Welcome to my new blog

Hello All who call in at my new blog. It is meant for me to change my way of life but you are welcome to read it and maybe be inspired yourself if you need to change.
I have always done knitting crocheting and sewing but rarely displayed it at all even though I have had craft blogs and forums for many years and joined in Craft Challenges on Blogger since early 2011. The crafts on the blogs were all about artwork, tags, cards etc. and I didn't show much of my real passions at all. Only now have I realised I maybe took myself down the wrong path though I loved getting to know a bit about the people who commented or joined in the challenges. I accumulated such a lot of stuff that people seem to need for the type of crafting on the challenges-it costs such a lot to keep up with the trends and all the new things that come out. Then you have to find somewhere to keep it all. I hardly ever found a use for any of the things I made for the challenges and much preferred to see the useful end projects of my knitting, crocheting and sewing ventures. Many of them went to friends and family or to worthy causes.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Leg Warmers and Cards

Hello There

It has been a hectic week here with MIL in and out of hospital and paramedics with differing ideas.As far as we know she is still in hospital today though we told she would be home again yesterday. Who knows what today will bring.

One thing I can do when I am just sitting waiting is knit so this week I decided to tackle leg warmers as we couldn't seem to find any to buy that fit the bill.

Vic has claimed this pair for when the weather turns really cold



A more feminine pair for MIL that is reason I am knitting them at all as her legs are always cold but even with lots of help she can't get stockings or tights on at all. Haven,t tried these on her yet so not sure what will happen when I do.

Saw this idea for cards online so decided they would be just right for the Cat Protection Sales.


Christmas cards for neighbours

More Christmas Cards for us to send.

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Cardigan and cards

Hello There

My cardigan is finished and I am rather pleased at how it turned out in the end after a shaky start with the wrong size back having to be unpicked.




These are large cards made from postcards I have bought in various place and the train ones are made with a photograph that Vic took at the Kieghley Steam Train station.

Love Chrissie xx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Yarn Whisperer

I bought this book to give to my daughter but really enjoyed reading it,

A piece by the author---


How knitting can improve your mood, mind and body

"Is knitting therapeutic? Heck yes. It’s a proven scientific fact, just like we know chocolate and red wine are good for us. Since turning my life over to yarn, I’ve talked to thousands of knitters who claim it’s cured everything from gout to their weight problems. I can’t speak to all cures, but it can certainly improve one’s mental health. I know it helps mine.”

So says Clara Parkes, author of the just-released book The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections of a Life in Knitting (STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book) and the founder and publisher of KnittersReview.com.  Personal testimonies, anecdotal evidence, and medical studies all back up Clara Parkes’ claims.
https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/health-therapeutic
Knitting, Crochet and Sewing for Your Health
Knit and Crochet for a Better Life
Knitting is being used all over the world to help people knit themselves into better places.


Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Cards Again

Hi There

Cards again today though I am knitting a cardigan for myself. Not very successfully so far as it is a complicated Aran Pattern and I did the back too small so had to unpick it all and start again.

More cards today.
 I always get up very early and love the quiet of the morning and try to get a few cards done for charity. Always great to open another box and find new things that Linda brought for me. Easy cards to make but I really liked the ones I made today. I managed to print the verse straight onto the inside of the card so that will save having to make inners in the future. It took ages to get the verse in the right place so lots of scrap paper to use now. The cards are A5 and the biggest size I have made so far but there are larger blanks for another time.


Love Chrissie xx

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Cards and picture

Hi There

We were clearing out the loft and I found a box of old craft projects that I had made for challenges.

This is a picture with knitted flowers that I made up as I went along. 

Around the flowers I stamped leaves in different coloured inks





More cards today. Some for us for to send to a few of our neighbours at Christmas. They have become friends over the years. Others with a plain inner to be used as you like.

The beautiful photograph on the black cards is one taken by my dear friend Valerie and she gave me permission to use as I liked. Thank you Valerie.

Started a new Aran cardigan for me yesterday so that should keep me awake while I watch television for sure.

Love Chrissie xx



Sunday, 29 October 2017

Blankets and cards Again

Hello There

More cards and blanket making the last few days. I did start to make a little bunny but it was on 4 needles and I just had to give in as I couldn't get to grips with 4 needles at all.


