Sunday, 26 September 2010


Last night I made a pumpkin for the Itsy Bitsy Spider Pumpkin Patch crochet along. It worked up really quick and I love it! Now I just have to decorate it to enter into the best decorated comp! I have so many ideas for decorating, I am going to have to make loads more I think! The kids will have lots of them to play with at Halloween ;-)

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Hooping and a crochet cupcake giveaway!

Just a short one tonight as I seriously need to go to bed now as I am doing a hoop performance tomorrow with the rest of the Bristol Hooping Mad  hoopers! So if you are heading down to the BrisFest festival (Bristol harbourside) tomorrow afternoon then come to the Street Stage at 3:45pm to see us hoop our fab routine in all our sequins and sparkles!  

On the crochet side of things, check out Sarah Dickson's blog for the chance to win one of her delicious crochet cupcakes (blueberry flavour, yummy!).  Sweet :-) x

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Home sweet home :-)

I had an amazing holiday with a week of fantastic weather, lovely food and drink, and loads of fun with the boys.  The kids were really good on the journey but it did make me laugh when I asked George if the liked the plane or the bus best and he said the bus!  I really thought the plane would have been much more exciting to a 2.5 yr old!

I am now nicely refreshed and ready for the lovely English Autumn.....and to get hooking more hats for winter!  I finished 3 hats while away and the fourth is half finished.  I also crocheted a sweet little heart for the maid who so cheerfully cleaned our apartment every day.  We were running low on Euro's to leave as a tip but I had lots of wool left and I thought she might like something a bit different.  I didn't have any paper to write on though so used toilet roll for the little thank you note, not the most classy choice but it did the job!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Holiday, yaaaaaay!

I will be away for a week now, Portugal here we come!  I will get on to posting items up in my Etsy shop when I return.  x

Monday, 13 September 2010

Pattern, Etsy, Holiday & Hooping :-)

I finally got around to typing up my Cat of Great Cuteness pattern and it is now a lovely pretty .pdf document, wooo!  One down, now to do the alien and rabbit.  I have two kind people who have offered to test the pattern out for me  and I can't wait for their feedback, hopefully I won't have made too many blinding errors and they will  be able to follow it ok!    Once it has been tested and any corrections etc made it will be going up for sale in my Etsy shop!  Yes, I have set up shop!  Nothing in it yet but I hope to get the patterns in it when I get back from Portugal (wooo I am going on holiday Thursday morning!).  This will be our first time abroad with the boys so that will be interesting.  Freddie will NOT sit still on my lap for more than 10 seconds so a 2hr flight with him supposed to sit on my lap will be very .....erm......entertaining :-/  I have lots of episodes of 'In The Night Garden' loaded onto my phone and  fingers crossed that might work for at least some of the time!  

Oh yeah, I also set up a Facebook page to replace my Facebook group as it seems I should really have done a page to begin with but I didn't know that then.  Oh well, I think that's pretty much everything sorted for now.

I had a great hoop session at class tonight with Emma (our teacher) just back from Burning Man festival in the desert in th USA!  Lots of new tricks, new tricks!  I am looking forward to some hooping in the sun in Portugal, heaven :-)  Right, back to crocheting hats now. x

Friday, 10 September 2010

Alien creation and super cute hats!

Today, in between breaking up squabbles between my two boys over a remote controlled fire engine they both wanted to play with, I sewed the last few stars on to my latest creation, a cute little alien.  I now have 4 creations ready to sell.....I really must get around to opening an Etsy shop!  Here they are waiting to find new homes...

I also decided I want to start making some cute hats for the boys for winter so set about searching for some good patterns.  After a long time searching online I found the cutest crochet hat patterns from the Inner Hooker.  I ordered 3 patterns for $10 (£6.66 when converted to pounds) and I can't wait to start making them!  The email with the pdf patterns came nice and speedily :-)  I am going to be taking one of these as my holiday project next week when we go to Portugal!  She has amazing animal hats, I ordered the Fox Earflap pattern and also the Owl Earflap hat pattern.  The other hat pattern I got was the Long Tail Stocking hat one, soooooo cute! So go check out the Inner Hooker Etsy shop or join her Facebook page.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Hoop practice....8 months in :-)

A hoopy post today instead of a wooly one!  Last night at hoop class we had the wonderful drummers back in to  dance to, amazing!  So, I thought I would get a video clip on my phone.  Well, I managed to really bodge up the video in all ways possible!  I balanced the phone on my cardigan (which completely muffled out the sound of the fab drummers, doh!) so I have had to add some music to the clip.  Also I had pressed record whilst focusing on something close up to the phone (probably the table or the sound-muffling-cardigan) so when pointed into the room the focus is all soft and fuzzy :-(  Oh well, better luck with my next recording but in the mean time click here for the YouTube link to see the video of me practicing at class, 8 months into my hooping.  

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Woooo, it's pumpkin crochet along time!

If you have never done a crochet along (CAL) before then why not join in with this one!  It is being hosted by the lovely Karla of Itsy Bitsy Spider and she has written a beautiful pumpkin pattern especially for it.  If you sign up then you will get a free copy of Karla's pumpkin pattern and the idea is to make at least one (but as many as you like) and then decorate it in whatever way you want.  Then at the end of the crochet-along there will be a pumpkin 'fashion show' where people can vote for their favorite and the winner will get a prize!  The pattern only involves being able to do single crochet, decrease, and half double crochet (but the majority of the pattern is single crochet), so nice and easy!  Read Karla's introduction post more details.
I have signed up and am looking forward to starting!  I did Karla's Great Owl crochet along and it was so much fun so if you love crochet then JOIN NOW!

My stock so far....

Woooo, I now have a stock of 3 creations to sell! I am really enjoying making these critters :-)