Thursday, 23 September 2021

Pupdate

It's amazing to see how much the puppies have grown and developed quite distinct little characters. They are 6 and a half weeks old now, so it's not too long before they will be off to their new homes. They all have names too which adds to their personalities. Let me introduce them to you ...


*** Ruby ***
Favourite thing: playing with my sister Bailey



*** Albert ***
Favourite thing: stealing the big dogs' bones!



*** Bracken ***
Favourite thing: biting human toes



*** Bailey ***
Favourite thing: playing with my sister Ruby



*** Amber ***
Favourite thing: licking humans' feet



*** Dave ***
Favourite thing: making mischief



*** Pippa ***
Favourite thing: having cuddles with humans



They are very friendly and affectionate and I'm sure that all of them will be much loved pets. Flo is relieved that one is not coming to live with me. I've become very fond of them, and quite surprised myself as I've never thought of myself as a dog person at all! I'm pretty sure that Flo would have the upper paw over any new additions to the family though! xxx 

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Billy Bears




A friend of a friend is expecting very precious twin baby boys later this year so I offered to make some little gifts for her. Although I've crocheted a fair few blankets, my experience of toy making - aka amigurumi crochet - is pretty limited. My Stylecraft Blogstar friend Emma Varnam just happens to be a whizz at creating super cute crocheted toys, so I asked her for her recommendations and she suggested that I tried making Billy Bear. She very generously sent me a kit to make them from which was so lovely of her. It was nowhere near as difficult as I'd imagined it would be and I loved how there was so little sewing to be done - the legs get joined as you start the body and you crochet in the tail and arms as you go along too. This makes them nice and secure for little fingers. The only things I had to sew on were the ears and facial features. It's not advisable to use safety eyes for under threes so I stitched the eyes, nose and mouth on at the end. 







I also knitted two little hats to go with the bears using Stylecraft Bambino Prints yarn. I really like how it knits up with the stripes and speckles. The pattern is the Rialto Baby Beanie and it's a free Ravelry download. You can find it here. If you'd like to make your own Billy Bear or try your hand at another of Emma's darling creations, check out her shop. She sells the pdf patterns or you can buy yourself a kit which includes pretty much everything you'll need. Here's a link to her shop. Which animal is your favourite? xxx
 

Friday, 17 September 2021

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I've got another bumper prize for you this week! As my weekly raffles will come to an end in December, I've spent quite a bit of time putting together all the prizes I have left to make up the prizes for the rest of the year, so they are pretty amazing! This week's prize includes a hooking kit which has been donated by Mr and Mrs Rabbit Yarns. Perfect if you'd like to try a new craft. The packaging got a bit battered in the post, but the actual kit itself is fine. Kelly from Lay Family Yarn has donated a set of 10 mini skeins, and Shannon from Blue Fern Yarns has donated two skeins of DK merino, cashmere and nylon yarn and a set of merino and nylon mini skeins, all gorgeous shades of blue. Annette, an Instagram friend, has donated three balls of Scheepjes Metropolis yarn which is 75% extra fine merino and 25% nylon. Emma from Seren Yarn has donated a super-soft and slouchy hat, there is a ball of Adriafil sock yarn donated by Karen, a zipped pouch and sheep pin badge donated by Yarndale, a sticker and some stitch markers! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated a prize. 












I'm sure that you know the score by now, but I'll tell you how to enter anyway! You have a chance to win all these gorgeous prizes for a minimum donation of £2! Are you tempted to try your luck? Here's everything you need to know. This giveaway will run this coming Sunday 19th September, closing at 23:55. To enter, go to my JustGiving page here and buy your virtual raffle tickets by donating £2 or more. £2 gets you 2 tickets, £3 gets you 3 tickets, £5 gets you 5 tickets and so on. The more you donate, the greater your chance of winning. You will need to leave your Instagram or Ravelry name, or tick the box to share your email address with me when you make your donation, so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This is really important as I have no way of knowing who you are otherwise. Each week, I still get donations where no name or email is left, so if that person's number comes up in the random number generator, I have no idea who it is! All your donations go the Myositis UK to help fund research into this incurable muscle disease, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. Every single donation is important. Although I've passed my target, let's see how much more we can raise by the end of 2021. Thank you and stay safe! xxx

 

Friday, 10 September 2021

Fibre 4 Fibres Giveaway preview 74

 After the thrill of hitting my target last week, I've put together another super prize bundle for you. Emma Ball has very generously donated some wonderful prizes again, some of which you can see in the photo below. This week's prize includes a gorgeous sheep oilskin bag; it's got lots of pockets on the outside and a knitting print fabric lining. As well as this, Emma has given a set of colour cards for your knitting, a sheep needle gauge, some sheep stitch markers in a cute sheep tin and 5 skeins of Shilasdair luxury DK yarn. Mandy from Olach Designs (Ravelry link) has donated a copy of her Smooriken Beanie pattern and the Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift yarn to knit it, along with a skein of her own hand dyed sock yarn. Lucy Locket Land has donated a blank greetings card with an autumnal print, and there is a set of miniskeins which have been donated anonymously, and a lavender sachet donated by Melinda. Thank you so much to everyone for your generous donations.












