Finished It Friday – Mollie Makes Cowl & Issue One Giveaway

Edit: Thank you to everyone who commented and all your kind words of encouragement.

The winner is



I take full credit for the beautiful weather we have had over the last week, yes it is all down to me, honest. It’s because I’ve been knitting the chunkiest warmest cowl you could ever wish to have when it is -5 degrees outside. So obviously I finish it in the midst of a heatwave. It’s from Mollie Makes Issue 11 and is the Ada pattern from Quince&Co, I used Debbie Bliss Como.

I’ve also had another big finish too – work. I was officially made redundant this week, after a long period of knowing it was going to happen, it still feels rather strange to be here. I’m looking forward to having some time with the children over summer before really deciding what I want to be when I grow up. I still have my part-time photography to keep me busy and I’m about to embark on a distance learning City & Guilds Certificate in Hand Knit Textiles. Our newly formed Women’s Institute is taking up the rest of my spare time, so I won’t be twiddling my thumbs watching Jeremy Kyle.

Mollie Makes, Ada textured Cowl, Debbie Bliss Como, Finished It Friday

Mollie Makes, Ada textured Cowl, Debbie Bliss Como, Finished It Friday

Mollie Makes, Ada textured Cowl, Debbie Bliss Como, Finished It Friday

I’ve been having a huge tidy up and very importantly getting all my magazines in order, alphabetically, subject and colour coded – only joking, but I have found a brand new first issue of Mollie Makes, with gift sewing kit attached. I’m sure that those who are new to Mollie Makes would love to get a copy of the out of print first edition, so please leave a ‘pick me’ comment and I’ll draw a name on Monday 16th April when the kids are back in school.

Last week I was astonished to see this linked up for Finished It Friday. It was still very much a work in progress two days previously. K must have foregone sleep last week to ensure this was finished for her very lucky sister in law’s wedding. Such a work of art and many hours.

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Merry at Patch of Puddles finished this amazing crochet pot. I’m a little in awe of this, mainly because it actually stands up and is useful. I’ve never had this success with crochet, it isn’t even felted, very clever.

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So what have you finished this week? Something crafty, a book, the crossword or your job? Link up below so we can ooh and ahh.

Freckles Family


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March 30, 2012 - 11:28 am

Claire - I love the cowl and would also like to be entered in to the giveaway. I must be the only one left who hasn't read an issue of Mollie makes!

March 30, 2012 - 11:42 pm

liveotherwise - Lovely post, great pics! And please pick me ;)
liveotherwise´s last blog post ..A difficult review to write: The Sea on our Skin by Madeleine Tobert.

March 31, 2012 - 2:51 am

Kirsty - Hope your redundancy brings lots of new and exciting opportunities. Please pick me for the giveaway!

March 31, 2012 - 10:26 am

Mum of all trades - I love the chunky cowl neck ! Thanks for hosting

March 31, 2012 - 11:20 am

Merry - Pick me, pick me!!!

(and thank you for including me!)

April 1, 2012 - 10:06 pm

AnotherGoldfish - I spotted Molly Makes for the first time yesterday! I was sorely tempted, but thought Mr Goldfish might kill me. He can't complain if I win one though!

I finished another cross-stitch Friday, but it took me a couple more days to frame it. Hopefully I'll be able to link it up tomorrow!

April 2, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Francs - Oooh ooohh! Pick meee! Love the cowl – oh to be able to knit!

April 2, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Kim - oooo pick me! I wish I had started buying Mollie Makes from the start! :)

April 2, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Stacey - Hello, have just followed your bloglink from Mollie Makes directly, what a treat! Pick me, please, for your lovely giveaway :) Looking forward to more Freckles Family updates. x

April 2, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Susanne - Wow, that would be fab, I so neeed some apple cosies :o)) – hope you pick me and thanks!!

April 2, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Emma smith - Oooh pick me please, I’ve only ever flipped through my sister in laws copy of Mollie makes. I would love to have one of my own :)

April 2, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Ronda - I sure would love to win the first Mollie Makes!!! I purchase this wonderful craft magazine/book at my local Barnes and Nobel, here in the US. I love it!! So full of great ideas, lovely pictures and colors!!! maybe I'm too far away to win this, but will say "PICK ME" anyway! :) Have a grand day!!!

April 2, 2012 - 5:38 pm

scrapperkaren - Pick me, pick me! I love Mollie Makes but so expensive here in the US! Your cowl and those other projects are amazing! How do you find time to do all that ?!

April 2, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Kasia - pretty please pick me! I love Mollie Makes and your blog. The cowl looks fantastic and very snuggly.

