Scraphappy and a Half July

It’s the 15th of the month again and time to talk about using scraps instead of throwing them away or storing them in forgotten corners.

I read on Facebook that a woman locally to me here in France is sending off parcels to Samos in Greece containing things for newborns.  She asked if any knitters (or crocheters) could make small blankets.

I immediately thought of the leftover yarn I used for my large Attic24 Hydrangea Blanket – in the background above – which would be perfect for a miniature version.

Big enough to wrap a newborn in.

So that was my whole scrappy project this month but I thought I’d include a half size one too.  Half size because it was really spare, long standing stash stuff rather than scraps I used.  Although, the project could be made using scraps if you had some fairly big ones.

My lovely bath/shower cap had gone mouldy so on a trip to the beautiful city of Carcassonne the other day with a friend, I searched everywhere for a new one.  Not a one could I find, not even a boring plain, thin plastic one.  So, undeterred, I came home and made my own.

I used one of my large wire hoops (bought to house crochet mandalas or similar) to draw a circle on a layer of fabric and a layer of some water resistant fabric given to me years ago for lining wash bags or similar.

I unearthed the end of a roll of ready made binding and sewed it on around the circle.

Then used another odd piece to make a casing for the elastic.

I sewed the casing on two inches inside the diameter in order to achieve a bit of frou frou.

Et voila.

It has yet to be tested under the shower for water resistance but I’m quite pleased with it. (Sorry it was only half scrappy).


(p.s. I’ve not been overly visible on my own blog recently owing to upheavals in daily life – nothing bad unless you count probably moving from my beautiful big house in the foothills of the French Pyrenées with 2.5 acres, back to the U.K. where we’ll be lucky to get something with a garden big enough to swing one of our cats 🙀.  Anyway, I have been reading everybody’s blogs even though I might have only had time to press ‘like’ now and then  – just saying.)



Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin


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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on July 15, 2020 - 08:54

    Love the frou frou! I had to buy a new shower cap this month- little chemist shops seem to be the best place for them- mine looks like something Minnie mouse would wear! Love yours. I have seen the appeal for Samos too from the Warm baby Project- Greek evenings can be chilly and Samos a bit breezy, your blanket will be loved.

    • #2 by tialys on July 15, 2020 - 12:04

      The people in the French shops looked at me as if I was crazy and offered me swimming caps instead! I miss Boots.

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on July 15, 2020 - 09:07

    Cute makes. Bit disappointed not to see a photo of you modelling the shower cap though!
    Good luck with all things to do with moving – stressful at the best of times.

    • #4 by tialys on July 15, 2020 - 12:02

      Trust me – you’d rather see it modelled on a disembodied mannequin.

  3. #5 by claire93 on July 15, 2020 - 11:07

    aw tiny blanket is soooo cute! Not sure I’d need a shower cap at the moment, but I bet you look lovely in it ^^

    • #6 by tialys on July 15, 2020 - 12:02

      I don’t know about that but it’s as good as any I saw online when I couldn’t find anything in the shops.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on July 15, 2020 - 12:37

    Your beautiful fully-scrappy baby blankie more than made up for the semi-scrappy shower cap, which I’m *devastated* not to see you model yourself….

    • #8 by tialys on July 15, 2020 - 13:49

      Not a good idea – especially in my ‘early post-lockdown’period 😱

  5. #10 by Kellie on July 15, 2020 - 13:39

    The blanket is beautiful, the shower cap so clever, I would never have thought to make one. Good luck with your move 🍀

    • #11 by tialys on July 15, 2020 - 13:47

      Thank you, thank you and thank you.

  6. #12 by Laurie Graves on July 15, 2020 - 15:26

    That blanket (and bear) are so adorable. Sure made me smile this morning. And making your own shower cap? Holy cats, is there nothing you can’t sew? Good luck with the move. Sounds like it will be wrenching one.

    • #13 by tialys on July 15, 2020 - 16:08

      Well, if it can be sewn and I can’t get hold of it and I really want or need it, I might as well have a go at making it myself.

      As for ‘the move’ – I’m not sure when that will be as we’re only just negotiating with the dreaded Estate Agents to put the house up for sale, let alone find a new one. I’m afraid it’s going to be a long and winding road though. Still, I’m trying to look on it as a new phase of my life rather than an uprooting. I’m really trying 😒

      • #14 by Laurie Graves on July 15, 2020 - 16:20

        Oh, dear! Hard to move when you love where you are.

