lots of this, that & the other

I’ve been away from my computer these past few days, even though I appeared to be around (the magic of scheduling posts on WP).  Where did I go?  I hear you ask . . . over to England for a long week-end, to visit family.  We stayed with Lindashee (our daughter) and Mr Lindashee, in their new house but since they live only a very brisk walk away from the Viking family, we were also able to catch up with Viking parents and Baby Viking, who we hadn’t seen since last September.

Baby Viking is 13 months old now.  Has begun taking her first steps and saying a few words.  Our short stay was filled with lots of nattering, eating, drinking and playing with our grand daughter, as well as lots of walking in the rain.   I also managed to do some crafting!

Anyway a mish mash of photos, amongst other things, a few things I had made to take over for Baby Viking.


Probably not the right season for this little outfit, which I actually made way back in the summer.  I made a size 2 years so hopefully, it’ll be a good fit for summer 2020.  Made at the same time, and using same pattern, as the Smilie top and leggings (in size 12 months).


I also got out my crochet hook and had a trial run with ripple stitch, making a small blanket for the little plush doll in carry cot, I bought recently at a carboot sale.

ripple blankie

ripple blankie 01

Baby Viking really liked the little doll, and happily pointed to all her body parts when we were singing “Head, shoulders, knees & toes” to her . . . especially good at the “eyes & ears & mouth & nose” part lol.

The only crafting supplies I took with me were a 3.5mm hook and a ball of Stylecraft, as I suspected I wouldn’t have too much free time to sit and craft.  Delays at airport and one afternoon babysitting (during naptime), saw me come home with 2 crocheted squares.

CAL blocks

Neither are perfect, and I’m debating about whether to frog or just ignore the iffy bits . . . this pattern is by Cherry Heart (aka Sandra Paul).  There’s a CAL just started, called Nature’s Walk, running from 24th Sept – 12th Nov.  It’s free to download patterns and follow, so I’m doing just that.  However I’m going with my own colour scheme and will probably go for a smaller version of the blanket.  I also won’t even attempt to keep the same pace as other CAL participants, since I can’t see me finding time to crochet one square a day, every day for 6 weeks.  Plus, I’m already over 2 weeks behind!  So I’m seeing this more as a practice project since I’ve only ever really made amigurumi in crochet.

Looks like I might also be turning my hand to soft toy sewing . . .


Lindashee gifted me these two patterns as a surprise.  I’ve certainly got plenty of fabric in my stash to have a go at some of these critters . . . will I be able to find the time though?