Thursday, 21 November 2019

Christmas Belly Bands - Printable labels for all your holiday, knitting & crochet gifts...

Hello friends, I have been really busy creating these super cute belly bands for all your handmade Christmas gifts.  They come in 2 sizes making them great for dishcloths, spacloths, scrubbies, hats, gloves, socks and more.  They can be easily printed off at home and look great on both white and kraft paper.  100gsm or more is recommended.


The labels are available to buy from my Etsy Store, or as a free gift when you sign up to my Patreon page (this is by far the cheaper option).  You can become a patron from as little as $1 a month and can cancel at anytime.  Other benefits of becoming a patron include...

  • Exclusive patron only content
  • Sneak peeks at patterns in the making
  • Opportunities to pattern test
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  • Pdf patterns
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The small labels are great for dishcloths...


...and the larger ones shown here, with a beanie and mini hot water bottle.



So be sure to head on over to Patreon and claim your free gift, or purchase from my Etsy Store if you prefer.


Happy holiday hooking!
Catherine
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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Become a Patron! - Join Lullaby Lodge at my new premium subscription service...

Hello everyone!  I have more exciting news to share with you.  I have a new premium subscription service at Patreon.  If you would like to receive exclusive patron only content, then head on over to Patreon and check it out.



I will be posting extra content every week on my Patreon page.  "What kind of content?" I hear you say.  Here are some of the things you might see over at Patreon...


  • Sneak peeks at patterns in the making
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Catherine
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Monday, 18 November 2019

Mini Hot Water Bottle - Great last minute gift idea, quick & easy make - Christmas Cal

Hello friends, this week for the Christmas craft along, I have updated another old pattern.  You can find the original pattern here...   This mini hot water bottle cover, makes a wonderful quick and easy, last minute gift.  I'm sure there is someone you know, who would love one of these.




Mini Hottie



Needles
7mm dpn's or circular needles

Ability  
Beginner who is familiar with working in the round

Size
Fits 500ml hot water bottle

Gauge
10 x 10 cm = 11sts x 15 rows in stocking stitch

Abbreviations
k - knit
k2tog - knit 2 together
st(s) - stitch(s)
ssk - slip, slip, knit
pm - place marker

Special Stitches
2x2 rib - [k2, p2]

Other notes:  This project will use an entire ball of yarn, if your gauge is not spot on you may require another ball.  The cover is worked in the round in stocking stitch (knit every row), with ribbing at the neck.  I like to use Knit Pro Symfonie, interchangeable needles.   The smooth wood is a delight to knit with and they are super lightweight, making them a great choice for anyone suffering with arthritis or tired hands. There is no need for any fasteners on the cover as it will easily stretch over your bottle.

With 8mm needles, cast on 32 st’s and join in the round, pm to denote beginning of round.

Round 1-23 k

Round 24 k1, ssk, k10, k2tog, k2, ssk, k10, k2tog, k1 [28 st’s].  

Change to 7mm needles.

Round 25-49 2x2 rib.

Cast off in rib.  Sew bottom closed using whip stitch.


You can make a stopper loop, by tying a scrap of yarn to the stopper...


If you are giving this as a gift you might like to add a festive belly band.



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I hope you enjoy this pattern and don't forget to stop by next week for another Christmas craft and make sure to subscribe so you don't miss any posts.

See you soon
Catherine
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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Windsor In Autumn - A bike ride along the river...

This morning I rode into Windsor.  I needed to return some clothing that did not fit.  After dropping Little T off at school I had an hour to kill before the shops opened, so I decided to take the scenic route into town.  It was such a beautiful morning, with blue skies and crisp air.

It is such a pretty bike ride at this time of year with the trees all golden.  This part of the river has many boat houses.


The swans were splashing about.  The signets starting to lose their baby feathers are becoming white like their parents.


This swan came right up to me when I stopped to take the photo.  I think he thought I had something for him to eat.  Sorry Mister Swan.


A nice view of Eton Bridge.


It was nice to have the time to just stop and look, something we often forget to do with our busy lives.

