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March Makings…

Hello dearest reader! Yes, Spring has finally sprung (hurrah!) and it’s wonderful to spot all the darling daffodils and pretty primroses blooming in the big outdoors, as well as filling my home with the perfume of heavenly hyacinths. As you can see, I have been busy knitting myself a pair of March mittens to warm my chilly fingers on my wanderings. They were made from James C Brett’s ‘Lakeland’ chunky yarn, using a Sirdar knitting pattern. I’m just loving all the yarns with tonal shades in them at the moment, hence my choice of yarn for my latest jumper project: Stylecraft’s ‘Vintage Look’ life double knit yarn in a shade called ‘Autumn’…

If you’re wondering what happened to the khaki green cardigan I was knitting, well it has been completed (and looks lush) but is still awaiting the adornment of a few buttons which have yet to be purchased, so hopefully I will have a photo for you next time…

All these beautiful blooms bursting into life inspired me to start a little Spring scribbling on a floral theme. I added colour to this inky pattern with a few colouring pencils…

…but I’m not sure whether to leave this inky doodlings alone, or to add a splash of colour with watercolours…

Don’t flowers just fill your heart with joy, dear reader? Well I’m off to return to my jolly jumper project, so until next time – keep on crafting…

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Such Snuggly Stitchings

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Ta-da! Yes, it’s finally complete – my cuddly, cosy throw of many, many squares and I am so pleased with it. I bet you can guess what I was stitching away at all over the festive period…

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…but it was a pleasure and a joy…

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…and looks jolly fabulous adorning my bed. Of course darling daughter tried to kidnap my pride and joy, only relenting on condition that I knit her one in cream and pale grey. Crafty minx…

As well as knitting the rather addictive lovely, lacy border for my fabulous throw whilst watching festive films, I also dabbled in a spot of colouring-in…

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That’s right dear reader, a perky pair of birds (which I turned into thrushes with a bit of extra shading and detailing) nibbling on holly berries…

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…along with a snowy tree in a wintery sky…

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Further snugglesome stitchiness has also been knitted up in the form of a rather earthy/woodland toned scarf. The first section was knitted in double moss stitch, in a rather fitting mossy green…

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A section of lovely lattice stitch in a rusty brown followed…

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Chic chevron stitch in charcoal grey came next…

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Then there was a slip-stitch honeycomb pattern in honey-mustard…

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Finally, there was risotto stitch and dark, dark brown…

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So I’m off to stitch more snuggly, dear reader and remember: stay warm, snuggle up and keep cosy.

And So to Sew Squares…

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…and such a stack of them too! Yes, I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that I have finally finished knitting all the squares I needed to complete my cosy throw dear reader; all 63 of the little darlings! I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with all the many stitch patterns I tried out and was actually a little sad to cast off the final square, as well as feeling a trifle daunted by the prospect of all that ‘sewing-together-of-squares’ scenario… Fear not dear reader chum! For I have summoned up a copious amount of courage to complete the trying task ahead of me ( along with lashings of tea and cake, of course).

Maybe it’s all the rain we’ve been having, but my doodlings have been feeling the blues of late, hence this little ink and watercolour paint piece I refer to as my ‘big blue blooms’…

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…and this one which is quite simply ‘blobby blue blobs’ (self-explanatory really)…

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In an attempt to cheer my sketchbook up, I created a little festive cheer with a seasonal sketch of one of my favourite birds:the robin…

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A little cutie, is he not? Bless his adorable red breast; doesn’t he just warm the cockles of your heart, dear reader chum? And I did so enjoy having my colouring pencils out for a play again, so much so that I dabbled with a dash of colouring-in, with my new grown-up colouring-in book on nature…
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A rather restrained and ‘grown-up’ start by me on the title page, but on the next page I just went wild with an exotic explosion of crazy colours because that’s how I roll and it is my colouring book after all…

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Now I definately feel like I have released my inner child with a nostalgic childhood pastime. Well, I can’t hang around here passing time with you dear reader, no matter how endearing your company is, for I have a skyscraper of a stack of squares to sew together, so I can have my cosy throw ready for snuggling up in once that frosty-chilly cold snap arrives! And sew on and sew on…

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Doodle Days…

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Dearest reader my days have been filled with delightful doodlings of late, something that always makes me oh-so-happy! The doodle above is a flowery ink one, which just sort of ‘bloomed’ from the top left corner. I rather liked doodling the sweeping lines, so carried them over into my next doodle…

