95: Caitlin the Giraffe & Hank the Sheep

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Yet again I decided to get my crochet hooks out and whip up a couple more animals from Edward’s Menagerie for birthday presents. These two are quite a funny pair – Caitlin the Giraffe is a school teacher who loves a gossip, and Hank the Sheep has a wandering eye!

94: Forever Friends

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These three are just so cute! They, like Douglas and Angharad, are from Edward’s Menagerie. I made them for the babies of three of my friends at Christmas. In case you cannot tell, they are a tiger, chimp and zebra. I love the detailing such as the hair or tail.

93: Fox On A Wall

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I found a crochet books called “Animal Heads: Trophy Heads to Crochet” by Vanessa Mooncie and thought this fox head looked adorable. It took AGES to make but I am so happy with the final result. My son even says good night to him every evening.

92: Baaaaaa Sheep Cushion

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My friend and ex-colleague Zsuzsi has finally left the big smoke and moved to San Francisco, so I wanted to make her something quite British to remind her of us. I decided to go for a sheep cushion! The pattern is from one of my favourites – Little Doolally, and can be found here. I [...]

91: S’mores Cake

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Who doesn’t love cake? It was my friend Namrata’s birthday party last week and she asked each of us to bring a dish somehow relating to her. I chose to bake something a bit more complex than usual – a 3-tiered S’mores Cake! Namrata is from the US and introduced a couple of us to s’mores [...]

89: Incredible Isla’s Ballerina Wrap Cardigan

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You may remember Beautiful Bella’s Dress – well, this gorgeous little number if what I made for her cousin Isla! The pattern is from a book called Baby Crochet by Sue Whiting.

88: Polymer Clay Beaded Necklaces

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I finally got round to making my first set of polymer clay necklaces. I’ve seen these around the internet a lot and wanted to try my hand at making my own, especially since I can never find the right colour necklace to go with my outfits! If you like the look of them, you’ll find [...]

87: Beautiful Bella’s Dress

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One of my best friends, Gemma, has a beautiful little girl called Bella who is 5 weeks old. I popped round to see them over the weekend and brought a present for Bella that I had crocheted… a gorgeous dress for when she grows a bit bigger I found the pattern on many different sites [...]

86: Hedgehog Cake

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So Leon wanted a hedgehog cake for his 4th birthday… He also wanted one for last year’s birthday, so I’ve had a year to improve it. Fondant icing definitely makes all mistakes disappear! I used a combination of this recipe and this method… plus a layer of chocolate fondant icing to hide the mess of [...]

85: Banana Cake

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This is my favourite banana cake recipe – the sour cream makes it so moist. The most important thing to remember is not to overbeat the mixture, else you will knock out all the air bubbles. I have yet to make the naughty Dulce de Leche sauce to go on top though! I made this [...]

84: Mr Penguin

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My colleague Laura from work went off for her maternity leave a couple weeks ago and she loves penguins. Therefore it was obvious that I should make her a crochet penguin for her baby! This pattern was a really well thought out one.

83: Multi Colour Baby Blanket

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Quite a few of my friends are expecting babies this year so I have been busy making baby blankets – this is a particular favourite of mine because of the bright colours (I’m not a fan of blue for boys and pink for girls!). I used this diamond crochet blanket pattern, with a variety of colourful DK [...]

82: Three Little Mice

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My friend Namrata at work asked me to make her 3 little mice. Here they are! I found the pattern online here.

81: Steve the Scarlet Macaw

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Please welcome Steve the Scarlet Macaw. Steve is a successful businessman, who spends his time flying to mainly South American destinations. The jungle is his favourite place to be and he really loves the warm weather. It might also be because he has a girlfriend who lives there… Pattern based on the Macaw from Edward’s Menagerie by [...]

80: Chris the Pelican

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Here we have Chris. He is a Pelican. Chris really likes his neighbour Susan the Flamingo but cannot take the hint that she isn’t interested in him. Other than finding new ways of getting Susan’s attention, Chris enjoys playing dominoes. Pattern from Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord.

79: Susan the Flamingo

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I would like to introduce a new addition to the stuffed crochet animal family: Susan the Flamingo. She is a very chilled out flamingo who enjoys the odd glass of wine with friends. Her favourite past time is flirting with the post man. She is currently single but keeps having to shun the advances of [...]

