Friday, 28 February 2014

Flower Tea Cosy




DK yarn in colours of your choice
Small amount of a darker green for embroidery

6 yellow buttons

1 pr 5.5mm knitting needles

4.00 mm crochet hook

Tension – 16 sts & 23 rows over 10 x 10cm in st st using 5.5mm needles & 8ply yarn doubled.

Cosy is knitted in 2 pieces with yarn doubled.


Using 5.5mm needles & 2 strands of grass green cast on 34 sts.

Garter st 5 rows.

Starting with a knit row & continuing in colour A, st st 12 rows (approx. measures 6.5cm from cast on edge).

Change to colour B & st st 12 rows

Next row – (k2, k2tog) to last 2 sts, k2 – 26sts.

St st 5 rows

Eyelet Row – K2, (yf k2tog, k1) to end

St st 5 rows.

Cast off.
Make back to match.


Using 4.00mm hook & 1 strand of yellow, make 4ch, sl st into 1st ch to form ring.

1st round - 8dc into ring, join with a sl st to first dc. Fasten off.

2nd round - Join pink with a sl st to any dc, (4ch, leaving the last loop of each dtr on hook, work 2 dtr into same dc, yoh and draw through all 3 loops on hook, 4ch, sl st  into same dc (petal), sl st into next dc) repeat 7 more times working last sl st of the last repeat into the first dc of round. 8 petals made.

Fasten off. Make 6 flowers, 3 for front, 3 for back.

Using photo as a guide, sew flowers on (2 outer flowers are centred on the colour change & the centre flower a little higher). I sew the flowers on around the yellow centre then I also put a couple of holding stitches into each petal from the back to keep them looking tidy.

Sew a button on each flower centre.

With a flat seam, sew up from the bottom as far as the garter stitch, & down from the top to fit your pot’s handle & spout.

Crochet a chain drawstring and thread through eyelets, tying in a bow.



Monday, 24 February 2014

Another great Blanket for Charity

67 Blankets for Madiba Day


Wow!! Love it!

Another blanket for the Madiba Charity fund!


Wow now look at this!!

Creative Idea!!


Tired of tangled wool?? Try this innovative idea!!

This can take the frustration out of knitting with various colours! Excellent idea!

Happy crocheting!!


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Creative knitting

This says it all!!


Ha, ha, ha!! Happy Friday!


Shawl to crochet

Lovely easy shawl to crochet!

Row 1 Ch 4, 8 tr in 4th ch from hook, chain 3, turn.

Row 2 Ch 3, turn, 2 tr in last st of previous round (2 sts increased at beginning of row), ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 tr in next st, ch 1 skip next st, 5 tr in next st (4 increases made at centre point of shawl), ch 1 skip next st, 1 tr in next st, ch 1 skip next st, 3 tr in top of beginning chain (2 sts increased at end of row).

Row 3 Ch 3, turn, 2 tr in last st of previous round (2 sts increased at beginning of row), 1 tr in each of next two sts, tr in ch 1 space, tr in next st, tr in ch 1 space, tr in each of next two sts, 5 tr in next st (4 increases made at centre point of shawl), tr in next 2 sts, tr in ch 1 space, tr in next st, tr in ch 1 space, tr in next 2 sts, 3 tr in top of beginning chain (2 sts increased at end of row).
Rows 2 and 3 form the pattern.
Make increases as set on every row, bringing new sts into pattern, i.e. all even rows will start as row 2 and all odd rows will start as row 3.
Work a further 48 rows.
Rows 52 and 53 work another 2 rows of trebles increasing as set by row 3.
Fasten off and work in loose ends.
The increases form a very neat edge. Tussles also look great!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Blankets for all

Love this blanket!!

Ideal to make for your favourite charity or for your own bed!!

This is the one to crochet in front of the TV!!

Visit for details

Masks to make over the weekend!!


Colourful masks to make!!

Why not make masks for your child's next birthday party?  Or why not make them to sell??
Be creative - you can use anything! Any colour will do! Try lots of glitter and different shapes.

Children will love to help!


Have lots, and lots of fun!

Cute crochet doll

Look at this!!!

