Sam’s Cushion


Regular viewers will remember the Blanket of Doom and that at the end of it I had a granny square left over.


Granny Square

So lonely...


Well I had a couple of spare large cushions left over, so I decided to make him a large cushion cover to match his blanket.

I wanted to have two different sides on it, so one was granny squares and the other one was a giant granny square.



Lots of Granny squares



Large Granny Square


Want to see it in it’s rightful place? Yeah, I’m sure you do.


Matching Pair



Target Practice?

Looking Good


I’m happy with the way it’s turned out, but wish that I had covered the cushion first, I really don’t like how you can see so much white, I think it ruins the effect.

Oh well, at least Sam likes it…


Snuggly Sam

Sam snuggled up on his cushion with his blanket


Altogether now…Awww!



Pay it Forward

Good Morning all!

A couple of years ago I received a gift off a friend, it was unexpected and I loved it. It was a shawl (that I’m sure was meant for going out to beautiful places, but I don’t do such things) and I love to wear it when I’m sat at the PC with the window open. I have no photograph, but if you badger me enough I may take one for you. 😉

Anyway, why am I telling you all of this? Well in crafty blogging circles at the moment we have Pay It Forward going on and the rules go like this;


1. I will send a surprise gift to the first three commenters on this post. The gift will be handmade by me. It will be sent sometime in the next 365 days. It will be a surprise. We all love getting surprises in the mail, right?

2. To sign up and receive a gift, you must play along, too. Pay it Forward on your blog, by promising to make a surprise for the first three people who comment on the post.

3. You must have a blog (that is updated, as I will blog stalk you to find the right gift for you).

4. After commenting here, you must repost this or something similar to your blog in 48 hours. If not, I will chose the next person who comments.


I was lucky enough to get in on Voie de Vie’s PIF, so sometime in the next year I will recieve a handmade gift from her. 😀

So there we go, have a crafty blog? Want to join in? Get commenting!

Crafting Balance



Crafting Balance 
Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both? If you are monogamous in your yarn-based crafting, is it because you do not enjoy the other craft or have you simply never given yourself the push to learn it? Is it because the items that you best enjoy crafting are more suited to the needles or the hook? Do you plan on ever trying to take up and fully learn the other craft? If you are equally comfortable knitting as you are crocheting, how do you balance both crafts? Do you always have projects of each on the go, or do you go through periods of favouring one over the other? How did you come to learn and love your craft(s)?


Hmm, well over this past year I have thankfully learnt to do both, but with the exception of Sam’s blanket being such a big project, I wouldn’t say I do one more than the other really. I think I’m a bit scared that if I down needles or hook for any length of time, I might forget how to do one of them and have to relearn all over again.

Looking at my WIP’s to see what I am working on at the moment I have four.

Number One

These are a couple more Panda Bear Hats. I have made one, but it was too small for my grandaughter, so I have made two more matching ones for her and her Daddy. They just need the various bits attaching really.

Number Two

My Bee Keepers Quilt, I won’t be surprised if this is on the needles for a couple of years really, it was never designed to by done from start to finish and I think that’s one of the attractions of it to me – no guilt!

Number Three

Bandy Legs Socks, I have nearly finished the first sock and then on to the second, I would say that these are my current knitting WIP’s.

Number Four

This would be the Rainbow Scarf, the clouds are done and most of the scarf is too, but again I will document that another day as I’m hoping to have it finished tonight and throw another one together before next weekend, all will be explained! So anyway, this is my current crocheting WIP, so it’s one all really!


For more posts on today’s topic, just pop 3KCBWDAY7 into your usual search engine.

Thank you for reading!


Improving Your Skillset



Improving Your Skillset
How far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how’s your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you’d like to have tried them by.



Well to make some decisions on this I decided to look at where I was last time we did this topic.

Looks like I was learning to crochet! Well, I can tell you now that those fingerless gloves never happened, but they will – I promise!

As for my crochet, well, see for yourself!


First there was Sam’s Blanket, and then Sam’s cushion. There have been a couple of other things since, but I want to blog about those another time.