  7. #15 by Quimper Hitty on July 15, 2020 - 16:16

    The baby blanket is very charming, and will be a little snuggle of love to lift a mamma’s tired spirits…and best of luck with the uprooting and transplanting – I hope you will give yourself lots of tlc during the process (the gorgeous shower cap is a good start!

    • #16 by tialys on July 15, 2020 - 16:52

      Thank you. I have my special Sunday evening bathtime when I use hideously expensive (though ethical) bath bombs, have a glass of wine on the side and listen to my audible book for half an hour. Now I can wear my frou frou bath hat too.

  8. #17 by Tracy @ It's a T-Sweets Day! on July 15, 2020 - 16:54

    Your little blanketed the perfect use of your leftover yarn! It looks so cute with the little bear;). Your shower cap is genius. I’m sure it is all wet by now. Good luck with your move! I’m sure a little cat swing will be the perfect back yard decoration. Lol!❤️

    • #18 by tialys on July 15, 2020 - 16:58

      Thanks Tracy. I wonder how much room I’ll need to swing five cats 😸😼😼😽🙀

  9. #19 by Dartmoor Yarns on July 15, 2020 - 21:20

    Your blanket is lovely. Ted’s doing a great modeling job too.
    Nice show cap, but we really need to see you modelling it.

  10. #22 by onesmallstitch on July 15, 2020 - 22:17

    the baby blanket looks so warm and cuddly (love the teddy) and the shower cap is beautiful, I’d be tempted to wear it in the garden. Don’t envy you the move, hope you find somewhere with a nice garden, good luck.

    • #23 by tialys on July 16, 2020 - 12:14

      I used to collect artist bears so, although they are mostly in a box at the moment, some are still scattered around the place and make good models, plus they are quieter than babies 👶

  11. #24 by CurlsnSkirls on July 15, 2020 - 22:58

    Wonderful shower cap, Lynn, and that baby blanket is precious! Miraculous you were able to complete it with all the packing & de-stashing you’re doing. Of course we miss you, but understand it’s temporary, because of your move. And fingers crossed for that! xx

    • #25 by tialys on July 16, 2020 - 12:12

      Only in the very early stages as yet Del but, of course, that will involve lots of housework to keep the place looking lovely for potential buyers (fingers crossed!). And I hate housework.😬

      • #26 by CurlsnSkirls on July 16, 2020 - 15:55

        “Hire” a maid & pay her in wine?

      • #27 by tialys on July 16, 2020 - 16:08

        It’s too cheap here so not a good incentive. I’ll just have to do a little each day to keep on top of it and, if/when we get viewings, I’ll do a quick blitz.

  12. #28 by kathyreeves on July 16, 2020 - 03:38

    Love the shower cap, hope it is as water resistant as you need. The tiny blankets are so sweet, a very calming project during the upheaval you are dealing with.

    • #29 by tialys on July 16, 2020 - 12:11

      It was lovely to do a tiny project – quick and easy and for a good cause too so a winner all round really.

  13. #30 by cedar51 on July 16, 2020 - 04:19

    what a creative time you have been having, even if on the cards is a major move to another continent…stay safe and as sane as possible with all the journey unfolding for you and your family…

    • #31 by tialys on July 16, 2020 - 12:10

      Well, I’m staying in Europe (though not in the European Union after 31st December 🤨) so not quite as drastic as moving continents but it will be bad enough I’m sure.

  14. #32 by Lewis Seares on July 20, 2020 - 09:26

    This is lovely. I must start stash busting myself. I have fabric sat around without even any intentions for it sadly after buying ‘surprise’ bags a couple of years ago. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • #33 by tialys on July 20, 2020 - 09:43

      Thank you. I have an urgent need to stash bust at the moment because we’re probably going to be relocating back to the U.K. from France soon(ish) and I have a very big bedroom here that I have turned into a sewing/crocheting/quilting/needle felting/general crafting workshop with shelves and shelves of stash and, unfortunately but inevitably, I won’t have anywhere near the amount of space back in the U.K. as we are not millionaires. I’m just finishing the Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Cut Patterns which I will blog about soon (probably) and I wanted to make it in linen for the summer but ended up using some cupro I had in my stash – see how good I’m trying to be!!