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I also finally finished the triangular arty piece I’d been working on for some time. It took quite a while to draw out the triangular pattern correctly (sadly I do rather enjoy drawing triangles, strange I know) which I then coloured using coloured pencils. Finally, I doodled designs and patterns over the top with an ink pen. The bottom half is my favourite part and I may use those colour/pattern combinations again…

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I’m using the same coloured pencil/ink pen combo for the arty piece I’m working on at the moment. I’m planning to add a butterfly on the left, with some wise words in the middle space…

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I’ve also started another drawing, where I hope to combine a profile sketch with background geometric patterns/doodlings of some kind…

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I’ve been practising drawing hair to help with the above pic and I’m rather enjoying it! I’ll show you my ‘hairy’ sketches next time dear reader!

Another magical unicorn was created this week, as a friend asked me to crochet one for her friend’s daughter so that my friend’s unicorn (which she has called Nigel) can have a playmate to go on playdates with! Can you spot my new ‘unicorn’ themed purchase?

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That isn’t me in the photo though dear reader, it’s one of my darling daughters who was only allowed to wear my precious new t-shirt for the duration of the photo shoot!

Keeping to the ‘yarny’ theme, I have also been knitting cosy cowls. I knitted one in a chunky, navy blue yarn in one of my favourite stitches – American Moss Stitch – yes I know I keep going on about it reader, but it does produce an amazing texture…

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A friend at work liked it so much that she ordered one for herself, so I was busy knitting away at the weekend to finish it for her, what with it being so chilly hereabouts at the moment. Still with the knitting, I completed my cosy, cotton cowl last week in a gorgeous grey yarn. The yarn is made from recycled t-shirts (such fun!) and I used a leafy-lacy pattern which is a bit tricky, but so pretty and effective…

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Well I’m off to work on my ‘hairy’ art so I wish you all a lovey-loved-up Valentine weekend ♡ and remember to keep crafting with love…

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Oooh La La Lapin!

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Hello dear reader, or should I say ‘bonjour’ seeing as I am introducing my latest crochet creation: Monsieur Lapin (or Mr Rabbit for those who require a translation) isn’t he fab? He’s from a pattern in the latest Mollie Makes magazine ( http://www.molliemakes.com ) and was very quick and easy to make. I also attempted to make the stripes on his little top ‘jogless’ by following a tutorial by June Gilbank on You Tube called: Perfect Stripes for Amigurumi (right-handed version). She demonstrates two types of jogless stripes: the no-cut join and the invisible join which involves cutting the yarn. As it was only a teeny tiny project, I plumped for the no-cut join and the stripes turned out pretty near enough ‘jogless’ but I would probably use the invisible join for a larger project. You can always pop over to June Gilbank’s website for more tutorials, along with other amigurumi awesomeness, at http://www.PlanetJune.com .

On the subject of crochet, this month’s Simply Crochet magazine ( http://simplycrochetmag.co.uk ) has some lovely ‘must-add-to-my-crochet-to-do-list’ projects, such as a rather fetching rucksack, a lovely lacey cowl and a delightful rainbow-striped Daschund.

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Oooh, and guess what else I’ve been up to dear reader? I’ve only been ‘upcycling’ haven’t I! You see, one of my delightful daughters had sadly outgrown her favourite sundress but loved the fabric so much that she did not want to part with it, so good old Mummy here magiced it into a skirt! Ta-da!

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My upcycling of said dress involved opening up the back seam, chopping off the top of the dress, removing the zip and then sewing the back seam up again. It has to be said however, that removing the long zip at the back took longer than re-sewing the whole skirt, but there you go. Delightful daughter was well-happy with her new skirt and I was well-chuffed with my first attempt at upcycling, so what can I chop up next…

I also picked up a copy of Cross Stitcher magazine this month, as it had a rather fab notebook freebie which caught my eye because it had a super vintage typewriter on the front cover…

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So I am presently stitching the cute heart on the front cover of said notebook. There are also some lovely projects inside too, such as the terrific town house candle holder and the cute cloud cushion. Of course I need to finish the vintage camera cross stitch I am still stitching, but more of that another time dear reader…

How about a little artful gallery time now, for I have been playing around with pencil-sketched people, what do you think?

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I rather enjoyed drawing her so think I will probably draw some more pencil-people and may even add some colour, possibly watercolour paints, so bear with dear reader. I also had a little play with my coloured pencils and came up with this young lady who is rather pleased with her new hair-do…

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And on that note I shall leave you dear reader, for I must craft on…