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August flew by so quickly. I had lots of plans but time just seemed to disappear and my to-do list is still very long. I tried to write a pattern for those sunflowers – I imagined a long post with clear instructions and lots of photos – but it’s just not working out that way! The more I tried the less sense it made, at one point I ended up with a cross between a pattern and a tutorial that made no sense at all 😀 I’m so annoyed, especially as these are so easy to make. I also took lots of photos but they didn’t come out very well at all. I’ve a written it out as best I can, I’ll keep working on it (and those photos!). I’m going to give it it’s own Pattern category, work on it some more and hopefully I’ll end up with a beautifully constructed, makes-complete-sense post.

So here it is –

I used Stylecraft Special DK, Sunshine for the petals, Walnut for the middle and Bottle for the back. I used a size 4 hook. The flower measures 4.5 inches across.

The flower centres are made by working between the stitches, rather than into the top of them. Make two of these, one Walnut and one Bottle

Round 1 – ch2, 7tr into a magic ring (8 stitches)

Round 2 – ch2, tr in same space, 2tr in spaces all round (16 stitches)

Round 3 – ch2, tr in same space, tr in next space, then 2tr, tr all round (24 stitches)

With Sunshine yarn, work into the front loops only of the Walnut circle –
Into 1st stitch – dc, tr, ch2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook
Into 2nd stitch – tr, dc
Repeat all round (12 petals)

Using Sunshine yarn, dc through the back loops of the Walnut circle and both loops of the Bottle circle to join them together (dc, dc, 2dc – repeat all round – 32 stitches). Before it’s completely closed, push a little stuffing in.

Through both loops using Sunshine yarn, make another round of petals –
Into 1st stitch – dc, tr, ch2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook
Into 2nd stitch – tr, dc
Repeat all round (16 petals)


We’ve had plenty of food from the garden. I’ve been chopping/slicing/spiralising/freezing/pickling and eating tomatoes, chives, courgettes, cucumbers, runner beans, potatoes, salad leaves, aubergines, carrots, shallots, onions, radishes, garlic, sugar snap peas and beetroot.



tomatoes and garic

sugar snap peas

chopped tomatoes

aubergine, garlic and marrow




Friday, 7th September 2018 at 8:59 am 2 comments

Blanket Progress

I’ve made a bit more progress, I was hoping to be further along by now but it takes me ages to decide what to do each time I start a new row 😀







Sunday, 27th May 2018 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

From The Middle

I need a new blanket and don’t want to follow a pattern, I want to be a bit more creative. I decided on a row of granny squares then was going to do rows of various stitches in various colours. So I made eight squares and joined them together by slip stitching through the back loops


joined squares

I always turn at the end of each row when I’m making a blanket but I’m doing this one all on the ‘right’ side, for no other reason than I haven’t done it before. The first row is half trebles, with two trebles together across the corners. The second row is half trebles. So far, so good

htr 2 rows


There are 121 stitches per row, but now I want to do something different – block stitch. And this is where it goes wrong. If I’d done the maths it would’ve worked out perfectly but for that to happen, I’d have to plan the whole thing. It’s supposed to be random, I want to decide which stitch to use next as I finish a row. So I’ve ended up with rows of 121, 122 or 123 stitches, depending on what I’ve chosen.  I’m hoping the numbers don’t change too much as I carry on 😀

The next couple of rows are block stitch with half trebles, then block stitch with trebles

block stitch 2 rows

The squares were supposed to be the beginning of the blanket, with maybe another row of smaller squares as the blanket grows. But I’ve decided to turn it and repeat the same stitches on the other side of the row, so the squares will be in the middle.

from the middle

The edges may not be perfectly straight by the time it’s finished (though they look fine so far) but they will be unevenly even so that’s OK 😀

One last thing – I’m pleased to announce that my Easter cactus finally has one fully opened flower!

