the story of an old cardigan

dear diary,

Most of you would have seen pictures on the television about the snow-chaos that gripped the UK yet again during the past week or so. I usually smile about the exaggeration in these reports, as mostly there really isn’t a lot of snow on the ground to get all tizzed about (well, not in comparison with the amount of snow we get where I come from). It was a very different story this time as even in our, usually lucky from too much snow fall valley, we were hit hard.

WEATHER - Snow in Flintshire on Friday. Snow drifting at Calcoed

denbighshire march 2013 – courtesy of the daily post newspaper

WEATHER - Snow in Flintshire on Friday. Monastery Road in Pantasaph

flintshire march 2013 – courtesy of daily post newspaper

It was almost impossible to think of Spring and Easter looking out of our windows, the only reminders being school holidays starting and shivering just born lambs in the fields around us.

I had been working continuously on my next book over the last few weeks as well as the ‘homely blanket’ quest, and needed a wee break from it all. Thinking of what to make that would be very different from my usual knitted or crochet items I remembered seeing something in the April issue of Country Living Magazine that had caught my eye.

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country living magazine april 2013

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simple things to make – country living magazine 2013

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simple things to make – country living magazine 2013

Sarah Moore has a monthly section in the Magazine called ‘Simple Makes’ in which she introduces new, and not overly difficult, items to make to us the reader. These bunnies had caught my eye when reading the magazine and I knew just the person to make one for…’my girl’. She would love it I was pretty sure…she loves bunnies!

Having had a clear out of some old jumpers and other stuff recently I went in search for the best thing to use. To my surprise the bag full of unwanted items held this old cardigan which couldn’t have been more perfect as ‘my girl’ loves pink.

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old cardigan

In all the excitement I totally forgot to take photos during the making process…silly me. At times it was a bit fiddly, poking through the arms and ears of the bunny and then trying to sew the last bit of the seam neatly after filling it, but I got there in the end. Using dried wheat and lavender as the filling this little bunny can lie on ‘my girls’ bed and scent her pillow to aid sleep at night and as the finishing touch a crochet mini heart will let her know how much I love her.

What do you think…

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easter bunny made from above old cardigan

Happy Easter everyone 🙂

PS: You can find many inspirational ideas in Sarah Moore’s book and monthly in Country Living Magazine.

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beautiful ideas by sarah moore

Advent…nearly!

dear diary,

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”, well it’s no surprise is it? Not even two weeks to go and we will celebrate the first Advent Sunday. I can’t wait as I loooooove Christmas and everything that comes with it, except it won’t be quite the same this year as we are going to be in South Africa walking around in shorts and T-shirts. I am not sure how I will feel, I am sure it will be a bit strange to a: Not be at home and b: being in approximately 30C. Well, I’ll let you know on my return how it all went!

In the meantime I will enjoy the run up to it all, I have already been busy preparing and hosting one Christmas workshop, with another to run next weekend.

This year I wanted to stick with the traditional red, green and white for the project, so I ordered in a lot of lovely Rowan Creative Focus Worsted…

as well as a lot of other little goodies…

and set to it. Soon I was knitting up a real Christmas treat…

…incorporating some short row shaping and knitting a star all in one piece. After felting and adding some finishing touches…

…cute don’t you think ?

After adding some finishing touches including some beautiful ribbon, drum-roll please…

We have our uuuuhhhh-aaaahhhh moment!!! A beautiful Christmas Wreath to hang on the front door on the first Advent Sunday welcoming all our visitors. 🙂