I have spent a lot of my time recently walking my dogs across the field that is behind our house.
I used to do this often when I worked less, so to be able to have space to do this again has been refreshing. However, this has been bothering me…
This gate opens onto a very busy road. You can just about see that some kind soul has taken a sharpie pen to ask that folk shut the gate…but, it was still bothering me.
It bothered me for two reasons. The first, the gate is still left open and the second reason, the sharpie pen instruction just didn’t look pretty!
So, I got out my stash and my hook
and began hooking a simple but very happy double crochet striped affair.
I added a sweet little sewn request
and a cute little ladybird
Then I headed off with a pocket full of yarn and a darning needle to complete this yarny gate installation.
I hope so much that this sign makes people smile and that it survives for a little while before someone takes it down.
Following on from my epic fail I sought solace in my ironing pile and some of my favourite crochet podcasts.
It was whilst watching one of these podcasts that I stumbled upon the perfect remedy for my misery…a CAL (crochet-a-long)!
So, with much excitement I ordered my yarn and made a start.
The pattern is written so well but is challenging my skills also. The design is amazing; I love how the different elements of this shawl work with one another.
I think this CAL runs until the end of May, so if you are looking for a challenge and want to join in it is not too late.
Here are all the details you need:
CAL hosted by Cherry Heart and Betsymakes
I was hoping so much that I would have posted the next pattern in the Grandma Collection by now. Clearly I haven’t!!
I’m just at that point where I can smile about it.
I have been spending the very little spare time I have working on and designing my newest tea cosy and I absolutely hate the finished result…
in fact, I would go as far to say that it is hideous.
I can’t even bring myself to show you a finished picture.
It is such an epic fail!
So for now I have banished the said cosy to the bottom of a bag…a cheap plastic carrier bag at that…and when I can begin to face the redesign I will begin again.
Until then I am going to try and do the following…
and console myself with hooking patterns from other designers which I know will float my boat; because life is just too short to be worrying about a tea cosy!
Take a look at this little creation I just made…
I would have adored one of these when I was expecting! So, I got to work constructing my diaper cake as soon as I received my friends baby shower invitation.
There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make your own diaper cake, but I did take photo’s of each step and have included them below.
I found the hardest part of creating a diaper cake was deciding on the colours and of course a theme!
I used an old cake board, a kitchen roll tube, card, scissors, sticky tape, hot glue gun, elastic bands, string, ribbons, a teddy, ‘sweet dreams’ bunting and some artificial daisies and about 64 size 2 diapers (nappies).
So this is how I made mine…
I used the kids loom bands to secure, but elastic bands would work too.
Using the scissors snip approx. 1cm around one end of the kitchen roll.
Begin placing rolled up diapers around the base of the tube, in x3 rounds. Secure each round with an elastic band or tie with string. If tying with string keep loose ends short and tuck any remaining ends in between the diapers as you go to keep your cake looking neat.
Now, at this point, the kitchen tube, disappeared as you can see in the photo above, as the height of the tube was equal to the height of the second tier.
You don’t really need to worry if your cake topper is rigid or small. But, as my topper was a cute little bear, that was quite floppy and soft, I added an extension to my tube in the form of a bit of plastic pipe, Mr R had spare.
If you need to extend your tube, card would suffice at this point, but as I did not have any I went with the plastic pipe.
To secure Mr Bear, I tied his leg with a bit of string and threaded the string through the pipe, securing the string at the bottom of the pipe with sticky tape. I then placed the pipe inside the kitchen tube, before proceeding with step 7.
You may find you can go straight to tier 3 and decorate with your topper once tier three is insitu, it will just depend upon what you have chosen for your decoration.
Just like so.
And there you have it.
I just love this sweet dreams theme in aqua and grey. The little yellow centres in the daisies and Mr. Bears matching bow tie add a little extra zing!
It looks so elegant and I have had so many gushing comments about it and requests to make more I may just have to!
If this inspires you to make a diaper cake I would love to see your pictures, your colours and your themes and just how your imagination runs away with this quick and simple project.
And a little bit of that…
and a little bit all over the place really.
I am feeling most unsettled and have a severe case of startitis as a result!
The unfortunate side of this has meant (for the purposes of treatment) I have had to place a yarn order; which has not arrived yet, so I can not report if this treatment has been successful or not. I will let you know how the treatment goes in due course!
What I can show you is what I have on my hooks as a consequence of this starting infliction.
This is the start of my new shawl, the Sunday shawl by Alia Bland. I am totally in love with it.
This is the start of my latest tea cosy I am designing for The Grandma Collection. I am pleased to have got off the blocks with this one as I have been meaning to start this for a wee while now.
Finally, I am still hooking this baby blanket too, which is looking mighty fine and is super squidgy.
So, as you can see I am hooking like a goodun’ and will have a pattern release very soon…subject to successful treatment.
Now, where is that postman?
A little later than I had anticipated, but operation Yarny H.U.G has begun.
H.U.G being a ‘Happy Unexpected Gift… a yarny one of course!
Whilst I was enjoying the short daily posts throughout February as part of #yarnlovechallenge I set to work with my hook and some scraps of yarn and made these beautiful may roses by Lucy @Attic24.
With the addition of a hanging loop and a clip, I soon had a little tree full…
I also have a small shoe box full of half completed ones too.