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18 Nov 2020

Sad News Today

Almost 15 years to the day this little boy came into my life.

Not only was he a sweet little chap, he was pretty rare too, being a male tortoiseshell  –  Apparently only 1 in 400,000 are male and he very nearly made it to his 17th birthday, which would have been on the 1st of December.

 Formally known as Jack, he was living at the Chestnut Cat Sanctuary, in Thornwood, Essex but I was lucky enough to become his new mum.

I re-named him BoJangles and over the years he has given me so much pleasure, due to his sweet nature, but sadly today he had to cross Rainbow Bridge after having been treated for an overactive thyroid for many years which finally ended with tumours in his liver. 


You will be missed so much BoJangles  but I have so many wonderful memories to treasure and you will never be forgotten



Rest in Peace little man. xxxxx


11 Nov 2020

The Nativity

 Having searched for some time to find the perfect Nativity set to knit or crochet  for my God-Daughter's two girls, I finally settled on this one from Knitables .com and downloaded it.  


I made a few little changes to the original, adding more Gold trim and beads on the three kings and an embroidered blanket, complete with tassels on the camel, but  I decided to omit adding the feet to the figures, as I was having trouble getting mine to stand….they looked like they had been at the ‘Christmas Spirit, Lol!

The pattern said to put a circle of card in the bottom of each of them but I found that wasn’t heavy enough, so after some thought  I added circles of air dry clay, which seemed to solve the problem.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night.  

 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. The angel said unto them, “Do not be afraid. I bring good tidings of great joy for all the people. 

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”    So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,  saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

  

  The stable was made by the girls Granddad and the girls set up the scene, but I'm not quite sure why the shepherds are standing on the roof.

Please stay safe in these uncertain times and

Happy Crafting!

(Whatever you passion may be)

Sue

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8 Nov 2020

Time for the ‘C’ Word

 Yes, it’s finally time to get down to some of my Christmas crafting.

While I was searching for preemie baby patterns during the summer, I came across the fabulous website   Kerry Jayne Designs.  

I think what drew me to the site was the beautiful colours that Kerry Jayne uses for her designs and the way all the different collections mix and match with one another.  I also loved the convenience of being able to download the patterns immediately, which is perfect when you’re as impatient as I am to get started once I’ve decided what I’m going to make.

I hear you asking what all of that has to do with the ‘C’ word…….

Well, as well as her patterns for the baby clothes, she also has patterns for Homeware, Halloween and Christmas…..there, I got to it!

 A friend of mine had also been browsing the site, came across the Christmas Collection and asked if I could make the Santa Bunting for her.

The pattern was downloaded immediately, but sadly I still had to wait for my King Cole, Big Value Chunky from The Wool Warehouse  
to be delivered.  
Fortunately they were as efficient as always and I had it within a few days and made a start.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I hate waste, so with some of the leftover yarn a made this little angle using a free pattern from Oombawka Design.com

And then I used up the Red and Cream by making two Poinsettia Candle Holders, using a free pattern from Highland Hickory Designs.com, adding some Green wool from my stash.




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Happy Crafting!

(Whatever you passion may be)

Sue

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2 Nov 2020

Family Hero’s, every one of them!

 

As we approach that special time of year, when we remember the brave people who fought so bravely for our country, it’s all the more poignant that due to the current situation caused by Covid 19 they are unable to march so proudly at the Cenotaph.

It’s important that, with the old veterans unable to be out on the streets selling poppies due to social distancing, that we remember to donate on line, as I have done already.


Craft wise, I decided to show my support by taking down the Rainbow coloured bunting that has been hanging in my bedroom window since March, in support of our NHS and replacing  it with some Poppies, so I made this.



I'll try and write the pattern and add it later.



Please stay safe in these uncertain times and

Happy Crafting!

(Whatever you passion may be)

Sue

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No Excuses!

Having had so much time on my hands over the last few months, I’ve absolutely no excuse for not updating my blog.

Unfortunately I’ve been unable to do any cross stitch. (my first love). 

