Crochet Christmas Tree, Snowflakes and Christmas Bunting

Crochet Christmas TreeIt may be a bit late but wanted to share my Christmas creations with you while we are all in the  seasonal mood. I made this little tree back in June, I can’t remember why I did it then , I think I just had a bit of time between projects and wanted to make an effort to be prepared for the holiday season.

These lovely little snowflakes were made last year and it was such a delight to get them out again. A simple pattern and quick and easy to make. I sprayed on some starch to stiffen them up too which worked really well.

Crochet Snowflakes Christmas Decoration

Lastly, some festive bunting, looks quite good on the tree don’t you think?

Crochet Bunting

The Christmas Charity Blanket Project – So Far

It has been so busy at work lately I have been doing extra hours so have not had as much time as I would have liked to make squares. I have promised myself that this Sunday will be dedicated to squares. These are the squares so far. I have stuck mostly to stripy granny squares.

Crochet Granny Squares

But I was thought I would do some in single colours too just to mix things up a bit. I think they look so fresh and bright.

Plain Granny Squares

Then I had some bits and pieces that I managed to extend to the specified 13cm size.

Patterned Crochet Squares

Also, I had a call from my lovely Mama H who has also pledged some squares for this great project. So we are both busy in our different corners of the UK but it feels as though we are creating our colourful contributions for the Charity Blanket project together. Thank to Best of Crochet for bringing so many people together to join into this seasonal project.

How is everyone else getting on in between all these gorgeous Christmas creating I keep reading about on your blogs?

Directions for The Christmas Charity Blanket Project – Join in!

It appears that this fine project had gone global with pledges from a host of countries so thanks for spreading the word and don’t stop, the more squares, the more blankets.

Best of Crochet » Join us! The Christmas Charity Blanket Project – directions!

Please find below a snippet of the details for the Christmas Charity blanket Project. For even more details and ideas go to Best of Crochet where you will find more links and images to help create the perfect blanket.

On November 11, 2013 by

1. What squares?

If you prefer to go with the basic granny square, that is great! You can find a nice

  • video tutorial on how to crochet a granny square here
  • here is a graph of granny square and instructions how to read it.

If you would like a challenge or some variety, I’ve found some beautiful granny square variations with great tutorials hereherehere and here.

If there are some knitters out there who are excited to join, please do! Knit squares go just as perfectly!

2. How big squares?

I propose to stick to squares around 13 cm x 13 cm (5,2 x 5,2 inches). This is around the size I get when I crochet 4 dc rows with size 7/4,55 mm hook.

Granny square sizeIf your square is slightly different in size, don’t worry, I will do my best to fit it in.

3. What type of yarn?

Granny squares are awesome because you get to use up your left over yarn and combine different yarns. We will have different granny squares from around the world, so I am sure we will also have different types of yarn in our blanket. I am not a yarn expert, but would recommend you stick to fingering (if not too thin) to worsted yarns as shown in the pic here. Feel free to mix!

If you would like to contribute to the cohesiveness of the blanket, and if you have the chance, you may add a row of white in your square so it would be a repeating color.

This is a wonderful way to give something in this season of goodwill so a huge thanks to Best of Crochet in sweden for inviting us to join in.

Please also spread the word so that we can reach more people and make an even greater blanket!

Pay Day Shopping Madness

Just had a mini shopping spree, well why not? It’s the end of the month and I have just received my reward for working hard over the last 4 weeks. I have treated myself to some yarn to make a couple of baby blankets from this site Deramores, it was recommended by a fellow blogger. They have a great selection but after mulling through for about 10 minutes my yarn of choice was Stylecraft DK, very reasonably priced and a range of 55 lovely colours to choose from. I have selected a range of blues, pinks, greens and yellows in a mixture of soft and muted tones with a neutral cream to link them all together, soooooo excited! I will take photos and share with you when it arrives.

