Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Poliwag!


This little pokemon has been in my to-do pile for over a month - but I'm so glad I cracked on with him and got him finished to show you all. He was inspired by the new Sun & Moon Pokemon cards which have featured a few new artworks with crocheted versions of the Pokemon. Pokemon and crochet make a fantastic mix and I've loved seeing the creatures that have been obviously lovingly made to go on these cards.

I wanted my Poliwag to be as close to the original artwork as I could manage so I've spent a lot of time ripping out and reworking the different parts to get the shapes as close to the original. His main body is shaped a little like a squashed raindrop so I had to do some interesting shaping with increases and decreases to get him to be a non-rounded shape. I also reinforced his tail a little with thick felt to help it stand up unsupported when attached to his body.


Now Poliwag is completed he is going to be making his way over to Australia to meet Ando who is a huge Pokemon fan and has the YouTube channel Unlisted leaf.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Who's that pokemon?

Can you guess who this crocheted creature is going to be turned into?

Parts assembled in the wrong places without final embroidered details

Friday, August 11, 2017

Books and baking

Currently at Tea Towers we are busy getting the most fun possible out of our Summer holidays. We have a long list of what we want to do with our time and have been enjoying reading, crafting and playing games.

My reading pile is looking pretty tall right now. I was delighted by all the beautiful books I received for my Birthday recently and I have further added to these with some lovely ones from the Library and a few borrowed from friends.


"Sense & Sensibility" by Jane Austen
"The Lie tree" by Frances Hardinge
"Stone mattress" by Margaret Atwood
"The Heart goes last" by Margaret Atwood
"The Street" by Bernardine Bishop
"Charmed life" by Diane Wynne Jones
"Witch week" by Diane Wynne Jones
"The Magicians of Caprona" by Diane Wynne Jones
"The Lives of Christopher Chant" by Diane Wynne Jones
"Norse Mythology" by Neil Gaiman
"Ruby and Custard's crochet" by Millie Masterton
"Crochet home" by Emma Lamb
"The Gentle art of stitching" by Jane Brocket


Talking of books I also was given a copy of Nadiya's "Bake me a story" which is a lovely book containing a range of recipes to try with the kids each with a story to read.


We had a try at making the 'Breakfast muffins' using blueberries from the garden.


We have also had a go at the 'Zebra cake' recipe which is a rather tasty chocolate topped marble cake.

Yumm! I hope your Summer break is just as tasty as ours is turning out to be!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Seeing rainbows

Now Summer is here I'm noticing all the beautiful colours showing up in the garden as well about the house.

I've been busy sorting through the kids hama beads and I have found it very rewarding putting them all into colour groups, the kids have been intrigued by my doing this and can't wait to get hama beading again.


Talking of bright rainbow colours I thought I would also share these crochet flower brooches I made a couple of Summers ago to join the massive rainbow "Flowers for memories" display at Yarndale 2015.

Red theme brooch
Orange theme brooch
Yellow theme brooch
Blue theme brooch
Purple theme brooch

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wreath wrestling


Sorry for bring up Christmas in July - I'm extremely late getting this finished as it's taken me 2 and a half years to complete! I've crocheted 100s of leaves and berries to go on and then spent hours arranging and changing my mind and generally faffing.

My friends and family have put up very kindly with my wreath related mood swings and managed to stop me giving up on it when I got dispirited that it wasn't turning out how I had envisaged.

The robin is from a Brigitte Read pattern that I found tricky to make up but with a little bit of extra embroidery to even up the shape of the face I'm very happy with him.


Ahh - glad to have this project finished, hopefully I'll be moving on to something more season appropriate next!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Little late bat


This little bat was started way back in October - and then not quite finished as the Christmas crafting panic set in. He is from a kit in Simply Crochet magazine
and hangs so cutely.


I also thought I would share a quick photo of these little pumpkin faces I drew to go on cards... I find them very pleasing. Happy late Halloween everyone!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Yarndale 2016


Hooray for another Yarndale!


Thea, myself and Jane headed into Skipton at the weekend for another dose of yarn goodness.


We found so many beautiful colours and so much inspiration.


From the wonderous crochet your own stuffed animal head...


To some of the fluffy creatures we get our yarn from.

The lovely Yarndale sheep were out on display again.


As well as lots of other hand crafted beauties.



We found my little Mareep who had just made a new friend :-)


And between spending hours hunting through the stalls we took a break to go on the Yarn walk.


We had such a wonderful time and enjoyed it all so much, thanks so much to the organisers for another fantastic yarn filled day.