Sunday, 28 October 2007

Adiós, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye...

Sniff sniff. It's a sad day. Off the hook! is no more. Well, that's not entirely true. I'm moving to...

The Pigeon Loft. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Did you know...

Did you know that most cars come equipped with pigeon holders? I wonder where 007 is going in his swanky Skoda...

...ah. I thought so.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Have some pictures...

Hola! Not much has been happening in Spainland. My poor dying camera will be brought back to life next week when the parents come to visit and I can't wait. There are lots of fancy buildings to be photographed.

Here's Mr.P 007 (minus face of course). He'll hopefully get eyes next week.

I bought this little whale badge today from a charity stall thingy on my way to buy cakes (no cake pictures as I ate them all very quickly- sorry) because I liked the colours, got excited that it was hadmade and it was for a good cause (although I'm not entirely sure what cause it was because the woman spoke very fast).
...and here's another pre-cake photo. It's the town hall of Salamanca and part of the Plaza Mayor. If anybody's thinking of visiting, there's a good cake shop (one of many) on the left there where you see the tables and chairs.

I've just bought some new wool so expect more photos of crocheted things soon. Hasta pronto!

Monday, 1 October 2007

The rain in Spain falls mainly on Charlotte

I couldn't help letting out an involuntary snort of laughter when I read an article the other day attributing the abundance of meat in the Castilian diet to the region's "cold, dry climate". I've been here a mere 14 days and have experienced sunburn, 4 thunderstorms, 2 days of solid rain and a hailstorm with hailstones the size of ping-pong balls threatening to smash the rattly window of my ex-flat.

Just the sort of weather to make you stay inside and start making an ark. I got the pattern free with a magazine (I'll add a photo later) and it's amaaaaaaaazing. The plan is to finish it before I graduate and make an animal a month. Here is zebra 1 minus eyes and legs as straws and felt are hard to come by here...

Mr P 007 is looking rather swish in his bow tie but unfortunately his eyes are back in blighty. Not sure how to crochet a tiny martini. Any ideas?

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Saludos dedse Salamanca!

Hello! Sorry about the HUGE gap between posts. I've just moved to Spain where I'll spend the next few months struggling to improve my Spanish before moving on to Germany to do the same. Here's a picture of where I am (taken shortly before my camera ran out of battery and the first of many thunderstorms started).
It's a very pretty city with some stunning architecture (and a wool shop :) ) but unfortunately the weather's been a tad crazy. On saturday I froze in the morning, got burnt at midday, got rained on 10 minutes later and then at about 6 a hailstorm started with hail the size of ping pong balls. As you can imagine with so much excitement and confusion not much has happened on the making things front.

These 10 little hats were posted off to Innocent for the smoothies to wear to raise money for Age Concern.

Two more pigeons flew the nest before I went away. Mr Pigeon 004 is enjoying life in California whilst Mr Pigeon 006 (pictured sunning himself in a tree) is no doubt pecking at churros at his new home in Madrid.

The name's Pigeon........Mr.Pigeon (i.e. Mr.P 007) is currently sitting unstuffed in my suitcase because I still haven't found a shop that sells toy stuffing in Salamanca.

Hasta luego!

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Sewing, knitting and "card-ing"

It's been a busy few days of making things...
Mum has started making cards:

So I joined in:

And I've been making more bags to sell, give as presents and use myself. These two (unfinished in the photo) feature an applique cake and a monster. Two more (cherries and teapot) can be found in the shop.


Every year the Innocent smoothie people sell smoothies in little woolly hats and for each one sold donate 50p to Age Concern. You can read all about it here: so this morning I've been knitting smoothie hats. If you fancy knitting some hats too, there are three patterns here: (for beginners, intermediate and advanced). They only take 1/2 an hour each and are handy for using up left over yarn.

Monday, 27 August 2007

Jake the Woollysaurus

Meet the latest addition to the crocheted family - Jake the woolly dinosaur! If you would like to make your own Woollysaurus, I've put his pattern in my shop.

...and here's a look at what's coming soon...

I made this canvas bag (complete with lining and front pocket) for a friend's 21st birthday as she loves bright colours. It was so fun to make that I've developed a slight bag-making addiction. I've also just come back from Norfolk where I spent ages stocking up on fabric and bias binding for them at "SewSimple" in Taverham. If you've never been then go! It's an amazing place :)