has a ribbed pattern round the bottom and cuffs but you can't see it very well

The skull hat is for one of my daughters friends.

Eden has also been beading, she's made a necklace with hearts on for one of Callums "friends" for Valentines Day and some earrings to go with the skull hat and a bracelet for one of Callums (otherwise known as Romeo!) other "friends" for Valentines Day.