I love pompoms.
Did I ever tell you how much I loved pompoms? No?

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The great thing about pompoms is they couldn’t be more simple. You can make them easily. You don’t need to be able to knit, crochet, or even sew – just wind some yarn around a piece of specifically shaped plastic or card, tie and cut. 
Craft for all.
There are various ways ways of making pompoms in all sizes (see below).
So I found myself with a pile of them. I’d had an afternoon of creative ‘holiday project’ fun with my daughter, and was wondering what to do with them. 

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They’re perfect for brightening up any space – particularly a little one’s bedroom.

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Strung up and hung across the mantelpiece around the fire or against the wall?  I’ve done that before and it’s a great simple effect. (Take care, if the child is very small that they are nicely out of reach.)

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Then there was the new pair of curtains I’d recently made, I’d been wondering for a while if they just needed that something extra.

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Yep, I think they did.

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Such a cheap and easy way to inject some extra colour and texture. Pretty cool I reckon .
And if you’re like me and have a good few odd balls of yarn in your stash – it’s stash-busting heaven…. and pretty addictive.

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I even made a Christmas garland with the extras. The colours were perfect.
Go on –  make some pompoms – You’d be surprised at what you can do with them.
Stuff you can do with Pompoms

My daughter has a bit of a thing for rainbows so how could I resist picking up this ball of multi coloured neon fabulousness when I saw it?
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There are some lovely patterns out for all manner of spaced-dyed cardigans, jumpers, dresses and accessories, but I was looking for something a little different… and I wanted a quick project, and one that’s nice and easy but still a little bit of a challenge for you folks who are new to crochet but want to push it juuuust that little bit further. 
I thought this might be fun.
Rainbow Fur!
What to do with it though?
Texture is HUGE at the moment and this fur effect can be knit or crocheted quite easily.
This great yarn fur could potentially be made up into all sorts of wonderful shapes and styles and perhaps that’s another future project – but for now I’ m sticking with something simple… and quick…. a project that uses only one 100g ball. 
A gorgeous little crocheted rainbow fur cowl….  
My simple cowl, I posted a while ago now is one of my most popular patterns.

…and all the little girls are wearing cowls these days. they’re just so easy, and warm, and stylish.
I made if for my now 6 yr old and it was designed with youngsters in mind, but who’s to say it can’t be for a grown up. We can wear bright colours too yeah?
In fact, it can be made up in any DK yarn in any colour and doesn’t have to be space dyed either. Looks just a good plain. 
Get an eyeful of this gorgeous teal wool.
Great for when we’re all fed up of the darks, and neutral tones we’ve seen through the winter months,  and for the onset of Spring with a fleece or hoodie and Autumn when we’re not quite ready to put on a heavier jacket.
Just think of those lovely colour combos you can get your teeth into.
Hollow Ponds, Leytonstone, London

I thought it would be good to start the New Year with something positive. 
 2015 was a tough one –  for people all over the world, and I’m perpetually in awe of those that give up their time and put their own lives at risk to help people in need. I thought I’d try do a little bit from this end and donate this pattern to p/hop (pennies per hour of pleasure)  – a charity knitting project that raises funds for the incredible emergency medical aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
You can read about the work they do HERE
… and HERE is where you can get the crochet pattern.   

Ok… winter has pretty much passed (dare I speak too soon). It’s May and it’s getting warmer out there. I’m now packing away my winter Jumpers. It’ll be a while before we get the urge to make warm things, although I always regret not starting much earlier than autumn.  
There’s a wealth of cool crochet out there that’s is just perfect for summer. Some great shapes – it ‘s amazing what you can do with a bit of crochet. Here are some ideas that I think are just fab –  all with patterns, some free, some not – but still great value. 
1. Love the shape of this simple but very stylish summer shell from Lion Brand
2. Cover up with this gorgeous little summer cloche from the I Love Pompoms blog.
I bet it would look great in raffia.

   

3. How fab is this idea. Lots of potential for creativity here. Lovely free picture tutorial from Genuine Mudpie
4. Found this lovely number on Crochet Kingdom. A longer version would make an excellent beech cover-up. Just think of all those bright coloured cottons out there crying out to be made into this.

