Knitting and news! 

First a quick knitting update. The Karise shawl is coming along slowly but surely. I’ve now got to the lace part so I can only do it when there’s no-one else about to distract me! Even Tilly seems to do her fair share of distracting! I’m using my Valley Hues colourway. 


I also have plans for a find your fade shawl. All the gorgeous colour combos floating about social media have just been too inspiring. So the dye pots have been out and there’s been lots of color play today! 


Thanks to all of you who have been so kindly asking about Abi. She is finally back to her old self after over four months  being ill. She just couldn’t shake her last sore throat. It would get a little better, then she’d have a busy day at work and it would come back with a vengeance. So I decided to get some Manuka honey. I chose an 18+ which was less than half price at £23.99 down from £50 for a 500g jar! But it did the trick, within twelve hours (3 teaspoons a day) it was nearly gone and in another twenty four hours it was completely clear. She left it off after a couple more days but it started to come back so another few days of the honey and it did the trick! 

For those of you that may not be familiar with Manuka honey, it’s honey made from the pollen of the Manuka bush in New Zealand and it has unique healing properties. It’s now used a lot in dressings for infected wounds, leg ulcers etc. I used to use a Manuka honey cream for josh’s eczema and where steroid creams had failed the Manuka cream healed it in days. 

So now for the news, it’s Abi’s news actually. She’s just started a three month trial as the activities coordinator at work. She’s on a three month trial as they still have concerns about her health but if she doesn’t slip back healthwise then the job should be hers. 

She had been doing a few shifts when she was phasing back into work but then the activities girl got the sack, which was tough for her but she did very little with the old folks and she had been warned. So that made an opening for Abi. She’s bursting with ideas and loving every minute of it! 

I’ve finally had the destash I’d been taking about for months and sent her to work with two sacks of fabric and yarn and a bag and box of papercraft and card making bits! 

I’m sorry this is a bit of a photo scarce post but i just keep forgetting to take pics😬. So I’ll leave you with a picture of this great birthday card I had.


Well, I hope you all have a lovely and creative weekend! 

Sharon xx

Tilly Update

I thought I’d pop by with a little update on how life with a puppy is looking! 


I don’t agree with having a puppy as being  worse than having a baby, it’s a lot more like having a mischievous toddler! 

She’s a lot more settled now and will spend most of the day either sleeping (in the oddest positions) if I’m in one place, or following me about if I’m busy! 


She joins us for an after school snack, while Josh tells me about his day at school.


She loves shoes, I think most puppies do, I wonder why? Any ideas? We’ve finally given her an old shoe of her own and she’s mostly satisfied with that unless she’s in a really naughty mood! ​​If she gets something she shouldn’t have she will run and hide with it. 

Toilet training is going great as long as the weather is dry, unfortunately, Madam doesn’t like getting wet so on wet days I’m extremely thankful for this! 

She’s growing fast too and I won’t be able to carry her in one arm for much longer!


Other training had been going well as she loves learning and loves her treats!  We have a problem if I go with Josh on walks with her though. She will spend the whole time whining and barking to come up on my lap and if I finally give in I get a lot of whimpering as though she’s telling me how awful I am not letting her ride with me. 


We get same if she sees other dogs although that is slowly improving! Here she is after a walk where the grass was wet, I  didn’t let her ride on my scooter and a big dog sniffed her! 


We are just so happy to have added this little bundle of love to our family.

Wishing you all a great and creative week! 

Sharon xx

Good to be Back! 

Hi everyone, so good to be back after my mini summer blogging break. My aim is to hop on here at least once a week but we’ll see how that goes as our little addition,


 good as she is, (most if the time) seems to have made life a whole lot busier. I’ll try and give you more of an update on Tilly soon for those of you that are interested? 

We had a fantastic time while Hubby was off work for two weeks. The weather was amazing. The first week was a working holiday and Hubby certainly worked hard! 

