Welcome to my 'other blog' the one that explores my crafty side. I have been a maker of 'things' since childhood. By nature I'm creative. I still love to write, and you can click on this link to visit my blog: Hanging On My Word, which is where I indulge in the thought and word side. Although a teacher by profession, I don't offer tutorials. This is my showcase of projects I like to share. So pull aside the curtains and let's begin (I'm a bit theatrical too!).

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Bear in a Kit







Here’s my first little bear. He came as a kit with Let’s Knit magazine a few months ago and I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to knit him. I had so many other projects lined up.















Amanda Berry, the designer, had provided him with a little waistcoat and bow tie, but I’d just bought this spotty ribbon and I thought it suited him so well. The red wool in the kit won’t go to waste as I have Amanda’s robin pattern lined up as my next project. I love her patterns; they are so easy to follow, and the results speak for themselves.







And here he joins the other Christmas Bears.



Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Run, Run as Fast as You Can

You can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!


I’m addicted to gingerbread men, but not the edible variety. I discovered a free download of Amanda Berry’s pattern and decided to have a go at making one as a Christmas decoration. The trouble was that once I was on a roll I thought I’d make another one.


Amanda’s original design was slightly different. She actually knitted the jelly drop buttons but I used artistic licence and delved into my huge button stash. I also added a bow around the neck and when I realised that I had gingham buttons to match the gingham ribbon, and in the right colours too, well.......


.......I had to make another one, this time with pink ‘icing’ decoration.

The large smiley mouths are ‘couched’, i.e. laid in a curve and then caught in place with a few stitches in matching sewing cotton. I’m having a break from gingerbread men for the moment but I’m sure I’ll make another one; I’ve now discovered some purple gingham ribbon and matching buttons just asking to be used. Anyway they need another little friend to make pairs and so that they don’t fall out!



Gift-wrapped! I made this little bag for him and if you look closely at that square in the middle you will see tiny gingerbread men amongst the Christmas Puddings. The drawstring bag is in fact ‘drawn' with gingerbread man ribbon. The finishing touch is a tiny smiling angel charm that looked to me like a gingerbread lady with wings.


And here he is with his edible companions. Whereas they will disappear rapidly, he will be here again next year.

2015 update and sure enough, here are three more of the little fellas ready to go to new homes. See all my projects on my Ravelry Page.