Bunny hops

Two scampery rabbits, Betty and Bugsy, have recently joined our household and all things bunny related are suddenly very popular.

Bunny Slippers

These slippers were a quick make and have proved to be extremely popular with a younger member of the family. She also loves purple so I made these using a double strand of Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester DK in Lilac and Heather. I also used a bit of pink that was in my basket, not sure what that was. I based them on the LoopyKidz Super Simple Slippers pattern, which was easy to follow and really is super simple. These are not a technical make but if you want a quick, cosy crowd pleaser they are perfect.

I have also recently discovered pom pom makers thanks to my crafting friend and blogger Jo at Three Stories High. You can just see one pom pom tail peeking out from the back. Mine are made by Clover and are about £5 for 2 which is well worth it for the time saved in wrapping wool around bits of fiddly cardboard.

My top tip for these slippers is to make them a bit smaller than you think because they are quite stretchy and won’t stay on the feet if they are baggy.

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Meet Bugsy and Betty…

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Starting as I mean to go on

It has been a dampish and oddly warm January day and I am starting on my new blogging adventure. Be gentle with me, I am new to this. I have always been a crafter and I have experimented with a great many things from basketry to spoon carving but the one that has stuck with me has been crochet. Crochet is a calm port in a storm and, so far, still astonishes me with the amount of possibilities and projects that are possible from garments and the traditional doily to yarn bombing, political craftivism and the downright bonkers.

I can’t think of any better way to start a crochet and woolly things blog than a small shopping spree to my local yarn shop, we all need a little inspiration from time to time, well that’s my excuse anyway. I actually very rarely spend money on expensive wool but it feels like a special occasion.

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Ippikin in Much Wenlock is always a delight to the eyes and a danger to the purse! Whilst it can seem expensive at first (real wool always does), the quality of the products speak for themselves and who can resist this riot of colour and texture. I love good yarn and natural fibres and, whilst you can probably source similar cheaper online, there is no real substitute for squishing the balls and holding the colours next to each other.

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This is my little haul from my shopping trip, a slightly guilty treat! They may not look like a very coordinated combination but there is method in my madness, which I hope will become clear over the next couple of weeks. I have been wanting to try out some Noro yarn for ages so I really hope that it lives up my expectations. I am not usually that keen on colour change yarn but the colours in this are stunning.

I hope that you come back again to have a look at the things that I have made. Bye for now.