Remember me…?

Well, it has been an awfully long time since I said hello from Peggy’s Pickles – 16 months to be precise!

Although the lack of blogging suggests I have been completely consumed with nappies, sleepless nights and games of peek-a-boo (all of which have happened in abundance), I have in fact been quite productive on the sewing front as well. I don’t have that many photos but this is a list of all the things I have made since my little boy was born:

Baby quilt, done a local sewing course, embroidered cushion cover, scout woven tee x 2, sorbetto top x 1, drafted my own pattern from an existing jumper and made the jumper, made the jumper again for my sister, learnt to knit, knitted a scarf (which will never ever ever ever be done again, my word – the stress), two thirds of a granny square crochet blanket, t-shirts x 2, renfrews x 2, Clover trousers x 2 (although one pair may not count as they have stretched beyond all recognition), done a Craftsy course and…

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                      made a hoodie with a very big hoodie, self drafted trousers

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             Lucy Tunic for my niece (not the cardigan!), an owl pin cushion

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Wedding present pillows, lots of Flashback Skinny Tees

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Minikrea elephant trousersOliver + S Sailboat jumper and self drafted trousers

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Baby sling, and tee-pee (my fave!)

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And lots and lots and lots of baby trousers!!

This leads me on to make another announcement (no not more babies) – I have started my own business!

You can find my shop on Folksy here: http://folksy.com/shops/LittleBiscuit

In a nutshell, I am designing and making baby clothes from up-cycled fabric. The shop opened today and I will share the story of how it came about in my next blog post. In the meantime, do go and have a look and pass it on to all your friends!

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Extreme Crochet-ing

That might be a slightly misleading title, but on Sunday I learnt how to crochet. I spent the whole day learning which is why it felt extreme!

The day was at the home of Penny Boylan. Among many other things, Penny is a crochet tutor at Morley College where I am studying. Penny also holds crochet days at home so I went along to see if I was any good.

I have always wanted a crocheted blanket, but have been reluctant to buy an already made one when I was sure I would be able to do it myself if only I knew how. This was my chance to find out!

I started off with chain stitch, which is the basis for almost every crochet pattern. It didn’t go so well at first!

With a few pointers of where I was going wrong I soon got there, and then progressed on to double crochet (dc) and treble crochet (tc).

For those that are completely in the dark about crochet, all the stitches are abbreviated in the patterns, hence me putting the letters in brackets above. Here is an example of a crochet pattern – yep, all looks a bit foreign to me too!

From my sampler of stitches I then moved on to my lifes ambition – making a granny square!! This is the pinnacle of what I have wanted to achieve, my life is now complete!

My first granny square!

While I may have been a little bit over-excited about my new found skill, it does mean that I can now make my own crochet blanket rather than buy one someone else has made. Result!

In order to make sure I didn’t forget what I had learnt, on Monday I went to I Knit on Lower Marsh Street and bought me the neccessary supplies.

I then found a suitable spot in the V&A Reading Rooms to begin my blanket. So far so good, until I realised I didn’t have any instructions with me. Oooops! Not to be put off, I dug in to the depths of my memory, and managed to muddle through a granny square off the top of my head. Four squares later there are still a few teething problems (crochet experts don’t look too closely) but I am happy with what I have done so far!

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