The cutes crochet dolls! Check out more of my unique crochet creations at

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Tea Cozy



1 x 749 Sky (A)
1 x 827 Chalk (B)
1 x 726 Bleached (C) (less than half a ball)
1 x 741 Poppy (D) (very small amount)
60 bronze/brown beads
3.25mm double pointed knitting needles


23 sts & 32 rows to 10cm measured over stocking stitch using 3.25mm needles.


sts = stitches/st
RS & WS = Right Side and Wrong Side
yrn = Yarn round needle to make a stitch
k = Knit
p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together
k2tog = knit 2 together

Cake Case: (make 2)

Using 3.25mm needles and yarn (A) cast on 23 sts.
Knit one row
* Join in Yarn (B) and purl one row.
Work in stocking stitch throughout:
Move the knitting to the other end of the needle and work a further 2 rows in (A) then 2 rows
in (B) and another 2 in (A), pushing the knitting along the needle to either end each time you
change colour so that you don’t have to cut and rejoin yarn.
Making the tuck: (RS facing)
Using Yarn (A)
Put your needle knit wise through the first stitch. Looking at the reverse of the work identify
the loop made by the first stitch worked in (B) on the second row of the pattern – pick this up
with your needle and knit it together with the first stitch on the left needle. Continue along the
whole row in this way, making sure that you marry up each stitch on the left needle with its
partner 7 rows down.
Using yarn (A) work one row purl, one row knit one row purl. Repeat from * until you have
completed 15 tucks in total ending with a purl row after the final tuck. Cast off.
Picot Rim:
Join the two pieces with just one or two stitches at the top and bottom edges, leaving a big
enough gap for your tea pot handle.
Using yarn (B), pick up and knit 118 sts. Along one side of the piece.
Next row: Purl
Next row: Knit.
Next Row: (WS facing): p2, yrn, p2tog, p1. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, yrn, p2tog.
Next Row: Knit
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: Knit
(WS facing) Cast off knit wise
Fold to create picot edge and over sew neatly into place.


Using 3.25mm hook and yarn (C) cast on 121 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18: Purl
Row 3: * k10, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 5: * k9, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 7: * k8, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 9: * k7, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 11: * k6, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 13: * k5, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 15: * k4, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 17: * k3, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 19: * k2, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 21: * k1, k2tog. Repeat from * to last st, k1 (21 sts)
Row 22, 24: Purl
Row 23: k2tog to last st, k1 (11sts)
Row 25: k2tog to last st, k1 (6sts)
Do not cast off. Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches and pull to gather.
Sew side edges together to form a knitted circle.
Over sew into place on the inside of the picot rim on the cake case.


Using 3.25mm hook and yarn (D) cast on 1 st.
Knit into the front and the back of the st until you have 7 stitches
Next row: Purl
Next row: Knit into the front and then the back of each st (14st)
Next row: Purl
Work a further 4 rows in stocking stitch
Next row: K2tog to end (7sts)
Next row: Purl
Next row: k1, k2tog x 3 times (4sts)
Do not cast off. Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches and pull to gather.
Stuff the cherry with some spare yarn or toy stuffing. Sew side seems and sew into place on top of the cosy.

Finishing Off:

Sew in all ends
Sew beads onto icing to make chocolate sprinkles.

Colourful Quilt for the cot

Cot Quilt!!

What a lovely Idea

Baby Blanket

Friday, 14 February 2014

Felt Hare for your Valentine

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Justjen-knits&stitches: Daylily Tea Cosy For Mother's Day - Crochet

Justjen-knits&stitches: Daylily Tea Cosy For Mother's Day - Crochet: I have two new ripple crochet Tea Cosies for Mother's Day. Both are to fit small 1-2 cup Teapots. I use a small teapot most mornings, a...

This looks like fun to make

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Lucky Hearts for your Valentine


Cut a strip of paper. Almost any size will work.
Valley fold the corner at a 45 degree angle to form a triangular flap.
Valley fold along the edge of the triangular.

Repeat folds five to seven times. Make a small valley fold on the corner and tuck this section of paper under one of the existing layers. It will look like a tightly wrapped triangle.

Cut the corners with a sharp scissors.

Use your thumbnail or a hard sharp object to push a dent along the wide edge of the triangle.

Well done - your Lucky Heart is done!


Make another one or a bowl full!!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Make your own knitting needles


Making your own wooden knitting needles is quite simple, and fun! 

