A Practical Present – Tunisian Crochet Hooks

Tunisian Crochet Hooks

We don’t usually do presents for Valentines Day, as we know how much we love each other and often say the words. As I wasn’t expecting anything for Valentines Day, I was very surprised on Thursday, of last week, when Grand Dad Al presented me with a parcel. It was something I’ve been after for a while. Some Tunisian crochet hooks. I discover this type of crochet just before Christmas after coming across a video on You Tube. Continue reading »

More New Grand Daughter Crochet and Update

Grand Daughter Update.

Mummy C had a scan yesterday and apparently our new grand daughter due in a months time is already weighing 6lbs 14oz! She’s not going to fit into new born size for very long. Luckily I’ve already been making larger items, although they are still so cute. I can’t wait for her arrival and going to see her.

Matching Hat

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Crocheting for a New Grand Daughter

Fresh of My Hook

Mummy C and Daddy G are due to have a new baby daughter in March. Arron is going to be a big brother.  I’ve been busy crocheting and knitting for her arrival.  I’ve already taken over to the Isle of Man blankets, cardigans, bonnets etc what I’ve made, but I forgot to take a photograph of them before going, they where mainly pink and white with a bit of lemon thrown in for good measure. Continue reading »

Crochet Tutorial: A Crown Fit for a Prince

Crocheting a Crown

Jake loves the colour orange, I had some wool left over from a project, so I thought I might make him a crown.

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I didn’t have his head size,(Mummy M was out shopping & Jake was at school) so instead of making it in the round I made it straight with press studs at intervals for him to get the right size.

Crochet Crown Family Clan Blog

What You Will Need

I used a 5.0mm hook (use the hook suited to your yarn/wool)

Yarn/Wool – I used two strands of an acrylic DK yarn to give it a sturdier finish.  If you’ve got thicker yarn you should be OK with using just one strand. Continue reading »

Crochet Skirt Made For Olivia

Crochet Skirt

I made a crochet cardigan for Olivia a couple of weeks ago, which you can see here I thought I’d have a go making a skirt to go with it. I tried a few designs, but they just didn’t look right, so I ended up making a Ra-Ra style or layered crochet skirt, with a chain threaded through the waist to pull it tight & a tassel on each end. I trimmed the tassels a little bit shorter after I took this photo. Continue reading »

Crochet Cardigan for Olivia

Crochet Cardigan

Olivia’s Crochet Cardigan

Crochet is something I love doing & making things for family members are my favourite things to make. I’ve made this lovely little cardigan for Olivia, she loves cardigans, so she is super easy to make things for & I really love making things for all my grand children.

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Book Review – Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors

Sammy Windward Princess Phoebe Meets The TudorsSammy Winward – Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors

You would recognise the name Sammy Winward if you are a soap fan then from the credits on the Yorkshire based soap of Emmerdale, as Katie Sudden, but she left the soap after, her character had a dramatic accident in early February this year.

Sammy maintains as if she hadn’t pursued a career in acting she would have been a historian. Her love of history comes through in her first children’s book ‘Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors’ where the main character Phoebe meets some of the wives of Henry VIII & finds out that being a Princess isn’t just about beautiful handbags, glittery high-heeled shoes & sparkly dresses.

She finds a magic book whilst tidying up her mothers dresses after playing dress up. The book whisks her through time to explore the lives of the Tudor Queen’s Anne Boleyn, Jane Grey, Mary I and Elizabeth I.  The book is factually correct, but shows, what could have been, the interaction between the four ladies. Hopefully we will read more about Princess Phoebe’s adventures in future books by Sammy Winward.

The character of Princess Phoebe is dedicated to Sammy’s own real-life princess – her ten-year-old daughter, Mia, who is following in her mother’s footsteps with a love of history.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Eric Heyman & published by Candy Jar Books, it retails at £6.99 & aimed at children from the age of 8 upwards & can be purchased from Amazon, Waterstones or other book sellers.

About the Author 

Sammy Winward was born 12 October 1985, Bolton, Lancashire, she is an English actress, singer & model who attended Bolton’s Turton Media a& Arts College in Bromley Cross. It was during her training as a ballerina that Sammy was picked by her agent to attend the Emmerdale audition, where she was picked to play Katie Sugden on the soap opera Emmerdale from 2001-2015

Available on Amazon Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors

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