April 2, 2012 - 5:41 pm

dressedminiatures - Pick me, pick me! I love your cowl, fabulous job! And also, your photography is wonderful! Now you've gone and inspired me…. :)

April 2, 2012 - 5:41 pm

lindarumsey - Pick me please! I haven't yet read a copy of Mollie Makes as I already get six craft magazines every month and can't justify buying any more!

April 2, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Lyndsey - Ooo! Pick me, pick me pretty please! *waving my hand up in the air*

April 2, 2012 - 5:41 pm

leanne - ooh pick pick pick me!!!!! loving your blog xx

April 2, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Alma - Hello, i am a new follower thanks to Mollie Makes. This is a lovely giveaway ! I would love to have this issue with the added bonus sewing kit. I had heard so much of this issue but was able to get in my neighborhood. This would be just lovely. I love the cowl pattern and the crochet little pot- so handy! I am working on some knit dish cloths and crochet potholders/trivets for a shop in California. This is a great blog and will be tuned in. Good luck to all!

April 2, 2012 - 5:42 pm

vicki - Pick Me! and also that cowl looks so super cosy…you will of course be needing it next week when it snows again!

April 2, 2012 - 5:44 pm

GERALDINE GILES - Please pick me for your giveaway :0)… I just love the chunky cowl you knitted, its really cosy…. I love Mollie Makes magazine too, it's jam packed with lots of great ideas :0) x

April 2, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Rosemary - Love the blog, I am new to Molly makes as of Xmas so I’m having a crafty year. I also took redundancy recently, I’m a full time mum and part time Slimming world consultant and fully fledged craft-a-holic! Please pick me!

April 2, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Carly - I love this cowl scarf and in the process of finishing mine just in time for snow!!! Love Mollie makes and would be great if I were “pick me”!!!

April 2, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Rebecca - Pleease pick me I am a blog-a-holic and love your blog so imagine my surprise you popped up on my Molly makes facebook link! I would cherish every single page (as I have done ever since I discovered the lovely magazine) house it in it’s own special molly makes magazine holder oh and it would make me 1 magazine closer to having the full collection. <3 Pick Me :-) :-)

April 2, 2012 - 5:54 pm

@MarianneASC - Good luck with deciding what you want to do when you're grown up. Same thing happened to me a couple of years ago and I now spend all my time doing arty crafty things with children – who says you actually need to grow up!!

April 2, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Hannah W - Pick me! Pick me! (lovely blog by the way, nice to have found you!)

April 2, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Delia Knapman - Would love to get hold of the apple cosy pattern!! I caught up with Mollie Makes much later on. Please pick me! Xxx p.s. love the cowl!

April 2, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Elanor - Ooo pick me pretty please, I love this magazine but found it a few issues in so would love to have the first issue. I too am losing my job after months of knowing it was happening its still a shock when you get the news, but hey ho like you its onwards and upwards. Have a wonderful summer.

April 2, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Samantha deacon - Pick me!

I’m new to mollie makes as i’ve recently started crocheting and bought my first sewing machine! I’d love to know how to make the fruit covers. Thanks. X

April 2, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Sari - Snowy cheers from Finland! Our winters seems to never end, blaah. I have read just couple of issues of Molly Makes and just love the magazine. Love the cowl you made and also the blog is looking great! I am starting my own blog soon with my three friends and can´t wait to get blogging. So pick me, if you don´t mind sending the magazin to Finland ;)

April 2, 2012 - 6:33 pm

helenlp - Pick me, Pick me (jumps up and down with her hand in the air). I love Mollie Makes but missed the first couple of issues. Good luck with the City & Guilds course – sounds exciting.

April 2, 2012 - 6:39 pm

Emmmylizzzy - I love Mollie Makes but have never seen their fist issue. Thanks for being so generous!

April 2, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Abi Clarke - Pick me!! I held this magazine in my hands one day and stupidly put it down! When I got home I really wanted it still so I went straight out to get it at the same shop and I was gone! :( I looked around loads of shops to buy it but it was sold out everywhere. I has bought ever issue of Mollie makes since! I would love to have this to complete the collection :)

April 2, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Carol - Ooooh pick me please. I love Mollie Makes but only got it from issue 2 onwards as 1 was so hard to come by.

April 2, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Tamara - Pick me. Pick me! I’m obsessed with this.

Have a great rest of your hols- I’m loving reading your blog curled up on the sofa.

April 2, 2012 - 7:43 pm

JoL - I'm just about to start a new job tomorrow, after 8 months out of work. To have the freedom to explore new ideas and projects without having to fit them around work was a great luxury… I hope you have lots of fun!

