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Advent - Part Two

Well as expected this week has gone by in a blur.  We have had Christmas lunch at my school, my son's nativity play, my work's do, visiting Santa in his grotto, decorating the tree and carols by candlelight... This morning we had a lovely breakfast at our local garden centre.  Little T protested greatly at having to get dressed so early on a Sunday, but I gently pointed out that there might be a special someone there today... After visiting the big man we meandered around the garden centre looking at the Christmas displays.  We spent a long time looking at all the lovely decorations.  Every year I always buy something new for our tree and this year we picked out a silver filigree star with crystal drops.   Once home the tree was finally decorated.  It has actually been up for a couple of weeks with only the lights and some tinsel, waiting patiently for the rest it's adornments.  I like to take my time with the baubles, removing them from their boxes and

Free Pattern - Pocket Tissue Cosy

I recently made these again for my 2019 craft fair season, you can read all about it in this post here... Craft Fair Idea #2 Pocket Tissue Cosy's Free pattern - Pocket Tissue Cosy Need a last minute gift for someone?  This quick and easy pocket tissue cosy is just the thing.  Makes a perfect stocking filler or just a little something extra for that special someone.  You can make this with any yarn weight and the pattern will also work to cosy up your mobile phone or tablet.  The cover is easily adaptable for any size... This pattern is written in US terminology. You will need Yarn, small amounts of any weight Crochet hook corresponding to your yarn weight (4 mm hook for DK, 5 mm for Aran etc.) Wool needle Stitch marker (I just use a scrap of yarn for this...) A button Optional, crochet flowers or other embellishments Stitches used sc single crochet hdc half double crochet ldc linked double crochet (if you have never used th


Well haven't the last few weeks been super busy.  There has been lots of crochet, school Christmas Fairs, School discos, The annual Reindeer Parade and of course the Christmas craft Market.  I have also been doing a little pattern testing on Ravelry, hence the neglect of any bloggy pursuits.  I'm hoping the next couple of weeks will calm down a little but who am I kidding... I have just enough time to share a few photos with you. The Reindeer Parade.   We love to go to this every year.  It begins outside Windsor Castle with a marching band,  followed by Santa's Elves and finally the big man himself with his reindeer... We like to follow the parade as it winds its way around Windsor.  The band playing a jolly rendition of "Santa clause is Coming to Town" and little T madly waving his flag... Having children certainly brings back the magic of Christmas. I am fondly reminded of the traditions we kept when I was a child and now

Free Pattern - Granny Stripe Christmas Stocking

Inspired by all the lovely Granny Stripe blankets out there I wanted to create something similar in a Christmas Stocking.  I searched the Internet and didn't quite find what I was looking for so decided to design a pattern myself.    This pattern is written in American terminology and is suitable for a beginner.  You may use as many colours as you like, making this project perfect for stash busting. You will need... Main part of the stocking approximately 100g of DK Contrast colour (heal, toe and cuff) approximately 30g of DK Size 4 mm crochet hook (G) Wool needle Optional - ribbon for hanging, pom poms, buttons, bells etc. to decorate your stocking Stitches used... dc - double crochet Granny cluster - 3 dc in one stitch or space slip stitch dc2tog - double crochet 2 together When starting a new colour I always use a standing dc for my first stitch and a no chain dc when starting a new round with the same colour.  There are some great videos

Busy, busy, busy!

This week has been very exciting for me, very exciting and very busy.  Firstly I received my first ever commission from my Etsy shop and secondly I have been beavering away making lots of things for my craft stall at the Pudding Cup Art Market .   I don't know if you remember this post  here  where I made myself a crochet hot water bottle cover?   Well I put a picture of it in my Etsy shop and last weekend I received a request for a custom order of 4 covers.  I must say I was both excited and terrified at the same time, (excited to receive my first order but a little worried how well they would be received...).  I think I tend to be a little over critical about my work. The colours for the hot water bottle covers were chosen by my customer from the Woolcraft DK range.  Luckily I had all the colours she requested so could get started right away. The covers incorporate the beautiful  Sunburst Granny Square  pattern by Priscilla Hewitt, which is available for free at

This week...

 Some lovely ladies over at Ravelry have been kindly testing my  Sock Yarn Bauble s pattern.  I would just like to thank them all, for the time and effort they have put into this.   If you are interested in taking part in some pattern testing head on over to this  group .  Designers can showcase their new patterns and have them tested and  as a reward the testers get to try out new patterns before they are published free of charge. I am very excited to share with you some photos of the baubles made with my pattern. This one is lovely and bright.  Sock yarn is always a delight to work with as you watch the colours change as you crochet... I love the sparkly yarn used in these two.  Anything with a bit of glitter or sparkle always gives me that "it's nearly Christmas" feeling. The variegation in this one is very pretty... and lastly another sparkly bauble in traditional red gold and green. Thank you again ladies your baubles are g

Pudding Cup Art Market

Gosh, what a busy day I have had today.  I spent a couple of hours this morning at the allotment.  It was the most glorious sunny day here in Berkshire, not a cloud in the sky.  Then home to cook Sunday Lunch, Roast chicken with all the trimmings... and then after lunch I went to our local monthly craft fair.  Pudding Cup Art Market. By this afternoon sadly the sun was disappearing and the temperature had dropped considerably, so sensibly everyone at the market had their stalls inside in the warm.  I love perusing craft fairs and especially love to stop and chat to the crafters about their wares.  I am always fascinated to hear about how things are made.  Especially crafts that I know nothing about... This stall caught my eye as I walked in.  They were displaying the most beautiful glass jewellery. Another table had some really cute ornaments made from Fimo clay. More hanging decorations... These super cute doggy face cloths.  What an ingenious ide