I'm sure that you know the score by now, but I'll tell you how to enter anyway! You have a chance to win all these gorgeous prizes for a minimum donation of £2! Are you tempted to try your luck? Here's everything you need to know. This giveaway will run this coming Sunday 12th September, closing at 23:55. To enter, go to my JustGiving page here and buy your virtual raffle tickets by donating £2 or more. £2 gets you 2 tickets, £3 gets you 3 tickets, £5 gets you 5 tickets and so on. The more you donate, the greater your chance of winning. You will need to leave your Instagram or Ravelry name, or tick the box to share your email address with me when you make your donation, so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This is really important as I have no way of knowing who you are otherwise. Each week, I still get donations where no name or email is left, so if that person's number comes up in the random number generator, I have no idea who it is! All your donations go the Myositis UK to help fund research into this incurable muscle disease, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. Every single donation is important. Last week saw the total pass the target of £20,000. Just amazing! Let's see how much more we can raise by the end of 2021. Thank you and stay safe! xxx

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Fibre 4 Fibres update



We did it! On Sunday, my fundraising passed my target of £20,000! I can’t believe it! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated a prize, donated by buying virtual raffle tickets or just shared my fundraising raffles. I couldn’t have done it without you. I am planning to continue with the weekly raffles until the end of the year, as if you take a look at the photo below, I still have lots of wonderful prizes to give away. I am not going to be increasing my target again, but let’s see how much we can smash it by! Thank you so, so much for supporting my fundraising 💗😘😊 xxx




 

Friday, 3 September 2021

Fibre4 Fibres Giveaway preview 73

This week's prize is a bumper one! The prize includes a copy of 'Knitting - Learn it. Love it.' which has been donated by Search Press. This really is a great book, not just for beginners as there are lots of skills covered in the book with some lovely patterns too. To go with this there are lots of different yarns to try out. Shannon from Blue Fern Yarns has donated two skeins of the softest, squishiest skeins of chunky yarn - I especially like the purple with flecks of grey in it. There is a set of DK mini skeins in rich jewel tones donated by Botanical Yarn. Jane Crowfoot has donated a couple of balls of Stylecraft yarn - a ball of the Head over Heels 4ply yarn and a ball of super chunky Swift Knit. Emma from Seren Yarns has donated two skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners Fleece yarn in a vibrant purple, and an Instagram friend Seeta has donated a silky smooth skein of Paper Stories yarn which is a mixture of merino and tencel. There's also a pattern leaflet to guide you through knitting your first pair of socks (should you need it!), a pair of Knit Pro Zing 4mm knitting needles, a fun pin badge and a set of stitch markers. Thank you to everyone who has donated a prize.












I'm sure that you know the score by now, but I'll tell you how to enter anyway! You have a chance to win all these gorgeous prizes for a minimum donation of £2! Are you tempted to try your luck? Here's everything you need to know. This giveaway will run this coming Sunday 5th September, closing at 23:55. To enter, go to my JustGiving page here and buy your virtual raffle tickets by donating £2 or more. £2 gets you 2 tickets, £3 gets you 3 tickets, £5 gets you 5 tickets and so on. The more you donate, the greater your chance of winning. You will need to leave your Instagram or Ravelry name, or tick the box to share your email address with me when you make your donation, so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This is really important as I have no way of knowing who you are otherwise. Each week, I still get donations where no name or email is left, so if that person's number comes up in the random number generator, I have no idea who it is! All your donations go the Myositis UK to help fund research into this incurable muscle disease, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. Every single donation is important. I have my fingers crossed that this week, the total will reach £20,000! Thank you and stay safe! xxx

 

Friday, 27 August 2021

Fibre 4 Fibres Giveaway preview 72


This week's prize is a riot of colour! The prize includes a vibrant floral print project bag which has been made and donated by my Instagram friend Steph, three skeins of Colinette Jitterbug yarn which have been donated by my good friend Snoopydog, a set of DK rainbow miniskeins which have been donated by Shannon at Blue Fern Yarns, a Stripey Cat Yarns sock set which has been donated by another Instagram friend Cynthia, a set of 2.5mm double pointed needles, a zipped notions pouch and some stitch markers. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated a prize.









I'm sure that you know the score by now, but I'll tell you how to enter anyway! You have a chance to win all these gorgeous prizes for a minimum donation of £2! Are you tempted to try your luck? Here's everything you need to know. This giveaway will run this coming Sunday 29th August, closing at 23:55. To enter, go to my JustGiving page here and buy your virtual raffle tickets by donating £2 or more. £2 gets you 2 tickets, £3 gets you 3 tickets, £5 gets you 5 tickets and so on. The more you donate, the greater your chance of winning. You will need to leave your Instagram or Ravelry name, or tick the box to share your email address with me when you make your donation, so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This is really important as I have no way of knowing who you are otherwise. Each week, I still get donations where no name or email is left, so if that person's number comes up in the random number generator, I have no idea who it is! All your donations go the Myositis UK to help fund research into this incurable muscle disease, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. Every single donation is important. With all your donations and the proceeds of my latest knitting pattern sales, the total raised is now nearly £19,600! Thank you and stay safe! xxx