Wednesday, 25 March 2015

This week....

...the sudden burst of sunshine and a blue sky over recent days has inspired me.... finally begin my new quilt which will hopefully be ready for the summer months...something to enjoy between yarny projects...I love the zingy fresh colours...192 pretty squares (overlapped here to fit on my work table!) ...a simple quilt with a deep border using a mix of charm packs and fabric oddments from the magic cupboard including a few more plains, some vintage scraps and a handful of extra white squaresThey've been organised and numbered and are now ready for the machine. Quilts are wonderfully easy to care for, aren't they? Ours are constantly in use and can be washed, dried and back on all the beds in no time at ironing required...I love them...decorative but completely practical too...


The beautiful orchid at the top was a gift from my girls on Mother's Day along with my pretty card ...they spoiled me completely by cooking 
a truly delicious meal of Beef Wellington followed by Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownies with Ice Cream from one of Jamie's recipe books...sooo lovely! really was a perfect day and I was counting my blessings...x

Hope you're having a wonderful week

with sunshine in your corner
(it's a lovely sunny morning here again ;) )

x Back soon x

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


I'm still loving the pretty winter flowering bulbs which
have been happily blooming all around my workroom 
and this one was a particularly lovely surprise 
as I was expecting white flowers
(instead little bursts of pink stars magically appeared)
(Chrystal in her 'Starry' pinafore)

As winter approaches its end
it's been more than just a bit on the cold side here over
the last couple of weeks with even the odd flurry of snowflakes
and so I've enjoyed working on this little pattern while 
keeping warm....made using gorgeous Shetland wool...
...happy in my crafty zone...

☆  'Starry Doll Pinafore'  
Knitting Pattern

Custom made for a 13 - 14" Tearoom Yarn Doll
(a simple colourwork project which doesn't take long to knit)
will be available on Etsy in the next few days!
(followed by Ravelry and also here on the blog)

...and thank you Teresa!
I received this pretty little crochet heart 
along with a beautifully handwritten note in the post 
from lovely blog friend Teresa many of you know...lives a long way away in 
simply stunning Oregon
 (and who is also a wonderful artist and jewellery maker x)

(If you'd like to make your own little heart
you can download the crochet pattern free here 
on Teresa's lovely heartwarming blog x)

(and my little heart is going to have it's own very special place here on my shelves)

 Doll Kits...
There will be more kits available here soon
and if you happen to be visiting
Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015 
14th - 15th March

(he's a handsome fellow...don't you think?)

the very wonderful
Jamieson's of Shetland 

will have more kits available
for all the TEAROOM Yarn Dolls on their stand
(and lots of other woolly loveliness to tempt you too x)

...and you can find lots more information about the festival 

...time to go...
...hope you have a wonderful new week...
...wherever you may be...

x back soon x

♥ ♥ 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015


...and it's February....
now how did that happen?
Unlike would seem...
...I do love the month of January...
...a whole new year stretching out ahead...
...soooo many possibilities...a time to make plans...
and it always flies by too quickly

...and I'm definitely loving bringing home 
pots of pretty winter flowering bulbs
to brighten up the new shelves in my workroom
(lots of reorganising going on at the moment too ;) )
The snow on the roof just a few days ago created a 
soft, luminous light which was just beautiful in here 

...and as you can see at the top there
for anyone who has asked about the doll kits...
the Doll Kit Shop is open again....hurrah!
lots of lovely yarn adorning the shelves

The only doll not available at the moment 
is Molly (top right) as two of her shades have completely sold out
but her kit should be ready again in the next week or so
and I'll update the page when that happens...

(Update...'Molly' Doll Kits are now available again here)

I hope you've had a great start to 2015
It's definitely lovely to 'open the doors' here again 

A big thank you to everyone who visits

I've lots of blog reading to catch up on 
(I'm feeling more than a little bit like the 'White Rabbit ;) )
so definitely looking forward to putting my feet up and visiting friends
.....see you very shortly... x

I 'll also be back soon with knitting news
and more.....Ah, yes......

Until then

  Take care  


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Merry and Bright....

Happy Holidays
and best wishes for a wonderful

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

❇ ❇ 

...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)

❇ ❇ 

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

❇ ❇ 

...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


...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.. a  few important notes about
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 
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 
I'm very happy with Chrystal and hope everyone who purchases her 
will enjoy creating her as much as I did 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 until then...
...have fun...
...keep cosy...
or enjoy the sunshine
...wherever you may be...