After a neighbour donated a pile of duvet covers so I could make more washable drawstring bags for frontline workers. I was keen to use every last bit of them. Once bags are cut out, there's actually very little fabric left. These tiny pieces get cut into strips and stashed ready to make raggy wreaths. Of course… Continue reading Crochet Ear Saver Tutorial
Drawstring Bag Photo Tutorial
This last week, I've been busy making almost thirty fabric bags for frontline workers who need to safely bring their uniforms home to wash. The ties are loosened, scrubs tipped out in the machine and the bag gets washed at the same time. There's lots of ways to make drawstring bags but some patterns seem… Continue reading Drawstring Bag Photo Tutorial
Long post alert! This post turned into something of a diary from the first month of lockdown. One day I'll maybe read back and be reminded of how these days felt for our family. Maybe you're bored and have nothing better to do but read on now you've found yourself here? I'll find images to… Continue reading Isolation Rumination
Clover Quick Yo-Yo Maker Tutorial
I confess I have a weakness for gadgets. They don't all live up to expectations and I won't name and shame, but one I've been using recently and really quite like, is the Clover Quick Yo-Yo Maker. Originally yo-yos (or Suffolk puffs as I know them) were a way of re-using old fabric to make quilts.… Continue reading Clover Quick Yo-Yo Maker Tutorial
Flowering Peacocks & Crafty Concatenation
Hooking 142 motifs together on my most epic crochet project to date, I looked up and noticed the word of the day on my screensaver was 'concatenation'. I'd not heard that before. Apparently it's the operation of linking a series of things together end-to-end. 'Just what I'm doing', I thought, feeling smugly educated. But then we… Continue reading Flowering Peacocks & Crafty Concatenation
What’s Hooking Now?
Last weekend I found myself without a crochet project. Or specifically the RIGHT crochet project - the sort I could do in front of the TV after a hard day, or take along to Knit and Natter. Though 'Craft and Natter' would be a more befitting name for us, as anything textile related goes. Honestly,… Continue reading What’s Hooking Now?
A Handmade Christmas
I hope you're all enjoying the festive season. Presuming we've all avoided the dreaded norovirus (youngest) and flu (Mum), Christmas competes with the summer holidays as my very favourite time of year. Parties, pantos, good food, carols, the joy and excitement of the big day and precious time with family and friends is all wonderful, if… Continue reading A Handmade Christmas
"Thank goodness that yurt we tried to book was already taken!" was my overriding thought as we drove through the lashing rain last Friday. Armed with wellies, thermal socks, yarn, pamper kit, gin and enough food supplies for several months, friends and I had decided to do Yarndale a little differently this year and make a… Continue reading Yarndale 2019
This summer I've been all-consumed with my second epic crochet project of the year (more on that coming soon). Consequently, there's been little time for other creative pursuits, so it was great last Saturday to be back at my happy place, Anne Brooke's Shed 76½, to meet my stitchy friends and try something a little different.… Continue reading Patchwood Samplers
Looks Like Rain
When I made my Marguerite blanket, it was part of a CAL (crochet-a-long). Joining a group on social media was a great way to help each other out with tips and advice and to see how yarn choices and design tweaks progressed into beautiful individual blankets. This was one of my favourites. I loved Tina's granny style… Continue reading Looks Like Rain