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Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.


I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!


Thank you for visiting my blog.


Dionne

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Little Boy Blue

A big thank you for visiting my space today, I really do appreciate your visits.  My dear friend Nicole  (aka Cdeaca Crafts) left a lovely comment yesterday and it made me realise that I have not posted anything for quite some time.

I am so busy knitting at the moment I forget to share it with you, I am so sorry.  Here is a cardigan I made for my baby niece towards the end of last year - I have not had the opportunity to post it before now.


This is a very, very old Robin pattern, Bambino 2496, which I bought in a lot of second hand patterns.  To be honest the photograph on the front of the pattern is not very attractive and you could not see the design very clearly but I am so pleased I did not dismiss it because, as you can see,  it is a very pretty design.  I made the cardigan in Baby Double Knit - I think it is a lot softer than ordinary Double Knit.

Thank you so much for visiting today.


Dionne

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Bunnies

Hello everyone.  First I must apologies to you all for being absent for so long.  I have not been ill or anything like that, just very, very busy knitting.  I have quite a few soft toys waiting in the wings to share with you, I just need to put the needles down long enough to write a few posts.  However, I was determined to find the time for this post this weekend because they are my Easter Bunnies.


I made one of theses for each of my small nieces, they are from the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' range of patterns, which are available from Ravelry.


I just love their fluffy white tails, a little on the large side I guess but it is hard to make very tiny pom poms.


The dress patterns are also by Julie Williams


This little bunnie already has a name, she has been called 'Raspberry' by her new owner and her mum.  The rabbits body is made from Alpaca DK by Stylecraft and her dress is made of King Cole 4 ply cotton


I found the ears were a little too large when I made them to the pattern, so this bunny has lop eared.  Her body is also Stylecraft Alpaca DK and her dress is King Cole Gaza 4 ply cotton..


My last bunny today is made from pink Stylecraft Alpaca Tweed DK and once again the dress is made from King Cole Gaza 4 ply cotton.

I hope that you have had a fabulous Easter and I apologise if I owe you an email or have not been around to your blog recently, I will try to get to you very soon.


Dionne

Friday, 31 March 2017

Diamond White

Wow, it is the last day of the month, so that was March?

I am back today with another wonderfully old fashioned cardigan design to show you.  It was part of the bundle I made for my youngest niece when she was newly born.


Just like the cardigan I shared with you last week, this is another pattern from UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA 4) and is made in 4 ply.  Just in case you are wondering, those are double fish eyed buttons.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.


Dionne

Monday, 27 March 2017

Monkey Girl

How was your weekend?  Gone too fast as always?  I thought so.

Do you remember my recent 'Cat Girl' post?  The little knitted cat I made for the birthday of one of my nieces?  Well I made cat girl a friend to play with, Monkey Girl.  This Girl Monkey pattern is available from Ravelry.


I am loving these 'Little Cotton Rabbits' creatures, and there are so many of them bears, rabbits, elephants, foxes and mice as well as cats and monkeys.  I made my little monkey in Stylecraft Alpaca Tweed and the clothes were made in King Cole cotton yarn.


As with the cat, I made the monkey an additional dress from the 'seasonal' dress pattern pack, and  


shorts and a jumper from the Boy Bunny with Piebald Patch pattern.


We had a little fashion show - just so you to see her modelling her new wardrobe.  Here we have her dusky red dress with cream hearts.


And the red and white chunky jumper with blue peddle pushers.


And so you can see her lovely prehensile tail, a rear view.


Cat and monkey together, getting ready for the birthday party the other weekend.


and here they are after their hopping spree, they bought so much and had so much fun.......


The paper for the shopping bags came from my very extensive paper stash.

I thought that you might like to know that my niece has called the little cat Charlotte and the monkey Leighanne.  I hope my little niece has as much fun playing dress up with her two new friends as I had making them.  

I am thinking Easter bunnies next.

Have a wonderful week and thinking for visiting today.


Dionne

Friday, 24 March 2017

An Old Fashioned Treat

The weekend is almost here, I really do not know where the weeks go.  In just over a week it will be April and a quarter of 2017 will be behind us, gone forever.

Hands up who had a cardigan like this when they were little?  I certainly did, this is a very similar pattern to the ones my mother and granny made for me.  I made this one for my youngest niece.


The pattern is from UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA 6) and is made in 4 ply.  

Other than that, I can think of nothing to say about this project.  Writing about knitted cardigans is certainly a lot quicker than writing about cards and tags.  Nonetheless, I am very grateful that you have taken the time to visit my blog today.

I hope that you have a great weekend.


Dionne


Monday, 20 March 2017

Romeo Bear

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and the world is good to you.

I have a number of knitting projects to share with you at the moment but I want to pace my posts because knitting projects take a lot longer than cards, but it is hard to decide which to show you first.  However, I am so excited about this one and I could not wait to show you any longer.

This is Romeo Bear, he is another pattern from Susan Hickson and Mary Jane's Tearoom.  You can buy the pattern on-line from Ravelry.  I think he has to be my favourite knitted project so far, isn't he is a cutie?


I made Romeo Bear and his clothes from 100% alpaca wool - he is so warm and soft and utterly cuddly.  He stands 14.5 inches tall.


He has less clothing than the other Mary Jane's Tearoom projects I have made but it is such a smart outfit.


His jumper features a hearts and kisses design, although I originally thought it was strawberries and crossed knives and forks.  LOL!


I think these dungarees are super sweet.  The pattern gives a reference for the little wooden heart buttons, unfortunately I was unable to track them down, but I managed to find these wooden buttons on ebay - between the two of us they are all decorated on the other side but you cannot see the reverse once they are stitched in place.


As you can see, his walking boots match his dungarees.


His socks are part of his legs and do not come off.  Oh, and no, that is not an optical illusion, he really does have pretty big feet.


This was my first attempt at stitching a bears nose, I was feeling pretty pleased with myself when it was finished.


It is a little difficult to see but he has a little heart stitched in his ear.


Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you like Romeo Bear.  I have just started making his friend Candy, fingers crossed I will be able to share her with you in the not too distant future.

Have a great week.


Dionne

Friday, 17 March 2017

Two of a Kind

Just a quick post today.

Last summer I knitted quite a few cardigans for my little nieces but I never got the chance to post them.  I thought today might be a good day to share these two with you.  I made them for sisters to wear on a special occasions we all went to last summer.  I wanted them to match but, as the two girls are similar in size, I made them with little differences so they could be told apart at a glance.


The most obvious difference in one is 'V' necked and the other round.  I also made the bottom rib slightly wider in one and, of course, the buttons are differnt.


The pattern is by Sidir 1520 and they are made in 4 ply.

I hope you have a great weekend.


Dionne