Creature Comforts…

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Yes indeed dear reader, once again it’s that time of year when you need to start crafting comfort of one sort or another and for me that means – a new blankie! As you can see in the pretty-pic above, my new blankie has begun, hoorah! It will be formed from many, many gorgeous granny squares, in delightfully autumnal shades of dark brown, mocha, khaki, copper and gold; my heart warms with a toasty glow, just by looking at those adorable little squares!

Of course I haven’t just been crocheting comfort for me, myself and I, dear reader, for I have also been beavering away at creating more of my crocheted creatures, which I hope will bring cuddlesome comfort to others out there in the big wide world – yes, that’s right dear reader you’ve guessed it, more bunnies…

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Beautiful bunch of bunnies aren’t they? It seems a shame to split them up as they seem to get along so well, but I’m sure they will be muchly loved by whoever decides to give them a new home, bless ’em. Ooh, musn’t forget monkey, for how could I anyhow, when he is causing much mishief and mayhem around here right now…

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Beware dear reader, don’t let his cheeky little smile fool you…

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…as he’s usually been up to something suspicious…

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Watch it monkey, I’m on to you…

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Ooh you cheeky chappie you, behave! Whoever adopts you is definately in for some jolly japes and gallons of gigglesome fun. It will certainly be quiet around here once he’s moved out, that’s for sure. Well, I need to return forthwith to my comfort-creations, so stay toasty dear reader and keep crafting…

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Crafting Colour…

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And a jolly-cheery hello to you, my dearest reader! Don’t you just adore this time of year? I love watching the trees erupt into a blaze of glorious jewel-like colours, along with foraging for acorns and chestnuts (sorry squirrels) and picking pumpkins in their glorious array of shapes and shades. As you can see in the photo above, I love to fill my home with a constantly growing collection of autumn’s bounty (once again, apologies squirrels) which tones in quite happily with my crochet cushion cover, in shades of silver, graphite and mustard. Granny squares are most definately my not-so-secret passion at the moment, for not only did I crochet a cosy cushion cover using the groovy granny square, I also made a beautiful baby blanket…

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…which I am calling my Peony Poppet Blanket, as it is in peony shades of pale peach, fondant, candyfloss and white. The granny squares didn’t stop there however dear reader, for I have finally finished the Blossom Baby Blanket I started back in the spring, which is composed of pretty little candy-coloured squares of sherbet, white, candyfloss and fondant…

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Cute colours aren’t they? Colourful colouring has also been occurring in my Mollie Makes colouring book, with a bit of botanical beauty…

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Of course, it will probably soon be that time of year to crack out my wonderful winter wonderland colouring book, so I can cosy up in front of the fire for a spot of festive fun with my colouring pencils (rock and roll!) I’ve already been busy puzzling, another perfect pastime as the evenings begin to darken earlier…

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Well that’s all for now, dearest reader. Here’s wishing you a happy Halloween – stay spooky but keep crafting…

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September Stitchings

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As you can see dear reader, I have been hastily hooking away at my crochet in order to create some snuggly-cosy creations in preparation for the autumn chills looming on the horizon.I used a Nicki Trench pattern and adored crocheting the lovely lace at the fingertip edge, as well as the rather raunchy frills at the wrists; I shall most definately be adding more of those little beauties to future projects whenever possible! More mitts were to follow, this time in a super seed style stitch in caramel, with a contrasting scalloped trim of teal…

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For those little darlings, I followed a crochet pattern from Knit Now magazine by Kat Goldin. Continuing with the crocheted cosiness, I used a Nicki Trench pattern from ‘Cute & Easy Crochet’ to create a cuddly cushion in autumnal shades, using cotton yarn in cream, chestnut and chocolate brown…

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What’s that I hear you ask? Any news on the delightful daschund I was designing? Why yes indeed, she is now complete, so prepare to meet the rather marvellous Mabel…

