Sunday, 20 April 2014

Day tripping and some almost edible crochet

Happy Easter to you all! We had a glorious celebrations of Jesus's resurrection at church this morning and once again it humbled me to know how much he has blessed my life.

I have had quite a few relaxing days doing bits and bobs and thinking about charity shop sort outs and our potential packing if all goes well with our house buying. It's such a funny thing buying and selling a home, just like the buses nothing happens and then all of a sudden it's a flurry of bank appointments and lawyers and signing this and that, then it goes all quiet again before the next lot arrives :o)

We went to Rye on Good Friday and it was just the perfect elixir our little family needed, pottering in old antiquity shops, fish and chips and tea and cake!

The air was nippy and fresh and we wrapped up warm despite the sun peaking out from behind the clouds. We love going to see "the glass man" from the antiques roadshow, Andy McConnell in his shop, where there is always a warm welcome from him and his wife with a cup of tea as you browse around. His wife sells gorgeous mid-century and vintage goods which I love. Alice was very chuffed when she spotted these Manhattan 1950's plates and bowls.

After a little negotiating, they were ours! I love the design, sorry this photo doesn't do them much justice, but they are all wrapped up now waiting for our move.

I loved this folk art tea caddy but it was a tad to expensive the justify me purchasing it.

There is also a fabulous shop that sells kitchenalia goodies called Crock and Cosy, I could spend all day drooling in there at all the utility crockery and old scales and cutlery and stunning handmade tea cosies like these.

I would love to knit something like this one day.

Fancy having high tea with this crockery set!

I also discovered a new to me shop which sells local hand spun yarn, it was divine....more on that some other time.

I wanted to share with you what I have been making over the last week or so, crochet wise. My little niece turned 2 the other day and we gave her a little book like we always do and the promise of a treat to come. I had it in my head to make her some fruit and veggies of the crochet kind for her new little persons kitchen. So I googled up as many images as I could and got cracking. I didn't use any patterns as I could find any easily and soon realised that as long as you can do, htr and inc and dec in crochet you can make any shape you desire.

I have been popping them on Instagram this past week and have had such lovely comments and sweet support, thank you dearly for this.

So here they are...

I secretly love the Aubergine and peas in their pod... And then came the others...

I think the radishes are up their with my secret love too x

Musical mushrooms to add to the pot.

And last, but not least all of them in a basket that I found in Tunbridge Wells last Monday. It's perfect for my fruit and veg and I plan to line it with some ditsy floral fabric to make it super sweet for Connie. I made some cherries last night to add to the basket and could not resist doing a little fry up for her to cook too.

Veggie bacon anyone?

I have LOVED making these, such instant fun and gratification from crochet, sorry about the quality off the photos some are a bit hazy, not sure why iPads have such poor quality cameras?

hope you all enjoy the rest of this special weekend and see you all soon




  1. Love your vegetables,. May I ask what you're knitting, is it a basket pattern?? X

  2. Your ne ice will be thrilled, they're absolutely fabulous Penny. What a lovely few days you've been having. Love those bowls. What a lovely thing to have them saved up for opening in your new home. X

  3. Love, love, love the veg, I think the radishes are brilliant, clever you! I like your new dishes, great design, and nice to know you'll unwrap them in your new exciting!

  4. Happy Easter to you and yours, Penny! You have been very creative on the knitting/crochet front. Hope you are bearing up in the house sale arena, what a stressful time it is to be sure. Good luck with it all! Lxx

  5. 4 comments?!!! Who wouldn't be totally bowled over by a basket of crocheted vegetables, they are fantastic Penny. They will be very well received I am sure. Jo x

  6. Great play veg. I can see your daughter will grow up like me (another daughter of china enthusiasts) and be the type of person who confuses her friends by turning over the china to see who made it! A good way to be I feel :-)

  7. you have a real knack for this! I do love the radishes too. They would look fun as a string of bunting, but not so easy to play with. She will have great fun with these, much nicer than plastic ones! Heather x

  8. Lovely Penny what a fabulous post. I am positively drooling at your plates, I adore them and the tea cosies are just divine. The tins were gorgeous too and I take your point about expense. I must admit I can go a bit daft when I go to their fairs so I have to set myself a limit because sometimes I have overspent and then regretted it when I got home and my husband says 'Where are you going to put that!' I bet you can almost hear the tone of voice.........You are so clever with your crochet Penny I bet the little one was over the moon with them and will get so many hours of fun, much better than a lot of plastic stuff which breaks in five minutes. I really enjoyed your post Penny, thanks so much, it is always a treat to pop over to see you. Have a fabulous Bank Holiday Monday, sending you warm hugs and loves

  9. I did so love following your edible crochet makes on instagram, I think they are inspired. I wish my two were young enough for me to make some for them! In that basket they will make the most gorgeous gift for Connie, lucky girl. Your Good Friday day out looked like a lot of fun too - well done for showing such restraint with the folksy tin, I would have wanted to buy that too!

    Happy Easter to you Penny. xx

  10. Wow your veg are amazing - so clever! I especially love the peas in the pod and the radishes, they look so lovely in the basket too. xx

  11. adorable vegetable.. some great finds on what sounds like a lovely trip

  12. Hi penny, its Poppy x I didnt realise you had a blog! Ive been reading through it and you have made some really really really nice thing. Ive still got my rock woth its little blanket and the cherrys. I love the vegatables! They are all so cute. Alice told me about you moving house. Sounds exiting. Hope everything goes well. Bye xoxo

  13. The peas and radishes are my favourites too - and that turnip! I also love your new crockery...
    We too are mid house-sale and in one of those quiet periods where you start to panic and wonder whether it's still progressing. Nail-biting stuff!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter - here's to the next Bank Holiday.
    Sarah x

  14. Your veggies are adorable and, oh my, those radishes!... Good for you for coming up with your own patterns!!

    Beata xox

  15. Hi there, just catching up! Love your vintage finds and your crocheted veggies! So much fun. Hope that you had a good weekend. xx

  16. Finally catching up here, and LOVING the crochet veg ... what a great gift for a 2 year old :)

    Hope all's going well move wise :)

  17. Ha! The eggplant and radish were my favourites too! :) Of course aubergine sounds much more elegant than eggplant....

    That glass is beautiful - I have a weakness for coloured glass, the brighter the better. Good luck with your move!

  18. Loving all your crochet goodies! Aah, what a great way to get the little tot to love her veg from an early age. My favourites are the peas and carrots. Liking the mid century plates too, what a nice find.

    Hope all is going smoothly with the move.

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