Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Imitation Game

Eve and I saw the film The Imitation Game last night.


It was amazing.  One of the best films we have seen for some time.

The acting was superb, Benedict Cumberbatch was incredible.


The story kept you engaged right from the start.

And as a bonus, there were some very interesting knitwear items.  I particularly liked Keira Knightley's cardigan.




I'll have to think about reconstructing that cardigan, it's a lovely pattern.

If you get the chance, see this film, you won't regret it.  And keep an eye out for the knitwear!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Bedpost Toppers

I've just remembered that I haven't shared some fun crochet decorations I have made for the girls' bedrooms.



They're crocheted bedpost toppers - just a little something to brighten up their rooms.

For the snowmen, I used this free pattern by Moji-Moji Designs.




For the robin, I just made it up as I went along!




I think they add a lovely touch of festive charm.  Grace is home for Christmas on Saturday, and I'm sure she'll love them.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Pebble Penguins

Some tiny pebbles that are now penguins.


I have so many pebbles around the house (a good thing about living close to the beach - or is it a bad thing?) I may just make a whole colony of penguins!

Inspiration came, as always, from Pinterest - where we would be without Pinterest?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Little Mouse

I want to knit a mouse.  Not just any mouse, but a special, intricately designed mouse.  A mouse with little details and lovely clothes.

I lie awake at night imagining my mouse, how it will look, how I will construct it and how cute it will be when it's finished.

At night I have made numerous cute little mice, but I haven't actually got round to making my mouse in the cold light of day.

Making the mouse will take plenty of planning. It has to be special and so extra planning is needed.  Planning is not one of my strong points - I like to jump in there and just do it!

So, to satisfy my knitted mouse cravings I made this little cute chap.


The pattern is by Rachel Borello Caroll and it's called Marisol the Knitted Mouse - and, yippee, it's a freebie.  You can download the pattern from Ravelry, here.




Details of my project can be seen on my Ravelry page, here.


Joining in with the carolling

So now I'm back to imagining the mouse I will design - It will be so super cute - I just need to do the planning!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Decorations are Finally Up

It's taken two days, but Eve and I have finally got all our Christmas decorations up - well almost - a few tweaks here and there may be needed, but every available space is now covered in tinsel.

The tree is crammed full of decorations - and I haven't even crocheted any new ones this year.


Can you spot one of my little Fairy Toadstool Houses?


The knitted Dickensian mice are carolling away on the window ledge.


The knitted nativity figures have assumed their positions.


And even the fridge is looking suitably festive.


I suspect I have too many Christmas decorations - but I'm sure I could always find room for a few more.

How is your decorating coming along?  Still plenty of time to add more!

Friday, 5 December 2014

A Very Relaxing Christmas

I can't believe how organised I am this year.  This is what comes of doing the Christmas planning early - I'm so on top of everything I've amazed myself.


I've finished all my Christmas makes - obviously they're all secret surprises - I love doing surprises - so I've nothing to show you at the moment.  The difficult thing now is stop myself from "just making one more thing".  There are lots of lovely cute Christmas knitting and crochet patterns out there but I've drawn the line and now I'm going to put my feet up and do some relaxing non-Christmas projects.

The first one I'm now working on is the cardigan I started on my travels down to Cambridge last month.  The plain sleeves are completed.


So the fun part begins - selecting the colours for the Fair Isle body section.  I start off with any colour that looks like it might fit in.


I take a black and white photo so that I can gauge the tones.


Then I reduce the colours to a manageable amount.


I want to keep  a reasonable amount of the main shade in the design so I'm working bands of patterns.  Here's what I've done so far.



I'm enjoying it immensely, especially knowing that I don't have to feel guilty about other projects.  This Christmas is going to be the most relaxed one, ever!

I hope you're all coping well with your Christmas planning.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Paddington

I may have mentioned (several times) that I'm a big fan of the Paddington Bear stories.

I still have all the books from my childhood.



I even have a Latin version of the first book.


And of course I've crocheted a Paddington.


So I just had to see the new film that's out.


It's a delightful, funny, heartwarming story.



I smiled and laughed my way through the film, with the occasional tear in the eyes.

It was not the Paddington of my childhood.  This was a revised, renewed and updated version.  It was still enjoyable but just not MY Paddington.

Sally Hawkins as Mrs Brown was lovely.  I was particularly drawn to her very colourful knitwear and charmingly quirky house.


I'd recommend the film, (and not just for the knitwear)  it's great fun, you just need to put aside the original (and best) Paddington, and go with the flow!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Fairy Toadstool Houses - pattern

I've been busy making another toadstool - but this is allowed because it's not a distraction, it's to help me write out the pattern.


So I now have four little toadstools and a new pattern to share with you.


The PDF can be downloaded here, or you can go to the Ravelry pattern page for more information, here.

I hope you enjoy the pattern.  Happy crocheting.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Toadstools

Why am I making toadstools?  I have no idea - it's just something I suddenly felt like making.


A sudden urge swept over me and there I was with my first toadstool.


But you can't have just one toadstool, so I made another two - three toadstools is about the right amount.  I shouldn't make any more for the time being - they are very definitely a distraction.





But they look so cute.


I think I'll attach some thread and hang them from the Christmas tree - then I can justify the distraction!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Freesias

My lovely next-door neighbour gave me some freesias.


So generous, so thoughtful.



They make me smile and I feel so grateful to have such a good friend.