Someone sent me a meme last night of one of those knitted toilet roll covers with the big doll skirts, with a line about hiding toiler paper from the children (they weren’t the first to send or tag me in such a picture…).Keep Reading
One of the things which made me fall for crochet was the mindful, calming effect it had on my often wildly over imaginative, calamitous story-making anxious brain. Something about the rhythm of yarn over hook and watching your work grow, row by row, felt very soothing (even when I was just making wonky squares!).Keep Reading
I’ve been seeing lots of beautiful twisted / turban style headbands around recently (you know that thing when you realise you’re accidentally starring at someone because of their accessories… sorry… that’s me!!!) so I did a quick search to see if there was a simple crochet pattern for one but I couldn’t find what I was looking for so I turned to cut and sew patterns and decided to translate the fabric turban headband versions into a crochet pattern.Keep Reading
When Marie Segares of Underground Crafter invited my to join her Christmas in July Make Along, I knew immediately it would give me a chance to have a bit of out of season fun! So when I saw there was a pet category, I knew that here was my chance to go a little off piste and make something for my sister’s adorable dog, Ando.Keep Reading
Last year I made my brother a beanie hat for his birthday. He actually wore it all winter – which is about the highest praise I’ll ever get! I wrote up the pattern and added it free to my pattern library as well as to my Love Crochet, Ravelry or Etsy stores to download for a small fee as a PDF add free printable.Keep Reading
Have you ever seen a crochet hat, sweater or cardigan with a neat ribbed edging and wondered how on earth it is achieved?
Well keep reading as today I am going to share with you my favourite way of creating ribbing which can be used to finish a garment or on it’s own to create a stretchy fabric.Keep Reading
I haven’t even seen the “Holidays are coming” Coca Cola add yet, but I’m ready to get festive and excited to share my complete collection of Christmas Crochet Hat Patterns with you: The Christmas Pudding, Elf help, Speedy Santa and, new for 2019, my Christmas Tree Extravaganza!keep reading
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
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?keep reading
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!Keep Reading
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!
Belonging to a group is a basic evolutionary requirement, best explained by the expression “There’s safety in numbers”. On top of that, membership of community groups is related directly to our happiness, with those who lack interactions and functional human relationships being more prone to depression.keep reading
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!keep reading
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.keep reading
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