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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, 17 January 2014

I've made it back for a second week...

I know, shock horror, I've made it back for a second week. Well what can I say....let's hope it lasts.
I'm sure everyone would advise you that when embarking on a new hobby you should start at the beginning and learn the basics. Well that's what I intended.....by making a cover for my grand-daughter's new Nabi....
Yep. I bought the book 'Sewing for Dummies' and diligently read the introductory chapters and knew that I wanted to give this a serious chance of succeeding (the hobby that is). But, I also knew that I had two projects I desperately needed to do.

 I'm quite pleased with my first effort. I followed a rough pattern for a laptop/iPad cover, adjusting the measurements. However, then I realised it needed a gusset, which was not in this pattern, so I had to put my thinking cap on. So then the felt and wadding lining I had already cut, and wasn't prepared to waste, was too small.
 After several bouts of de-stitching (is that a word?) I had my finished article. The felt and wadding lining is in place on the front and back, just not all the way round. Next time I'll make the lining first and then cut the outer cover to fit.
BTW, do you like the cupcake material? Isn't it cute.
Next stop, the bread machine. For those of you who have followed my blogs in the past you will know I like to make bread. So much so that it is not feasible to keep the machine in a cupboard, but it was taking up much valuable space on the kitchen worktop. So I decided to move it into the utility. One very fluffy problem.....Simba!
We have 2 cats, and they sleep at night in the utility. Benny is smooth coated but Simba, well during the winter he becomes even more fluffy and grows a mane that would do any lion proud.

Being a bit OCD I was 'stressing' about cat hairs and hygiene.....so decided a cover was needed asap for my machine.

I've had this material for years. Can't even remember what I had bought it for, but thought 'that will do'.
Again I found a pattern which I was able to adapt. It even gave the formula to work out how you calculated the amount of fabric to cut.
Note to self......should have read that before I made the Nabi cover, lol.
The only problem was I couldn't understand the instructions. So armed with pins and material I hot footed it up the hallway to the utility and pinned it around the machine.
Chuffed to bits.

Just to prove the other needles haven't been idle.
You may remember I showed you, about a year ago, a purple cardi I had made for our English grand-daughter (Little Lady). Well I immediately set to making another in a larger size in pink......
Then Mr Mojo went AWOL.....
Finally in about October I decided to finish it but by now Little Lady had grown (isn't it so annoying when they do that, lol), so it became a Christmas present for #1 Scottish Grand-daughter.

 Last, but by no means least, a couple of ear warmers in a new colour yarn I picked up in the Abakhan shop.
 These are in my Folksy shop along with other colours I've been knitting.
I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog and fingers crossed I'll be back very soon, x


  1. Hello, you! Lovely to read about your latest creative adventures and great to see your still just as active, albeit in another direction. Look forward to reading more soon AND to seeing you in the not too distant future. Cath xxx

  2. So glad to having you blogging regularly again:) love the two covers and the er warmers are very cute


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