For the last week and a bit, I’ve been running a Chocolate Easter Egg giveaway, thanks to the people at Lindt.
All the entries were put into a hat and the two winners names were pulled out, at random.
And the winners are…
Congratulations to Pip @SockYarnShop and Sarah @dramafarmer! One of the Lindt Easter Eggs will be winging its way to you asap!
Thanks so much to everyone for entering and publicising the giveaway. Happy Easter everyone!
A few weeks ago, at my Needles & Natter knitting group that I go to at Rosie’s Tea Room, Domesticali was knitting something very cute. Bunny Nuggets. Yep, you read that right. Bunny Nuggets. Naturally I wanted some of my own! But I had to use double pointed needles & I never had before. Thankfully Domesticali had brought her DPN tutorial kit & taught me how.
Pretty much as soon as I got home I Googled ‘bunny nuggets’ for the pattern and found it on the amazing blog of Rebecca Danger. The pattern is free & the instructions are easy to follow. And these aren’t the only cute little critters on Rebecca’s blog! Oh no. There are plenty to choose from.
I have to say that I’m not a massive fan of knitting on DPN’s & the ears were particularly tricky as they are small. I nearly sulked over them! But once you’ve got the hang of it you want to make loads. I learnt loads from making these – knitting using DPN’s, casting off on three needles and making poms poms. Ideally I wanted to give them as Easter gifts, but I didn’t make them quickly enough! So these are for me x
In my efforts to make as many things as possible, I’ve been knitting for a while now. I received a pack of wool & instructions for some slipper socks this Christmas. The beauty of kits like this is that they push you & your skills further & make you learn new stiches. For instance, before this I didn’t know how to increase stiches nor did I know that you could break yarn off mid-project or how to restart your knitting. I now do. Even though I can’t see anyone asking for me to make them a pair of these little socks, they are incredibly warm. This is good as I am pretty chilly most of the time (even in the Summer!). I am pleased with these & glad that they are done so that I can move on to my next knitting project.
I’ve also had a go at making some cards this week. I love stationary & cutting and gluing things together – always have. So I guess it was just a matter of time before I made some greetings cards. I had a bit of practice with the anniversary & valentine’s cards that I gave my OH (He had to like them!) Then, looking around, I had a few ideas about possible Easter cards (which I don’t normally send but think these are lush so will definitely pop them in the post). I’ve also made a New Job & a Good Luck card for friends too. Now while they do look ‘homemade’, they are the first ones I’ve done. I really like
cards like this & figure that if I give them to loved ones, they will too! (Or be too polite to say otherwise!)I’m also thinking about making my Mum a Mother’s Day card so starting to look out for ideas for that. I know that I need to work on the lettering a bit so am thinking about investing in a cutter board & maybe a knife as my scissors aren’t so good. What I like about these cards is that the paper is recycled & I’ve either inherited the fabric or it’s just left over from another project, as are the buttons. Wicked!
This week I’ve been busy with flowers. The garden is mainly brown, with very little life poking through the mud yet. So I needed to bring some colour into the house.
My first idea was to get organised & make an Easter card for my Granny, who is 92. I don’t send many Easter cards but I know she’ll love it & really appreciate my efforts. She doesn’t get around much, so it doesn’t take a lot to brighten her day. I hope this helps. I bought a little kit from Hobbycraft, along with some needlecraft cards. It only took a few hours and it came with everything you could possibly need. I even had some left over thread, which I’m sure will come in handy at some point. The most difficult bit was the outline & the writing, as it wasn’t always clear where you had to sew but I think it looks okay! I am super chuffed that the card fits pretty well, as it was a last minute purchase & it’s all stuck together with a bit of craft glue that I bought in town the other week. Nice. I think Granny will be pretty impressed with my crafty skills!
With it being a pretty gloomy February weekend, I couldn’t resist these gorgeous tulips from Waitrose this morning. Bright & sunny when there is no sun, they made me feel warm inside. (ahhhhhhh!) I love flowers. They really brighten my mood & my day no matter what. They are even more important to me at the moment, as I have now realised our garden needs so much work doing to it that we won’t be having anything growing in it for a while. With that in mind, there’ll be plenty of flowers in the house!