2017 in review

2017 was definitely a year of highs and lows which included D being injured twice in accidents at his work and again when our car was written off after another driver jumped a red light when he was on his way home home work. Mollie managed to snaffle a large piece of Christmas cake in January and ended up in the vets for a couple of days. On the upside there were some fantastic holidays, trips out with friends and lots of lots of knitting and crocheting!

This year I started off by making some chunky pussyhats for a friend who was attending the Women’s March in Washington.I made 5 of them, and was so pleased to see the photos of them being worn. This started the year off in hat mode and they were followed by a lot more hats over the year. All of them are Woolly Wormhead patterns unless stated:

Banksia in Devon Sun Yarns Tweed Aran and a crochet beanie in King Cole Riot.

Muratura in a DK I dyed myself at a yarn retreat:

Slipped Ridge Beanie in undyed Cadbury Farm alpaca.

Darkke in Juniper Moon farm alpaca:

Pavone in Yan Tan Tethara sock yarn:

Half Theory Hat in Hand Drawn Yarn colourway ‘Unicorn Garden’:

Chevron Beanie in Rowan Cocoon:

Wide Rib Beanie in ‘How to Manage Your Flamingo’ by Down Sheepy Lane:

Alveare in King Cole Riot:

Violet Waffles by Halldora J in Snuggly Stars Yarns colourway ‘Santa Suit’:

A beanie based on Starburst:

I also knitted a grey Starburst but don’t seem to have a finished picture:

Finally top to bottom, Mulinello in Devon Sun Yarns, Sette Vele in Miss Babs Yummy and Toph in Devon Sun Yarns (variegated) and Fyberspates:

As well as hats I made a number of shawls. I tested Hannah from Not Your Average Crochet’s new Granny shawl:

I made three versions of Lost in Atlantis by Elizabeth Davis de Herriaz. The top two are made in different shades of King Cole Riot the bottom one is in Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock with Marmalade Yarns sock ‘Murder at the Vicarage’ for the border.

I knitted two Boo Knits shawls as gifts, the pink, which is I Knit or Dye lace for a new baby, the green for a colleague to wear to her daughter’s wedding, knit in a custom dyed Babylonglegs wool/ silk mix.

I also crocheted a Wonder Woman shawl by Carissa Browning in two custom dyed colour ways from Yan Tan Tethera yarns: this was for a colleague to wear to her wedding.

Apart from those I’ve made a few doilies:

Crocheted a ‘Your Mileage May Vary’ shawl in Fyberspates for one boss’s birthday:

And a Sockhead Cowl in Lang Yarns Mille Colori for another boss’s birthday:

Made a Granny blanket in Noro Kureyon for my friend Josh:

A cardigan for my Mum in Sirdar Ella:

We had our annual Christmas competition and I ran out of time to make the compulsory entry, which was a cushion, so I made a dolls house size one! Luckily I have a friend who restores dolls houses and who could lend me a little chair:

And my entry with the others! I didn’t win. The reindeer did!

I have also started and not completed a number of projects!

The following are the highlights of my stash enhancement this year. 😊<<<<<<
w pictures from our holidays; Tenerife in January and July; Southern Germany in December: <<<<<<
pecial trips out with my Possiwool ladies:<<<<<<
er and I went to see Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; and I went with my friend Sam to see my favourite band The Script: <<<<<<
rom her thieving related vet incident in January Mollie and her cousins have been very well! <<<<<<
ally some Christmas pictures 😊 And finally finally, my sister has turned into a very good crocheter! She made me a fantastic shawl for my birthday and blanket for Christmas!

Stitching Santa 2017

Hello everyone! This is my first post in a year and it is good to be back!

Once again I took part in the Stitching Santa secret Santa event that the lovely Sewchet runs each year. I had a huge amount of fun creating a package of goodies to send to my recipient and was very excited to receive a parcel a  week or so ago, which has been residing under my tree…

We weren’t at home on Christmas Day so I opened my parcel first thing Boxing Day morning.

I am a very happy camper! I have a ball of Scheepjes Merino Soft (and it’s gloriously soft) ,  four mini Yarn and Colours skeins, a beautiful crocheted hook or pencil case, a pattern for some beautiful mittens and a handmade black Labrador Christmas ornament. The way to my heart is indeed through Mollie!

Scheepjes Merino Soft and a pattern for moss stitch fingerless gloves!

I haven’t worked with this yarn before, but I have used other Scheepjes yarn in the past and it is very nice to work with. This ball is in the perfect shade of blue grey and I will enjoy using it very much. The pattern is very attractive too.

Yarn and Colors minis

I have seen people posting about these minis and have been curious to find out more about them and maybe have some myself! So I’m really delighted to get four little minis, all in shades of blue, which is a colour I am very partial to! Bottom right is the exact shade of my sofa!

Handmade hook/ pencil case

I am really delighted with this. My hooks will have a happy home in here!

And finally! A Mollie Christmas ornament

I cannot tell you how pleased and touched I am to receive this. It’s absolutely fabulous.

Thank you stitching Santa!

The lovely person who sent these to me didn’t reveal herself, but I’ve had a little snoop about and I think it’s Jenny, the author of the pattern, who blogs at Iamsimplyhooked – so thank you very much Jenny!

And thank you Sewchet for another fun year!

Stitching Santa 2016

I took part in this fun Secret Santa event last year – it’s organised by the lovely Sewchet – and I had to take part again this year! 

I enjoyed putting together my parcels for my recipient and was very excited when my parcel arrived. I opened it last night after D had gone to bed, so I could really enjoy looking at everything!!

First thing I saw was this: 

It’s a gorgeous project bag! 


That can also be used as a work bucket! 

There was a skein of the most beautiful yarn from Inspirational Yarns called ‘Frosted Holly’, in all my sort of colours! 

The next parcel I opened was a notions pouch…

I opened it up to see this! 

How perfect is that?! 

I just LOVE it! It also has a zipped pouch, where I found a ruler and mini pen! It is just perfect and I know I will use it all the time. 

My final two parcels were the wool needles above and these interesting things…the pink ‘Candy Cat’ turned out to be mini scissors! 

The parcel had a note attached asking me to open the parcel before the card, which I duly did.

Turns out that my lovely present sender is Sharon from Inspirational Yarns. I was even admiring her project bags on Etsy last week and now I own one!  Thank you so much Sharon, all the parcels are fabulous! Xxxx

Taking a little break

Hello blogging friends

I’ve decided to take a little break from my blog. I don’t know how long, but I’m sure I’ll be back. Previously I blogged a lot and got a lot out of it, but this year as my job has got busier, including lots of evening meetings, I’ve found myself doing it less and less. This has been a source of such pleasure in the past I don’t want it to become a chore or to feel guilty I haven’t posted. So, in the same way I’m acknowledging what I do and don’t want to knit, I’m being honest and saying, I don’t have blogs in me at the moment. 

I don’t want to lose touch with my blogging friends, so I can be found (for now) at @mollieandclaire on Instagram and mollieandclaire (at) yahoo.co.uk is our email address. I will still get notifications of postings so here too.

See you soon

Claire & Mollie xx

PS: I’m taking part in Stitching Santa so I’ll have to blog at Christmas!

PPS: here are a few hats I’m making: 

Wearing my favourite new hat…October projects:

Mollie looking cute in her Thundershirt. 

See you soon x