A Countdown and a Catch-up

Christmas is coming, and the crafts are stepping up a gear… I’m currently working on Peacock Tutus for two of my nieces, and a friend’s daughter. These are utterly gorgeous. I can’t take credit for the idea, which is sheer genius. That must go to the fabulous Shauna via¬†www.thetraintocrazy.com

I seriously cannot wait to see those little peacocks strutting their stuff!


I am also planning bird wings like these for Sweet Pea and various others, and a couple of other bits and bobs if I get time. A couple of days ago I finished one crocheted wristwarmer. I’m very happy with it; the pattern is wonderful and the yarn – Rowan Pure Wool 4-ply – has made them feel very substantial. They are a great fit for me too. Well, I say ‘they’. ‘It’ is more apt at this stage… The pattern is Hot Little Hands by Eclat du Soleil – here it is on Ravelry.

Seeing as I’ve been woefully neglectful of the Treehouse lately, here’s a quick update of the bits and bobs I’ve been up to in the past couple of months. I got that butterfly quilt finished on time, although I was disappointed with the awful, rushed machine binding job I did on it. The recipients were delighted though! I was stitching on the label in the car park, five minutes before boarding the boat for the party. Nothing like cutting it fine!

Also finished but not yet paraded here is my beaded Alpaca shawl. I made this with the yarn I bought in Norway, and I am thrilled with the result. The yarn is soft and squidgy as only alpaca can be. The beading, done with the thinnest of crochet hooks, was time consuming at first, but I soon got into the swing of it and it was soooo worth the effort. The yarn is Tynn Alpakka, and the pattern is Charlotte Burton’s Thistle & Beads shawl. My Ravelry entry is here.

I hope you enjoyed this round up of Treehouse activity!

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3 Responses to A Countdown and a Catch-up

  1. Hannlib says:

    Ali I love this shawl so much. Just downloaded the pattern … maybe for my mum for her birthday. Where did you get your beads? They make me a bit nervous …

  2. Ali says:

    Thank you so much! I had some of the beads already, and got more from my local bead shop -www.beadtime.co.uk
    I also got some from eBay, but they turned out to be a bit big, so I used those for round the scalloped edge. I used a size 0.6mm crochet hook for the beads. It’s really easy putting them on, just takes a while at first. Go for it!

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