Because of complications during an operation to remove a cataract back in 2018, I was left with double vision in my Left eye and awful glaring from any bright lights.

I did try to work on ‘A Heart Full Of Gratitude’ from The Songbirds Garden series, which I started back in May, but it's worked on 36 count linen and I have to work with a magnifier and lamp.

You can guess where this is going!

The glare from the lamp and the tiny stitches were proving to much of a strain on my eye, so I finally had to give in and put it away, but the good news is that last week I finally got to see a consultant and they are going to do laser treatment, which hopefully will improve things.  Fingers crossed I don’t have to wait too long for the appointment, although, with another lockdown starting next week, who knows.

Anyway, on the upside, I’ve still been able to knit and crochet and have been continuing to keep busy.



Firstly I wanted to use up the oddments of wool left over from making the rainbows at the start of the first lockdown back in March………I hate waste!


I made a bunting to hang in my window, consisting of crochet, padded hearts and pompoms. 

Then it was back to knitted and crocheted items for the NICU at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow and I was able to send them a largish parcel of clothes, a bunny, 3 blankets, and some Octopi (or Octopuses if you prefer) back in August.



I’ve still more to catch up with, so don’t forget to pop back.

 

Please stay safe in these uncertain times and

Happy Crafting!

(Whatever you passion may be)

Sue

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6 Jul 2020

Lockdown Lifting

After isolating for 15 weeks and only venturing out for shopping once every two weeks or so, things are finally getting back to some sort of normality at last.   

If I’m honest though, I’m not really in much of a hurry to mix with too many people and am happy to keep my distance, but having said that, it was wonderful being able to meet with some friends at the weekend and celebrate a special birthday for one of them.


With so much time on my hands, I’ve been busy crocheting more little outfits for the NICU at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow in Essex.

For most of the items I’ve done my own thing but while searching the internet of inspiration I came across the beautiful patterns from Kerry Jayne Designs.

This first set is called Bobtail.  

Sadly the smallest size finished up being too big for the preemie size I was looking for, but I’m sure the unit will still be able to use it.

Preemie Peach Lace Cardigan, Hat and Booties.Lavender Shell Jacket, Hat and BootiesYellow Cardigan and Hat.White and Blue Cardigan, Hat and Booties.Pink Daisy jacket, Hat and Booties.Beanie Hats.

Happy Crafting!

(Whatever you passion may be)

Sue

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18 Jun 2020

Crochet Till The Cows Come Home


 Like many little girls, it was my mum that showed me how to knit when I was a child but crocheting was something that she never managed to master.  I actually taught myself with the help of a library book when I was around 6 years old.  

Back then I was making clothes and blankets for my dolls, later progressing to Granny Squares and my first full sized blanket at around the age of 7 or 8.  That one has long gone but I still have the second one I made a year of two later, the pattern coming for a monthly part work.
I find it hard to believe this is more than 50 years old!

I’ve always preferred crochet to knitting, probably because it grows much quicker, and many items from cotton doilies to jumpers have passed off my hook over the last 50 odd years.

So back to today and my latest commission.

While browsing on Ravelry.com (somewhere I love to frequent far too often)  I came across a wonderful patterns for a baby blanket/cuddly toy but at the time I had no one to make it for, so forgot all about it.

Then out of the blue I had a call from a friend asking if I wanted a ‘little’ job.

Her friends Goddaughter was expecting twin boys in August.  She had seen the same pattern as I had and wanted two of them as special gifts for the boys, but she doesn't crochet and was looking for someone to make them for her.  I can't tell you how happy I was to have the change to make them.

I purchased the pattern, you can find it  Here  in the Crochet Arcade's
Ravelry Store and there were four options to choose from, a Pig, Sheep, Cow
or an Elephant.

The decision was made to make two the same and the Cow fitted the bill perfectly…..one pattern, two different contrast colours! 






Then, just to use up the left over wool, I made a couple of Octopuses.

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Fortunately I started making these straight away because the two boys decided to make an early appearance and are here already.


Happy Crafting!

(Whatever you passion may be)

Sue

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