Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gingerbread House, a crochet decoration

Remember I posted about crocheting some little candies here? Well, they became this Gingerbread House. It's a brilliant pattern from Issue 59 of Inside Crochet. I knew I wanted to make it the moment I saw it! I made a few changes.
I used red DK for the door. Not the yellow aran weight suggested. And the lollipops were also in DK as I wasn't buying the 2 different aran weight balls suggested for the tiny bit of yarn that would have been required. So the whole thing is made from DK. Good old Stylecraft Special DK. I also made my houses 'innards' from plastic canvas not cardboard (this also meant that I didn't have to crochet a base either! Speedier...)

I am in love with this Gingerbread House. It is the perfect Christmas decoration. I hope it will be taken out every year and become part of the kids Christmas Memory banks.

Are you making any Christmas decorations this year? I had plans to make more crochet decorations (probably a tree too was in that list haha) but as always time slips away amongst book reading, baking and making the most of the days we can get outside


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bang, Pop, Whizz... fireworks

Ear defenders - check
Whirly Light Toy - check
Rain - check
Beautiful Fireworks - check
Donation for local Scout group - check

Ian getting over his dislike of loud fireworks to stand like a trooper watching them and then declare that his favourite bit of the night was 'All of it, I loved it all' - was just amazing!

Did you make it to a Bonfire display?


Monday, November 10, 2014

Autumn gardening and feeding the birds

This week we have been planting more daffodils, tidying up the garden some more and feeding the birds.

Our garden is loved by all manner of little wild birds, robins, blue tits and many others which I've yet to study and find the names. I will this year though as Ian got a great RSPB British bird book from the Librarys 50p book shelf :)

So glad we planted the Daffodils before Jack Frost paid us his first visit of the season. The Lavender which has been growing wildly may finally realise that summer is over.

So, now winter can arrive in my little corner of the world. We have Daffodils planted and the wood shed is stocked... Are you ready for winter?


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Autumn is most certainly here...

It was very cold and very wet yesterday. Yet my red wellies, Gary the Gargoyle, Iona and myself dragged ourselves (well not Gary he lives there) outside to start tidying up the herby border and plant some Daffodils. Which we only got because they were half price in the old supermarket. We were going to get tulips this year instead but Daffodils it is...

Someone really loved the waterproof suit a friend passed down to her. 'Mum! I can splash and stay dry. It's like magic'

I also may have bought a new mug. It was so pretty and very timely with Remembrance day being very soon. The monument in the Kirkyard next door has had it's annual power wash and the poppy wreaths from last year have been removed. Ready for this years service.

 And we bought some rather unusual heather. It's erm, painted? Not quite sure why as the new growth comes through green as you can just make out. But they were being sold for less than 50p so I figured they would make great ground cover to hopefully help with our weed issue in the garden.

I don't mind the yellow Poppies, or even the Dandelions but what is really becoming the bain of my life in the front garden is Ground Elder. Oh my, does that stuff get everywhere. It fights with moss in the space where there should be a lawn. Instead we have a giant green mossy sponge with ground elder haha...

Iona really liked the orange heather and was convinced she was a great helper and that she was 'strongest' to carry all my pots for me. We have one heather that suffered a carrying related tumble and may or may not make it...

Hopefully this Autumn sees a few more plans for the garden happening. Anyone else make far more plans than you can possibly have time for? Or is that just me? But this year I plan on spending less time just browsing the internet or watching crap on the TV and actually just getting stuff done instead...


Saturday, November 1, 2014


We don't go Trick or Treating, we live too far in the middle of nowhere. And it feels a bit weird Trick or Treating in someone elses neighbourhood. This year the school had a Halloween Disco. It was brilliant fun, but as we were helping set up the hall earlier in the evening by 6 I had a slightly sleepy skeleton and a hyper Spider Princess. But on the plus side I did get to use my Kitty Cat Dress Up set at last. Now it can go in the kids dress up box for years to come.

So, did you go Trick or Treating? Or do you not really do Halloween?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wolf hat, simple yet cute.

Crochet wolf hat, ear close up

Now, Iona has a whole pile of crochet and knitted hats... Ian not so much. Poor wee guy only has 2 that fit him.
After a quick trip to Mum's wool shop I got some Stylecraft Chunky Life Prints in Dapple Grey. Ian likes wolves a lot just now. So, a wolf hat!

It was simple beanie style, textured edge and simple ears with fluffy bits on the edge.
We like our hats a little on the longer side. But this one fits Ian perfectly.

Here's how I made it, should fit ages 5-10 approx.

To make your own you will need

Stylecraft Chunky Life Prints in Dapple Grey
5.5mm Hook

Start with a magic circle and chain 2 (chain counts as stitch throughout),
1. 9htr into the loop, join to starting chain 2 with slip stitch(10 stitches)
 2. Chain 2, *2htr in next htr, 1htr* 10 times, slip stitch to top of chain 2 (30st)
3. Chain 2, *1htr in next htr, 2htr in next htr, 1htr* 10 times, slip stitch to chain (40st)
4. Chain 2, *htr in next 2 htr, 2htr in next htr, 1 htr* 10 times, slip stitch to chain (50st)
5. Chain 2, *htr in next 8htr, 2htr in next htr, 1 htr* 10 times, slip stitch to chain (55st)
6-18. Chain 2, Htr across round, slip stitch to chain
19-20. Chain 1, *DC in front loop, DC in back loop* across round, slip stitch to chain.
Fasten off yarn and weave in ends

Ears (make 2)

Start with magic loop and chain 2 (counts as stitch)
5htr into loop,
Working in spirals (not joining with a slip stitch)
6 htr,
2htr in 1st htr, htr in next 2 htr, 2htr in next htr, htr in next 2 htr
2htr in 1st htr, htr in next 3 htr, 2htr in next htr, htr in next 2 htr
2htr in 1st htr, htr in next 4 htr, 2htr in next htr, htr in next 2 htr
Htr in each htr for 2 rounds.
Fasten off yarn but leave a long tail for sewing ears to hat.

Fuzzy ear edge,
cut lengths of yarn to about 5 cm and attach to one edge of each ear as if attaching tassles (put hook through stitch, with yarn strip held in half use hook to pull through the stitch, push ends of tail through the loop just pulled through and tighten)
carefully seperate the strands of the yarn
trim tassles to a neater shorter length.

Now sew the ears to hat, stretching gently as you do. I actually (!!) used pins when doing this so the ears looked right.

Hope that all makes sense :) and please let me know if you make one.

Thanks for reading


Crocheting colour

This week has been a productive one. After the illness of the Tattie holidays it has been good to get back to school and get a routine again.

I am making a start on Christmas crochet, these little sweets are just so cute. And thanks to Lulu Loves little pattern in this months Inside Crochet I have had a light bulb moment 'Aah that's how you make stripey circles'. Honestly so simple yet I never thought it haha! Thanks Emma!!

And Iona's new hat is just so squishy and colourful, a bit like herself. Except she is more boney than squishy ;) It's made with Stylecrafts new yarn Carnival Chunky. This colourway is called Rio and is just beautiful.

We have been very lucky too this week, getting a handmade crochet hook and some wooden trees from my StepDad who has a new lathe...

I also have a little pattern to put up here later.... it was a howl to make...

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