Thursday, 30 August 2007

Busy days

This has been a busy week and a bit for us. Last week we went to Rochester Castel on the Friday and on Sunday we went to Deal Castle near Dover. But guess what I had in my bag each time? That's right, my yarn and hook went with each time. Not that I got to do any at Rochester Castle, but I did get to work on the baby shawl while watching the children at the seafront in Deal (photo compliments of my daughter). Then later on in the week I taught my cousin to crochet, he got the hang of it really quickly and is impressed with himself for crocheting a square to go with my next Iggle Piggle. Today was Crochet Group meetup, and I couldn't go to join them, I do miss chatting to my fellow hookers (you know what I mean). So instead today I made a homemade chicken pie. Came out a bit darker than I wanted, but we will be eating them soon. I have attached a photo of the baby shawl at 26 rounds, coming along nicely, and one of the Bus Cuddles from I have started in the top left hand corner. Can't wait to see what the rest of it is going to look like! I am having fun with this pattern and can't wait to try some of the others on this website. The designer is really talented.

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Knitting and crochet

I have had a busy few days while waiting for the weather to improve. I knitted the children each a jelly baby, which they enjoyed playing with. Then my cousin suggested that I make an Iggle Piggle from "In the Night Garden" as his son is a big fan, I was nagged into designing one for him. I am quite pleased with the result, it does need a bit of tweaking, but the first try wasn't too far off. My cousin's son seemed impressed with his Iggle Piggle and I am impressed with myself for designing him! I have started typing up the pattern for future use. I have also started crocheting a baby shawl to send to my stepsister in South Africa for her baby son. I have also a few new projects that I will be starting for Christmas presents, will be putting pictures up once I do start them. The first two are blankets from website which has some stunning quilt blanket patterns on it. I will be making the school bus blankets for my nephew and cousin's son. Will keep updated on the other projects to be started.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Holiday and hobbies

We have been visiting with my cousin in Kent for a little while, so lovely and peaceful here. We went camping last week and enjoyed that, too. Not the best weather for camping, but we did have fun. The children had a ball and of course I had my crocheting with me (can't go anywhere without that!)

I decided to venture out into the high street on the bus this afternoon with the children and (surprise, surprise) I ended up with more patterns and yarns. Well, what is visiting new places for if you can't get some things that make you happy? I had a peep around a charity shop to see what they had (and apart from the children getting a doll and a train) I got a book of knitting patterns to knit my daughter and cousin's son some mini toys, they have decided on the jelly babies. I might go back to buy some more of the patterns as they had a few Jean Greenhowe patterns and I only bought the one booklet (what was I thinking of!) So of course, I had to get the yarn to make them with as well as I hadn't brought a lot of yarn with me, figuring I could just get some more if I needed it, which I always do. I also got a lovely old booklet with crochet doilies, etc in it. I got the crochet cotton on my last holiday in Great Yarmouth, so now I can complete a project with bits bought at different places during the holidays, it will be a real holiday project :).

Thursday, 9 August 2007


I am feeling a bit pleased with myself, sold my first two crochet hats on ebay. I have only ever sold knitted scarves and knitted baby doll outfits, so this is a first for me. I hope the customer likes them, I posted them to her today. I bought the pattern intending to make a hat for my brother, ended up making hats for my daughter and then decided to try selling them. My sister in South Africa has placed an order for two hats as well, so will be quite busy crocheting hats for a little while.

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Innocent village fete

We had a lovely time at the innocent village fete, can't wait to be able to go again. There was something for everyone and the weather was perfect. The best part was, of course, the knitting tent. We went to have a look and stayed for about 2 hours! We made some hats for the big knit and my daughter found out she wasn't the only child that could knit! She looked around at the other children, looked at me and said (in shock) "So I am not the only child that can knit?" She was so happy that she immediately started knitting and didn't want to leave!!! There was good music to listen to while we were knitting and the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly.
The village fete gets my vote. We will be visiting more parks with needles and crochet hooks and enjoy ourselves.

Thursday, 2 August 2007


I had a good week away in Great Yarmouth visiting family and relaxing, but I could not resist looking at and buying more yarns!!! I got some lovely fun yarns and a bag full of crochet cotton which I am hoping to use to make potpourri bags with. I also got a crochet jewellery kit to try my hand at crocheting jewellery.

And I did make some things while I was on holiday, too. I finished the vest top for my daughter and I made a matching hat, but haven't photographed it, yet. Here is a picture of the first one I made for her, she loves modelling the things when she is in the mood to do it.

I am supposed to be going to visit again later in the school holidays, but I don't know if I can trust myself in the shops there! I also made a mobile phone cover, a nintendo ds cover and some flowers, will take more photos when I have put the press studs on them. Did I say earlier I was on holiday? Well, it must have been a good holiday if I got time to do my favourite things, like knitting and crocheting.