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2014 in review

Interesting reading for me…probably not so much for anyone else! Just wanted to keep a record of the wordpress annual report so I can compare at the end of 2015.


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

My crafty resolutions for 2015

This year I would love to…

  • learn to tunisian crochet
  • hand dye more yarn
  • Complete all the projects I started in 2013 :-/
  • move house so I have more space for yarn and stuff
  • stay happy 🙂

Frozen themed bobble hat

Reblogging as I had forgotten to include the snowflake link in the original post. Oops!

Betty's Banter

I was late to the party with regards to Frozen, I didn’t see it until the middle of summer but became slightly obsessed with the soundtrack as soon as I saw it. I also loved getting ideas for new hats and accessories and thought I would carry on with my theme of crocheting with two strands of yarn in order to make a hat that was a bit different to all the Elsa crowns and braids out there. This is a really simple hat that looks so sweet when complete.

This simple pattern makes a hat that will fit a child from approximately 3-8 years. It’s lovely and stretchy.


You need: 

  • DK yarn in turquoise and sparkly white. I used stylecraft special “sherbet” and James C Brett Twinkle DK in white.
  • 6mm and 5.5mm hook for hat. 4mm hook for snowflake.
  • Pom-pom maker such as this clover one. Alternatively…

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This week’s WIPs

This week I’ve been busy finishing off two lovely, bright corner to corner blankets. The colours look amazing, so vibrant and happy. I was in a bit of a quandary as to what to do for the border. This pattern doesn’t necessarily need a border, but those ends needed somewhere to hide! I’ve previously done a scalloped edge but these required a simpler stitch. Borders are a bit tricky on this type of blanket as the edges are a bit uneven depending on what type of stitch ended the row. So for the first border row I did a single crochet between each row end and chained 2. The on the next row I did 3x double crochet in each ch2 space.


The single crochet followed by two chains


The finished blankets, one needs blocking to straighten up the edges.


Freshly washed!

The other items I’ve been busy with include the granny stripe blanket, some bunting and a ripple blanket.



The granny stripe is nearly done now, just the border to do. I’m currently part way through the first row, I’m doing a granny stitch in white and them I’m going to do all the colours of the rainbow in half double crochet I think.

I just started the ripple to see how I liked the pattern. It’s pretty simple and easy to do but it’s not as mindless as the granny stripe, I have to keep counting or I go wrong! I loved the granny as I could do it without looking, the ripple requires a bit more attention. Still, it’s a pretty pattern. Simple but very effective. I’ve used Caron simply soft, gorgeous yarn, in strawberry, pistachio and white. I love this yarn, I need more of it in my life.


I wanted to make some bunting for my little boy’s playhouse and loved the simplicity of this pattern from Pink Milk Jewels . To satisfy my rainbow obsession it had to be ROYGBIV although some shades are different to those used in the rainbow blanket. The little triangles are so neat! They needed blocking though as the edges went really curly. I added a white border round all sides of the triangle and then added a rainbow appliqué (pattern from repeat crafter me).


Blocking the flags


IMAG2382 This has to be the cutest rainbow ever!


I’m struggling to keep up with my blog at the minute. I’m typing one-handed while bribing the baby with raisins to keep him still! I think I’ll have to do little and often and maybe just stick to one project at a time….yeah right!


Banter begins here!

Oooh, well, this is exciting! I’ve thought a few times about starting a blog but always wondered what I would actually write about. I’m still not sure but being a crochet loving mother of four and a science teacher in my spare time, I suppose most posts will be about crafting, parenting or education issues. Other things that may be up for discussion include my mental cocker spaniel, local theatre, small businesses and trying to move house.

I spend most evenings crocheting, but tonight I’m going to play with my blog and change the background to something pretty. Then maybe some crochet 😉