Can you help?

Meet Red


Red is a Crisis Point therapy dog, working with young people who are victims of rape and sexual abuse. He helps them to open up and move forward with their lives. He has helped a great many children.

But… Red has a condition, called Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD). He has previously had knee surgery, for which the funds were raised by Crisis Point.

However, in December last year, Red’s condition resurfaced and it causes him severe pain. So severe that he now needs total knee replacement surgery. The cost for this is £15,000, including post-operative care. We need to raise this money as quickly as possible, otherwise this beautiful, calm, caring, helpful and intelligent pup will have to be put to sleep. He is just a few months shy of his fourth birthday. The best gift he could receive is the gift of a pain-free life.

Please can you help? There are several ways to donate to Red’s Fund. You can donate via Just Giving (just click that link) or you can donate directly to the charity’s bank account for Red’s Fund (that link will take you to the page with information about Red and how to help)

Alternatively, you can hop over to my other blog HERE to purchase a specially created cross stitch design, with ALL proceeds going directly to Red’s Fund.

Please, please help if you can. Red is a very special support worker for the most vulnerable in society. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for any help you can give.


It’s Almost Time

This poor blog has long been neglected. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to post, more because I wasn’t able to use my computer with the ever trusty LiveWriter on it. I know you can write to blogs directly from WordPress but I don’t like the interface very much. So I just didn’t feel inclined to write anything.

Chatting with a friend of mine today (Hi Lo Open-mouthed smile) it just made me feel that, really, I should take the time to write to these blogs (I have three) more often. I love to reflect on what has happened in the past, and these blogs are a good way to have those reminders.

For a very long time now, I’ve been wanting to start up a business of some sort, revolving around my crafting interests. With the help and input of my son (Ryan, my champion) and my very best friend (Emma, you’re an absolute gem!) this looks like it could become a reality sooner rather than later. Mind you, it’s only been about 16 years in the making so… well, anyway, work is going on behind the scenes to find the best way to bring my (awkward) talents to the general public but don’t hold me to it. If I can take this long to sort out some stuff, it could be a while before anything concrete appears. But watch this space anyway… you just never know Open-mouthed smile

It’s been a while…

I’ve only just realised how long it is since I last posted anything on this blog. I guess I’m lucky it’s still active.

I have been fairly active, craftwise at least, over the last couple of years. I’ve done tatting, knitting, beadwork and crochet among other things.

The crochet has really taken me by storm. It’s something I learned when I was a child but could never really get ‘into’ it. Throughout my teens, twenties and thirties I was more of a knitter. Then I went through a phase of beadwork and card making. In 2014 (nearly said last year!) I taught myself to do tatting, with the aid of some great videos and designer tutorials. That was a long time coming – almost 30 years of taking stick from my sister because tatting was the one craft that I just couldn’t master. Well, now I’ve got the hang of it. But that also led to me wanting to try thread crochet and that’s where this whole crochet boom has come from.

My current projects are mainly winter warmers for my son – cowls, hats, fingerless mitts, that sort of thing. I haven’t sorted out my photos yet (organisation has never been my strong point) but I will try to find some to post, just so you can see some of what I’ve been up to. I’m sure there are many items that have been made and given away in the last two years but I still have a plan going forwards. One day I will work out the best way to sell things!

Now that I’ve found the blog again, I will try to update it with craft related activity only, as I have two other blogs for other stuff. So, watch this space… Only don’t let your eyeballs dry out… Blink every few seconds at least 😀

Pandapple from Sanrio free amigurumi pattern

Pandapple from Sanrio free amigurumi pattern

Too cute!

amiguruMEI あみぐるメイ

panda bear crochet japanese pinkRingo!

Make your own special edition rainbow Pandapple-chan!


  • 2.50 mm hook
  • 1.75mm hook
  • Similar sized yarn in rose pink, white, black, apple green, pastel pink, pastel yellow, pastel green, pastel blue
  • Embroidery thread in black and white
  • Darning needle
  • Carpet needle (with large eye and sharp tip)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • A small piece of pink felt

Eyes (make two)

With black embroidery floss and a 1.75mm hook:

Chain 4

Round 1: Starting in second chain from hook, sc in the next 2sc, 3sc in the last sc.

Round 2: Rotate the foundation row, don’t turn it. Sc in the next 2sc, 3sc in the last sc.

Fasten off and leave a long end for sewing. Weave in the shorter end of the thread to neaten any gaps.

With white embroidery floss and a darning needle, sew about 8 times over one of the stitches, near the top of each eye.

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Happy New Year!

Well, it’s been a while since I visited this blog and just as long since I did any stitching.  Life has been kicking me in the butt again and I haven’t felt up to doing much at all.  With that said, though, hopefully this year will be better in many ways.  I’m already starting to feel the stitchy bug poking me in the ribs Open-mouthed smile

Anyway, Happy New Year to anyone still reading this.  I wish you all you would wish for yourselves.

