Scrap Happy Christmas – Cracker Gifts

Spoiler Alert: If you’re coming to our house for Christmas dinner this year, this post will show you the gift you’ll get in your Christmas cracker.

I do love Christmas crackers, but I hate that they are a pretty eco-unfriendly – with every bit of them usually ending up in the bin straight after the meal. I therefore do like to make my crackers from as much recycled and recyclable items as possible. Hopefully I’ll find time to post making my Christmas crackers this year, but for now I’m just going to share the gifts for this years crackers as my scrap happy make this month…

Hopefully this picture explains all you need to know if you want to make any of these.

Pretty fiddly to make, but very little scrap fabric and ribbon needed.

If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun (first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Until next time,

Bekki x

The Dartmoor Yarn Company’s First Steps Out of Devon

I’m delighted to tell you that you can now buy The Dartmoor Yarn Company’s kits and wool outside Devon! Last week The DYC gained not one, but two, new retailers selling our kits and yarn. I’m so excited you can you probably see me jumping up and down from where you are.

Since I sent stock out to both shops on the same day , I tossed a coin over who to tell you about first – as I only have five minutes to post before I run out the door. I know, stop jumping up and down and I’d have more time.

The first lovely shop selling our yarn and kits is Yarn O’clock – what a fabulous name – in Mold in North Wales – so we’ve not just arrived in another county another country!



Sadly I haven’t been able to visit – to far away – but Yarn O’clock stock a large percentage of British and British made yarn and  knitting related goodies. They also stock great brands like KnitPro and Clover. And, like all good yarn shops, they run workshops too.


Mold itself looks like a great place to visit with lots of other interesting cafes and shops, including VOD, the UK’s smallest record shop.  So if you’re close enough and haven’t been, it sounds well worth a trip.

The owner of O’Yarn O’clock was absolutely lovely to deal with too, so I’m sure you’re assured of a warm welcome and fantastic service.

A BIG THANK YOU! to Yarn O’clock for taking on our kits and yarn. And thank you, as always, to you guys for your support and encouragement in all my woolly adventures with The DYC.

Bekki Hill