Among all the goodies my daughter brought were cards with cut out fronts and folds that I didn't like at all so I chopped and changed them and combined 2 together to make my Mary Quant collection. Not sure they will be everyone's cup of tea but they are different. Left with a pain inner and Congratualtions on the outside so ok for a lot of occasions

Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 27 October 2017

New Makes

Hello There

Been busy again making a variety of things that are mostly for my daughter's Cat Charity. As usual she supplied all the things needed to make them.
 It is so easy to make lots of cards as all the blanks are pre cut to size and have envelopes with them. Also cellophane bags the right size for the cards. The best bit is lots of card and paper shapes for backing just ready to add a pre cut image. Even lots of the little gadgets loaded with double sided tape. All things I would never have bought at all but my daughter seemed to have a  whole shop full of them and didn't make cards any more. I can make these sort of cards sitting down and watching television they are so easy to do and they sell well at the craft fairs to raise money for charity.


Christmas


Thank You

Sympathy



I attempted to knit a doll but I think it may be the only one. I was fine until I came to the Hair???

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Recent makes



Lots of cards for charity--all ingredients courtesy of my daughter--even the doubled sided tape machine


More crocheted blankets for old people's home

 More heggies
 Felt needles cases made for my daughter as she wanted to take mine--no chance


Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Snow people and albino hedgehog

My daughter wanted some snow people for herself and also an albino hedgehog. I denied all knowledge of this type of hedgehog and then I saw one this week at Mablethorpe nature reserve. Amazing coincidence!

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Hedgehogs again

I had some sparkling wool left over from the large toys so  I made some baby hedgehogs.



A quick knit and they all have their own personality.

Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 6 October 2017

Decoupaged Drawers

We had two old sets of drawers as bedside cabinets and I had the idea to paint them white and then use some paper napkins to do decoupage on the drawer fronts. We had never done anything like this before but both Vic and me enjoyed doing it and would do it again. He did all the painting so I did cutting out and designs.We did the sticking together so a real joint effort


Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 22 September 2017

Cardigan for Mollie

My MIL is housebound at the moment but always feels cold so I have knitted her a warm cardigan this week. It is knitted from balls of wool that my daughter sent to me so I had to do a bit of mix and match and make up a pattern as I went along.

I am hoping she will wear it but who knows. I am taking it for her today

Love Chrissie xx




Thursday, 14 September 2017

More Makes

I did a lot of knitting a couple of weeks ago and then we went off for a few days break to Blackpool as life has become complicated recently. Even knitting and crocheting didn't make it all right though usually each stitch helps with a problem


I have knitted more of these than I can remember and they are raffled by my daughter's vet. Her three cat's go there often and the hedgehogs have beds for them to sit in, made at the vets, they make £25 each raffle. The money is for Cat Protection and that is something my daughter is passionate about.



More things for Cat Protection sales or raffles. I knitted the fluffy one from the original pattern--a King Cole--then I used the same pattern with double knitting wool. The little chap was made from left overs.

Just started a cardigan for my MIL who is housebound but always cold. Not a clue how that will turn out as I am making it up as I go along and will run out of wool to make it in just one colour. Hope she likes green stripes!

Love Chrissie xx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Hi There

I have had a lot of time to sit and crochet the last few weeks as I have painful cellulitis in my right leg also have had trips to my MIL to sit and talk to her and try to raise her spirits a bit. I decided to use up all of my bits of wool and crochet some knee blankets for a care home. We often pop in the home just to say hello to some of the ladies and we even bought a painting from one one of the carers who was raising funds for a day trip for the old folk.

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Some Knitted Toys before 2000




Knitted for my MIL and I made up the pattern from a cartoon picture. She only recently gave it away to a lady who was in her 80s and quite poorly

Dressed dolls sneaked in as no knitting at all I mended the dolls as they had been donated to the shop in an awful condition and hadn't even got any hair so I did some hair.















The elasticated worms have sneaked in as they are all sewn. I did make lots in football team colours and they sold really well. That was in the 1980s. The idea came from Germany where they were very popular at the time.

Nearly all of these toys were sold at the Age Concern Shop to add to their funds. Some were ordered by the customers. The year Telly Tubbies came out there were none left to buy in the toy shops at Christmas so I knitted lots of sets on my knitting machine. One set was raffled at the hospital where my mum was in the early stages of cancer. The proceeds of that raffle paid for all the nurses on her ward to have a Christmas meal out.
Wonderful memories as I look through all of these old files.

Love Chrissie xx