Monday, 14 October 2019

Change Of Direction

You have noticed, I am sure, that there have been some changes around here. The blog has some changes in decoration and a slight change in name. This is to reflect the changes that have taken place in my life over the last few years. The children are growing up (and having children of their own!) and I have decided to focus more on my love of all things vintage, both making and collecting.

I have mentioned previously that I have a shop on Etsy for my hand dyed yarn - you can take a look at that here. I have been really enjoying designing my yarns, especially my mystery yarn club. I will share some more about them soon.

But I am particularly enjoying my vintage crafting. So I am definitely planning on rebooting Adventures In Stitchcraft. I have been adding to my collection so have many, many projects that I am itching to make! 

I am hoping to open a second shop on Etsy, selling some of my vintage makes. Hence the addition of 'Dorothy Jayne' to my blog name. Dorothy Jayne's Vintage Makes will be opening on Etsy soon! 

I hope you will enjoy the changes here and look forward to sharing some of what I have been up to in the last year and many more things to come!

Sunday, 13 October 2019

I Am The Slackest Blogger Ever!

Once again, apologies for being the worst blogger in the history of blogging! 

But to make up for it, here are some photos of my new granddaughter.

Willow Maeve is such a little sweetie - of course we think that! They now live over five hours drive away, which is very sad, but we can still see her lovely face on Instagram.

Willow Maeve - one week old - wearing all the knits!
Her big sister thinks she is the best toy ever!
Now I can smile at all my lovely knits!
Our gorgeous girl
She had a rocky start and had to spend a few days in the nursery for monitoring. But since then, she has never looked back and is a gorgeous healthy little girl. Always ready with a smile and such a placid soul. Probably a blessing as her older sister is definitely a wild child and keeps everyone on their toes!

I will leave you today with just this quick post of cuteness and be back soon. I PROMISE!!

Friday, 30 November 2018


Once again, I seem to have unintentionally dropped off the blogging wagon! And for so long too!

The time has just flown by since my last post.

Nothing much has been happening though - just life. 

I have another grandchild on the way, due 26th April 2019. Little granddaughter is super excited about the arrival of a new brother or sister. Her dolls are getting lots of use as she practices!

This was their baby announcement - cute, huh?!

We have a cute new kitty, Flash. He is a sweetie, even though he likes to sleep on my head at 5am!

We have had some birthdays, been to LOTS of basketball games and tournaments and just lived life.

I have dyed lots of yarn and my Etsy shop is doing well.

I have been immersing myself more and more in vintage 1940s. I dream of having a home furnished from that era and dressing 1940s. Slowly adding more clothing pieces to my wardrobe. For some reason, I adore vintage gloves and there are SO many at op shops, and for only $1 or $2 a pair. I may not have the body to fit true vintage clothing (their waists, so tiny!), but luckily I have small hands!

I hope you have all been well - and haven't forgotten me completely! I apologise for not keeping up with all your blogs, but I will try to do better in the future. 

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Knitted Birthday Gift

It was my little granddaughter's 2nd birthday yesterday and of course, some knitted gifts were in order!

I recently borrowed Mini Knitted Woodland by Sachiyo Ishii from the library. Oh, the cuteness!

I am totally in love with this toadstool cottage - obviously! And will definitely need to knit one for my desk.

I added a pebble to the base of the stalk so it would stand up (which my son kindly painted red to match, even though it wouldn't be seen).

And a gnome to match. My daughter pointed out that the scale doesn't seem to be quite right, if this is meant to be the gnome's home! Oh well, still cute.

I am working on the forest floor still. So many green squares to knit! I'll share that next week hopefully.

I also knitted some cupcakes to go with the teaset she was being given, using the No Calorie Knitted Cupcake pattern, a free pattern on Ravelry.

I really love knitting toys and fun things like these, so it is great to have someone to gift them to.

I have also been working on an Ode To Doris, another free pattern on Ravelry. I have knitted this one a few times as it makes a great newborn baby gift.

I love my DPNs when working in the round, although I have just started using circulars as well. Maybe it is my old-fashioned streak that makes me want to stick with DPNs. Although one of my knitting goals for this year is to give magic loop a try. 
Which do you prefer?

Another of my knitting goals for this year is to make a dent in my sock yarn and sock yarn minis collection. I subscribed to Knitcrate a while ago and have collected my own crates of yarn.

I have my eye on a few patterns for the minis - possibly Free The Minis by Amy Meeks or Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart. Has anyone knitted either of these or have any other suggestions for minis?

I have also been busily dyeing lots of yarn - it is so much fun and so addictive!

I have so many ideas for colours I would like to try. The shop is getting fuller every week!

Linking today with Rainbow Hare's Wool on Sundays - a woolly link up on the first Sunday of each month.
I would love to hear what woolly things you are all up to this week.

Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a happy Easter. I hope you have a special day.

Vintage pictures cause you know I love them!

And apologies for my absence - my technology skills are terrible and I have not been able to log into Blogger. Now I can but I don't know what has changed. I just want technology to work!