78: Upcycling into a Fire Engine Box

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My son Leon is totally obsessed with fire engines so I decided to upcycle an old wooden MDF toy box that my brother and I used when we were children. I sanded it, primed it and painted it fire engine red (of course). I found a brilliant website called Smartwalls that create personalised vinyl fire [...]

77: Bunny Hats

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A friend of mine, Delphine, contacted me to ask if I would make her baby girl a gorgeous little Easter Bunny Hat (pattern here). I made her 4 in total in different sizes. They are so cute! Available to buy from my etsy shop if you’d also like one! Or if you ever see something you [...]

76: Snowflake Table Runner

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Another table runner, but much bigger this time! This could be used as a table runner, sofa throw or even blanket. It took about 8 balls of Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK yarn (100% cotton, 100g) in ivory (3655). The pattern is by Jackie Carreira and it was in Inside Crochet magazine.

75: Flower Table Runner

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This was a very quick and easy project that I really enjoyed – I have made a few things with filet crochet and I highly recommend using it – so simple and effective.. The pattern, by Jackie Carreira from Inside Crochet magazine, uses 3 balls of Bergere de France Coton FIfty (50% cotton / 50% [...]

74: Sheep Tea Cosy

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After seeing an adorable sheep tea cosy in Cath Kidston, my Mum asked if I would make her one for Mother’s Day. So I found some chunky acrylic yarn and a 6mm hook and away I went. I worked the tea cosy in rounds, using popcorn stitch and increased the rounds every now and then [...]

73: Another Yoga Mat Bag

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I was asked to make another yoga mat bag last week – here it is! I love this colour combination… it is for a green yoga mat so I thought the colours would compliment it well. Remember – you can also purchase one from my shop on etsy.

72: Easter Chicken Bean Bags!

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It is fast approaching Easter so I have been asking everyone if they want to buy some Easter Chicken Bean Bags! They have been selling like hotcakes – I have been crocheting on the train to and from work daily in order to get them all done. I hope to make them in every colour [...]

71: Birthday Party Time!

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It was my son Leon’s 3rd Birthday Party yesterday! I love birthday parties and making all the party food – we had egg and ham sandwiches, cocktail sausages, crisps, veg sticks and of course… CAKE (a Fireman Sam cake to match his fire engine themed party). This year I also wanted to make him some [...]

70: Baby Cardigan

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A colleague and friend, Oksana, is off on maternity leave this week so I got my crochet hooks and yarn out to make her a baby cardigan! She doesn’t know the sex of the baby so I had to keep the colours unisex. Turned out pretty well – did it in a couple days… never [...]

69: Sydan Cushion

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“Inspired by rustic Nordic style, this cushion works up quickly and the impressive-looking stitch pattern is easy to learn.” That description in Inside Crochet magazine (issue 58) was enough to get me ‘hooked’ (sorry…) so off I went to buy the yarn – James C Brett Chunky with Merino (70% acrylic/20% siliconised soft polyamide/10% Merino [...]

68: Be aware, make a square

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I read about a Facebook group called BE AWARE, MAKE A SQUARE in a crochet magazine recently and decided to find out what it was all about. Hannah Louise Lawson began this group to raise awareness of meningitis and here is her story: “6 months ago when my little man was 2 weeks old he [...]

67: Valentine’s Day Gift Bag

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I found this super-cute Valentine’s Day gift bag pattern from a wonderful blog called Little Doolally. I used the left-over yarn from my Cosy Lap Blanket: Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran (90% wool, 10% angora, 50g/88m). It’s really quick to work up and uses basic crochet stitches. I’m very happy with the end result… now to [...]

66: Home Sweet Home Filet Crochet

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I finally completed this filet crochet project that I found online by Lee Ives Tice. Filet crochet is a very easy and satisfying way to crochet – I have also made tops and table runners using this technique. I used a 1.75mm steel crochet hook and 1 ball of Puppets Eldorado mercerised crochet cotton in an off [...]

65: Seville Orange Marmalade

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It is marmalade season! Each year I make a gigantic batch of seville orange marmalade and this year was no different… I made 12 jars in total, with 1.5kg of oranges and 3kg of granulated sugar. Just had some for breakfast on toast