Welcome to my 'other blog' the one that explores my crafty side. I have been a maker of 'things' since childhood. By nature I'm creative. I still love to write, and you can click on this link to visit my blog: Hanging On My Word, which is where I indulge in the thought and word side. Although a teacher by profession, I don't offer tutorials. This is my showcase of projects I like to share. So pull aside the curtains and let's begin (I'm a bit theatrical too!).

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Vikings are Coming


Here’s my latest knitted character from the pattern, ‘Erik the Viking' by Amanda Berry of Fluff and Fuzz.



I enjoyed Amanda’s pattern as usual and when I read that she usually uses ‘long tail cast-on’ it all made sense as to why her edges always look so much neater than mine. I have now mastered it!
Amanda suggests using a button for the base (to stop Erik wobbling over), instead I used a small plastic lid from the recycling.

I struggled to get my Viking Shield looking nice and round, so when it was finished I stitched it to the thin, soft plastic from the inside of a face cream jar (washed and dried of course!) - result!

I used yarns from my stash to match as nearly as possible to Amanda’s original choices and he turned out OK I think, although mine never look as neat and professional as Amanda’s.

My daughter is a big fan of the TV series ‘Vikings’ so this is for her. Not quite Ragnar, but it’s the thought that counts.

You can see details of the pattern from links on my Ravelry page, and it’s available as a download on Fluff and Fuzz.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Bolero Bounty


Well it’s taken me a while to post this even though I finished it ages ago! It’s the third time I’ve crocheted this particular pattern and you can read about the trials and tribulations the first time I tried to follow it in Ravelled Bolero  The second time, when I made it for my daughter-in-law I never got round to posting it, so here it is.


The purple one was made from Debbie Bliss Ecobaby yarn, as required from the pattern, and as per my original peachy one. The white one was in a sparkly yarn, Peter Pan - Moondust by Wendy, and matched my granddaughter’s in ‘A Little Bit of Sparkle’. Two satisfied customers.

All these projects, with details of patterns, yarns, hooks etc can be found on my Ravelry pages.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Bear in a Kit







Here’s my first little bear. He came as a kit with Let’s Knit magazine a few months ago and I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to knit him. I had so many other projects lined up.















Amanda Berry, the designer, had provided him with a little waistcoat and bow tie, but I’d just bought this spotty ribbon and I thought it suited him so well. The red wool in the kit won’t go to waste as I have Amanda’s robin pattern lined up as my next project. I love her patterns; they are so easy to follow, and the results speak for themselves.







And here he joins the other Christmas Bears.



Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Run, Run as Fast as You Can

You can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!


I’m addicted to gingerbread men, but not the edible variety. I discovered a free download of Amanda Berry’s pattern and decided to have a go at making one as a Christmas decoration. The trouble was that once I was on a roll I thought I’d make another one.


Amanda’s original design was slightly different. She actually knitted the jelly drop buttons but I used artistic licence and delved into my huge button stash. I also added a bow around the neck and when I realised that I had gingham buttons to match the gingham ribbon, and in the right colours too, well.......


.......I had to make another one, this time with pink ‘icing’ decoration.

The large smiley mouths are ‘couched’, i.e. laid in a curve and then caught in place with a few stitches in matching sewing cotton. I’m having a break from gingerbread men for the moment but I’m sure I’ll make another one; I’ve now discovered some purple gingham ribbon and matching buttons just asking to be used. Anyway they need another little friend to make pairs and so that they don’t fall out!



Gift-wrapped! I made this little bag for him and if you look closely at that square in the middle you will see tiny gingerbread men amongst the Christmas Puddings. The drawstring bag is in fact ‘drawn' with gingerbread man ribbon. The finishing touch is a tiny smiling angel charm that looked to me like a gingerbread lady with wings.


And here he is with his edible companions. Whereas they will disappear rapidly, he will be here again next year.

See all my projects on my Ravelry Page.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Rollo ’n Christmas


Yes, Roll On Christmas and I can display my latest Christmas Cutie designed by Amanda Berry of Fluff and Fuzz. He was made from a kit which came with ‘Let’s Knit magazine. The kit included his eyes and pom-pom nose; the only things I had to find were knitting needles and stuffing. He was completed over a few evenings whilst watching TV. Now for a name; I rather fell for the character Rollo in the excellent TV series ‘Vikings’ and although we know that real Vikings didn’t have horned helmets, as usual I will exercise creative licence. Anyway it makes the title of this post work!

Posing on a cushion for my Instagram photos......





......... being nuzzled by Davy the Donkey.


All my creations are also on my Ravelry Page.

Right then, carrots all round!!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Little Donkey


How could anyone resist? This is Amanda Berry’s Dandy the Donkey from Let’s get Crafting: Knitting and Crochet magazine issue 64. This was such an easy make for a novice knitter and I even learned some new techniques;wrap and turn and making a mitred rectangle (for the donkey’s neck). Dandy was designed as a Christmas mascot.


All accessories are removable, including his little Christmas hat with holes for his ears, and yes, his winter boots.


Amanda managed to incorporate all the colours in the ‘Bobble’ yarn kit which comes attached to the magazine, which is why underneath his stripey saddlle he has pink and grey stripes! Amanda’s donkey-hat has a few white strands of yarn attached which I have omitted and I may later make a little pom-pom. There is a small amount of Cranberry pink left so perhaps he should have a scarf too. We have a tradition of re-naming in this household. Once the toy is made we all take a look at it and decide what it should be called. This little donkey can’t be Dandy because that name is already taken by my mouse. I rather fancy calling him Davy.

All my knitting and crochet projects can be found on my Ravelry page. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Ghostly Goodies


This is my spooky knitted ghost, which will make a nice decoration for the table on Hallowe’en. The pattern, designed by Susie Johns, was a free download, and originally apeared in ‘Let’s Knit’ magazine, where he was called Wilfred the Friendly Ghost. The only thing I altered was his mouth as I wanted him to look as though he was saying “Ooooooh!”

As well as the bats in my previous post I’ve been busy making Hallowe’en Bags to contain the goodies my grandchildren hope to collect when Trick or Treating. This will only be done under strict supervision and they will only be visiting friends who have been warned beforehand.



The bags are just drawstring cotton and took very little time to make.  I found a scrap of pumpkin fabric in my stash left over from a project many years ago. I ironed the pumpkins onto vilene and appliqued them onto the bags. I also found some neon coloured satin stars and bought some matching cord for each bag. My twin grandchildren won’t argue as one will have the green and one will have the orange......or maybe they will!


Here he is in place as part of the Halloween decorations.