Tag Archive | dog

Blanket for Little One

Every time I got out my crochet blanket Little One would make a beeline for it and make herself nice and comfy whilst I worked on it. I therefore decided that I would make one for her bed in the living room. I ordered the wool from Minerva and it arrived last weekend so it set to work on the blanket.

This is how the blanket is currently looking, I think it is probably about half done:


The colours go with the living room but I also feel that they also go beautifully with Little One:


She is already showing an interest by resting her head on my lap as I crochet, hopefully this means she’ll enjoy it when it is finished.

Knit ten, throw the frisbee

Thursday is my study day (soon to be my crafting day as my final exam is on May 15th) and I usually do my study in the morning and like to do something creative in the afternoon. When I awoke this morning I knew that I wanted to be outside, but one of the massive downsides to where I live is that I have no garden. Oh well, I live on the outskirts of Epping forest so once I had completed revision I packed up Little One and I and headed to the forest.

I found the perfect spot for a bit of knitting:


Sorted out Little One by giving her a frisbee and a bone:


Then set myself up for a bit of knitting:


I was working on my paperdolls jumper:


Knitting whilst entertaining Little One in the woods took quite a bit of multitasking expertise, fortunately I was on a purple only round so it was relatively easy to do, on average it worked out to be knit ten, throw frisbee. It was wonderful knitting out in the sun (although somewhat crazy that I am knitting the thickest jumper ever) and I’ll look forward to doing it again in the future. Little one seemed to enjoy herself too:


Home, Snow and an Award

I am now back from my holiday, Chicago and New York were both absolutely amazing and it is somewhat of a shock to the system to be back on UK time. I managed to buy some beautiful fabric from my travels, which I’ll blog about in the next couple of day, if you have never been to the garment district…go!!

We landed in Heathrow to a beautiful covering of snow (feel quite lucky to have made it considering all the cancellations) and as soon as I saw it, I couldn’t wait to take Little One off to Epping forest. Here she is enjoying the snow:



Also I have returned to find out that I have been nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thank you so much to Avis at Oh Sew Tempting for nominating me, such a lovely thing to find out upon logging on today. It is very nice to know that people take an interest in my little blog and I am therefore going to spread the blog love and pass on the award. The rules of this award are:

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blog.

Here is the award logo:

Seven things about myself:

1. Sometimes I can’t sleep at night for thinking about what I want to sew or knit

2. The first item of clothing I ever made myself was a pair of sequin flares (I have no idea why!) when I was fifteen. I added about six inches onto the waist because I didn’t trust my measurements. I didn’t make clothes again for another twelve years

3. I drive all over for my job, I use it as a handy excuse to go to different fabric shops…just to have a look

4. If I decide to take the train I take a portable craft with me, cross stitch or knitting is perfect

5. I have a ridiculous passion for maths and numbers.

6. I dream of going to Madagascar

7. My guilty pleasure are books by Cecelia Ahern (no telling my book club!)

I’d like to nominate the following blogs. These are all blogs that I love reading and have found beautiful and inspiring in their creativity:



A Conversation With Moo

Sew Busy Lizzy

Lizzy Likes Cake


Preparing for Christmas – Gift Five

My preparations for Christmas have been continuing and I have now made the fifth gift, here are a couple of pictures:



I just thought I would also share with you that it was Little One’s birthday on Monday, she is now two. This is here with her birthday present:


I realise that this may seem like a really odd present but Little One is cuddly toy made, we usually do not let her have them because she is a cuddly toy killer, however we thought for her birthday we would make an exception and I went to the local charity shop. As soon as I walked in with Pooh Little One was over the moon and very excited, she has been carrying him around since.

Rose Hip Chutney

Whilst out walking Little One in Epping forest I stumbled across some Rose Hips:


Little One sat and waited patiently whilst I picked a few:

When I got back home I found I had picked just over a pound of rose hips which was perfect for making Rose Hip Chutney. It took a ridiculously long time to top tail and seed the hips but finally here is the finished chutney:


I just have to wait for one month now before finding out how it turned out.

Table mats

I long time ago I brought this fabric from spoonflower:

I brought the fabric because I have a friend with a bully and thought it would be great to make something for her. I made these table

mats a few weeks ago for her birthday and now that I have given them to her I can put up photos.

The table mats are double sided side one looks like this:

And this is side two:

Making the Most of a Double Bank Holiday

I have been somewhat quiet over the last few days on the blogging front, mainly due to work and wanting to get things all sorted before the long bank holiday and a week off in a couple of weeks time. I have still been crafting, just not getting around to blogging about my makes. Today I thought I would share with you all the activities that I got up to over the weekend and then one project that I have finished.

To start the weekend, S, Little One and I made our way to Hastings to visit some friends that moved out of London at the start of the year. They have a dog too so Little One loves going down to visit, because they haven’t seen each other since the move we thought we best let them meet up outside of the house so they could have a good play together, this worked a treat and the playing continued for the weekend. On Sunday we took them both to Camber Sands, I have never been before but it was perfect. Here is Little One and Rudy playing on the sand:

Then on Monday we took them to Hastings Beach, Little One had her first swim in the sea which I found slightly terrifying and tired herself out, ready for the trip back to London.

Yesterday, we joined in some of the Jubilee festivities and went along to Hyde Park to watch the celebrations on the big screen. It was amazing seeing so many people gathered for the same occasion and the rain did not dampen spirits. Little One was a bit unsure of the rain so when I put up the umbrella she clambered onto my lap for protection…she is convinced she is a lap dog and has no appreciation that despite her name she is not exactly suited to this:

They this morning I received the exciting news that my friends’ baby arrived early this morning. They had a little girl so I managed to use up some fabric that I have been waiting ages to use:

I had a look through the sewing books on my shelf for some inspiration and settled on a newborn jacket from the 101 ways with a metre:

I had to alter the pattern slightly because it was for a multidirectional print meaning that the pattern was attached at the shoulder seams, I separated the front from the back and added in enough fabric for a 1/2inch seam allowance.

This is the finished jacket:

And a close up of the neck:

I added a button onto the neck closure (which is done with an internal snap) because I was not too happy with the bias binding on the corners. This was a very quick project meaning it was perfect for finishing off today and posting to my friends.