Teddy Fashion Update #2 – Meet Arthur

Hello You Lovely People,

The needles have been a-clicking over the Easter holiday and I have now finished the jumper for the boy bear.  I have also found him a pair of jeans, which I hope won’t be too big..

I wanted to show you the two bears together, but unfortunately I only brought the one back with me, (her brother is safe, so not to worry).  Now, I have a confession to make… I am an arctophile.  Go on, look it up, I dares you.

I have quite a few Teddy Bears in my own collection.  They often help me with my work and some of them have become quite accomplished actors.

This is Arthur:

ArthurArthur is a veteran of many roles and has played; King David, The Prophet Samuel, the Elder brother of the Prodigal Son and, his greatest triumph, Jesus .

Arthur is very special to me as he was a gift from my children one Christmas, many years ago.  When he arrived, he had a ‘squeaker’ so that when you squeezed him he said, “Merry Christmas, Mum!” and sounded very much like my youngest son.  Alas, his squeaker no longer works, but Arthur still has a special place in my collection.

I am introducing him to you today as this is his first modelling gig.  I knew he would be able to stand in for ‘brother’ bear and so I could photograph them both together.  Arthur is bigger than the real brother who is identical to the girl bear, so his top is slightly too small, but Arthur can carry it off.

Here they are:

Teddies on a chair

So, there we are then.  Outfits completed and in plenty of time for the raffle on 7th May.

Have a good week.

See you soon,

S x

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Teddy Fashion Update #1

Hello All,

Just a quick post to update on Teddy’s wardrobe.  Here she is:

Girl Teddy 1

So, to shoe or not to shoe?

I will soon cast on some stitches for her ‘brother’s’ outfit so I’ll be back then.

See you soon,

S x

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Fashion for Teddies

Hello Lovely People!

Thanks for stopping by.

Here in the U.K we’ve just had the ‘Budget’.  Our Chancellor of the Exchequer, (posh title for the country’s chief accountant), spoke for ages and ages but the bottom line seems to be same old, same old, so there was nothing in it set to help the day job.  Both churches I serve are facing rising costs and diminishing funds, so both are currently engaged in fund raising projects.  Last week one of the churches received a donation of two of these for an upcoming event:

Teddy Before pic 1Ahhh, isn’t he cute?  His brother, (or sister), wears a red jumper with the same message.  Now, these two are very patriotic and everything, but Darling, this look is soooooo dated! I had no choice but to restyle.  I am a long way from finished yet, but I have begun with making a dress for the ‘girl’ bear.

Teddy After 1Here she is in the first installment of her outfit.  Coming soon will be a white cardi and headband.  I am thinking of shoes too to cover the flag – but we’ll see.  I haven’t yet decided on how to dress her brother, but I do have a lovely pattern for a cricket jumper, which addresses the very British theme – I say, Old Thing!

More pictures will follow once I’ve actually made the togs.  In the meantime, there’s another fund-raising coffee morning tomorrow, so please wish us luck!

See you soon,

S x

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Springing into Spring

Hello lovely people!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope the weather is treating you kindly.  Here in the South West of England we’ve had a very mild winter which has led to an early spring and everywhere ’round here is either in bud or already blossoming.  My neighbour, across the road, has the most beautiful Magnolia Tree, (ours over here are nothing like the huge ones in Georgia, USA), and it’s already well on its way to showing off its best blooms.

I’ve recently had a birthday, as evidenced by this:

Fleurs 2



and this:

Fleurs 3Aren’t they beautiful?  I feel very spoilt.

In addition to all my other presents, one of my lovely friends gifted me a hank of the softest, most gorgeous yarn, (the name of which escapes me at the moment), in clover colourway.  What to make?  What to make?

A Cowl, that’s what.

cowl in cloverVery simple, it’s just a folded rectangle.  Very soft and warm, just lovely!

Also on the hook recently:

Another Star Shaped Baby Blanket

Baby star in G and CThis one is destined to make some money at a church coffee morning in a week’s time, and a much bigger ‘Granny’ that’s going to another church to help with their fund-raising:

Blue and Gray GrannieThere.  I think that’s us all caught up now.  Hope life is treating you well,


S x

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Hello Lovely People,

You may know that, in recent months, I took part in the Spice of Life crochet along by Cherry Heart and Black Sheep Wools.

