Wednesday, 27 September 2017


Another week - another Wednesday!
Here we are, nearly at the end of September - where does that time go??
This week my workdesk has seen very little action.
Most of my time has been spent organising a little birthday "do" for Ben.

So these WOYWW show and tell photos are from the dining room.

Just a couple of photos of the cake I made for Ben's birthday. I don't think it would make Bake-off standards but he seemed very impressed.

 I think it was the working traffic lights that really sold it!

My only other project (well, apart from knitting teddy clothes of course) is one that I might already be regretting.......

I have fancied making a locker hooked rug for ages. I thought it might be a good way to use up some of my fabric stash oddments etc. I thought a little bath side rug would be simple, washable etc.

I am usually good at picking up something new and giving it a go but this seems far more tricky than the "You tube" videos that I watched!! I think maybe the canvas isn't very good quality as it doesn't seem to hold shape very well.

I am binding the edge first and then weaving across in stripes.

I WILL persevere! So, watch this space.

It's a misty moisty morning here today. Everywhere is looking very Autumnal, the leaves are turning and the last few swallows are heading south.

So, that's it for this week.
Thanks for calling by.
I hope all the WOYWW croppers have a fab time.
Give my love to all - Tilly Tea Dance has sent a little picture for the raffle from us both so I hope you make loads for your charity.

xxx Jo

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Knitting for Teddies again!

A quick post as I have a busy day with Ben today.

Last week I posted some of my little knitties but didn't really explain what they were for.
My sister in law has knitted teddies for Birmingham Children's hospital and I volunteered to knit a few clothes for the teds.

Hence this week there is a neat little jumper with a scarf and pompoms and a pretty little pink outfit with matching cowl and knickers!
Also note - new reading glasses - they feel a bit weird but certainly helped with close work and needle threading.

Apologies for the blurry photos - I used my phone and I think I was too close.
Note to self - I need a new camera!

Below is the tiny one inch pompom maker - perfect for dollies/teds clothes and soooo quick!

So, that's it for this week.

I hope you are all well and managing to fit in a bit of crafting time - I will be round to check out your WOYWW later!

xx Jo

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Good morning all!
I hope Storm Aileen hasn't been too hard on you over night.
We are so lucky that we haven't had to suffer like all those poor folk in the Caribbean.
Our thoughts and good wishes go to them all.

Sitting on my work desk today is Ben's teddy that I made for him last year. He usually sports a pair of blue trousers and tan jumper but today he is modelling the dress and wrap that I have made for a charity project that my sister in law set up. She has been knitting for the Birmingham Children's hospital.
I think he looks very smart but he seemed quite relieved when I changed him back into his usual outfit!!

So WOYWWers - not much else going on here this week. I seem to have been out and about or busy with some wet felting in my kitchen. I might post a few pictures next time.

Thanks for all your lovely comments. My blood test was all fine, so that's it for another year.
My eye test proved that I do need a pair of reading glasses for my close needlework - I was struggling to thread a needle etc. I suppose I am lucky to have otherwise healthy eyes and have got to 65 before needing reading glasses!

Have a great week.

x Jo

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Good morning all!

My work table hasn't seen much action this week so I thought I would show you the knitting I have been doing over the last week.

It's a little hoodie for my great nephew. I made him one about 2 years ago and he has always insisted it's his favourite jumper so I decided it was time I made him a bigger one. This time he requested giraffe buttons. I managed to find some so will show you the finished article next week.

I have to dash this morning as I have to go for my annual blood test. As diabetes is in my family, the GP decided I should have a regular check so hopefully all is well.
Then I have Ben for the day - he had his first half day at pre-school yesterday and loved it.

Have a great week and thanks for calling by.

x Jo 

Friday, 1 September 2017

Friday smile

Gardening horror!

Sitting at the computer
Movement caught my eye
Glancing down - I screamed
A blood curdling cry.

Slithering down my jumper
Surely no mistake
A six inch mini creature 
The image of a snake.

Jumping to my feet
The creature I had seen
Tumbled to my feet
The trimmed edge from a runner bean!!!

Panic over - heartbeat returned to normal.
Serves me right for not being more careful as I prepared beans for the freezer this morning.
I thought it might raise a smile on a Friday for Annie's Friday Smile.

Have a great weekend but keep a sharp look out for snakes!

x Jo