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Lego Week 1

Picture of large aeroplane made in LegoWe’ve been doing ‘Lego Week’ this week. A long time in the planning, and perhaps not as spectacular as it ought to have been given that, but it’s going well so far.

Mainly designating a day or week for something just gives me a little inspiration and the kiddies a sense of occasion that makes us approach some of the same learning we’d be doing anyway with fresh enthusiasm. (Do I sound tired? I’m tired…)

 

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Taxonomy Day

Taxonomy DayToday was Taxonomy Day at Conker Corner!

Okay you’re thinking that doesn’t sound quite as thrilling as Lego Week (that’s next week if I get all my ducks in a row), but it has turned out to be one of our more successful days, and I think I’ve got as much out of it as the kids.

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Making Nightdresses

Little Conkers Sewing TutorialA couple of weeks ago, I was getting very, very annoyed at not being able to find a nightdress for my 5-year-old daughter.

A nightdress that she would be comfortable in, and like, and that I thought was age-appropriate and practical.

I didn’t think my requirements were that exacting – Read More

A right yarn

The organic cotton yarn that I use for… well, everything has been discontinued, so I’ve spent the last few weeks working out what this means for my offering.

The yarn I use is Twilley’s Freedom Sincere organic cotton DK, and it is top quality and totally reliable (thoroughly consistent dye lots, no knots, always true to gage). It gives the smooth finish perfect for the 3-D crochet I specialise in, and it comes in a very large range of colours that has allowed me to make everything from bright-red cars to pastel wash-bears via purple grapes.

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The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon

Comic Relief CrafternoonLess than a week to go now until something very, very exciting for me!

A little pattern of mine is being published in a real, live magazine! Even better, it’s an extra special edition of Mollie Makes produced for Comic Relief 2015.

The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine is choc full of brilliant patterns and tutorials for this season’s must-haves including knitted beards, floral moustaches, exquisite knickers, a messenger bag you can make from vintage pillowcases, wristwarmers and…… Read More

New pattern for some old friends

Crocheted Wash Mitt made to an original Little Conkers patternThose of you who’ve known Little Conkers for a while will recognize these little faces. But new today is that you can now use my pattern to make these simple toddler wash mitts for yourself!

I first designed and made these wash mitts for my own children when they were toddlers. Anyone with little children knows that normal flannels, sized for adults, are just too big for little hands to handle independently, and carry too much water, leading to lots of puddles on the bathroom floor. Read More