Wildlife

Happy Mothers Day to all the mums out there, those with us and those passed on.
To all the animal mummies too, lets not forget them, they have a tougher time than we do.
I love to be making anything wildlife related, so when a local photographer asked me to make some for her fund-raising stall I jumped at the chance. All of these will be donated to help raise funds for a local Wildlife trust who so desperately need all the help they can get.
Animals have always been a passion in my life, from a very early age I would be sat in a field drawing or taking photographs. If I could I would have a zoo of my own, literally.
Included in my set is Mr Fox, very handsome young man. Harry The HedgehogSally the Swan, Douglas and Dennis the ducks, Ollie & Percy. They have taken me a while as I have been making them in-between other projects but looking at them all together it was worth the wait don’t you think?
Have you made and donated anything to a charity recently?
I do hope they will raise some well deserved funds and give someone some joy in the process.
Love them who cannot ask for help, they are apart of this world too.
Enjoy your day whatever you are doing.
Take care
Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

The Owl & The Pig

Happy Monday

I hope you have all had a good weekend?

It started great with an England win in the football and as it stands they are going to continue with their winning streak (fingers crossed).

Football aside it’s been a busy crochet weekend for me, I had ago on some software to make a pattern and managed to get a sample printed off so watch this space for that progress. I went and fetched all the wool ready yesterday and a little excited to see if it works. If so I will be purchasing the software to start work on my own designs.

I made a little piggy and late last night finished an Owl and I love both. Both patterns are from the same book as Sally the Swan and will be joining Harry to raise funds for a local wildlife trust.

The pig is so cute and teeny, you can see from the picture against my hand of how small and cute it is. He was really quick and easy to make up, helps when there are no colour changes, It took me about an hour and half in total. You could make up a family by changing your hook size if you want to have a go.

The owl I have made before so I knew what to expect, but still forgot the hardest part is the last bit. So if I ever have to do him again I will ensure I do the feet first to get them out of the way. They’re so fiddly as you start with 3 separate toes which have to come together to make the full foot. Not good with long nails I might add ha ha.

This does mean that my Temperature Blanket is behind a few days so I’m going to go and catch up while I watch the second half of the England game.

Let me know what you’ve been working on this weekend, love to hear what exciting things people are working on, whatever it may be.

Happy Hooking Peeps

Take Care

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

Wool-Jeanie

It’s the small things in life sometimes isn’t it?

I ordered a wool-jeanie from Amazon last week and I love it, just genius!

Takes a little getting use to and you need to ensure that it’s on the same level you are working, but works brilliantly. No more chasing my yarn around the floor. I’ve tried the homemade baskets, clips on bowl edges, wooden spools etc but this is by far my favourite for ease of use.

Anyone else using one and love it as much as me?

If not, I would highly recommend investing, the strong magnets hold it firmly in place whilst still allowing easy spinning for continual work without stopping to release some yarn to continue.

Take a look

Small things are sometimes best shared 🙂

Take Care

Marie (Cosy Crochet)

Harry

Happy Friday Everyone, mine hasn’t stated so happy with a nasty migraine out of the blue but seems to be easing now thankfully. So let me introduce you to Harry the Hedgehog. I love this little fellow, the crochet pattern was purchased from Etsy from Mariska Vos-Bolman at DIYFluffies and what a great pattern it is too. Easy to follow and quick to make up. Thank you Mariska, go take a look at her shop, I for one will be going back.

I made a few alterations to mine by adding a safety nose instead of a crochet one and I didn’t sew the overhang over the head and belly, only because I liked him as he was.

Do you like him?

He is a further addition to a wildlife set I am putting together for a donation to a local wildlife trust via a third-party event, watch this space for what animal comes next.

My second passion is wildlife so there is nothing better for me than this.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned, and if you spot any wildlife on this official first weekend of spring then pop me a photo in the comments for inspiration.

Take Care

Marie (Cosy Crochet)

As Graceful As

Sally the Swan, she wasn’t a graceful make I assure you fingers and thumbs everywhere during the crochet project.

Pattern from the book Zoomigurumi 6 written by Pica Pau – Yan Schenkel. The pattern itself is mother and baby but baby may have to wait a while.

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Worth all the fiddly bits though. If you do plan to make this (and why wouldn’t you) ensure that you don’t fix the safety eyes until you have done a few rows of the back of the body first. The head and body are one piece so this will enable you to position them correctly, you will notice that mine is slightly off even though I wanted its appearance to be looking down to her baby.

Wings – stitch count is essential to making the wings symmetrical once fixed to the body, you will notice if it is a stitch or two out.

I do love her though and must do her cygnet soon, watch this space.

Take Care

Marie x

Wherever I Go

I think I might start taking something with me wherever I go, I sometimes sit waiting in places thinking this is wasted time.

I was sat waiting for my mum to do her physiotherapy in the doctors on Friday and in walks a Nun, great to see still, she checks herself in, sits down to wait and pulls out her knitting. OMG I had to smile to myself, she was working on what looked like a scarf but the yarn was beautiful. I just had to go and talk to her, couldn’t resist.

