Thursday, 29 July 2010


There are so many creative ideas buzzing away in my brain to the point where I can't wait to try new things and put little ideas together and make lovely things for my home.  I must stop stop stop and slow slow down or I might burst with excitement.

My mum has also knitted and crocheted, many years ago she had her own wool shop in London and her and another lady, her longest friend both made and designed crochet dresses for the London Palladium.  I love hearing their stories.  They both tell me know that with eyesight going and arthritis coming, they cannot do the intricate patterns and detail anymore.  Which is such a shame so my mum sticks to knitting for her grandchildren or crochet granny squares. 

However, my mum over the years has made some really beautiful doilies - not that I appreciated them until recently and wow, what can I say I have the bug.  I started last night and have made 5 already.  The last one I used two stands of fine cotton at once and dropped it in the leftover coffee this morning and hey presto have a vintage look doily.  I cannot tell you how chuffed I am with this!

Now I need to do something with them - I thought I might embellish some clothing I have a rather lovely denim vintage jacket which would look lovely with one.  My apron maybe?  The possibilities are endless.  My mum has a crochet doily cushion cover she made years ago so I may have to try one of those.  I cant cant cant wait.

All this and moving bedrooms around.  We are moving into the larger room which used to be my partner's dad's room.  He passed away just over a year ago and my little man will be moving into our present room which will in turn free up the littlest room for a nursery once again.  So my better half is going to be very busy over the next few weeks.  There will be painting to be done, curtains to be made - a bed cover to finish and I think a dressing table doily set will be in order.

Have a lovely Thursday everyone.

Clare x

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Crochet Cushion Cover in the making
Homemade bread made - just needs to be eaten!

I am very undecided about how to make the back for this cushion cover.  Crochet or material?  What do you think?

Monday, 26 July 2010

Lazy Weekend at Home

We had what can only be described as a very lazy weekend at home.  I had time for a bit of hooky, a bit of baking and lots of playtime with soldiers and train tracks. 

I machine embroidered a bib for a custom order, then I had a sort out of my stash and have started a new little project.  Yes another one!  This time a Babette blanket only a small one to put over the back of the armchair to brighten up a rather dull space.

I am also working on a cushion cover for the same chair.  Will post more pics as we progress.

My little man had a blue ballon in the garden which he let go of - as you can image he expected me to get it straight back for him - up up and away!

Now back to work and usual tasks of housework, washing and ironing.  Yes yes yes - don't worry I am still taking it very easy.

Hope you all had a good weekend.

C x

Friday, 23 July 2010

Granny Stripe Blanket Completed

Wow.  I can't believe how much I have done on this blanket over the last two days.  Well I had two hours waiting up the Hospital so that gave me a head start.   This was a great place to sit and crochet I thought uninterrupted but no.  Firstly an elderly lady sat next to me who was a knitter, she couldn't crochet but wanted to know all about it.  Then a couple sat opposite me and the husband said to the wife  "look what that girl's doing there.  Is that knitting?"  His wife replied "No it must be crochet"  I smiled to myself as they sat there discussing the speed of which my blanket grew and the colour combinations as if I wasn't even there.

I then heard lots of comments like - she is so young to be doing an old fashioned craft.  I did laugh and thought to myself if you took a little look on line there are a lot of us at very different ages producing the most amazingly modern and fashionable items!

I did enjoy my time sitting hooking away and listening.

Anyhow.  This is the result and my little man looves it.  I was going to give it a border but he has taken it to bed.  So another time maybe.

I will take some better photos in daylight and post next time.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Clare x

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Crochet African Flowers Completed Cushion and General Update

Hello everyone

Well - Yes I have been taking it easy - well sort of I have had a full schedule with midwife, consultant, doctors and physio appointments. All of them saying the same thing - looks like this baby may come early! Not good to hear when you are only 24/25 weeks! Tomorrow (Thursday) I have another full morning at the Hospital for a Glucose Tolerance Test - just in case I may be diabetic - would explain my little man being born at 10lb 3.5oz. They are already predicting another bb! I am asking for a c-section but not looking good at the moment unless placenta stays low then they have no choice. Anyhow, enough about baby stuff.

Back to the important thing of hooky!

I have had little time to do much but am posting some pics for you to have a little look at.
First problem running out of yarn for the hex blankie, and can't source it anywhere the manufactures have discontinued it. So am on the hunt for a colour that matches! So that little project on hold for now.

Not getting on very well with stripe blankie for little Man as it has been way to hot to have on my lap. So I have been doing a few African flowers as they are quick small and can travel with me from appointment to appointment. I saw these on Elizabeth's blog she is very talented - take a look!

Oh yes I did manage to finish my cushion cover which my little man promptly gave to Nanny - but that's fine it is much suited better to her home than mine.

Well time to stop rambling

Love and Hugs

Clare x

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Feet up - hooky time - Doctors orders!

This is my Tuesday workspace. Under orders to put feet up and relax. Do not push hoover, do not pick up little boy. Do not do anything apart from hooking! Well I made the last bit up.

I spent yesterday afternoon/ evening in Maternity Day Care. I think they thought I had gone in to labour - half way through my pregnancy. I was asked all sorts of questions from have I had contractions to do I think my waters have broken. Long long story - but the outcome is feet up and take it easy! The photos above are a cushion cover in the making. No plans for this, but grabbed some wool on the way to the hospital and this is the outcome. So have decided to finish this today and then get back to the hex blankie. The book of browsing today is 100 flowers to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield. I have had this for some time now and pick it up every now and then, but think I will make some pretty flowers to add to the cushion cover.

Hope you enjoy your Tuesday as much as I am mine.

Clare x

Friday, 9 July 2010

Crochet Hexagon Blanket Beginnings

I have started pretty hexagons with a limegreen centre with two different blues. I am really pleased with the look of these and the eventual plan is for them to become a baby blanket. No not for me - I don't know what I am having.

There are so many lovely hexagons on Hexagon Love on Flickr. There is also a great tutorial on Lucy's blog

I also have a couple of other blanket projects on the go - but they are getting rather hot to have on my lap during the day - so these are just perfect to sit and play with for an hour or so. They are rather addictive. - Be warned!

Blanket for on my bed
My little man and his train.
And little man showing off what will be a blanket for on his bed.

Have a great weekend everyone


Thursday, 8 July 2010

Crochet Curly Whirly Scarf and pretty little crochet flowers

Curly Whirly Scarf

I finished this last night.

spiral scarf made from self patterning yarn. 25% wool 75% acrylic. Machine washable cool 30 degrees. Do not tumble dry.

This little scarf gives just the right effect, and is light and warm too. The way it falls is beautiful, and it can also be worn as a sort of ruff. The colours are a mix of rich pastel shades giving a striking effect.


I haven't managed to get my little store working yet - will keep trying if there is anything you are interested in. Just send me a message and I can always send you an invoice via paypal.

I also made some flower broaches. £8.00 each.

I'm not pleased with the photos so will get the significant other to do them for me later.

Thanks for popping by

C x

Tuesday, 6 July 2010


I have been busy the last few days making lots of lovely things to add to my little store. All I have to do now is finish a few items and take some photos.

I can't tell you how unbelievably excited I am to be able to show you my little makes. Please check back soon for some lovely eye candy!

Clare x