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 I picked up my crochet hook again and have started on my first Granny Square blanket. The main wool came from Rumpelstiltskin at 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.


  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

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

  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

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

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

  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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