I made this:

Spice of Life CAL2

and this:



solinspired poncho

And now this – Ta Dahhhhh!

This is a #SOLinspired poncho which is destined to be a birthday present for ‘someone’ whose 10th birthday is coming up next month.  I thought I’d try out the pompom edging that I’ve been admiring on other blogs and found a good tutorial HERE.  I am very grateful for this pattern and am particularly pleased as I made this from my stash of Stylecraft and didn’t have to go and buy any more yarn!!!! I know, right?

I can’t reference the pattern I’m afraid as I made it up as I went along.

Must hobble away now, (I’ve hurt my knee), as I’m off to the hairdressers.

See you down the road,



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New Year, New Blanket

Greetings All,

I hope you all had a very good Christmas time and are looking forward to all the New Year has in store.  Christmas chez nous was  quiet, because very sadly we lost a beloved family member.  Nevertheless we got together and enjoyed each other’s company as we remembered him.

So, it didn’t take long before the ‘stash’ began calling and I picked up the crochet hook for yet another Star Blanket.  This one is for my gorgeous daughter’s lovely friends who are expecting their first baby in March.  Their chosen colour scheme for the nursery is yellow and pale gray.  Can you guess what colour the blanket is? Yes, of course you can.  In any case, here’s a picture…..or two.

Yellow Star 2 YellowGray Star blanket


I made this blanket a little bit bigger than the others I’ve made as, (and I know it’s a long, long time since I had tiny babies – and none of them was particularly tiny anyway), the pattern size of 36″ point to point didn’t seem to offer enough ‘middle’ of the blanket for my liking.  Hopefully this will be plenty big enough.

I hope you are having a good time wherever you are!

Until next time,

S x

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It’s (nearly) Christmaaaaaaas!

Hello you Lovely People,

Thanks for stopping by.  Advent is drawing to a close and the Big Day will soon be here.  This year I have made 3 Christmas Cakes and only one of them is for me.  I used the BBC Good Food website for the cake recipe.  If you’re interested you can  find it HERE. I don’t use alcohol in my recipes, because I don’t care for it and I substitute orange juice instead.

There’s still a lack of light ’round here, but I took the photos anyway:

Two Christmas Cakes

Here are the first two, waiting for their cellophane wrapping so that they can go to their respective homes for the holiday.

My Christmas Cake 2015

My Christmas cake, which a gluten free version and isn’t going anywhere, except on my plate, (and the plates of any guests I may have).

I wish you and those you love a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Peace-filled New Year.

S x

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Advent 2015

Just a quick post to show my Advent calendar this year.  I am following the lectionary daily readings and responding to them by making these little circles.

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and a close up

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Sorry about the poor quality of the photos but it’s raining here and there’s been little light all day.

Bye for now


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Giveaway Update

Hello Lovely people!

Just a quick update to say that no one entered for the giveaway so there is no winner!  Not to worry, I shall try again with something else entirely some time next year.  In the meantime I shall be knitting and crocheting up a storm for Christmas presents.

See you down the road,


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Preparing for the Cold Front and a Giveaway

Hello lovely People,

The news from the outside world is absolutely horrendous isn’t it?  It’s good to escape into blogland for a bit of respite and I am glad for that.  It also gives me a chance to chronicle the latest makings.

First up is a Christmas present for someone who doesn’t yet know about this blog, so I think it’s safe to reveal it here:

Purple Blanket

This is another version of the Spice of Life CAL I did a few weeks ago.  Remember this?

Spice of Life CAL2

same pattern – different look.

Then I finished the first try of the star baby blanket in left over scraps – put on your sunglasses because it’s a bit bright:

bright Star blanket

I haven’t got a recipient in mind so it might go into the fund-raising pile.  In the New Year I am planning to raise funds for my local Breast Care Centre.

Next up, I am thinking about the coming cold weather and so have made some nice, warm hats.  Yup, hats, plural.

winter hats

and finally….. drum roll please……. the giveaway.

I have this lovely knitting book for one lucky reader to win:

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If you want to have a look inside click HERE.

Now, if you are interested in owning this book, just post a comment below telling us all who taught you knit, (or if you taught yourself, then by all means say so).  I will pick a winner at random next Friday, (27th November).  Comments close midnight on Thursday 26th.  Hope y’all have a great week,

S x

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