Holidays and Bear Hoods

Wow – didn’t the Summer holidays pass by quickly! I can’t believe that the kids go back to school this week. Six weeks gone in a flash – whatever you did I hope you had a lovely time.

I’ve just got back from a week in Wales. The scenery there is so different to on our little island – rolling hills, fields, views that go on for miles. I spent many holidays when I was small here and it always evokes the feeling of wonder whenever I go back and feels a lot like coming home. I could just sit and look at this view over the Brecon Beacons all day. The colours were spectacular – from the greys and browns of the dry stone wall to the greens of the grasses and the purples, reds and whites of the flowers. This kind of scenery makes my heart lift and sing.

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This time we also ventured to Abergavenny and as a castle enthusiast I loved wandering round the ruins of the old castle. It is so beautiful – even in the rain! There is also a museum on site which the kids loved. If it had been nicer weather I can imagine picnics on the grass here would be lovely.

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We went to Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves which were spectacular – I remember visiting as a child with my parents so it was special to bring my own children here. The picture below is of the Cathedral Cave – stunning.

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And then there was Big Pit – I don’t have any photographs to show you of this as they are not allowed underground but boy, if you get a chance to visit do. As it is a Museum it is free which is even more amazing. You travel down a mine shaft all rigged up with oxygen, hard hat and lamp and then are shown around the meandering tunnels to see how the miners lived – oh and their horses. I’m not going to tell you any more as I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you but this was the day that the kids loved the best.

I have got many many more photographs – but I won’t burden you with all of them! Next time we will look at the other places I visited – Symonds Yat and Puzzlewood.

Onto the hat part of my blog post! Do you remeber this?

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Ahh the start of the bear hood. Well this is what it looked like when it was finished. Thanks to the lovely lady that it belongs to for the photograph – I am eternally grateful. I am ridiculously pleased with it – and fortunately so was she!!

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I’m now on a roll and have more hoods in the pipeline – some are bears, some are foxes, some are wolves, some are for children, some are for adults – all have been commissioned. So my little hook is busy busy creating more. Would you like to see another? This one is a children’s size foxy hood and I used chunky wool as opposed to Aran weight for this one. I love it and I hope that the little girl that it is destined for loves it too!

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Love the way one of the ears is slightly lopsided!

I look forward to hearing your comments on them – maybe you can suggest some other animals to experiment with?

Until next time, I’ll be hooking up animal hoods!

Emma

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The return of crochet Mo-jo!

Hello everyone! hope you are all fine and dandy on this grey day.

I have been feeling a little out of crochet sorts recently. I put it down to the heat. I just couldn’t face picking up a crochet hook and wool – fabric yes – wool no. It was so hot that even the garden was suffering and I couldn’t sit out on the patio (scorching!) but it was great for drying clothes!

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How cute are Little Miss H’s pj’s and beach cover-up … wish they did them in my size! The heat also gets me in the mood for a spot of favourite place visiting (also known as avoiding the beach!)

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Hamptonne Country Life Museum in Jersey is one of my very favourite places – especially the meadow with the stream running through it and cows! Here’s Little Miss H trying to be brave and get up close to them (she’s carrying a bat just in case you’re wondering – not sure why!) The coffee is also good and the cafe has this to hold it’s cutlery.

 

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Ahhh, upcycling! What a genius idea – from something old and unloved (albeit very sad) comes something new, functional and inspired! The beautiful mirror that you can just about see has the specials written on it! I love this idea and may try it in my own home (when it is straight and redecorated … sometime in the next decade I would think!)

So anyway, back to the crochet! Well I recently completed an owl to be sent on it’s merry way to the UK. But I fancied something a bit bigger ( I feel a blanket calling … a ripple to be precise… to use all my little odd bits of yarn … a blanket of many colours!) this time it is another Bear Hood for a lovely lady. I have orders for about four of these so I thought I’d get a wiggle on. I’m loving it. I’d forgotten quite how much I love crochet! But anyway … the mojo is back.

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Yup my crochet mojo has returned! I look forward to showing you the progress of the hood in my next post!

Until next time, I will be crocheting up a storm! (hopefully not literally looking at the ex-hurricane that seems to be heading our way)

Emma

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