Sunday, 13 March 2011

Isn't it just the best feeling...

when someone contacts you to ask if they can feature your work in their blog :)

I had an email from Amanda Lincoln (a Graphic Designer & Surface Pattern Designer) through Folksy on Friday asking just that... and of course I said yes!

You should take a look at her blog... she has some beautiful pictures (I love all the cool craft rooms!).

These are the items she chose to include...

Thank you Amanda!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Folksy Friday - a bit of a mix of #marchhares

I've been spending so long looking through everyone's amazing listings everyday so I'd thought I'd select a few of my favourites from today to feature in a Folksy Friday mix!  Click the caption under each picture to take a closer look at that item and the shop.

Dottie Designs




craft little wotnots


Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Apple Cosy / Cozy - Free Pattern

So, I'd never even heard of one of these apple cosy things until recently!  When I spotted someone with one, I my first thought was 'what a fab idea' and secondly 'I bet I could make one better than that'!!

So off I went trawling the internet for a pattern.  I tried a few (one started with a chain 30 - must have been a footbal sized apple!!), one started off ok, but didn't really work with my yarn (all single crochets so not enough give), so in the end I did what I usually do and made it up as I went along!

I wanted it to have a bit of stretch and give - not all apples are the same size - so went for a half-double (hdc) stitch (it's also one of my favs!).  I've never done a half-double decrease (hdc2tog) before so made it up!!  I've since checked though and it seems I did it right!

Here goes...

stitches are US
hdc2tog - yo, through st, (3 loops on hook), yo, through next st, yo through all 5 loops on hook
start working in rounds until the split, then in rows
I use DK handknit cotton and a size 4.0mm hook with a 3.00mm for the loop and the slip stitch around the top

start with a magic circle
1 6hdc in circle (6)
2 2hdc in each hdc, repeat (12)
3 1hdc in next st, 2hdc in next, repeat (18)
4 1hdc in next 2 st, 2hdc in next, repeat (24)
5 1hdc in next 3 st, 2hdc in next, repeat (30)
6 1hdc in next 4 st, 2hdc in next, repeat (36)
7 1hdc in each st around (36)
8 ch1, turn (working in rows now) 36hdc
9 ch1, turn 36hdc
10 ch1, turn 36hdc
11 ch1, turn 36hdc
12 ch1, turn, *1hdc in next 3 st, hdc2tog*, repeat**
13 ch1, turn, *1hdc in next st, hdc2tog*, repeat**
14 make a chain for the button (I use a 3.0mm hook and about ch16)
l5 make the chain into a loop and slipstitch around the top of the cosy (I carry on with the smaller hook).
FO and add a button to fasten

Add your apple and fasten!
Click here if you'd rather buy than make!

Monday, 21 February 2011

Lighthouse Family Treasury on Etsy

We've been talking about lighthouses in our house today!  I'm not sure how the conversation started, but it's ended with me making this treasury!  I wasn't sure what I'd find when I typed 'lighthouse' into the Etsy search, but I definitely wasn't disappointed!

If you click on the picture it'll take you to the treasury so you can see the items properly.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Amgurumi Update... it's an elephant!

It's been a busy old week this week what with the Folksy Valentinos listing club starting and Thomas getting a cold and his first tooth (yikes, at 6 months, the other two were 9 and 14 months!!). Anyhow, I forgot I was going to post an update to the amigurumi elephant I started the week before last (was it really that long ago, how time flies!).

So, it went from this....

to this.....

How cute is he!!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The Valentinos - Folksy February Listing Club

So it's 1st February already and once again I've decided to join the listing club, called the Valentinos! I can't believe it was way back in June when I did the last one (and started the July Jesters before Little T made his appearance!).

Here is my first listing... hopefully by the end of the month there'll be 28 new items in my Folksy shop (and hopefully some sales!).

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Roses are Red...

I thought it was about time I did another Folksy Friday, and as it's not far off Valentine's Day and my 9th (eek!) wedding anniversary, I've been looking for some hints for Dh :) :)

Click on the pictures to visit the lovely Folksy shops of Lilly Beau Crafts, Whimsical Wren Jewellery, Lynwoodcrafts, BeeBeeCrafts, NofkantsCurios and Linokincards.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Can you guess what it is yet....??!

Here's my work in progress...

I've been trying my hand at amigurumi! I'm not sure whether the first one is a cat or a bunny yet! I think I'll leave it to H to decide as the pink one will be hers! The blue one will hopefully be a baby elephant for baby T. I'll take some more pictures when they're finished!

Friday, 21 January 2011

Free Crochet Heart Pattern

**Check here for my new and improved heart patterns!**

Follow the links on the pictures if you'd rather buy than make!

All stiches are US.

Smallest Heart (one round)
Make a magic circle (all stiches into the circle)
ss into circle and fasten off.

Middle Heart (two rounds)

1st round - As for smallest heart, but don't fasten off

2nd round - ch3

in 1st tr from prev round 1sc & 1hdc

in next st 3hdc

next st 2hdc

1sc in each st down to the bottom - 4


1dc in the tr from prev round


sc in next 4 stitches

next st 2hdc

next st 3 hdc

next st 1hdc and 1 sc


ss to join and fasten off

Biggest Hearts (3 rounds)

1st and 2nd rounds are the same as for the Smallest and Middle Hearts above, but don't fasten off.


sc in the ch3 from prev round

in next st 2sc

in next st 1sc

in next st 2sc

1sc in each st down to the bottom (#?)


1sc in each st same as first side (#?)

2sc in next st

1sc in next st
2sc in next st
ss and fasten off

It's nearly Valentine's Day...

and I've gone heart mad!!

These are just a few of the hearts I've been making recently...

I've promised that I will put together a pattern for my hearts on here, so that will be my next job and hopefully ready tomorrow.

And take a look here for lots of UK Valentine gift ideas...!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Oh my... it's 2011...!!

How did that happen??? I guess having a 6 month old baby has made the time fly by so quickly! Yes, he celebrates his half year birthday tomorrow already! We've had lots of ups and downs with him and I now know the local hospital pretty well, but he's doing great and is just so scrummy!! Here he is yesterday wearing his red and white cardi knitted by Jewellery Angel on Folksy's mum He's such a bruiser that it only just fits him now (he mostly wears 12-18 month, eek!).