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The big knit

I’ve been busy crocheting little hats again and have quite a few to show you. I thought I’d do a few more simple hats, as they all raise the same amount of money, regardless of whether they take 30 mins to do or several hours.

This is the first batch that I did. I really must stop using the coloured googly eyes. The black ones look fine but the pink, yellow and green ones look quite creepy!

I saw on The Big Knit Facebook page that some people had found multi-coloured yarn at Poundland and thought it’d make a nice change to do some really brightly coloured ones. I found the yarn ok in our local store but as it was on offer at 3 for £2, I got a couple of the other colours. Then I spotted another colour that I wanted so ended up with six balls in the end LOL

There were three multi-coloured ones, a really bright one with a very short colour-change, which made a nice sun hat. (I’m thinking it’d make a nice psychedelic elephant!) There are two pastel ones with a longer colour-change. I took one of them with me to the Craft Group meeting at work and made a few bobble hats plus another elephant. The bright yarn makes lovely bobbles! Ruth brought along one that she’d made to add to my collection. Isn’t it pretty! I made another octopus. I may make more. They’re quick, easy and fun to do. I got a booklet in a crochet magazine that had patterns in to make egg cosies. They’d come out way too big if I followed the patterns exactly as they’re in 4-ply and I’m using DK, but with a bit of adapting, I managed to make a dragon. He’s a punk dragon!

I also made a unicorn. One of the Poundland yarns was a white with sparkle which screamed Unicorn at me. I used the other colour-change yarn to do his mane and tummy.

That brings the total up to 50, so halfway to my target.

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Baltic scrapping #07

I did four layouts from our fourth day, which was a day at sea.

First the intro layout, which follows the same format as the others. Next are a couple with photos of where we ate that day with journalling about the things that we did in between eating. Finally a layout to document the evening’s activities.


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SAL – Snowflake Serenade #04

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and Snowflake Serenade is finished!

This is how it looked at the last update. I loved stitching Frosty the snowman. He may be my favourite section, partly because of the French knots which came out perfectly at the first attempt. (Much to my amazement!)

This is the final box, which I’m calling The 12 days of Christmas as the birds look like they might be the 2 turtle doves.

And this is the finished piece. I think I completed this in record time (for me) so I’m chuffed to bits.

I’m trying to find some nice snowflake fabric to frame it with but this seems to be the wrong time of year for a decent selection. Trust me to want stuff out of season LOL

I’ve got the next project ready to go and hopefully will have some progress to show you in three weeks.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, GunJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaret, CindyHelenLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare,
Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.


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The big knit

And there are more! I downloaded some more patterns from Jo’s Big Knit and had fun making some of them. There are several crochet patterns there but mostly they’re knitted ones. I found enough crochet ones to keep me out of mischief for a while though.

I liked the pig, especially his wiggly tail. The sunhat is one of my ‘make it up as I go along ones’. I did a rabbit and a rat. I couldn’t fathom out the instructions for the rabbit’s ears so I made my own. They both have tails, one a pompom and one a long thin one. I loved the frog pattern and the octopus was fun to do as well. I may make more of them at some point. I did a few more bobble hats. They’re quick and easy and are good for using up the last bits of a ball of yarn. I’ve finally got a pompom maker so I can do matching bobbles! Then I thought I’d try the elephant pattern. I really liked that one and may have got a bit carried away. Aren’t they cute!? I may make more elephants. I’m wondering how many different colours I can make LOL

These little hats are great to keep my hands occupied while I’m watching TV and don’t take long to make. I may get back to other crochet projects at some point but at the moment I’m having far too much fun with these.


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SAL – Snowflake Serenade #03

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve managed to fill in two more boxes as well as finishing the one that I’d started.

This is how it looked at the last update.  This is Winter Wonderland, which I’d made a start on before. I may redo the small tree if I have enough green thread left at the end. It’s a variegated thread and when I did the large tree I dotted the stitches about a bit to get a mottled look but for the small one I didn’t, and it looks a bit odd. I’m not sure how the two WDW threads are going to hold up as there’s a lot more green and brown still to do, but I’m crossing my fingers.

Let it snow didn’t take long at all with just a bit of text and a handful of snowflakes. Finally for this update is White Christmas. The snowflakes took some concentration to get right but the box didn’t take too long to do. You can see why it’s called Snowflake Serenade now, can’t you. I’ve had Christmas carols going round in my head while stitching!This is what it looks like now with just two boxes left to do. Those last two boxes are more detailed and have a lot more in than the last couple but I’m hoping for a happy dance next update.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnnJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaret, CindyHelenStephLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare,
Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.


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The big knit

I’ve crocheted a few more mini hats for The Big Knit and I’m still really enjoying making them. I made a couple more sun hats. I made four more bobble hats. I’m using bought bobbles but I really wish I could find a bobble maker that makes teeny bobbles as I’d love to make them to match the stripes better. I also made some more ‘interesting’ ones 😀

One is meant to be a lion, one is a girl and one started out as an owl but then I got distracted. My friends think it looks like something out of Star Wars LOL
Hopefully someone will like it enough to buy a smoothie with it on. I’ve been accumulating bottles to display them on too. I do love smoothies so it wasn’t a hardship, mind. That lion looks more wonky the more I look at it. Maybe I should rename it as a very suntanned man with a moustache and a weird haircut LOL

That takes me up to 16. Do you think 100 is a bit too optimistic for the deadline of end of July? It’s something to aim at…