Then when I checked my inbox for confirmation of my order I found an email from The Discovery Store . I bought a few bits from them at Christmas which were all well received so when I saw the offer of 20% off I couldn’t resist a little peek.

I love these colourful birdhouses.decorative-bird-houses

But if I am going to treat myself I will have to get something for my lovely Hubby, mmmmmmm what do you think about this?

allears_pak_mensIt will definitely appeal to his sense of humour.

Anyway now I have enjoyed a bit of retail therapy I am going to finish off the last of the 4 blankets this evening,  just a couple of rounds of edging to do and I should be ready to share a great Tah-da moment with you all!

Crochet Snowflakes As Winter Takes Its Grip For Christmas

Brrrrrr, it was so cold here last week and we saw the first real hard frost.

Then there has been all that rain we have endured recently, so sad for all the folks who have been flooded out of their homes , it must be absolutely heartbreaking. We have been fortunate enough that the only problem we have is a thoroughly waterlogged garden.

It has been cold enough for some of the little puddles in the borders to turn to ice, the way it has frozen over the soil makes quite a pretty pattern.

Ice Puddles In The Garden

When I got to work the puddles from the rain we had endured the previous day had frozen over. I reverted to childhood and could not resist the temptation to step on a few and watch the lovely patterns created by breaking the ice and seeing the movement of the unfrozen water beneath.

Then I came across this little chap and just had to take a photo to share with you. Isn’t he just great? Nature can be really creative at times, you just have to be able to capture the moment. When I ventured out for lunch a lorry had driven over him and he was completely obliterated, aaaaaah.

Looks just like pac man with hair.
Looks just like pac man with hair.

This freezing weather brought the first snow of the year which reminded me of the snowflakes I made last year. I made them after Christmas so never actually used them so I thought I would dig them out.

IMG_7141I have to confess I am rather pleased with how they are looking, I quite like the contrast of the natural twigs in the contemporary silver vase.

However, hubby disagreed and suggested I add some Christmas baubles.

Crochet Snowflakes Christmas Decoration

I must admit they do add a bit of colour…………but I may take them off when he goes out!

Anyway you will have to leave that one with me while I decide between the contemporary rustic look or the colourful look. He did buy me the lovely silver vase so I might just concede.

The snowflake is another pattern from Attic 24, I followed the pattern but added some silver bugle beads and the simple chain hanger.

Crochet Snowflakes Close UpIt is hard to believe that Christmas is nearly upon us again, best get back and do some more shopping!!

Chocolate Orange Brownies with a Kick

Christmas Treats

If like me you don’t like the traditional Christmas cake it’s nice to find something that feels a bit festive to have instead.

Well, while I was browsing the web over the weekend and doing a bit of shopping, a birthday gift for my brother and browsing for Christmas presents, I came across this recipe and just had to try it. So the shopping went out of the window and I baked instead, ooops sorry birthday boy!

They really were deliciously soft and gooey, just how I like them.


Chocolate Orange Brownies, yum, yum!

PS, sorry to admit that the photo is not my brownies, unfortunately they were devoured by the mob that is my family before I could take a picture. Will have to do double the quantity next time!!



Crochet Christmas Gift Ideas – Storage Pots In Romantic White Cotton

I had been looking for some nice presents to make for my lovely girls for Christmas. Last year I made some cute little slippers, cushions and fingerless gloves, so I wanted something completely different this year.

And I found it here, these gorgeous little boxes, I love the bright colours in the pattern but I wanted to keep it simple and try them in white.

I used white cotton which looks really natural. They will look so cute on the french colonial style dressing table and be great for storing all those little earrings and bits and bobs that generally clutter up the place.

Each box has it’s own lid but I think that they would be equally useful just as little pots. Now I have done them in white I am going to do them it some brights too.

Thank you for the great pattern zoomyummy, these are really quick to make and very satisfying. I bought 3 patterns here and would definitely recommend a visit to this lovely blog.