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I have been a busy bee lately and finally took the plunge and started writing my own patterns. It was not as easy as it sounded but I got there eventually. 

These have to be my favourite of my patterns so far, teeny tiny strawberry influenced booties!

  

Cute huh?

So these were made with super duper soft Rico Design Essential Cotton DK in red, sage, nature and curry. They are perfect for the upcoming summer keeping little feet cool by using 100% cotton. 

  

All I need now is another baby, ha ha. 

If you are interested in making these booties the pattern is available in my Etsy shop. Don’t worry if you can’t crochet (or haven’t the time or patience) then you can also purchase the finished product

  

Ooh it feels good to be back, hopefully I can keep it regular this time (fingers crossed). 

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Bye for now…

So I have been a little quiet on the blog front as I have been very busy creating new items for an upcoming craft fair in July. My brain has been literally on the verge of exploding with the amount of ideas going on in there but they are slowly but surely being released.

The first item I am revealing is a very cute pink princess crown, as the title states ‘every little girl is a princess’.

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This adorable crown is part of my premium range, using James C Brett Cotton On DK, a super soft 100% cotton which is very kind to young skin. I chose the baby pink as I thought it was quite subtle but still very girly.

The crown pictured is for a brand spanking new princess but I have added a satin ribbon so the crown can be adjusted. I am making these lovely crowns in a variety of sizes from newborn to 5 years.

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I think they make any little girl fit right into the role that they were made for, pretty princesses. They also make a beautiful photo prop for those first professional photographs that we all rush out to get in the first couple of months of having our little bundles of joy!

Coming up next, super cute Russian Doll Dribble Bibs.

Off The Hook Crochets

This Bank Holiday I had a lovely little break with my family to The Lake District. We stayed in an adorable cottage in Embleton near Cockermouth and Keswick it was just a shame the weather was a little wet!

On Monday, the weather decided to play nice and we had a lovely boat trip and walk around Keswick Lake. We then popped into Keswick town for a wander and a bit of retail therapy.

Whilst window shopping amongst the majority of antique, traditional toys and out door wear shops I came across my idea of shopping, Temporary Measure.

This little quirky shop/tearoom was just adorable. They stocked an umpteen amount of Debbie Bliss yarn and knitting kits. They also sold finished products including bunnies, teddies and baby hats, booties and mittens.

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I was in my element, as were the shop workers who were sat quite comfortably knitting away with a cuppa. I wish I could have stayed and joined them but with an inquisitive 21 month old with very sticky fingers I made an exit!

Next time I visit the lakes I will definitely be ordering a babysitter for a few hours (or a day) to revisit this lovely shop.

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As promised here’s my ‘Peas in a Pod’. Keeping on the theme of play food these little guys were next on my ‘to do’ list.

My little one will eat peas until the cows come home so I thought these would be ideal for her but to be honest I can’t see any child refusing to play with them, they are just too cute!

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What do you think?

Using just the simplest stitch of single crochet, these peas are very easy to make, the pod proved a little bit harder but I got there in they end and all three peas fit in there lovely and snug. With little hand embroided faces they are irresistible.

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I have left the little peas loose so they can be easily removed and played with or used as a great counting aid.

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They also make a lovely unique gift for new families who are like “Three Peas in a Pod”

Don’t forget to visit my Facebook for lots of other creations.

Well I am back. Unfortunately I forgot my login details and then forgot about my little blog but all is well, I have reset my details and can now bombard you with lots of new posts 😉

I have been very busy over the last few months, lots of new ideas and products and a lovely new nephew to spoil.

We will start with the little bundle of joy who arrived at the end of March and came home in his lovely bamboo cotton crochet rainbow blanket courtesy of his aunty (that’s me by the way).

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I love this blanket, it is quite weighty but with it being crocheted using super soft bamboo cotton it’s cool for the summer and warm for the winter. By using only the simplest of stitches, single crochet and chain, I think it is quite stunning in these rainbow colours.

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I even had enough yarn left to make my nephew a matching toy.

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I used King Cole DK Bamboo Cotton as they have the widest variety of bright colours I could find.

Please don’t forget to check out my Facebook page for other products I have made.

I have recently had a customer request for a toddler cowl, I have made scarfs for children in the past but never a cowl and never for such a young person (approx 18 months). I wasn’t too sure that I was 100% happy about making something to wrap around a child’s neck without any sort of fastening or opening for safety reasons but eventually came up with this idea… a scarf which transforms in to a cowl with the fastening of buttons!

I set to work using my usual crochet scarf pattern (a row of sc follow by a row of v-stitch) using a 6mm hook and chunky acrylic yarn in the same dusky pink as the customer’s previous orders, an owl hat and mittens.