Buy wooden dowel rods  from hardware stores - whatever size needle size you want.  Cut the dowels to the length of needle required. Use a pencil sharpener to make the rough points, and then take sandpaper to the whole needle.  First a rougher grain to do the shaping, and then a very fine grit one to make them very smooth.  Rub the needle down with wax paper or use wood oil to condition the needle and make it smooth after sanding.

The ends of the needles can be made from any clay that you have. Make a ball or whatever shape you want. Bake the ends in your oven or let them air dry, depending on what clay you used.

You can be creative and colour your ends or shape them into little faces!!

securely glue the ends to your needles and let dry completely.
Then, they are done and ready to go! 
They are pretty cheap, and you can get quite a few sets out of a dowel rods. Do not make your ends too big, or you'll have heavy needles wearing out your knitting fingers!

Most important, have FUN and make some to share, especially with kids, while you spread the art of knitting with others!!! 


Owl Tea Cozt





Height (approx, excl eyes): 17 cm


Family 8-Ply Pure New wool, 25g balls: main color (M), 4; 1 st and 2nd contrasts (C1
and C2) 1;

Crochet hooks 4.00 and 3.00 or sizes needed to give correct tension.
2 beads for nose; 4 plastic eyes; filling.


 ch = chain; dc •• double crochet; tr •• treble; sl st = slip stitch;  "Shell" = (3 tr, 1 ch, 3 tr); htr •• half treble.


3 patts to 10 cm in width over patt.


EYES (make 4)

Using 3.00 hook and C2, make 4 ch, join with a sl st to form ring.

1st round -

3 ch, 11tr in ring, sl st in 3rd ch at beg ... 12tr, counting turning ch as 1 tr. Fasten off.

2nd round–

 Using C1, join yarn with a sl st to same place as sl st, 3 ch,1tr in same place as sl st, 2tr in each tr to end, sl st in 3rd ch at beg 24 tr.

3rd round -

3 ch, 1 tr in same place as sl st, 2 tr in each of next 17 tr. Fasten off.
Leave rem tr free to attach to body.

Sew plastic eyes to centre.

BODY (make 2)

With right side of one eye facing, using 4.00 hook and M, join yarn with a sl st to last
tr worked,

1st row -

1 ch, 1 dc in same place as sl st, * 2 ch, miss 1 tr on previous row, (l dc in sp before next tr, 2 ch, miss 2 tr) twice, 1 dc in sp before next tr, miss 1 tr, 1 dc in top of turning ch *, 1 dc in last st of second eye, rep from * to * once, turn.

2nd row -

3ch, miss next 2 ch sp, ('Shell' in next 2 ch sp) 6 times, miss next 2 ch sp, 1 tr in last dc, turn.

3rd row -

3 ch, ("Shell" in next 1 ch sp) 6 times. 1 tr in top of turning ch.  Rep 3rd row 18 times. Fasten off.

Fold Body in half on to wrong side and slip-st in position at base of eyes.

With right side facing and working along side edge, use 4.00 hook and Cl, join yarn with a sl st to base of cosy (noting to work through both thicknesses), * 1 dc in edge of row, 2 dc in next sp *, rep from * to * to base of eye, using M 1 dc in each tr around first eye to last 6 tr, miss next 6 tr. miss next 6 tr on second eye, 1 dc in each tr around second eye, using Cl, rep from * to * to end. Fasten off.

With right side facing, using 4.00 hook and Cl. join both pieces tog as foll - 1 htr in each of next 7 dc, leave one piece free, 1 htr in each dc to last 7 dc on body, working through both pieces 1 htr in each of next 7 dc, 1 htr in each dc around eyes, 1htr in each of next 7 dc on body, leave one piece free, 1 htr in each dc to last 7 dc, working through both pieces 1 htr in each of last 7 dc. Fasten off.
Using C1, work htr in each dc on pieces left free. Fasten off.
Flll eyes and slip-st closed at base.


Using 4.00 hook and M, make 18 ch, miss 2 ch, 1 htr in each ch to last ch, 3 htr in last ch, 1 htr in each ch along other side of foundation ch. Fasten off.
Sew Handle between eyes as illustrated.

