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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

Monday, 8 May 2017

Little Cream Outfit

Good morning, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

A couple of weeks ago my husband came down with a bug, a nasty cold which turned into a chest infection, being a generous soul he shared it with me.  We are both totally fed up with this cough and cold now and we are looking forward to it going, however, my husband gave the wonderful news yesterday that the people he works with are complaining that after six weeks they are still coughing.  I am sure you can imagine how happy I am at this news!

Today I have another of my old projects to share with you.  I made this jacket with matching beanie and mittens for my tiny niece (well  not so tiny now as she is seven months old).


I bought this pattern from ebay, unfortunately it has no brand or number reference on it to identify it.  I made it in cream Double Knit yarn, so it is lovely and soft and cosy.




I am very unhappy with my attempts to photograph my knitted projects and if anyone out there has any tips on how I can show my knitting off better, I would be incredibly grateful to hear from you.

Have a lovely week.


Dionne

Monday, 1 May 2017

Donovan Bear

I hope you are enjoying the long weekend.  This year, in the UK, the Bank Holidays are coming very close together at the moment, we have just had Easter and at the end of the month we shall have another.  You could be forgiven for thinking that we have a lot of  Bank Holidays (Public Holiday) in England but it is not so, after this month we have just three more this year one in August and then Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26 December).

I had a little time earlier today to put together another project to share with you.  You may recall Romeo, the fabulous Mary Jane's Tearoom bear I shared with you in March.  I was so delighted with how he turned out I decided to make one for my BFF's birthday.  She decided to called her bear Donovan.


Donovan and his clothes are made of beautifully soft 100% alpaca wool.  He is so soft and squidgy it is very heard to get him to sit or stand up (he isn't drunk, honest).


His body is made in grey with cream coloured socks.


I decided to try glass eyes for this bear, I thought it would give him a more traditional look.  However, it is difficult 'pull' the eyes into the head when they are made of glass.  Mind you, I think my nose stitching is getting better with every bear.  


The turn down on his boots is lavender and I could not decide on the matching colourway for the jumper ie lavender with black and grey highlights or cream with lavender and grey highlights.  In the end I made both and left it to my friend to decide which she likes best.


Once again there is a small heart embroidered into one of his ears.


As you can see from this photo the design on the jumper is hearts and crosses,


and little wooden buttons trim the boots and trousers.


No time to focus this photograph, he went sideways a moment after the shutter did its thing.

Enjoy the rest of the holday.


Dionne

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Little Boy Blue

A big thank you for visiting my space today, I really do appreciate your visits.  My dear friend Nicole  (aka Cdeaca Crafts) left a lovely comment yesterday and it made me realise that I have not posted anything for quite some time.

I am so busy knitting at the moment I forget to share it with you, I am so sorry.  Here is a cardigan I made for my baby niece towards the end of last year - I have not had the opportunity to post it before now.


This is a very, very old Robin pattern, Bambino 2496, which I bought in a lot of second hand patterns.  To be honest the photograph on the front of the pattern is not very attractive and you could not see the design very clearly but I am so pleased I did not dismiss it because, as you can see,  it is a very pretty design.  I made the cardigan in Baby Double Knit - I think it is a lot softer than ordinary Double Knit.

Thank you so much for visiting today.


Dionne

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Bunnies

Hello everyone.  First I must apologies to you all for being absent for so long.  I have not been ill or anything like that, just very, very busy knitting.  I have quite a few soft toys waiting in the wings to share with you, I just need to put the needles down long enough to write a few posts.  However, I was determined to find the time for this post this weekend because they are my Easter Bunnies.


I made one of theses for each of my small nieces, they are from the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' range of patterns, which are available from Ravelry.


I just love their fluffy white tails, a little on the large side I guess but it is hard to make very tiny pom poms.


The dress patterns are also by Julie Williams


This little bunnie already has a name, she has been called 'Raspberry' by her new owner and her mum.  The rabbits body is made from Alpaca DK by Stylecraft and her dress is made of King Cole 4 ply cotton


I found the ears were a little too large when I made them to the pattern, so this bunny has lop eared.  Her body is also Stylecraft Alpaca DK and her dress is King Cole Gaza 4 ply cotton..


My last bunny today is made from pink Stylecraft Alpaca Tweed DK and once again the dress is made from King Cole Gaza 4 ply cotton.

I hope that you have had a fabulous Easter and I apologise if I owe you an email or have not been around to your blog recently, I will try to get to you very soon.


Dionne

Friday, 31 March 2017

Diamond White

Wow, it is the last day of the month, so that was March?

I am back today with another wonderfully old fashioned cardigan design to show you.  It was part of the bundle I made for my youngest niece when she was newly born.


Just like the cardigan I shared with you last week, this is another pattern from UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA 4) and is made in 4 ply.  Just in case you are wondering, those are double fish eyed buttons.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.


Dionne

Monday, 27 March 2017

Monkey Girl

How was your weekend?  Gone too fast as always?  I thought so.

Do you remember my recent 'Cat Girl' post?  The little knitted cat I made for the birthday of one of my nieces?  Well I made cat girl a friend to play with, Monkey Girl.  This Girl Monkey pattern is available from Ravelry.


I am loving these 'Little Cotton Rabbits' creatures, and there are so many of them bears, rabbits, elephants, foxes and mice as well as cats and monkeys.  I made my little monkey in Stylecraft Alpaca Tweed and the clothes were made in King Cole cotton yarn.


As with the cat, I made the monkey an additional dress from the 'seasonal' dress pattern pack, and  


shorts and a jumper from the Boy Bunny with Piebald Patch pattern.


We had a little fashion show - just so you to see her modelling her new wardrobe.  Here we have her dusky red dress with cream hearts.


And the red and white chunky jumper with blue peddle pushers.


And so you can see her lovely prehensile tail, a rear view.


Cat and monkey together, getting ready for the birthday party the other weekend.


and here they are after their hopping spree, they bought so much and had so much fun.......


The paper for the shopping bags came from my very extensive paper stash.

I thought that you might like to know that my niece has called the little cat Charlotte and the monkey Leighanne.  I hope my little niece has as much fun playing dress up with her two new friends as I had making them.  

I am thinking Easter bunnies next.

Have a wonderful week and thinking for visiting today.


Dionne

Friday, 24 March 2017

An Old Fashioned Treat

The weekend is almost here, I really do not know where the weeks go.  In just over a week it will be April and a quarter of 2017 will be behind us, gone forever.

Hands up who had a cardigan like this when they were little?  I certainly did, this is a very similar pattern to the ones my mother and granny made for me.  I made this one for my youngest niece.


The pattern is from UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA 6) and is made in 4 ply.  

Other than that, I can think of nothing to say about this project.  Writing about knitted cardigans is certainly a lot quicker than writing about cards and tags.  Nonetheless, I am very grateful that you have taken the time to visit my blog today.

I hope that you have a great weekend.


Dionne