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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

Monday, 8 May 2017

Little Cream Outfit

Good morning, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

A couple of weeks ago my husband came down with a bug, a nasty cold which turned into a chest infection, being a generous soul he shared it with me.  We are both totally fed up with this cough and cold now and we are looking forward to it going, however, my husband gave the wonderful news yesterday that the people he works with are complaining that after six weeks they are still coughing.  I am sure you can imagine how happy I am at this news!

Today I have another of my old projects to share with you.  I made this jacket with matching beanie and mittens for my tiny niece (well  not so tiny now as she is seven months old).


I bought this pattern from ebay, unfortunately it has no brand or number reference on it to identify it.  I made it in cream Double Knit yarn, so it is lovely and soft and cosy.




I am very unhappy with my attempts to photograph my knitted projects and if anyone out there has any tips on how I can show my knitting off better, I would be incredibly grateful to hear from you.

Have a lovely week.


Dionne

Monday, 1 May 2017

Donovan Bear

I hope you are enjoying the long weekend.  This year, in the UK, the Bank Holidays are coming very close together at the moment, we have just had Easter and at the end of the month we shall have another.  You could be forgiven for thinking that we have a lot of  Bank Holidays (Public Holiday) in England but it is not so, after this month we have just three more this year one in August and then Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26 December).

I had a little time earlier today to put together another project to share with you.  You may recall Romeo, the fabulous Mary Jane's Tearoom bear I shared with you in March.  I was so delighted with how he turned out I decided to make one for my BFF's birthday.  She decided to called her bear Donovan.


Donovan and his clothes are made of beautifully soft 100% alpaca wool.  He is so soft and squidgy it is very heard to get him to sit or stand up (he isn't drunk, honest).


His body is made in grey with cream coloured socks.


I decided to try glass eyes for this bear, I thought it would give him a more traditional look.  However, it is difficult 'pull' the eyes into the head when they are made of glass.  Mind you, I think my nose stitching is getting better with every bear.  


The turn down on his boots is lavender and I could not decide on the matching colourway for the jumper ie lavender with black and grey highlights or cream with lavender and grey highlights.  In the end I made both and left it to my friend to decide which she likes best.


Once again there is a small heart embroidered into one of his ears.


As you can see from this photo the design on the jumper is hearts and crosses,


and little wooden buttons trim the boots and trousers.


No time to focus this photograph, he went sideways a moment after the shutter did its thing.

Enjoy the rest of the holday.


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



Monday, 13 March 2017

Cat Girl

It is one of my young nieces 6th birthday today and, as a little extra present, I have made her a little knitted cat along with some additional clothes for dressing up.

I discovered this series of knitting animals by Julie Williams on Pinterest a couple of years ago.  They stole my heart and I started to collect the patterns from Ravelry, this one is simply called Girl Cat.  The series of patterns are sold under the name of 'Little Cotton Rabbits' - there are several very sweet rabbit designs which I am sure I shall be knitting in the not too distant future.


My finished cat stands just 8 inches high.  I knitted the body in Stylecraft Alpaca Tweed and the clothes in King Cole cotton yarn.   Each pattern comes with very clear instructions and several variations.


The pattern also comes with one dress pattern but you can purchase a pattern of fouteen 'seasonal' dress designs.  As you can see I have made her two additional dresses.


You can also purchase a pattern of eight additional jumper designs.  I chose the sweet butterfly design.  The shorts pattern came from one of the Boy Rabbit patterns.


I just love how the back of the shorts leaves a space for the cat's tail.


We had a little fashion show for my blog.  You have already seen the blue plaid dress, here we have the butterfly jumper and pretty pink pedal pushers ..........


Next the cat is modelling her additional dresses.  This attractive blue and lavender polka dot .....


and this lovely yellow cup cake party dress.


These smaller designs are a little more fiddly than the Mary Jane's Tearoom pattern I have been sharing with you recently but they were great fun and I am sure you will be seeing more from the series in the near future.

Have a great week and thank you for dropping by.


Dionne

Monday, 6 March 2017

Lapland Visitors Part II

Somewhat later than promised, I am back today with the second half of my 'Lapland Visitrs' post.  I must apologise for this delay, my only excuse is that I have been somewhat distracted since the start of the year and I have been switching between knitting projects and I currently have at least six on the go.  But I have at last finished photographing Bo's sister Anaka and completed this post.

If you saw the first part of this post you will already know that a few years ago I discovered a series of knitting patterns on Ravelry published under the name of 'Mary Jane's Tearoom', they were designed by Susan Hickson.  The first pattern I made was Bo and here is his adorable sister Anaka - I should warn you that there are a lot of photographs in this post.


I thought that you might like to see something of the process, here are her stripey (stockings) legs and her body.  At this point the legs were able to stand unsupported and it made me giggle to see this egg on legs 'walking' around my work table.


Anaka's body and boots are made of 100% alpaca wool and stuffed with  hollow fibre toy filling.


Her features are darned on so there are no bits to be pulled off by little fingers.  I learnt a lot from making Bo and I continued to learn with every stuffed toy I have made.  Anaka's arms and head came off several times before I was happy with them.


The alpaca wool I used is beautifully soft but it is much finer than any other Double Knit yarns I have ever use.  Therefore, just like Bo, Anaka is smaller than stated in the pattern and all of her clothes were much too large, to get her clothes to fit I decided to knit them on 2mm needles instead of 2.75mm. 


Anaka has a reoccurring motif of hearts on her clothes and boots.  The clothes are made from 4 ply cotton, I used Rowen Summerlite.


The stitches in the clothes are so very fine and I found it quite impossible to pick up stitches around the arm holes to make the sleeves in the jumper, so I made them separately.  Isn't this jumper sweet?  I was actually knitting it on Valentine's Day.


I added a row of the dark blue yarn from Bo's outfit to tie the two outfits together Bo had a little of Anaka' pink in his leg warmers).  I love the way the pattern created this pleated effect on the skirt.


These tiny knickers are so sweet but the lace edge was soooo fiddly to make.


Little padded hearts decorate the boots and there is a matching pin for her 'hair'.


Anaka has a little beret hat, but just like her brother, I think I prefer her without the hat.  I stitched the little heart to a broach pin so it can be easily removed when she wears her hat.


Just a little wave from my cheeky girl in her undies.


Now she is fully dressed her legs are unable to support her without aid, but I really wanted you to see her from behind and her cute little tail.


Here they are together, I am sure you agree that they make such an adorable couple.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing Bo and Anaka as much as I enjoyed making them.


My next project is already well underway and I hope to be back to share it with you very soon.

Have a great week.


Dionne