this is lemonade

A mindful, grateful, creative life: Life constantly hurls lemons at us. I’m on a mission to make lemonade as best I can, by God’s grace.

Woolly whimsy


I was doing some pretty knitting lately for a friend’s wedding. Here is a poor photo of some of the cute and delicate buttonholes I knit. I ran out of time to take proper photos of them, but they are really pretty, knit using 3.5mm needles and a Rowan yarn called Kidsilk Haze Glamour in cream, a fine yarn with sequins in it. Not the easiest yarn to work with for this kind of thing, but the pattern was thankfully not too difficult itself and easy to commit to memory, so that I could concentrate on keeping an eye on where my needle was going. I think it is easier to knit with using a slightly larger needle but we liked the effect of having smaller stitches. Only one of the flowers has been finished with a button in the photo below.


And there were also other flowers made using the Rowan Kid Classic yarn which I haven’t photographed. I crocheted a couple of takeaway coffee mug cosies for the happy couple with the leftover yarn. Here’s the beginning of the first one, using a well-written photo tutorial from the firefly hook as a guide. I’m using a 4mm hook here with the yarn in drought and then I crocheted a couple of small hearts in feather and sewed them on:


Ahh! I managed to get my act together and take some photographs of the finished mug cosies. Although I was tempted to add a border of some sort with the Kidsilk Haze Glamour I ran out of time… I don’t have a takeaway cup at home, but the cosies fit these glasses and really make them so pretty!


A closer view… I love the colours. I think I might make myself something with the remaining yarn too! No idea what yet… but in the meantime, I’m dreaming of creating gorgeous yarn storage like Stephanie’s from the lovely blog All About Ami and I’m catching up with The Great British Sewing Bee on the BBC iPlayer. I’m still working on eventually breaking out the sewing machine I’ve had sitting under the stairs for almost two years, but I haven’t prepared a good space for a sewing corner yet, so… this girl will just have to dream for now…



16 thoughts on “Woolly whimsy

  1. I love those wedding flowers. So pretty.
    I have just bought a sewing machine and so far I have learnt to thread it – thanks to youtube.
    And if its any consolation my first daughter was 5 weeks early and I was not in the least prepared! – she gave birth last June to her third child on her living room floor! Enjoy the last few weeks of only being nearly a Mum – make the most of it!

    • Thank you for your lovely comment. I hope that you’re enjoying working with the sewing machine. I am starting to entertain thoughts of returning to blogging.. and dreaming of finally getting some sewing done, almost 6 months after Baby Girl arrived. Hope you are well – sorry for not replying sooner! 🙂

  2. That’s so lovely! 🙂

  3. I love that colour! Is it like a steel blue? You’re so creative!
    Diana xo

  4. I love the little hearts on the cup cozies. What a nice touch! They turned out beautifully. Good luck breaking out the sewing machine. I end up knitting or crocheting more often just because it seems less daunting, but once I start up a sewing project, it’s hard to stop. 🙂

    • Thank you! Yep, I get what you mean with the knitting and crocheting being less daunting – I don’t even know how I will go about buying good fabric I’m definitely very inexperienced, I know yarn a lot better 😛

  5. The flowers are so intricate and delicate! Gorgeous. As I am expecting too I have been thinking about learning to knit, no doubt I will master it when the baby turns 10! Lovely to see you are still blogging, take care x

    • Oh Roxy what exciting news! When are you due? How lovely, so chuffed to hear your news congratulations! 🙂

      • I am due July 7th! What about you? Congratulations to you too such lovely news 🙂

      • Thank you! 22 April! Less than 6 weeks to go if baby pays attention to the calendar at all – bit daunting! 🙂

      • Ooo exciting! Remember they could come before that 🙂 So lovely that you get to meet them soon. Scary thought though becoming a mother, looking forward to sharing it via blogging. I have now created this blog:

        to document my journey as I won’t be doing much mountain climbing!

      • Followed! What a lovely idea 🙂 I hope I have some lovely midwives like you when the time comes.

        About them being early, the antenatal trainer only just told us that in another class, two of the couples just dropped out because the babies arrived in the past week 4 and 5 weeks ahead of time. It did get to me a little. A bit scary! I don’t feel at all prepared!

      • Just a thought, do you mind if we add each other on fb? Would be nice to keep in touch especially when I tend to drop off the blogging wagon every now and again 😉

        Do you mean prepared in a practical sense or in an emotional sense? I feel that 3 1/2 months is not going to make me anywhere close to feeling emotionally prepared to become a mother but don’t worry if you feel the same, it’s normal and perhaps for the best that we have some apprehension as a mother to be to make sure we care enough to get it right! Nature is clever 🙂

        Sounds like there is a very positive antenatal package in your area, you’re lucky! Classes can be very much area dependent.

      • I’d love to be in touch on FB if you don’t mind that I’m anonymous on there too – seems a bit unfair!

        I agree, until the actual birth and aftermath I have no idea what to expect. Of course you can prepare as much as possible but I don’t think it’s possible to be completely ready, or to know what to expect until you actually meet that little human that’s been kicking and doing somersaults inside you all these months.

        I’m not yet practically prepared yet either though. I do have a stash of nappies and a car seat so the baby can come home. That’s about it! Oh and a few baby knits I’ve done in the past months 😛 Hope that doesn’t sound too awful!

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