Saturday, 9 May 2015


The spring months bring many birthdays for family and friends....

a pastel heart with a vintage vibe to match the new colours of a young lady's bedroom

 several yarns and threads crocheted with a chunky hook

with a co-ordinating flutterby!

Another hanging heart...

I love the colours of this wool...I picked it up on holiday last summer....
the cake had no label but I was told it was a DK British sock wool that didn't catch on. 
It is hooked with two strands - one from the centre of the cake, the other the outer end,
and is combined here with a thin variegated cotton thread...

It was given with this card - one of several being sent this year!

This red rosy bloom is a combination of an altered commercial rose pattern and my own daffodil petal pattern...I played a bit of woolly roulette with the last of my red sparkly yarn, hooked along with another thin red!

It has been worn with pride this week by my friend.

The next two presents use exactly the same wools...

A textured purple cashmere and wool blend, (from the same holiday shopping as above!), a pink and purple teeswater hand-dyed, and a purple cotton cashmere blend (generously donated to my stash...)

The lighting prevented true colour capture, I had to make the most of strong sun between very grey days!

The knobbly bits can be moulded into many shapes!

The second item, a present for my talented, creative friend Jacqui,
you may have seen here on her fabulous blog

the body of the pouch with the cashmere/cotton blend is hooked using 'Sedge'
 from Sarah Hazell's200 Crochet Stitches

the freeform flap a spontaneous addition: the original drawstring idea was a bit bulky,
and I fancied a little less formal structure!

For my birthday, Jacqui very kindly sent me this vibrant knitted pumpkin pin cushion..

with crochet green leaves!

It gives me the feeling of nostalgia, and squidging it today I realise it reminds me of childhood lovingly knitted cardigans, jumpers..and hats!

One more photo....I have found a book to alter - I'm going to re-read it before I get started, although my mind is already racing with ideas!


crazydazy said...

How lovely to receive a handmade gift or card. I love the way you combine different yarns in your projects. Thats a very unsual stitch on the bag and the flap is sooooo unique. Glad you received such a lovely gift too.

Unknown said...

Love the way you are mixing those colourful strands to make an integrated whole. I especially loved the combination of wooliness with the vine and of course my beautiful freeform purse flap. Thanks for the mention on your blog. Your photos always look so good. The altered book looks interesting. The title is so apt for a crafting project. Can't wait to see what you make of it.
Jacqui xx

linda said...

Beautiful makes Ali you always make such lovely thoughtful gifts, I love Jacqui's pumpkin pin cushion. :) xx

Amy at love made my home said...

So many very pretty things! I love the hearts best of all, and your pretty pumpkin present! xx

a said...

love the rosy red bloom and can't wait to see what you do with the book

String Theory Crochet said...

I love the twiggy wreaths

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

Love the twiggy wreaths and can't wait to see what you do with the book !