Now we are well into November, and I’ve seen the Christmas Coca-Cola advert for the first time, it’s acceptable to openly discuss Christmas makes. I know you organised makers have been quietly working away since September but now we’re allowed to get it all out in the open!
A while back I saw a meme somewhere online which said something like: “I wish I hadn’t gone to that yoga class”… said no one ever.
When I’m feeling a bit lazy and want to stay at home crocheting instead of going to yoga I think about this meme and it gets me up and out the door almost every time. It’s a reminder of how worthwhile it is when you make the effort.
This is for you crochet and yarn lovers… for all those cute yarny accessories you never knew you needed but actually can’t live with out.
Make sure you pin this post or share it in your letter to Santa because there are some gorgeous handmade essentials here that you’re not going to want to leave on those digital shelves!
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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.
The Corner to Corner, or C2C stitch pattern is hugely popular among the crochet community. It’s worked on the diagonal, from one corner, increasing to the widest point and eventually decreasing back to the opposite corner (hence the name). It is an easily worked dense fabric making it perfect for home decor and garments.
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!
This week sees the first anniversary of the start of my journey in crochet design and I wanted to take a little time to reflect on what the past 12 months has taught me. I can’t quite believe it’s been a year since I published my first blog post and crochet pattern. How can that feel like a life time ago but yesterday at the same time? (I’ll leave that one as a rhetorical question, as much as I like to explore the unknown on Doralosophy, I’m not sure I’m up to answering questions surrounding human time perception… It’s too damned hot for serious thinking!)
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!
How quickly the final week of the Maslow’s Rainbow Cal has come around! Can we slow it down now so we don’t have to finish? Like reading the last few pages of a book super slowly because you don’t want it to end?
Alas, bending time is not something which is in my tool kit yet so I guess we should keep moving forward!
So, this is last week’s spaced cluster section representing Esteem. It’s a bit of a yarn eater but I hope, like me, you love making clusters, bobbles and puffs. It just makes me happy!
Here we are at part 4 for the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. The time is flying! How did you get on with the granny dot stitch from part 3? I hope you enjoyed the combination of the two fun stitches and learned a little about the importance of belonging! This week we are going to talk about the fourth layer of Maslow’s Hierarchy – Esteem needs, but first, here’s an unadulterated peek at my progress…
Welcome to week 3 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. This week is all about…
I could write a hundred posts about the importance of the feeling of belonging, of finding our tribe, of feeling valued and loved by others and having others we value and love in return. Humans are social animals and always find a way to gravitate into social groups, even if those groups can be dysfunctional!
Hello and welcome Part 2 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL
Before we get started on the next section, how did you get on with Part 1 last week? Did you master the gauge? I hope you learned some useful tips to help you adjust crochet patterns.
Here are my first pieces made in Drops Muscat Cotton DK, isn’t that blue lovely!
Welcome to part one of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL!
If you missed the first post, you can read about this CAL and find out what materials you need here.
In this part we are going to make our gage swatch and create the first section of both panels of the top. But first I’m going to talk a little about the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy – the most basic things that motivate us – and how this relates to the first section of the CAL.
I’m so excited to bring you my first ever Crochet Along (CAL). Today I am going to talk to you about how it came about, the origin of the name and let you know what materials you’ll need to take part.
When I came up with the design for this top, inspired by something called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which I’ll talk about in a moment, I was discussing it with another crochet designer friend who immediately asked if I was going to do it as a CAL. I hadn’t even considered trying that, because CALs are a bit scary (I mean what if no one joins in?). keep reading