Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Puff Candy


I just can't leave them alone!   I've put everything else to one side and I'm on a baby vintage bonnet making bing!!!!!
Although this is not my own pattern but comes from Tamara Kelly on Moogly . I have called this bonnet Puff Candy because the stitch, which isn't the popcorn stitch incidentally, and the puff colours remind me of candy or marshmallows.

 I have also tweaked it adding 2 sc rows as edging and crocheted cords with a triple puff at each end. I was thinking that I could add a little bell inside each triple puff so it would tinkle everytime baby moves her head around.   However I've been blessed or cursed with a vivid imagination and I began to think about those bells and began to imagine the possibility of baby sucking and biting through the triple puffs and swallowing the little bells. You know I would never be able to forgive myself if something happened to a baby because I was not cautious enough when making a garment for a child. Therefore I decided to foresake the pretty bells all together.

 I used Red Heart Baby Soft in pink and Coats SMC Micro Grande Soft in white and Coats Bravo Grey and Fuchsia yarn and a Nº 5 crochet hook.

 This is another stash buster make and I'll be joining the April Stash busting party again on Linda's blog ,Crafty Corner.    

 At the same time I'd like to give a shout out about Linda's guess the colour giveaway. Well worth a visit!!!

You may remember that I made a Bear Beanie in February for my Great Niece who lives in Devon,which I posted about here. Her mother has just sent me some snapshots where she is wearing the Bear Beanie and has given me permission to display a photo of G here on my blog modelling my Beanie....which she is delighted with, so her mother says. 

Isn't she a cute model!!!!

Usual Sunday outing this morning!   It is a fabulous day today...... 25 degrees!   

 We went for a walk along the beach promenade but ....I'm not walking along the promenade envious of the people on the beach anymore ....I'm for the beach and for a swim next week!  

Postiguet Beach,Alicante

Sr P as usual with his back to the camera

It is Holy Week as from next Wednesday and I hope to be able to finish work and get up to Santa Cruz in the old quarter and see the procession. I also hope I get there on time to hear the Saeta ( a very old type of religious song sung only at Holy Week when the Cristo goes pass. Absolutely nothing like a hymn!!!) .  I have been lucky enough to hear the Saeta once, some years back and it brought tears to my eyes. Impressive!  
I mentioned on a previous post Sr P is not at all religious in fact quite the opposite but every year he tries to get up to see the Santa Cruz procession. It is part of their culture and tradition, part of the Alicantinos themselves.

Roll on Easter and a few days to relax!!!

Amanda :-)


  1. The little puff hat is adorable Amanda! I like how it looks from the back too. Walking on the beach boardwalk is so fun. I remember doing it a lot when I lived in Santa Barbara. Have a beautiful Easter week :)

    1. Hi Lynne

      Many thanks for visiting and for your comment. I thoroughly enjoyed making this bonnet….it was a fun make…don't even know who it is for yet!

      A xx

  2. Dear Amanda,

    I can imagine how much you need a holiday! Your bonnet is absolutely adorable! Pink is my favourite colour and this is just the sweetest hat! Happy sigh

    It's good to see pictures of your local haunts. You bring to mind my happy memories of Easter in Greece which was a very intense experience. I hope you have a wonderful Easter break, Amanda.



    1. Many thanks for visiting Stephanie ….always pleased to see you've found the time. Hope you have a great Easter too

      Amanda xx

  3. Lovely bonnets! It seems from everything that I have read that Spain really goes to town at Easter, enjoy!


  4. That little candy puff bonnet really does look good enough to eat! And your little bear beanie model is just adorable. 25C - sigh... it's 15C here today but just the most perfect English Spring day so no complaints really!
    Have a happy week, Amanda.

  5. I'm very impressed with your bonnets. Very professional.
    Have a very relaxing break.
    Love from Mum

  6. Oh how pretty, I love the name too, little puff of happiness xx

  7. Love the bonnet. Have a wonderful Holy week.

  8. Just adore that bonnet! happy Easter HOly week

  9. Adorable bonnet, and they do look like candy! Enjoy the lovely weather, here in Ahmedabad the temperature is touching 40 degrees C. :(
    Have a great week. Regards.

  10. That bonnet is so sweet Amanda, it does remind you of pop candy, I've just finished a scarf which reminds me of candy floss! your great niece looks so cute in her bear beanie it fits her perfectly I'm so jealous of your fabulous weather and look of that beach, it's blinkin freezing here and it's blowing a gale. Thank you so much for the shout out! Enjoy your Easter break. xxx

  11. The pink bonnet is so sweet. Love it!

  12. Aww, darling! And what a cute model :)

  13. beautiful bonnets Amanda!!!!!
    your great niece is adorable!!!!
    happy week, xxxxxx Ale

  14. Beautiful bonnets and I love your sweet little model. She looks so happy and adorable. Enjoy your holiday Amanda. Easter is very important to us and we celebrate it with great thankfulness for the sacrifice made for us.

  15. Love those bonnets!
    What an interesting corner of the world you live in Amanda .. I love to hear about old cultures and traditions, perhaps if you see the procession you could post a photo or two?
    Have a lovely Easter weekend xx
    Pat :)

  16. The puff candy bonnet is so gorgeous, Amanda! I love the texture and the colours too. And how adorable is that sweet little model wearing her Bear Beanie hat that you made so beautifully!!
    I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy the procession...I love old cultural traditions like this too.
    Happy Easter!
    Helen xox

  17. Very cute bonnet on a very cute baby girl! I sure wish I had that palm lined ocean near me!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  18. That is a beautiful bonnet and your little friend looks fabulous in her bear hat. I hope you get to the Holy Week procession.

  19. Bear hat looks so cute! And I like candy ^_^ Keep making hats! I love seeing them ^_^ XOX

  20. The bobble bonnet is so pretty, Amanda! I have never tried to make a bobble anything, but I especially like the look of your bonnet. And your model and her bear hat are adorable! I hope you have had a happy break from your normal routine. Your beach looks so wonderfully warm :)


Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)