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. My mission is to provide easy to understand resources all in one place. From learning to chain, to advanced finishing tips, I want there to be something here for anyone with a hook!
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!
My pin collection has slowly been growing over the last year and, though it’s still pretty small, I would really like to be able to display them in a visually fun way. I only wear one or two at a time and right now they are mostly covered up by my thick winter coat, so I wanted to find a way to enjoy them more.
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!
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.
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
The Festive AF Crochet Christmas Wreath – An experiment in letting go of perfection and channelling the sh*t out of Christmas spirit!
This post contains affiliate links and expletives (well it is nearly Christmas!).
It was sometime in my 20s when my housemate at the time first introduced me to Vegetable Fuckloads. The perfect solution to those days when my body rejected anymore junk food, pasta or bread (the staples of the student life). It basically involved a wok and all the vegetables available, irrespective of what they were or whether they complemented each other, a bit of oil and some spices. To this day, whenever I feel the need for a health kick (and the desire to feel a bit of virtue) I go for Vegetable Fuckloads.
This was the precise attitude with which I approached the Festive As Fuck Wreath. It’s basically Christmas fuckloads.
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!
This year it seems that Christmas lights have reached a whole new level. Long gone are the days where you had to go through every single light checking they were all screwed in properly and finding that one broken bulb so you could get the whole lot to work.
I’m so joyful about this week’s Free Festive Friday project. It’s so simple but makes me so happy! I was looking at some beautiful weaving pictures on Instagram which use sticks to hang the weave off. At the same time, I was in the process of making a pom pom for another pattern I am working on and just put both together. One of my favourite podcasters, James Altucher would call it idea sex!Keep Reading