You have been there I’m sure, starting something with enthusiasm and joy, working on it night after night, seeing it grow beneath your fingers, then something happens… you go away for a week and take something else that fits into a smaller bag, your sister goes into labor 2 months early and desperately needs preemie cardigans and hats, your mum’s birthday is in 8 weeks. And you put your beloved project to one side. “Don’t worry,” you whisper to it as it gets put away in a cupboard, shifted onto a stitch holder because you need the needles, “I’ll come back soon.” Then time passes, you know it’s there, you know you should get it out again… but the pattern was a difficult one and now you’re not exactly sure where you are, you count 37 rows, but surely that means there should be 5 fewer stitches than they are? And your fear grows, and you think, “I’ll do it on Saturday, in daylight, when I can see better,” knowing in your heart that you won’t because you have to take your daughter to ballet and you’re going to your in-laws for lunch.

So my pile of unfinished objects has grown (Or rather, the hooks holding bags containing UFOs)

And my box(es) of unstarted projects (usually things that are meant for me) fill slowly… and then get flogged and sorted into………………………..

THE STASH

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My niece was 17 this month and mainly wanted driving lesson vouchers (a.k.a. cash 😜) but how could I miss the opportunity to do a crochet doodle?

First, it was very ambitious with 18 motifs arranged in a staggered form with small flowers in between but then I started on the roses (using a 7mm hook) and it evolved.
If you’ve ever started needing a certain number of motifs which aren’t immediately being crocheted into the design, my tip of the month is to keep them all in one line string. As one is finished,  pull the loop wide, 

And pass the motif through the loop to lock it. 

then start the next motif

I always lose count, then lose a motif and nothing is more irritating than having one motif too many.
So I doodled an Irish rose in a chunky yarn, then added sepals using a DK baby yarn from my stash:

The joining was fairly organic (and always using slip stitch as I’m such a stickler for motifs being joined by crochet and NOT by sewing!!!

And I ended up with a fairly standard infinity scarf….

UNTIL YOU START TO WEAR IT!

Asymmetric loops

Symmetrical loops

Twisty Loops

It is lovely and warm despite seeming insubstantial and, added bonus, doesn’t slip off your shoulders when you are running for the bus or lugging bags full of books ❤

In the UK , Tweenie is a girl just before she reaches adolescence. My friend’s daughter admired my little girl’s eternity scarf, which I quickly knitted up using sock yarn from my stash and so of course when I got home, I put my 12 days of Christmas shelf borders into my UFO pile (there was no way I’d get from 6 swans a swimming to 12 drummers drumming in the three days I had left to Christmas 😜😬) and started this (Yes, I’m crocheting and blogging on a train again):

The Irish crochet motif theme continues with an “evolution of roses”
One layer

2 layers

3 layers

There is a cunningly hidden button hole to turn it from a hanging loop into a warm snuggly cowl, which I’m rather fond of.

Let me know if you’d like me to upload a pattern 😜

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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