Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rose Ann's Blanket

This beautiful blanket was made for me by Christine between the months of December and March. It is so beautiful! She was so unwell but was happy to use up her precious energy making something that would please me and make me happy. I believe it to be a farewell gift that i will treasure forever.
Rose Ann xx

Monday, June 8, 2015

Rose Ann's Blanket

This blanket is my first foray into the exciting world of crochet. I made it over a seven week period whilst in America visiting Christine. Betty encouraged me to do it by finding an easy pattern I could follow. I made it for Rachel and I'm glad to say she loves it! Rose Ann.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Balls

     These Christmas balls are made out of coloured card and are very easy to make.  By Betty

Flower Balls

     These are made from polystyrene balls, fabric and pushed into a stick.  By Betty

Santa's Sleigh

     I made this sleigh from a cardboard box and magazines, then decorated it, the skis are newspapers.  I made the seat with a cushion for Santa to sit on.  I also made the Santa sack and put a couple of presents in.  Then I bought two reindeer to finish it off.  I also made the tree, the stem is magazines with pipe cleaners wrapped round it and the branches are pipe cleaners with snow on them.  Then I put some lights on.
By Betty

Magazine Basket

     I made this basket out of magazines and glue.  Put some bobbles and lights in it and it is lovely when it is lit.  You can also use it as a fruit basket.  By Betty

Christmas Wreath

     This is the wreath I made.  It is made out of toilet paper and silver paint.  Put a few decorations on and spray glitter.  So easy to make.  By Betty

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Made By Betty

Monday, June 11, 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Betty's Bag (The Ladies Circle)

     At last I have finished my knitting bag.  I had a lot of wool left from my blanket so I thought I would use it for my bag.  I love this pattern, I used to make little hats for my girls in this pattern when they were tiny, they looked so cute in them. I hope you like it.

Christine's Bag (The Ladies Circle)

     So, here is my latest project, a bag.  For some reason it took me a while to make, I was procrastinating when I had to put the lining in, I thought it was going to be a difficult job so I kept putting it off.  Then a couple of days ago I knew I had to get on with it, so once I started sewing the inside into the bag it was a lot easier than I imagined and I did it very quickly, I wasted a lot of time for nothing.  But now it's done and I'm very pleased with it.  I used two wools together and when knitted up it became very thick, it feels nice and I used ivory handles, in all it doesn't look too bad.

Suzy's Bag (The Ladies Circle)

     There were so many beautiful and intriguing photos of bags on the internet, but unfortunately they were either too difficult to do or didn't come with a pattern.  So I decided to make a simple little clutch and use an interesting trim to bring it to life.  I have wanted to do the crocodile stitch for a long time but did not have the patience to learn.  Using a Youtube tutorial video (rewinding and pausing a hundred times) I finally understood the stitch and in the end found it a joy to crochet.  I sewed craft felt to the inside of the clutch so things would not get snagged on the yarn and attached a magnetic clasp for added protection.  I lastly placed a ribbon bow on the front for an extra touch of girlyness.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kathleen's Stuffed Toy (The Ladies Circle)

My Little Ballerina.

Rose-Ann's Stuffed Toy (The Ladies Circle)

     My name is Blue bear.  I don't think anyone will love me as I'm not very handsome.  I'm also homeless.

Betty's Stuffed Toy (The Ladies Circle)

     Here are my little hedgehogs.  I enjoyed doing them, if I had time I would have done more.  Did you notice the B and B on the bibs?  Wait for it...they stand for Betty and Billy.

Christine's Stuffed Toy (The Ladies Circle)

     The project for the Ladies Circle was to knit or crochet a stuffed toy, so I chose these adorable hedgehogs.  At first I was going to knit my old faithful, A Teddy Bear, but then I looked at some patterns and came across the hedgehog and instantly knew I wanted to do them.  They were extremely easy to knit and took very little time, that was why I knitted a few of them and in different colours.  They already have a home to go to, the children I take care of and one or two of their friends wanted one, so bye bye hedgehogs, it was fun making you.

Amy's Stuffed Toy (The Ladies Circle)

     Here is a little toy snake I knitted myself, I am very proud of it as I am only 11 years old and it is the first toy I ever made.  It started off as a scarf and my Grandma said it could be turned into a snake.  She told me what to do and here is the result.  I hope you all like it.

Suzy's Stuffed Toy (The Ladies Circle)

     When I found out our new project was to be a soft toy, the first thing that popped into my mind was a plump little piggy.  As you can see plump little piggy became Sheena the sheep.  I used a video tutorial on how to make a mouse, changing a few things to make it more sheep appropriate.  Despite having to unravel many times I really enjoyed creating Sheena.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Betty's Jewelry

     Here is a few things I made the other day.  I love to make earrings and I wear a pair every day.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Amanda's Low Calorie Brownie Muffins

Using a box of devils food cake mix, replace all the wet ingredients with pumpkin puree.  Here is the recipe http://www.hungry-girl.com/show/surprises-shockers-and-swaps-yum-yum-brownie-muffins-recipe.
By Amanda

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sophie's Blanket

     While I was waiting for my wool to come to knit my blanket, I made one for Sophie my cat.
By Betty

Monday, March 19, 2012

Betty's Blanket (The Ladies Circle)

     At last my blanket is finished what a roller coaster that was.  To start off my wool was four days late in coming, then I had visitors for ten days so no knitting got done.  Then the following week my visitors came back for another three days so again no knitting done.  But to top it all when I started sewing it together I kept finding mistakes.  So out it comes "Sorted".  Would you believe it the more I was sewing the more mistakes I was making, I nearly gave up as it was doing my head in.  I think I was making mistakes because I was rushing it as everyone was finished but me, plus I was tired.  But I got there in the end.  So here is my finished blanket, I hope you all like it.  Can't wait for the next project. xxx
By Betty

Aileen's Blanket (The Ladies Circle)

     Here is my blanket, what a mess huh!  I didn't enjoy this project and I don't like it.  I think it's off to the charity shop very soon : )
By Aileen

Christine's Blanket "The Nightmare Blanket" (The Ladies Circle)

Some of my squares.

 A trial run.

My big pile of squares.

Lots to do.

Don't look too closely.

The nightmare blanket.

     Well, it's finished, the blanket that is, almost my life as it took up all my energy, it was stressful and boring all at the same time.  
     I started off with a different pattern and that was sooooo long and tedious, so I gave that up and decided to go with small squares instead.  Some I crocheted which made it a wee bit quicker as crochet is very quick, then it was coming along nicely, but then I knew I needed a million squares and that's when it got to be boring.  But I was excited when I was on my last square.  Yippee!
     Then it came time to sew it all together, ugh, double ugh!  I couldn't quite get into the groove of sewing it together, then I took a look at it and thought if I turn it this way it may be easier and that's exactly what I did and it was very easy.  But that was only going one way, now I had to sew down the way to join it altogether, then I had an idea, maybe I should crochet it, so I did and it gave it another look.
     In the end I was very pleased with it but I won't be in any hurry to make another patchwork blanket I can tell you that.
By Christine

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