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Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I'm a single mum with a beautiful daughter and I started crocheting 4 years ago when I quit smoking, I'm a huge fan of the granny square and mostly spend my free time making blankets as well as occasionally trying to expand my crafty skills :-)

Monday, 26 March 2012

SIBOL Squares!

There's a lovely lady called Sue who spends her spare time making beautiful blankets to donate to elderly care homes-people all over send her granny squares for these blankets or take part in her special 'Challenges'.  She's making a huge 'Olympic themed' blanket which will be auctioned to raise money for people suffering with Alzheimer's.  I've wanted for a while to send some squares and finally have some to offer!

I hope she likes them :-)

You should really have a lot at her blog: http://sunshineinternationalblanketsoflove.blogspot.co.uk/
and if you can crochet or knit, send her some squares!  Each one will be hugely appreciated and will go towards spreading some love where it is desperately needed.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

My oh my, lots of photos!

Myf and I have been reading the 'Indian in the Cupboard' series by Lynne Reid Banks and her Tudor obsession has transmuted into a desire for all things Native American!  We have a book here that has loads of great projects and one of them is making a tipi-on the photos in the book, the finished tipi looks huge, enough room for two 8-10yr olds, but in reality, was disappointingly small.  We painted it with animal symbols-




Not bad huh?

So while it dried, I decided to try something else...I draped the bamboo stick frame with blankets (that look enough like hides) and Myf was delighted!

 Can you see Myf?


And of course, we had to dress up and this means feathers!  I looked online and couldn't find a crochet pattern-but decided that a basic leaf pattern with some fiddling might make a passable feather....

 What do you think?

So here's a couple of squaws in their new tipi











Even though it looks fab, we took some pictures with the painted piece-



She loves it so much, we've taken it down and set it up again in her bedroom with sleeping mats, duvets, etc, for her to sleep on-she wants to have a little campout bless her!  Hopefully it'll be ok tonight-fingers crossed she doesn't move around too much and knock it down...

Friday, 16 March 2012

I've felt so much like crap this week that I nearly forgot Mothers Day!   Thankfully remembered last night and decided to make my Mum a little crocheted flower bookmark.  The flower design is from the lovely 'Crochet Bouquet' book that's become a firm favourite with a little improvisation on the leaf :-)  Hope she likes it!

There's some kind of Science day going on at Myf's school today so she dressed up as a 'Mad Experimental Doctor' complete with blue stripes in her hair and a very convincing evil laugh........


Can you spot the potions she drew on the coat?

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Quick Retraction.......

I keep forgetting!  The sisters gift exchange that I posted would be monthly isn't!  I think I'd go grey if I had to try and come up with new creative ideas every month!  It's meant to be every now and then, a few months between, that sort of time frame.  I just got confused.  It happens frequently.........

Shawls!

Myf had to dress up at school for St David's Day in a traditional Welsh costume-we have one but the shawl that came with it was lost ages ago!  It wasn't much of a shawl really, more a strip of cloth but as it was fairly cold and Myf's started off the year with a chest infection, I really needed to make sure she had as many layers as possible.  So I had a look at the 'Happy Hooker' book that my lovely biggest sister got me started on crochet with and decided to give the 'Sweet Pea' shawl a try.
I thought that halving the pattern would be wise as she didn't need a huge one and after spending two hours crocheting it wrong, I finally figured out where I was reading the pattern wrong and got it done!  Then Myf came home from school and I panicked it would be too small :-(  But it was perfect!  The shawl on a Welsh costume only just goes across the shoulders so it worked out well.  All this was the day before St David's Day so I also had to make two daffodils for her to wear and this is how cute she looked:



And from the back:
Myf was very pleased with her little shawl and immediately asked for a grownup size in her favourite shade of blue :-)

Once I can get hold of some nice snuggly non-acrylic wool, I plan to make a couple more for the Christmas gift box (and yes, I'm totally stealing a leaf out of my sisters book and trying to get lots of gift bits done before Christmas)

In other news I am suffering greatly with an impacted wisdom tooth that literally is making me cry so I turn to my beloved granny squares to calm and soothe me..........I've got a few projects on the go at the moment-hopefully I can share some pictures soon! :-)