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Isn’t she adorable? I love her dearly, but I do wish she would stop hogging the blanket on the sofa…

Well that’s all my craftiness for this bloggings, my lovely reader. I shall leave you with some autumnal pics to peruse from my recent wandering walkings ( without Mabel, she refused to forsake her spot on the sofa. What a diva!) Take care and keep on crafting…

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As autumn arrives…

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…it’s obviously time to crack out those autumnal shades of yummy yarn again, which I am happily crocheting into a cuddly cushion cover of the circular variety, as shown in the pic above. I must try to slow down a trifle though, as crocheting in speedy spirals can make me a little dizzy dear reader! Such fun! Still on the cosy cushion covers theme, I have also started to hook up a granny square style one in shades of graphite, silver and mustard, mmm…really liking that mustard colour right now, particularly with grey…

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Expect to see more mustard yarn around these parts in the future! Apart from creating some rather grown-up items for the home, a few fun fripperies have also been rolling off the parental production line to keep my darling daughters delighted, commencing with a trio of crochet cacti from a Simply Crochet magazine pattern (yes, you did hear that correctly: crocheted cacti!) …

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Practically perfect pricklies, are they not? My other rather jolly creation, which will definately bring a smile to your face dear reader, is Baby Groot, an adorable Marvel character from the film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (pattern from Twinkie Chan) …

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Such a cheerful chappy isn’t he? A little more cheerfulness will be filling the household soon once I have finished hooking up my latest crocheted creature – a delightful daschund!

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Of course she will have a super stripy section too as you can see. Ooh, talking of stripes, following a long-awaited rummage through my yarn stash mixed with a bit of sorting out, I managed to gather together a whole bounteous basketful of balls of yarn ends, simply crying out to be crocheted into a scrappy blankie, where each row is a different colour yarn…

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Super stripy and such fun to work on! It’s not the only blanket I have on the go at the moment though ( you know what I’m like) as I’ve been meaning to get going on another ripple blanket, this time in shades of kiwi and cream…

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Well, that’s a fair bit of creativeness for to peruse dear reader, I will bid you farewell and leave you with a few favourite pics from my wonderful week in Wales this summer…

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Summery Stitchings…

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No, you’re eyes do not deceive you dearest reader, that is a completed cream quilt of many, many squares in several stitches you see before you! Darling daughter is dutifully delighted with her beautiful blanket and I’m oh-so slightly sad that my pursuit of patterns to tempt my knitting needles is over. Never mind, here’s some close-up pics of those many, many squares (70 to be precise) each and every one unique (yes, 70 different stitch patterns) for you to feast your eyes on dear reader…

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bear with…

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there’s more…

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…and more…

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…ooh, don’t forget that lovely, lacy border…

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If you feel the urge to crack out your knitting needles and grab yourself a stash of yummy yarn to start your own blanket of many, many squares, then go for it dear reader! All I did was to select stitch patterns that required 37-39 stitches per row in order for the squares to be of a similar size. My squares were all knitted in double knit yarn on 4mm needles and I found the stitch patterns from various sources, including Debbie Bliss books, knitting magazines and the Deramores stitch blog amongst others. Of course you don’t have to aim for a huge number of squares, you could always make a smaller, equally lovely blankie, with just a few knitted squares. You could even make a fab textured blanket from simply mixing squares of plain knitted squares, such as stocking stitch, garter stitch and moss stitch, or even choosing cool colour combinations – there are endless possibilities to fit individual abilities, just give it a go…

My summery stitchings continued with a candy-coloured granny square blankie, edged with a splash of sunshine yellow for the scalloped border…

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Isn’t it a cutie? I used shades of lemon, spring green, cloud blue, wisteria and clematis Stylecraft Special DK. Using the same summery shades, a bounty of bunting was also created to match from a pattern by Nicki Trench in her book Cute & Easy Crochet…

