Welcome to my blog

Hello All who call in at my blog. It is a diary of the sort of things I have made in the past and things I am making now, mostly for Cat Protection and other charities, to sell to raise funds. My daughter gives me the 'raw' ingredients and I make the goodies.

Add to this a selection of knitted garments for friends and family and you can see that I fill many happy hours with my knitting, sewing and crocheting

Monday, 26 November 2018

Hat and Blankets

Hi All

A while since I posted anything on here and I haven't really done much in the craft line.

 I haven't felt as well as usual. The 'no caffein'e helped and my kidneys were working ok at the last test. I asked if I could have caffeine again and the doc said yes but he should have said no. I don't feel too good again now. No more caffeine for me I think.

Linda has now left work. She has to take things a little easier so she asked if I wanted to give the things I make for Cat Protection to the Cat Protection Shop that has opened in our town. I  made labels for the blankets and took some to the shop and the manager there was thrilled with them. They will be selling them in the shop. She did mentioned some inflated price and I said I thought it was far too much but she is the manager so it is her choice.

Recently Vic has some spots frozen off of his bald head. The consultant said they could become cancerous if not treated straight away. He has to keep his head covered when he is outside and use factor 50 suncream. Easy on a hot day with a baseball cap but not so easy with cold easterly winds. I have knitted him a hat and he loves it.

I just made it up as I went along so it is a unique pattern. I wanted to add a big pom pom but he didn't want to go that far!

The Care Home was thrilled with the Tissue Sacks I made for their Christmas Fayre-they wanted my name and address but I said I preferred to just hand them in.

Hope your week goes well

Love Chrissie xx

Monday, 12 November 2018

Hats, bag and ornaments

Hello Everyone and welcome to KSC

This week has been quite nice weather so I have been out walking most days so not much crafting at all.

I had a couple balls of this really thick wool so made hats in various sizes. I tried one on and it look quite nice so will keep that for winter as it is so cuddly and warm.

The plarn bag is now finished and since learning about plarn from Elizabeth I have done research and learnt so much about what to make from it. The flower was one of the things I found out about.

More ornaments from all the beads and bits of felt and lots more cut out ready to make. I look like having to buy more beads.

Have a great day.
 We are off to Mollie's to plant some pansies in her pots on the porch. No progress from her as yet but she seems happy to just sit and let others do everything for her.

Love Chrissie xx

Monday, 5 November 2018

Poppy Day

Hello Dear Friends

This week I have been busy knitting with Plarn. Thank you Elizabeth for telling me the name of the plastic bag yarn. I still have to put the finishing touches to my latest bag from Plarn so will show that at a later day.

Good news about Debbie and her children. She was the girl who became homeless when her husband left and she couldn't pay the rent. She has been rehoused by the council in some rooms over a shop in our lovely Old Part of town. We saw her out shopping and she says she is getting her life back on track. Well done Debbie and the children and thank you to council.

These are the first two of my Christmas bead ornaments-I have taken a photograph of the fronts and the backs. Easier to make now I have sorted out the bead box.

Not sure what is happening about the Remembrance Day  poppies this year. Everywhere you go in Bridlington there are the big plastic ones that cost £3 but those ran out about a month ago so I never got one. Must say they do brighten up a lot of the houses and shops.

I decided to knit some and put them in our window at the weekend.

I just made the pattern up as I went along and they were easy to make. Usually people come round the houses selling the lapel poppies but none so far this year.

We have the best stations on our coastal line to Hull. All of them have plants and some have well kept gardens as well. Bridlington station has lots of plants and a group of ladies that make collages to hang in the station for various times of year.

All the poppies are hand made by the group and are so beautiful. Hanging hand made poppies on netting is the in thing in many places this year.

Have a great day

Love Chrissie xx

Monday, 22 October 2018

Knitting and Crocheting

Hi Dear Friends

We seem to be having winter one day then summer the next at the moment but lots of sunshine almost everyday so it is good to see all the brightness. We gave our lawns a cut yesterday so now we are hoping it will be the last time until Spring.

I did a tidy out of all of my wool a couple of weeks ago and found a mix of bits and bobs so I am working through them and making what ever I can with them.

There were some oddments of the twinkly wool so I have knitted a large snowman to take to our medical centre. They have started a group to help people who are lonely or have problems making friends. Once a month on the last Friday there is a coffee morning with various stalls and it raises funds for extras at the medical centre. There is a huge space as you enter the centre and it is an ideal place for the coffee morning. Seems to be going well by all accounts. Thought the snowman could be a raffle prize.

Lots of bits and bobs of lighter colour wool so I have crocheted knee blankets to take to a Care Home near here. They have a Christmas Fayre so maybe they could be sold as pram covers.

Lots of wool that will make hats to take to the homeless place where they make meals for homeless people each day.I think of the homeless being oldermen walking the streets but I learnt recently it isn't only that age group. A family near to us have become 'homeless' because their marriage split up and  the husband went off to live with another woman. The wife and her children were made homeless when she couldn't afford the rent and now they are being moved from pillow to post which means she has also lost her job. You never know what is around the corner.