One of the other things I wanted to do was to learn to knit socks, I’m most of the way through my first one and so about to learn kitchener stitch.

I still haven’t tried cables though and amigurumi these are on my to-do list for this year. I probably have a enough to keep me going for the rest of the month (I want to do away with a couple of WIP’s) so maybe June time will be a good time to try them both.

For more blogs on this subject, just pop 3KCBWDAY6 into your usual search engine.

Something A Bit Different



Something A Bit Different
It’s back, and this time it has the most amazing of prizes (look for the prize for ‘most creative post’). This was a massive success last year, and for many it was the highlight of the Blog Week, so this year you are challenged, again, to find a new way of blogging.
This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.There are no rules of a topic to blog about but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog. This can take one of many forms, but here a few suggestions:

  • Wordless, photographic post
  • Video blog post
  • Podcast
  • Cartoon/sketch of an idea
  • Write about a subject from a different perspective (for example, you could write about a day in the life of a knitted sock from the point of view of the sock).
  • Interpretive modern dance (why does someone always suggest this?)
  • A poem or piece of rhyming verse
  • Stop motion animation


Okay, so this post is supposed to be different from a usual blog post, here goes!


It’s lovely and snuggly and warm in here, with all my friends around me it’s safe and full of cheer.

Sometimes it gets lighter and that’s when we all wonder, is it our turn now, to go out, to go yonder?

We are moved around and some taken out, but some put back – wait – what’s that all about?!

We all want to be chosen, we all want to be needed, we all want our cry for the outside world to be heeded!

Today was the day for the sock yarn of blue, I’m not surprised, it’s a beautiful hue.

Maybe my day will come and my wondering will end, until then I’m snuggled  safe and sound next to my best friend.


Well, I’m no Keates but I hope you liked my poem about being a hank of yarn waiting for your in the limelight to come.

For more posts on this topic, put 3KCBWDAY5 into your preferred search engine.

If you really like my poem, you can vote for it here.


A Knitter for all Seasons



As spring is in the air in the northern hemisphere and those in the southern hemisphere start setting their sights for the arrival of winter, a lot of crocheters and knitters find that their crafting changes along with their wardrobe. Have a look through your finished projects and explain the seasonality of your craft to your readers. Do you make warm woollens the whole year through in preparation for the colder months, or do you live somewhere that never feels the chill and so invest your time in beautiful homewares and delicate lace items. How does your local seasonal weather affect your craft?


I’ve been thinking about this and looking through my Ravelry projects to see what kind of knitter I am. I’m not convinced I am seasonal, but then I haven’t been knitting for very long, so maybe I just don’;t show it yet. I find myself talking quick and easy projects as a rule, such as socks, Hexipuffs , scarves etc… mostly because my time is at a premium and anything large takes a long, long time. I certainly love being able to snuggle under a blanket in those winter months as I make it, but lets face it, this is England, ‘those winter months are pretty much 11 months of the year.

For more blog posts from around the world, just type 3KCBWDAY4 into Google.

Happy reading!



Today’s subject is;

Your Knitting Or Crochet Hero
Blog about someone in the fibre crafts who truly inspires you. There are not too many guidelines for this, it’s really about introducing your readers to someone who they might not know who is an inspiration to you. It might be a family member or friend, a specific designer or writer, indie dyer or another blogger. If you are writing about a knitting designer and you have knitted some of their designs, don’t forget to show them off. Remember to get permission from the owner if you wish to use another person’s pictures.

However, it has occurred to me that I have talked about Mimi of Eskimimi Makes a lot in the past, about how she inspired me to try knitting, sent me a starter kit and then gave me a personal sock lesson (I’m still working on them – honest!). So, I have decided to invoke my wildcard and instead will blog about my perfect crafting day.

Craft Your Perfect Day
Plan your fantasy day with your craft, It might just take up one hour of your day or be the entire focus of the day, but tell your readers where you’d love to craft, whether you’d craft alone or with friends, knitting or crocheting something simple or spending a day learning new skills.

