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Monday, 25 January 2016

Knitting Bears

Last year I got quite an addiction for knitting bears, soni thought I would show a few of my favourite ones. 
They are from knitting patterns by Gypsycream they are fab easy patterns to follow and are available

This one below was the first one that I knitted and it from the Huggable Bear pattern. 
This one went to my youngest grandson

This one was made for my oldest grandson and he wanted him to have a jumper as you can see in the photos below.
This pattern was gypsycream need a hug bear

Looking cool in his jumper

This cute fellow sits on my bed

My daughter has had a white bear since she was two years old she is 28 now, she asked me to make a little friend,  so our  white bear was born

Then a little girl bear for granddaughter Perrie. 
Perrie s favourite colour is purple, so this little lady has a purple outfit

And this last bear is from gypsycream panda pattern  done in pinks and white this pattern comes in two sizes and this was the largest size and made in extra long eyelash yarn so she is quite big compared to the others. 
This was a gift to my niece for her 21st birthday.
I have the wool to make a blue version of this bear for myself just not gotten round to it yet.


Friday, 22 January 2016

Low calorie butternut and carrot soup

Slimming and filling butternut and carrot soup.
Blended and divided into 6 portions only 106 calories
If you like your portions larger or are not blending and having it chunky, there is 633 calories for the whole pot so divide into your portion size.

Butternut squash 900g
Carrots 400g
Onion 240g
Sunflower oil 1/2 tablespoon
2 Vegetable stock cubes
1 litre of hot water

Cut butternut and carrots into 1inch cubes
Chop onion small and fry in the oil until soft
Add the cubed butternut and carrots stir, add 1 litre of hot water,  sprinkle the vegetable stock cubes and stir well.
Bring to the boil then turn down to simmer and cook for about 30 mins or until the vegetables are soft. Stir regu to stop bottom sticking to pan 
You can serve just as it is straight from the pot as a chunky stew, or leave to cool for 5 minutes then blitz with a hand blender or blend in food processor until consistency that you like. 
See photos below .

In the pot ready for cooking

 Served straight from the pot,  nice and chunky

After blending,  with a few herbs  sprinkle and a little ground black pepper


Crochet amigurumi girl doll

This was a fun amigurumi crochet project, how cute is she.
You can purchase the pattern from

 Standing she is 8 1/2 inches tall, She has been crocheted in DK acrylic yarn

I've added a little button to her hat

A view of her from the side,  love her cute little nose.
This is a very versatile pattern I can see myself making it again using the body shape and changing up the clothing a little


Up up and away wallet, passport wallet

 Had fun making this cute passport wallet ready for our next holiday. 
As you can see I've got space for 5 passports and still have a space for boarding passes. 
If you would like to make your own you can find the pattern

Liz Shaffner  up up and away passport wallet

 Inside views. 
Lots of space for those passports and boarding passes

After showing the one above on my Facebook page , I was given a few orders
The one below has an extra slip pocket as requested by the customer

 Love the fabric on this one

One of my favourite fabrics, as you can see in the earlier posts in used this fabric collection to make my charlie's aunt bag

This one is very pretty,  loving the gold prints on this fabric

Thanks for looking all comments are read


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Bag of the month club , January's Backgammon Bag by Betz White

Above is the pattern of the bag we were given for January's bag of the month club, by Betz White. 
It's exclusive to the club and the designer won't be selling this pattern until after July. 
Only way to get a copy is to join the club I will post a link at the end of my post

So here is my version of the Backgammon Bag, loved making this bag, its nice and roomy without being too big

I also made a fabric flower out of the last of my contrast fabric,  this is on a pin so it can be removed and added to a coat or jacket 

This is the back of the bag, in the pattern it is the same as the front pocket,  but I did it plain and split the pocket into 3 smaller ones the centre on has a magnetic clasp to keep my mobile phone nice and safe

The inside has a zipped pocket but I also added a slip pocket this I split into 3 sections, a large one and two slim ones for pens

The front pocket is nice and big secured with a magnetic clasps. 

Here is the bag without the flower. 

You can join the bag of the month club