Welcome to my new blog

Hello All who call in at my new blog. It is meant for me to change my way of life but you are welcome to read it and maybe be inspired yourself if you need to change. It is also a diary of these sort of things made past and present.
I have always done knitting crocheting and sewing but rarely displayed it at all even though I have had craft blogs and forums for many years and joined in Craft Challenges on Blogger since early 2011. The crafts on the blogs were all about artwork, tags, cards etc. and I didn't show much of my real passions at all. Time seems to pass so quickly these days I decided to fit in more of what I like doing best.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Scarf and Bookmarks

It has turned really cold here and our road is so icy I am having to stay in. Unfortunately it never gets gritted and hasn't even got any footpaths. Not sure why new housing estates are built in this way but I imagine it is so many more houses can be fitted into the space. Vic has braved it to the bus stop and has managed to get to his mum's as she hasn't any money to give to the carers to do her shopping. We did ask her yesterday if she had money and she said yes

I  had intended to do lots of knitting this weekend but my teacozie books arrived and I have been reading about knitting rather than doing any.

 bookmark backs

I have a lot of thin strips of white card left over when I made greeting card blanks. Some of these are now bookmarks though I know people use Kindles these days there must be others like me that read real books.

Years ago when I used to play flat green bowls we all knitted these type of scarves for cold days as they didn't get in the way of bowling. I remembered how to make them so made one for myself and will probably make some more for the homeless charity as they are so warm. Maybe make them in thicker wool and men colours as most of the homeless seem to males.

Hope your day is going well

Love Chrissie xx

Monday, 11 December 2017

A wild variety of knits and Vic's new hobby

Hello Everyone and thank you to those who have become followers

The weekend was more relaxing for us as we decided to leave MIL with just the carers to see what happened. It was good to be able to do our own thing though the weather dictated the sort of things we could do as it was so cold and a bit icy in parts

Firstly Vic has found a new hobby for inside while the weather isn't too good. It involves lots of paper, folding and assembling into whatever you fancy. There is no glueing or anything as all the pieces slot together by magic if folded correctly

He got 3 packs of the ordinary coloured paper from W.H Smiths and still has lots left

I must add that it has taken much longer than just the weekend to make these
 I had some little bits of the sparkly wool left so made some tiny, albino hedgehogs
 Mittens with an odd ball of wool

Here she is my dressed rabbit called Shirley. She is just knitted out of oddments but I did buy the famous Cotton Rabbit Pattern and more or less followed it though I knitted the legs a bit longer than it said on the pattern. More by accident as I was watching a curling match on U-TUBE

Here she is again sitting on our Christmas Cactus that is usually full of flowers at this time of year. I think it must be having a rest this time as it only had a couple of flowers and that was way back in October. Hope it picks up again for next year

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Headbands and hats

Hello There

Not many makes this week as we have had quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing with MIL problems. Looking forward to a weekend of us with fingers tightly crossed. Nice sunny day here but extremely cold and a forecast for snow later.

I used up bits and bobs of wool to make headbands and hats. The one at the back I have kept for myself and I drew it up with a cord so it is nearly a hat. One of the others has gone on its travels to a dear friend. All of the other headbands are for the cat charity and the two hats are going to our homeless cafe as they are appealing for winter hats

I have started to knit a rabbit in a dress but not getting far with that yet. Watch this space-well a future post.

Love Chrissie xx

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Leg warmers and cards

Hi There

I see that comments have now started to work on this blog at last. I tried all sorts of settings but couldn't get them to work then the fairies must have visited and made it happen.

A very unproductive week from me so far as we have spent so much time at the hospital to try to help with MIL's walking. No success at all on that front so they are sending her back home again today, I am going to sit in her flat until she arrives home as they don't have a clue what time it will be. It is a nice sunny day and her flat looks out over the sea so it should be a nice relaxing time  until she comes home then who know what?

I found a really lovely blog full of happiness and lovely images


Not the sort of images I would have used in my makes before but just right for the Cat Charity Cards

Thank you Mary Ellen for your wonderful work and your generosity. The images are free to use and there are lots of them. Sorry about the shiny cellophane bag on the photo.

This week it has been so cold I decided it was time for me to have some leg warmers for myself. What a difference they make though my legs are not a pretty site they are are always covered with trousers anyway.

Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 24 November 2017

A bit of this and that


A strange week for us as we seem to have spent only a short time at home and more time on buses and walking-all to do with MIL. She is still in hospital with no word of when she will be coming home. We have rearrange her flat to make it look and feel more spacious and zimmer/wheelchair friendly. Not a clue what she will think of that as she doesn't like anything to be changed at all. We have told her it can all go back in the same places if she really doesn't like it.

 I managed to fit in few cards with embroidery designs as images and black card backgrounds. Also assembled the flowers as my daughter gave me loads of them.
 Knitted hats to keep me awake in front of the television. I just make them up as I go along so they are a very easy make.
2 more hedgehogs for the Cat Protection and also 3 cards for us to send if we need any. Seem to have a box full now but they will keep.

Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 17 November 2017

Leg Warmers and Cards

Hello There

It has been a hectic week here with MIL in and out of hospital and paramedics with differing ideas.As far as we know she is still in hospital today though we werr told she would be home again yesterday. Who knows what today will bring.

One thing I can do when I am just sitting waiting is knit so this week I decided to tackle leg warmers as we couldn't seem to find any to buy that fit the bill.

Vic has claimed this pair for when the weather turns really cold

A more feminine pair for MIL that is reason I am knitting them at all as her legs are always cold but even with lots of help she can't get stockings or tights on at all. Haven,t tried these on her yet so not sure what will happen when I do.

Saw this idea for cards online so decided they would be just right for the Cat Protection Sales.

Christmas cards for neighbours

More Christmas Cards for us to send.

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Cardigan and cards

Hello There

My cardigan is finished and I am rather pleased at how it turned out in the end after a shaky start with the wrong size back having to be unpicked.

These are large cards made from postcards I have bought in various place and the train ones are made with a photograph that Vic took at the Kieghley Steam Train station.

Love Chrissie xx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Yarn Whisperer

I bought this book to give to my daughter but really enjoyed reading it,

A piece by the author---

How knitting can improve your mood, mind and body

"Is knitting therapeutic? Heck yes. It’s a proven scientific fact, just like we know chocolate and red wine are good for us. Since turning my life over to yarn, I’ve talked to thousands of knitters who claim it’s cured everything from gout to their weight problems. I can’t speak to all cures, but it can certainly improve one’s mental health. I know it helps mine.”

So says Clara Parkes, author of the just-released book The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections of a Life in Knitting (STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book) and the founder and publisher of KnittersReview.com.  Personal testimonies, anecdotal evidence, and medical studies all back up Clara Parkes’ claims.
Knitting, Crochet and Sewing for Your Health
Knit and Crochet for a Better Life
Knitting is being used all over the world to help people knit themselves into better places.

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Cards Again

Hi There

Cards again today though I am knitting a cardigan for myself. Not very successfully so far as it is a complicated Aran Pattern and I did the back too small so had to unpick it all and start again.

More cards today.
 I always get up very early and love the quiet of the morning and try to get a few cards done for charity. Always great to open another box and find new things that Linda brought for me. Easy cards to make but I really liked the ones I made today. I managed to print the verse straight onto the inside of the card so that will save having to make inners in the future. It took ages to get the verse in the right place so lots of scrap paper to use now. The cards are A5 and the biggest size I have made so far but there are larger blanks for another time.

Love Chrissie xx

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Cards and picture

Hi There

We were clearing out the loft and I found a box of old craft projects that I had made for challenges.

This is a picture with knitted flowers that I made up as I went along. 

Around the flowers I stamped leaves in different coloured inks

More cards today. Some for us for to send to a few of our neighbours at Christmas. They have become friends over the years. Others with a plain inner to be used as you like.

The beautiful photograph on the black cards is one taken by my dear friend Valerie and she gave me permission to use as I liked. Thank you Valerie.

Started a new Aran cardigan for me yesterday so that should keep me awake while I watch television for sure.

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Blankets and cards Again

Hello There

More cards and blanket making the last few days. I did start to make a little bunny but it was on 4 needles and I just had to give in as I couldn't get to grips with 4 needles at all.

