Hama Bead Grumpy Cat Perler

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I’m not best known for my love of cats, in fact, I’ve held a vehement dislike for them most of my life. I was most surprised with myself when I realised I’ve come to love Internet sensation Grumpy Cat (a.k.a. Tardar Sauce). We’ve shared many a meme of the mardy moggy at work, and one unfortunate member of the team is now known affectionately as ‘GC’.
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Toddler Crochet Slippers

Our cottage has been rather freezing of late, and the girls feet getting colder so I went on the hunt for a crochet slippers pattern. I was delighted to find this free crochet slippers pattern from Megan at Tampa Bay Crochet (adapted from a pattern by Nikki Kirkwood) and promptly worked some up for my girls.

Crochet Mary Jane slippers by @twit_brit at Aeris Loves Amigurumi.
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Childs Crochet Scarf Free Pattern – Christmas Crochet

Merry Christmas! We’ve had a relaxing festive season thus far, and I’m really enjoying having some extended time off work to spend with the children. I thought I would share some of the crochet projects I worked up for Christmas, so today I am sharing the pattern for a child’s scarf. It’s made of trebles and can be crocheted for any size by adjusting the initial chain length to suit.

Childs Crochet Scarf Pattern
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How To Make A Peg Doll – Easy Tutorial

This is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make a traditional peg doll. It’s a craft club class I gave to KS1 children (4-7 years) last year, and more recently to KS2 kids (7-11 years) with some more advanced techniques added in to suit the older age range.

The method I use to make my peg dolls uses minimal glue, meaning younger children can see the end result much quicker, and have less opportunity for sticky fingers, glue in their hair, on their clothes et al! I hope you find the tutorial useful and would love to hear your comments below this post 🙂

Materials Needed For Each Peg Doll

Fabric scraps
Wooden peg
Glue
Glue brush
Wool or yarn (for the hair)
Coloured felt tip pens
Pipe cleaner
Circular tin or saucer (to draw around)
Scissors

Obviously, all of the above can be substituted, i.e. you could use string for the hair, or an old paintbrush for the glue.

Before You Start

Don’t forget to lay down some wipe-clean plastic on the table! I can also recommend a small jar to hold the peg doll in for children (and adults!) who are all thumbs – this will steady the peg doll whilst you work on it.

Lets Make A Peg Doll!

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Crochet Headband Pattern Free

Free Crochet Headband Pattern

I spent a couple of hours this weekend making crochet headbands for the children and thought I’d share the results along with the patterns. I made 3 different headbands for the girls and as I also made one recently for a colleague, I’m including a pattern for that too (which is the first one in this post).

I have written all patterns in British English.

Bow Style Crochet Headband Pattern – Great For Beginners Or For A Quick Make

Free crochet headband pattern by Love Emmaline

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Shell Stitch Crochet Bag

I finally finished the crochet bag for my sister the other week! This bag was so simple to make and I’m really pleased I chose Smoothie DK as the substituted yarn as it looks fabulous with a slight sheen.

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The pattern is DROPS 120-9 Paris Bag and is free to download from Garn Studio here. I left out the ribbon trim and added a removable lace & chiffon brooch that I made from a headband I picked up in Primark for 50p! I also added a few more rows onto the trim at the top.

You can see more pics on my ravelry project page.

Crochet Headband With Ears.

It’s my eldest daughter’s 17th birthday today and I have been knocking up this cute little headband with little ears.

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The yarn I have used is Monsoon (shade S2) by James C Brett. I did originally start this headband in the brighter pink S5 shade but I the particular ball I had bought had size issues – it couldn’t decide if it was Aran or cotton due to a freaky spinning accident. I will be returning it as when I looked in the shop, all the other balls were perfect.

The pattern is one I adapted from the vegancraftastic blog and I know my daughter is going to love it!

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And here’s how it turned out (modelled by the birthday girl herself):

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