Friday, 30 January 2015

January's lovely Charity - The Donkey Sanctuary

I adore this charity based in the UK but helps donkeys all around the world.
You can adopt a donkey or make a donation or buy some of their lovely donkey goodies from their shop
A quick advert for them first.  

Each donkey has a unique character, with their own personality.  Which one do you think is the perfect match for your Valentine? 
Are they full of mischief like Cisco? Forever making you laugh like Toby? Or totally chilled-out likeEeyore?  There really is a donkey friend for everyone!
For just £2 a month, your loved one will receive a beautiful gift pack with a certificate, stunning portrait photos, a set of postcards to share with family and friends plus regular news throughout the year.
You can also follow all their daily antics on our Facebook and Twitter feed, with access to our Memory Maker app.  Using our app, you can add your donkey to pictures of your friends and family, then save, email or upload your snaps to Facebook to share with other adopters.
By adopting a donkey you'll guarantee their future with us where they will never want for warmth, care or food again.

I'm a donkey volunteer.  This does not mean that I visit or partly own a donkey, I make some of the donkey toys that they sell.  I've been doing this for quite a while.  All donkey toys are made to very strict guidelines.  They even sport a CE label which means that it conforms to all European Safety Standards.  I've made the knitted Woolly Donkeys for ages but these are the new crocheted Neddy donkeys and come in lots of colours.  In fact they are so new they are not quite in the donkey shop yet.


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Happy New Year

First I must wish you all a Happy New Year.  I hope last year treated you well and that this year will be even better and that you will find the strength to cope with anything a little untoward that may come your way.

OK so here we are again at the beginning of the year.  With me promising to blog more often.  (I can hear you say "you said that last year, and the year before")  I know, I know but this time I have more happening.  In fact, I haven't been here since this time last year.  lol.

Was just looking at last year's promises; I did do some of that.  I did a show and sold quite a few of those popular little elves - they were also popular in the online shop too.  So more this year.

Here is this year's list...
  • So first thing.  I'm sorting out some half-finished items. (I have many that are just sitting around in storage-land) They will be finished off.  If I can't finish them (unable to get matching yarn) I will take them apart and remake them in a different colour.
  • Secondly I have so many patterns that I have paid for but never used.  I will use them this year.  I may not stick to the pattern exactly - I do like to improvise.  
  • I also have many, many knitting magazines.  These are a danger; they are such a high stack.  I will work my way though them (slowly) I will either make one item from each mag.  or (if I can't find anything I like in them) I will give them away.  Expect more improvisation.  
  • I will make a new items for my Etsy shop.  At least one per month.  That's not including items that I will make again since they have sold.  
  • I am doing quite a bit of charity knitting this year so I will be sharing these wonderful good causes with you too.
Well, that is my list of New Year's resolutions; let's see if I can keep up with it.  .

I will start as I mean to go on and show you my newest item in my Etsy shop; Eddy's Pressies

These are the Crochet Kitties.  I tend to crochet as much as I knit lately.  These kitties can be made up in any colour you like and you don't have to stick to "cat colours" either.  If you want a blue or red one, then just ask.  You can also have them in a "teddy" pose or a sitting pose; as shown in the photo.