Double Monday Update

I meant to do a blog last Monday, honestly I did… I just never got around to it!  So without further ado, here are the pictures from the last two weeks’ stitching efforts.

First up, the Train of Dreams…


Mr Moon is starting to get a face!  Working close-up on this project means it’s not easy to see any definition but as soon as I take a photo it just jumps out at me.  I’m still loving working on this even though I have some difficulty with all those ends hanging about.  It isn’t worth fastening them off as they’re used on the next set of pages.  There are another ten sections of a similar size to what I’ve already stitched so I’ve got a very long way to go yet.  Already there’s getting on for 10,000 stitches done!

There isn’t as much progress on that as there should be as I’ve had a couple of 2-day interruptions over the last fortnight.  And also because I’ve stitched something else in between…P1020111

Part two of the SAL Jardin Privé – Positive Thinking.  I’m really liking the way this is coming on as well.  The sentiment is wonderful.  I like the colours I chose too, sort of vintage-looking in their muted colours.  Now it’s put away until the first of November when the next part should be available.

I was given a lovely gift by my son… You stitchers are very familiar with the term “frogging” and it’s often said that Mr Frog is doing the rounds.  Well, I’ve got two of my very own frogs now, cheeky little buggers that they are…


As you can see, they’re only too happy to steal anything from my stitching supplies to my glasses and everything in between.  Lovable little rogues!

Another Monday Update

Well it doesn’t seem possible that yet another week has whizzed by!  I’ve been stitching every spare moment I get – which hasn’t been quite as much as I should’ve done but I’m finding that I’m really enjoying this stitch!

Here are this week’s progress pics of the Train of Dreams…


It’s always good to see the set of pictures together, it shows me just how far I’ve come.  I’m still working on the first 3 pages of the chart… there are another 10 sets of 3 pages to go, just to give you some idea of how little I’ve really done lol.

I have been working exclusively on this piece because I’m not able to hold a hoop or frame for very long at the moment and this piece is on a lovely table stand which just happens to fit across my lap when I sit in my armchair.

Anyway, I’m off to stitch again – because I can Smile

A week’s worth of progress

Wow, I can’t believe I actually haven’t posted a progress update for a whole week.  I’ve been working on the ToD every day and am quite pleased with what I’ve managed to get done, despite feeling really crappy and having a gum infection (again!) which has given me headaches, earache and toothache over the last few days.  The stitching has been a really good way to not dwell on those issues – as well as the many others that are on-going right now – and just find some true happiness immersed in those tiny crosses.

I have worked exclusively on the Train and I’m quite pleased to report that I’ve only made a couple of little mistakes lol.  Oh well, at least it’ll be unique and I have to say that they aren’t noticeable anyway.  With so many different shades and such tiny crosses even I can’t pick out where I went just one stitch wrong a couple of times.  I did also have a couple of minor frog attacks which resulted in about half a dozen stitches or so being taken out and stitched correctly!  That’ll teach me not to talk and count at the same time!

Anyway, without further ado, here are the pictures of the week…








You’ll have to excuse the varying shades of the photos, I’ve taken some with flash and some without, some in daylight and some in artificial light but you get the idea anyway I’m sure.

The last photo is where I’m currently at so here’s to another week of tiny kisses – cheers! Smile

September SAL Weekend update

I’ve joined yet another group on Facebook, this one is dedicated to SALs and I was invited to join the September weekend.  It started on Friday lunchtime but I didn’t get a chance to get stuck into any stitching until Saturday morning.  I had made other plans but they were scuppered so I decided to sit and stitch the day away instead.

And I’m glad I did.  It was very relaxing, just what I needed after all the recent stresses.  I made some good progress on the Train of Dreams but I didn’t take a photo of the day’s progress.

I spent a few hours working on it again yesterday, in between all the shopping / laundry / cooking etc.  And here is my progress so far…P1020058I remembered to take the photograph the correct way up this time too!

I have no idea how many stitches I have completed of the 102,500 there are in the design but suffice to say I’m only on a tiny fraction of the 30 pages of chart for this.  It’s going to take a long time to finish but it’s going to look really good.  I’ve also found about 50 more of the artist’s designs that I’d like to stitch so I suppose I’d better get a move on!

Monday Update

Monday again.  It doesn’t seem possible somehow.  But here it is – and here is a stitchy update for the week.


I’ve managed to get quite a bit done on the HAED Train of Dreams since the last update.  I know it’s incredibly fiddly but I really like the way it’s starting to look.  When I get a bit further towards the bottom of the chart, I’ll try to remember to take a photo the correct way up!


I have also finished working the first part of the Positive Thinking SAL from Jardin Privé, as mentioned in my last post.  It’s lovely to stitch and it’s working up nicely on the fabric I chose.  Can’t wait for the next part!

I should really give Cirque des Coeurs some attention today.  I haven’t touched it for a few days and it’s staring at me…