Travelling Ted and a month of crochet

Daffodils the flowers of Wales and St David
March 1st ~
Happy St David's Day
This post has been edited as of 04/03/16 with much added towards the end of the post so if you have already read it, skip down and see lots more...

Having two teenage children in the house I had thought my days were over having to write imaginary diaries of a teddy bear but no, today at work I was presented with International Ted and asked if I could accompany him on his travels for the next week or so!  Let me introduce you...


International Ted
He even has his own webpage and twitter account,
pop over and see here and here

Now so far this post has had nothing to do with knitting, crocheting, sailing baking or my own little corner of the world, so why would I blog about this?  Well my friends  I'm thinking that as an International Ted, surely he needs a wardrobe fit for one to travel the world.  I see he has already travelled from the UK to Canada and brrr he was seen in the snow wearing just his lovely blue school top, but how can that keep him warm? These days my life is wildly busy but I am going to try and sneak in some clothes making time, obviously either knitted or crocheted, what should I make first? Suggestions please... or better still if you fancy lending a hand and are interested in kitting this fine fellow up with a wardrobe that other bears would growl for, drop me a comment below and I can give you his personal body dimensions (he asked ever so politely that I do not post his measurements on the www for all to see, but I can direct message you back; he said that would be ok.)  Let's try and get International Ted looking uber cosmopolitan, better still, thinking out loud, national clothes would be great too...

What clothes should be made for International Ted?

Did you also know that today heralded the beginning of national crochet month?

I admit I did not until this morning, infact previous years of national crochet month have passed me by.  The joys of following fellow crochet geeks on Instagram alerted me to the fact this morning...

Nallieradloff always has such joyful images on IG

I needed to delve further and found that it all began with a national crochet week in 1998 in the USA and has led to it becoming a whole month, for more information and on the history of crochet itself see    here and  Crochet History    Continuing to scroll through Instagram I came across not one but TWO different crochet photo a day challenges for March in celebration of national crochet month.  My creative juices flowing with ideas... which to follow... have I time to post every day and then the realisation that it doesn't matter if I don't, I can delve in and out and still be having fun with crochet...  are you interested... are you tempted to have a go?










So in honour of it being the first of the month I give you a photo to fit each of the above challenges...


Last week I happened to stumble upon a fantastic yarn shop
and may have purchased a rather unhealthy
number of skeins... including this set of pastels in 100% cotton



Can't show you the whole WIP as it's my own design
and so far it needs tweaking, but I'm enjoying the
challenge of crocheting with yarn that requires a 8mm hook


  Wishing you a creative month of crochet
or whatever takes your fancy 

Let me know if you can help out with Ted's wardrobe
 
I really wanted to join in on Five on Friday this week as I missed last week and I know I shall not be able to post next week either.  Life is wildly busy, think I may have mentioned that already.  Do you find that?  The older I am getting the busier I seem to be.  I am taking on several new things at present and not relinquishing others and so it all has to be squeezed into the same amount of time...roll on retirement, oh hang  on, that's still a couple of decades away... I really need to sort myself out... 
 
So to allow this post to qualify  for 5 on Friday I need to give you three more snippets of life in the eclectic home, are your ready, you haven't dozed off yet have you?
 
International Ted now has his first item of clothing, albeit a quickly rustled up hat.  there have been suggestions so far to make him, dungarees, a ruck sack, pants, not sure if that was undergarments or trousers as we Brits like to call them.  And some clever clogs who shall remain anonymous suggested gloves!  Can you imagine making a pair of gloves this small?!!?  Am still hoping and waiting for someone to offer to knit, sew, crochet or anything to make this wardrobe of clothing come about... anyone?
 
International Ted complete with crocheted hat
 
I wish to also share with you something that I have finally managed to secure for myself.  As an avid IG addict I had come across this darling subscription called a Little Box of Crochet but the mean streak in me decided when it began in November to not go for it.  What a mistake that was and each month when wonderful creations have been posted I have been green with envy.  Each month I tried to subscribe thereafter but to no avail as there are limited numbers.  Amanda and her daughter Jenny have set up this exclusive and extremely well thought put package deal that they compile from their Victorian home here in the Uk.  They ship world wide by the way.  And finally last month I managed to sneak in a subscription and have not been disappointed.  I signed on only for 3 months but can tell already I shall be extending it, want to see...
 

Great quality from start to finish, it's the little details, isn't it?
 
