SomeBunny Has Attitude!

Introducing Blink Bunny. A bunny full of attitude! Haha!

I took up the challenge of bringing the Blink 182 bunny to life in crochet. Now, I admit it, I had to Google who/what that meant! (Ok, ok, so there was a time, in my youth, when I was a bit more into the whole music scene. These days it’s more singing along with The Wiggles and knowing every theme song to every children’s show known to man! So please forgive me!)

I love how he turned out and, because I don’t own the rights to this character, I have made him available for free from my Ravelry store. I hope you enjoy him. ♥

Find him with the rest of my free patterns in my blog here: Blink Bunny

Head straight to the free pattern on Ravelry here: Blink Bunny

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Sharing Seashells

Master 11 came into my craft room yesterday carrying a large rather old looking plastic bag.

He gently placed it on my desk and asked, “Mummy, where did all these come from?”

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 I looked in the bag to see hundreds of sea shells that had been stuffed away in the back of a cupboard in the rumpus.

 “Well, when I was your age I used to collect them!”

 “But where do you find shells like these? I’ve never seen them before!”

 And then I realised! No, I haven’t seen shells like some of these on beaches for quite some time! And collecting shells these days is discouraged or, in some places, banned!

 He asked if he could go through them and I agreed, telling him to take care of them. They are 20-30yrs old! He came back after a few hours and he had patiently sorted them into different types and bagged them carefully in new snap-lock bags. 💜

 To me they bring back so many memories and it was lovely to be able to share some of those memories with Master 11 and see he was genuinely interested about the stories that went with them. 😊

I’ve decided I need to think of someway of taking better care of them!
Do you have anything that you’ve kept since childhood?

A Good Day for Yarn

Today I bought my first crochet magazines ever. That’s right, you read that correctly! My first crochet magazines EVER! I grabbed the only two crochet magazines on the newsagency shelf, stuffed down in a bottom corner below all the knitting, scrapbooking and patchwork offerings.

So what did I grab? Simply Crochet Hooked on Handmade issue #32 and Amigurumi Collection (a special collection of all things cute and amigurumi also by Simply Crochet). magsSimply Crochet website    Simply Crochet Facebook

Now, I’m not new to crochet toys. I have my own style and unique ideas but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate and admire the work of others. The cuteness in the Amigurumi Collection almost makes one go into meltdown! So…much…cuteness!! This book would be a great resource for a beginner. Not only does it have cute little projects but it includes crochet basics, stitches and conversions. It’s well laid out and has lovely colourful photos. It really is just a pleasure to stroll through.

My copy of Simply Crochet came with a free kit of yarn and stitch markers to make a special little bracelet. Again, plenty of interesting things to read, beautiful patterns with wonderful photos all laid out in a lovely magazine. I may be venturing out for the next issue…

Add to that my afternoon trip to my local op shop where I scored a couple of bags of yarnie goodness for a bargain price and it’s been an all round great day in my crochet, yarnie world!

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It really is the simple things in life isn’t it!

♥ Neen

Tea in a Teapot

Today is Sunday! Time to relax, refresh and prepare for the week ahead. This morning is time to bring out the teapot and enjoy a cup of tea.

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This tea cosy was one of the first projects I made when learning to crochet! My pile of pikelets was at least three times the size but, with a family of six, I’m surprised there are still some on the plate. I love this pikelet recipe! It’s been a go-to since the kids were little. I usually double or triple the recipe just to make sure there is enough for everyone and I always hold onto the hope that there might be some left for afternoon tea. A slather of butter on top…OM NOM NOM! I know it’s not crochet related but we need energy to crochet right?

The recipe comes from “Babies and Toddlers Good Food” an Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook from 1999.

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1 cup (150g) self-raising flour

2 tablespoons caster sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

3/4 cup (180ml) milk, approx.

Combine sifted flour and sugar in bowl; gradually whisk in egg and enough milk to make a thick, smooth batter. Drop spoonful’s onto greased frying pan and cook till bubbles begin to appear. Flip and cook till browned on the other side.

Now, we spread ours in butter and/or with jam or honey or even drizzled with maple syrup! Dare I say some Nutella? They’ll keep in a container for a couple of days but that never seems to happen around here!

I’m pattern writing today (as soon as my last cup of tea is done!). I’m up to about take 4…maybe 5…I’m not sure! But I think I’ve finally got it coming together how I want. Today will no doubt be 2 steps forward, 3 rounds frogged but I’ll keep at it!
Happy crocheting!

♥ Neen

Medusa Looses her Head

I have always loved a little bit of mythology! Reading it, watching movies about it and one of my favourites has always been the original 1981 version of Clash of the Titans.

After completing my Mini Mythology set I had an idea for a new lovey. I ummed and aahhed over the idea for some time. I knew it wasn’t the ‘norm’ and thought some might consider it a little ‘off’ but this was made for quirky adults, like myself, who have a slightly twisted sense of humour.
So , do you get it? A severed Medusa head with a splat of oozing blood? 😛
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Mini Mythology - Minotaur, Medusa, Hydra

Mini Mythology – Minotaur, Medusa, Hydra

Patterns for Mini Mythology can be found here on Ravelry