Mandala Madness

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Mandala Madness

Let me start by saying, I’m not a fan of the crochet Mandala.

Whilst I am completely in awe of the work that goes into the most finest of ones, executed with the finest of threads and the finest of hooks, I have had no desire to jump on the Mandala bandwagon…….. except for the one I made for Yarndale, last year.Mandala

And one other I made for a summer purse a couple of years ago.Crochet cotton mandala

 

Crochet and denim purse

Crochet and denim purse

Anyway, quite accidentally, Read the rest of this entry

Welcome to the world, Henry

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Welcome to the world, Henry

At last the time has come. Baby Henry has been delivered into the world save and well.

Henry is my husband’s first grandchild.

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Henry is a longed for child, none more so than by his brilliant parents.

He is off course the recipient of my zoo of animals. Read the rest of this entry

Definitely the last

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Definitely the last

I’m done with amigurumi for a while but I’ve saved the best (and the most fiddly) til last.

This is Clyde. As named by my husband.

If anyone is in any doubt; he is an orangutan.

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And I love him. Read the rest of this entry

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone.

I’ve been procrastinating about sewing but I’ve been crocheting and knitting.

However this weekend has been about gardening and baking.

In the honour of two of her friends staying over so they could all go to their first concert together, without adults(!!), my daughter whipped up this rainbow cake.

She used a tiny amount of gel colouring in each layer, hence the vivid colours. Read the rest of this entry

Larger ears?

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Larger ears?

Does this chap need larger ears? Both my husband and daughter are adamant that he does. (Excuse the over exposed photo taken whilst rushing out of the house)img_3164
This is Elijah. I’ve made him up in an Aran weight grey acrylic from  Hobbycraft.  Read the rest of this entry

Never enough project bags

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Never enough project bags

So many projects, never enough bags.

But now I have one more courtesy of DMC who gave us bloggers a DMC goodie bag at the recent CHSI Stitches trade show.

One of the lovely kits inside was a hot off the press ‘Custom by me!’ DMC kit.

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You can see it on the right. The kit allows you to customize an existing item without having to copy or transfer a pattern onto your item. Read the rest of this entry

Henry Hippo and Leo Lion

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Henry Hippo and Leo Lion

And then there were four!

Meet the gang. Elliot Elephant, Henry Hippo, Leo Lion and Ronnie Rhino.

They are an amicable bunch and like nothing more than hanging about on the sofa before they go off to their new home.

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Henry was another simple make. Those ears and nostrils just finish him off. Read the rest of this entry