Wednesday 11 December 2013

Magic moments....

(this little man likes sitting here)
Winter Mice 
Last year in my Christmas blog post I made a little Scandinavian inspired winter mouse
....she hadn't been planned and wasn't intended for a pattern at that time...
but I did receive many requests about her afterwards which continued through the year
❇ ...and so she's been on my 'to do' list for some time...
...but she's finally here along with her very loyal companion...
I love creating little people
there will always be something magical about it
with her red winter berry decorations
...snowball scarf and boots...
and wearing her favourite snowflake pinafore
❇ (woolly stockings too of course)
❇ lars 
❇ On the day I chose his name 
I received a message from a lovely customer from Norway
...of the very same name... it really just had to be...
I love their softness
which I think make for the prettiest of mice
There are lots of pics, detail 
and useful tips included in the pattern 
This is the last of the mice series for the moment
but it has definitely been lots of fun to create
(apart from too many dark days which I can admit
resulted in some stamping of the feet...oh yes! :-)
Anyway, I can stop my preoccupation with the weather
for the moment and looking at those dark wintry skies
I'm very happy to say it's now available in my
and printed copies are available here
In the next few days it will be published
here on the blog and on Ravelry too
for those customers who like to save to their library
(Thank you so much to everyone who has already purchased
and for the lovely comments on my FB Page!)
❇ ❇ 
...and now I'm very excited
to be starting some new projects in 
I must say a big 
thank you too in this post to
'Kindred Stitches Magazine'
for making 
Mary Jane's Tearoom
their ETSY find for the 3rd issue
'Pretty in Blue'
This is a lovely new magazine which is
available here on the Apple Newsstand
to instantly download to I pad
All the pages have live links to 
makers, projects, books, homeware
and also those craft supplies which can sometimes be hard to find
Technology is brilliant, isn't it?
( least most of the time :-) )

The rest of my week here will be all about Christmas
...decorating...enjoying some xmas crafting..knitting...
...and picking up my hook again!
I'm so looking forward to
my girls being home on Friday much to catch up on...
and I want them to have the best Christmas
before returning back to uni
(3 whole weeks at home!)

Thank you for calling by
especially at such a busy time
I'll be posting again before Christmas but until then
wishing you lots of sparkly festive fun!

Take care


♥ The new pattern is now available here on the blog 
and on Ravelry)



  1. What a lovely blog you have!
    An I became your newest follower ;-)

    Greetings Ingrid

  2. Oh Susan, Sassi and Lars are soooooooo adorable! I love everything about those little cutie pies. Have a wonderful time prepping for Christmas, and with your girls being home it will make it extra special I'm sure x

  3. I one lucky person, because right before I go off in the snow to work, I am able to come here, smile, squeal in joy at your CREATIONS! Little Lars and his sister are so perfect for this season! Oh how I wish I could purchase them right now.

    You make the season bright with the work of your hands my dear. So good to see you post, and HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE with your girls! Anita

  4. Dear Susan,
    you are so talented. The winter mice are really adorable ! I fall in love with Lars and Sassi.
    Unfortunately I´m too busy to knit ...
    Your Blog is so lovely. I´ll come back later !
    ♥ Stefanie

  5. In the lovely red and white, these mice are ready for Christmas . . . or to support the Canadian team at the winter Olympics. Beautiful.


  6. OMG ... they are so lovely !!!
    I'm going to order them now .. I hope I can find time to knit them during Christmas time.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful design.
    Have a wonderful Christmas !

  7. I adore those little mice Susan, as you know I love miniature creatures ! :) I love Scandinavian design too and that little pinafore is just the sweetest thing!
    Congrats on your magazine feature, extremely well deserved!
    Enjoy your festive week and your girls when they arrive home too!
    V xxx

  8. i always love it when a new post pops up from you Susan! This one is magical....your new little mice are just adorable, and I especially love the Scandinavian red and white! Well done on being in that lovely magazine, you certainly deserve it! It's a lovely time, when your girls come home for the holiday....I'm sure you will enjoy every moment. Have a wonderful festive week!
    Helen x

  9. It's a delight to see a new pattern from you Susan. This little duo are so cute and perfect for this time of year, I love them. I love the fact that because they are small, they are so much more "doable". It can be off putting to be confronted by a large toy pattern - the size of these mice adds to their charm. Well done with the magazine mention - your blog and your designs have such appeal so I'm not surprised.

  10. Hi Susan
    Absolutely adorable mice, such lovely colours and so beautifully made.
    Enjoy this lovely busy Christmassy time,
    Kate x

  11. Eek I loves them the pattern is beautiful as always. I'm just finishing off a few things then the points will be creating darn excited :)

    Enjoy the precious time with the family and make wonderful memories

    Ali xx

  12. Oh I'm in love.
    So beautiful. I will follow your blog.

  13. loved these little scandi mice, enjoy your family coming home. Mine arrive next week and I can't wait.

  14. your Christmas mice are adorable. Hope you have a great time at Christmas and enjoy the girls being home

  15. Wow! You did write a pattern for the winter mice, and in time for Christmas too! I have been wanting to knit one since I saw her on your blog last Christmas. You are amazing, thank you so much. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family.