We used to have a wedge shaped piece of land between the house and the garage. At the from its the width out a doorway but at the back is quite a bit wider so Hubby built a shed to fill in the gap! 


As you can see it’s not quite finished. A little more work on the roof, another coat of paint and some glass for the window needed yet!  And the best thing is that all the wood you can see, including the door didn’t cost us a penny! 

Between bits leftover from jobs and wood with slight defects that the local shed company leave out for people to help themselves to, we have managed to do this at a very low cost. 


Inside is a bit junky at the moment but you can see the basic layout. The tall brown cupboard on the right will go and there’ll be a butler sink there. The door on the left is where Hubby knocked through to the garage. Wellies and old coats will come out here. We have an extra fridge and freezer out here too and eventually the washing machine will be here too and I’ll have a dishwasher indoors. To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m quite happy washing up by hand and I like the convenience of having the washing machine indoors but we’ll see, I’m sure I’ll love it once I get used to it!

 Reading that back makes me sound old and stuck in my ways, oops. It must be being the wrong side  of forty. I must admit though that change does bother me a bit more than it used to but I’m determined not to get like that as I get older. 


I have a little Tilly who just whined to come up on my lap as they’re drilling next door and she’s a little wimp when it comes to noises! 

So, what did Josh do during this week? He helped Hubby at times, played with Tilly quite a bit and played in the pool. Yes we, well Josh really, has a small pool in the garden. He worked with his cousin, helping him with some gardening for a day and a half and earned himself enough money to buy a 12′ diameter pool. We have had so much use out of it and had lots of friends round to see Tilly and have a dip! 


Abhi was working as she’d already had a holiday with her boyfriend’s family but working shifts she was able to be with us some of the time. 

Well I’ve rambled rather so I’ll leave our second  week and tell you about that another time. 

I hope you’re all doing well and have a lovely and creative week.

Sharon xx

A quick Hello. 

Hi folks. Just stopping by for a quick chat. I was hoping to keep up on here this week but Hubby is off busy building a ‘shed’ to fill in the gap between our house and the garage and there just hadn’t been time. 

He’s also had a little helper!!  

 He’s also off next we and we how to have some days out, so I’m hoping that I’ll be back properly come September. Until then, Happy Crafting!! 

Sharon xx

Enjoying the Summer and Tilly! 

We’re a week and a half into puppy ownership and already Tilly feels like part of the family.  Some say it’s like having another baby or worse. So how has she changed our lives?  

Nights – After some whining the first 4 nights she now sleeps through,  or at least,  we don’t hear anything from her until we go down in the morning when we are greeted by a wriggling, licking,  bundle of excitement.  I have never had such an enthusiastic morning greeting in my life as the ones Tilly gives.  

Creativity – For the first few days creativity was zero as we adjusted to the little hurricane that had entered our lives. She naps a lot but that time was spent catching up as we felt we had to be near her every waking moment to prevent accidents and destruction.  Then out came the box of ribbons and cord to create a ‘chewy, taggy’ blanket. Tilly has learnt very quickly what no means but that doesn’t stop sneaky attacks on clothes, shoes, furniture etc, especially when she first wakes up from a nap and is in an extremely playful and energetic mood. 

Thankfully 10 minutes of play soon calms her down and she’s happy to potter about.  The blanket was made by sew ribbons and cord between 2 layers of fleece fabric.  All 4 sides were quadruple stitched. 

After a few days I got my crochet out when she was in a quiet mood and surprisingly she ignored my yarn and I’ve been able to do short bursts of crochet on my cardigan, usually done with a sleepy observer and slight handicap. 

Play – Play involves Tilly tearing about after balls, attacking teddy,

 tug of war with sock toys we’ve also made for her to chew and attacking her squeaky toy by pouncing on it, growling and barking before backing away again to prepare for the next attack.  This is the only thing that makes her bark and she’s really not sure whether it’s friend or foe.


