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Hairy Fairy

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In Nanacathy’s Knit and Natter on Friday she told us about a book that had grabbed her attention ‘Knitted Fairies’ by Fiona McDonald – I have this book and have made a Hairy Fairy. Cathy said she would like to see her – so here she is.

I made just one Fairy – but I was not pleased with the floppy limbs – they need pipe cleaners in themhairy fairy

and I couldn’t get the face to work

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she looks a little sad, or bored, or fed up!

She probably needs a friend.

I haven’t tried any of the great characters from the other book yet,  but one of the jackets inspired my Fairy Jacket patternfairy pattern for sale

which you can find in my Etsy shop

Have you made any fairies, wizards or pirates? If so, I’d love to see them – it might spur me on to give my Hairy Fairy a playmate.





Meet Teddy.

Teddy was given to Miss E as a baby and has hardly left her side since.

This photo was taken back in 2009 october09 071

Teddy has become one of the family. You can see that she has aged a bit since the 2009 photo was taken and eventually, her red gingham dress was beyond repair. I knitted her a new dress, which I made up as I went along and now looks like this


I had no idea Miss E had lovingly saved this relic.

Since then I have made a few garments for Teddy’s wardrobe.

Including this jacket from the book ‘Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies’ by Annette HeffordDSC_0201

which in turn inspired me to experiment with the pattern and scale it up for babies and toddlers (with permission from the publishers).

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You can find the pattern here in my Etsy Shop, or here on Ravelry


One day about 4 years ago Teddy was LOST – Miss E was distraught, the whole family were traumatised, she was lost for over 24 hours, it was awful – we searched high and low thinking of anywhere and everywhere Teddy could have gone – what on earth were we going to do. …

At last Teddy was found amongst other toys, her colours so muted that we had not seen her, even though we had looked there before.

I decided that Teddy should have some bight clothes so that she would never be hidden from us like that again. I knitted these


But Teddy continues to favour more muted colours and only wears these dresses during the Strictly Come Dancing season. Thankfully she has never gone missing again.

Here she is with her friends and her collection of clothes minus a pale yellow cullotte outfit that is in the wash……. we hope….. we couldn’t find it ……. it might be ….




Do you have any photos that fit the ‘lost’ theme?

We’d love to see them, just leave a link in the Comments, to join our Photo Challenge.

Creativity and Knitted Pigs

Sometimes I get obsessively fixed on a ‘thing’ and can’t let it go until it has worked itself out. It’s a WONDERFUL feeling! There have been the doodle weaves, (actually loads of different sorts of doodling), and the machine embroidered crazy patchwork, mandala making, knitted wigs, and daisies to name but a few …..


I am in the delicious grip of another obsession right now. AND I have felt a low level of inner critic muttering away at me, saying that these obsessions are somehow wrong – like an addiction and should be avoided or at least kept under control. Where has that inner critic come from? Was it school? Or was it in my childhood? Being the eldest of 4, I was expected to help, not sit in my room all day reading or drawing – getting lost in a story or the endless variations one could create with a Spirograph – my most treasured Christmas present, and first experience of a creative obsession.


I am currently obsessed by knitting little cream coloured pigs – ??/@*! – I know!

I went to a friend’s for lunch and she showed me some cute pottery pigs made by a local artist, Rose Swann, who, by the way also runs a delightful looking B+B.

My friend likes all things white (or cream) – her house is a sunlit haven of whiteness – she also loves cuteness. We sometimes give each other silly presents at Christmas, so …. could I knit a couple of little pigs to join her Rose Swann collection …..

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My toes curl at the horrendous commercialisation of the Winter Holidays and as I knitted the 8th little pig – I was trying to get the pattern right –  I had the idea to give each of my 8 grandchildren (aged 1 – 6) a little white pig for Christmas. My thought is that as the years go by,  I will make the same thing for each of the 8, every Christmas. This will link them together, link them to me and link each year. I hope to take a picture of them all together with the gifts so there is a record all those weird presents Granny gave them!

Because I am lucky enough to have so many grandchildren, each item will have to be quite small and quick to make – little white pigs fit the bill – (well we are a farming family, does that make it any less weird, probably not!).

The validity of this obsession grows as the next little pig lines up on the table. As I subtly adjust the pattern, each pig is subtly different, it has its own little character.


And then I watched a programme about Edmund de Waal.

He makes thousands and thousands of simple straight sided porcelain pots – mainly in white. It might seem a bit ridiculous to relate little knitted pigs to de Waal’s pots but the creative process is definitely related. I feel a kinship in the creative process – hurray!!! Repetition allows for a meditative atmosphere to develop, and in that rich ground other ideas creep in and grow and become – well poetic and meaningful and to me, beautiful!



Have I gone too far!!?? No! we creatives must celebrate the process and enjoy the fact that other people think we are crazy!

“He who can not hear the music, thinks the dancer is mad”

If you too would like to make some cute little pigs, I’ve put the pattern, with photos to help along the way, in my Etsy shop. £1 for an instant download PDF. (I’d love to see some pictures if you make one)

Are you too in the grip of any creative obsessions?