10 December, 2011

Nearly Christmas!

I've been so busy over the last few weeks that I've not had a chance to put anything up in here. To make up for that I'm gonna post all the most recent things that I've made :)

 My mum bought herself a Kobo for Christmas (from my dad) and asked me to make her a case to keep it in, in the style of a duvet set she likes - Union Jack duvet set

Then of course I had to follow suit and bought myself a Kindle (which is amazings!) so I made myself a Nyan pop tart cat cover

My baby roller skates have been selling like hot cakes over in my Etsy shop and these lovely brightly coloured ones are just one of the many custom requests

I've finally finished the Nyan cat scarf which I've been working on for about 6 days...so many orders such little time

On Tuesday 6th December we celebrated my housemates 30th birthday by going on a lovely shopping trip to Brighton. Because he complains about having a cold face when he shaves off his beard I made him this rather fetching crocheted beard

I've even had a little play with Photoshop and made myself a little custom listing picture for the Etsy shop, not bad for a photoshop'phobe

So ummmm...yeah I've been pretty busy and although I've had 10 days holiday from work I think I've been busier than what I thought I had. Oh well, best get on with getting myself ready for work tomorrow

06 November, 2011


During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.


1st - 30th November 2011 Moustache season now OPEN - register here
What is Movember?
Movember is the month formerly known as November, where men and women across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues.
In 2010, over 111,825 UK Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising £11.7 million. There were some weird and wonderful moustaches grown throughout the month - check out your Mo photos
And this year, Moustache season is about real men growing real moustaches. And talking about real issues. Face grown, hand brushed, crafted with pride.
Register individually or as a team at http://www.movember.com

To celebrate and support Movember I've been making crocheted 'taches on sticks. If there is enough wants/needs I will post up the pattern so you can make your own...or I can make one for you for the tiny sum of £5.

Crocheted 'tache on a stick...for children, women who feel let down by nature or men or can't grow their own.
Comes in light brown, medium brown, dark brown or black

13 October, 2011

Pattern testers needed! Snuggly bear hat

I've finally managed to translate my scribbled notes on pieces of paper into a readable (I hope) pattern thats gonna be my first buyable pattern.

Here is the hat I'm looking for pattern testers for...

The pattern contains intructions to make a hat sized.... 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12 months - 3 years

If you are interested in being a pattern tester please comment on the photo posted here on my Facebook page and the size you would like to make. 

10 October, 2011

Bags, hearts and boobs

I've been crocheting like a mad person over the last couple of days making things for a couple of upcoming craft fairs.

Things are made a million times easier by haing a lovely simple pattern to follow. Such as....
This fantastic pattern by Tangled Happy. The boutique bag is totally gawwwwjus and quick to make. So far I've made three to sell, and have at least 4 more colour combos to make.

I've also been working on making some Christmas tree decorations. I've made a few of these hearts using the pattern by heloisev
These are the ones I've done already. Again such a simple pattern and so so fast to make
I've also been making things to celebrate and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Like for example these pink ribbon mug cozies

I've made an album on my Facebook page where by everything in there has 20% off until 31st of October

Ummmm I thinks thats everything for now...I've made so much over the last few days, for the most up to date stuffs check out my Facebook page.... With a Cherry on Top

04 October, 2011

Piratey skulls

I've been working on so many things recently that I completly forgot to finish off my piratey baby booties. I finally managed to put the applique skull and cross bones onto them today and here they are all finished!

They will be available on my Etsy shop (Etsy) within the next week or so and will be in sizes, newborn, 3-6 months 6-9 and 12months.

Here is the pattern for the skull and crossbones applique...

Skull Applique - Free Pattern

You need
3mm crochet hook
White DK yarn
Black DK yarn
Yarn needle

What to do
Row 1: With smaller hook and A, ch 4; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 ch; turn (3sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, inc, sc in next sc, inc; turn (5sc)
Rows 3 and 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. (5sc)
Row 5: Ch 1, skip first sc, sc in next 2 sc, dec (3sc)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.
The crossbones are just doubled up long straight stitches with french knots on each ends. Use the black yarn to stitch on the eyes to how you would like them

I've also been working on some Christmas things ready to do a craft fair at the end of November but more on that later!

