Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Out of control!

I am getting myself in a situation, there are lots of half finished projects collecting all over my studio (and spreading themselves through the house)

The list of shame:
  • An elephant head on my desk! He has no body yet...
  • Several uncomplete blankets collecting themselves about the place...
  • The start of an Owl body...
  • Some squares for a patchy cushion....
  • This one-a-day (which is more like one-a-week) granny square project..
  • One, yes one, wrist warmer
  • A monkey head (I clearly have issues with animal bodies)
  • And this little lot turned up today:

Oh my.

However as lots of hobby makers will say, it is as much the process of making as the finished product. So I am excused?!?! *Weeee skips away*

Wednesday, 8 January 2014


I am part of an amazing crochet group and as of the new year we have started a a 1-a-day granny square project with the hope of having an amazing blanket at the end of the year.
It is day 8, please don't tell anyone but...... this is what I have done:

Please don't be mad!!

To make matters worse I chose tiny little squares, not even the real deal...
How naughty! I will catch up...

By 23:49 I had managed to get up to date: woooosh!

Just one to do today now :) 

Monday, 6 January 2014


See I can do things other than crochet...!  Whipped this little cutie up for a friend's birthday whilst dinner was cooking this evening.  Just a little card.  I think it means so much more than a shop bought one.  I hope she will like it. 
I printed the free template from here . I just printed this onto card and over stitched. Simples!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Little Lenny

This is little Lenny. I am so pleased with him. Really getting there with this crochet thing! Still trying out some free patterns from around the web to help with my learning. I don't want to risk money on a pattern that I can't do. But safe to say I am getting more confident :)

This was his little legs being made - 

Lenny's eyes have been made with a circle of crochet, I am not quite sure about them as I think he looks a bit spooky. He may get an upgrade... 

Lots in of increasing and decreasing in this pattern which was a bit of a test for me, but a good way to learn a skill I guess! It is all single crochet so it takes quite a while to grow in size. 

Back soon with another creation. 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Crochet and Christmas

Happy New Year everyone! But... we must step back in time for a minute to a time before I started the blog.

The most wonderful time of the year...  I know it is over now, but I must share a few things. As I mentioned I am new to crochet and up came my first Christmas with my new skills! I couldn't resist trying to make a few Christmassy decorations. As I am still learning, I do struggle a lot with reading patterns and non-basic stuff but I was very happy with what I achieved in time for Christmas.

Granny Christmas Trees:
I saw a pattern for a granny Christmas tree and as I knew I could do a granny square I thought I'd give it it try. Before I knew it I had managed to churn out 12 to make a garland with!

I love my choice of festive colours. Here they are in place. I linked them together with a piece of red shiny ribbon

I looove my snowflakes! I ended up making loads to give out to family and friends. I also made quite a few to hang in my office at work! They are very quick and easy to make once you know what you are doing and memorise the pattern.

The pattern is from the wonderful Lucy here -
I used white wool with silver thread running through it to make it a bit sparkly and added some beads give them a bit extra. 

Santa and the Christmas Tree:
Everyone I dared to show my magical little tree to fell in love with it and requested their own one, I ended up making 4!

I found the Christmas Tree pattern on Ravelry and Santa came from Simply Crochet Magazine. He is my first really complicated project and he is all squishy :) 

This is one of the other trees I made for one of the lucky recipients with red bead 'baubles'

No more Christmas now :(  Can't wait to come up with more goodies next time around!


Eeek! My first post!  So quick introduction then, my name is Emma, I work full time in a non-crafty job so spend my free time pursuing my love of craft and design. I have an absolute need to make and create.
I live in a very very quite village with my boyfriend of three years who asked me to marry him last week! How exciting. So lots of planning ahead.

I have really enjoyed seeing the recent 2013 review posts on blogs I follow, it is amazing to see what they've been up to through the year all in one place. I want this! Keeping this blog will enable me to track and record what I have done and also encourage me to keep making the time to do the things I love.

I have always wanted to crochet and had tried many times and failed but stuck at it recently and with a bit of persistence have been 'hooked' ever since (sorry). I would definitely say I am still a beginner but learning constantly. I have created a few little things, starting with the standard for beginners - the granny square, then the never-ending-granny-square-just-keep-going-round-until-its-baby-blanket-size then this, my first major achievement (and still work in progress!) this granny stripe blanket -

And growing a bit - please excuse the dog, she loves to help me with everything!

I love the colours! I don't usually go for rainbow colours but I am very pleased with the results so far. I think I will be working on this blanket for a long time, it is one I tend to pick up, get bored of the repetitiveness of blanket making, put down, pick up.....
You can find very clear instructions for this blanket here . Amazing blog full of inspiration. 
Anyway, enough crochet for now, I will post some of the other things I have made shortly.

I also love painting, sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, paper cutting, quilting and scrapbooking so you will see some of those here too. For this year I am hoping to try my hand at knitting (scary!) and jewellery making.

That's all for now, thanks for visiting :)