 
Beautifully packaged and thought out
 
Look closely and you will see everything that is needed for that months make is included in the box: crochet hook, yarn , stitch market, needle, button, instructions.  The instructions are clear and introducing it Amanda gives a monthly update on her and Jenny, so that you feel you belong to a wonderfully exclusive homey community.  Each month a new designer, often someone we follow or know has made and designed something just for this little box!  I'm loving it.  There is even a tea bag provided each month too!
 
Inside the Little Box of Crochet
 
And finally, thank you to Phil over at the Twisted Yarn for sharing her ridiculously quick and easy beer bread a few blog posts ago, see   Beer Bread  I have never made bread so quickly and so far each time I've had 100% success.  This is now a firm new family favourite.
 
From this to...
 
...to this
 
 
Joining in with Amy and sharing with you my Five from this week.  Hope you have enjoyed my blabbering on , I really appreciate you patience with me X 
 
 

28 comments:

  1. I didn't realise it was National crochet month, I have never come across that before.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree! I hadn't heard of it before either!!!

      Delete
  2. Ted is one lucky fellow. How long will he be staying with you? I also learned about it being craft and crochet month via IG. Works for me since I crochet every single day. Happy March!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He's with me for a couple of weeks but I'll see him regularly

      Delete
  3. Ha ha whatever next! Still it's a good excuse to take him out to a few exciting places while he's with you. You'll have to make him a Norwegian outfit. Good idea about the daily crochet photo but I'm not organised enough! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is a good idea Karen. If j get time a Norwegian outfit it is

      Delete
  4. I somehow managed to miss this post. The bear is so cute and what a fantastic idea. I hadn't heard of National Crochet Month. I have no WIP at present other than knitting my dad a pair of socks. My next crochet project will be one of your Christmas trees. Those pastel colours look beautiful together. I'm looking forward to seeing whatever it is you're creating. X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh can't wait to see your Christmas trees Jules c

      Delete
  5. Such a fun and inspiring post! I think Ted definitely needs a scarf.
    It would be lovely to follow those crochet photo challenges. The daily topics look interesting and not awfully difficult. I can crochet only very simple things, but I notice that crocheting is even more addictive than knitting.
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really is addictive Sara. Enjoy it.

      Delete
  6. Little Ted is adorable in his little blue hat. I love the color of your new yarn. And the little crochet box subscription sounds like a lot of fun. So happy for you that you could join in. Have a fabulous weekend. Hugs. Pat

    ReplyDelete
  7. I didn't know it was national crochet month either. Ted looks so cute in his hat he definitely needs a matching hat now. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Funny isn't it Linda, it seem to surprise many of us

      Delete
  8. International Ted is very cute and I like his new hat. He is going to be a well dressed and well travelled Ted. I've learnt something new today - I'd never heard of national crochet month:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lovely as always to read your babbering on! Ted is going to have a great time getting new outfits and travelling. I bet that I can guess who suggested the gloves and I reckon that their name started with a J..... The little box of crochet is beautiful, show us more! Hope that you get some time to yourself soon. Thank you for sharing at Five On Friday, hope you have a great weekend. xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. National crochet month has passed me by too, off to find my hook
    Clare x

    ReplyDelete
  11. I didn't realise there was such a thing as National crochet month, what better excuse do I need than to reach for my hook and wool. xx

    ReplyDelete
  12. The beer bread looks amazing, we'll have to give that one a go for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  13. The box looks so exciting! Such a treat x

    ReplyDelete
  14. I had no idea it was National Crochet Month,but that's ok, I'm working on a granny square afghan.

    ReplyDelete
  15. The Little Box of Crochet sounds like such a great idea, and it's presented so attractively. I didn't know it was National Crochet Month. I should get my hook and yarn out in honour of the celebration...but we'll see. Happy Weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  16. looks like you'll be having lots of fun with Ted. and that box of crochet looks truly gorgeous x

    ReplyDelete
  17. Well Mr. Ted looks ready for his travels to cold places in that pretty blue cap! The beer bread looks delicious and sounds easy, so I'll have to try it. And the Box of Crochet kit sounds so fun. It's always exciting to get surprises in the mail. Hope you have a nice weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Ted is looking smart already and will be even smarter with some new outfits to try on. That bread looks tempting!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'm looking forward to seeing Ted's new wardrobe. He's looking quite dapper already wearing his new hat:-)
    I've seen The Little Box of Crochet on IG and feel very tempted to get a subscription too. Still thinking about it...

    ReplyDelete

I will always read all comments and will try to reply but it may take me a couple of days, do please pop back and lets get a conversation going...