30 September, 2011

Resting on laurels...

.....is a bad idea.

I've not crocheted for 2 days and not only have I been getting withdrawal symptoms from it but I'm starting to get anxicous and on edge about the fact that Christmas is gonna be here before I can even think...or blink.

So tonight its a go go on making Christmas decorations and things I can sell at a Christmas craft fair. I've never done everything like it before so am nervous that I'm not going to have either enough stuff to sell or people are'nt gonna want to buy anything.

Before I get cracker lacking with crocheting some goodies, I thought I would post a guide to something that I made my friend a couple of years ago.... a record bowl!

Record Bowl

You will need
1) A 7-inch or 12-inch record depending on how big you want your record bowl to be
2) An oven
3) An oven-safe bowl
4) A full sealed tin can

What to dooooo....
First, preheat the oven to 225 degrees centigrade - this should take about 10 minutes. Then put the bowl in the middle of the oven upside-down, and put your record on top of that. Bake for 5 minutes and no more.
After 5 minutes the record will be quite soft and melty so you can start shaping your record how you want it. The record will only be warm, and totally safe to touch, even with bare fingers. Put the tin can into the centre of the record and it will sink down.
If your record starts to cool before you have got it into the shape you want, don't worry. You can melt it again and again!

And thats it! Simples

22 September, 2011


Definition of frogging
To frog, to rip out stitches.
A play on words which relates to a frogs croak....rippit...ribbit.

Learn something new every day, huh? Up until today I just would call it angry time. Sometimes the thing that you think will be the simplest to make ends up being the hardest. In my case today this has been some mittens. I like to write down my patten as I go so I can make them again in the future. Having a brain like a sieve really does me no favours.
I started on making a pair for myself last night using 2 strands of DK wool and a 5mm hook. I made the cuff then picked it back up today and started on the main hand part. And....after getting close to completing it I've realised its far too stiff and a bit too big around the cuff. Yeah I could just carry on with it but I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I've put it down cut my losses....and started on making a smaller version and writing the pattern down as I go.

Gahhhhh! It looks like a medieval gauntlet!

Put it down, take a breath and start again

Here are some ways of correcting boo boos in your future crochet projects....
  • Can't fit your hook into the stitch? You could be pulling the wool too tight, loosen up the tension by possibly holding the yarn differently (AKA don't hold on for dear life). The hook can be too small for the wool that your working with, which leads on to....
  • Always check the gauge of your crochet hook with what is recommend on the wool and the pattern.  If you are in doubt then make a quick swatch to see whether you need a smaller or larger hook
  • Button hole in the wrong place? Check this out Buttonhole
  • Piece of work shrinking? Count the number of stitches in the last row, hold up the piece and see if you can spot any holes where you have missed a stitch. Undo a row at a time until you find the error. Don't rip all of the piece back to the start if the error is only a couple of rows away
  • Crochet clothing mistakes? Correcting crochet mistakes the easy way
  • No matter how badly you think your creation is going, take comfort in the fact that you are'nt creating some of these 'lovely' things What Not To Crochet
The bottom line though is that no matter what your experience is as a crocheter you will ALWAYS make mistakes. No-one is perfect, not even me (I know shocker!). Yeah, mistakes can be frustrating and I will still call them my angry times, but knowing how to fix those mistakes should hopefully make my angry time less which is better for me and my house mate.

21 September, 2011

Skater baby

I've been pretty busy over the last few days working 12 hour shifts so have'nt had much time to actually do any crochet :( But here are some things which I have managed to make!

First up a crocheted boob baby hat (for breastfeeding...or for mums with a good sense of humour!)

