Christmas Online 2017

It’s here…

Yes, Christmas is really just around the corner – 2 sleeps away to be precise. All the Christmas crafting activity is done, handmade cards have been sent out and Christmas craft materials are ready to be packed away, for a few months at least.  I also have just over a week to go to finish my Read More

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Festive Greetings for Summer

Here, at last, I have my first batch of Christmas greetings cards ready to go.  I say ‘at last’ because if crafter TV shows are correct, most card makers have been on the festive case since June, and I am late! True, we’ve only just had a lovely warm and sunny Bank Holiday weekend but ‘Back Read More

Temp Blanket Feature

Weather is more fun in brightly coloured yarn

Just over half way though the year means I’m half way though my crochet temperature blanket.   I can’t resist looking up the temperature every day even if I am not ready to crochet it yet!  Looking back on the colours I see how the weather changes through the year, sometimes gets stuck in a rut and occasionally gives Read More

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January is already done..

Yes, one twelfth of the crafty year is over and what have I achieved apart from hibernating under the blankets I made last year? One crochet project I have started is my 2017 temperature blanket inspired by the active discussion on the Pippin Crochet Club Facebook page and motivated by the fact that it is Read More

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It’s a Beading Marathon

I’m always inspired by the impressive jewellery that designers create using simple seed and other small beads.  I’ve made several straightforward designs such as the bracelets below using a mix of  seed beads and Czech SuperDuo® beads. These give lovely end results without being too complicated and I have tried many variations.       Read More

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Cornish Crochet Inspiration

I’ve just spent a week on the Cornish coast so it seemed like an appropriate time to start the Demelza blanket CAL. The Demelza blanket is designed by Catherine Bligh and inspired by the character Demelza from Winston Graham’s Poldark novels. The full pattern is available on Ravelry with a companion pattern for a Ross Read More

Christmas Online 2017

16 weeks later

Ta dah! I have actually completed my first proper crochet project. It’s the Last Dance on the Beach CAL that I mentioned earlier, this one in Scheepjes Merino Soft double knitting yarn and I am so pleased to be showing the finished item. Marinke’s original idea for a CAL that introduces new stitches for each Read More

Christmas Online 2017

and c is for…

Crochet Along. I have signed up to a Crochet Along (CAL) to refresh my decades old crochet skills with a project that will keep me motivated and on some kind of schedule.   My previous experience is limited to a few granny squares and a doily, so with the help of a huge online support group, Read More

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b is for…

Baxter’s Bucket – a handy little storage cube to hold the cute one’s grooming stuff.  He has several tools and possibly more hair products than I do, and they all need to be available at a moment’s notice to grab a grooming opportunity. It’s modelled after Debbie Shore’s Treat Tub with the addition of a Read More