Not sure what to make of this or what to put in it. I was planning to make a few as I have so many little balls of wool and I don't like to throw any away.

I think it is about time I did a sewing project as sewing hasn't been featured much at all on this blog. I do have to sew the items up every time so maybe that counts? My eyes aren't as good as they used to be so sewing isn't as easy.

That's All Folks

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Knitting Fest

Hello All

Thank you for popping in to KSC

I have had a bit of a knitting spree this week though neither of the projects took very long to make.

This is a new waistcoat for MIL, Mollie. Over the past 30 years I have knitted her a lot of waistcoats as she always likES to wear one. I don't think she has ever thrown any of them away so now they are all too large and some are quite shabby looking. I thought she might like one that fitted so I made this simple one in just 2 days. The back is plain and the pattern on the front is really easy. Will take it for her next time we visit and hope it fits.

If you have ever visited anyone in a Care Home or hospital you will have noticed that packs of tissues are like phone cards are to prisoners. When Mollie used to be in hospital or the Care Home she would ask if we would bring packs of tissues every time we visited. It turned out that she donated them as Bingo prizes or gave them to fellow patients to make friends. With this in mind I have made some Tissue Sacks to take to a Care Home near to us as they could be used for the Christmas Fayre or for Bingo prizes. I have made some suitable for male and some female. They don't take long to make at all so if they go down ok I will make some more for other care homes as I still have mountains of wool to use. No two are the same as the wool varies in thickness and the knitter gets to carries away with a TV programme?

Have a great weekend

Love Chrissie xx

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not a lot to show

Hello Dear Friends

I can't believe it is almost a month since I last posted on this blog. We did fit in a short holiday and a few days out but I have only a little to show in the way of crafting. Still visiting Mollie as well and she has fallen twice while trying to go outside on her own. No injuries so far just bruises here and there.
My wool collection never seems to get any smaller but the card making things are now quite depleted.

I tried to do small crocheted, small granny squares to make a tea cosy but not sure I like it.

Knitted cushion covers in the very thick wool. Linda brought the cushion pads and the wool.

8x8 inch cards using background papers and bought images from Linda's collection.

Hope your week goes well and thank you for calling in

Love Chrissie xx

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

More knitteds and cards

Hi All

Hope your week has gone well and thatyou enjoyed the Bank Holiday if you are in England.

My week has been strange as I went to the nurse for my yearly check-up last Monday and by Wednesday the results had come back and I haven't to have anything with caffeine and have to drink several litres of water each day. A real shock to the system for sure and I have to do this until I go back for more tests in October. No explanation as to why I have to do this but that is normal at our surgery. Anyone over the age of 75 they assume you can't understand anything lol. Pleased to say that already I am sleeping better :)

Lots of cricket watching and now the tennis is on from the US and Andy Murray is playing in this one so we will be up very early or staying up late when he is playing as they are 5 hours behind us.

Cat cards made with some free images I found

I got two teapots at the car boot sale. This one was  50p and is quite small

This teapot was £1 and a lot bigger

A cat PJ case

Growing collection of teapots and cosies

Have a great week and enjoy whatever you are doing

Love as always Chrissie xx

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Tea Cozies and Wash Cloths

Hello Friends

Thank you for your visit to KSC that means my blogger friends and those who pop in who aren't regualr visitors-thank you for your emails about the makes.

This week has been sunny and hot again and so is today but we have rain at last-yipee. Never thought I would want it to rain but we really need some now so I hope it keeps going for hours.

Still not sure about the Wooly Teapot cafe but I have taken a photograph of all my recent tea cozy makes so may pop in and show the lady what I have made and see what she thinks.

This one I made up as I went along with oddments of wool

Same again made up as I went along with oddments of wool

I found 2 more bags of cotton that Linda had brought so nice to just sit and make the washcloths and watch the sport. No two are alike as I  make the patterns up as I knit them.

Vic helped me sort out the wool cupboard and it was amazing what was in there. Hope my fingers and brain last as long as the wool and I am sure she will bring more when she comes again.

Have a great day

See you again soon I hope

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Another Tea Cozy

Hi All

At last we saw a little bit of rain yesterday and just sat and looked at out of the window. Strange how magical it felt after not seeing any for so long. We do need lots more for the grass and the plants to be happy and some is forecast in the near future. I haven't been out much as I broke a toe and it hasn't been easy to walk. Pleased to say it is much better or I have got used to it now--not sure which.

I made a few more wash cloths in cotton and another tea cozy

A friend for the last one

I got several tea pots from the carboot sale. All of them were either £1 or 50p. I guess people don't use a tea pot these days so it will be good to present them with the cozies.

Sorry to say that the Wooly Teapot may not be there for too much longer though all is up in the air at the moment. There have been a lot of changes to our town centre recently and the rented building are too expensive now for small businesses. Not sure if anyone is interested but here is all about who owns most of our town centre. I have known a few people who were in the organisaion but never will be able understand its complexities at all.

Have a great weekend

Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 3 August 2018

Knitteds and cards

Gosh isn't it hot these days.
 We have had little or no rain for ages and everywhere is looking very parched. It does mean I stay inside a lot more as I burn very easily so I have managed to do a bit of knitting and even a little bit of card designing as well. Lots of sport watching with cricket and tennis top of the list at the moment.