And secondly a pair of newborn sized roller skates

Hopefully I'll get some time to make a Snoppy that I've been meaning to make for an age. Other than that is nice to enjoy a relaxing day off work. Hope you have a lovely day :)

Oh and Happy Humpday!

19 September, 2011

Little lemon - Free Pattern

3mm/D crochet hook
Small amount of DK yellow
Small amount of DK green
Small amount of polyester toy stuffing
Keyring chain (if you are wanting to make it into a keyring)

dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
dec = decrease
hdc = half double crochet
trc = treble crochet

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch

*Do not join in rounds, mark last stitch in each round with a stitch maker*

Round 1: Magic ring, ch1 6sc into ring, pull ring closed (6sc)
Round 2: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (9 sc)
Round 3: sc in next sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, rep from * around (13 sc)
Round 4: Sc in next sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, rep from * around (19 sc)
Rounds 5-7: Sc in each sc around (19 sc)
Round 8: Sc in next sc, *dec across next 2 sc, sc in next sc, rep from * around (13 sc)
Round 9: Sc in next sc, *dec across next 2 sc, sc in next sc, rep from * around, (9 sc), start stuffing lemon
Round 10: * Sc in next sc, dec across next 2 sc, rep from * around (6 sc), add more stuffing if needed. Fasten off and weave in ends

Ch 10
Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, in each of next 2 ch, sc, hdc, dc, trc, dc, (hdc, 3sc, hdc) in final ch
Working along opposite side of the beginning ch:
dc, trc, dc, hdc, sc, slst
Fasten off and weave in ends.

With yarn needle and yellow wool add loop to top if you want to make the little lemon into a keyring

17 September, 2011

Showing some blog love

Having just gotten in from a 12 hour shift (I think my legs are about to drop off) I'm not gonna be doing any crochet this evening.....boooooo(!). But, I have found this brilliantly lovely blog called Yellow Pink and Sparkly, where there are loads of free crochet and knitting patterns all of which are well written and totally gawwwwjus!

Heres just a few that I have fallen in love with and am definatly gonna be making.....

Reason goes without saying!

My housemate loves badgers so this one is going to be made for him

And this one is my name sake... 'Yay! Candy Mountain!' Click here if you have no idea what planet I'm on!

In other news, I've been asked to make Miss Mouse from Cbeebies. Here she is....

...sooooo much detail think I'm gonna have my work cut out for me.

Anyhoooo, tomorrow is about boob hats and baby crocheted rollerskates....now where did I put my peach wool.....

16 September, 2011

Today I have made....

Animal baby hats!

Basic sock monkey

Panda hat

Basic panda hat

Black kitty hat

All are made from lovely soft baby Dk wool, snuggly and warm :)

With a Cherry on Top's Granny Square - Free Pattern!

With a Cherry on Top's Granny Square

dc = double crochet
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch

Ch 4, join into ring with a sl st

Round 1: Ch 4, *3dc into centre of ring, ch 1 (repeat from * 3 times): 2dc into centre of ring , join to third chain of beginning chain with a slip stitch

Round 2: Ch 3, work corner (dc 2, ch 1, dc 3) into the same stitch, work remaining corners: *ch 1, skip over the 3 dc from the previous round, (dc 3, ch 1, dc 3) into the same stitch; repeat from * two more times. Ch 1 join to third chain of the beginning chain with a sl st

Round 3: Ch 3, work corner (dc 2, ch 1, dc 3) into the same stitch, work remaining sides: *ch 1, skip over the 3 dc from the previous round, (dc 3, ch 1, dc 3) into the same stitch; repeat from * two more times. Ch 1 join to third chain of the beginning chain with a sl st

Round 4: Ch 3, work corner (dc 2, ch 1, dc 3) into the same stitch, work remaining sides: *ch 1, skip over the 3 dc from the previous round, dc 3, ch 1, skip over the 3 dc from the previous round, dc 3, ch 1, work corner (dc 2, ch 1, dc 3) into the same stitch; repeat from * two more times. Ch 1 join to third chain of the beginning chain with a sl st


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