Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Nativity Bowling!

"And why not?" I say.  
Chicken insisted on having some of those pre/pro?biotic breakfast drinks when he came to help(?) me at the supermarket on monday, so by this morning we had 3 empty plastic containers. As I washed them out for recycling I had an idea!

 They conveniently only had writing on one side so we stuck on faces, crowns and wound around pipe cleaner arms to hold on their cloaks. Each was given his own gift to carry. A tin foil ball and Bob's your Christmas bowling Uncle!

Mr Pineapple also joined in the fun (another Chicken purchase!honestly, how much help did I think a 6 year old would be at the supermarket?)

On to (slightly) more serious matters. Some Christmas pressies...

A secret Santa triangular chicken.

Chicken was Caspar the King in "The Kings Story" his school nativity concert, so I made a little crocheted king for his teacher.


A trio of Christmas puds for the teaching assistant (you can't tell from the photo but they are 3 sizes and get bigger as they go down - I was trying to get the holly and berries in the pic).

Two monsters for Chicken and Pickle's cousins.

from a Molly Makes template, hope they all like them! And of course there's more to come!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Christmas crochet

I've made a few new things to go with the Christmas collection I started last year!

A christmas garland to replace the Autumn one. Tree and heart patterns from theroyalsisters (scroll down for tutorials), star pattern jellywares. I made the two small sets with 3.5mm hook and the bigger one with 6mm I think.

 A couple of Christmas trees, just a red rectangle with a green triangle on top (to state the obvious!)

And a gnome. Not technically Christmas I know, but I thought I could make him again as Father Christmas/ Elf or some such thing. Pattern from bellasartes ( I crocheted him a beard rather than using felt. I have nothing against felt obviously I just like my crocheted things to be crocheted and my felt things to be felt, I can't help these peculiarities I have!)

Finally a couple of not-at-all-Christmas things I just photographed..

Two brooches. A felt Remembrance poppy and a crocheted Bee... why not?

Oh! Finally, finally I haven't forgotten about the ladybird pattern ...  it's on the way SOON.

See you later!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

What have I been doing?

 I haven't felt much like posting recently. But I have been keeping my mind (and hands) busy with a few things.

I've just taken down the Autumn garland. Felt bits and bobs, hand stitched and then machined up the middle of each piece with invisible thread to give me something to hang them with. First four pics are on the carpet (ignore the crumbs - didn't feel much like vacuuming either!) the next two with weird perspective are them in all their hanging glory.

Next up my (fairly) new toy which I used to make the Halloween biscuits and these little beauties.

(again crumbs - sorry!)

Pickle always asks for some completely inappropriate toy in his bed, something that will poke his eye out in the night, plastic diggers is a favourite. If you've been here before you'll know what's coming next... we needed a crocheted digger!!! But just so you know, I'm not the only one who thinks like this. I found a free pattern at lookatwhatimade for a fabulous fully functioning non eye poking digger. I slightly altered it to give (mine) Pickle's thinner tyres and here it is..

Pretty cool hey?

Nearly done, you'll be pleased to hear. For a couple of girls birthdays in the last week or so I made felt brooches. (They both happen to be grey - not sure why).

A cat..

and an elephant...

that I liked so much I made one for me too!

One's attached to the birthday card the other is already on my cardigan!

The ears are from a shift dress my Nana made in the 60/70's, I altered in the 90's, and used to wear at university. I altered it again recently to make it into a top, although it did still fit it was waaaay tighter and shorter than I will ever wear now! But at least I can use the remnants for lovely little things like this.

...and now on to Christmas makes (I've got a few things in mind and on the hook!)
See you soon.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

At least... we'll always remember her.

So said 6 year old Chicken when I told him the sad news that Granny had died on Remembrance Day, 11.11.11
My maternal Grandmother, Nana, had been in hospital and then the hospice for around six weeks.
She was the one who taught me to knit as a little girl and loosened off my stitches every few rows after I had made them so tight I could no longer force the needle through!  She was encouraging of my constant childhood faffings and the happy recipient of many a crafty project since then. Strangely she wasn't the one who taught me to crochet as I came to that only fairly recently, but we did chat about patterns and hooks and the like.
We said goodbye and celebrated the life of a fabulous lady with a lovely service and 'bun fight' afterwards. 
Nana didn't drink alcohol, except champagne! so that's what we toasted her with.
She didn't quite make her 90th birthday in January as she was so determined to do but her friends are going to have a party for it anyway. Bless 'em! and
"at least she died on Remembrance Day so we'll always remember her"

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Just one more thing..

I forgot about the school Halloween disco costume! The only thing I made was the cloak as we already had a waistcoat which Chicken put on over his school shirt and trousers.
You may notice the black stain on the collar, he also had very black lips, from eating one of the spider biscuits (see last post) on the way home from said disco.

...and that's definitely the end of Halloween makes for this year!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween, apparently

We don't usually go in for halloween decorating at all. A few days ago Chicken said he wanted to make some bats to hang up, so make bats he did and stick rather than hang I did.


 He also coloured in a spider and I hastily spun a web on which it could reside!

On the halloweeny theme..
I made a felt brooch based on a project in "Zombie Felties" oh and crocheted a couple of things of course!

 ghost pattern here


              bat pattern just kind of made up as I went along

 I also made some biccies and had a first proper attempt at icing them, not too bad if I do say so myself  (just don't look at the spider's legs that I dipped the icing bag into!) and obviously not anatomically correct... they're biscuits for goodness sake.  

Chicken also made a halloween picture that he gave to Grandma and Grandad yesterday.

Not a bad collection considering we don't do Halloween!!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ladybird, ladybird

Pickle keeps seeing ladybirds when we're out and announcing "very lazy ladybird" which is a story we used to read.  I thought we probably needed a ladybird that we could examine closely without endangering any actual wildlife.  My pattern search found a few, but all with one piece bodies and we really need the flappy wings! for when the very lazy ladybird learns to fly at last.  Surely I can make up a pattern, as I often think in these situations....


and as you can see I could make up a pattern!
When I've checked it through I'll post it here just in case you too need a flappy winged ladybird.

See you later (as I'm fond of saying).