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.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Dressing up!!

It's that time of the year again!!

Carnivals are taking place all over Spain;parade after parade!
Where ever you go in the city you can see fairies,hobbits ,witches, pink policemen,fruits and a variety of animals as they dance and chatter happily off down to the city centre to parade and show off their fancy dress.
 I continue to be amazed at the vast imagination that some people have to create their own fancy dresses....awesome!!!

It is a happy time!!You can practically feel the enthusiasm in the city;for many,many people a release momentarily from stress and social restrictions over a few days full of music and fun!

A WIN!!!!    I have been very lucky this month and for the very first time I have won a giveaway on facebook!!!

 The prize ......YARN ,a clover pom pom maker,some markers and a crochet hook.  Wonderful for a crochet addict like me!  All these lovelies were part of the generous giveaway from Jenny on The Woolly Hook  .    Jenny is very talented! I adore the combination of colours that she uses.
She makes and sells some really gorgeous and varied crochet baby clothing from her Facebook page.

Look Drops Merino yarn!   It is soooo soft!!!

I have never used a pom pom maker before. I think I'll have a pom pom making session with my grand-daughter soon.  I'm sure she'll work out how it works in a jiffy!!!

Here you have one of my latest makes which is for my niece's next baby, due in May. It is my own pattern using a very popular stitch that made it easy and quick  to make. The Hooded blanket is 30 x 30cm in size.The rosebuds at the top of the hood are made using Nº 5 perle cotton and the rest of the blanket is in Aran yarn using a 5.00 hook. I am pleased to say it is a total stash buster using up odds of Aran yarn I had left over from other makes.
I think Pooh Bear approves...he is smiling!!

These photographs were taken during our Sunday morning walk yesterday. It was still very windy there but the icy cold had gone and it was quite warm in the sun.
Looking towards the Albufereta beach (Benidorm is that-away ....about 40 minutes by car!!!)

Looking towards Alicante City

Keep well!

Amanda :-)


  1. Lucky you for winning the giveaway and clever you for making the beautiful hooded baby blanket. I love all the detailing you do. More carnivals are needed in this world at the moment. Let's think of happy things and enjoy ourselves.

    1. I so agree with you Mum......people here in Spain are gong through such a bad time and the news is always so pessimistic! A carnival or two helps people carry on!!!

  2. lucky winner!!!! Pom pom makers are really easy to use and you will have tons of them in a short while!!!!!
    Love your hooded blanket a lot!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

  3. Thanks Ales. I have to say I am pleased with the blanket and it was an enjoyable make. :-)


  4. Have fun with all your festivities. Love your win, great yarn.

  5. We were in Cordoba for carnival time last year, quite by chance, I have a sinking feeling that we might have featured on local TV!!!

    We are, all being well, heading this week to Seville, haven't been there before, but friends tell me it is lovely. Hoping for some sunshine, very grey and damp in the UK at the moment.

    Well done on the giveaway win, such lovely goodies!


  6. Pooh does indeed look happy in this pretty blanket.

  7. The carnival colors in your pictures are gorgeous! Time to get out the yarn and copy them. Congrats on your win. Lots of goodies there. I, too, am happy that crochet is becoming popular again and not the "evil step-child" of knitting. It's my first love as I've been crocheting since I was seven years old. Your blanket is just darling and will be a well loved gift.

  8. All those carnivals look like fun it must be great to watch them passing by. Congratulations on winning the giveaway some lovely prizes! love your hooded blanket your neice will love it, have a great week. :) xx

  9. That is a wonderful baby blanket.. bravo! Enjoy your carnival! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. All so lovely!! You will have the pom pom making sorted out in a very short time, they are really easy and lots of fun! xx

  11. Beautiful baby blanket!!

  12. Lovely blanket and the pompom maker looks fun, enjoy your festivals.

  13. A great win, have fun with the pom pom maker. Love the hooded baby blanket with its little details. xcx

  14. Congratulations on your win! Have fun during Carnival time. The little hooded blanket is sooo pretty!

  15. Dear Amanda, what a beautiful win! Your were really lucky. And the blanket you finished is wonderful. I would love to make a baby blanket, too but I do not know any babies at the moment. But my brother could become a father if ... Maybe I should enbcourage him. Have a nice weekend, Viola

  16. Beautiful blue skies, lovely blanket, woohoo! on the win and how fab would it be to see a pink policeman!? ^_^ xox


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