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My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.

Friday, 24 February 2012

I've got the lead role in a new action film...sort of

 OK, before I tell you the exciting news here is a piccie of my latest project. A lady's lingerie case. The older ladies amongst us will remember Mum or Granny having one of these to stash their undies in when they went travelling. Anyway, I made one for a friend for Christmas and then got this fab material to make some more.

It has 2 internal pockets, so plenty of room and the ribbons provide the fastening.
 And here are some slippers for little girls knitted with a double strand of DK wool. Cute or what. You should see the little ones I've made for newborns. And then there's the ones I've made for us bigger people.

An update for another day is my new found skill of crocheting thanks to the excellent teaching of Jo from JoZarty blog. Although it now means I've found the Black Sheep Wool place.....

So the exciting news.....the new action film.....

Well, I jest....but it got you reading. I've decided given what's going on in my life at the moment that I will write an action film with Angelina Jolie playing the lead (that's me) as she does her own stunts just like me!!!

However, I don't think she makes such a pigs ear of them as me. Pray tell, I hear you ask. Well yesterday, there I was minding my own business, crossing the road when down I go rather spectacularly and after travelling a few feet, well maybe a few inches, along the road I landed on my face. So glasses broken, face bashed, knees cut and bleeding, hands cut and bleeding and shoulder now a nice shade of black I think I have earned the lead role.

On top of that today I have been for a blood test and 2 holiday vaccinations so I now have 2 very sore arms.

Off to cast the rest of the film. Have a good weekend, x

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Another Layette Basket

Phew, this was a more difficult wool to knit with. This time I followed the instructions more closely by using a chunky wool, doubled for the sides. It is beautiful and soft and resembles baby lambs coats but not easy to knit with and I don't think it looks or feels as sturdy as the one I made in pink.

Below is the inside circular pattern. I had to increase the circle in a different way as the yarn was too awkward to create the lace effect of the pink one.

I'm sure once its laden with nappies, talc etc it will be absolutely fine.

It may be a while before I make another.

Hope you're all managing in this cold weather, x

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Knitting to share

Told you I'd be back. This is my first attempt at a circular layette basket. I've made it for the same friend's daughter who's card I've just shared with you. She is expecting her first baby in May, a girl, and I fancied having a go at this. I'm really chuffed with how its turned out especially as I made it in DK rather than the stated chunky.

Below is a close up of the moss stitch

And here is a close up of the pattern created as I've made the circular base. I'm now making another in a chunky knobbly wool for my Step-daughter who is due her second baby next month. I'll share that with you as soon as its finished.

Finally, here is another poncho I made for my neighbour as a gift for her niece.
Hope you like my recent uploads and I'll be back as soon as possible. In the meantime keep safe and warm.

So I've lapsed again.....

Not too bad but I've not got back on here as quick as I'd planned. Anyhow, I hope there's not too many of you stuck in the snow. We've had about 4 inches here but it is showing signs of melting, thank goodness.

At last I've managed to make a few cards although my Mojo was somewhat reluctant. This little cutie above is for a good friend's daughter who just adores pink.

Below are two views of a twisted easel card I've made for one of my good neighbours who has a birthday this week. She is so good at looking after our cats whenever we're away.

That's all for this posting but I'll be back in a minute with some more knitting projects to share with you.