Monthly Archives: February 2012

Kokeshi Doll Pattern Now On Blog!


Little Kokeshi Amingurumi


Phew! That pattern took a while to write up.

Head over to my Patterns section and drop down to Crochet Patterns – here you will find the full pattern for this cute little Japanese Doll. Please let me know how you get on with the pattern, and make sure you send me a link to your finished cuties!

Alternatively click on the link, Kokeshi Doll, to jump straight to the pattern now.

Happy Hooking fellow bloggers!

Back soon,

Miss C xx


My Little Kokeshi Doll


Here is the Kokeshi Amigurumi Doll I have been crocheting the last few days. Isn’t she adorable?! I just love Japanese/Oriental stuff – one day I shall travel to that part of the world! 🙂

The pattern is very simple to follow – the doll part is just double crochet with increasing/decreasing and the flower is a sequence of dc, htr, tr, dtr and picot stitch (UK terms). The doll’s hair should be jet black but unfortunately I have ran out of my black yarn and so had to do it in charcoal but I don’t think it has really mattered.

I would like to try and get some fine crochet cotton so I can make these dolls smaller and in different colours – maybe make them into keyrings or just little kokeshi charms :).

This is a side view so you can see the little flower in her hair, although I do think it has turned out a little bigger than it needs to be really. This flower uses the adjustable ring method, then crochet 5 dc’s into the ring. In each stitch around you have to do the following stitches: dc, htr, tr, dtr, picot, dtr, tr, htr, dc. It gets quite tight and difficult to do the further you get round (you end up having to push the petal you have just done down in order to get to the next stitch to work). In total, you should end up with 5 petals. In the middle of the flower I have just done three french knots in the fuchsia colour.

I think the most difficult part of this amigurumi doll is stitching the kimono sleeves to the body – I always seem to have trouble making them look identical to each other when stitched on. Think they have turned out OK though.

If fellow bloggers would be interested – I can post the pattern when I get the chance.

On another note – one of our cats has been poorly. Lillie has swollen lymph glands and has been feeling quite sorry for herself, bless her! Lots of treats and tuna for her to keep her strength up. Just look at her here:

Definitely feeling sorry for herself here!

Anyway, I will be back soon

Miss C xx

Finished Design For Mum



This is the finished design for my mum’s Mother’s Day Card. Think she will really like it as it is quite simple but still has her favourite things – butterflies and flowers. I’ve attached some plain white paper to the back of the stitched design so that no stitching can be seen through the aida but also because I’m mounting it on some backing paper and do not want that to show through either. I love double sided sticky tape – much less mess than glue – although I do sometimes have trouble getting the backing off, that’s the trouble having no nails 😦

This is the backing paper I have used. Got quite a large pack of these for only 99p in a local craft shop – wish I had brought some other designs as well but we are on a tight budget (what with buying a house, getting married, honeymoon etc 🙂 ). I’ve again used double sided tape to stick the paper to the front side of the card. Looks pretty doesn’t it?!

And here’s the finished card! I was going to have a look through my ribbon stash but I have now decided that it does not need any embellishments etc. Think it would look too busy. It looks great for the upcoming spring time don’t you think? I’ve decided I might do the heart design as well – either as an actual heart hanging or maybe just a card for Mum’s Birthday in June – not sure yet.

Oh and during my crafty time, Lillie decided to sit on some of my stuff (good job it wasn’t on any stitched work!). Bless her, she likes to lie down on random pieces of paper, even if the whole table is free from stuff she will still sit on something! She can sit on our gas bill any day of the week 🙂

Having a lazy Sunday today which is perfect – will do so more crochet later – have a mini project on the go at the moment then it is on to a bigger project soon. Seriously need to use up some of my wool – PR isn’t too impressed that it’s overtaken the living room – however the cats love it. Yet again Lillie picked up some of my wool and trailed it all the way through the house – can’t help but laugh at her xxxxxx

Hope you are all having a lovely lazy Sunday too

Miss C xx

Hippy Cushion = Done


















Managed to finish my lovely new cushion off yesterday. What do you think? I’m a little annoyed that you can see the join in each round slightly – I’m even more annoyed that last night I was reading through a magazine and it shows you how you can join an invisible round! Wish I had known about this technique earlier! Oh well, you can only see it if you really look for it. Think it looks quite pretty on our bed – I know it doesn’t match the bedspread but we do usually have chocolate coloured ones. I accidentally woke Dottie up whilst taking photos of my cushion so I could not resist taking a few snaps of her too…….











Got a bit more backstitching to do on my cross stitch project I posted about previously – backstitching always takes longer than you think it will doesn’t it?

So I will be back soon…..

Miss C xx

A Design For Mum


Started this Mother’s Day design yesterday afternoon. It’s from Cross Stitch Crazy March 2012, Issue 161. Its not a big design and will not take me much longer – have a few more cross stitches to do then the rest is just backstitch.

I’ve decided to make it into a card and have got some lovely backing paper for it – ooh might raid my ribbon stash too.

