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.


Saturday, 9 June 2018

Meet Candy

Hands up who remembers Romeo Bear?  My post was quite some time ago , over a year in fact, so you are forgiven if you do not remember him.  Well, I have at last got around to posting his girlfriend, 'Candy'.  To be honest, I thought I had posted ages ago, but it seems I was mistaken.

Candy is another pattern from Susan Hickson and Mary Jane's Tearoom. You can buy the pattern on-line from Ravelry.  When I made Romeo I managed to match the colours he was originally made in but I could not find those colours for Candy, so I gave her a violet/lavender theme.

As with Romeo, I made the body with from 100% alpaca wool, it is so warm and soft and so very hugable. Candy stands around 14 inches high.

Her clothes are made with 4 ply cotton.  The lilac and white striped jumper has a rolled neck.

Her Violet dungarees have a sweet lazy daisy embroidered on the bib and the buttons are tiny lavender hearts. 

Both the legs of the dungarees and the legs of the bloomers have a pretty Picot edging.

Candy's lavender slippers come with socks attached, these are made with more of the alpaca wool.  I think that the little bows are so sweet.

Candy has a striped hair slide to match the bows on her slippers, it can be removed or moved around.

Under the bow Candy has a sweet lazy daisy embroidered in her ear (to match the heart in Romeo's ear.)

All of her features are embroidered on using black alpaca wool, the eyes are French knots.

I took these photos before I purchased my doll stand and it was hard to keep Candy propped up for her mug shots.

As ever, I have to apologise for the poor lighting in these photos, a lot of the colours are washed out, sorry.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Big Easter Bunny

Happy Easter Sunday and, especially for Mrs Beez, 'a pinch and a punch for the first of the month'.

Today I should like to share my cuddly big bunny with you.  He may look a little familiar to you, that is because I included a couple of photo of this bunny in my post entitled 'Mendel's Bunnies', where I tried to show you the different sizes I could get from knitting one of Julie Williams 'Little Cotton Rabbits' patterns in different thicknesses of yarn  but I saved blogging about him for today - it seemed appropriate being Easter and all that.

This adorable little boy is made in Chunky Knit.  The patches on his head are all part of the pattern and I love knitting the nose instead of stitching it on afterwards - I am not very good at stitched noses.

His eyes are made with French Knots and the mouth is stitched on at the same time as you make the eyes.

From the tips of his ears to the ends of his toes he measures approximately 20 inches (that is roughly 50 cm.)  

Here is the naked shot, I know how much you enjoy the 'Full Monty' view.  He is very photogenic and I think he knows it all too well!  Te he.

Oh, not forgetting the back view and his fabulous fluffy tail.

I just adore how his tail pops through his trousers (I suppose it would be very uncomfortable to have a great big powder puff in your underpants).

Because this bunny is so much larger than the normal Little Cotton Rabbit, the clothes designed for those rabbits would not fit him.  Instead I made him a set of clothes using a Mary Jane's Tearoom pattern.

The picot edged dungarees are made of 4 ply cotton, it has very small car shaped wooden buttons.

I added a decorative stripe to the fawn coloured jumper.  It is fastened with small buttons on the back shoulder seam.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Easter Holiday.


Monday, 5 February 2018

Lavender Bunny

In my attempt to make a knitted toy for every under 5 I know, I was knitting right up to Christmas and I still have a few last minute knitted toys to show you.

It really was a last minute push, just time snap a photograph before wrapping them.  As usual, my photographic skills are all over the place.

As suggested in the title of this post, this bunny really is a lavender colour, shame you cannot see how pretty she is.  This bunny is made from a alpaca/wool mix double knit yarn, using one of Julie Williams 'Little Cotton Rabbits' patterns.  The 'bunny girl' pattern has tights and shoes but as I was in a bit of a hurry I used the Boy Bunny pattern, which has plain legs and feet.

This bunny has a really big fluffy white tail hidden under her dress.

The dress is one of SuzyMarie's variations of Julie Williams Seasonal Dresses patterns, this one is called 'Tiny Buds Dress' (it is free from Ravelry) and it is made from 4 ply cotton.


Friday, 2 February 2018

The White Rabbit

Now I know this little rabbit looks like the Tiny Rabbit, there is a good reason for this.  After I made Tiny Rabbit the granddaughter of a friend saw her and fell in love with her.  However, Tiny Rabbit was promised to another so I quickly made this little sweetie for my friend's granddaughter.

This is one of Julie Williams 'Little Cotton Rabbits' patterns, she is based on the pattern 'Bunny Girl in a Dotty Dress', however, for speed I missed out her tights and shoes.

