Rabbits! Or should that be Pigs?

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Rabbits!

This is what would be yelled, usually by my mum, in our house in the morning of the first day of the month. White rabbits if there wasn’t an ‘r’ in the month. It is supposed to ensure good luck for the duration of that month.

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These images are from one of my favourite childhood books and it was lovely to have the excuse to read the story and enjoy the pictures again on this sunny first morning in March.

And so rabbits to you and yours or should that be pigs?

Apparently March 1st is National Pig Day in the United States. A day to celebrate all things piggy!

It seems apt, therefore, that I should write my first post today as I have a certain pig much to be thankful for.

Poppy2Poppy Pig is a sweet knitted pig that appeared in and on the cover of my first book Knitted &Felted Toys published in 2007.

Knitted in garter stitch in soft and lofty Rowan Calmer (sadly no longer available but updated for this book) she quickly became the perfect cover star with her heart-shaped trotters and cute beret and scarf.

It was a happy accident that I ever came to write this book (more about that another time) and even more of a surprise was how popular it became and the kickstart it gave my freelance career.

I therefore owe a lot to this little pig and her recognisable face which is why I use her image as my avatar on all my social media profiles and my business card.

Thank you Poppy Pig!

I realise I’ve come a little late to the blogging party – no news there, I’m usually late to most things! – but I have been a long time fan, and reader, of many other blogs and have had ‘setting up my own blog/website’ on my ‘to do’ list for a long time.

I was also a little worried (another thing I’m very good at – worrying) that there wasn’t room for yet another knitting, crocheting and making blog – there are a lot of blogs out there written by people I think I was separated at birth from! But, as I work on my own at home every day, I wanted another way of connecting with fellow craftspeople, designers and makers of my patterns as well as better recording what I design, make and do and honing my photography skills (these need work!).

I can’t promise that I’ll write at length or very often, however, I can promise posts about my design work, knitting, crocheting, making and sharing patterns. There will also be posts about my love of interiors, rooting around vintage and charity shops, collecting vintage and retro homewares, fair weather gardening, my haberdashery and fabric addiction and my inspirations. There may even be snippets about family life, day trips and holidays and my naughty cat!

You will also find I am prone to overusing exclamation marks!!

I’ll leave you with some more rabbit and pig pics. Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate it and I’ll see you again soon.

Zoë xx

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