Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Monday, 5 February 2018

Lavender Bunny

In my attempt to make a knitted toy for every under 5 I know, I was knitting right up to Christmas and I still have a few last minute knitted toys still to show you.

It really was a last minute push, just time snap a photograph before wrapping them.  Naturally, my photographic skills are all over the place.

This bunny really is a lavender colour, shame you cannot see it that well.  It is made from a alpaca/wool mix double knit, using one of Julie Williams 'Little Cotton Rabbits' patterns.  I did not have time to make knitted the tights and shoes so I used the Boy Bunny pattern, which is plain.

As you can see, she has a lovely fluffy white tail hidden under her dress.

The dress is one of SuzyMarie's variations of Julie Williams Seasonal Dresses patterns, this one is called 'Tiny Buds Dress' (it is free from Ravelry) and it is made from 4 ply cotton.


Friday, 2 February 2018

The White Rabbit

Now I know this little rabbit looks like the Tiny Rabbit, there is a good reason for this.  After I made Tiny Rabbit the granddaughter of a friend saw her and fell in love with her.  However, Tiny Rabbit was promised to another so I quickly made this little sweetie for my friend's granddaughter.

This is one of Julie Williams 'Little Cotton Rabbits' patterns, she is based on the pattern 'Bunny Girl in a Dotty Dress', however, for speed I missed out her tights and shoes.

This rabbit is made from Baby Double Knit yarn and she had a gorgeous fluffy tail.

Her dress is a Pam Clydd design, which I got from Ravelry, but I can no longer find the pattern on Ravelry.  It is made from 4 ply cotton.


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Little Boy Blue

I have the last of my pre-Christmas bears to share with you today.  I made three little bears and two rabbits as presents for some of my young friends, but my timing was very tight and I only had time to grab a quick photograph before wrapping them and sending them off to their new homes.

This little bear is one of Julie Williams patterns, this one is called 'Boy Bear' and it is available from Ravelry.

He is made of a powder blue baby double knit and his clothes are made of cotton 4 ply.


Monday, 29 January 2018

One Little Bear

Back again today with the second of my three last minute little Christmas bears.  He is another one of Julie Williams patterns, this one is called 'Boy Bear' and it is available from Ravelry.

Like the little bear last week, he is made of a alpaca/wool mix double knit and his clothes are made of cotton 4 ply.


Friday, 26 January 2018

Little Ted

I'm back today with another of my 'Little Cotton Rabbit's Teddy Bears.  He is one of three bears that I made just before Christmas.  As I finished each bear I took a quick photo and wrapped them, so there was no time for me to take a group photo this time.

This little guy is one of Julie Williams patterns, this one is called 'Boy Bear' and it is available from Ravelry.

He is made of a alpaca/wool mix double knit and his clothes are made of cotton 4 ply.


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Happy Families

In recent weeks I have been sharing with you all of the Little Cotton Rabbits, - and their friends, which I made last year to give away as Christmas presents to my family and friends.

They have all gone to new homes now but, before I started my wrapping, I took a couple of group photos to show them all in one place.

There were too many to get them all into the basket, you should be able to pick out six teddy bears, four cats, four mice and elephant and a couple of rabbits.

You have seen them all either individually or in family groups but I thought you would enjoy seeing them all together.  Trouble is, after I made and wrapped these knitted friends, I went on to make quite a few more ...... such a shame they did not make it into the group photo.


Monday, 22 January 2018

Four Little Bears

You have met my Four Little Mice and the Four Little Cats.  Today I have Four Little Bears......

As with the above, these are a Julie Williams pattern in her 'Little Cotton Rabbits' range.  This one is actually called Boy Bear.  No they are not transvestite bears, it is just that I was in a hurry and it takes longer to knit the tights and shoes the girl bears are wearing in their pattern.

The bears are made with an alpaca/wool mix double knit yarn.  As the children are related I made each bear slightly different so they do not get them muddled up.

The same goes for the dresses, each one is the same yet different - a two toned stripe - sometimes with a contrasting colour near the waist, and a knitted bow.

Each dress is made from soft 4 ply cotton and are fastened at the back with a loop and tiny button.

Now for the n*ked shot!  Opps, did you spot that there are five bears in this shot, we have an infiltrator.

Here she is, bear number five is wearing a 4 ply cotton dress.  The pattern is based on Pam Clyde's Tulip Dress.