Among all the goodies my daughter brought were cards with cut out fronts and folds that I didn't like at all so I chopped and changed them and combined 2 together to make my Mary Quant collection. Not sure they will be everyone's cup of tea but they are different. Left with a pain inner and Congratualtions on the outside so ok for a lot of occasions

Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 27 October 2017

New Makes

Hello There

Been busy again making a variety of things that are mostly for my daughter's Cat Charity. As usual she supplied all the things needed to make them.
 It is so easy to make lots of cards as all the blanks are pre cut to size and have envelopes with them. Also cellophane bags the right size for the cards. The best bit is lots of card and paper shapes for backing just ready to add a pre cut image. Even lots of the little gadgets loaded with double sided tape. All things I would never have bought at all but my daughter seemed to have a  whole shop full of them and didn't make cards any more. I can make these sort of cards sitting down and watching television they are so easy to do and they sell well at the craft fairs to raise money for charity.


Thank You


I attempted to knit a doll but I think it may be the only one. I was fine until I came to the Hair???

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Recent makes

Lots of cards for charity--all ingredients courtesy of my daughter--even the doubled sided tape machine

More crocheted blankets for old people's home

 More heggies
 Felt needles cases made for my daughter as she wanted to take mine--no chance

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Snow people and albino hedgehog

My daughter wanted some snow people for herself and also an albino hedgehog. I denied all knowledge of this type of hedgehog and then I saw one this week at Mablethorpe nature reserve. Amazing coincidence!

Love Chrissie xx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Hedgehogs again

I had some sparkling wool left over from the large toys so  I made some baby hedgehogs.

A quick knit and they all have their own personality.

Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 6 October 2017

Decoupaged Drawers

We had two old sets of drawers as bedside cabinets and I had the idea to paint them white and then use some paper napkins to do decoupage on the drawer fronts. We had never done anything like this before but both Vic and me enjoyed doing it and would do it again. He did all the painting so I did cutting out and designs.We did the sticking together so a real joint effort

Love Chrissie xx

Friday, 22 September 2017

Cardigan for Mollie

My MIL is housebound at the moment but always feels cold so I have knitted her a warm cardigan this week. It is knitted from balls of wool that my daughter sent to me so I had to do a bit of mix and match and make up a pattern as I went along.

I am hoping she will wear it but who knows. I am taking it for her today

Love Chrissie xx

Thursday, 14 September 2017

More Makes

I did a lot of knitting a couple of weeks ago and then we went off for a few days break to Blackpool as life has become complicated recently. Even knitting and crocheting didn't make it all right though usually each stitch helps with a problem

I have knitted more of these than I can remember and they are raffled by my daughter's vet. Her three cat's go there often and the hedgehogs have beds for them to sit in, made at the vets, they make £25 each raffle. The money is for Cat Protection and that is something my daughter is passionate about.

More things for Cat Protection sales or raffles. I knitted the fluffy one from the original pattern--a King Cole--then I used the same pattern with double knitting wool. The little chap was made from left overs.

Just started a cardigan for my MIL who is housebound but always cold. Not a clue how that will turn out as I am making it up as I go along and will run out of wool to make it in just one colour. Hope she likes green stripes!

Love Chrissie xx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Hi There

I have had a lot of time to sit and crochet the last few weeks as I have painful cellulitis in my right leg also have had trips to my MIL to sit and talk to her and try to raise her spirits a bit. I decided to use up all of my bits of wool and crochet some knee blankets for a care home. We often pop in the home just to say hello to some of the ladies and we even bought a painting from one one of the carers who was raising funds for a day trip for the old folk.

Love Chrissie xx

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Some Knitted Toys before 2000

Knitted for my MIL and I made up the pattern from a cartoon picture. She only recently gave it away to a lady who was in her 80s and quite poorly

Dressed dolls sneaked in as no knitting at all I mended the dolls as they had been donated to the shop in an awful condition and hadn't even got any hair so I did some hair.

The elasticated worms have sneaked in as they are all sewn. I did make lots in football team colours and they sold really well. That was in the 1980s. The idea came from Germany where they were very popular at the time.

Nearly all of these toys were sold at the Age Concern Shop to add to their funds. Some were ordered by the customers. The year Telly Tubbies came out there were none left to buy in the toy shops at Christmas so I knitted lots of sets on my knitting machine. One set was raffled at the hospital where my mum was in the early stages of cancer. The proceeds of that raffle paid for all the nurses on her ward to have a Christmas meal out.
Wonderful memories as I look through all of these old files.

Love Chrissie xx