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
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
Compared to teeny, tiny Octopals, my next project was supersized! Yes it involved learning tapestry crochet, a new-to-me technique and investing many hours, but the pattern was so well-written and the yarn delightful so hooking the Marguerite blanket was an absolute pleasure. Sandra Eng of MobiusGirl Design released the pattern as a crochet-a-long (CAL) running from January to… Continue reading Daisies and Skies
Perhaps it's got to the point where you've run out of surface to display your creations? Maybe your family's hinting that your home is not the relaxing, minimalist sanctuary they aspire to - more something like this? Or can you no longer find appreciative recipients for your efforts? Well then, it's time to consider using your skills… Continue reading Crafting for a Cause
The last two months have been manic. I could tell you about every handmade decoration and gift that I churned out during the madness that is the festive period - but let's face it, it's January and the moment has passed. Santa was extremely generous though and I received some lovely new crafty goodies to… Continue reading Happy New Year!
My 5th visit to the annual Yarndale festival yesterday was as fresh and exciting as ever. Such a lot of thought and effort goes in all year round to ensure the event is the success that it is. All the organisers and volunteers should be really proud of themselves. Extra details like the ukulele band, giant… Continue reading Yarndale 2018
Last week I was lucky enough to have a little European adventure. My boredom threshold on planes and trains is pretty low though so there's always space in my travel bag for essentials i.e. a good book and a crafty project. Anne Frank's diary was the book of choice, as I had a ticket to… Continue reading Have Yarn Will Travel
I'd been getting impatient with myself for taking far too long settling on a project for my latest Scheepjes Whirls. Each being a whole kilometre of yarn, they demand quite an investment of time so it has to be right! Now, I reckon the most talked about knitting pattern of 2017 was the 'Read Between… Continue reading What’s Hooking?
My first experience of a CAL (crochet-a-long) was in 2015. I'd not been crocheting for long and had finally mastered the granny square. I was digesting every crochet magazine going and I thought I was ready to move on to a more luxurious yarn and a new challenge. I'd been lured by Inside Crochet magazine. The… Continue reading Baby Love