Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Knit & Natter at 4pm Today!

Hello everyone,

I hope that you all had a lovely Easter and managed to enjoy some of the sunshine.

Thank you for your kind card donations to the Thorpe Hall Appeal.  I have seen some of them in the shop already and they all look amazing.  Plus they are helping to raise money for a really good cause.

I am currently taking a break from preparing for my knitting show at 4pm tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd April.)  If you have been following my knitting, you will know that I am really into my knitting at the moment and have been making bags, hats' scarfs etc.

I will have a lovely selection of wool that are random dyed colours and with a price of £4.59 a ball, it makes the cost of making the bag really affordable. We also have other lovely patterns from King Cole on the show, so I do hope that you will be able to watch and Email in if you can. I would love to hear what you are currently making.

As a lot of you seem to be also knitting, I thought I would share the pattern of a particular bag that I have made.  It's nice and easy and you can make it from just 1 ball of yarn.

I will also try and post a scarf and hat pattern soon for you.

 King Cole Riot Chunky.
Colour used 655 - 1 ball required.

6 1/2 mm needles and 6 mm needles
Bag sides - knit 2 (6 1/2 mm needles)
Cast on 30 stitches knit 32 rows (knit a row, pearl a row) and cast off.

Bands for top of bag - knit 2 (6 1/2 mm needles)
Cast on 6 stitches knit 42 rows and cast off. 
Attach to cast off end of the front of the bag.

Cast on 6 stitches with 6 mm needles knit for 30 rows, knit 2 tog, knit 2 then knit 2 tog. 
Knit 1 row, then knit 2 tog twice.
Knit 2 remaining stitches together then pull yarn through remaining stitch. 
Sew off end around the tip . 
Approx 8 stitches up from tip, work open central stitch and sew around it to keep it open for buttonhole.

Using 6 1/2 mm needles, cast on 40 stitches placing a marker every 8 stitches.
Knit another row then cast off.  
Sew the flower together pulling in the petals every marker. 
Add a button to the centre of flower as decoration.

Using 6 1/2 mm needles, cast on 8 stitches and knit for 260 rows
or as long as your yarn allows and then cast off.

Sew band into bag starting at the centre of the bottom of panel, then up the sides.
Repeat on all sides.

Line bag with furnishing fabric, also sew a 2 in strip of fabric inside bag handle to prevent over stretching.

If you have any questions, please contact me via my blog contact form and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Okay, off to continue prepping...

Hope you have a wonderful week and to my fellow English.... 
Happy St George's Day!


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Wishes 2014

Wishing You A Very
Happy Easter.

With love,

Monday, 7 April 2014

Thorpe Hall

Hello everyone,
On Saturday, I went to the open day at Thorpe Hall.  It was a lovely day and I really enjoyed meeting the staff and walking in the beautiful grounds around the hospice.  A year ago the Duchess of Gloucester launched their appeal which, as you may know, aims to raise £6,000,000 to “transform” the hospice and enable them to give even more help and support to those people in need.  With the money already raised, Thorpe Hall have refurbished the whole of the West Wing, creating new therapy rooms, a family counselling room and new clinic space.  They have also managed to get some work in the grounds completed.

 As you know, I have been making cards myself to help with their fundraising and I am hoping that you will kindly help me by donating some of your cards to this very worthy cause.  Any cards that you send will be displayed and sold in the shop with all money raised going to the Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal.  Please remember to place all of your cards into sealed see-through cellophane bag including an envelope; as this will allow people to handle your cards and they will remain in a pristine condition.  Please then place them into a larger envelope and send them to this address:

Dawn Bibby Charity Card Donations.

Sue Ryder - Thorpe Hall Hospice,

Thorpe Road,



Cambridgeshire  PE3 6LW 

Thank you so much.
I am on your TV screens this week, details below:

Tuesday 8th April

2:00 PM  Fabric Crafting with Pinflair
4:00 PM  Simplicity 4 Day Deal (4 Day Deal)
6:00 PM  Toyota Sewing and Dressmaking
7:00 PM  Crafting With Clay

Wednesday 9th April

2:00 PM  Simplicity 4 Day Deal (4 Day Deal)
4:00 PM  Needlecraft
6:00 PM  Simplicity 4 Day Deal (4 Day Deal)

Please Check My Blog Periodically As Hours, Dates, Products & Channels Are Subject To Change And Addition.

I do hope that you have a wonderful week.  
Until next time,