Friday, January 25, 2019

Pokemon headwear

I thought it was high time for some new crochet hats for the residents of Tea Towers. After much pattern searching it seems that Pokemon are still very much in Emily and Sam's hearts so I started on a Pikachu hat for the cheeky one.

Emily kept me on target to get it finished with daily challenges that she set each night before she went to sleep - 'Mummy tonight I want you to finish ...'

She was also very clear about the level of detail she required and made sure to check in with me that I had all the materials I needed - 'Don't forget that you need red wool for the cheeks..', 'it needs to have brown stripes on the back Mummy, don't forget'.

Sam took a lot longer to decide on what he wanted. He still wears the crochet hat I made for him 5 years ago... it still fits and is super snuggly and has almost become his trademark at school, so he only wanted a hat that would continue to be as noticed.

I think he is going to be noticed in this :-)

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The droid gang

I'm still loving the fantastic Star Wars crochet patterns by Lucy Collin. In the run up to Christmas they were the perfect quick gifts to make for the family.

BB-8 has come from the new Star Wars crochet book "Even more Star Wars Crochet" by Lucy Collin. I love how the clever construction worked so well to show so much detail and he ended up looking fantastic.

This kit came with so many exciting new patterns as well as the materials to make BB-8 & a Jawa.


I was much happier with the finish of my Jawa after adding an extra row of sc around the finished edge of the hood to make it slightly deeper.

Last up I made a really quick R2-D2 (and he really was very quick, only took about 3 hours from start to finish). My R2-D2 has pipe cleaners in the legs to reinforce them without any stuffing which I think worked really well.  

I just love these patterns and will be sorting through my stash to make more soon :-)


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cross stitch for Christmas

Christmas always seems to come too quickly so I'm very pleased to have a little bit of crafting under my belt already.

These two cute cards are again quick cross stitch kits by mouseloft, they come both as kits or kits with cards and the designs fit the windows perfectly.

I love doing these cross stitch kits - super quick and satisfying. I especially like doing the black outline at the end - it brings all the stitches to life :-)

Sunday, September 2, 2018


Just finished stitching up this cute little pig cross stitch pattern (another fantastic design from mouseloft). Tomorrow I go back to work after a lovely craft filled Summer break so the posts on here will sadly have to slow back down again - awww!

Hope you've all had a fantastic Summer and been able to fit in plenty of crafty time :-)

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Yoda I am

It's time to even the sides of the force (stormtrooper here) with a very cute little Yoda. This is another great pattern from Star Wars crochet by Lucy Collin.

He is made up in quite a few pieces including and lovely little jacket with sleeves all carefully shaped so it fits him perfectly.

I especially love his little toes with claw details embroidered on.

Hopefully I'll be able to share more Star Wars crochet loveliness soon as I would so love to make all the characters!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Dinky Tardis

Just heard that a friend is in hospital so needed a little something to cheer him up fast! Thankfully I found this fabulous Tardis pattern by Nyss Parkes on Ravelry which worked up super quickly.

The detail is added with bits of white felt and black embriodery done in a hurry so slightly irregular but still looks good. A bit of black yarn sewn round the top shows where 'police box' should be written (no way I was going to be able to sew that in so small!)

I decided to stuff mine and crochet the bottom closed, by decreasing in the corners it also helped with keeping the Tardis a box shape.

A little crochet light added on top finished it up beautifully :-)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Simple sewing?

Hooray! I made a dress :-)

It's only taken me about 4 years to sit down and have a go at it... thankfully made up in it's largest size it still fits Emily.

This lovely shift dress is one of the fantastic kits you can by from Clothkits. It has the pattern printed out onto the fabric so all you need to do is cut out the size you are making and get sewing. For this kit there is also a 2 part video tutorial up on Youtube which was really helpful, especially when I went quite badly wrong putting in the placket.

I love the colours and the design and doesn't it look fantastic on Emily!