This rabbit is made from Baby Double Knit yarn and she had a gorgeous fluffy tail.

Her dress is one of Pam Clydd designs, called 'Red Tulips Dress', which I got from Ravelry.  It is made from 4 ply cotton.


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Little Boy Blue

I have the last of my pre-Christmas bears to share with you today.  I made three little bears and two rabbits as presents for some of my young friends, but my timing was very tight and I only had time to grab a quick photograph before wrapping them and sending them off to their new homes.

This little bear is one of Julie Williams patterns, this one is called 'Boy Bear' and it is available from Ravelry.

He is made of a powder blue baby double knit and his clothes are made of cotton 4 ply.


Monday, 29 January 2018

One Little Bear

Back again today with the second of my three last minute little Christmas bears.  He is another one of Julie Williams patterns, this one is called 'Boy Bear' and it is available from Ravelry.

Like the little bear last week, he is made of a alpaca/wool mix double knit and his clothes are made of cotton 4 ply.


Friday, 26 January 2018

Little Ted

I'm back today with another of my 'Little Cotton Rabbit's Teddy Bears.  He is one of three bears that I made just before Christmas.  As I finished each bear I took a quick photo and wrapped them, so there was no time for me to take a group photo this time.

This little guy is one of Julie Williams patterns, this one is called 'Boy Bear' and it is available from Ravelry.

He is made of a alpaca/wool mix double knit and his clothes are made of cotton 4 ply.


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Happy Families

In recent weeks I have been sharing with you all of the Little Cotton Rabbits, - and their friends, which I made last year to give away as Christmas presents to my family and friends.

They have all gone to new homes now but, before I started my wrapping, I took a couple of group photos to show them all in one place.

There were too many to get them all into the basket, you should be able to pick out six teddy bears, four cats, four mice and elephant and a couple of rabbits.

You have seen them all either individually or in family groups but I thought you would enjoy seeing them all together.  Trouble is, after I made and wrapped these knitted friends, I went on to make quite a few more ...... such a shame they did not make it into the group photo.


Monday, 22 January 2018

Four Little Bears

You have met my Four Little Mice and the Four Little Cats.  Today I have Four Little Bears......

As with the above, these are a Julie Williams pattern in her 'Little Cotton Rabbits' range.  This one is actually called Boy Bear.  No they are not transvestite bears, it is just that I was in a hurry and it takes longer to knit the tights and shoes the girl bears are wearing in their pattern.

The bears are made with an alpaca/wool mix double knit yarn.  As the children are related I made each bear slightly different so they do not get them muddled up.

The same goes for the dresses, each one is the same yet different - a two toned stripe - sometimes with a contrasting colour near the waist, and a knitted bow.

Each dress is made from soft 4 ply cotton and are fastened at the back with a loop and tiny button.

Now for the n*ked shot!  Opps, did you spot that there are five bears in this shot, we have an infiltrator.

Here she is, bear number five is wearing a 4 ply cotton dress.  The pattern is based on Pam Clyde's Tulip Dress.


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Four Little Cats

Do you remember the four little mice I shared with you last week?  Well, today I should like to show you the four little cats I also made for my nieces for Christmas.

This is another of Julie Williams charming patterns called Cat Girl, which is also available from Ravelry.  My apologies again for my poor photography, the light when I took all of these projects was dreadful and the flash from my camera over exposed them - I think could do with some lessons on how to use my new camera.

The dress pattern is called 'Sweet Shoppe Dress' by SuzyMarie.  If you look closely you will see that, whilst basically the same, each dress is slightly different - just my way of avoiding boredom.  I added a small red glass bead to the glace cherry.

As I made each cat I added them to a bag of finished projects and some of them got a bit squashed, I did try to revive them before photographing them but I can see now that I should have spent longer moving the filling around.

As with the mice I shared last week, I have tried to colour coordinate the tights and shoes with the dresses.

Each cat has a lovely swishy tail, which comes through a gap left in the back seam of the dress.  

You have probably gathered that the tights and shoes are part of the cat and cannot be removed.

I found the ears a little tricky to make but eventually got the hang of the design and I am still not sure whether I like their stuffed muzzles and knitted noses.

I gave some of them white tips to their tails, arms and ears so they would be confused with one another by their new owners when they are playing together (I should point out that I made the top half first and then realised that the colour of the tights and shoes would do that).

Their eyes are a series of French Knots and some are larger than others but I have done my best to make sure each pair of eyes match.

And here we are with what has come to be referred to as the n*ked photo.  However, I should point out that they are still wearing their tights and shoes.  Ohh la la!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the week.