Celtic Crochet Block

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!

May the sun shine warm upon your face.

I had the most interesting, time making this lovely Celtic inspired crochet block.

It has been ages since I made something like this where one uses a very fine yarn, small hook and lots of counting is required. I must admit, I had to undo my work a few times as I found it quite challenging to stay focused amid the busyness of daily life.

However, I am very glad I persevered because I am happy with how it turned out and really enjoyed making this.

In case you’d like to make one of these pretties, you can follow this link to the pattern I used. Just a heads up, this is a free pattern for you to download, but I had to register with them first before I could get the download.

Hope you had a special day yourself, if this is a day you celebrate at all, and if you do decide to make one of these crochet blocks, please share it here in the comments or over on Instagram.

Happy crocheting everyone xx

Owl Fingerless Gloves

It was so much fun to make these cute gloves!

If you are a knitter, why not make yourself a pair of these also, you can find the pattern here. It was designed by the talented Amanda Jones and appeared in one of the past issues of Simply Knitting Magazine.

Very interesting to see how the use of different cable stitches could form this little owl shape. I’ll definitely be making it in different colours as well, and also taking orders for these cuties.

Lynne xx

Arm Warmers Knitting Pattern

I have been working on a nice little project that I am excited to share it with you.

This is a pattern for arm warmers, also known as wrist warmers or fingerless gloves.

Whether you are new to knitting or a more experienced knitter, this project may just be the thing for you.

These stylish arm warmers are nice to wear while working on a keyboard, making a cup of tea or turning the pages of your favourite read.

Cozy, comfortable and also a nice gift idea, so let’s get started.

Arm Warmers pattern

Materials:

Yarn: 100g Kartopu Snowball DK Yarn (or any double knit / worsted weight yarn).

Needles: 5mm / size 8

Tapestry Needle

GAUGE:

18 sts x 36 rows = 4”/10cm (garter stitch)

Directions

Make two of these. Leave a tail of yarn of approximately 30 cm (12″) and with your 5mm needles, cast on 40 stitches. (The extra yarn will be used to sew the two ends together later)

Leave a long tail at cast-on

Rows 1 – 60: Knit every row – garter stitch.

Before you cast off, measure your arm against this rectangle, along the long end. Make sure it folds over your wrist and feels comfortable. It should not be too tight, but also not too loose either, the yarn will stretch a bit with wearing.

I find that knitting 60 rows makes for a nice fit. You should have a rectangle, the one I made, measured approximately 23 cm x 17 cm.

If you are happy with the fit, cast off all stitches, leaving a long tail of yarn of about 30 cm.

The long ends of the rectangle now gets sewn together, leaving a small section unsewn for the thumb.

Pick up the extra thread you left at the cast on edge and thread your tapestry needle through. Place the long ends of the rectangle together, end-to-end. Using this needle and yarn, sew directly into the stitch across.

Sew the two opposite sides together by inserting the needle through the “v” formed by each stitch

Continue along this way, sewing together stitches from the opposite edge for about 8 or 9 stitches (a distance of approximately 4 cm), finish off and work away loose ends.

Next, starting at the other end where your long thread is from the cast off, use your tapestry needle to again sew the stitches together in similar fashion, leaving an opening of about 7 cm. This will form the opening for the thumb to go through.

Sew these ends together, leaving a gap for the thumb

Try it on to see if you are happy with the fit before ending off the sewing. If you want the thumb-gap smaller or bigger, now would be the time to do that adjustment. When you are happy that it fits nicely, fasten off and sew away the ends.

And there you have it, a nice snugly arm warmer.

If you are unsure of anything, please leave a comment and I will be happy to help. I hope you have fun making this.

Happy knitting, Lynne.

Commonplace Book Entry #2

It has been a while since I last shared an entry to my Commonplace Journal with you here.

That does not mean that I have not been reading though, perhaps just not as much as I would like to.

But I am hoping to be able to find some balance between my reading, and creative time this year, so let’s see how it goes.

This is taken from Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot, where she quotes the Bishop Westcott, and goes as follows:

“Great thoughts go best with common duties.

