Crochet Craziness

Well the crocheting has gone slightly bonkers! Ever since we got married and I made 51 little dragons as favours for our guests, demand for the little guys has gone through the roof, with friends all over the place asking for one of their own.

I’ve made another bride and groom for an upcoming wedding, one for a new baby boy, four went off to Wales and one even flew to Sweden!

Perhaps my favourite to date though, was the giant one I made – I really didn’t want to part with him!

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But it’s not just dragons that I’m keeping busy with nowadays. I’ve really become hooked – no pun intended – by crochet. I spend hours looking at patterns and ideas I could make, just wondering who I could make them for.

My best friend, who’s a massive Harry Potter fan, decided she would like a Niffler from Fantastic Beasts for her birthday. So, I found a pattern and set about creating him. I found the perfect wool too in Poundland – black with just a shimmer of sparkle. He had his own pouch for hiding away his treasures.

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Then, for my brother-in-law’s birthday, I discovered this Simon’s Cat pattern and I just had to have a go. I was really pleased with how it turned out, although the tail did look rude when I was making it!

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This little bat was a tad odd, but fun to make.

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And then for Mother’s Day, I made this snowman wreath for my snowman-obsessed Mum. Making the cover for the wreath itself took forever, but it was very satisfying when I finally got it done and Mum just loves it, so I expect to see it in pride of place this Christmas.

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I’m not joking when I say I spend hours looking at ideas and so far, all of my creations have been thanks to pattern discoveries I’ve made on Pinterest and I think I’ve only paid for one through Etsy so far. So many clever people are very kind to share their patterns online for us all to enjoy.

I’m already planning my next creation – I’ve seen a pattern for a unicorn like the one in Despicable Me! I can’t wait!

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Ashford Snow Dogs

I cannot believe how quickly time has flown since we got married just over two weeks ago. Work has been crazy busy and craftwise, I’m making more dragons at the request of a friend – I need to make a total of 5 before Christmas, one of which is a present for someone who couldn’t make our wedding. I do have another Christmas project up my sleeve, but I can’t comment on that, as they may well read this post and that would spoil the surprise.

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On Sunday, we decided to have a little break for the whirlwind world of work and headed to Ashford, where there is a Snow Dog trail, running through until 18th November. Very similar in idea to the Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail we did in Bristol earlier this year, it’s all to raise money for a hospice.

There are dozens of giant Snow Dogs dotted around the town, some accompanied by Snow Pups, which are just too cute for words.

We probably spent around 3-4hours wandering around the town looking for the statues and found most of them. There were a couple a little further out that we didn’t get to, but we did manage to get the ones at the Designer Outlet – even if parking there was a struggle!

I fell in love with so many of the Snow Dogs and we even found a Two Tone one, which was perfect for my Ska-loving husband!

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We did play along with the app for a little while, but we the internet signal let us down, so after we couldn’t register some of the dogs we found, we sadly gave up with that. It’s worth doing though, especially if you live in Kent, as there are lots of little prizes and discounts you can pick up from the sponsors of the dogs.

Hubby also bought me my own miniature Gizmo, but I’m not allowed to have him until my birthday tomorrow – he looks like this, just much, much smaller!

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It was also lovely and moving to see what effort had been put in to marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in the town. One Snow Dog is dedicated to the animals killed in conflict and is set in a memorial garden.

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Next up, we will be visiting the Snails Pace trail around Brighton.