I’m sorry I’ve not been great recently at creating or posting. Basically work has been a pain at using up all my evening knitting and crochet time.

We also have a new puppy, Shadow the Manchester Terrier

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And here is an attempt to capture him in motion

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So, of course, once I’ve finished a replacement hat for the one he’s just put a hole into, I want to make him a dog cave like this

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how to make a dog bed from teeshirt yarn

Mollie makes has a fab tutorial on how to make this magical stuff that can’t be destroyed as easily by sharp puppy teeth 😂😂😂

http://www.molliemakes.com/diy-fashion-2/how-to-make-t-shirt-yarn/

Hopefully this’ll get done in the Christmas break 😆😉

My friend has had a little boy  and I’ve doodled these 

 There  is a  difference in size and facial expressions because *of course* I adjusted the pattern as I repeated it 😝 and they look more like a family than clones n’est-ce  pas?

The links are  Links-to-go  from Amazon,  very useful for  attaching  toys and shopping bags  to prams 👼

And now on to  Christmas  mayhem  and crocheting.  Is it too late to crochet the paper chains??

So the poncho…. For those of you still awake during this saga, I started it *gasps in shame* in Oct 2015!!!!!
first written record of a poncho

So this is where we are now. It’s still wrong side out because that makes the net look nicer 🙂

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Meadowsweet and lady's smocks, gentian, lupins and tall hollyhocks

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I hope my yarn doesn’t run out!

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The net at the bottom is treble, 5 stiches treble. At the top, 3 or 2 stiches between each treble. That’s how I’ve managed to make the poncho narrow as i go upwards.

In the meantime though, I’ve finished my mum’s infinity scarf and I’ve even washed and blocked it, all ready for her birthday 😇😇😇

I know my last blog was about sewing but my crochet called me back too strongly. My daughter is very excited because I’ve finally started netting the motifs together

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The flowers are face down so this is the inside side of the poncho. As my mind is in turmoil I need to concentrate ands crochet-doodle.

I apologise for the gap in my blogging. I’ve got a new job which is keeping me busy and I’ve been knitting a blue version of my infinty scarf for winter for my mum.  In the most lovely 100% cotton so it’s a joy to knit. …but 95″ of lace knit doesn’t really give you much to blog about.

I’m also shifting my crafty sights again. ..to sewing!

It all started when I bought myself a lovely new baju kebaya while visiting my mum in Malaysia. The shop sells material to sew into your sarong skirt yourself.  I had made my last wrap skirt by cutting out the paper pattern. …but I have had 2 children since then and it no longer would fit me 😦

So I started looking through pinterest for a simple straight skirt with a flare at the bottom and got hooked on sewing blogs.

So the next projects are:

A simple cheongsam for my daughter- I found

Girl’s cheongsam pattern

And if that works, I’m going on to adjusting this pattern

Burda 6830 pattern with fitting it around the bust area 😨

Tell me I’m  mad or encourage me. ..all comments welcome 😆

 

 

 

May have to have a go, these look delicious! 😋

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It was exciting to make these sweet crunchy Christmas sweets with my sons. They enjoy trying different foods and want to learn to cook.  They love watching Food Networks.  It made me happy to pass my traditions and reminded me of my childhood doing the same with my family a week before Christmas. All the excitement, fun of going caroling home to home around our parish, making home cribs, decorating the Christmas trees, participating in singing competitions and going for Christmas Dances. Christmas was a day spent in exchanging Christmas sweets with family, friends and close neighbors.

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This recipe of Kulkuls and Carambolas( Kormolas) is a 2-in-1. Kulkuls are shaped just like the Italian gnocchi, which are shaped on the back of a fork. Carambolasare made by rolling the dough thinly and then cutting them into 2″ inch squares and pinching the opposite ends together to form into a conch…

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My daughter and I made this cake for my son’s birthday 🙂

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Hang the skein round your neck, no one will sit next to you  and if you loop the other end over your knee, you can wind the wool. Then when it’s your stop just put the ball in your pocket and get off, the skein round your neck means it won’t get tangled 😀

I don’t know how many of you know the traditional English song “an English Country Garden” here’s a link if you haven’t, English Country Garden
I’ve been inspired while making an irish crochet poncho for my daughter, so here goes:

Daffodils

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Hearts ease

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And Phlox

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Meadowsweet

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Lady’s smocks

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Gentian

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Lupins
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Tall Hollyhocks
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Roses

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Foxgloves
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Snowdrops

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and

Forget-Me-Nots
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The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts

Grimm2A professor of German language and literature at a well-known U.S. university recently contacted me with some fiber-related questions.

Preparing reading selections for a class, the professor read through stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.  Her specific questions arose from the story “Die drei Männlein im Walde” / “The Three Little Men in the Woods” (1812).

The professor asked why yarn would be boiled and why might it then be rinsed in a cold river.  The part of the story her questions came from is this:

In GermanEndlichGrimm3 nahm sie [die Hexe] einen Kessel, setzte ihn zum Feuer und sott Garn darin. Als es gesotten war, hing sie es dem armen Mädchen auf die Schulter und gab ihm eine Axt dazu, damit sollte es auf den gefrornen Fluß gehen, ein Eisloch hauen und das Garn schlittern.

In English:  So at last she [the witch] took a…

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