I don’t have much of a garden, just a few flower beds, but with what I do have I try to make the most of. Having had my attempts at growing veggies thwarted by slugs and unpredictable British weather, I have turned to fragrant easy to maintain shrubs and lots of bee friendly plants, Lavendar being a favourite.keep reading
I love yarn. Feeling it, squishing it and smelling it.
Last year I went to Yarndale for the first time. I absolutely loved it. All that yarn goodness in one place. Plus all the hooks, needles and crafty accessories to perv over. Just last week I went to Fibre East for the first time which was less full-on than Yarndale but had several marques full of beautiful yarn from indie dyers, producers and spinners. Plus I got to see a sheep being sheared -with old skool shears, AND met an angora bunny!keep reading
During these summer months I have been working almost exclusively with cotton yarns. Around March time when I began the design for the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL, I was researching what cotton I wanted to use and I became a little obsessed with finding something affordable as well as understanding what worked for what type of project.
You know how the internet can be a time vampire? Well I lost hours umm-ing and ach-ing about which yarn to try, and have since tried a bunch of them, so thought I would see if I could save you those hours and share what I learned!
This weekend, I’m so excited to be introducing you to “Live Creative“, a new adventure for of Dora Does.
Even before Dora Does popped into existence I had such respect for the creators, crafters and makers of the world. They way you pour you love into everything you do. You work so hard to create such unique work. You support and cheer each other on and are the most generous bunch I have ever come across. I feel so honoured and excited to slowly become part of your group and want to take a moment to thank you all for your kindness and welcoming omnipresence!
Spring has finally made it’s presence known here in the UK. In fact I would almost say summer has burst through early over the past couple of days – bringing with it glorious sunny skies and pollen counts that have sent my sinuses into shock. Hayfever season seems to have been packed into 3 days and boy has it hit me hard this year, turning my throat into a desert!keep reading
We’re taking a break from the Crochet Basics series this week as it’s a long weekend in the UK over Easter and I have promised myself a little down time, which will, no doubt, turn into a crafty bonanza!
Instead I want to take a quick moment to introduce you to my latest crochet pattern. The Everyday Hugs Cardigan, which is now available on Ravelry
I love cardigans, shrugs, capes, coatigans… they are so bloody useful!
Ever since I started designing crochet, a cosy practical cardi has been on my hit list and I’m so excited to finally let this one out into the wild!
Ever since I started Dora Does, I’ve had a vision of creating a space where crocheters, new and pro, could find answers to all those crochet questions which come up over and again.keep reading
Despite the cold snap we have had this week, spring is coming (yay!) and Easter is just around the corner.
This week, in an effort to help you get ahead, I thought I would share with you some of my favourite easter related patterns from Etsy. I’m a big an Etsy fan. As well as having my own shop there, I love browsing and seeing all the amazing beautiful creations form all kinds of talented makers around the globe. It’s incredibly inspirational so I’m taking a break from my own designs this week and spreading the love to some super talented designers!
Watching the Winter Olympics this week has had the impact of making me feel both freezing and energised at the same time. It has also included a fantastic story about the team for Finland knitting whilst waiting around between events. You can read more about that here.keep reading
I’ve been thinking about you lovely crocheting wonders a lot lately and I’ve realised that I want to get to know you better.
To help with that, I have created a secret area of the site I’m calling Dora’s Den, which you can subscribe to for free. It’s a place where we can all hang out and hide from being grown-ups for a while.
It’s going to be an evolving project, but the first thing I want to do is give you a golden hello. Or mustard to be more precise. Well any colour you like really because I’m giving you my brand new crochet pattern, The Beehive Beanie, for free!
Did you know that in his original incarnation, Mighty Mouse was written as a parody of Superman and some episodes even had operatic dialogue (though I’m pretty sure he didn’t crochet!). That was in 1945 but frankly it sounds like something I could get behind in 2018!keep reading
Is it a poncho, a kaftan, a tunic or a slanket? It doesn’t really matter because it’s super cosy and practical and my new lounge wear favourite!
People get really sneery about lounge wear. They mock people who work from home for spending the day in their pyjamas.
Well the way I see it, that’s jealousy! People often criticise what they secretly are jealous of. It’s called projection. I know I do it too sometimes, though I do attempt to catch myself in the act and have a word!
This week I released my final Free Festive Friday Elf-help crochet pattern back on Monday because I wanted to give you a little extra making time! We are now so close to Christmas and, hopefully, finally at the stage where we get to switch off, relax and enjoy the season.
Back in November, I set myself the challenge of releasing a Free Festive Pattern every Friday in the run up to Christmas. Well, by my calculations, I have one more to go! Seeing as today is exactly one week until Christmas, I decided to bring it forward a few days to make today Free Festive Monday instead. Mostly because I wanted to build in some making time for you.keep reading