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.


Friday 29 March 2019

Lace Baby Booties

A few days ago I shared my first attempts at making knitted babies booties.  This pair took me a little longer to make and they missed the group photo.

The pattern was designed by Beyhan Cayer and they are made in Double Knit .... although I have a feeling they would look even better if I had made them in 4 ply, perhaps next time.

I hope that you have a great weekend in store.


Wednesday 27 March 2019

These Boots are Made For ........

Well, this is a new one for me.  Back when my sisters were having their children I crocheted many a pram sets, with matching booties and mittens, but I have not attempted booties since I learnt how to knit.

After making the little cardigans I have been  posting recently, I found that I had a little of the yarn left over.  So, I downloaded a number of bootie patterns and had a go.  Once I got the hang of it, I think got a little carried way.

Each of these designs are slightly different but they are all made from double knit baby soft yarn.

I know which were my favourite, how about you?

Have a great day.


Monday 25 March 2019

Blue and Green Should Never be Seen .....

A few days ago I told you our wonderful news of two babies on their way, as it turns out both are boys and one of them has just arrived, welcome Baby Ben and congratulations to Laura and Dan.

I have been knitting in pairs so no one could accuse me of playing favourite and I have another two cardigans to share with you today.  I am afraid that it was very overcast and dark when I took these photographs and I sincerely apologise for the poor quality ..... one of these days I really must sign up for a course on how to use this fancy camera of mine!

Although we know the sex of both babies now, when I first got out my knitting needles we did not, so I tried to keep these makes gender neutral, and whilst I feel you could dress a girl in blue, many people are uncomfortable dressing a boy in pink.

This very pretty cardigan pattern is another of my favourites. This Sidar Supersoft pattern (number 3101) is another of my vintage patterns.  The first I made in baby blue and the other in mint green.

I really love this lacy boarder, although I have to pay attention when I knit it, no drifting off watching the TV.

I just adore these cheeky buttons I managed to find, they always make me smile.

I deliberately made the two cardigans in different sizes and it is fun to compare the two.

I hope you have a good week.


Friday 22 March 2019

Lilac and White Cot Blanket

All of my friends know that, whilst I really enjoy knitting, I much prefer to keep my projects small, I have a very low boredom threshold and, if I am honest, I much prefer to use short needles.

Therefore, deciding to make a cot blanket was quite a big thing for me, but in for a penny, in for a pound as they say.  So, after looking at a lot of on-line patterns, I decided to have a go at what seemed to me to be the prettiest, but probably most challenging, of the designs.

At the time of starting this project we did not know the sex of the baby so I chose a combination of white and lilac yarn, hoping this was neutral enough.

The pattern for this  'Sweethearts Baby Blanket' is by Anjel Govan.  Mind you, I had quite a bit of trouble getting the hang of the pattern and eventually wrote it out in a way I could follow the instructions.  

I thought that this lovely design was well worth all of the trouble I had getting my head around the instructions.

I crocheted the squares together and made a crochet shell edging to finish the whole thing off.

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate the support of my friends and enjoy reading all of your lovely comments.  

I hope you have a great weekend.


Wednesday 20 March 2019

Exciting Times

I know, I know, it's been a while since I posted anything but I thought that you would all welcome a rest from me following the deluge of posts I made at the end of last year.  However, I have not been idle, during my absence I have been knitting like an automaton.

There is a lot of excitement around here with not one, but two, new babies on the way and that is the only excuse I need to get the baby knitting patterns out.   Mind you, I feel obliged to warn you that there is likely to be a surplus of baby bits in my immediate blogging future.

If you have ever given any of my baby projects more than a passing glace you will most probably recognise this pattern.  I make it for every new baby who comes along, it is a real favourite of mine.

I always think that tiny babies look adorable in white, well at least for ten minutes!  The pattern is practically ancient, the design is an old Robin one - the pattern number is 2496.

This time I actually remembered to try to get a close up of the design, so you can see the mock cable stitch, it really is easy to make.

I went a little mad and adapted a bootie pattern to incorporate the mock cable stitch from the cardigan.  This is my first attempt at knitting booties, but more of that another day.

I shall be back in a day or two with more to share with you.