Sunday, 23 November 2014

Book Review: Crochet Your Christmas Baubles

I was delighted to be asked to partake in another blog hop for Stitch Craft Create. Their new book 'Crochet your Christmas Baubles: 25 Christmas decorations to make' is such a cute easy-to-make gem.

Of course now is the time you should be digging around in your stash for red, white and brown acrylic or cotton to crochet with for Christmas and this book is your perfect companion. If you're anything like me you'll relish the chance to have some handmade decorations on your tree with a bit of character for a break from all those mass produced stars and glittery balls.

I had a go at making the mushroom myself from the ebook I was sent to review and this is the result! I haven't made up many small dolls or figures in the last year so I was a bit out of practice and just finished him this morning but I am quite chuffed with him. The pattern was awesome to follow and I didn't have any problems understanding it - I just lacked patience which of course increases the more you make up.

The pictures were very clear and the patterns are great. It's so simple to make the baubles. If you are stuck for time this is great for you.

The basic crochet stitches are outlined at the back of the book for you to learn if you don't have any experience of crochet.

The ebook is available to download at the Stitch Craft Create website.

You can also check out their Craft eBooks and Downloads page and their Handmade Christmas page.

You can see the other blogs participating in the blog hop.

Share a picture of your own handmade Christmas decoration with the lovely people at Stitch Craft Create and you could win £100! Just add your photo to their share board or use the hashtag #SCCXmas on Twitter or Instagram.

Thanks to Rosie and the team at Stitch Craft Create for sending me this lovely ebook and inspiring me!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness...

Well, it's been three weeks since I blogged. A few things have happened.

Frankenstein quote by NoodleBookArt from Scotland on Etsy

This is, appropriately, a quotation from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I saw the NT Live Encore of the play with Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch on Thursday evening. The evening didn't start well (we ate out and didn't enjoy it) but as soon as the play got going I was transported into the story and Jonny Lee Miller's stunning performance. It throws up lots of moral and ethical questions as I'm sure you know, and it has been called the first science fiction novel to be published. I'm really enjoying seeing the NT Live productions and have seen Skylight with Bill Nighy and A streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson. They have all completely blown me away and left me wanting more London theatre.

I watched 'Bright Star' this morning which is a film about the poet Keats and his lover. She was an avid fashion designer and seamstress so there was much to love about that!

About ten days ago I had my application to the 'Womentoring' project accepted. I spent quite a few hours on my submission and am so delighted and overjoyed that I found the confidence to even apply. I am now being mentored for a short while by a professional female writer for free so that's delightful news.

In other nice news - local gift shop and art gallery 'Ginger Fig' have asked me to help them create a window in the shop on the theme of 'Wish you were here'. So I have been looking into patterns for that.

I am still avidly reading as I have found my concentration has improved considerably since taking my medication. All I want to do sometimes is just read. It's probably because I attempted a couple of complicated (for me) lace knitted shawls which do require me not to be tired which means they rarely get knitted at the moment. As a result I am crocheting more and hope to show you some finished projects soon. I have just got into reading 'Attic 24' believe it or not. I always meant to start reading her blog but read too many blogs. I have recently had a clear out and she is on my new list! Yay!
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