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Crazy Crochet

Having had to make my fair share of Elmer squares for various baby blankets over the last 6 months I knew that I wanted a break from squares and that I wasn’t really in the mood for granny stripes when it came to making my niece a blanket for her first birthday.

I came across an image on Facebook and knew immediately I wanted to make it, I even had a friend tag me in a post about it and its totally me! So here is the progress of Emily’s non-Elmer blanket


ETA: link to pattern here


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My friends’ facebook newsfeeds, seem to be getting overtaken by wedding related posts, so i thought I’d give them all a break and *try* and only post wedding stuff here. I can hear my betrothed saying, ‘well why do you have to write about it anyway?’ but i’m sure you’ll all appreciate why I can’t not write about it.

Last weekend saw a trip to Birmingham, 4 different shops, about 40dresses and one very tired, deflated Ally at the end of the day. I didn’t find anything that I had in mind. There was one dress which was the right length and style, but wrong in so many ways, but I nearly bought it. I think it’s because it was the only one that fitted and was the right style, etc etc but i’m now so glad I didn’t get it. However, this unsuccessful trip saw me very stressed over Monday and Tuesday with trying to find something online. I was truly awful to be around. Took it all out on my poor T, but there was light at the end of the tunnel: we had our marriage prep on Monday evening, with 2 of our elders from church who are an amazing couple. We needed to pray about a few things and my dress became one of them. I then remembered something that i’d found on etsy ages ago but that didn’t quite look right at the time, however I looked again and had a whole new idea for the wedding, so i bought it! I really really really want to show you it, but I also want the surprise on the day so will hold off on the actual dress and the major accessory needed to be suitable, but I can give you a taste of the feel of the day, through the most scrumptious pair of shoes.

My mum, bought these shoes for me earlier this year with the wedding in mind and I customised them yesterday with a few things I found…..



The theme seems to have gone from fun, playful 50s to more vintage, elegant 50s. Which is absolutely fine as all the stuff already bought goes along with that perfectly, but there are a few changes I need to make.

One of these changes is something to do with doilies, so, along with the help of some lovely friends from the parenting forum Natural Mamas I am undertaking a rather mammoth doilie making task. Let the Crochet commence!!

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Some of you who have been following for a while may remember my inspiration wall in my old house:


I loved walking into the kitchen first thing in the morning and seeing this wall. There was something for every sort of mood. It was just so uplifting.

However, I haven’t been able to find a suitable spot in the new house, so this weekend I set about making a set of mugs instead. I chose a few of my favourite literature quotes and books. I’ve got loads more to go until I have the set I want, but I have had a few people around for coffee and they have loved them and also had a shop in town asking about stocking them. So, today I have taken the plunge and re-opened my Etsy Shop by listing customisable mugs. There are a few images below. Since closing my art business in 2010 i’ve needed a creative outlet and I may have just found it


I have had so much fun making them and am looking forward to working with customers again. Keep your eyes on the shop for new listings, including handmade cushions and blankets.

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It’s oh so quiet…

Shhhh, Shhhh! Today my lovely Delilah is having lunch at school so i have a whole 4 hours to myself. Tom and I made the most of the peace and quiet and had a cheeky coffee date after the school run. I’m supposed to be tidying and cleaning, but instead I am busy staring at a huge tea pot from church and trying to work out how long it’ll take to finish the cosy for it. This is what it looks like now:


As you can see I’ve got a little way to go yet, but i’m actually really proud of myself. Normally the lid handle top would be in the middle which would be easy to increase, however this one was off to one side, so it took a bit of brain power to make it work. I’ll get some better pictures of that once it’s finished and one with a normal sized cup to show how big it actually is!


I treated myself to some new sharpies over the weekend too and had some pinterest inspired fun with some mugs, i feel a new addiction coming on.




This is my favourtite bible passage – Proverbs 31









And this of course is the wonderful Mr Darcy, of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice

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Today is Friday, the children went back to school last week, today is an inset day! Crazy, crazy, crazy. We’re going to make the most of the parks being relatively quiet because all the other children will be at school, but wish me luck as we’ve got to do a supermarket too!

Luckily my WIP still fits in my bag, so whilst they’re playing, i’ll knit, win-win! I’m not entirely sure what i’m making. It’s a triangular scarf and it’s like the basic garter stitch for the ginkgo but with a completely different cast on, so I shall have to wait and see how the lace border goes, may have to write my own, but more on that as I get there.

Each Saturday, I email our wedding party + mums with an update of the week’s progress. This week I have so much to write about as we’ve really motored on – as one does when you’re getting wed only 16 weeks after your man proposed, so we’re at 13 weeks and 1 day to go and all the big stuff is out of the way I can think about all the fun creative D.I.Y. stuff.

Beautiful yarn


Beautiful location


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Ribbit, Ribbit

Ribbit, Ribbit is my word of choice to describe this mornings events. For those of you up with crafting lingo I have indeed frogged the first attempt at the ginkgo. Not because I did it wrong (for once) but because it really didn’t look right with the variegated yarn.

So what’s frogging? Well it definitely is not to be confused with dogging! It basically means I ripped the knitting apart, as the stitches come out you’re ‘ripping, ripping’ which many moons ago someone thought sounded like ‘Ribbit’ which then led to frogging.

So I am now on the hunt for another pattern….anyone got any good rec’s for a one skein lace triangular scarf pattern?

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It’s Christmas in just over 14 weeks and normally I would have started to at least plan what I was making for friends and family already. However, this year is going to be different…..I’m getting married in 13 weeks! So whilst planning the major stuff for that and also the little stuff, including D.I.Y. table and venue decorations, I thought it would be a really nice idea to make a gift for each of bridesmaids. All three of them are very special to me in one or another (as bm’s usually are!) but I have never crafted anything for any of them. My friend Hannah from ‘The Hen House’ has custom dyed me the most gorgeous 4ply super-wash merino yarn.

Here it is in skeins:


 Isn’t it just the most gorgeous yarn? Hannah has done an amazing job. So what’s the plan with it? well I’ve been searching for something fantastic to make with it, that will show off the yarn but also be a pretty pattern and i’ve decided upon this Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl available as free Ravelry download. I’ve got four skeins, so i’ll be doing one for each bridesmaid and if there’s enough time i’ll also make one for myself. I’m going to try and add some green in somewhere, maybe some ribbon or embroidery or something to bring in all my wedding colours and then maybe we’ll get some really funky pictures with them on my big day.

Here’s a picture of it balled (a task that I detest)

It may be a really horrible, mindless task, but doesn’t it just look scrumptious? Hannah named it Blue Lagoon and I have to say the shades of blue are so beautiful, I could just stare at it all day.


Little lady is now off to school so i get to cast on in a few minutes…..progress reports to follow i’m sure.

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