I found that the v-stitch made ideal, loose, button holes so I didn’t even have to figure out how and where to put button holes (always a bonus) and stitched three very cute teddy bear printed buttons to one end of the scarf. The scarf therefore turns in to a cowl so easily and there is no ‘hassle’ getting the scarf on and off.

This scarf/cowl has ended up being a one off piece as the buttons I bought were from a craft fair and I can’t find them anywhere else, so there will be no exact replicas, which is always good.

So here’s the end result:

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I love it so much I have decided to make one for my little girl 🙂

Happy New Year!

A new year and lots of new ideas. Christmas is over and although it is still winter I think most people now have a large stock of hats, scarves and gloves. I need new and exciting stock to sell this year.

My little sister is due a baby boy in March so this is what most of my new ideas are based on. So my first one was a teeny weeny baby elephant, even though she is very cute I really wanted to personalise her in some way. I decided I wanted to hand embroid this fabulous year on to ‘Nellie’ but with her being so small I have found this a bit tricky!

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I personally love receiving gifts when they are nicely presented and managed to find a small presentation box that Nellie squeezed in to.

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My plan now is to make Nellie a little blanket to keep her warm and embroid 2014 on this instead. What do you think?

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I think she makes a lovely ‘newborn’ gift and I have decided to make these in an assortment of colours including purple, blue, pink and white.

My next ‘make’ is a baby blanket 🙂

Thanks for reading and any ideas/comments are always welcome.

So it has been months since I have wrote anything but I am back and the absence has been for a good reason, business is good.

Since getting my hands in to craft fairs I seem to have orders coming from here, there, well everywhere. I have been updating my Etsy and Folksy shop and have 101 new crochet ideas going through my head more or less 24/7 but I am keeping on top of it together with my 14 month old daughter and part time job, boy life is busy at the moment!

Anyway enough rambling I just thought I would post a few pics of my new items, see what you think. I am attending a Christmas Fair this coming Sunday so any feedback on my items would be much appreciated (need to decide what to take with me).

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I have also made lots of Christmas items but have yet to take photos but will keep you updated and won’t leave it as long next time.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog 🙂

Hi all, and a big welcome to all my new followers.

So my first craft fair was just over a week ago now, it was very quiet but I managed to meet some lovely people and sell a few items. I have got a few more booked in October and December so I will tell you how it goes.

Now back to Rosa.

It was my little girl’s first birthday this weekend gone and I wanted to buy/make her something special that she could keep. We had already bought her a lovely wooden pink pram for her teddies (she loves teddies) so I decided to make her a little rag doll.

I remember my little sister had an adorable rag doll when she was younger, she was called Stripey (she had stripey tights) and she was knitted. My sister used to have this little limp rag doll hanging from her hand for most of the day, very sweet.

So I set to work, I had less than five days to do prepare a first birthday party, make a cake, make a rag doll and cram all my every day tasks in, pushing it but I managed.

I think the most consuming part of making the rag doll was the hair although to be honest it is well worth the effort. I am also not a the best seamstress but I managed to knock up both the doll and dress using Annaboo’s House fabulous blog!

Here is the end result.

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So what do you think? I think she is adorable, my little girl on the other hand is not quite in to dolls, she loves her teddies too much, so Rosa came out of the pram and teddy went in. Hopefully she will grow in to dolls!

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Thanks for taking the time to read my blog 🙂

I have decided to enter the world of craft fairs even though I find the idea very daunting. What to sell, how to display my items and, most importantly, will I sell anything?!?!?

I love craft fairs and find that everyone seems to have everything just right but I am so nervous I will get it wrong. It’s not until the beginning of August so I have some time to think about it but don’t want to end up spending a fortune making my stall look eye catching and pretty. So if anyone has some cheap and cheerful ideas please, please, please let me in on your secrets.

I have decided to attend a local ‘Makers’ Market’ selling only handmade goods, with the idea that mine will be as good as everyone else’s (fingers crossed).

So far I have decided on hair accessories, key-rings, brooches, stuffed toys, teapot cosies, baby booties and hats, cot mobiles and baby blankets. I thought that the small items would be more appealing to potential customers as I would be able to sell them cheaper plus they do not take long to make. The larger items i.e. blankets and cot mobiles, I was only going to make a few as these are more time consuming and therefore I need to sell them at a higher price. I always think that people don’t tend to take a lot of cash with them to these events, most keeping to a budget.

So here are some of the items I am thinking of selling:

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These are going to be part of the cot mobile.

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I was also thinking this bird bunting may sell.

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So what do you think? Any ideas or advice would be much appreciated. Please visit my Facebook page www.facebook.com/OffTheHookCrochets for photographs of my other items and let me know what you think would sell or what you would buy.

Thanks for reading my blog.