Very simple. I’m quite a new knitter, so I still need to concentrate when I’m trying to follow a pattern or try a new technique. My perfect day would just be time to myself with nothing to do but knit and/or crochet. I cannot tell you how much bliss that would be. Easily pleased I know!

Photography Challenge Day!


And today’s topic is….

Photography Challenge Day!
Today challenges you to be creative with your photography, and get yourself in with the chance to win the photography prize. Taking interesting photographs in this instance isn’t about flashy cameras or a great deal of technical know-how, it’s about setting up a story or scene in a photograph and capturing something imaginative. Your photograph(s) should feature something related to your craft, so that might be either a knitted or crocheted item, yarn, or one of your craft tools. One example of setting a scene would be to photograph a girl in a knitted red cape walking through the woodlands with a basket of goodies, as in the Red Riding Hood tale, or you might photograph a knitted gnome hiding among the flowers in your garden. Photo editing is permitted for competition photos.

Erm, right…

Well, it’s 9.30pm. I’ve done no blog post today and Sam and I have not long been home. Tuesdays are always long days for us so I hope my photograph sums up that both making and receiving things, whether knitted or croched, is about comfort and love.

Snuggly Sam

Sam snuggled up on his cushion with his blanket.

Sweet dreams Sam.

Colour Lovers

So, today sees the first day of Knitting and Crochet Blog week 2012.


Today’s topic is colour…

Colour Lovers
Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with. Have a look through your stash and see if there is a predominance of one colour. Do the same with your finished projects – do they match? Do you love a rainbow of bright hues, or more subdued tones. How much attention do you pay to the original colour that a garment is knit in when you see a pattern? Tell readers about your love or confusion over colour.

When I first saw this topic title I went blank, as I didn’t see colour as something I considered that much, but the more I think about it, I think about colour without realising I am.

If I’m making an item for someone else then I automatically pick something that I know they will like, I don’t even think about it (although on some level I’m sure I must do).  Such as Sam’s Blanket, those are not colours I would choose for myself.

In my own stash, I have pretty colours waiting to be used such as;


along with something a little more vivid;

The Grateful Dyed

Even the more subtle colours are still colourful such as this gorgeous sparkle sock yarn;


One of my current WIPs is a rainbow scarf with clouds so I think it is fair to say that I am a colour lover. I don’t always let a pattern dictate to me what a colour should be (sometimes I do) I will consider it’s owner and it’s intended use and take it from there.

There will be more from me tomorrow, meanwhile, if you would like to check out other blogs participating this week, check out this link.

See you tomorrow!

Sam’s Blanket

Well, it’s official – the blanket is done. According to my Ravelry projects page, I’ve been working on this since February of last year. It has become known as the blanket of doom. It has taken many man (woman) hours and many, many balls of yarn to get this to completion. So, let me take you on a journey;

Granny Squares

It's only just begun...

It all started off so well… unfortunately life just took over and I couldn’t always find the time to pick up my hook. But eventually they grew into;


Bag of Granny Squares

That was one of the huge clear sacks that I got from the yarn shop when I brought all of the original yarn to make it. I’ve left my phone in the photograph for size comparison purposes. It was quite heavy too!

So, having got this far, I needed to double check numbers;


All of the Squares

I’d made all of the granny squares in the world! Well, okay. Nearly. Now I had to sew them all together… this by its self took me a few weeks, then I got to the last half a dozen… Argh! I was a red square missing and had an extra black one!

I quickly whipped up another red square and sewed that bad boy on.

So! All done? Nope, got to put a pretty edge onto it now… So I did a row in black and a row in red, then finally;


The finished Article

Just for reference, that’s a king size bed… Now I’d deliberately done it large so he could use it on a double bed folded over when he gets a bit older, but I don’t think that even I had realised how big it was going to be – it’s a monster!

In Action

Action Shot!

This is the finished thing, doubled over and on Sam’s bed where it will live for a while. The only problem now is this;

Granny Square

So lonely...

There’s nothing else for it is there? I’m just going to have to make him a cushion cover to complete the look!


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