Crafty Catch Up

No food today (well, I will be eating some of course!), so click away now if you´re not interested in crochet, knitting or sewing.

Now that you´ve received the Up the Mountain “Reader´s Warning”, on with the update…

Winter means cooler weather and I can get out my scraps of wool, find out who is expecting a baby (there are usually quite a few in the family who are “in the family way”) and get knitting and crocheting.

We have a niece expecting twins and one of my best pals Donna is about to become a great aunt.  Sshh, I´m not allowed to call her that!

I´ve made baby blankets…

And a funky coat/jacket for one of the babies (we know she´s going to be a girl) when she reaches a few months of age…

Just needs a couple of bright buttons...

Lots of the men in my life got a beanie for Christmas…thanks to Mandy at The Complete Cookbook for the instructions.

I made myself a little bag…

Then lined it with some pretty fabric I had, which will also make it stronger and less liable to stretch too much.

I made a pinny for Donna (she´s a lucky girl) who moves house next week from London to Lewes. I thought she could run around with a feather duster looking like a 1950´s housewife in this. Recognise the fabric?!

And of course, the enormous orange blanket which the dogs, Luna and Alfi, are On No Account Allowed To Lie On!


63 thoughts on “Crafty Catch Up

  1. Wow…you’ve been busy. I love the apron and the knits/crochets look so cosy. The blanket pattern to the right of the top picture is too adorable.

      1. I love projects like that. I’m currently knitting a sweater in aran weight…hardly the type of project you can tuck into your handbag!

  2. I’m jealous…I have four – count them, FOUR – unfinished crochet projects in the bag… Two of them are going to be ripped out – they’ll be too small for the grandkids to wear if I ever finished them!
    Your projects are awesome – where did you find the pattern for that Granny Cardi?

  3. Wow! and wow! Fabulous makes T. You didn’t say how long it took you to make these items. Many hours no doubt. Loooove the little jacket. Pretty fabric on the apron. Really like that. So what are you going to make tonight?! lol! Thanks for sharing all of the goodies.
    Regards Florence x
    P.S. you could make Luna and Alfie some little jackets!

    1. Well, I started them in about October, so have been doing various things over time plus some sewing which I haven´t shown (yet!). I´ve just started a little cotton lacey scarf for myself…so that´s what I´ll be doing tonight 🙂

  4. WOW! I am crazy with this crafty world and you are so creative and amazing. I loved this little blue one… I wish all the best for this twin and for their mother. You really did so beautiful works… I loved your bag too. I usually make my own bags too… But this is so beautiful, inspired me. Thank you so much dear Chica, this is my first visit of blogs today, and how you fascinated me. By the way I will add your blog to my a Cup of Tea Blog too 🙂
    Have a nice and great weekend, with my love, nia

    1. Hi Nia and thank you for everything – your kind words, your enjoyment of what you saw and for adding my blog to your blog! I love to be “doing”, so even when I´m relaxing, I usually have some project in my hands to keep me occupied!

  5. These pieces, Tanya, are simply beautiful! Any parent of a newborn would be thrilled to receive one of your blankets — and rightly so! I imagine that Luna and Alfi were equally grateful for the orange blanket you made for them, no matter what you chose to name it.

  6. Oh my but you have been busy Tanya. What beautiful handy work! Thank you so much for the mention. I am thrilled you enjoyed the pattern. Such a cool way you found to photograph it.
    I LOVE your bag – think you should rather send it to me though as I am sure I NEED it! 😉 I love that funky little baby jacket too!
    I have also finished another baby blanket – still haven’t posted about it – might wait until I am finished with another one that I have started. We also can’t get away from somebody being pregnant. Just when we think we can put the crochet hooks and knitting needles away, news comes of somebody else who is preggies. I have also just finished two baby beanies for my Godson. Can’t believe that he is just over 2 weeks old and I have not been able to meet him yet! SOON! First though, a trip to spend a few days with mom and dad for mom’s birthday. Just confirmed our tickets. Can’t wait!
    Have a super weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. Glad you liked the photo of the beanie – Big Man refused to model! And how exciting about your Godson, he must be gorgeous and so little, only 2 weeks old 🙂 I hope the trip to see your parents and celebrate with your mom is fun, what a great time you´ll all have just being together.

      I love my little bag – it was just a simple pattern that I played around with!

  7. At the risk of sounding like most of the comments above: wow, you’ve been busy! You had all my admiration because I don’t have the patience it takes to knit or crochet. It’s not going fast enough for me! haha Really nice!

    1. Thank you! I particularly like crochet as it seems to grow quite quickly (for me at least) so fairly instant gratification. Now I just need to speed up with my sewing 😉

  8. Wow, Chica, how did I not know you were so talented? I love that pinny/apron and would love one of those! I think you need to set up an Etsy shop for yourself to sell your pretty crocheting and sewing!

    1. Thank you so much! I need to look into Etsy as I don´t know much about it (what an old dinosaur I am!). It might be a good idea as I just love making things!

      I just made the pinny using an old one as a template and then added a slightly frillier skirt part. It was fun (and quick) to make 🙂

  9. Tanya, You have been busy, each one is just a beautiful and the other! You are so talented! Your family and friends are so blessed! I love it when you show what you are doing along with cooking… you have so many talents!

  10. I frequently wish I could knit or crochet – even if it’s not considered the most “manly” of things to do – I’d love to be able to make stuff like this – it’s so cool. My wife tried to teach me once – I just couldn’t get to grips with it :p

    1. Charles there is a super famous knitter and designer and he´s a man – Kaffe Fassett is his name. I tried to teach Big Man to crochet as he is trying to give up smoking and needs things to distract him. It stressed him out so much though I think I was making things worse!

  11. I love that funky crochet jacket! Wouldn’t mind something like that myself. I used to do a lot of crochet but haven’t for years….I’ve missed the winter now, so it will have to be next year.

  12. Oh Tanya, you simply amaze! Such talent in one body! I adore the apron, and the knit things for baby are just beautiful, treasures they are! And how CUTE is that sweater!! I think I’d like to start all over and have Tanya dress me! 🙂

  13. You really are a crafy girl Tanya!! I’m just catching up on my blog reading and was so happily surprised to see this! A break from food and such adorable baby blankets and hats!! Nice purse too 🙂 I wish I had the patience, time, and talent to take this one. How do you do it all!!?

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