Just Crackers

Welcome πŸ™‚

I seem to have slowed down considerably this week, after an initial rush to get my UFOs sorted I’ve sort of settled into a slower pace, taking time to do just about everything. Anyone else out there identify with this?

That said, I have finished a project which has been hanging around for a while and that is making some Christmas crackers. My friend gave me the pattern for these quite a while ago and I’ve been collecting tubes ever since! It’s surprisingly hard to find tubes which fit inside one another! But as you can see I managed.


I got all my supplies lined up,


the first lot of gluing and rolling got done


and everything got left to dry


then glued some more and I gathered in the stitches to give the characteristic shape.



and there we have it! They do need some ribbons to decorate them but I’ll need to go shopping for them so that finishing touch will have to wait until the lockdown is over.

I will need to make a few more but I shall need more tubes before I can do that.Β  I’m pleased to have ticked this off my ‘to do’ list for now.

Hope you are all fitting in some crafty activity into your days. I think I shall try to concentrate on just a couple of projects this week rather than try to do bits on a lot of projects πŸ™‚ Take care of yourselves and stay safe.

Until next time,

Chris x

Sock it to me

Welcome πŸ™‚

In my blog absence I have developed a thing for socks! A friend of mine started it by knitting sock after sock after sock after sock and after I watched her make them I said I’d always wanted to make some but wasn’t a very good knitter and thought they’d be too hard for me. She quickly dissuaded me of that and gave me an easy pattern and with that, and her willing help, I managed to knit a pair.


Now I cannot lie that first pair was a bit of a learning curve but importantly I learnt a new skill which was a real thrill. So I carried on with another pair. Now it’s me people are watching making sock…


after sock…


after sock…


after sock!


This last pair are hot off the needles and are my first pair with a pattern rather than just plain knitting. I’m rather chuffed at how they’ve turned out although I had a panicky moment when I washed them and A LOT of dye came out, thank goodness I hand washed them!

I discovered a brilliant blog called Winwick Mum, Christine is a sock expert and her blog reflects this with easy to follow tutorials and knit a longs and free patterns. My patterned sock is one of her free patterns. So if you’d like to give sock knitting a go, even, if like me, you don’t think you could, pay Winwick Mum a visit and be inspired.

Until next time,

Chris x

Count Your Blessings

Welcome πŸ™‚

It’s at times like this when I need to focus on what I have rather than what I don’t have.


Today I’m especially grateful for technology which has meant that:

I’ve been able to watch and join in with a church service today,

I’ve been able to have a couple of virtual coffee mornings with my parents this week,

I’ve been able to chat to friends from two sewing groups I belong to using WhatsApp and Zoom,

I’ve been able to chat to all of my children on Skype,

I’ve been able to reconnect with blogging.


What are you grateful for today?

Until next time,

Chris x





Welcome πŸ™‚

Although it feels as if I should be saying that to myself too as it’s been a while since I last posted πŸ™‚Β  Nothing was wrong just like so many of us life got busy and I simply got out of the habit of posting. Now however, like most places, we in the UK have to stay at home and self isolate if at all possible and so I have extra time on my hands and I started to think about this little blog again.

Times are difficult for us all with this pandemic but I find it is comforting to work with my hands sewing or knitting and as I do I pray for all this to pass.

I’ve been sorting through drawers and cupboards and have unearthed a few UFOs which it would be good to turn into FOs πŸ™‚

One of these is my long neglected Dear Jane quilt.Β Dear Jane is a quilt I started way backΒ  in 2016. I worked diligently on it for about a year and then on and off for a while before it got put away. I’ve now got it on my sewing room table and am pleasantly surprised at how much is done.




The central squares are all put together – I’m using the quilt as you go method – just a bit of sashing needs to be stitched down on the back.

Dear Jane 1

The triangles have been started and last week I finished piecing 4 new ones. Could it be that this time it’ll get finished!

DJ Triangles

Keep safe friends.

Until next time,

Chris x