The Didi & B Challenge

Let me set the scene…. you have a baby and as they get a little older they start watching a little kids TV and naturally they develop a favourite show.

As kids do they become quite fond of the characters and either they ask for or you decide to get them some merchandise.

Imagine your horror when you discover that unlike every kids show known to man this particular show does not sell anything. Nothing not a single noisy headache inducing toy or stuffed creature. What’s a Mum to do?

Well this is the exact situation for a kids show called Didi and B. Surprisingly this is one of the only shows we haven’t seen in our household but a friends little girl does watch it and loves it, so her mum asked if I could help out and make something for her.

Here is a picture of what the characters look like if you’re not familiar with them.

This one was a real challenge as I decided to really make it hard and not just design it from scratch but also work with fluffy yarn 😱.

I also faced my biggest hate and planned quite a bit of sewing!

I started with B and worked in rounds of yellow and black until the body was the desired length and I used 2 stands, one of the fluffy yarn and one 4ply cotton. This made it a little easier to keep track of the stitches but also meant it worked up a little quicker. I would have been there for blooming ages working with just the fluffy yarn as it’s so thin.

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used black and white felt behind some safety eyes to add a bit more detailing.

Arms and legs were added next and it took a few goes to get the feet exactly how I wanted.

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he wings are felt and attached at the back with fabric glue and sewn to make sure they are secure.

And lastly little antennae on the top are just a few chain stitches.

Next up is Didi. Again I started on the body and worked it in rounds of dark and light pink but made it a little narrower and longer than B.

The eyes, arms and legs are all the same as B.

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he wings for Didi however required a lot more details. They are also felt and all the details were cut out and then glued and sewn onto the main wing template.

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he wings were then secured onto to Didi, pinned in place and left overnight to dry fully. I sewed them onto the body over the top of the glue as well.

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finished her off with her own longer set of antennae.

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‘m quite pleased with how these guys turned out.

They measure approximately 25-30cm tall and should hold up to a lot of cuddles.

The C2C Craze

I’m always the last to the party when it comes to whats trending and popular. Maybe its the rebellious streak in me or maybe I just have my head in the clouds and it completely passes me by, either way it has meant that I am massively late in jumping on the corner to corner crochet bandwagon.
I gave it a go a while back (I think last Christmas) and I just didn’t really get the hype. Fast forward a year however and oh how I understand. I’m not sure whats caused this complete U-turn but whatever it is I am glad.

I decided I really wanted to make a baby blanket ready for Christmas and I knew I wanted it to feature a reindeer, that left me two options; tapestry crochet or C2C. Strangely enough I opted for C2C. I think the difference this time was I designed my own graph and actually took the time to work up a little swatch with the yarn and hook I planned to use to see how many ‘squares’ my blanket would need to be to reach the right size. I also very much stuck to the bobbin method, this is where little balls of the colours you are using are wound round bobbins (or in my lazy case stitch markers!) as you can see in the photo below. This meant I didn’t have to carry my yarn underneath other colours all the time which is absolutely hate as it always peaks through.

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Anyway back to the reindeer. Chart complete and bobbins in play I set about corner to cornering. Loved it! The blanket worked up so quickly and the effect was really impressive… a nice clear reindeer image.

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I deliberated for ages over the border but in the end I settled on keeping it simple and letting the main picture do all the talking.

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Well and truly bitten by the C2C bug it wasn’t long before I was off making a new design, and this one really is my all time favourite.
I went for a non obvious penguin as I wanted this one to be more wintery and not just a Christmas blanket.

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This time I did get all fancy with the border and I have done the candy cane border all the way around in white and blue.

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It finishes it off perfectly and I love the sleepy little penguins expression.

Both of these blankets have been added to the Christmas 2017 range and are available to buy in VERY limited quantities. I will only be offering 2 slots for each blanket! You can find the Reindeer here and the Penguin here.

I might already be beavering away on another new design but that one is being kept under wraps for now 😉

Miss B Signature

Sea Mist Cowl

You may have gathered from my last post that I am a big fan of the KnitCraft Funky Chunky yarn from Hobby Craft 🙂 so much so that I couldn’t just buy one colourway when I was in there getting the fab mixed balls for my Sunset Socks, oh no! I also picked up the gorgeous blue colourway.

After the success of the socks I was very keen to whip up another quick and easy project, something you can start and finish in an evening with a cup of tea. I’m a big fan of instant gratification so I like quick projects to pop in between my bigger W.I.P’s and keep me motivated.

I only had 2 balls so it ruled out a lot of projects and I eventually settled on a cowl, winter is coming (as we keep being told in GOT) and everyone needs handmade knitwear in the wardrobe over the colder months.

I opted to use the V stitch as it is one of my absolute favourites for being both quick and giving a really nice design to the rows.

I’ve popped the FREE pattern below for you so you can all give it a go yourself. Remember to tag me over on Instagram if you make this so I can see your wonderful versions.
Mine is still awaiting a nice big rustic button to finish it off but the possibilities are endless.

NOTES:
I use US terms (Sorweee, I was taught in US terms and they just stick!) so for all my fellow UK-ers its a Treble crochet (Tr) I’m using instead of a double crochet (dc)

MATERIALS:
10mm crochet hook
2x Funky Chunky in Turquoise
Tapestry Needle
Scissors
Buttons or other embellishments (optional)

METHOD:

  1. Ch63, dc in the 4th from the hook, ch1 and dc in the same st,
    *skip 2 stitches and complete another V stitch in the 3rd (dc, ch1, dc)* repeat to the end and then pop a dc in the last st
  2. Ch3, turn, work a V stitch in each ch1 gap from the pervious round until the end, finish with a dc in the top of your starting ch3
  3. Repeat Row 2 four more times. Fasten off but don’t cut your tail.
    This should leave you with just enough yarn to put the two short ends together and either whip stitch or slip stitch the two edges together to make a cowl

Add any embellishments you might fancy and you’re all done!