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Such a cheerful bunch of bunting! Well that’s it for now dear reader, I do so hope you are muchly blessed with many, many hazy-lazy, sunshiny days until the next time we meet. I’m off to stitch in the sunshine, so shall leave you with a few of my favourite flowery pics from some summery-sunny walks…

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Stitching Seaside Shades

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A warm and sunny hello to you, my lovely reader! I do so hope you have been enjoying some summer sunshine of late and have escaped being drenched in dreaded downpours. As you can see, I have been crocheting delightful-deckchair-style, seaside stripes of cream, mustard, denim and meadow, which will hopefully adorn the headboard of a darling daughter of mine very soon. Simple treble stitch blankets are a pure joy to work on – so simple and soothingly rhythmic.

My pretty pins have now found a new summer abode courtesy of a Mollie Makes free kit, in the shape of a sugary-sweet, pretty-in-pink, shades of summer pin cushion…

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Adorable, isn’t it? Whilst hooking up this little beauty, I also remembered just how fond I am of the rather jolly old granny square. As a result, I am currently working on a candy-coloured granny square blankie, of which I will share a pic of next time (can you bear the wait, dear reader?)

Remember my cream quilt of many, many squares I have been beavering away on for a while now? Well, you’ll be glad to hear that I finally finished stitching together all 70 (yes, 70) of said many, many squares and have subsequently embarked upon the mammoth task of knitting a border. Of course, as darling daughter has selected a lacy stitch for the edging of her cream quilt, said border is not such a chore after all; you know how much I love knitting lovely, lovely lace…

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Ooh, I’ve also been crocheting a bounty of bunting in summery shades too, so shall share pretty pics of their jaunty jolliness next time, promise. I’ll leave you with a few fancy, flowery pics of prettiness, dear reader, as I wish you endless days of lazy, hazy sunshine. Keep on crafting…

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Stitching, squares, shawls and such…

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And a happy-hello to you my dearest reader! I do hope that you are bouncing around in the sunshine, full of the joys of spring like a newborn lamb. However, fear not if you are feeling a little damp and dismal in dreary drizzle, for I have some oh-so-cute-as-a-button pics coming up later, that will have you ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ with delight. As you can see from the above photograph, I have been happily stitching stems for the ‘Azure Bells’ embroidery from Landscape magazine which I’m currently working on. So far I’ve dabbled in stem stitch for the stem (so fitting) along with satin stitch for the leaf and I can’t wait to break out the blue thread to start stitching those tantalising blue bell flowers.

On the crochet front, my first ever shawl has been completed (the one from a Mollie Makes pattern) and I have to confess dear reader that I am rather chuffed with it…

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Of course now that I’ve finished it, I’m itching to get started on another one…But, my darling daughter’s cream quilt is so very nearly finished that I’m cracking on with it at full steam now, as I’m just finishing off the very last knitted square…

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…after which I can start sewing all those many, many, many squares together. Of course that does involve totally monopolising the lounge floor for a few days, while I rearrange said many, many, many knitted squares into a pleasing pattern! Anyway, now the moment you’ve been waiting for: the cutie-pie pic parade! I was lucky enough to visit the rather marvellous Devon County Show on Saturday, so summon up all those ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ in preparation for some cute creatures of the rural variety. First, gorgeous goslings…

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I know, fabulously fluffy. Now for one of my favourites – baby Indian runner ducks!

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And then there were the cuddly and comical alpacas…

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I also watched a bit of horse jumping for the first time and was suitably impressed…

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…such stunning animals…

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Well I do hope you are all overloaded with cuteness and feeling all warm and toasty inside. If you are still sadly lacking on the sunshine front, I do have some fabulous flowers to banish any remnants of dull dreariness you may be suffering with…

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Well, by now you should be full-to-the-brim with heart-warming cuteness and summery sunshine meaning my work here is done, so I shall leave you basking in a rosy glow of gladness while I crack on with the crafting. Until next time dear reader, take care…