I do like the hanging heart design too – might stitch that as well if I get time.

I’m thinking about purchasing cross stitch design software but not entirely sure which to get. Will have to do a bit more research I think. Have any of you used design software? If so, any recommendations? 🙂

Must go, have my hippy cushion to finish now that cushion pad has turned up! Yay!

Miss C xx

New Pattern Section











I have now managed to create the patterns section on my menu. At the moment only the crochet section has a couple patterns to start off with – they include the new Battenberg Cake pattern and the Mouse Cat Toy one from previously.Hope you like them and let me know how you get on!

Please use the drop down menu titled ‘Patterns’ or alternatively click on the links below:

Battenberg Cake Pattern

Mouse – Cat Toy Pattern

Miss C  xx

Naughty But Nice!


Mmmm Cakes and cookies!

These are what I have been making the last week or so. First up was the cupcake…..


The original pattern did not have a cherry on the top but instead had sewn on buttons and sequins. I was going to do that but then decided (seeing as I love cherries) to make my own little cherry! To make it is very similar to how you would crochet a little button. Will post a couple patterns for some buttons soon as they come in so handy!

Mmmm if only this cupcake was real!


Next up was the Chocolate Gateau slice……..



The original colours of this pattern was completely different but I decided to do chocolate cake with cherry filling and obviously a little cherry on top again! Could make so many different variations – oohh what would you make?


Next up was the cookies and doughnut…..





Here we have a heart shaped cookie with frosting, a frosted ring doughnut with chocolate icing (did not have the proper colour for a doughnut so it had to be a frosted one! 🙂 ), and my other half’s favourite….an Oreo cookie! I love these little ones…the oreo is so easy to make – it’s literally just three circles sewn on top of each other, think it took about 20 minutes to make and it looks so real!

The final cake I made was this one………



Battenberg! I absolutely love battenberg so it seemed right to make one, but this one is MY OWN pattern! Yay! My first ever pattern. What do you think? I know the lighter colour needed to be a yellow but the only yellow I have is way too bright so its actually a cream colour.

I will upload the pattern to my battenberg cake for you all – just need to remember how I made it now! Was a case of making it up as I went along. Check back soon for the pattern!

This next delight is not a cake but a lot more healthier and also cute to look at…..



A little amigurumi strawberry (without the stitched face though!)

So which delight is your favourite??





Quick update on my hippy cushion – I have now completed both sides and will start stitching each side together (double crocheting all the way around). Will only double crochet around half way today as I am still waiting on my cushion pad to be delivered – hopefully today – fingers crossed! Cant wait to have it finished and on display! 🙂 Check back soon…

Miss C xx

Monkeying Around



This is what I have made today – my little sock monkey 🙂 I think he should be called Maurice – other half thinks Trevor. What do you think he should be called – or her for that matter!

By making this, I managed to perfect the use of the magic ring to start. I have never used the magic ring technique before, but its actually not as hard as I first thought. There are lots of You Tube videos, and written tutorials on how to do it – see Crochet Me for written/pictorial step by step or see the video post below! Hope these help 🙂




Magic Ring Tutorial from Crochet Geek.


When making this monkey, it was vital to use a stitch marker (if you do not have a stitch marker a different coloured bit of wool will work just as well). I’ve not used a stitch marker before when making something and it turned into a disaster! So my one bit of advice to you is always use a stitch marker when advised!

Think I might make another page on my blog for some of my favourite crochet patterns – will obviously test them first as I know all too well about working on a pattern for ages and then you realise the pattern is totally not up to scratch. Check back in a few days and hopefully I will have managed to post a couple of little patterns for you to hook up.

On another note, I have really wanted to produce another tutorial for a sewing project that is brilliant for the environment (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is what the project is all about) – just have not got round to it yet but I will, I promise 🙂 In fact, I haven’t got my sewing machine out for quite a while now – too busy with my crochet hook at the moment.

Well I’m off to try and do a few more rounds of my hippy crochet.

Ta Ta For Now

Miss C x

Valentines Day!


I know I am a bit late in saying this but… Happy Valentines Day! Above are the roses my fiancé brought and had delivered today – I love the pot they have come in. The roses are a lovely cerise colour – and hopefully they should last quite a bit longer than normal flowers (just need to not be my usual self with flowers and totally neglect them!).

And here are the designs I cross stitched for his Valentines card – not typical Valentines designs but he is a huge Marvel fan and so thought he would appreciate something more ‘him’. So, photo on the left is my Ironman cross stitch which is actually half the size of the original design – stitched on 28-count evenweave and I have actually only done the whole design in half cross stitches – realised it would take much longer than I had planned if I did full cross stitches. I think, because of the small design and the bold colours, it works quite well in only half stitches.

The photo on the left is my own version of Red Letter Paper Company’s Valentines day card – get original here. I put this design on the inside of the card and Ironman on the front.



