Sunday, 28 December 2014

Merry and Bright....


Happy Holidays
and best wishes for a wonderful
   2015  

My workroom has been twinkling brightly over recent days 
and today I'm looking forward to some relaxing time 
sitting right there by the tree with my knitting needles
...Oh yes...and with a cup of good cheer too... x

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...but first... 
I must show you my Xmas card from the
which I look forward to receiving every year
from a lovely customer and her own beautiful retired
greyhounds Millie and Tom who I know bring so much joy x


It's becoming a little tradition here 
to add my link over the festive season
(and you can find more about the Trust's wonderful work here)

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(Ashley's Yule Log from one of Nigella's books was delicious... :-) )

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...and I'll be back in the New Year
to share lots of new projects...
...thank you to everyone for your cards and kind messages...
and for visiting my corner of Blogland through 2014 x

...until then....take care...

...enjoy the magic...


❇ ❇ x





Saturday, 20 December 2014

Chrystal...


'Chrystal'
A TEAROOM Doll 
...made from beautiful Shetland Wool...
creating a well - structured doll with flexible limbs
My yarn swift has been a good friend this week...
...winding skeins for Chrystal's'doll hair' to add to her kits...
(found to be very relaxing and comes highly recommended :-) )
...warm and rich, coppery shades...
 and I love the texture it's created for Chrystal's hair..
...now a  few important notes about
'Chrystal'...
1. Chrystal is the 'in the round' version of the original
'DOLLS from the TEAROOM' knitting pattern
2. Although the pattern uses only basic knitting stitches
experience of knitting 'in the round' is required 
to work from the pattern.
2. She requires very little sewing as she is created using
double - pointed needles and small circular needles (optional)
...with only a handful of small openings 
to close which are required for stuffing
...and her complete 'body length' is seamless...

3. Her Winter Pinafore and Tassel Hat require no sewing

4. For anyone who has the original 
DOLLS from the TEAROOM 
knitting pattern which is worked 'flat and seamed' 
Chrystal can be created using these new yarn 
shades and working from the plain knit sections for
each of the dolls in the original pattern...
(she will magically turn out to be the same doll :-) )
5.'Chrystal' Doll Kits will be available on 
the 'Doll Kits' page after Christmas week

Thank you  ...
to everyone who has purchased 
'TEAROOM Doll' Kits recently either online or at the 
'Knitting and Stitching' Shows
and for your lovely feedback which has made me feel that 
there should definitely be more kits available in the future
(they have travelled to all corners of the globe!)
I've had major problems with my computer recently
and actually don't even have my own at the moment 
which did set me back in completing this pattern 
...but...
I'm very happy with Chrystal and hope everyone who purchases her 
will enjoy creating her as much as I did 
...at this moment she's sitting in my workroom 
watching me decorate my tree ♡...

Chrystal: A TEAROOM Doll 
is now available...
here on ETSY
here on Ravelry (to save to your library)

and in the coming days
will be available here on the Blog...
(the pattern also includes other ideas for boot decorations)

 ...and as always...

I'm available if any help is needed x


♡   ♡  

I hope all your Christmas preparations are
going according to plan
and thank you for finding the time to visit
at this busy time!

I'm also hoping to be back in the next few days
...so until then...
...have fun...
...keep cosy...
or enjoy the sunshine
...wherever you may be... 

xxxxx


Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Knitting & Stitching Show - Harrogate

....the little Shetland wool hat above belongs to a new visitor 
...who I'll be introducing to you soon....

♡   ♡  

Just a quick post today though
as I've had lots of inquiries about 
'Tearoom Doll Kits'


If you are lucky to be visiting 
at
Harrogate International Centre
(20th - 23rd November 2014)
the very lovely 
'Jamieson's of Shetland'
have more doll kits available
and you can find them at 
STAND  B130
(along with lots of other wonderful woolly 
loveliness to tempt you x)
...and the show opens today!!...

Also....
I did list some doll kits here in the blog shop
which sold out far quicker than expected
and I had no time to post that they were available
(all sold within the afternoon!)
so there will be more to purchase at the end of this week
(hopefully from Friday onwards)
and all the details will be here



I really enjoy putting the doll kits together
so they will always be regularly available in the future...


♡   ♡  


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Hope you're having a lovely week everyone
and thank you so much for visiting 
I'll be back next week with more knitting news x



...until then...take care...

     X     

** Update .....doll kits are now available again here






Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wool News....


