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Crochet Project Mix

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Way back in September last year I attended Yarndale 2015 and I’m already looking forward to Yarndale 2016! I have GOT to finish at least some of the projects that I purchased before returning and yes, you got it! Purchasing more.HardWorkAheadSign_thumb

One project that I invested in was a crochet throw ( or afghan )  from Attic 24. It is called Attic 24 Coast Ripple Blanket. I adore the colours with the sand, sea and surf tones it’s gorgeous.

The instructions for Coast Ripple Blanket were clear and precise but I couldn’t get a grip of it. I’m a fairly novice crocheter never having followed a pattern. I decided to abandon the Coast ripple and try a pattern that I had my eye on from Sandra Paul at http://www.cherryheart.co.uk in conjunction with Black Sheep Wools, old friends of mine.

I made a colour chart card before I started the work and this has proved an invaluable aid to sorting out the colours. It’s also a good use of one of my hundreds of postcards!

This pattern is called “Spice of Life” and is  a great way to learn new stitches. It is rather like working through a sampler of crochet stitches. I am making very good progress and love the “Coast Ripple Spice of Life”  throw that is emerging from my crochet hook. Cozy days ahead!

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My Best Ever Christmas Present

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I found the above pictures on Pinterest when looking for novel ideas to wrap my Christmas Presents. It made me think what was my best ever Christmas gift?

When I was about seven years old my Dad made me a wardrobe. This piece of “furniture” was about three feet high. It was made from varnished ply wood which he had bent to make a curved top to the wardrobe. There was a single door which was opened using a wooden knob. Inside my Dad had include a shelf and mini wire coat hangers. On the hangers were……….Clothes for ALL of my dolls and Teddies!!

My Mum and Nanna had been knitting and sewing for months before that Christmas. I had a lot of dolls. Baby dolls, a teenage doll (fashionable pre Barbie!) and Teddies. All these much loved dolls had new clothes. There were knitted sweaters for Teddy, Sewed dresses for the dolls-often with matching knickers and even a crotched pram blanket on the shelf. I played and played with this gift and have never forgotten the love and work that had gone into making the perfect gift for a dolly mad seven year old little girl.

After that lovey wollow in nostalgia I must get back to wrapping those presents.

How to make container candles

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Following a request from mammamakesandbakes.wordpress.com I thought you might like to know how to make container candles. (Also take a peek at her blog, it’s good!)

Choose your containers, I use china and/or glass. The finer the china the prettier the candle as you will have a transparent effect as the candle burns down. I have never known the heat to crack the cups so don’t worry. China cups etc have really increased in price since I started but you could miss match cups and saucers if you wish.I use soy wax as it is Eco friendly,burns without soot,and burns slowly. The soy wax burns with a rich cream colour, rather like a magic potion! IImage use http://www.fullmoons-cauldron.co.uk to supply wax and wicks. They are very efficient and prompt delivery.

You need to position the wicks in the clean container. I re cycle wooden coffee stirrers from a well known coffee shop chain. Fasten two together at either end with elastic bands so that you can grip the wick between the stirrers and balance them across the cup.

Melt the wax in a double boiler. You can use a jug in a pan of boiling water which makes pouring of wax easier. When the wax is melted pour into the container with the wick in the middle. It is best to pour a full candle in one go and avoid droplets of water getting in. Leave to set without moving over night and voila! Candle complete. Good luck!