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Summer . . .Autumn . . .Winter who knows lets crochet

Deary me yesterday was 34c here and beautiful and sunny, I washed all our linen and hung it out to dry. Little princess even got a new donna cover for her bed which I am growing more and more jealous of every time I walk into her room. annabelle's bed

(and yes she is hiding in there)

But today is freezing and cold and wet. Right now the wind is howling outside. But on the plus the cooler weather has seen me in the mood to do a little cleaning. I feel like I have been spring cleaning the last 2 days. But we are in autumn with weather like who the bloody hell knows so I feel I shouldn’t say I’ve been springing cleaning. I have however been cleaning up a storm. Our house is now sparkling a little bit more and the carpet feels oh so nice under foot and all the kiddies mess has been cleaned organised and put away. Oh and of course all of my crafty mess has been cleaned, organised and put away. Except of course the baskets with projects I have on the go. I must show you my new basket. You will not believe where I got it. ‘Hard rubbish’ and I didn’t just get one I got 2 perfectly good baskets that would go for around $30+ in my local op shop (thrift store). Yes our op shops have cottoned on to the bargain hunters and are now aiming at the middle class and as such prices are through the roof.

basketBut anywho I love this basket!! I gave it a fresh coat of stain and made a liner out of what else but red and white polka dot fabric. It’s the first time I’ve ever made a basket liner and I really just winged it so I was pretty happy with out this turned out. A basket with yarn makes me so happy, I love going to my crafty cupboard and collecting all the bits and bobs I need for the next project and packing them all nice and neatly in my basket and heading in to the lounge to create and relax. This one above contains all my supplies to start on the next order for a hoot and hootabelle which is due after the easter weekend. My other basket has a secret blanket in it, So I can’t show it to you just yet.  But the blanket is a very special one. I have absolutely loved working on it and one more row of a border and it’s done! It’s for one of my besties. She is having her 1st baby “YIPEE” and if you can’t tell I am just a little excited. The baby shower is in april and I plan on making a few more goodies to go with the blankie so I will reveal all after the big day.

I’ve also been playing with fabric. Mr C was busy a few weekends ago with Karate business so I took the boys and little princess with me along to a Quilt show organised by the lovely people at Mrs Martins’s. Surprisingly the boys had a ball. The kind ladies let them also vote for a quilt and they loved wandering about looking at all the quilts and I think the felt very special choosing their favourite to go in the draw. But the most exciting bit for me was when a wonderfully amazing lady showed me how to do english paper piecing.  Something I have spotted about but never thought I could do it. Well after discovering it is all done by hand I was very keen to give it a go.  I headed down to Gail B’s (if you haven’t been, and live in the area you must go!) as soon as I could and purchased all of my supplies and began straight away. After sewing 3 hexagon flowers and not liking some of my combinations. I decided maybe I was a little eager and decided a plan was to be made. So in msword I came up with this


following a wonderful tutorial I found here. So with a plan I restarted and so far I’m liking what I have and loving stitching them together. This is definitely going to be a long term project and by long term I’m talking years. I’m not sure how big it will be, maybe it will be little, maybe it will grow and grow over time but for now it’s an in between project when I can fit some stitching in.

hexagon quiltI’ve also been designing lately, mainly new toys of course but a few other little things here and there. My latest design is  Raggedy Piglet. I’ve had an idea for an old fashioned style piglet wondering around my head for a while.


I really like her. I love how she has such a flat square bottom like the old floppy dolls my mum used to make. I’ve popped her pattern up on Etsy and Raverly . I want to make a bunny next and then maybe a whole series of fat bottom animals and dolls.  ‘The fat bottom Gang’ maybe we’ll just stick with the ‘Raggedy gang’. Do you see that blanket in the background you will not believe this but I got that blanket for $5. It’s quiet a large blanket made with really nice wool and when the lady in the shop said $5 I have never whipped out $5 faster and handed it over. It is now B’s blanket and he adores it. Most mornings when we get up you can find him cuddled in it on the couch watching cartoons. And I love it as I no longer feel as guilty about not finding the time to make him his very own blanket. So a great blanket and it eased a little mummy guilt all for $5 now thats a bargain. I have a few other little crochet projects to show you but not today, dinner time is fast approaching and I have just typed this up on a computer with Microsoft Office 2013 and I’m feeling a little lost. I think they changed EVERYTHING not one bloody thing is in the place it used to be. Well I’m to cook dinner.

Love to all




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To Market We Go

Girls Night In Market Night Proudly supporting the cancer council

Girls Night in Market

Raising Money for Breast Cancer Research

Tomorrow night will be my first ever market.

And I can say I am incredibly excited and nervous all at the same time. Having a Market Stall is something I have toyed (hehe) with for a few years now but never felt any of my little creations were good enough to sell. But as I have organically grown a little crochet business which keeps me busy 7 days of the week, I thought why not give it a go.

But I am still nervous as hell!! What if I sell nothing! What if no one even comes near my table! I’m starting small and local hoping to squash those newbie nerves with some great company at a little local market. Also if I should sell nothing I will be helping out a great cause. So I’m heading into my first market with a ‘win win’ attitude. Do you think that will help 🙂

While preparing for the market I have been madly crocheting away, and one of the things I decided to include in my market stock was a sock monkey in a light colour. Now I have mentioned before how I find it quiet hard to find freebie patterns for Dk 8 ply wool they all seem to be for 10ply and above. Now there is some awesome blogs out there that give you 8 ply freebie patterns and I love them all, but I thought I might share my sock monkey pattern with you lovlies. Now I have made this twice from this pattern but please note it has not been tested by anyone else. So if you find an error please let me know and I’ll fix it up right away. Otherwise I hope you enjoy making your very own Sock Monkey