5. One for the tots. Protect their little feet in the gentlest way with these cool shoes (pattern) from TwoGirlsPatterns on Etsy

6. Is this not the slickest crocheted bag you’ve ever seen? You too can make one. Get the pattern from Etsy’s IsWoolish
And there’s much, much more out there..

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It’s finally happened… we’ve been waiting aaaages. At last, after weeks of wobbling, it’s come out –  the first tooth.

Already six and one of the oldest in the class, yet one of the last to start losing her baby teeth. It’s made me feel a little sad – she’s growing up – far too quickly if you ask me. But just look at that that little happy, gappy smile. 

So here I am – with a tooth. 
I had to ask around for the going Tooth Fairy rate (thanks mums), and it got me thinking of how it was when I was a kid. The idea of a fairy taking away my old tooth ….for money, was magic on so many levels.
I thought I’d do a little embellishing..the sort of thing I would’ve loved. A letter from the Tooth Fairy…a 21st century tooth fairy of course. A modern day, urban tooth fairy who likes a bit of skateboarding as much as she likes her glitter. A fairy who’s not really that much into pink and isn’t afraid to get a bit messy sometimes … and I thought it’d be nice to share with anyone else who lost a tooth this weekend. 

I’ve drawn up and made a little printable – a letter from the Tooth Fairy… complete with envelope. I’ve included pdfs which can be the saved as a an image file and placed it into a program of your choice (e.g. Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, or an online photo editing site). Write your message, print and cut it out, fold and stick where necessary. I’ve provided full instructions on how to add text, plus an example of what the tooth fairy might write – optional of course. You can print it using one of the many quirky, fairy-style fonts out there, or even handwrite it for that lovely personal touch. Blond, brunette – you get to choose. Plus you get to use it again and again – just change the message each time. Easy peasy.

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You can even make it ‘Fairy size

Let’s make the most of the magic, eh…. while it’s still around…..it doesn’t last long.

                                    Get your customisable Tooth Fairy Letter HERE  

Christmas seems to be so much more fun with children around. They’re coming home from school with cotton wool snowmen and cut out snowflakes. They’re practising their Christmas songs and learning lines for the nativity. Their latest favourite read is the Argos catalogue (why oh why did I pick one of those up?) and every trip to the shopping centre needs a plan for avoiding the Disney shop. Those little ones are getting excited.
I’m very conscious and a little sad that those years of magic are very fleeting so I’m determined to make the best of them. Perhaps in a way, I’m  wanting to relive the the magic I remember from my own childhood. Of course I also learnt the true meaning of christmas and our kids will too, but in the meantime there’s no reason why it can’t be fun.
I thought it would be nice to make a printable. A letter to Santa… in its own special envelope.  Nothing pre-written, chances are they can write their own now – at least with some help from mum or dad. I’ve provided some lines, but hopefully that’s all the help they need…
Just watch them fill up that space in no time.

I wanted to share this as a printable download – in case you might like to do it too.
If you follow the link at the end you can download the 2 page PDF. You may reduce or enlarge as required by changing the details in the ‘scale box in the print menu.
Print and cut out on A4 (portrait setting).  Fold the envelope (it’s easy to see where) and stick down. 
It will need to be sealed with glue – my daughter was a little disappointed when she licked the top and it wouldn’t stick, bless her – never mind….  no big deal. 
We (with an adult of course) put ours on the open fire, and sent it up the chimney… or you could do THIS
If you do decide to send it in the post, don’t forget to include a stamped addressed envelope if you want a reply.
Get The free printable download by clicking HERE