Socialising – Going out has been limited to 2 hours at a time so Tilly’s not left alone too long.  Mostly we have stayed in but we haven’t been lovely as so many people want to come and see Tilly, especially those with children.  This has been great as Josh has had plenty of other children to play with as well as Tilly having the opportunity to get used to up to 9 children at a time! 

Chill out – Thankfully,  like babies,  Tilly does sleep a lot and this is my opportunity to get on with jobs with Tilly under my feet and Josh’s opportunity to relax and read or for a bit of screen time, often with Tilly cuddled up on his lap. 

She loves sleeping in the most uncomfortable looking positions!  

Training – Training is generally proving a lot easier than anticipated.  Tilly learnt to sit and come within a couple of days. She also goes to the towel by the back door and ‘wipes’ her feet, scrabbling with her feet on the towel after coming in from outside. This one has continued since a very rainy day, when we found out that she hates getting wet!  She is also learning lie down, fetch and drop (usually someone’s shoe laces Or some other non toy she’s found lying about). 

She also knows now that she mustn’t scrabble our legs to be picked up but to sit by us. If we don’t notice we now get a little pat on the leg with a little paw and beseeching brown puppy eyes looking up at us.  

House training has been similar to having a toddler but easier.  Anticipate when she needs to go outside and go out with her until she’s fine what needs doing!  She’ll mostly whine or scratch at the door for bigger jobs but puddles are a bit more hit and miss. Thankfully it’s mostly a case of when she wakes up and after meals and with the gorgeous weather we’ve been able to be outside with her a lot of the time anyway.  At first she wouldn’t go out alone but now she will potter in and out and doesn’t have to be under our feet all the time.  We do just have to keep an eye on the Herring Gulls that are nesting nearby in case they decided she’s a threat and come down to attack. They’re quite vocal so we usually have plenty of warning when they’re about and mostly they come to the neighbours who feeds them and not into our garden.  

Lead training is a different matter.  We struggled to find a collar or harness small enough.  We finally found one in Poundland but it doesn’t stay on the tighter setting and she manages to get it with her mouth and keep worrying it. We also have to sneak out on while she’s sleeping! We’re hoping that over the next week she’ll grow enough for her to fit into a better one and we can accustom her to it before she starts to go out for walks after her next injections. 

That’s about it I think on the dog front (congrats if you’ve stuck around through all that waffle,  you can breathe a such of relief now!!)  

So the verdict on having a puppy.  Easier than I thought but still time consuming.  Only like having a baby in the sense that she naps a lot,  when she’s awake is more like having a potty training toddler with a slightly mischievous streak. Fun and great company already.  In Josh’s words, hard work but fun and like having a friend round all the time.  

Hubby has the coming two weeks off work. He’s hoping to get some jobs done around the house and then once Tilly can go out we’ll hopefully get some time out and about too. I’ll try and pop by with some pictures at least.  

Enjoy the rest of your week and Happy Crafting.

Sharon xx

Introducing Tilly!!

  • Just popping by to share some pics of the new girl in the family 🙂 Tilly,  a little cavalier king Charles spaniel. (photos by Abi)

 She is mainly Josh’s dog and is his responsibility. 

She’sbeen so good so far,  even whining at the door when she needs to go out.  

You may well be seeing quite a bit more of her. 

Some WIP’s Finished!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in a nice creative way.  I told myself that I couldn’t start anything new until my spinning, slippers and shawl were finished, this included not being able to start the kids stocking presents for this month so now I have really got to get busy!  I love starting new projects so this really spurred me on to get a few things off of my wips list.

Did I start anything new in that time?  Well yes I did actually, probably no surprise there but they were all things that couldn’t wait. Firstly this hat for Abi that she wanted to wear to a funeral (sadly two dear Elderly friends/relatives passed away, we have the other funeral tomorrow).

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I have already used this pattern from chic crochet twice to make a cream and a white version.  The pattern is fairly easy but really effective.

