Little Green Bear: Giveaway Result

by Helen on March 19, 2013

Wow!!  I think this was the best giveaway ever!  I have the most amazingly inventive and imaginative readers – thank you so much for all your suggestions for naming my little green bear.  I only wish I could give everyone a prize.  Sadly I can’t – so I visited the random number generator website, entered my numbers and pressed the button …. and the winner is ……  


Helen Jane – and the little green bear now has a name as well as a new home for Easter – his name will be “Moss”.  Well done to Helen Jane (I have emailed you) and thank you to everyone else who entered.  The pattern to make your own little bear just like Moss will be in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – out on Thursday 28th.  

Little Knitted Bunnies

And if you are still looking for a cute softie friend to join your family this Easter, then I still have two little knitted bunnies seeking a kind new home ……  Blossom and Poppy (at either end of the line up) still need kind new homes …. you can find them listed in my Etsy shop



Little Knitted Rabbits – and some mud!

by Helen on February 10, 2013

A week or two ago Townie Husband told me he thought that everyone who read my blog and looked at my photos must think that Devon is all blue skies and sunshine.  This certainly isn’t the case.  But I don’t think mud and grey skies make very cheerful photos so I don’t normally take my camera outside on grey days (even though I would have plenty of opportunities).   I thought that maybe I should show some gritty (or muddy) reality though – so when I went outside this morning to photograph my little knitted rabbits I turned around and took a picture of our garden ….. 


Yes, my two naughty newfies have turned the bottom end of our lawn into a mudslide!  This morning Daisy dashed outside, skidded and landed on her nose in the mud!  She thought this was great fun and promptly hurled herself into it again!  But I know who has caused most of the problem….


 With his big flubbery paws chasing his baby sister round and round the garden!  She’s just out of shot in this photo and I think they were both about to pounce on that sadly bedraggled toy you can see in the foreground.  Sadly for them, I am a bit of a spoilsport and have closed the gate at the bottom of the steps to give the ground time to dry out a little.  And now for the little knitted bunnies – a family of four … 

Little Knitted Bunnies

Hand knitted by me from Debi Birkin’s lovely pattern.  But I have given this batch little cotton frocks – all apart from Blossom who was late home from her ballet class and had her photo taken wearing her pretty tutu!  They’re all now seeking adoption by kind new owners, and you can find them listed in my Etsy shop.  Just CLICK HERE to visit.


A walk along our Green Lanes

by Helen on July 10, 2012

We are lucky to have a network of traditional Green Lanes around our village.  These are ancient packhorse and drovers’ tracks which have left behind a legacy of deeply hidden pathways running between banks and hedges – often up to 15 feet high on either side.  We are also fortunate that those near us have not been allowed to become neglected and overgrown, but are maintained, with new hardcore deposited every few years to counteract the effects of erosion.  Earlier today Ben and I set off to walk the lanes between Chillington and our nearest neighbouring village, Stokenham. 

Walk out from Chillington

Although the flowering season is past its peak it’s surprising how much there is to see in the hedgerows if you take the time to stop and look.  Bluebells, Primroses and Orchids are finished, but there are still some tall spires of Foxgloves remaining, the Vetch is in full flower and there are even tiny wild strawberries to be found if you bend and part the leaves with your fingers. 

Walk out from Chillington

At Carehouse Cross we turned down the bridleway towards home.   Here the lane is very deep indeed and the hedges rise on either side …

Walk out from Chillington

 And although you are high above the village and you know the land runs down towards the sea, you cannot see anything until you come to a gap in the hedge where a gate once stood …

Walk out from Chillington

Would you like to see the view? Let’s go a little way into the field ….

Walk out from Chillington

 Yes – there is the sea.  I knew it was there!  Then the lane closes in again, and it feels as though you might be underwater in the damp greenery beneath the trees… 

Walk out from Chillington

And it’s downhill all the way home! 

Dandelion Bunny Embroidery (3)

Finally, I’d like to say “Thank you” to everyone who left lovely comments or emailed me about my Dandelion Bunny cushion.  I’ve decided that I will include the pattern in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew e-zine in honour of another bunny pattern creator.  (Very excited here!) Yes, there will be an interview with the amazingly talented Debi Birkin in the August issue.  Debi is the lady who created the knitting pattern that I knit my bunnies from – including Betsy in the picture above. 

But that’s not all … as well as an interview with Debi, there will be a giveaway to enter only in the magazine to win my Betsy Bunny – complete with stripey stockings and little pink shoes.  That’s in the August issue out at the end of this month.  Plus loads more too – hope to have more photos to show you next time.


Restoring the calm .. with knitting

by Helen on February 28, 2012

Thank you everyone for supporting my clearance sale over on my Etsy shop.  I am now all “sold-out” so I have closed for a few days to dust down the shelves, have a good tidy-up and then re-stock with lovely Bustle & Sew patterns.  Patterns are still available on my website, if your fingers are itching to stitch and you can’t wait to  start an exciting new project!
It’s been a hectic few days altogether for me – at the weekend Townie Husband and I went up to Bristol to help Rosie move.  This also included several trips to Ikea (me) and assembling flat-pack furniture (him)!  While I was in Ikea with Rosie I was very interested to see how they sell their fabric.  The bolts were stacked on shelves, for you to take down and measure the amount you wanted – but they didn’t charge by length, but by weight!  I guess this was to account for wonky cutting by the less experienced.  Rosie of course is a big fan of Rosali, so we came away with a nice length in blue.  I am pleased to report that the cushion I made was well-received and will be taking pride of place on the sofa when all the unpacking is finished.
Don’t forget, you can download the free pattern here if you haven’t done so already. 
Meanwhile, returning to the subject of  knitting .. it’s always been a great way for me to relax.  I learned to knit at a very early age, probably about 8 or 9 and was very proud of my first achievement, a rather wonky knitted teddy in garter stitch!  I feel lucky that knitting remains a fun pastime though – I have many childhood memories of my mum unravelling outgrown school jumpers, washing the wool in skeins to relax the crinkles, then rewinding (often with my help) and knitting into new woollies.  I don’t think this would have been much fun – though it was certainly economical and eco-friendly!
But I can knit for fun!  I used to love making little cardigans and jumpers for Rosie when she was a toddler, but these days she isn’t quite so thrilled by the idea of a cardigan with sparkly buttons and dancing mice (my hardest challenge for her)!  It’s fun making Easter bunnies for other little ones to enjoy though … and I’d like to introduce you to my first batch this year …
Here are Dandelion and Catkin … and in the picture at the top of this post you can also see Primrose, Poppy and Teasel.  They’re all knitted in good quality natural fibres and measure between 10″ and 12″ tall.
I don’t make very many knitted toys as I want to keep my knitting as something I do to relax, but I am hoping to complete another two or three bunnies before Easter.  I’ll let you know when they’re listed – it will be towards the end of the week when I re-open my Etsy shop.