Friday, 3 September 2021

Crochets bags and bits

Have been crocheting mad (evenings while watching tv) during the Pandemic :o) Granny square placemats (double sided)and loads of string bags. ..... suppose ready-made Christmas prezzies!

Monday, 15 February 2021

Little Crochet Birdie - crochet experience preferable

This is easy to crochet. Make 5 or 7 chains (or more, depending on how large or small you want this birdie to be) Single crochet 'all around' cast-on chain - increasing 1 single crochet, at each end - I'm afraid, you will need to judge the increases as you go. Continue building up the size until required size is achieved (folding it in half will show you). Sew up straight opening (top of birdie) - leave a small gap to push in stuffing. Sew up remaining gap. Decorate with a beak, an eye and wings. If you have any problems, please email me.

Monday, 8 June 2020

Knitted basket 'n balls

Cast on 20 stitch and garter stitch for about
10 or 11 'ridges' (1 ridge = 2 rows) in your choice of each colour.
You should have 10 sections.
 3, 2 3, 2.
Knit 2 lengths, and stitch together, leaving one side open.  (I kept the width side open.) Stuff lightly with washable wadding/stuffing. Stitch up remaining seam.
Sew (small tacking or backstitch) between each colour = quilted effect

Make a 2 base pieces, - (I winged this more or less) -
Measure or count the rows, not forgetting that you can stretch this slightly.  Stitch pieces together. 
Place inside and stitch to 'outside'.
I made a couple of handles. See top pic.

The easy knitted balls are in my previous Post:


Monday, 25 May 2020

Knitted Ball - very easy

Double Knitting Yarn (Rainbow colours)
2 x 2.50 or 3mm needles 
large eyed sewing needle
Washable wadding suitable for childrens toys.

Cast on 10 stitches, using thinner needles than normal, so that rows and stitches do not gape and are tighter together.
Knit 10 rows in each of 4 colours.
Cast off. (pic.1)

On second square down, cast on 10 stitches along right-hand edge,
and knit another 10 rows. Cast off. (Pic.2)
Repeat this on the opposite side, so you have a crucifix shape. (Pic.3 and 4)

On the wrong side, stitch the seams into a cube shape, leaving 'the lid' with one side un-stitched and open.  
Turn right side out.  
Stuff with wadding, so ball is stuffed but still soft. 
Stitch up remaining seam. (pic.4) - to complet ball.



Saturday, 18 April 2020

Covid Crisis - keeping busy

Have been sowing seeds and re-shooting veggie ends!

also doing a bit of gardening - as weather has been lovely - and a small amount of 
fused glass work

and cooking my way through the crisis!

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Whats going on in the Garden, April, 2020 (Lockdown! UK)


Primulas (don't forget to deadhead them - for more flowers)
Rosemary in flower

Daffs (narcissi) now gone unfortunately - they don't last long

dried pea seedlings for salad tips

dried pea seedlings grown a bit more!

Having a garden tidy


Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Happy Halloween!

I think this might look more like an apple than a pumpkin! (The crochet'd one that is!) - but winged it and enjoyed making it.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Devon - Little Trip

Agatha Christie's House - Greenway

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Grant Wood - American Artist

 Grant Wood, known worldwide for this iconic painting - (apparently it's his sister and his dentist!) - Grant Wood was also a sculptor and man of many parts - he loved making things ..............

Grant Wood.jpg
Grant Wood - self-portrait
Born  in Iowa, USA 1891 and died in 1942

(have been watching Waldemar Januszczak's art programmes on BBC - excellent.)

Monday, 4 June 2018

just having fun .............



... made with drawing pins, and embellished with fineline pen


Photoshopped Collages

Original Collage