And finally this little fellow is what I crocheted the other day. It’s my little Love Dude for PR. Took me about an afternoon to hook this up as it is quite small and is made up in sections. I think its really cute – reminds me of the Orange Mobile advert ages ago with those white wind up toys in it :

So that’s Valentines Day over for another year – had a lovely meal this evening. I have been thoroughly spoilt by my wonderful husband-to-be! Hopefully I will be able to give him a lovely birthday this weekend 🙂

Miss C xx

Cushion Progress – Second Side


Here is the progress of the second side of my crochet hippy cushion. Have not managed to do as much as I had wanted to but I do try and do a bit each day. Each round is just treble crochet stitches with some increasing in certain areas. Have managed to find a decent round cushion pad for it – think I may put it on our bed when finished.

Have just received some beautiful roses from my wonderful fiancé! They are in a lovely oval pot with butterflies sketched on the side – will upload a photo later.

After finishing my hippy cushion, I shall be making a start on a Mothers Day design for a card for my Mum; have also found a cool Formula One design from The World Of Cross Stitching magazine for my Dad. Is nice to see some designs for men as it is very hard to find decent ones that my Dad would like and he always takes an interest in my stitched designs. Have also had another order for the red Poppy cushion I made for my Nan – she wants another one to go on her other chair in her lounge – think they will look lovely as a pair.

This is the Poppy Cushion that I need to duplicate for my Nan.

Oh and my little 2 year old nephew loved his Thomas the Tank Engine cross stitch card – and the Fireman Sam top we brought him! He gets so excited at the sight of Thomas and Sam 🙂

Miss C xx


Hippy Cushion Progress


This is how far I have got with the hippy cushion I am making. Still have a couple more rounds to do on this side – then its making another identical side after that. Realised the other day that I do not have a round cushion pad – shopping on eBay it is then! 🙂

I have enjoyed making this so far as it grows quite quickly and only really uses treble stitch as the main stitch. Means I can sit and crochet whilst watching TV without having to keep looking at the pattern. Think I might make another one, but this time in colours that go with brown – have a few ‘chocolate brown’ furnishings in the house. Perhaps oranges, creams and browns…Hmm must be good whilst on eBay! Hee hee.

Miss C xx

Crochet Bunting


Finished off my crochet bunting yesterday. Just had lots of tails to weave in and also make the chain to attach each flag to. It’s currently hanging in our open fireplace in the lounge – brightens up quite a dark area I have to say 🙂

The pattern is again from Nicki Trench’s Cute and Easy Crochet. However, I have changed the colours as they were pale pastel colours like pink and lilac – it is called ‘Knickerbocker Glory Bunting’ after all! The original colours didn’t really go with my living room so decided to do them mainly in red with white and petrol blue.

They are rated at beginner level because they really are quite simple to make. All it uses is chains, slip stitch, double and treble crochet, and decreasing two double crochets together to get the triangle shape. Only took about two evenings work in total. I can see me making these in the original colours for my sister in law who would love these – especially in pink!

So what do you think of my not-so knickerbocker glory bunting??!! 🙂












From my previous post called ‘What To Do Next’, I have been debating what to start – in all honestly I know I will end up doing them all as I love everything about each project. But…….I have chosen. Last night I started making the cushion – partly because that was the project PR said he liked the most (he never gets THAT interested in what I make! 🙂 ), but also because I loved the different colours in the circle effect (oh and because you can never have too many cushions)! Managed to do 6 rounds last night whilst watching a bit of TV and have no real plans today so I am hoping to get a lot more rounds done – maybe even finish one side of the cushion; hmmm fingers crossed.

Still have another Thomas the Tank Engine Cross Stitch to do for PR’s nephew, and I also have to finish my secret project in the next week – eek! Lots to do, so little time.

Now that I have realised how much I have to do, I had better dash

See you very soon

Miss C xx


Oh What To Do Next?


I’m coming to the end of a smaller crochet project and so I am thinking about what I want to do next! 🙂

So, first up is this cute crochet flower purse. Been wanting to crochet a little purse to go with the bag I made earlier. Would probably use similar variegated wool to the bag so hopefully it would look OK.

Second up, is this lush stripey round cushion. I love it so much -so bright and funky! Would definitely make sure I have some brightly coloured yarn for this one.

Next up is this crochet hat – I really like it as it looks simple yet looks really cute too. Uses a few different stitches which I haven’t really done a lot of so will be quite exciting to do this one. Think it would make a lovely present to someone too.

Last, but by no means least, is a crochet granny blanket. I love granny blankets so much and really want to make one! Would try and make my own version of this granny blanket with different colours etc. Would not be a quick project but I know it would be a much loved and much used item!

Hmmmm, decisions, decisions! What do you think? Love one in particular? Let me know! 🙂

Still have my huge cross stitch project which I have probably spent 8 hours on and it still looks like I have done hardly any! Must take photos of the progress – think that will help. I’ve also been doing smaller cross stitch projects (one being Thomas the Tank Engine which I posted earlier) and another couple that are a secret at the moment! Shhh! Will post them soon don’t worry 🙂

Will also post my current crochet project when I have finished it – just needs some finishing touches.

Might be back later, but have a great day!

Miss C xx