cactus flower

Sunday, 20th May 2018 at 11:42 am Leave a comment


I hate shopping. I go into town four times per year at the most, usually I manage to go only twice – once for Christmas things and once to pick up the whole year’s birthday presents in one trip. Anything I can’t find gets ordered online, though I do prefer to buy in person when it’s gift. I write a list then sort the items into the shops I have to visit, then plan the trip so I go in a circle then jump back on the bus to go home. I’m married to someone who likes to criss-cross backwards and forwards across town numerous times, making shopping an all day event. I try to avoid going to town with him 😀

But I need to learn to amble a little bit. I managed it yesterday and when I was halfway through my shopping, I strayed from my planned-with-military-precision list. I found a fab yarn shop, it’s been there for seven years and I’ve only just found it. I’ve just checked google maps, it’s exactly two miles from my house if I walk (2.8 miles by car, because of our silly road system). How did I not know about this place?! They have knit and natter sessions, I was told it’s not just for knitting, there are crocheters too and even a couple of people who don’t do anything, they come along to drink tea and just chat. And they stock Stylecraft yarn. MIJU Wools now have a new customer.

And just around the corner, I found Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Centre  I didn’t go in because I didn’t have time, but it’s on my list for next time.

I wonder what else I’m missing out on?

Must learn to amble.

Tuesday, 10th April 2018 at 6:23 am 3 comments

Beach Hut Beginnings

I’ve decided to turn the spare room into a beach hut craft room. I love love love Cornwall and would move there right now if it were possible, but it isn’t. So I’ve flicked through my holiday photos from the past few years for ideas on how to make the room feel a little bit like Cornwall. I’m still not exactly sure how I want it to look but Talland Bay Beach Cafe, Polperro, my money Box, lap tray, treasure chest and Cornishware have inspired me.




I can’t decorate yet, the walls have to chased out for electric cables first, in the meantime I’ve made a start on some bunting and a blanket





Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at 7:16 am 2 comments

Happy New Year

According to the calendar, I’m a week late. But it doesn’t feel like a new year to me until the Christmas decorations have been packed away and I’ve given the house a much-needed cleaning. The decorations were in boxes in the lounge for two days – I can’t put them up in the loft myself, my hip wlll allow me to go up a ladder but won’t let me come back down, lol. I cleaned around them. On friday morning Mr MB put them away, I cleaned the corner where they’d been piled up then I gave myself the weekend off to be lazy 😀

I have a new diary which I’ve started to fill


and I’ve made a small planner for blog posts


I’m still missing four colours of Stylecraft yarn, they were out of stock. I’ve made a note of them and will make sure they’re included in my next order. I’ve made little samples of all the other colours, this will help me make beautifully co-ordinated items. Hopefully 😀


Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2018 xx

Monday, 8th January 2018 at 4:38 pm 3 comments

Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve with my almost-four-year-old nephew was fabulous. We played Power Rangers (I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing so I just made things up), we were spies with Spiderman walkie talkies (this involved him going into another room and asking me what someone else was doing, while I was sitting in front on the spied-on person) and Playmobil pirates sailing across the coffee table on a raft. He walked around with a basket of crackers and made sure everyone had one to pull, and he helped me make drinks in the kitchen. I’d forgotten what it’s like to have an excited littlie in the house at Christmas and it was wonderful. But when everyone had gone home and I’d tidied up, I was exhausted and glad my kids are all grown up 😀

Christmas Day was lovely, we started opening presents at about 11am and carried on til about 4pm. We take it in turns to open, with everyone else watching and going ‘oooooh’ and ‘aaaah’ before Miss MB chooses who goes next (she’s always been the person in charge of the presents on Christmas Day). It can take up to 30 minutes to open one present each because we all have a good look at each thing. I think we managed two presents each – and our stockings, of course! – before stopping for lunch and it was almost two hours before we sat under the tree again.

Since then, two of us have gone back to work but every moment we’re all home, someone puts a film on, or makes mulled wine, or throws leftovers on plates, or gets the tin of chocs out.

I had some lovely things this year, want to see?





Oooooh what’s in here?




Scampi had great fun with his new toy, he ripped it to pieces in just 20 minutes


And he kept his hat on just long enough to take a photo


Sunday, 31st December 2017 at 12:48 pm 5 comments

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