Sock Monkey

Legs (Make 2)

Using Cream

Ch 2, 6dc in 2nd chain from hook

Rnd 2: Inc around (12dc)

Rnd 3: Inc, dc, around (18dc)

Rnd 4: Inc, dc nxt 2 sts (24dc)

Rnd 5 – 12: dc around (24dc)

Change to fawn on last st of rnd 12

Rnd 13 – 34: dc around (24dc)

Slip st to 1st dc  of previous rnd and fasten off (do not fasten off 2nd leg)


Body (Make 1)

Using fawn

Continue on from 2nd leg

Ch 4 and dc in the 24dc of the first leg, dc across other side of chain (as if working in the flat round), dc around 24 sts of 2nd leg. (56 dc)

Rnd 2: Dc across chain for 4 sts and continue around all stitches (56dc)

 Rnd 3– 27: dc around (56dc)

Rnd 28: dc nxt 5 sts, dec2tog, around (48dc)

Rnd 29: dc nxt 3 sts, dec2tog, *dc nxt 6 sts, dec2tog* **repeat around, dc nxt 3 sts(42dc)

Rnd 30: dc nxt 5 sts, dec2tog around (36dc)

Rnd 31: dc nxt 2 sts, dec2tog *dc nxt 4 sts dec2tog* **repeat around, dc 2 sts (30dc)

Rnd 32: dc nxt 3 sts dec2tog (24dc)

Rnd 33: dc nxt 1 sts, dec2tog *dc nxt 2 dec2tog* **repeat around, dc  (18dc)

Rnd 34: dc, dec2tog around (12dc)

Finish off and stuff


Head (Make 1)

Using fawn

Ch 2, 6dc in 2nd chain from hook

Rnd 2: Inc around (12dc)

Rnd 3: Inc, dc around (18dc)

Rnd 4: Inc, dc nxt 2 sts (24dc)

Rnd 5: Inc, dc ncxt 3 sts (30dc)

Rnd 6: Inc, dc nxt 4 sts (36dc)

Rnd 7: Inc, dc nxt 5 sts (42dc)

Rnd 8: Inc, dc nxt 6 sts (48dc)

Rnd 9: Inc, dc nxt 7 sts (54dc)

Rnd 10 – 24: dc around (54dc)

Rnd 25: dc nxt 7 sts, dec2tog around (48dc)

Rnd 26: dc nxt 3 sts, dec2tog *dc nxt 6 sts, dec2tog* **repeat 5x’s, dc nxt 3 sts (42dc)

Rnd 27: dc nxt 5 sts dec2tog repeat around (36dc)

Rnd 28: dc nxt 2 sts, dec2tog *dc nxt 4 sts, dec2tog* **repeat x5, dc nxt 2 sts (30dc)

Rnd 29: dc nxt 3 sts dec2tog around (24dc)

Rnd 30: dc nxt st, dec2tog *dc nxt 2 sts, dec2tog* **repeat 5x’s, dc (18dc)

Rnd 31: dec2tog, dc around (12dc)

Stuff and sew to body

Muzzle (Make 1)

Using cream

Chain 5 Inc in 2nd chain from hook, dc in nxt 2 sts, 4 dc in last chain, turn and work up other side of chain, dc in nxt 2 sts, Inc in last chain (12dc)

Rnd 2: Inc in first st, dc in nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt 3 dc’s, dc nxt 3 sts, Inc in nxt 2 dc’s (18dc)

Rnd 3: dc nxt 5 sts, inc in  nxt 3 sts, dc nxt 6 dc’s, Inc in nxt 3 sts, dc last st. (24dc)

Rnd  4: Dc nxt 5 sts (Inc nxt st, dc nxt st)x 2 Inc, dc nxt 7 sts, (Inc nxt st, dc nxt st) x2 dc nxt 2 sts (30dc)

Rnd 6:* Inc nxt st, dc nxt 4 sts* x6 (36dc)

Rnd 5: dc around ( 36dc)

Rnd 6: dc nxt 5 sts, *dec2tog* x3 dc nxt 13 sts, *dec2tog* x 3 dc nxt 6 sts. (30dc)

Stuff and Sew to front of head
and attach mouth

Hat (Make 1)

Using cream

In magic ring 10htr

Rnd 2; Inc around (20htr)

Rnd 3: Inc, dc nxt st (30htr)

Rnd 4: Inc, dc nxt 2 sts (40htr)

Rnd 5-7: htr around (40htr) change to fawn on last rnd

Rnd 8-9: htr around (40htr) change to cream on last rnd

Rnd 10-11: htr around (40htr)

Fold last rnd over  attach red parts to top of hat (I like spiky red pieces you might like a pom pom)

And sew to head

Ears (Make 2)

Using fawn

Ch 2 6 dc in 2nd chain from hook

Rnd 2: Inc around (12dc)

Rnd 3: Inc, dc around (18dc)

Rnd 4-5: dc around (18dc)

Rnd 6: *dec2tog* twice, dc nxt 5 sts, *dec2tog* twice dc nxt 5sts (14dc). Finish off/l

Sew to sides of head

Arms (Make 2)

Work as for legs to rnd 33 than squeeze closed and crochet through all four loops – 11dc

Stuff and Sew to sides of body

Tail (Make 1)

Using cream

Ch2 6 dc in 2nd chain from hook

Rnd 2: Inc around (12dc)

Rnd 3: *Inc, dc nxt 5 sts* repeat (14dc)

Rnd 4 – 13: dc around (14dc)

Change to fawn on last st of rnd 13

Rnd 14 – 40: dc around (14dc)

Finish off, stuff and sew to body at the bottom

If you decide to make one I’d love to see your sock monkey leave a comment and link back.

Love to all



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