Turns out the yarn was donated to her so she can keep the homeless supplied with warm wears throughout the cold months. Heart melted at this point because the wool looked expensive and she was whizzing though the scarf with great speed that was astounding.

She did give me a quote that will stay with me a while “Every moment is precious fill it with fulfilment” We chatted a little more and she got called through, I wish I had got her picture but it somehow didn’t seem appropriate in that short space of time.

It did make me realise I must carry something with me, just something small that I can be doing with my time whilst sat around waiting. I’m thinking the same hats and scarves for the homeless or bedding for animal rescues, every little helps doesn’t it.

Happy Sunday Everyone

Marie x

Crochet Along (CAL)

The lovely Eleonora at Coastal Crochet is planning to start a CAL (crochet along) on the 12th of April, should I do it? I have been debating this since she posted it weeks ago and now I only have a few weeks to decide and buy my wool.

Her work is amazing and think I will learn a lot but wondering if I will have enough time to do it, I have 2 courses, my blog getting established, work and other projects HELP!

If you would like to do it also then please take a look at her blog and join in too (Changing Tides Blanket CAL). She has teamed up with style craft who have put together the yarn pack for the whole project too which makes it even easier, well to purchase the wool at least.

Oh Sunday Morning debates, should I? (Makes a change from Brexit at least)

Marie x

Powerless

I look at crochet as my stress reliever, no matter what happens or how bad your day has been I can pick up a hook and just do 1 row or 1 round of whatever it is I am making and my mind will calm itself. I think it must be the focus you have to give to follow a pattern or keep your tension it just makes everything seem more rational. I do believe my craft keeps my demons away, anyone else feel the same? What is your choice of mental fulfilment?

It’s so very hard to see a loved one decline into a dark world and feel absolutely powerless to help them. Have you ever watched someone decline so bad and not be able to help? Did you feel powerless?

I believe one of the hardest illnesses we have to deal with is mental health, we are scared of it happening then unprepared to deal with it when it does, And there is not enough being done to help  on all levels, for the individuals and their families.

If you notice the smallest of signs in someone then offer a hand, encourage a craft or exercise something that will engage or focus the mind elsewhere. Or just simply get them to talk, you may never even know how that small step could save someone.

A small sign is a cry for help do what you can.

Stay Strong and focused people, it’s a harsh world out there.

Take Care

Marie x

Redress

Following on from Unravel I decided to redress my Temp Blanket Cont….. I spend a few hours one afternoon last week unraveling the whole two months worth of work and restarting over the weekend.

I decided to go with c2c and managed to catch up on January and February and I have to say I am really pleased with how it’s looking. It will still be huge but I quite like that idea now looking at it laid out.

I will be increasing each row till the end of June which will total 181 days, I will then start to decrease per day. This should leave me 3 days at the end of 2019 to add a border per day to finish the year. I am now excited to see how it’s going to work out, I have it in my mind so I am hoping that we have a summer like 2018 and it will look stunning with the hot colours I have planned. We’ve already a hint of it with that orange row.

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Summer does seem so far away again with the current weather turn, not sure anyone expected the snow we woke up too on Sunday morning, hey we should expect it by now right?

I do hope this will be the last project that I re start for a while, I have decided that if I start to get a gut feeling something just isn’t right I will stop this time. (wrote with crossed fingers).

So I am going to go and get March up to date on my blanket so that I can be back to one row per day and onto something else I am looking forward to doing. Watch this space 🙂

Have a lovely evening

Take Care

Marie x

Unicorns & Rainbows

Well Tinycorns, that was my focus last weekend with an order for two of them, both with different colour briefs but both as equally amazing. So after the unicorn cot blanket Bringing a life…. last month, I’m seeing rainbows myself.

Why are we obsessed with these magical creatures? They are everywhere and on everything at the moment adding a little magic to everything we do.

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Some people believe that if you find your unicorn it will lead to your rainbow, which leads to your pot of gold in life. Have you found yours? Is this why we are obsessed by them? Are we striving for the perfect dream to come true? You’ve got to dream right other wise what are you going to strive for

 

Some other people would argue that if you are seeing unicorns and rainbows you should lay off them drugs for a while, but is that what they are striving for at that point in their lives? who knows. All I know is that they have become extremely popular so once I made my first Tinycorn there has been lots more that followed, and I love making them.

The brief for the two I did last weekend was 1. Girly Pink, PINK and more PIIIINNNNKKKK so that is what I did, all pink with white hoofs and horn, pink mane with a few rainbow highlights.

2. Girly but not all pink so I went for white with bright pink hoofs and horn then a full on rainbow for a mane. It’s actually the mane that takes up all the time as you have to attach each strand individually and this can take a while. Then you have to make the decision to brush it out or leave it, brushing out with a clean copper bristled brush makes it fluffy. I decided to leave it then customer can do it if they wish.

Oh the magic of Unicorns and Rainbows, Follow your dreams and enjoy your journey.

Pattern courtesy of Ahooka @ Ahookamigurumi.com 

Take Care

Marie x