Mandala Love

 Hello! Did you all enjoy your looonnngg weekend? We did. In fact we had a lovely night off from being Mummy and Daddy and had a blooming good meal out and then a trip to the cinema. It was great :) Last week, I started looking around at mandala ideas for this years Yarndale. I'm sure most of you know, Lucy from Attic24, gave a little shout out to everyone to help make just one of these wonderful little beauties and send it to her for this year's festival.

I chose to have a dabble at using two patterns from Lucy's recommendation list - Picot Mandala and Flower Potholder (which you can easily adapt to a mandala). Here are the results :)

I love this one, it's sooo pretty. The yarn I used is DROPS Paris 100% cotton in Vanilla, Mustard, Light Blue Purple, Off White, Light Mint Green, Off White, Light Pink and for the final round, Shocking Pink. You can buy this yarn from here (p.s, I love this website!!)

I just love the graduation of colours on the petals on this mandala. The colours, to me, are a little bit retro which I think are just great :) Again, I used DROPS Paris 100% cotton in Light Blue Purple, Denim Blue, White, Off White, Vanilla, Mustard, and for the final round Denim Blue again. The pattern suggests making two flowers and putting them back to back for the final round, but I left this bit out as it's going to be against a wall anyway. I also omitted the hanging ring.

I really, really enjoyed making both of these mandalas. Now the tricky part is choosing which one to send to Lucy to be displayed at Yarndale. To be honest, it just makes me so happy to think my little piece of art will be up on a wall with other crochet fanatics' art for all to admire :)

I hope you will have a go too and maybe send one in to Lucy (you still have a few weeks left for the deadline). You can find out on her brilliant blog what to do and for other mandala patterns to have a go at.

Have a great week my lovelies,

Cheerio for now :)


Happy Holiday

To Norfolk and beyond...

When we arrived, the weather was a little damp, so we went and found this seriously colourful cafe - in the middle of nowhere! The food here is homemade using ingredients from their farm and local producers and is extremely delicious (especially their brownies)!

 Norfolk is full of beautiful scenery, and windmills it seems :)

The pier at Cromer...

We paid two visits to Holkham Hall - a delightful old English manor with lovely gardens, cafe (ahem - more homemade cakes) and deer!

I finally managed to catch some time in the garden to make that gorgeous little cardigan for Tiny D.

Such beautiful forest lined beaches, I'm really not surprised they're some of the best in England. So clean and big. Tiny D wasn't the only one enjoying the sand :)

We visited Norfolk Lavender - which is a must if you have young children. Animals, soft play, shops - er, and more cake, oops!

And then it was time to come home. Nan-night Norfolk, hope to be visiting you again soon :)

I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them for you.

See you back here soon, for some more crochet fun :)

Ta-tah for now


Pin-Wheel Cushion

A-up me duck (as they say here in the Midlands). I hope you've all had a brill Bank Holiday weekend. Us, here, in the Little Doolally household have been doing a bit of carbooting, visiting family and friends and of course I've been catching up on some crochet pattern writing.

So, here for you my lovelies is the new Pin-Wheel Cushion crochet pattern...

I really love the colours of this cushion, especially the Shocking Pink which reminds me of the peppermint rock you find at the sea side - yum!

To make this I used my favourite yarn at the moment - DROPS Paris 100% cotton. It's so lovely to work with. Nice and soft and it comes in such a brilliant array of colours :)

The cushion cover does have a opening at the back to pop your cushion pad in and out for washing. Why not use some decorative vintage buttons to give that modern/vintage look?

You can find the pattern in all of my shops, and as always, you will be able to download both English and American versions of the pattern with each purchase -

I hope you enjoy making this delightful cushion cover, and, again, as always, I would love to see photos of any Little Doolally project over on my Facebook page :)

Have a great week,

Toodle Pip!