Sunday, 3 November 2013



Hello everybody!
I must apologise profusely for being absent for so long! I have not however, been idle!
I have been enjoying the arrival of our second beautiful Granddaughter, Eleanor who is just wonderful & like our first Granddaughter Molly, is giving us so much fun & pleasure :o)
We have also welcomed into our hearts & home, Chester,  a gorgeous, shaded red miniature dachshund pup! VOILA! -------

I have just finished working on a Christening shawl for Eleanor - the pattern is all my own work which I am sooo pleased with! Hopefully, I will write the pattern up soon & share it with everyone!
I also made another cake for a friend's daughter in law's graduation...........
The little mortar boards were made from black sugarpaste & I made the little tassels from embroidery thread ---- very fiddly, but they turned out well I think. The little rosebuds are made from sugarpaste too.
I am also working on Eleanor's Christening cake. I have made a large, square rich fruitcake. It has been marzipanned & iced & I started on the decorations yesterday. I shall share a photo of it when it is completed!
I have also made our Christmas cake - again, I shall share a photo at a later date.
I have also been pattern testing for my lovely eldest daughter, Laura - 2 hats & a little waistcoat .........
She is a very talented designer & her patterns can be found on Ravelry (LollysCC) or on her blog ---
I have also been testing for a dear friend Rosella. She too can be found on Ravelry (ROSELLATINN) or on her blog --- ------- A ruffle butt chicken & a lovely jumper......
Well, I'd best toddle off & get cracking on the dinner!
Hope everyone is well.
Hope to chat again soon!

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Winter ribbed neck warmer

Hi everyone,
Here's a simple but cosy neckwarmer for those cold winter nights ------

Winter Ribbed Neck Warmer


American Terminology
Hook size 7 (K – L)
Abbreviations : CH chain    SC Single Crochet    SCBLO Single Crochet Into Back Loop
Only SK Skip    BH Button Hole   ST Stitch  STS Stitches FO Fasten Off    RPT repeat
Yarn Chunky/Bulky (Lifestyle Chunky in Volcano)
Row 1      SC into 2nd CH from the hook & every ST across
Row 2       *CH 1 (acts as 1st SC) SCBLO of every ST across*
Row 3–5    RPT from * to *
Row 6           (Buttonhole Row) CH 1 SCBLO of the first 20 STS. To Make the buttonhole :                  CH2 SK the next 2 STS SCBLO of all the remaining STS
Row 7–10  RPT row 2 incorporating the 2CHS of the buttonhole by SCBLO of each CH.
Row 11          CH1 & SC into each ST across (NOT into the back loops this time) Do not fasten off.
Neck Warmer Edging
CH1 SC into each ST all around the outer edge of the Neck Warmer putting 2SC into each corner ST.
Fasten off.
Attach a button.

The pattern, information & image therein, remain the soul property of Ann Holden.