April WiPs

Welcome 🙂

Last month’s WiP was a crochet project which had been sitting around for rather longer than it should have been given how close it was to being finished.

Back in 2014 I made some mice, two of which remained unfinished – all the body parts were made, they just needed sewing together – and never got done.

It’s nice to have an incentive to do WiPs so I thought I could gift one of the mice to my little grand niece for her birthday. But as I’d already bought her a cute little bunny hat I thought she might like a rabbit toy to go with it. I googled rabbit ears (you’d be amazed at just how many patterns popped up – obviously popular) and set off crocheting some and so the mice became rabbits!


One for little one year old Savannah and one to stay here.

Before one was posted off I couldn’t resist a silly synchronised bunny ears photoshoot!


This one will go to my great niece ( that’s a spare skirt she’s got tucked under her arm)


and this one will stay with me.


I’ve decided not to tackle a WiP during May as I’ve got rather a lot on.

Until next time,

Chris x


Keeping Warm

Welcome 🙂

We’ve had a spell of beautiful weather here and I’ve been in the garden doing a bit of an Autumn tidy up. The green house is now empty of its tomato crop and most of the produce from my new veggie plot has been harvested, there’s just courgettes, butternut squash and carrots still doing their thing.

I’ve recently discovered a gardening (plus other things) blog called Not Just Green Fingers which I think will be very helpful as I experiment with my veggie plot – if you’re into gardening or would like to be take a little look.

Now back to crafty things, it’s time to get knitting or crocheting little hats for The Innocent Big Knit campaign!

Ever since 2003 Innocent Smoothie drinks have pledged to give 25p per ‘hatted’ bottle of Innocent Smoothie sold in the UK to the charity Age UK.

I understand that this charity varies depending in what country the drinks are sold in.

People make some AMAZING creations for the campaign and there are lots of patterns available to try.

If you want to get involved then here’s a link to the website.

I’ve made a start with a couple of basic crochet offerings…

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Until next time,

Chris x

Top Shells

Welcome 🙂

Son 1 had his birthday this week and following family tradition I made him a crochet amigurumi with a sea theme. This year I found a little lobster pattern and made this …


Just look at those claws!


This is a free pattern from Kara of Karabouts and can be found here.

As some of you will know Son 1 is doing research on Toothed Top Shell snails.

Toothed top shell snail (Monodonta labio)

So it seemed like kismet when I spied some fabric featuring shells which looked (well. to me anyway!) remarkably like Top Shells.

But what to make? Now Son 1 isn’t one for patchwork so I thought something useful like a pouch for his ‘stuff’.

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and inside it was lined with the snails


and keeping those snails company…

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I’m happy to report that it was a success, Son 1 was quite astonished by the fabric 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

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Hello and welcome 🙂

I’ve already shared with you (once or twice!) that this year my niece (the one who lives in New Zealand) is having a baby and you’ve already seen the nautical themed baby quilt I made for the little one but I was doing a bit of searching on the internet, as you do, and came across this beyond brilliant pattern:

a crocheted kiwi!! How cute and how very appropriate for a new NZ baby. So of course I had to have a go 🙂





Baby is a girl hence the pink 😉

and I even remembered to pop one of these inside


so it squeaks! Anyone know what noise a real Kiwi makes?

The pattern is a freebie and can be found on Nathalie’s blog Gnat on the Windshield. Thank you Nathalie.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Dreaming of Vikings

Hello and welcome 🙂

This post is another one of those super secret projects I did back in November. I had a lot of fun making this and it was so hard not to share it with you at the time!

This crochet make was for Son 2




I’d seen pictures of the beard but had thought that it looked a bit too complicated to do so had tried to find something else to make for him. I kept coming back to it and decided to give it a go. The beard pattern came from Melissa Campbell and can be found here.

Well! I needn’t of worried as it was pretty straight forward to do – just needed a lot of yarn!

Then I needed a Viking helmet to go with it, the pattern I used worked really well. It had a couple of new to me stitches but they were explained clearly with lots of photos so I didn’t have any problems 🙂


The beard buttons onto the hat so can be removed when all the frivolity is over!

If you’re inspired then it came from Crochet Parfait and the horns on the helmet came from My Gurumi. Thank you for the inspiration and patterns ladies.

Son 2 loved them, hope you do too!

Until next time,

Chris x

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