Thank you so much everyone for the
kind birthday wishes in the last post

A happy time was had and lovely daughters
made my all time favourite carrot cake
(I have new needles too which I'll show you next time)




...and here's my new yarn swift....actually my new best friend...
your loved ones will be forever grateful for this too :-) 
If you haven't seen one before it's a simple and 
very practical Amish design...easy to use then pack away...
with a non-slip base so it will sit firmly on a table top
while spinning around.


It's made by ChiaoGoo
and you can find it here and lots of other places online
Basically a wheel with pegs to slot in to fit your skein size
(all the sizes are clearly marked) 
and whether winding by hand or using a yarn winder
(like the one here in the sidebar)
it's very quick and efficient...much better I think 
than using an umbrella version (cheaper too)
...and it beats using the back of a chair any day
when there's no one around to lend a hand :-)


...which means I'm all ready to make my aran sweater
(no...I haven't even started it yet...but I am very much 
looking forward to making it when I have some quiet time..so it's all good 
and it may become a perfect winter project :-) )

....and finally...


if you are lucky to be visiting

The Knitting and Stitching Show

at 
Alexandra Palace
(8th - 12th October 2014)

for anyone planning to knit a 
TEAROOM Doll
the wonderful 
Jamieson's of Shetland
have put together some doll kits
using their beautiful 100% Shetland Wool
along with some very lovely hair yarn from
Little Oke Dolls

(plus printed copies of the original pattern
and the TEAROOM Doll Hat pattern)



to be found at

Stand Number J45

(from Wednesday 8th...today!!)

If you have the chance to call and say hello
there will be all kinds of lovely things
to tempt you on their stand...x



...time to go...
...hope you're having a lovely week...
...wherever you may be...


...happy crafting...


x  x x


P.S I hope the pics are ok...still using my dodgy laptop
which I don't wish to be parted from :-)
...it definitely must go for repair tomorrow!


(Any links in my posts are never sponsored
...I just happen to think they are lovely x )






Monday, 22 September 2014

A little crochet time....

As summer reaches its end 
there's just enough time to squeeze in one of my summer crochet makes using 
left over yarns from my stash and buttons which were hiding away in the old button tin
My crochet circles which I showed you some time ago
(quite some time ago! :-) ) are now finally a cushion...
very randomly put together in between working on the dolls pattern...
The flower motif is from the book below.....
( where it's used to make a very pretty and colourful bed/sofa throw )
by Susan Pinner
I used oddments of Belle Organic DK
(now discontinued but the shades are so lovely I have to make sure it isn't wasted)
along with some Rowan Wool Cotton DK in antique 
which creates the lovely dense feel that I like for cushions
(reverse side)
It was a perfect antidote at the end of some very busy days recently
and it really just 'evolved' without a plan which made it even more enjoyable.
I added some small antique pearl buttons and loops on the reverse side so  
the cushion can be easily removed 
and it really was so quick to make this using the JAYGO technique
... joining all the motifs while working the 4th round of each flower.
It's lovely to create something pretty from odds and ends
which otherwise have nowhere to go  :-)
and now it's sitting happily on our bed 
...definitely my 'free spirit' cushion... 
And I really must say a thank you today to Nancy!
...of the beautiful  Dolce Lana Shop in Antwerp
(and who can also be found on Facebook here )
for sending me some of her very lovely merino wool above
...and in so many pretty colours too....
such a surprise when my postman arrived with a box!

...thank you...so much...

...Nancy...x

 (It will definitely be put to good use)
Now, this is my special cup because it was chosen for me
by my very special 13 year old niece 
and I know you would definitely agree on that one  if you were lucky to meet her
....she's brilliant....and she knows me so well because I do love my new cup
(in fact, I have two ...how lucky is that? :-) ) 

...and finally, how pretty is this soap?
Yes, it is soap (even though it looks good enough to eat :-)  )
Ashley brought this home yesterday for me after a day trip to beautiful York
...purchased from...

THE YORKSHIRE SOAP CO.
(I do feel as though it's my birthday already...but that's on Wednesday)

 ...a confession... 
I haven't taken a pic of my new yarn swift yet
...but I'll be using it in the week so will take some then...
Can I show you next time?
(P.S  I hope the pics are ok...I'm using my now broken laptop with a very dodgy lid...
every time I look at them they look different
....but is there ever a good time to have it repaired?...
I don't think there ever will be and I really must do it this week :-) )


...back soon...
...until next time...take care...
...happy crafting...

Any links in my posts are never sponsored
...I just happen to think they are lovely...
...and the little lantern is from Ikea...£2... x



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