Wednesday, 24 February 2021


 More whacky twiddlers for you!

I am dropping off a dozen of them at the hospital this week but thought you might like to see these......

This is the front and back of my "Songs from Children's Favourites radio programme". Runaway Train, Nellie the Elephant, Windmill ( and tulips) in Old Amsterdam, Owl and the Pussycat, The Bee Song and of course My Old Man's A Dustman.

And then I decided a snooker one might be fun...

Maybe you can even recognise a few of snooker's golden oldies......
Dennis Taylor, Ray Reardon, Steve Davies and Willie Thorn.

I hope that has brought a smile to your face - thanks for all your lovely comments about them. I'm not sure how many more I will do. They have certainly helped keep me smiling during lockdown.

Let's hope that, as we ease up on restrictions, life can get back to normal.

In the meantime, take care and stay safe and well.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 17 February 2021


 Welcome back to my little blog page where I share my latest crafty activity with my WOYWW friends and anyone else who pops in to see what I am up to.

It has been a very sad week for us all, hearing the news of the sad loss of Shaz, one of our longest serving blog buddies. We only met about 3 times in real life but Shaz was always a great supporter of my crafty fun and so very kind to Tilly Tea Dance. 

She came to our Craft Shows and loved Maxine's work, kindly sharing her art with friends and family. I know Maxine appreciated that and she was so sad to hear about Shaz and was keen to pass on her sympathy to Doug, friends and family.

When we can eventually get together for our Crop we will certainly be celebrating the life of that lovely lady.

Below are a few pictures of my latest "Nursery Rhyme" twiddler. It brought a smile to my face as I was making it.

If you want to see the Beatles one I finished last weekend, just scroll down to my earlier post.

I know I am bonkers and my ideas are getting a bit wacky but who cares - I enjoy dreaming them up and making them and that's all that counts really.

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Just a little bit of cheer!

My latest twiddle mitt is a conversation piece!
Someone suggested songs from the 60s and 70s so I thought this might be fun.
How many Beatles songs can you see?

I attached titles on tapes down the side for reference.


I hope you had fun trying to find them all. I certainly had fun creating it.
I'm not sure how long it will last, although I have stitched each item on tightly.

I wish I knew how many twiddlers I have made "In my life"!

Have a great week.

xx Jo

Wednesday, 10 February 2021


 Scrap challenge!

Good morning all.

This week I have challenged myself to use up some of my yarn scraps to make my twiddle mitts.

I always end up with small amounts of Chunky and DK - not enough for any substantial chunk of one colour.

So, I drew a little plan of one of my "Shropshire Hills" twiddler and then decided I would make it more "Yorkshire Dales" by adding a dry stone wall across the front (a good way to use up bits of textured yarn).

The Sirdar "Snowflake" yarn came in handy for the flock!

Instead of adding beads or buttons on the outside I have put extra texture in the finishing stitching etc. Note the blackberries and streamside yellow flags!

All in all, I think it worked well and certainly cleared out some of my yarn bits.

Yesterday I decided to work on a "Sunflowers" twiddler.

This is where I was up to when I started getting this post ready........

Then I had a lovely couple of hours finishing it off....

I just need to stitch some twiddly bits inside. I usually add some knitted twirly bits and large buttons or beads with a nice smooth feel to them.

At the end of last week, I made 9 scrub hats for the NHS sewing group. Fab bright orange fabric with pink "ice creams" for the crown.

And finally...

In honour of the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore, I made a little one to go in my window with my rainbow and "Nurse mates".

I hope you are all staying safe and that the snow isn't too bothersome. We haven't had more than a few flakes this time.

xxx Jo

Wednesday, 3 February 2021


 Good morning to all my WOYWW friends around the globe - and anyone else who has popped by to see what I am up to during the latest lockdown.

The weeks fly by and although we are virtually housebound I have managed to keep busy and happy.

I am frustrated in not being able to get together with Max and Ben as I could have helped more with home schooling. However, he is doing well under Max's excellent tuition alongside all the school resources provided, so I should be pleased about that really.

She dropped off a few bits and bobs for me to finish and mount so that was a nice interlude. 

I neatened the edges of the bookmarks and stitch them onto cards.

Hopefully the shops will open up soon so that she can get selling again!

Neet suggested that I knit a football twiddler so I printed off some badges onto pelmet vilene and attached these to an appropriately coloured mitt. I even knitted footballs and a tiny scarf. (Mad but fun!)

The purple Fairy Sparkle twiddler went down well so I made another - pink this time.

I think they are getting a bit crazier each time but maybe that's more about me than the mitt!

I hope you are all staying well and safe. I have heard that a few of my over 70 buddies are getting vaccinated this week so maybe it won't be too long before we youngsters get ours!

That's it for this week.

xx Jo