I’m going a little off topic for this blog post but I know lots of you have been curious and I’ve had so many messages of support and questions that I wanted to share a small part of our journey.
A lot of you already know that the tiny human of the house has epilepsy, she was diagnosed at around age 2 and we’ve spent the last 3 years between hospitals and consultants trying to get to a point where she is seizure free. Sadly we are not there yet which leads us to the latest part of our journey; at the weekend just gone we travelled back up to the hospital and had an EEG machine fitted onto Miss P’s head. All the little sensors were glued on securely and she has had to wear it day and night the whole weekend; with us back up on Monday for a slow and lengthy removal process.
The purpose of this EEG is to see whether Miss P is having seizures in her sleep that are waking her up. We had a special diary to fill in each time she woke up (I’m not sure how much sense it made in our sleep deprived state of the early hours!) and a button to press on the recorder to log the specific time she awoke.
All of this plus the continued brain wave recordings have been passed to the special doctor at the hospital who will decode and evaluate the results. In a few weeks time we should then know what the results show and if the Epilepsy is having any effect at night.
In addition to the above the tiny human will also be starting a diet called the Ketogenic diet. It’s extremely low carb and forces your body to get energy from fat reserves instead of from the energy created by eating carbs (fear not she has a lot of high fat foods to keep those reserves up as we are not trying to get her to loose weight).
Your brain processes energy from ketones differently and it is this change in process that us and the doctors are hoping will help reduce her seizure activity.
I may have said a very sad goodbye to the wonders that are bread and pasta but we are going to have as much fun as a person can spiralising all sorts of vegetables instead 😉
So there we have it, a small update on what’s been going on. I hope I’ve not completely bored you all and I promise the usually yarny goodness will return soon.
A little while ago Hobbycraft asked me to design a spring make for them to feature on their blog. After doing a crazy lady happy dance I put my thinking cap on and thought of everything that reminds me of spring; Easter, baby chicks, lambs, bright flowers, blossom, pastel colours, the list was long.
In the end I hopped onto Hobbycraft and took a look at the yarn, to offer some additonal inspiration. I knew I wanted to use Aran weight yarn and at least one side would be corner to corner to add some texture.
As soon as I spotted the WI Home cotton yarn and all the pretty pastel colours I knew thats what I wanted to use. The colours reminded me of a spring bouquet and so I wanted to make something with flowers.
The design evolved naturally and I got rebellious with the back panel picking colours at random for the stripes rather than keeping them in a uniformed format.
I’m a huge fan of reversable pieces as I love how you can change the look of a room and freshen it up by just flipping the cushion/throw etc over.
This design is really simple and only a few basic stitches are needed. Hope over to Hobbycraft here for the free pattern if you fancy making the cushion yourself.
The WI home cotton yarn iteself is gorgeous, it creates beautifully neat textured stitches and is sturdy enough to make a quality feeling cushion cover without being too bulky and heavy. The colour options are all happy sunny shades that are perfect for any spring make you can put your hook to. I am already thinking up my next creation with it!
If you do make the cushion please remember to tag me as I love to see your creations and variations.
All the best things in one cosy blanket. That’s exactly what I was after when I decided to whip up another c2c blanket. A little dash of magic, a sprinkle of rainbows all topped off with a pinch of unicorn!
The colours really do the talking on this blanket and they work perfectly with the simplicity of the unicorn and the neutral white in the centre square.
I’ve used the absolutely gorgeous Paintbox Yarns to make this. The colours are so bold and it is by far the softest acrylic I’ve come across making it ideal for a baby blanket.
I’ve listed this finished blanket in my shop (just click the link in the menu up there 👆🏻) but as usual there is only one available.
The pattern is also listed if you wanted to give this beauty a go yourself. It would be such a fabulous baby shower gift! I bet no one else will be gifting something similar…
Now to finish the next design I’m working on…
Happy New Year! I realise I’m massively late saying this but as usual I’ve been a bit rubbish at keeping to my own set schedule and this post that was originally planned before Christmas also missed the first week of January waggon as well. But nonetheless I hope your 2018 has started fabulously and I’m excited to get sharing with you…
Now it’s obviously not the first time I’ve made something for Miss P but normally I have kept it simple and stuck to the usual winter hats and scarves. I did venture in to the odd cardi as you might remember from this post in the summer but until recently thats been it.
Something pushed me to try something more ambitious and after making this pastel dress I made recently I finally had the confidence to have a go at creating an item from scratch.
I instantly knew it needed to be a vintage stlye pinafore dress and I had been desperate to make something in a lovely mustard shade for months. Its a colour that just sums up Autumn to me and is bold without being too offensive. I used Drops Paris in Mustard and the weight of the yarn was perfect. Its not too heavy but as its cotton it has great stitch definition and stays cool when layered up.
I’ve created the skirt to have a slightly fuller ruffle and subtle ribbing on the waist band.
The back features cross over straps and are finished off with some small brass buttons I found in my stash.