Sew on beads for noses.
Using Cl, work 2 rows of chain st on both pieces as illustrated


67 Blankets for Mdiba Day

67 Blankets for Madiba Day


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Soap crayons

BATH TIME FUN for the kids!!


All kids love to play in the bath.

Why not make soap crayons for them!!

It is easy and they can help!!

Grate your favorite bar of soap in a bowl and add a small amount of warm water. Add food colouring and stir. Knead until it becomes soft dough. Add water if it is still stiff.

Now we can start paying and have fun!! Break off small pieces and form into shapes or roll them into pencils.

Place your finished creations in a dry place for a day or so to dry and become hard before use.

If you are using a mould remember to crease and they will pop out easily.

Using these soap shapes to bath with can be lots of fun! They can even draw on the bath!!

For more crafts for children please visit

Colourful blanket to crochet

What a good idea!!

67 Blankets for Madiba Day 

 Love the circles

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Crossover Pattern

Crossover Square Pattern

Materials List:

Crochet hook
3 colors of 4 ply worsted weight yarn.

The square is made by crocheting 5 strips and then joining them. Each strip consists of 25 rows of 6 sc across. Use the chart below to determine color changes. Each "block" on the chart represents 5 rows of 6 sc.



To begin strip, ch 7. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (6 sc)

In all subsequent rows sc in each sc across, and ch 1, turn at the end of each row. To make color changes, end off yarn, join new yarn in same sp, ch 1, and turn. When changing yarn colors, crochet over both loose ends of yarn (old and new) so that you won't have to hide those threads later.

After making all 5 strips, place them according to chart.
Join strips LOOSELY with a sl st. Hide all remaining loose threads.

Note: Once you determine the size of the afghan you want to make, it may be easier to crochet the "blocks" in one continuous strip the length of the afghan. However, you may want to graph it out first since the square is not positioned the same way throughout the afghan.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Sculpture clay

 Porcelain Clay

The clay looks like porcelain clay and is air-dried and does not need to be fired. It must be left to dry completely and then be sealed with a varnish.

You will need:


1 cup Cornflour (cornstarch)
1 cup glue
2 tablespoons Baby oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar

Non greasy moisturiser
airtight container to store clay in or a plastic bag

Saucepan or microwavable mixing bowl


Place the cornflour and glue in the pan/bowl and mix together.

Stir in the baby oil and lemon juice.

Gently heat until it forms a solid ball - It will gradually go lumpy, then clump together to form a ball. The clay will get quite tough to stir as it thickens.

If heating with a microwave, cook for 30 seconds then stir thoroughly, continue to alternate heating for 30 seconds and stirring until it has formed a solid ball with no liquid left

Spread a small amount of moisturiser on your work surface as well as your hands and knead until cold (it will be hot to start with so be very careful) - fill your pan/bowl with hot water to soak.

Put a little moisturiser in the container and rub it around so the sides are covered.

Place the clay in the container, squeeze out all the air, and leave for 24 hours before using.

The clay can now be used for any number of sculpting craft projects.

Remember that this clay is air-drying so any clay that you are not using you must keep in the plastic bag so that it doesn't dry out and go hard

The clay can be coloured with a few drops of acrylic paint if required.
To protect a dried finished item you must coat it with a water based sealer or a clear acrylic varnish

67 Blankets for Madiba Day

One more strip to add!!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Paper Beads to make


Paper beads are amazing to create and require very little materials to achieve very good results. Once you've got the hang of making them I guarantee you'll be adding them to everything, the options are endless.
For quick results use coloured paper or create your own by using plain paper that has been decorated with bright colours.

For best results use a good quality varnish to finish off your beads

Cut your triangles until enough triangles for the number of beads you need.
Plain paper marked with lines:

If you are using plain paper use felt tips or coloured pencils to colour the beads yourself. Colour both sides of the paper making sure the edges are covered.

Glue the end securely in place and allow to dry before glazing them.

Loosen each bead carefully between coats to make sure they do not stick to your toothpick.
Once dry remove them from the toothpick and touch-up the glaze if required.

Once your beads are completely dry you can string them into a bracelet, necklace or use them for any bead craft.

The possibilities are endless!!

Saturday, 1 February 2014


Lets have Fun!!

Pencil art

This is so cute!!