Verb: pootle
poo-t(u)l To move in a leisurely unhurried way,
with no real purpose

Monday, 21 September 2015

Apple cosies

With crochet blankets having always been my number one love, not for one minute
 did I  imagine that  I would be happily sitting working away to design a crochet apple cosy ! 

But that is one of the things that I am loving the most about having been asked to 
design patterns and put together tutorials for 
- I have had to totally come of of my little comfort zone, 
not only in the things I have been asked to make but also in the 
colours and yarns I have been working with.

It's been both rewarding and refreshing and I shall never scoff at an 
apple cosy again as they have been SOOOOO much fun to do ! 

The full pattern and tutorial is available completely free here at
but I just thought I'd give you a little taster here.

The yarn I used was Rowan Handknit Cotton - if you haven't used this yarn before all
 I can say is it is such an absolute treat to work with that you have to give it a try ! 

It's as soft as cotton wool , yet gives you all the weight and
 definition needed for a good bit of structure.


The apple cosies are worked in a round, 
with a top half and bottom half that are hinged at the back with a row of over sewing.
I then worked a bobble in to the last few rounds of the bottom half 
and a chain loop in the finishing edge of the top half to create a fastener.

With a little stalk and a couple of leaves added as the finishing touch
you have the smartest little apple cosy to happily grace any desk or lunch table.

And then .........
woo-hoo, the fun starts , 
as the possibilities to add a bit of 'je ne sais quoi' are endless !!

From pink piggies,


to high tec ( ! ) robots,


to the cuddliest of penguins ...


... these cannot fail to help sneak in those 5 a day.

And it should certainly put a smile on your face
 every time you walk past the fruit bowl.

One little word of warning though - 

you may not be the only one who falls in
 love with your new apple cosy !

Saturday, 12 September 2015

♥ Meg and Adams Wedding ♥

Oh, I just don't know where to start ....
to try and put Meg and Adam's wedding day in to words seems an impossible task.

It was the best day, the most emotional day, the funnest day.
It was non-stop, it went too quick, I wish we could do it all over again.
All shared with our treasured and loved family and friends, all together in one place.

And .... it was sunny !
 I know, in the wettest August ever we had the most perfect sunny day
 ... and the sun shone exactly when it was meant to.

In total the photographer took just under 400 photos,
here are just a few.

Our three beautiful girls ready to go.

One proud, and very smart, Dad.

One last quick family photo when we arrived at Wick Farm.

The utterly beautiful Wick Farm.

The barn itself is so perfect that all that was needed were fairy lights on the beams
 and on my big wicker heart in the wall alcove,
 big jugs of Summer flowers,
 candle jars and lanterns 
and the simplest of bunting.

The vintage suitcase, suitably dressed for the occasion, 
was placed on a table by the door 

  next to the up-cycled steps, 
decorated with photos of Meg and Adam
 and loved ones that we wished could be with us.


There were tiny tin buckets of confetti

                                     and tissues ready to hand for those teary moments.


There were smiles and tears,

and memorable moments. 
Meg was christened by my Dad and now here she was with Adam 
being blessed by him at their wedding.

Confetti was thrown ...

air was punched !

Sensible photos were taken ...

along with the fun ones

whilst inside, 

the barn was being transformed in to a dining room.

The knitted rose garland was hung

and tables were beautifully laid.

Homemade carrot cakes were piled high


and favours were opened.

Speeches were all before the meal 
so that everyone could relax and enjoy themselves

and that's exactly what we did.

We ate, 
we danced,
more photos were taken ....

and we all got a little bit blurry round the edges.

The best day ......