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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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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 🙂

With my new little nephew due in less than two months time I needed to get cracking on the blanket that I had promised my sister.

I had previously made two blankets, one for my daughter and one for something to do, but these were ideal for winter months as I used acrylic and wool blend yarn. I needed something light and airy as this little boy is going to be a spring/summer baby. So I set to work with researching and browsing the internet for what yarn would be ideal.

My two previous blankets had been using dk and chunky yarn and I decided to opt with the dk again as I found this easier and lighter. With the summer bringing heat (hopefully) I thought cotton would be ideal, breathable and lots of stitch definition, but I find 100% cotton to be quite stiff and not really what I wanted for a baby blanket. Then this little beauty crossed my path… King Cole Bamboo Cotton. I am a little bit in love!

It is so soft, light and available in a variety of colours, especially for a baby. My sister wanted a colourful striped blanket so I went for a ‘rainbow’ theme using red, yellow, green and peacock. I also chose white to finish my blanket off with.

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I purchased my King Cole Bamboo Cotton from Minerva Crafts as I found them to be reasonably priced, stock a full range of colours and FREE delivery with orders over £25 (always a bonus). Delivery was also super fast.

Here’s a little peek at my (nearly finished) blanket.

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I think bamboo cotton is definitely the way forward for me and I still have some left it’s just deciding what to make with it (answers on a postcard)!

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