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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.


Dionne

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Lapland Visitors Part I

Hi there, I know it has been a while since my last post but I have been busy on a new project.  I have been knitting a pair of sweet rabbits, along with their cloths.

A few years ago I discovered a series of knitting patterns on Ravelry published under the name of 'Mary Jane's Tearoom', designed by Susan Hickson.  It was love at first sight but, unfortunately, I never had the time to make any of these enchanting knits however this year I promised myself that I would make at least one or two of them.

It was very difficult deciding which to make first and in the end I decided on two patterns, they were a pair of 'matched' rabbits called 'Lapland Visitors'.  I started with 'Bo', and I should warn you that there are a lot of photos in this post.

I should like to introduce you to 'Bo'.


His body and boots are made of 100% alpaca wool ...


and his cloths are made from 4 ply cotton yarn.


He has the most enormous feet, I really do not think you get the feeling of their size from these photographs.


The alpaca wool I used is beautifully soft but it is much finer than any other Double Knit yarns I have ever use.  Consequently my bunny is smaller than stated in the pattern and all of the clothes were much too large for him.  Once I realised why his clothes swamped him I decided to knit them on 2mm needles instead of 2.75mm. 

These are leg warmers, instant flashback to the 70's.


The little twisted laces on his snow pants reminded me of old fashioned pyjama cords.


I have never made any thing so fine and I found it quite impossible to pick up stitches around the arm holes to make the sleeves in the jumper, but it was an easy enough work around.  I just love this snowflake design.


Isn't this little pom pom sweet?


The most difficult part of the pattern ... and the most nerve wrecking, are the features.  I spent two days plucking up the courage and trying to get his face to look a way I was happy with - and to be honest I could probably fiddle with him a bit more. 


Here is a quick shot of his rear, I did not want you to miss his cute scut (I had to leave a slot in his snow pants for it to poke through).


I think I prefer him without his ski hat.  What do you think?


I hope you like the first of my knitted 'toys', I shall be back in a day or two to show you Bo's sister Anaka.


Dionne

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Aran Jacket

Thank you you for popping by today, how is your week going?  It is still cold here but I suspect the temperature has gone up just a tad.

I thought I would share a little chunky jacket with you today.  I am afraid that my photographic skills really let me down when it comes to knitted objects and I could really do with some tips on how present them to show them at their best.


It was quite a challenge for me to make this jacket as it had several stitches I had never tackled before, including a cable stitch, 



I bought this DK pattern from ebay, it is only referred to at 'Knitting Pattern 398'.


Dionne


Friday, 27 January 2017

It's Raining Beanie Hats

I mentioned a few days ago that I have only been knitting a few years.  Up until now everything I have made have been baby and toddler clothes.  I did try to make a Fair Isle Cardigan for a friend but my tension just was not good enough - and anyhow, I have a low boredom threshold and I much prefer small items.

Over those few short years I have accumulated a lot of knitting yarn, and I mean a lot, I have run out of places to stash it.  So I decided to knit a few bobble (beanie) hats as Christmas presents to use up the yarn.  Just one of two for my little nieces and nephews.  In the end I made something like three dozen!


I made pastel hats, football hats, stripy hats and snowflake hats.  These are just a few.


Here are some of the hats I made for the ladies ......


these are for the football supporters in the family - the embroidered badges came from ebay .......


and these were for the little ones (see I even made a pair of little blue mittens).


I found a snowflake pattern on a pair of mittens and adapted it for the hats.


These came along too late for the first photo shoot .....


and these I only remembered to photograph just before I wrapped them up.

I really enjoyed making these woolly hats and had trouble putting my needles down, but everyone I know must have a hat from me, and you know what, my stash of yarn does not seem to have gone down.  My sister has suggested that the next time I get the urge, I make little hats for premature babies and send them to our local hospital.  Good idea.

Have a great weekend.


Dionne

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Birthday Boy

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you are well.

It is very cold here and we have not seen the sun all day.  How is the weather with you?

A quick post today.  Now, before I talk about the card, I really must apologise for the quality of this photograph, the combination of how dark it is today and the very light colour of the backing papers, combined with all of those reflective surfaces, made it very hard to get just right.


This is a Sugar Nellie rubber stamp called 'Sporty' Home Grown Manga.  I coloured him with Promarkers and mounted him on gold mirri card.


The backing papers is from a DoveCraft pack and both the sentiment and the button are from my stash.

Have a good day.
  

Dionne

Monday, 23 January 2017

Cruising

Thank you for making the time to visit my blog today.  I have a card to share with you today.

I have a nephew who is mad about cars, so I thought that this Vintage Chevy from Delicious Doodles might make an ideal birthday card for him.


I used my F&C polychromos pencils to colour the image, then I mounted it on silver mirri and dark green pearilised cards.


The tartan backing paper was from a First Edition paper stack.  The gems and sentiment are from my stash.

I hope you have a great week.


Dionne

Friday, 20 January 2017

Up the Hammers

The other day I mentioned that in future I shall be sharing with you some of my knitting.  I have only recently taken up knitting and, in truth, I am not very experienced.  I am slow and find my Fairisle is loose (and I lack the courage to tackle Aran) but I enjoy plain knitting.

Up until recently I have made little cardigans and jumpers for my great nieces and nephews and for the new babies born to friends.  However, a few months ago I decided to make Christmas presents for some of my family and friends.

The other day I shared with you a crochet scarf I made for my niece.  Today I am back to share a knitted scarf and bobble (beanie) hat I made for a special friend.  As you would have gathered this friend is a West Ham fan, or so rumoured has it!


Both the hat and scarf were made with Double Knit (Worsted).  The scarf is simply rows of 1x1 rib, each stripe of colour is six inches wide and I made the scarf 6'6" long (or 7'6" of you include the tassells).  I used a pattern I purchased from ebay for the hat, the West Ham badges also came from ebay.

I hope you have a very happy weekend.


Dionne

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Flight

Unlike my dear friends Lisette and Pamellia I am not a fan of the cold.  I find the snow very pretty but the damp and cold get into my joints and slow me down.  I have so much I need to do but it seems that today is a day for staying by the fire and crafting.


I needed a card for my brother-in-law and I felt something vintage was in order, something very much like this spitfire from Delicious Doodles.  I coloured the image with F&C polychromos pencils and mounted it on gold mirri and orange card.  


The newspaper print backing paper is from a First Edition paper stack.  The sentiment and gem embellishments were from my stash.


Dionne