Have a lovely day...
Catherine
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Monday, 11 November 2019

Tea Light Snowman - Time to get crafting with the kids and make this super cute pom pom snowman - Christmas Cal

Hello everyone!  It's time for our second edition of our Christmas craft along and this week it's one for the kids to enjoy.  Little T loved making this super cute, Tea Light Snowman.  This project is great for using up scraps of yarn and fabric and is so simple to make.  This snowman will look adorable hanging from your tree this year.


Tea Light Snowman


Materials

Glue
Black marker
Scraps of fabric
Ribbon


Start by making a large pom pom.  Little T used a Clover Pom Pom Maker for this, but, you can use your prefered method.  There are many videos on Youtube if you have never made them before.  


Make sure you use plenty of yarn so your pom pom is extra fluffy.


Carefully cut the yarn and tie securely.


Trim into shape...


Draw a face on your tea light with a black marker.


Glue to the top of your pom pom


Cut a strip of fabric for the scarf and snip the ends to make a fringe.


Cut another strip of fabric and glue a fold on one side for the brim of the hat.  Cut a fringe along the other side.


Glue the two short edges together and tie a piece of yarn around to make a pom pom hat.


Glue your hat and scarf onto your snowman.  Add a hanging ribbon if you are planning on hanging him from your tree.


Your kids will love making these...


Little T even took some of his own photos...


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I hope your kids will love making this snowman.  I will be back next week with more Christmas crafts, so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss out.

Happy crafting!
Catherine
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Monday, 4 November 2019

Sock Yarn Baubles - Let's have a Christmas craft along! New projects every week until Christmas...

Hello friends, Halloween is over and the weather is getting colder, which means we are nearing my favourite time of year.  I just love Christmas and what better way to build the excitement than with some Christmas crafts.  Join me all through November and December as I try out lots of new projects with a Christmasy theme.  There will be lots of crochet and other yarny crafts, kids crafts and more.  Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out on any posts, and why not join my Facebook Group too, where we can all share our Christmas makes...



Our first project for the Christmas CAL is one of my own designs.  It is actually the first ever pattern I wrote on this blog and it has been updated and improved with new artwork, including round by round photos.  If you would like to see the original pattern you can do so here...


Sock Yarn Baubles


Materials

Sock yarn (small amounts)
Darning needle
Tiny bows or some ribbon
60mm bauble
Stitch marker
Glue gun
Hot glue sticks


Hook

3.5mm (E)

Abbreviations US Terms (UK Conversion)

sc - single crochet (double crochet)
sc2tog - single crochet 2 together (double crochet 2 together)
ch - chain
st(s) - stitch(es)
pm - place marker

Other notes:  Sock Yarn Baubles are worked in a spiral.  Do not join at the end of rounds.  Move marker up at the end of each round.

Starting with a magic loop

Round 1 ch1 (does not count as st), 6sc into ring.  Pull tight but do not join. Pm in 1st sc.


Round 2 Starting in the first sc from previous round 2sc in each stitch around (12sc)


Round 3 [2 sc in first stitch, sc in next st] repeat around (18sc)


Round 4 [2sc in first stitch, sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (24sc)

Rounds 5-7 Continue to increase by 6 sts in each round until you have 42sc


Rounds 8-14 Sc in each st around.  


At this point try your crochet around your ball.  It should be a little over half way up the bauble, when stretched.  If it is not over half way you can add a few extra rounds of sc in each stitch until it looks like the photo below...


Round 15 [sc2tog, sc5] repeat around.  (36sc)

Round 16 [sc2tog, sc4] repeat around.  (30sc)

Round 17 [sc2tog, sc3] repeat around.  (24sc)


Now comes the tricky part, stretch your crochet over the plastic ball and continue to work around.  You need to stretch your crochet quite tightly, this stretches the stitches and allows your sparkly bauble to peek through the crochet.


Round 18-20 Continue to decrease 6 sts in each round until you have 6 sts.


Bind off leaving a long tail and thread yarn onto a sewing needle.  work your yarn under each stitch and pull tight.  I find it easier to pop off the top of the bauble to do this.  Bind off hiding yarn inside the crochet.  


Replace the top of your bauble and add a cute bow, attach with some hot glue.


Make lots more to fill your tree...


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Happy hooking!
Catherine
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