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 4 February 2022

Pink, Lilac and Grey Round Neck Cardigan

I think this may be my last cardigan or jumper for a while .... well until I finish the one I am currently making.  

Do you remember me saying the other day that the favourite cardigan of my youngest niece is the navy one with sparkles?  Well apparently this cardigan has knocked it off the top spot and firmly taken it's place ... apparently she will not even take it off to go to bed.  Who can blame her, I also think these are really pretty colours and they work together so well?  The yarn is King Cole Cherish Double Knit yarns, made up in a Stylecraft pattern - number 4909.  I could not decide what colour to make the buttons and I thought, why not all of the colours so the buttons are a mix of different colours.

I had some of the yarn left over so I made him a bobble hat to go with his jumper.  The pattern is another one of my anonymous Ebay purchases.

Stay dry and keep warm.


Tuesday 1 February 2022

Sailor Collar

A pinch and a punch it's the first of the month Mrs Beez and it's time to make a start on those Christmas cards .... are you ready?  Everyone else, I am sorry about that!  Every year Mrs Beez and I say we are going to make a start on our Christmas cards in February and every year we leave it until December!  You are very welcome to join us making an early start this year, I would love to see your creations.  (Just leave the link to your blog in the comments section.)

But today it is all about knitting.  I have always stayed well away from cable stitch in any pattern.  I have tried it and failed.  Recently my nephew asked me to make his son a particular pattern which contained a lot of cable stitch.  I did not want to say no - but I have been putting it off.

There comes a time when we have to face up to the things which we are running away from - or something like that!  As a trial run I thought I would try a pattern with just a little cable stitch.  It is a Sirdar pattern  - number 4179, which I made in King Cole Cherish speckly Double Knit.

This cardigan has a has a V shaped design along the bottom edge.

The cable stitch pattern runs either side of the buttons - these buttons maybe cute but boy do they get caught up in the yarn!  (I think I may be in trouble with my niece.)

What do you think Carol, did I do it correctly?  Thank you for encouraging me to give it another go.

The cardigan has a sweet sailor collar, which also has that V shaped edging.

I suppose I have no excuse now for not tackling that other cable stitch pattern for my nephew.