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#stitchingsanta Update

Just a quick post to show you what I’ve been putting together for my #stitchingsanta swap. This is the knitting/crochet category, although I have more to show you from the sewing swap, too, in a later post.

This blog was new to me and I spent a lot of time reading through the archives, researching all about her likes and hobbies. She is a very skilled knitter and I’m hoping I haven’t embarrassed myself with my comparatively amateur offerings!

I spent my budget on something I am pretty certain she will appreciate – two skeins of utterly gorgeous 100% Superfine Alpaca 4ply yarn, perfect for socks, in a lovely shade of blue that reminds me of the sea.

Artesano yarn

Artesano yarn detail

I found a free sock pattern and printed it out as a suggestion of what to make with it.

Artesano free Tiffanie sock pattern

I knitted this berry-red cowl in a chenille yarn which is so cosy and soft to wear that I will find it hard to part with!

Knitted Rib Cowl

This fair isle headband was fun to make and the reverse side is very neat, I am proud to say, with all the yarn carried across the back tidily. It coordinates nicely with the cowl, picking out the red.

fairisle headband

I will probably add an appliquéd something to these tweedy fingerless gloves, just to liven them up a bit. Maybe in red to tie in with the cowl and headband.


I am hoping to find some bits and pieces to add to the parcel as I have a pound or two left in the budget. It will have to be clever shopping though, or more homemade things at that budget!

How are you getting on with yours?


Dreams Of Thatch & A Crochet Headband ‘Tadah!’

Sigh…back from our Cornish travels:(

I do so love going even deeper into the West Country and South West; Devon and Cornwall are just so beautiful that it’s no wonder people migrate there in their thousands on an annual basis. When the sun is shining there is no place I’d rather be in Summer than Blighty, Exmoor in particular and the picture-postcard villages of thatched cottages that pepper the landscape so prettily. So much so that we are seriously considering ways of bringing forward our dream of running a guest house and tea room/garden in the Porlock area. Like this one that we have been frequenting for over twenty years – Kitnors in Bossington, a mile’s walk from Porlock.

P E R F E C T I O N ! !


Owned by the National Trust, the lease became available recently and I would have loved to be in a position to take it. Isn’t it pretty?


Back to reality and I have permission to show you a photo of a special little girl wearing a gift that I crocheted for her birthday last week.

This is said pressie: –

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I made an adjustable closure of velcro so it should fit however it is worn.

I found the pattern here by the very creative Revlie – pop over and have a look at her colourful blog REVolution. This is HER photo…


…and this is MY photo of the birthday girl wearing the headband another way.

Sophie's hairband

How sweet? Simple and quick to make, it’s a great project for using up small amounts from your stash.

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I’d love to see any crochet headband, or any other small project, that you whip up from scraps of yarn – I know I’m not the only one who can’t bear to throw them away!