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Happy Easter!

29 Mar

So last night I finished my Easter Wreath just in time for the bank holiday weekend! I have been working on/ procrastinating on it it for a few weeks. I have been wanting to make one ever since seeing the wonderful Lucy’s many wreaths on Attic 24. Hers is of course a work of pure brilliance, and mine fails miserably in comparison, but still I am rather pleased with the outcome and it cheers up the dreary corridor no end! It isn’t as busy with flowers and pompoms as I would like, but surprise surprise! I ran out of time! But it is something I can continue to add to every year until it is perfect, and seeing as it took me so bloomin’ long to complete it is staying up throughout the entire summer period!

Please try to ignore the beautiful artex walls!

Please try to ignore the beautiful Artex walls!

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So here’s to a happy Easter to you all. I hope you all have a lovely long (hopefully warm!) bank holiday weekend and enjoy lots of chocolate and hot cross buns 🙂 x

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

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Crochet Ripple Blanket

15 Mar

One of my friends at work is having her first baby and I knew instantly I wanted to make her a crochet blanket.As much as I LOVE granny squares I have been looking for a new challenge to get my teeth into and the ripple stitch seemed like the perfect fit. The amazingly talented Lucy from Attic 24 has a wonderful step by step tutorial to follow so I got cracking with a test piece. Pleased with the results, it was time to move onto the real thing! eep! I chose nice and cheap, but equally lovely StyleCraft DK wool in gorgeous ice cream colours.

Here’s a picture of the work in progress back in Devon when we stayed with Andy’s Parents. It was the perfect way to spend an evening; curled up under a blanket with the open fire after a long walk with Monty.

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Now here’s the finished blanket  What do you think?! I’m really pleased with it. The colours work so well together and the ripple stitch is just so lovely and subtle.

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I love the rippled edging too 🙂

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Next time I do one of these I’m going to try and make my stitches a little tighter, but apart from that for my firs ever attempt I am chuffed to bits! I just hope mum and baby to be love it as much as I do 🙂

Spring Time Tea Cosy

15 Feb

Ok, I know it’s not quite Spring yet, but I thought I’d welcome it early!

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love a good old cup of tea. I come from a tea chain drinking family; your cup barely touches the coaster before another is made! For this reason I brought myself a lovely spotty, red teapot a while ago and I have been dying to make it a cosy but other crafty projects just kept on getting in the way! I have recently started attending a knitting group on a Tuesday night held at ‘Like a Teatray in the Sky‘ (which my work is now stocked in too! Yays!)which was the perfect time to get cracking on a cosy.

I chose a VERY simple pattern of K2 P2 ribbing stitch and created two identical sides which then drawstring at the top, then you simple sew up the edges leaving gaps for the spout and handle. Voilà!

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The giant flowers I crocheted and sewed on top. I love it! So bright and colourful, just in time to say goodbye to long dark nights and hello to spring sunshine, daffodils and cute baby animals!

Welcome to the world!

8 Aug

Today I became an aunty for the second time. Congratulations to Andy’s brother Nick and his fiancée Penny!

Today baby James John Liam Wickham came into the world. To help welcome him I crocheted a cute little baby blue blanket. Lets hope he likes!

I started off by making several small granny squares, varying the colour pattern slightly on each one.

I then had the fun of picking the order to sew them together in (my favourite bit!) and away I went.

I decided to simply slip stitch the squares together using a crochet hook. This gives a very obvious ridged seam which I really like. I know there are neater less prominent ways of fixing them together, but I quite like the way it makes a feature of the back of the blanket.

I’m pleased with the finished blanket, I just hope that baby James is too x

 

Happy Holidays

6 Jul

So I’m sat here with leggings, a cosy jumper and bed socks drinking tea and watching yet more rain pour down outside, and you know what? I don’t care because tomorrow I’m off to sunny Malta for 10 lovely long days! Bring it on! It’s been a tough few months with job changes and trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing with my life (I still don’t know by the way!) so this feels like a well earned break. Cannot wait to spend some quality time with my lovely husband. I’m gonna miss my giant puppy and June-bug bunny something rotten though!

Alas I have my suncream packed, my copy of  Mollie Makes to read on the beach(which shows you how to make friendship bracelets! I’d completely forgotton how do do this so am very excited to have a go!)

 

I have also packed some DK wool with mohair and crochet hooks to keep me occupied when I’m not too busy drinking these:

 

Lets see how much i get done?!

Anywho, I best carry on packing and trying to make it look much less than it actually is! Happy holidays people, hope you have a good couple of weeks xxx

 

 

 

Flo & Stan Home Boutique

19 May

Flo & Stan Home Boutique is a beautiful store located on Albert Road in Southsea, it sells vintage, hand made and quirky kitsch goodness. I have always enjoyed browsing at their beautiful wares and oggiling at their window displays. A couple of weeks ago I emailed them to see if they would be interested in stocking any of my Humbug creations ( you never know if you don’t ask!) and happily they have agreed to stock a few of my crocheted granny square blankets! I am very excited to have the opportunity to sell in such a wonderful location!

I immediately set off in the direction of Anne Louise Wool Shop in Copnor to find some wonderful wool to start my crocheted creations! Here are the colours I have chosen to get me started. I can’t wait to get my hooks out!

To celebrate me and hubby went to the pub (we don’t need much of an excuse!) played a few games of pool and then headed to one of the many junk shops on Fawcett Road where I discovered this beautiful vintage curtain hiding in a bin liner. And for one pound I simply had to have it!

So all in all it’s been a rather magical day! Now its time to chill with puppy….oh and the husband!xxx

Baby Blues

30 Apr

Here is my latest crocheted creation. Asked to create a ‘blue baby blanket’ for a friend, I set about creating this double knit beauty.

Made with two different shades of blue and a simple white double knit wool makes this blanket super cosy for baby! Lets hope he likes!

I love making these blankets so if you or anyone you know is expecting a little bundle of joy why not drop me a line and I would be happy to create something just for you!

Humbugbuttonbeetle@hotmail.co.uk

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