April 2, 2012 - 7:47 pm

Laura Braisby - Hi! I found your blog via Mollie makes on facebook. I really wish I knew how to follow and subscribe to blogs! Yours is beautiful. You are very talented. Sorry to hear about your redundancy. Maybe you can spend more time crafting and with family. I’d love to be entered into your giveaway. I actually own every issue of Mollie makes except issue one. I tried to buy off eBay a few times but they go for too much. :( Anyways, good luck to everyone and happy crafting! Laura *goes off to learn about blogging!*

April 2, 2012 - 7:47 pm

JoL - And I'd also love a copy of MM Issue 1!

April 2, 2012 - 7:59 pm

Donna S - Oh Pick meeeeee :)

I was made redundant almost a year ago now, my youngest daughter was just about to start pre-school so I’ve taken a year out to spend time with my family and recentre myself (7 years in social work had exhausted me!) it’s been the best year of my life :) hope it all works out for you too xx

April 2, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Adele White - Pick me please, I’m a teacher and use all the lovely patterns with my pupils the more I have the better :-)

April 2, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Kayleigh - You’re awfully generous, first with blessing us with great weather and then giving away an amazing (and very difficult to get hold of) first issue of Mollie Makes!
Thanks for the great weather (and try to keep it up.. maybe knit some more beautiful cowls :P ) and thank you for giving me a chance to be picked.
Happy Crafting :)

April 2, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Saskia Bird - I'm new to your blog, love it! Pretty pretty please pick me. As others have said it would get me one step closer to having a complete collection of lovely Mollie Makes magazines!

April 2, 2012 - 10:10 pm

Maria - Ooh, love, love, love Mollie Makes. Just found your blog and I may be here a while. Fabulous stuff.

Thanks for the chance to win this.

Happy Monday xxx

April 2, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Esther Melnik - Yay! Pick me! I love Mollie Makes. Cute site! Thanks

April 2, 2012 - 11:01 pm

Rhiannon - Love the cowl! Just found your blog from the Mollie Makes facebook page, cant wait to explore it further :) Id adore to run the first issue! Unfortunately I didn’t discover the magazine until issue 5 but I’m now well and truely hooked! Just want to day thanks for the heat wave last eeek too

April 2, 2012 - 11:03 pm

KimW - Oh, pick me please!!

April 2, 2012 - 11:04 pm

Rhiannon - Published my comment before I was finished! I meant to say last week too but my phone decided to change it to eeek! Anyway, love the blog and sorry to hear about you being made redundant, I’m sure something great will come up for yoy soon :)

April 2, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Tarryn Carr - My sis in law was only just saying she wants to make a cowl and this is perfect so will definatly show her! And I would love to be picked for Mollie Makes as i found out about it online, i live in australia and where i am have only two shops in driving distance to get one, that is, if they have any as people order them and it depends if they pick them up or not! Its the forgotten issues they can offer…as if thats going to happen! So this would be just lovely!

April 3, 2012 - 4:03 am

Shari Witt - Hello, I just discovered your blog and love it! Please also enter me for the Mollie Makes – officially my favorite magazine! Happy Easter! from

April 3, 2012 - 9:08 am

M smith - So inspiring, pick me please! x

April 3, 2012 - 9:33 am

Jacqui - Hi! Please choose me, issue one is the only one I don't have! The cowl is on my project list – yours looks great – will have to check out the wool you used. Thanks, J

April 3, 2012 - 5:07 pm

poppymeadows - PICK ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 3, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Kelly smith - Please pick me. I’ve just discovered molly makes and I’m loving it. It gives me something fun to do for myself once my 20 month and 3 month old boys are in bed. X

April 3, 2012 - 8:17 pm

Beck (Made by Beck) - Pick me pretty please! x

April 3, 2012 - 10:08 pm

Emma Ross - Love your page and I love mollie makes. Have been trying to get back issues for ages, please please pick me :) x

April 5, 2012 - 11:48 am

Lauren - Pick me, pick me! I bought my first Mollie Makes magazine last week and have been hopelessly trying to learn how to crochet ever since.

April 5, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Jessica - Just hopped over here from the Mollie Makes page as I would so love to get my hands on this first issue of the magazine… I was slow to hear about Mollie Makes but I'm a huge fan now and I'm gutted that I missed out on the earlier issues. So please add me to your 'pick me' competition

Sorry to see your sad news about redundancy though – hope things look up quick and that you get the time with the kids that you want :-)

April 30, 2014 - 3:15 am

Laurette Oppedisano - How can I get the pattern for the chunky cowl . Love it. I am new to this website and so far, it is looking good.

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