Sunday, 22 February 2009



It has been a lovely day in Dorset, must nearly be spring! Gathering a few images to see if I can get to grips with this blog lark. I read many, enjoy loads and often think how it is sort of a diary that the author can look back on. Often I am made sad by the happy families (I know that must sound daft) that the blogs talk about, filled with a sense of failure. But onwards and upwards it is just me and my children in my little Poppy Cottage and today, I think, is the start of a positive phase of my life.

So I shall start my blog full of anticipation for the buzz I think something little like my very own blog will bring me.

I had a challenge, a friends Mum wanted a tea cosy for her 80th Birthday. Now I have patterns for loads of knitted ones, some for patch work ones. This one needed to fit a tea pot I didn't really know the size for. She is also a pro knitter (used to own a wool shop!!) so I didn't think my first attempt at a knitted one wouldn't be up to scratch (my standard, not hers). So I had a jumper that I have felted to turn into a bag - one day (My mum loves this new term felted - she just calls them mistakes that you hide!!) . So I cut off the sleeves and set to work. I am very proud of how it turned out.


After finding http://www.attic24.typepad.com/ I picked up my crochet hook again and have started on my first Granny Square blanket. The main wool came from Rumpelstiltskin at http://www.broadwindsor-crafts.co.uk/. It was payment for putting together and adding photos

to Tania's Newsletter and Workshop programme. And I have got the other co ordination colours from various wool shops. I have been watching Youtube to see how to join the squares, Marmalade helped me on this one before I up-picked it and started again.




Back when I was growing up our neighbour would crochet for hours and I remember she would try and teach me, I thought I was too young and would half listen, have a go. Now I look back and can't believe that I used to have this fountain of knowledge wanting to share it with me at my finger tips. Even up until a year ago when my Mum asked if I wanted the last of Mrs Plums blanket I said no. Thank fully my Mum never got around to taking it to the Charity shop. So now I am the very proud owner of a very special blanket. Thank you Lucy for inspiring me to pick it up again.








6 comments:

  1. Hello, welcome to blogland. I'm new to blogging too, and still finding my way. Your tea cosy is cute, I like blue and pink together. your mums friend will love it. Looking forward to seeing and reading all about you.
    Bertie x

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  2. Thank you. I have a head so full of ideas I am sure I shall be inspired to make them now.

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  3. Hello there,
    How lovely to be in touch with someone lucky enough to actually LIVE in Bridport, our beloved Bridport! I see you dream of owning a wool shop and it never ceases to amaze me that Bridport doesn't have a decent haberdashery/fabric/yarn/crafts shop (now I wouldn't mind settig up one of those either!) At least I don't know of one there...
    Love your tea cosy. Well done you. I tried the felting thing a while back. Still haven't used the resulting felt but the washer clogged up with fluffy stuff several times!
    Hen x

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  4. hello you!
    Welcome to Bloglove!
    As you say, if nothing else it's a diary.....at best I think you make new friends and find lovely things to make!
    x

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  5. Boy!! Do you and I need to fill our heads with MORE things we want to make!! Correction - are GOING to make!

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  6. I think that tea cosy is stunning - I keep wanting to try felting, and that's really inspiring. Crochet is so much fun - hope you're getting on with it okay.
    And welcome to blogland - it's a great place! x

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