Whatever therefore may be your office regard it as a fragment in an immeasurable ministry of love”

Bishop Brooke Foss Westcott, 1825

May we be found faithful in the little things in order to be able to go on to the greater ones.

Until next time,

Lynne xxx

It’s a New Year!

Greetings on the first day of the year.

If you are anything like me, then this time of year could bring some different emotions and feelings. Of course there is always gratitude, and of course excitement for the new year but there may also be some fear, sadness, happiness, exhaustion and the list goes on.

But really, we just need to take one step at a time, don’t we. When I knit or crochet, it is just the same – one stitch at a time and a bit later it all comes together as something pretty.

For me, my faith keeps me going and keeps me moving forward, especially through times of uncertainty.

Another way to change things up a bit this year, could be to remember to ‘just look up’ . Whether it is looking up from a screen – we need that so much, don’t we – or if it is looking up to the heavens. That is a sure way to be reminded of the vastness of creation and of God’s glory, and of just how small we really are after all. It always helps me to get the right perspective. But really, just look up.

May we not forget to show kindness to people. And also, how about having a little more fun, I often say this to the children. Let’s laugh and giggle and dream a bit. Of course these are difficult times, but sometimes it may be these little things, like the giggles and smiles that keep us going.

I would like to encourage you with these words from CS Lewis: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”

I always enjoy poetry and thought to share an excerpt of this one by Christina Rossetti with you.

Old and New Year Ditties

New Year met me somewhat sad:
Old Year leaves me tired,
Stripped of favourite things I had
Baulked of much desired:
Yet farther on my road to-day
God willing, farther on my way.

New Year coming on apace
What have you to give me?
Bring you scathe, or bring you grace,
Face me with an honest face;
You shall not deceive me:
Be it good or ill, be it what you will,
It needs shall help me on my road,
My rugged way to heaven, please God.

~ Christina Rosetti (1830-1894) ~

May you start this year strong and get to enjoy beautiful sunsets and smiles throughout.

Wishing you a good and happy 2021 with the special people in your life!

Lynne xxx

Crochet Summer Sandals

Hello there, it has been busy around here in all sorts of creative ways.

I have been working on making some Christmas décor items, my mind is just racing with all of the different ideas and pretty things I’d like to still make this year. I shall be sharing some more on those projects soon.

But for now, I have a little something more for you about crochet shoes. Perhaps you remember the post I did about that a few months ago. Those winter boots were really fun to make and so warm and comfortable.

But now it is summer, and just the time to make some cute sandals using a similar method to that of making the boots. This was far easier to do and turned out to be a nice and quick little project compared to the shoes I had done previously.

It gets worked in a soft crochet cotton, by first shaping the heel and adding the cute ankle straps. Then the front part is worked separately and attached to the shoe with some hand stitching.

I could of course, not stop at making just one pair of these. My daughter got her own lovely pair and I am busy working on some of these for my mother right now.

I used this pattern and found the instructions to be clear and easy to follow. There is also a video on that site with more detail on how to make these.

You might want to start working on a pair of these for yourself. If, however, it is cold in your part of the world right now, perhaps just bookmark it for later. You could always make some of these nice boots for now 🙂

Who would not want to have a stylish pair of these fashionable shoes?

I have a feeling that by the end of summer there will be a few more of these, in different colours, in my wardrobe.

Handmade Goodies

Greetings! It has been a while, so I thought a little update on things around here would be in order.

This year has most definitely brought us all some unforeseen things now, hasn’t it! And here we are, at the start of November, almost at the end of 2020. I don’t know about you, but to me, it has felt so long but but then again not, in some odd way.

At times I have felt really challenged and stretched out a bit thinly, so to speak, and I know that I am by no means alone in this. So many people’s lives have been affected and changed during these unprecedented times, and we have all had to improvise, adapt and sacrifice in some way or another…

But then, there has also been blessings, and goodness, however great or small. That is where I try to keep my focus, and remind myself that I can not do any of this in my own strength. My faith is what keeps me going.

