January review

It’s good to look back over the month just passed and reflect on what has happened. January was busy but full of good friends, food and laughter. It was my birthday, Tara made herself at home and seems very happy here, the garden has had a little attention between the many bouts of rain, there’s been lots of music and I even had time for some crochet too.

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Good times!

2013 review: Crochet

This year has been a little sporadic on the crafty front. I was so busy with work for the first part of the year, and then lovely hot summer + yarn + sick cat do not go together well, then more of being busy, so I didn’t think I’d have much to review. But I did make all of these things this year, so perhaps it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought!

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27: Christmas cat

Not just for Christmas, but for always, a new cat in residence! Its been 6 months since my beloved Oliver died. I knew I would get another cat at some point, but I needed a little time to get used to Oliver not being here. A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted some photos on Facebook of a gorgeous little lady cat who needed a home, I was smitten and she came to live with me a week ago.

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Her name is Tara and she has made herself completely at home 🙂

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She has been an indoor cat up till now, but she is fascinated by the garden and sits for ages looking out especially when there are birds or other cats to stare at – once spring is here, I’m certain she will venture outside;even though she is timid, she’s also very inquisitive!

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Here she is giving the kitchen and the strange and wonderful gadgets in it her full examination! Tara will make an appearance on this blog from time to time of course, maybe she will show a flair for writing posts herself like Oliver did 🙂 Wait and see!

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1: Stars

Today  is the 1st of December and Christmas is in the air. Over the next 4 weeks, I thought I would do a series of Christmas posts; a sort of Advent calendar of posts with all kinds of Christmas and winter-related things; poems, songs, traditions, crafts and food! (I know for some people it isn’t winter where you are, but it is here in the UK!)

So, to kick us off, some crochet.  I made some stars using lovely 100% lambs’ wool, and thought they would look good appliqued to cards.

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Red card for the cream and gold stars

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And some elegant grey card to make this posh pink star sizzle!

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They’re all shining brightly in my Etsy shop now!

Here today, gone tomorrow

P1040935This blanket started off life earlier this year. I made lots of squares, then I couldn’t decide what to do with them, so it got put to one side for a while. Last week I decided to finish some of my discarded WIPs.

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I finished this off on Monday and on Wednesday, a friend saw it, loved it, and bought it,  just like that; my quickest sale to date!. It’s off to keep a wee baby girl cosy this winter 🙂

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