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
The story behind the “So What?” Crochet Sweater and some thoughts on calling bs on your fearful thoughts
I don’t normally write a separate blog post to go with new crochet pattern releases these days, but the November My Crochet Wardrobe pattern of the month release is a little different from the norm (It’s all available free right here for a start!), so I thought I would take a moment to explain why.Keep Reading
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!
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!
Well hello there 2018. Where did you come from?
After a lovely break over Christmas, this past week I have been thinking a lot about goals and resolutions for 2018. I’m not really one for over-planning or resolutions for the sake of it but I personally find that taking some time for self-examination at any time of year is a helpful, a way to keep yourself on the straight and narrow so to speak.keep reading
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.
As regular readers will know, since I started this blog I have been renovating my little home. Finally I am so pleased to say that nearly 4 months later than planned it is (sort of) finished.
All those “oooh that’s a lot of work” comments I got at the start, and dismissed, turned out to be true. Not because it was actually a lot of work, but because it was a bit of a can of worms!
I’m not going to lie, I used to dread Christmas. For a whole bunch of reasons I would feel uneasy and stressed at the mere sight of a bauble. Most years I just wished it was over already. It’s only the past few years that I have learned to deal with this time of year more successfully, occasionally even getting quite festive. But I just want to take a bit of time to acknowledge and recognise those people who struggle during this season and maybe give the lovers some incite into what the other side looks like. Not because I want to discourage anyone from getting into the spirit, but because I truly believe that understanding the other side (whatever the topic) is the only way we will make this world a better, kinder place.
I always worry that people will be shocked at the real cost involved in producing a finished item. I know anyone who crafts will understand this. So when I decided a week or so back that I wanted to sell made to order Off The Rails Infinity Scarves, I spent some time trying to source a nice acrylic yarn to make the scarf more affordable as the original had been made from luxury 100% Merino and its accompanying (worthwhile) price tag.
I have a thing about disco balls. I love the sparkly reflections made by the light, I love sparkle full stop really. It’s basically magic as far as I’m concerned. I never really grew out of my childhood love for anything that glitters. Perhaps because I was rarely allowed such frivolous items as a child. Coming from a background where quality was valued over aesthetics (“you’re not having that, it’s tatt” was a classic response to 7 year old me begging for some useless but sparkly piece of plastic which I would no doubt tire of in 20 minutes). I am glad I have these values as an adult but I am equally glad I retained that little buzz I get from looking at the shiny thing!
In my last post I mentioned my exciting secret plans for the weekend.
I was only able to attend as a day guest rather than the whole weekend but I was so glad I was able to make this happen.keep reading