Monday, February 14, 2011

Hot Air Balloons.

Inspiration comes from so many places. Right now mine are from 'Danny the Champion of the World' by Roald Dahl (they make fire balloons with tissue paper... the boys are beside themselves wanting to make some - call us crazy but we think perhaps not in summer) and this Belle and Boo wall sticker set. This set me to thinking, why not a crocheted hot air balloon and look what happened to fall off my crochet hook. The light was a little iffy when I was taking the photos this morning so there is only one shot of it actually flying... Umm, if you are wondering about the last photo, Archie's hand is just trying to stop it from hitting the roof. Next step is to make a teeny-tiny Stanley for it.
Now, down to business. My self imposed/inflicted deadline for the Flora Rabbit tutorial is tomorrow afternoon so please drop by. Also, Happy Valentine's Day. Jonno and I have decided to observe it this year which is highly unusual for us - I made Jonno Afgahn biscuits and vacuumed all of the rabbit poo. Jonno is doing the grocery shopping AND cooking dinner.
The excitement however is confined just to us. Apparently we are not allowed to mention Valentine's Day around Archie as it is highly boring (he kept dropping this fact into conversation every two minutes - obviously so boring he couldn't help but think about it all morning) but Hugo is quite interested, not enough to do anything about, but interested all the same.
And... uh oh... it turns out Honey is very keen on Valentine's Day too as we caught her trying to do terrible, terrible things to Grassy's head. We have now changed Honey's name to the more appropriate Honey Boy and have booked him in for a special appointment with Dr. Jorg. I would love to let them have a litter together but the whole brother/sister dynamic makes me feel VERY uncomfortable. We really don't want the resulting babies calling him Uncle Dad.
Sooo, that's the round up for today, have a lovely day Valentining or not.
Lots of love, Kate xxooxx.


  1. I love it!!!! I have been eyeing up the Belle and Boo print work with the hot air balloon. Yours is just amazing and the perfect colours. If you ever take orders for your work I would LOVE to order one from you!
    I just shared your post on my FB page, you are very clever :)

  2. Hot air balloons, GORGEOUS. I do so admire your skills. My daughter who is a mad Dr. Who fan has printed of a pattern for a crochet Dalek. Like that's going to happen tomorrow? :) I've just mastered a basic granny square and a triangle bunting. Hope she doesn't hold her breath, she could be waiting a decade or two. Looking forward to seeing more of your crochet.
    Have a great week,
    Anne xx

  3. They are the cutest things! How cute would they be as a cot mobile! Agree with Megs - would place orders quick smart!

  4. Kate please please take orders I would ADORE one or more!!! xxx Evie + Charlie Happy Valentines Day!!

  5. Oh, these are sooo beautiful!!! Are you making them to sell??? Sing me up for some! Or maybe a tutorial on how to do some ourselfves??!! Love love love them!!!!

  6. Oh my, so are on a roll!

  7. That's SO funny, all of it. A crochet hot air balloon. Who knew?

  8. How brilliant Kate - what a fantastic creation! and so happy you found inspiration from Belle & Boo wall stickers x

  9. Kate-
    these are amazing. I want to order some as well-do you offer these to sell? I can't sew or crochet, but would love these hand made balloons for my new baby's nursery I am working on.

  10. Hello! I have so enjoyed reading your blog since I discovered it a few weeks ago. I have added it to my "favs" list on my blog. I adore the hot air balloons, too, those are so pretty! Also, I got a flier in the mail from Joann Fabrics (a chain store here in the US, not sure if they have them where you are), but there was totally a picture of your bike on it! I looked on the website and it's there, too. If it's not your exact bike, they certainly used it as inspiration.

  11. is there a written pattern for this that I can find?



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