I am so in love with this little dress and thankfully the little lady of the house seems to be equally as impressed. The only thing I cant decide on is to pocket or not to pocket? I’ve dithered over adding one to the top chest piece or two smaller ones on the skirt or leaving it as it is… I just cant decide. Help!
I have written the pattern up for this size so once I’ve manged to adjust it for other sizings I will pop it up on my shop
Phew, its been one hell of a year at Miss B’s HQ and admist all the chaos and making and life in general I tend to loose sight of how far I have come or what I have achieved.
Therefore I’ve decided to take a minute to reflect on all thats happened and put together a little summary of what 2017 has given us…
- 246 orders have gone out the door this year with 145 of them being for pom-poms alone
- 318 individual pom-poms have been made and shipped!
- 16 unicorn hoods in varying sizes and colours have been made
- 9539 views on Etsy (this is a 108% increase on last year!!)
- My first appearance in a magazine for the lovely pastel summer dress
- 1 blanket designed for Love Crochet
- 1 arm knitted blanket marking my first ever knitted make
- 11 new products released
- 15 new patterns released
- 3 successful attempts at making clothing for older children and adults! (I cant wait to make more in 2018 now)
- Started my first crochet classes
So there we have it. Those Pom-Pom’s almost killed me but I must be a glutton for punishment as I have plans to release even more colours in 2018 so keep those peepers peeled.
Crochet classes will be continuing and I will be looking into running one off workshops for particular products throughout the year. If there is something in particular you’ve always wanted to whip up or learn to make then drop me a message and let me know.
More patterns are in the works and I’m excited to share them all with you as soon as they are all finalised and written in a less scribbly haphazard way.
For now however I just wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me in one way or another this year, I could not be more appreciative of it all, big or small it all helps keep me going. Even if its the man folk doing the dishes so I can finish off another order before bed 😉
I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and for tonight have a HAPPY NEW YEAR! See you in 2018…
I’ve been quite restrained this year and kept the handmade gifts to a minimum…for me anyway.
There are a couple of crochet gifts hiding under the tree but other than that I’ve shopped elsewhere, mostly from other small businesses where I can though.
I couldnt resist however turning to my trusty hook for the tiiny humans teacher Christmas gifts. She has 2 teachers who cover her class and also 2 teaching assistants that work with her so 4 gifts meant it could get pretty costly if I wasnt careful.
When I need some inspiration I like to scan through Pinterest. Not specifically looking at crochet, I tend to browse all the categories and just wait for inspiration to strike. While scanning through hoping for something to come to me I spotted the fab reindeer cup cosy by Haakmaarraak, Kirsten really does make the best coy patterns and so I settled on a variation of this cosy for the teacher gifts.
The mugs are some plain white porcelain but they were thinner and taller than the ones from Haakmaarraak so I made my own pattern up. Still keeping it simple with just a rectangle worked in rows and a chain loop to secure over the button.
I had a few changes I wanted to make however, firstly I wanted these to be rudolph cup cosy’s and secondly the nose had to be a small fluffy pom-pom (we all know how I love a pom-pom), so a small red pom was made and attached front and centre. Just a little tip if you’re making pom-pom’s – I use these pom-pom makers as the make the job so much easier!
The other change I made is that I decided against crocheting the antlers, partly in the interest of simplicity and partly time; with 4 to make quickly the less crocheting and sewing the better.I therefore picked up some brown pipe cleaners from HobbyCraft and cut them to length.
I’ve threaded one pipe cleaner through the top stitch and twisted one end around the other to secure, leaving a little end to create the 2 prongs on the antlers.
So simple yet so effective. These little guys look so fun an festive! We’ve chosen to stuff them full of goodies including hot chocolate and christmas themed treats and they are all wrapped up with little cards handwritten by the monkey herself.
Christmas prep is in full swing here.
The decorations went up last weekend and in between the last few orders of 2017 I’ve been trying to get the last few presents, W.I.P’s and decorations finished before the big day.
For months I’ve been putting off one project. I planned it in the summer and the yarn has sat on my shelf ready for it but I just kept pushing it back while I was busy with more important or urgent makes.
A new Christmas wreath!
I had this roving yarn left over from last years giant stocking and it just seemed ideal for making a thick, cosy and luxurious wreath.
Part of the reason I held off was that I needed something to adorn the wreath once it was made and I just couldn’t find the right ribbon or seasonal accessory. That was until a random trip to HobbyCraft where I stumbled across this oversized printed hessian bow. It was too perfect.
I also picked up the wire ring I’ve worked around while in HobbyCraft. I’d originally planned to pick up a polystyrene wreath but they only had small sizes in stock and I’m far to impatient to wait for a delivery so I went hunting for alternatives and ended up getting this copper wreath ring. I’m pretty sure it’s designed for floral wreaths but it did the trick.
Believe it or not the wreath itself is knitted! Hand knitted but still, knitted stitches were involved. It’s a long strip of 3 knitted rows and they are overlapped slightly as they were wrapped around the ring.
This is such a quick and simple design. It took about 30 mins from start to finish, which is my ideal project in the middle of the busiest season of the year.
I love the overall effect and it looks perfect on the front door. Now what’s next on that to do list…