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Okay, so it’s March, and great – yes, spring is definitely on it’s way, but here in the UK that doesn’t really mean too much weatherwise. It can still be really quite cold. Just last Tuesday we had a corker of a day. Beautiful sunshine – a real teaser of summer days to come. It was great..everyone was out…off to the park, tidying up their front gadens. Those of you who live in my lovely East London neighbourhood, that strange woman you saw skipping down the street – that was me. That’s how chuffed I was to see the sun. …..But, and it’s a big but, I did say it was a teaser. It’s now damp and drizzly…and cold…we’ve had snow this week, and it’s not forecast to warm up any time soon. Argggghhh. Just when you thought it was time to cast off those woollies. Stop right there – what were you thinking?
Even more keen to embrace the shedding of the clothes are our little ones. Now they’ve had a taste of that sunshine, they don’t want to wear their boots anymore. There’s no point replacing the tights they’ve already grown out of because they’re not going to fit next year either. So here’s a simple free pattern to cover that gap between legging and socks and to keep their little ankles cosy. Kiddies legwarmers. The simplest of patterns – knits up quickly in any DK yarn, looks great, and is a good pattern for beginners. Can be knitted on normal or circular needles – whichever you choose. The number of rows and stitches are the same – only diiference is a seam to sew up at the end, which is pretty straightforward. The pattern is to fit a 3-5 or a 6-8 yr old. See pattern for details.
 Pictured here in one of my current favourite funky fluoros.  Those colours are here to stay for a while so use ’em and abuse ’em.

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This style is knitted in New Fashion DK by Woolcraft in shade ‘Melon’.

I can’t believe we’re already heading into Winter. Seems like only weeks since we were looking forward to the Summer.
Now the days are getting shorter and colder over here in the northern hemisphere I thought it would be nice to give you another version of my Bear Hat… let’s call it an update.

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This one is a slightly different fit to suit the style and a little more versatile – possibly more suitable for a boy as well as a girl, having said that, a few older girls – even women have  expressed a keen interest.

I’m sticking with the the double strand of fur/eyelash and 4ply yarn as it’s such an excellent combo for cold weather  – not heavy and ultra warm, with the Trapper style flap this time, to keep those little ears cosy. Well, I say little ears – it comes in sizes up to adult. Who says only the kids should get to wear the fun stuff?

It knits up on big needles in only a couple of evenings, and makes a great pressie. There’s plenty of time to start making them for Christmas.
Watch out for the 120g pack of eyelash yarn in your local UK 99p Store. It crops up every now and again  – an offer far too good to miss.

Hat can be made to order. For information contact thredHED
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We’re not quite out of the woods yet folks, it’s still pretty nippy out there. Yes, spring is around the corner but there’s still time to sneak in another quick knit – and this IS a quick knit. I’ve been asked by a few people who knit but don’t sew if they could have a knitted version of my Wolf Hat. The kids love ’em – it’s practical ‘dressing up’… and if the weather has warmed up, why not make a start on some early Christmas pressie knitting?

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The Bear Hat is knitted with two strands of yarn, eyelash and plain.

Adding plain (4ply or even dk for something a little thicker) yarn gives more stitch definition which can often be tricky to see with fur knits. It makes the eyelash yarn go further, adds more body and makes it ultra-warm – just perfect for those really cold, mid-winter days, with a scarf  – two accessories in one.
Knitted on quite large needles it does not require a lot of yarn. I found a knit-a-scarf pack of 120g for 99p in our local pound shop which was perfect – bargain! You may have already knitted one that you’ve worn for a couple of seasons. They’ve been around for a while now so you could even try unravelling, restyling, and up-cycling.
Other suitable yarns are Stlyecraft Eskimo, King Cole Moments, Lion Brand Fun Fur  (don’t forget to combine with another 4ply or DK yarn, as mentioned above).
Knit loosely, it is stretchy and comfortable and moulds nicely to fit. 3 sizes cover all ages from toddlers to adults.
There is very little shaping so the pattern is simple, and the ears are shaped while making up at the end. A good project for relative beginners, knits up nice and quickly (took me 3 evenings) and I have provided clear instructions and diagrams.

It’s hat time again! Dig out your ol’ faves or get a nice new one. Here’s one for your little one (or even for you) that never goes out of style and always looks great – even it you’re having a bad hair day. A classic beret – knitted here in a cotton acrylic mix chunky yarn. Really easy and quick to knit – took me just a couple of evenings! Looks good in all colours – particularly the classics – and the stripe texture makes it a little more interesting without having to add another colour. Three sizes range from toddler to adult.