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.


Monday, 19 November 2018

Mint Jacket

After a brief hiatus from knitted jackets and cardigans on Friday, I'm back with a very quick post this morning to show you this mint jacket.  (My apologies for the poor lighting on the photograph, this little jacket is actually a pretty mint colour  - I suppose you could call it aqua.)

The design has an attractive picot edge and, as you can see, no buttons.  This is a UK Hand Knitting Association pattern, reference number UKHKA 82.  The jacket is made in baby double knit yarn.

I did say it was a quick post!


Friday, 16 November 2018

Lucy's Little Monkey

Do you ever wonder why you do something? Well, if I ever doubt myself over why I make the Little Cotton Rabbit ranfe of animals, the look on my small niece’s face when she opened her birthday present, left me in no doubt. She was super excited with her 'Teddy Bear Monkey', as she insisted on calling it. For the rest of the afternoon she spoke to her new friend in their own monkey language, cuddled her and she sang to her for ages.

'Monkey Girl' is one of Julie William's patterns from her 'Little Cotton Rabbits' range, which is available from Ravelry.

The little monkey is made with the softest alpaca Double Knit wool and the briefs and shoes are made with cotton 4 ply yarn.

Our little monkey even has a prehensile tail to help her balance whilst swinging through the trees!

Her shoes are so sweet, they have cute little buttons to keep them on her feet.  

The dress is navy and off white to match her shoes, again made in cotton 4 ply yarn.  Doesn't she look smart?

I hope you enjoyed meeting Lucy's little monkey.  Please visit again soon.


Thursday, 15 November 2018

Just Peachy

This adorable chunky cardigan is another of the ones I made for my niece earlier this year.  It is made of a pretty peach baby double knit yarn.  Unfortunately, it is another of my anonymous Internet purchases from ebay so I do not have any details on the pattern.

When I was a little girl, if you went to the cinema you got to see two films - usually a pretty awful B film and the main feature. During the intermission the usherettes came out with their trays of ice creams, Kia-Ora Orange Juice and sweets and, at my local cinema, a man entertained the audience playing a stunning, fully illuminated, 6 rank Compton Theatre Organ which would magically rise up out of the orchestra pit as he played some jolly tune.  I may have only been small but seeing it was such an amazing experience I shall never forget it.

(I am probably breaking all sorts of copyright rules but I had to show you a photo of our local Compton Theatre Organ, as the man played, it changed colour.  Magic!)

Now, you may be wondering why I have taken you on this trip down memory lane.  During the intermission curtains were dropped in front of the cinema screen and the pattern on this cardigan reminds me of those curtain and all the memories they evoke.

That's it for today.


Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Cream Jacket


I am back this morning with another of the little jackets I made earlier this year for my little niece.

This pattern is so cool, it makes me look like a much better knitter than I really am.  It is full of stitch changes and lots of faux cable stitches.  I cannot get my head around cabling, or rather I cannot get my fingers around it.  I constantly drop the third needle and I end up super frustrated with myself, but with this pattern, who would guess it!

This is one of my ebay purchases and there is no name on the pattern only the reference to 'Knitting Pattern 398'.

I have tried to get some close-ups of  some of the different stitches for you.  I made this one in some soft and fluffy cream baby double knit yarn and all of these chunky stitches make a very warm and cosy jacket.

I'll be back soon with some more of my handiwork.


Monday, 12 November 2018

Little Boy Blue Cardigan

I hope you had a good weekend. 

 I am back today with another of the cardigans I knitted at the beginning of the year.

This is another of my favourite patterns. The cardigan is made of Baby Double Knit and has a pretty faux cable stitch edging.

I have checked the pattern and, as far as I can see there is no reference on it to the name of the company or a reference number. However, if you are interested, I purchased it from ebay - 'Baby Cardigan, Hat and Mittens DK Knitting Pattern'.

Take Care.


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Poppy Wreath

Good morning.

I thought that this birthday card was rather appropriate for today.  This fabulous poppy wreath image is from Delicious Doodles.

I coloured the wreath with my polychromos pencils and mounted it on gold miri card and red card.  The polka dot backing papers are from my stash, as is the die cut fairy.  The sentiment is a Craftwork Cards one.

Have a great day.


Friday, 9 November 2018

Simple Blue Cardigan

Good grief, I am so bad at photographing my little knitted cardigans, just look at this layout- on second thoughts, please don't look.  It looks as if I have just taken it out of the washing machine.

This plain and simple cardigan is quick and easy to make and it is nice and chunky.  It is made in Baby Double Knit and, for the knitters, it is a vintage UK Hand Knitting Association pattern number UKHKA 3.

I'll be back in a day or two with more.  Meanwhile, I hope you have a very happy weekend.