Month: February 2017

The names Bond, Project Bond

The orignal sentence is ‘The Name is Bond, James Bond’.

It is one of the most iconic sentence from the film world. These words automatically conjure up pictures seen from one of the many great films from Connery to Craig. Who or what do you think of when you think of Bond?  A lot of interest has been generated over the last few days since this project was mentioned, so there are a lot of fans (or should I say you know a lot of fans of Bond). This is not about the films but a project to crochet. The wife and I have gone through the films and picked out iconic item’s/images to represent most of the films, there are still a few items to pick, which means we have to watch more Bond films to figure them out (the things I have to do for this blog!!). Speaking of icons, the first panel is of the iconic seen that is in all the Bond films were Bond shoots his gun.

I know not all of you are into Bond, but all of you are into crocheting. This is what this blog is about. Why another blanket? you ask. If you have been following the blog for a while you will know all about the blanket thief and why we will always need another blanket. You can read all about it in the THE BLANKET THIEF blog. This one will kept away from Ginger.

In this project, there will be a panel for each of the official Bond films (the rogue film Never Say Never Again and the comedy Casino Royale staring Peter Sellers are not in this). 

I must warn all the partners of the crocheters that this is graph work which means that there will be a lot of balls of yarn or pegs with yarn on, you will be called upon to untangle the yarn time and time again!! There was one point when the wife was so tangled that she could not get up from the chair she was sitting on. It was such a mess that Harry Houdini himself would be proud to get out of. So be warned. I cannot complain as it is all for me. All of the patterns for this are free because of the copyright of the Bond films. The wife will be putting the graphs once she has them done on the patterns under The Bond Project the first one is already there waiting for you (it would be nice to see your finished work on the wife’s facebook page 2nd Bench Along). See you next time.


Roses, chocolates or yarn??

Yes it’s that time of year again when people show there love to one another by giving a special gift like red roses, Valentines cards etc.


It is also the time that the price of these things goes through roof. What do you like to receive? The red roses, the special box of chocolates or would you prefer a gift of yarn ( the more the better you say)? Would you like all of the above? It could be that you do not need a day to show your love as you do it all the time through the year. So none crocheters lets surprise the ones we love with the gift of yarn, I would love to see some of your faces if that happened. I take it that a lot of you will be giving gifts that are crocheted? My wife was messing (or in her words experimenting with a bit of yarn), and came up with a small pattern of a stuffed heart. Which you can decorate in different ways. Another free pattern for you.  Little Hearts     The wife has made some of them to look like faces of animals, some like dogs and one like a snake (yes a snake). You might not want to give that one as a Valentines day gift!! (unless they like snakes).

One of the hearts looked like ginger our dog (the blanket thief). When the wife showed it to Ginger she didn’t hesitate in putting it in her mouth and it joined her growing collection of comforts!! More of this and Ginger in other blogs to come. If all our gifts are so well accepted we will be doing well. Ginger still carries it to bed with her and keeps looking at us as if to say “what a good girl am I”.Along with more blogs with Ginger as the star there will also be a new character called Mrs Grann e.s.quare. You will be able to follow her on her travels and adventures and see what troubles she gets into.


That’s all for now from the blog that’s keeps on giving (judging from all the down loads on ravelry you just love it).

Little Hearts


Copy right Audrey Slack


You will need

DK yarn (approx. 20 grams per heart)

4.00mm needle

Needle for weaving in ends

Embellishments for front of heart


Pattern is in UK crochet Terminology



Make 2

5 chain, slip stitch into first chain.

1st round – 1 chain, 11 double crochets, slip stitch into chain.

2nd round – 1 chain, * 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch* repeat from *-* 6 times omitting 1 double crochet in final repeat, slip stitch into chain. (total – 17 double crochets and 1 chain).

3rd round – 1 chain, 1 double crochet in next 2 stitches, 1 treble in next stitch, 5 treble’s in next stitch, 1 treble in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next 3 stitches, 1 treble in next stitch, 5 treble’s in next stitch, 1 treble in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next 4 stitches, 3 treble’s in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next stitch, slip stitch into chain. (total – 10 double crochet, 17 treble’s 1 chain).

4th round – 1 chain, 1 double crochet in next 3 stitches, 2 treble in each of the next 2 stitches, 5 treble in next stitch, 2 treble in each of the next 2 stitches, 1 double crochet in next 5 stitches, 2 treble in each of the next 2 stitches, 5 treble in next stitch, 2 treble in each of the next 2 stitches, 1 double crochet in next 6 stitches, 3 treble in next stitch, 1 double crochet in next 2 stitches, slip stitch into chain.

Finish of and weave in ends.  When weaving in end in the middle of heart pull tightly to close hole in middle.

Embellish one of the hearts.

Joining the 2 hearts together.

Put the 2 hearts together with the wrong sides on the inside.  With the embellished side facing you make 1 chain, going through both of the hearts half way up one side, make a double crochet in each stitch along the side and around the top of heart to half way down the other side.  Stuff the heart and continue making a double crochet in each stitch joining the two hearts together, slip stitch into starter chain.  Finish of and weave in ends.