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!

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Monday, 1 January 2018

A Taste of Things to Come

The last few weeks I have been blogging twice a day, I must admit that I have found it quite difficult to think of something different each time and sometimes I ended up simple stating the facts.  One of my Christmas presents is a book about blogging and it seems that I have been going about it all wrong, I do not know whether I shall every get it right, I find it hard to be witty on paper and my typing skills could really do with some improvement, but I somehow think you are stuck with me.

Last year I took time out from card making to experiment with knitting.  I became quite addicted to making knitted toys, there are two designers I am particularly fond of 'Mary Jane's Tearooms' and 'Little Cotton Rabbits'.  I made quite a lot of the later as Christmas presents but was not able to share them with you for obvious reasons.

I hope to rectify this over the next few weeks.  Today I thought I would just give you a taste of things to come.

Although the name suggests that 'Little Cotton Rabbits' should be just rabbit patterns there are many more animals in the series and, surprize, surprize they are not made of cotton.  In the lead up to Christmas I made 19 of these fabulous little toys to give as Christmas presents. 

I also experimented with size.  It all started with me trying to find a size which would fit the elf clothes I made for my niece in the summer.  A bunny made in DK alpaca wool averages something like 11 inches tall.  I wanted something a little larger so I tried chunky wool, I had never knitted with this yarn before and it came out a lot larger than I expected - the lovely piebald bunny is 18 inches tall.  

Next I tried knitting the chunkie wool on smaller needles, at 14 inches high it was still too tall.  I did not expect my next experiment to work but I could not resist making one in 4 ply yarn.  This one was about 10 inches high and it looked so sweet.

I will be back to let you have a better look and these, and other, knitted toys.  I hope you will enjoy seeing them.



  1. May this New Year be special in every way… bringing you the gift of love and excitement.
    (01/01)From Japan to friends all over the world; Happy New Year! ! https://ryoma2sakamoto.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/01-01from-japan-to-friends-all-over-the-world-happy-new-year/ @Sakamoto2Ryouma

  2. Can't wait to see all these in more detail. Happy New Year! X

    1. You may regret saying that, I made a lot of knitted toys!

      Dionne xxx


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