I have this very old pattern of a footballer so I did try to update it a little bit--I think it looks a bit like Wayne Rooney

Linda and Graham came to stay and she is still shoe mad so it gave me the idea to make some cards with shoes on them. The two without quotes on the front have them under a pull up flap and the cards just have a general best wishes verse inside so suitable for lots of events

Peter Rabbit is back in fashion as there is a new film with him in it. Years ago I used to knit all the Beatrix Potter characters and the patterns were free in a magazine. The very same patterns are now fetching as much as £40 on e-bay but mine were thrown away years ago. This is the nearest I could get to a PR pattern and I made the teapot version. We have a cafe called the Woolie Teapot in town and I thought I might ask them if they would like it for their window display.

Got up very early to watch Andy Murray play a match in the US. He did win but he was very emotional after it all finished. Such hard work for him after the hip operation.

Have a great day and a happy weekend

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 14 July 2018


Hello Dear Friends

Here I am again at last after not doing much for a few weeks as I haven't been too well. Not often I give in and rest but for once I did as I was told.

I found a pattern from way back when with a topsy turvy doll so I thought while I was sitting there doing nothing I would have a go at making one. It ended up that I made two and may even make more as they are a great way to use up some of bits and bobs of wool left over from other projects.

The first doll is like this turned upside down one way and then the other

This is the second one

Here they are incase I didn't explain very well what really happens. 

Watching the tennis on television today. Hope it is as good as yesterday--then there is the world cup football and the cricket-Tour de France and golf ! It's a hard life for a sports fan.

Have a great weekend

Love Chrissie xx

Monday, 4 June 2018

A mixture of things

Hello Friends and visitors

I seem to have been going for long walks recently so not much time for crafty things at all. Watching the golf and the tennis has meant a bit more creativity this last couple of weeks but a lot of time has been taking up with designing things to make rather than making them.

A couple of pics of my naughty Grandcats

Oscar and Willow helping their mum do the office work.

Oscar waiting to change the channel when mum says he has to

I have written a pattern for a design to hold a chocolate orange for Christmas

Trying a few designs to hold a Tunnock's tea cake for Christmas-think I have the right one to use now. Vic keeps eating the teacakes as they will be out of date by Christmas.

Labels to fasten onto the snowmen to show what they are hiding

Managed to make a few very large cards with card blanks, cut outs and papers from Linda.

Today I am taking a box of new Stazon inks and lots of other goodies. They are a part of the things that Linda brought that had duplicates so will never use them. The place that I am taking them to is an art studio in Bridlington that has classes for special needs people among others so I thought it would be a worthy cause. The lady is so nice and I am sure people enjoy going to her classes. Lots of arty type place springing up these days. One place you can decorate a pot-may try that sometime though it always seems full of children.

Off for a walk into town though it is very gloomy and damp--hope we get some sun soon.

Have agreat day

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 20 May 2018

This and That

Hi All

A while since I posted on here but we did go away and it takes a while to get back into the swing of things again after a break. Lots of walking and gardening while the sun shines as well.

Linda bought some hot water bottles in two sizes and left me one of each size to see if I could invent covers for them. These are all the biggest size and I have made 3 covers so far with the same bottle modelling each one.

I packaged them folded up without a bottle but with a photograph showing them as covers.

More washcloths so now the packets of cotton have all been used up. More mittens, this time for adults. Also some little crocheted bags that hold a large packet of Haribos. These bags are lined with a knitted inside and feel lovely and 'bouncy' to the touch.

More Christmas cards ready for assembling but with the sun shining most days they have been put to one side. Plenty of time before Christmas.

Managed to get MIL to walk at last. She held onto Vic and Me and made it all the way to the seafront for coffee and toasted teacakes. Then came the hard part as we had to walk her back up quite a steep slope and it is quite a way to her apartment from the seafront. It reminded me of the film Albert R.N as we did our best to support her between us and make her look dignified.

Have a great day and thank you for calling in at KCS

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 21 April 2018

A little mix

Hi Dear Friends

A bit of a lull here at the moment as I have had cramps in my fingers so it hasn't been easy to do much at all for very long. The better weather has meant more time outside as well with lots of gardening to catch-up on and also longer walks now it is sunny and warm. I expect it won't last very long so I am taking full advantage of it.

Little mittens from oddments of wool. I am thinking of keeping these until winter then taking them to the Food Bank as so many of the little children have freezing cold hands in winter and no mittens or gloves at all.

More little kitten blankets to use up bits and bobs of wool

I decided that I needed to think outside the box with the extra chunky wool that Linda brought for me. There are grey balls and pink balls so I just knitted a straight piece with both of the colours in it and folded it over to make a bag. Added to this a knitted rabbit,s head shape with a bit of stuffing and some twisted handles. Quick and easy to make and better use of the wool than the awful cushion cover. I think I will take that apart and reuse the wool.

Have a great weekend. Snooker watching for me with a walk inbetween the morning and afternoon sessions

Love Chrissie xx