Good Enough to Eat

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of our local library.
I think the whole concept of free book lending is wonderful and inclusive and probably something we all take for granted more than we should. Until the council starts to talk about closures, and then we suddenly notice how much we love our libraries!
So, I’ve been borrowing stacks of crochet and knitting books from my local library and found a gorgeous book perfect even for beginner hookers like me.
It’s called love… Crochet 25 simple projects to crochet by Carol Meldrum, here’s the cover:

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I’d already made the crochet hook case project (blogged earlier) and found it really easy to follow. So I stepped up my game with the crochet cupcakes project on page 108:

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My idea was to make them and scent them too, so they smell AND look good enough to eat.
It took me a little while to decide on the colours, particularly after I splurged on a new yarn stash at Abakhan last weekend, too much choice can be as difficult as not enough!
It took me a week, mostly crocheting during my lunchbreak at work, with a final push to stitch them together and scent the stuffing on Thursday night during our weekly Craft Club, then I just had to sew on some cute beads yesterday and we are now proudly displaying these handsome fellas on our kitchen shelf:

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I used lemon extract for the green swirl cupcake, vanilla for the ‘chocolate’ one and almond extract (yum, marzipan!) for the white cupcake. Gorgeous!
The only problem is that we have to keep them up high on a glass shelf in the kitchen because our greedy spaniel thinks they’re real food and he sooo wants to eat them!
Well, as I’ve mentioned him I may as well end the post with a pic of His Royal Cuteness. World, meet Woodley the sprocker:

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New Hooks, a Case & a Pig

I thought I’d share a little crochet update with the world and for me to see my crocheted ‘work’ all collected together.
So far I’ve made and kept my little amigurumi panda, but I’ve also made a tiny amigurumi bunny and turtle:

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They’re both pretty cute and were given to my cousin’s little girls who, I have been informed, absolutely adore their tiny amigurumi creatures. Yay, success.
I’ve also tried out a bit of flower-making, and crocheted this huge thing; it’s too big to use as a broach, but a little too small for a hat, so it’s sat under one of my button jars like a gorgeous crocheted doily thing:

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And during last week’s crafty Thursday with my neighbour, I made my first Granny Square, using the super easy instructions in the Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller (of stitch ‘n’ bitch fame):

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Not bad for a first attempt?!
So, I thought I’d try to crochet something, ya know, useful, and so created my lovely and entirely uncoordinated crochet case cover:

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And here’s the synthetic felt inner, with my two new BIG crochet hooks; be nice to your new sisters girls, please welcome 8mm and 10mm to the family:

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Hmmm, cosy. Of course I don’t have room for more hooks in it, maybe a few tiny, skinny ones, but I’m unlikely to use that size so I should be fine.
Oh, last week I crocheted this gorgeous little amigurumi piggy too, he’s my fave creature so far and probably only took an hour tops:

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He’s only 2″ long, awww cute!
So, that’s my crochet progress to date. I’m pretty pleased with it so far and am definitely (apologies in advance) hooked.
What’s got you hooked as we head into autumn this year?

Quick Pepper Update

No doubt you’re literally exploding with the need to know how my peppers are doing?
Yes, I thought so.
Well as you asked so nicely I’ll give you a peek:

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Oh, hang on, is it a bit sad that I actually went into the lounge to get my little ruler thingy to use in that photo?
Never mind, it’s not a popularity contest (no, it’s a pepper growing contest!).
So, they’re rather lovely and shiny, a beautiful deep green colour and pleasingly cool and firm to the touch. Crikey, I’ve come over all Nigella. Don’t worry, I’m not flashing ample cleavage or licking my fingers unnecessarily.
Now, the question is, how will I know when they’re big enough or just plain ready to pick and eat? Any ideas from the more green-fingered amongst you?
In further pepper news, my fabby next door neighbour/friend/sewing buddy has just given me another 3 or 4 pepper plants to love and cherish! It’s a whole nursery of green pepper plants on my kitchen window.
They weren’t growing so well in her kitchen so I’ve adopted them and, even though the new fellas have only been here about 4 or 5 days, they’re looking really cheerful and growing well, so I think I am some sort of pepper plant mystical healer, or something.
Also, the sun hits my kitchen window from late morning onwards, so that might be a more logical explanation. Perhaps.
Here are the babies:

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Little cuties!
I’ll apologise in advance as I’m probably going to do a big blob of posts as I’ve been away and have lovely pics to share, self stitched skirtember updates and cute crochet things to blog about!