Moo twoo!

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A little while ago (a little over a year actually!), a good friend of mine gifted me this book as a thankyou present – I crochetted a border on a little baby’s blanket she had knitted.

Well, I was a little excited, but a very large bit hesitant. Those little doggies did not look easy to knit!

But last summer holidays I thought I’d give it a go. And it was really not so hard – each individual leg, or arm, or torso – as long as I didn’t look too far ahead!

Eventually I had all the pieces, and turned over the page to see about putting Moo Two together. Well, that was a surprise – a whole page of joining-together instructions – eeeeek! Luckily, as explained here, I have a wonderful Mother-in-Law 😀

Isn’t she adorable? … and see how the real Moo has that little white patch over her left eye?

Well, Moo Two does too!

Home Again….

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Ahhhhhhhh……

Yes, that was a very big Contented Sigh. I understand the need for Big Adventures in life, but you know, I really do prefer Very Small Adventures.

It’s lovely to be back home – incredibly wonderfully lovely.

It’s lovely to be back, with Moo sitting next to me on the sofa and a whole weekend ahead of me with no plans except crochet (and quite a bit of laundry)!

Our adventures took us to a number of lovely yarn stores, and Interesting Things stores. One of which was Loopy Mango. So much fun, and such lovely people. This little store is located in Soho, Manhattan. It is named after Loopy the dog, and Mango the cat. How cute is that?

Right inside the front entrance is this deer, complete with knitted hat a scarf.

Amongst other weird and wonderful creations, they sell their own Big Loop yarn – perfect for crochet floor rugs. I bought a massive size crochet hook in preparation. Unfortunately Moo found it in my luggage, but I think the teeth marks just add to the character.

Another store, just around the corner from where we were staying in Upper West Side, is The Yarn Company. If anyone has read The Friday Night Knitting Club, it reminded me so much of the store in the book. It’s on the second floor, up a very steep flight of stairs… but then opens up into a bright, colourful, wonderful world of all things yarn.

… and yes, there were purchases (shhhh) ….

On another note, do you realise it’s only eight weeks until Christmas ?!

Cozy Tea ~ A Sip of Spring

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And here is what I’ve been working on this week, that I couldn’t talk about until it had winged its way to its new home with Suse. Now that she’s received it (and likes it, yay!), here it is!

I’m rather ridiculously pleased with it. Firstly, because it’s the first proper thing I’ve ever made without a pattern. Secondly, because even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I’d envisaged, I think it’s really simple but still so cute!

So, here it is, A Sip of Spring.

Using Rowan Cotton Glace (of course), and discontinued Rowan Cotton in the pale lemon.

Suse originally sent me dimensions of the tea pot, and a photo, but I just wasn’t quite getting it. So, I went and bought a pot to build it on, so that it would be exactly right. Of course, now I end up with a spare tea pot… which will just have to have it’s own little cozy for meeee!

Here are some (lots!) more pictures. I couldn’t quite help myself…

The flower and butterfly I didn’t design myself.

The pansy is from a great little book called “100 flowers to knit & crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. And it was hard to crochet. It was in the section called “Advanced”. Well, I thought I was advanced, but it took a whole evening and quite a few swears (Moo had to cover her ears with her paws)… but we got there eventually.

The butterfly is from a book called “75 birds, bees, butterflies & bugs to knit and crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. Thankfully, it was much easier than the pansy.

Now, Moo has only met Suse once, when she came to stay for a lovely long weekend. Moo loved Suse, of course, and just couldn’t let A Sip of Spring go without a good-luck lick.

Bunting Happiness!

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This was one of the first crochet books I bought, and is my absolute favourite  ~ Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench. And the projects are really very cute and very easy.

In the “Starting Out” section, there are some lovely little gifty type projects like the Round Stripy Cushion Cover, the Jam Pot Covers and the Floral Purse.

And here is the Knickerbockerglory Bunting. Isn’t it just the cutest?

The yarn I used is called Beetle by Moda Vera ~ a brand made by Spotlight (Oz and New Zealand I think). It’s 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. I don’t really love it, but it’s cheap and comes in great un-natural type colours!

I think next I’ll make some fabric bunting, just triangular flags cut with pinking sheers so no hemming.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday 🙂

Tea Cosies ~ Part 1

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I’ve always loved the idea of tea poured from a tea pot. My collection of loose leaf tea is ever-expanding. Not only does the idea of sitting down to a pot of tea and a natter with a friend really appeal, but the more tea, the less wine, which can only be a good thing!

So, when the first of these books came out, it was right up my alley.

The Carmen Miranda (shown on the cover) is just gorgeous. But it was not to be.

…and then I looked at Rosie Posie. But alas, no. Knitting in the round, with five needles, was Difficult…but stay tuned for a later post, I do have a Lovely Knitting Mother-In-Law!

Secretly though, I was eyeing off this one. Licorice Allsorts.

And here he is, TA DAH! Isn’t he gorgeous? I had to buy a new, special, black tea pot for him.

He’s not exactly the same as the one in the book. I had to do a little creative blanket stitching because he kept toppling a little sideways.

And Moo thought he was lovely too…

… at least for a small while…

A Sneak Peak

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This is my favourite little nook of my sewing room. This room is a continual work in progress. I love having everything on display, and on open shelves so it’s all right there in front of me for inspiration.

Filling these containers with buttons and pink sequins and sead beads kept me ammused for Quite a Long Time.


I’ve been collecting history of costume books and other fashion and craft books for most of my life. I’m loving the new crochet books at the moment. Suddenly crochet is looking not-so-daggy.

These books were given to my grandfather by the owner of a clothing manufacturing company in Perth. My Pop was an accountant and used to do their books of an evening after work. They gave these to him when he finally retired.

A Happy House

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I thought this would be a nice first post – a picture of a Happy House. I won’t talk about my yarn stash just yet, but my stash of fat squares seems to be developing a mind of its own. There’s something about little colourful squares of fabric that just Talk to me… “buy me buy me buy me”…

My Happy House, is actually called Henny House and was made from a pattern in the big book of softies ~ 44 friends for you to sew, knit and crochet.


The pattern is by Louise Hatchard, at Prairiemouse.


And here is the finished product.

And again in our little garden. I think he looks Rather Lovely.

Moo wasn’t very impressed about little displays of crafty goodness that didn’t include her.