      • #34 by Lewis Seares on July 20, 2020 - 13:42

        Wow, very good indeed. Good luck with the move!

      • #35 by tialys on July 20, 2020 - 13:49

        Thanks, early stages yet. We have looked at the Isle of Wight – the property prices seem very reasonable – but it’s a bit far out really.

  15. #36 by Born To Organize on July 20, 2020 - 19:28

    Lynn, my heart goes out to you. I’m not sure why (or have perhaps missed the details) that are sending you back to England. You don’t want to go, making it all the more difficult to sell and uproot. With the rise in COVID cases in the UK, I’m sure that’s a further deterrent. Yet you have a daughter there, and I sense she needs additional care. Life can be so complex.

    Our California real estate market is such that if you left it, you might never get back in. We have friends leaving the state, but they hold onto the bay area house and rent it so that if they are unhappy, they can return. The fear is that none of our children can settle here because the cost is too high.

    I’ve been struggling to blog myself of late, feeling drained and hopeless at the nightmare. Swirling around us in the US.

    I will say that your sweet little teddy bear blanket lifted my spirits and reminded me of the good in the world. People like you helping others, one craft at a time.

    As for your shower cap: brilliant! xo

    • #37 by tialys on July 31, 2020 - 10:13

      Hi Alys – bit late with my reply here. The main reasons for moving are mostly that Mr. T. no longer wants to commute between France and England which will probably become a worse ordeal post-Covid and both our daughters are now there and we had a bit of a scare with one of them being hospitalised during the lockdown and we couldn’t get over there which was frustrating and frightening. Relocation will mainly affect me of course as all my friends are now here and we’ll be moving to an area where I don’t know anybody. Still, we’ve been here for fifteen years and, even if we stayed in France, we would probably downsize to a smaller property anyway. Hours are spent on the internet searching for property that is pet friendly, away from main roads (difficult in a lot of England), not a new build (also difficult) and various other criteria we have set. We’re probably being too fussy but we have such a lovely house and huge outside space here that we’re finding it difficult to compromise. Still, time for a new phase I suppose so I’ll try to be positive and think of it as exciting rather than exhausting.
      Don’t worry about me though – I’m made of strong stuff. 🏋️‍♀️

      • #38 by Born To Organize on August 27, 2020 - 03:47

        Lynn, how terrifiying to have your daughter in hospital so far away. I’m sorry.

        I would find it hard to compromise on a new home, having lived in the beautiful French countryside. I’m so sad for you. Leavig behind friends of 15 years will be hard. Finding animal-friendly accomadations will be difficult, too. I hope you find the unexpected: a home with character and amenities and an afforable price. I wish you the very best of luck.

      • #39 by tialys on August 27, 2020 - 09:47

        Dear Alys – don’t you worry about me, you’ve more than enough on your plate as it is.
        The only thing we’re really compromising on is space and, to be honest, we would probably downsize a bit now the girls have left even if we were to stay in France. It’s a lot of house for just two people – although the menagerie take up quite a lot of room. If it makes you feel any better, the house we hope to buy is in the middle of the English countryside which, if you’re in the right spot – and we would be – is easily a match for rural France. We will be quite close to my Sister-in-Law and, when my Sister moves back to the U.K. from Spain, not too far from her either so I won’t be short of some company and I will be joining up for all sorts so will hopefully make some new friends.
        I’ll be fine – I just want it all to happen now as I feel as if I’m in limbo.
        You stay safe and healthy xxx

  16. #40 by magpiesue on August 7, 2020 - 19:43

    Okay, so I’m *really * late to the party. I love the little crocheted blanket, especially wrapped around the teddy bear! Meanwhile, re moving: has Hubby considered changing employment so you can stay in France? Oh, but your daughters are in the UK. {sigh} I hate the thought of you having to give up your space, outside and in. I’m right there with you where housework is concerned too. Bon chance mon amie.

    • #41 by tialys on August 7, 2020 - 23:07

      Thanks Sue. I had a viewing today and I was like a whirling dervish this morning – in hot as hell weather – making sure the place was looking its best and, as instructed by the agent, disinfecting all the door handles and light switches. Then they arrived with masks and gloves – and a dog!! I’m not keen on this buying and selling houses business at all.

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