  16. Oh I love these. When I was younger I collected winter mice. Every Christmas I looked for that special one, then added her to the growing collection. I also always sent Christmas cards with little mice on them. It's been a long time since I've treated myself to a new Christmas mouse, but this may be the one.
    Have a wonderful holiday with your family and I look forward to lots of new creatures in the new year.

  17. Hi Susan, she is just adorable!!!! you have such talent-true talent! I know I've been MIA for a while but I am happy to say I have a new blog up and running with all my crafts too. With all your wonderful news and upcoming work, I do hope you can pop over for a quick visit. It's very new so not much there but I am hoping in the weeks ahead there will be.
    It's always such a pleasure each time I come for a visit here at the tearoom! Amazing!
    Happy Holidays to you and your family
    xoxo, Shari! -----

  18. Hello Susan.. always a delight when your blog pops up to the top of my list! Your mice are so amazingly adorable! I'd love to have one of my very own. I had a fun luncheon at my house yesterday.. I posted pix this morning. Today we shopped for gifts! Fun times!

    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  19. Hi dear Susan, these new mice are just adorable and perfect for Christmas. I am delighted to see you getting some front page deserved as your work is beautiful. Enjoy having your darling girls home for 3 whole weeks....I can see there will be lots of fun, laughter and ladies' lunches going on your way. Enjoy this magical time of the year and thanks for your sweetest comments about Darling Daisy...we are indeed so blessed aren't we with our families ;0) Hugs, Jane xx

  20. Oh your mice are so adorable. You are so clever. Enjoy Christmas. It's lovely when the offspring return. I'm picking my son up on Saturday and it will be great to spend some quality time with him xx

  21. Lovely mice. The pictures are so lovely and christmassy
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

  22. And good morning to you again sweet Susan! Thank you for coming by yesterday, and as always, I love coming back here. These mice are the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves animals, Christmas whimsy and fun! I adore opening up your page to see their sweet little eyes staring at me! tteehehhehe

    Happy day ! Anita

  23. Hi Susan :-)

    Aw the new mice are so sweet, I love the little pinafore dress! I must have the pattern to add to my mountain of patterns waiting to be done so I'm off to get it......
    Have a lovely Christmas with the girls and here's to less grey dark days!
    Lorraine xxx

  24. So cute, the winter mice
    Enjoy the time with your family.
    Homemade and more

  25. These are simply the most beautifully knitted items I have ever seen! Unfortunately I can't really knit or crochet but these are skills I'm hoping to learn in 2014 (along with approximately 200 other new things!) so I might just pop over to your Etsy Shop and purchase a pattern. Sassi and Lars really are beautiful.

  26. You make the prettiest things. There is so much detail. Love all your little creations!

  27. Love, love, love the red and white, your designs are exquisite..... 2014 is the year for me to learn to do colour work, I've set my sights on it...intarsia, fairisle....I will master thee!

    Beautiful post (as ever!) Wishing you a lovely, relaxing, fun family Christmas!

  28. Susan you are so clever, I have some of your patterns but do adore this one, absolutely adorable and I must have a copy...........have a fabulous time when your girls come home. Big hugs to you Susan
    Lots of love

  29. Dearest Susan,

    I am, quite simply, completely besotted with this little mouse! You are a magician and attach as much importance, in a completely different manner, of course, to creating little people as I do. There is something so very special about doing that, isn't there? I love her little face, I love EVERTYTHING about her. Congratulations to you for making this sweet, sweet pattern.

    Warmest wishes,


  30. I have just discovered your blog and I find your work gorgeous ! Congrats !

  31. These two little guys are adorable - just purchased my copy from Etsy and plan to knit them for my little God-daughter. Beautiful pattern - thank you! Natalie x

  32. Such a beautiful post! And I love the little mice.
    Marianne x

  33. I am in love with those mice ... they are absolutely adorable Susan :D

  34. Completely gorgeous Susan. Have fun with your girls and have a lovely Christmas! Sarah xo

  35. Hi Susan, They are the most adorable thing I have ever seen!! Great handy work!!! Wow!!! LOVE it!!!! Have a great day!!!

  36. If Sassi and Lars aren't just the sweetest ever!!! Have a most wonderful 3 weeks with your daughters!

  37. They look so gorgeous and festive. Have a wonderful christmas.

  38. These are just adorable. I Love them all, too bad I can't knit, so I can only drool over your lovely creation!

  39. Oh, i adore your sweet winter mouse in her norwegian sweater - so CUTE! Thank you for creating all these magical, soft and lovely creatures and sharing the magic here in your blog! have a happy, peaceful and lovely Christmas and a super start into the next year. See you back happy and bushy tailed in 2014, Hugs, M.

  40. These are the most precious little mice , that anyone, of any age groups would love to have.This is also a very sweet post.
    Merry Christmas,
    Marie Antoinette

  41. Just became a member of your blog! I'm an amateur crocheter myself hehe... was never that good at knitting but I admire knitted things so much! I love the mice! They're my fave *u*.