Previously I have used a wool mix but being summer I decided to use cotton this time and I am glad I did.  It feels lovely, the pattern show a lot better with the cotton and it is also less stretchy, the others have had to be washed to get them back to size!

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Another project I started I will tell you more about soon but it couldn’t wait because it involved flowers.

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The last extra make was another gift for my Sister’s birthday, a peg bag.  She wanted it to be similar to the design of her old one, below.

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Firstly I bought some wooden child hangers as I wanted it to be sturdy (a lot of washing comes with having 9 kids!!).  I drew around this to shape the top and added four inches to the bottom of the bag so that I could bag out the corners to give it a wider base.  I used a saucer to mark out the hole.

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I used some very strong fabric for the lining, and a brown for the outside so hopefully it won’t show the dirt  (both from stash).

I wanted it to be pretty as well as useful because with such a busy household practicality always comes first.  so some little flowers and a bird were hand appliqued on.

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I just drew these out roughly and used bond-a-web to hold them in place before hand stitching them on with a blanket stitch. I also added french knots to the centre of the of the flowers for a bit of texture.

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I used Abi’s new machine to add some pretty stitching to the edges of the hole.

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She seemed really pleased with it and I am hoping it will last for many years.

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So, now onto the finished items from my wips list!  Firstly my two latest yarns that I spun have been plyed together and I really love the effect of mixing the four colours.

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I now have 300 metres of a dk yarn.  I am thinking of crocheting a shrug, what do you think, are there any patterns you can suggest?

I have also finished my slippers and they are lovely to wear.

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I used this pattern from Ravelry with the Hobbycraft Womens Institute soft and silky and soft and cuddly yarn.  It is so soft against your skin and lovely to wear.  By far the softest acrylic yarn I have ever found.

I decided to add a slightly different border around the ankle to finish them off.

So how did the knitting go?  I am actually beginning to enjoy knitting!  I am so glad that I stuck it out with the budgies. I still need to work with my tension as one slipper is slightly larger than the other, but they do fit!  I can’t see it ever taking the place of crochet in my crafting life but there is definitely a little place for simple patterns and maybe even one day a pair of socks!  Yes, I still have that little bit of me that longs to knit a pair of socks 🙂  So many of you knit such gorgeous socks and you keep inspiring me to keep working on the knitting until I get there.

And my shawl?  I love it, really love it.

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(Abi kindly modeled it for me 🙂

I used Sandra’s (from Cherry Heart blog) new pattern , Feeling Dotty.  It needed quite a bit of concentration at first but once I got into the swing of it, it was a pleasure to work up.  I used Drops lace in light brown yarn and it is a beautiful blend of baby alpaca and silk.  I have never used lace weight before so it felt a bit strange but I soon got used to it and really enjoyed it.  I am so pleased with the result!

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I’m not a fan of doing the same pattern over and over but there will hopefully be at lest one more made as Abi would like one.  There may also be a couple more made for my nieces.  I still have just over half of that ball of yarn left plus four others that I bought in the sale earlier in the year for just £5 for 100g so there will be more working with lace in the future all being well.

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I was amazed at how the blocking opened it up, it made a huge difference.(Before and during blocking).

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I had already worn it a couple of times before taking the main photos but it is still nice and open.  Thanks Sandra for such a gorgeous pattern.

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Aside from all the creativity we also looked after this little fellow for Abi’s friend for three days over the weekend.  The colours in his coat are amazing, I struggled to capture them on camera but there is a colour scheme in there somewhere!

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He liked to jump up onto the windowsill and peep out,

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and was also a bit of a scrounger when it came to lunch time.

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He would pat my leg to attract my attention!  He also curled up with me when I laid down for a rest on the sofa.  Such a sweetie!!

Abi and I have just finished baking four batches of our favourite cookies for the funeral tomorrow so I shall try and share the recipe soon!!

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

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