So in light of all of these changes, I have had to shift my attentions and become more deliberate about using my craft, the great blessing of my creativity. I endeavour to continue to work with my hands to make some beautiful things that I can share with others, and thereby contribute in some small way in my family.

I thought it best to go with an online store for now, perhaps you’d like to visit and take a look around. The product ranges I have selected to open with are dolls, plushies, home and nursery décor items and handbags. I shall be adding to these over time, while I keep an eye out for new design trends in the handmade world.

Later this month, I shall be launching the Christmas range for 2020. So please check in from time to time if you’d like to stay up to date.

For now, I’d like to share some pictures with you.

Until next time, keep well and stay safe xx.

Little Owl Plushie
Cactus Macramé Wall Hanging Decoration
Multicoloured Crochet Market Bag

Crochet Shoes

It has been a bit chilly around here and we have been keeping warm with our blankets and jerseys. How nice it is that with the cold weather comes the opportunity to slow down a bit with a nice cup of tea and take out my favourite yarns and needles. Come to think of it, I would love to make some cup warmers, the tea gets cold so quickly …… any pattern suggestions for that?

I have been learning to make shoes, crochet shoes and what fun this has been!

It has been a few weeks now since I started working on this new project and I have managed to finish several pairs of shoes so far. Some are slip-ons and some are a bit like pumps, I also want to make a moccasin style shoe, but my favourite so far has definitely been the boots. These are super soft, warm and very comfortable. One might even wear it as a cosy slipper.

With this style of shoe the crochet work all gets done onto rubber soles, so they make for a nice house shoe, but can also be worn outside if you like.

It took time to learn how to do this. I have had to rework certain parts of it several times . The working of the yarn onto the sole is perhaps the most challenging part, my hands get quite sore from it, but I was determined to learn how to do this and am glad I did not give up on it.

With a bit of practice, it has become easier to make and has been a rewarding process in the end. I have had some orders for these shoes and really enjoy making this.

Mask Mate Crochet Pattern

I have been making some mask mates or ear savers as they are also known. They help relieve the pressure on the ears when wearing a face mask and is especially useful for people who have to wear a mask continually for long periods every day.

Even so, if you just need to wear a mask for short periods at a time, it really helps to make it more comfortable. I would like to share the crochet pattern with you.

Materials:

Approximately 10 g of Double Knit yarn, a 5 mm crochet hook and two medium sized buttons.

Chain 20, half double crochet into third chain from hook, hdc in every following stitch. Work 3 hdc into the last stitch, then work a hdc into every stitch going back along the other side of your original chain row, when you reach the last chain, finish off by working 2 hdc into that stitch and finish off.

Sew the two buttons on to either side of the band.

If you would like to adjust the size to make it either a bit larger or smaller, simply reduce or increase the original amount of chain stitches by one or two and apply the same method to make as of the pattern.

I have also made a crochet chart for this pattern should you prefer that to the written instructions.

Mask Mate Pattern Crochet Chart

I hope that you find this useful and enjoy wearing your mask mate.

No-Bake Oats Cookie Recipe

With things looking so different these days with not going out of the house and so on, we have enjoyed making all sorts of yummies to snack on and this one is by far one of our favourite treats. So today I would like to share this simple recipe with you.

These cookies don’t require any baking, but you do need to prepare some baking sheets or trays lined with wax paper to lay them out on as they cool.

Ingredients :

1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

1 cup milk

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 tsp vanilla essence

6 cups oats

Directions :

Combine the first four ingredients as listed, ( butter, sugar, milk and cocoa powder) into a large size pot. Over a steady heat on the stove top, allow the butter to melt, bring to the boil and then hold it there for just one minute.

Remove the pot from the heat and carefully stir in the peanut butter and vanilla essence, until the peanut butter is all melted into the butter mixture.

Next, you will add the oats to this mixture, cup by cup, making sure to stir it all through first before adding the next cup.

When all is well combined, drop spoonfuls onto wax paper and allow to cool. I usually use two tablespoons to scoop up the mixture and that makes approximately 2 dozen cookies of about 4 cm each in size. You could also make them a bit smaller if you prefer.

Hope you like these!