• Saturday , 25 November 2017
A hook, a needle and a pest!

A hook, a needle and a pest!

A huge thank you to all of you who have joined me with the pattern club!  I’m thrilled with the response, thank you all so much.  Don’t forget a week today I’m publishing the 1st new pattern, Bricks.

bricks progress

My first project using the pattern is nearly finished and I’ll showcase it next Sunday when the pattern goes live.

I’ll be counting down the days all this week as after Friday I’m on holiday for a week.  Just bliss…..  Emma (my youngest) is coming up from London next Saturday, and after a weekend all together with the rest of the family in Cumbria just Emma and I will return to Scotland on Monday.

I’m delighted that over the past year or so Emma has started sampling various crafts – mainly cross stich and embroidery.  Hugely inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, we plan to each make at least one garment next week.  I’m just so excited!  As well as making something to wear I’m keen for Emma to try other needlecrafts and I know she’ll love patchwork too, so I’ve been brushing up on my own hand sewing this week.  Aren’t the fabrics above just divine!  I don’t know what to make with my patchwork – does anyone have any ideas?  Something small-ish?

Recently I bought a light box with the hope of improving my photographs here on the site.  Along with a tripod for my camera I think it has made a difference, but I hadn’t banked on Sophie’s interest in this large white box.  While helping with my focus and light diffusion I also now have to take my photos very quietly and quickly before Sophie realises what I’m doing and comes to investigate!

sophie light box

Believe me she can hear a pin drop so it has to be fast snaps here!  I realised this week that she must be about a year old, so she’s been getting the odd treat to celebrate.

Happy Birthday Sophie!  I would sing it to her, but I don’t want to upset her (along with my terrible whistling, my singing makes her hot tail it over to me in alarm to shut me up).

I wish you all a wonderful, crafty week!


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  1. RedSetter
    May 26, 2014 at 1:56 am Reply

    The best crafting is sprinkled with cat hair as a seal of approval. Most of mine need a cat undraped from the table/lap/supplies bag or box frequently. They also only ever do contrast fur for your project. Like you I have a tortie who can donate any colour and a long -ish haired ginger and white who’s hairs could be used for sewing!

    Those bricks look wonderfully textural and cosy.

    • Karen
      May 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm Reply

      ‘Sprinkled with cat hair’ – I just love it! Lovely turn of phrase. Yes, everything I own is sprinkled liberally, but thankfully my lightbox folds down so is usually free from fluff – if I get there quick enough. ♡

  2. Jackie forsythe
    May 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm Reply

    Loving the site and have joined club 🙂 I really like the elephant pattern material, can you recall what it is?

    • Karen
      May 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm Reply

      Hi Jackie, thank you so much for joining the club and welcome! The fabric is Michael Miller Fabrics Little Elephants in lime.
      Karen ♡

  3. Debbie D
    May 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Just now found your site – love it. And I consider the cat hair (and dog!) adding texture to whatever I am crocheting at the time.

    • Karen
      June 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm Reply

      Thank you Debbie 🙂

  4. Margareta
    June 2, 2014 at 5:36 am Reply

    WOW! Karen, I am incredibly impressed. Your site looks amazing. Big congratulations to your new member’s club. Wishing you lots of success!


    • Karen
      June 4, 2014 at 11:46 pm Reply

      Thank you Margareta. Hope everything is going well with you in Sweden and your courses. I’m still following you with interest.
      Best wishes, Karen

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