Saturday, 21 November 2009

Knitting Worms

That's what I'm doing at the moment - knitting worm scarves for a local illustrator and author of a new children's book. How exciting. You can read more about the book here. The illustrations are amazing, full of little creatures that buzz around every page alongside the main characters. The story deals with bullying and friendship and is great for children of all ages.

Waldo the Worm lives happily in his magical, colourful world. However, there is just one thing wrong, two jealous snails called Kelly and Shelly who are a little bit mean to poor Waldo come along. But one day when disaster strikes, Waldo becomes a hero and save the day.

The author and illustrator saw my knitted cakes and asked me if I was interested in designing a Waldo scarf. So at the moment I'm frantically knitting a batch for a local craft fair in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, next Saturday 28th. November.

But, disaster struck when I couldn't get hold of the yarns I needed and had to find substitutes, which was really time consuming. I'm back on track I think, and hope to have them finished by Saturday with no doubt a few late nights thrown in.

My little boy loves Waldo and was fascinated by the illustrations and characters in the book, which are amazing. Waldo has his own website where you can read more about the characters and the author and you can purchase the book and three different badge packs. They'd make a really great xmas pressie.......

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Birthday Giveaway by Mollimoo

Mollimoo is having a giveaway for a pretty button heart wreath, made by her own fair hand. She is also throwing in a few pieces of fabric from her stash & some 'bits 'n' bobs' too.

All you have to do is leave a comment on her blog saying which is your favourite item in her etsy or folksy shop. Be warned - it's difficult to choose as they are all gorgeous and sweet.

The link to her blog is


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Upcycle Christmas Folksy Competition

I've become slightly obsessed with Folksy's latest competition. Upcycle Christmas is a competition for people to take second hand / charity stuff and make it into something ‘new’ and desirable to be sold at an online. All proceeds from the auction will go to Sue Ryder Care.

I've already listed one item - a chunky neck cosy in autumn colours . I don't expect this to win any of the sections, but it's practical and will keep someone nice and warm this winter. Hopefully it will raise a few pounds. I bought the yarn in Oxfam -10 balls of Sirdar Bigga, and this cosy only took one ball. Fab bargain. I'd love it if you could support me and mark it as one of your favourites. More exciting things are in my head - hopefully I'll find the time to create some more competitive entries. I've started my second and it's going well. It involves second hand (but new) yarn bought in 'Mind', Hanley and beads from a necklace bought in Oxfam, Congleton. It's looking pretty so far......

My favourite item at the moment is the handpainted plate and napkin by Lilley's handcrafted lovelies. It's a great idea and very pretty too. I keep looking everyday to see how creative people are.

If you type 'sueryder' into Folksy's search bar and this should bring up the listed entries. What's your favourite?