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
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
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
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?
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!