 

Sunset Slipper Socks

I had a major impulse buying session in my local Hobby Craft a while ago and snapped up some of their brand new Funky Chunky yarn. It’s absolutely gorgeous, really soft, chunky and has a fab texture.

I went for a couple of balls of blue and a couple of this awesome mixed colourway.

Sadly I then had to leave them sat on the shelf for ages as I had orders to crack on with but finally I just had time for a quick pallet cleanser project. I’d originally planned to make a scarf but all of a sudden I was taken by an urge to make some super snuggly slipper socks.

These socks are unbelievable cosy and ideal for keeping your feet warm on a cold night.

It took 3 balls of Funky Chunky for a pair and the pattern is easily adapted for bigger or smaller feet.

I also added little rubbery dots onto the bottom of them to make them proper slipper socks and stop me flying across the kitchen when I walk in there.

I’ve popped the pattern below for you if you fancy making your own. They would make fantastic presents for Christmas 😉

MATERIALS:
8mm hook
3 balls of Hobby Craft Funky Chunky
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Non slip latex paint (optional)

METHOD:
Ch6
* Sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in the next 3st’s. 3sc in the last st.
Working down the other side of the ch; sc in the next 3 st’s and end with 2sc in the last st. Ss to first sc to join (12)
* ch1 turn, 2sc in the next 2st’s, 1sc in the next 3, 2sc in next 3, 1sc in next 3, 2sc in last st. Ss to first sc to join (18)
*ch1 turn, sc around (18)
* sc around (18) repeat 10 times in total
At this point you can do more or less rounds of the above row to make your slipper longer or shorter. Mine is made to fit a size 6.
*Foundation sc x8, skip 8st’s from row below and join with a ss to the 9th. 1sc in the next 8st’s. Ss to first foundation sc to join (18)
* sc around (18) repeat 9 times in total
* sc in first 2st, inc in 3rd. Repeat 6 times (24)
* sc around (24) repeat 6 times in total
Again do more or less rows here for a shorter or longer leg.

HEEL
* Turn the sock inside out and join to the first foundation sc, ch1 and then sc 16 around evenly. Join with a ss to your first sc. (16)
* sc 6 and then Dec. Repeat twice (14)
* sc 5 and then Dec. Repeat twice (12)
* sc 4 and then Dec. Repeat twice (10)
Fasten off and then sew the hole left closed. I went in and out of each st around and pulled tight to close.
Weave in all ends and you’re done.

At this point I took my oh so fabulous latex paint and popped little dots over the sole of the slipper and put them somewhere safe to dry. You can buy the paint in pretty much every colour of the rainbow and I got mine from here.

Make sure you tag me over on Instagram if you make these as I’d love to see your versions.

I’m thinking the addition of a big button or even some Pom-poms on the outer upper cuff would look great! 😉

Dinosaur Hooded Scarves

Lately it seems like I’ve made lots of typically ‘girly’ makes so I decided it was time to focus on something a bit different.

Miss P loves unicorns, mermaids and pink fluffy things but she also loves cars, monsters and dinosaurs so they needed to feature in my work too!

The unicorn hooded scarf has been a brilliant seller since it was released and it’s a fab pattern designed by The Velvet Acorn. You can see why when it’s so fun but still fabulously functional.

It seemed like an obvious choice therefore, to make a dinosaur version!

The horn, ears and mane have been swapped out for Dino spikes in a fab teal colour and the pockets kept simple and tassel free.

It’s been a big hit with the little lady already and is so perfectly snuggly. We’re now fully set for the colder weather once summer is over.

The hood is listed in my shop already and there are a few colour choices to pick from.

I hope you all love this as much as we do.

A mammoth cake

August is a month of birthdays in this household. Mine is at the end but the man of the house has his at the beginning.
I've been so manically busy with crochet makes lately that it was quite nice to take a change of pace and focus on something else. In this case it was baking!

The man folk having a birthday could mean only one thing…. a homemade birthday cake. An Oreo chocolate drip cake to be precise.

I used the fab recipe by Jane's Patisserie but only did 2 layers rather than 3 as it would have made just too much cake for us (despite what the other half will tell you!).

It's far from perfect and I had a few nozzle issues resulting in less thin and delicate drips than I'd hoped but blooming eck did it taste oh so good!

The cake comes out really moist and the buttercream has Oreos crumbled in so it's truly decadent.

We will be celebrating properly this weekend as a family but in the meantime this cake was just the trick and a roaring success.

On a slightly separate note anyone planning on buying a snazzy star sparkler for their cake as seen in the pic, a little tip for you to avoid some serious anticlimactic waiting… pre flame the section you plan to light it from and stick to that part. It may have taken a good while to get this thing lit 😂

Kids Ice Cream Bag

I’ve got bag fever! Now I’ve started I just can’t stop. 


This time round I’ve made a box bag with a fab ice cream print faux leather. I am absolutely loving the bold mustard t-shirt yarn but it had quite a bit of stretch to it which made it a little harder to keep a neat box shape once I’d sewn the pieces together.

I added straps to the bag after taking pictures as I couldn’t decide what to do but in the end I did them exactly as per the Panda Bag.


The best thing about this bag though is that it fits 3 balls of Paintbox cotton yarn in perfectly!! 

As always you can get your little paws on the pattern here and it’s another one with endless possibilities for colour combos and patterns. Don’t forget to share your makes by tagging me as I love to see them.