As a crochet designer, it’s a hazard of the job to end up with way more crochet accessories than strictly necessary. In an effort to clear out my stockpile, I recently gifted the Studio Scoodie sample to my sister. She has an adorable Springador called Ando who she walks at hours of the morning which I have only ever seen from the night before! It’s super warm and covers her head so is perfect for fighting the dawn chill!
Meet Ando, he never stays still long enough to get a decent photo!
I’ve just been to yoga and am currently sat on my own in a trendy coffee shop (yes they serve avocado toast and have funky lighting), writing this blog post on a Mac Book wearing a dungaree dress and stripy top. The only way I could be more of a cliche is if I was also drinking a matcha green tea chai latte made from an organically raised fair trade llama milked by monks in a free Tibet.
I’m not, I’m drinking earl grey tea and eating banana bread, I’m not even sure what matcha is…
As my regular readers will know, I am having some renovations done at home, which has been going on for a while (seems like since about 2013…).
My new kitchen arrived this week ready for installation to start on Monday. This is super exciting, but living in an obstacle course of boxes is less fun, except for the cat who is loving finding new hiding places amid the boxes.keep reading
On it’s website, Yarndale it describes itself as a “Creative festival celebrating all things woolly and wonderful”.
I would say that pretty much sums it up!
I’m going to tell you now that I took a LOT of pictures. There was so much to see that I can’t possibly write about it all, so I put together this montage which gives you a much better idea…
As the weather starts to turn, not that we got much of a Summer in the UK this year, I start getting super excited about all the scrummy winter warmers I get to pull out from last year and, even better, all the ones that, so far, only exist in my head!
Last winter I wanted to make a Scoodie – that’s a scarf with a hood for those who aren’t keen on word mash-ups! I had been looking for a pattern for a while but just couldn’t find one I wanted to make.
In the style of those therapists who tell you to write a letter to your former self (normally telling you not to sweat the small stuff), I’ve been thinking about when I started crocheting and what would have made life easier if I knew then what I know now.keep reading
Another Friday has come around, which is fast becoming my new release day, and this week it’s a 100% free pattern!
One of the things I love about crochet is it’s versatility. There’s not much you can’t make with it and if you can’t make it then you can yarnbomb it.keep reading
It’s Monday, and I’m in a slump.
I’ve had a flatness niggling me for the past couple of days which seems to have culminated in a storm of “meh” today.
So, in an effort to de-slump myself I’m going to follow the advice I would give to a friend in my situation.
There’s something that happens at the beginning of September which is different to every other month of the year. I don’t know about you but that ‘back-to-school’ feeling I got in my belly every year growing up, never really left me with my childhood, even when it’s work I’m due to got back to, I still feel it!
September screams change. Subconsciously we know that this is a chance to start over to have a second chance at the year before the chaos of Christmas starts to overtake everyday life!keep reading
So if you’re based in the UK you will know that the weather has been pretty half-hearted this summer… a nice week in July followed by one of the wettest Augusts on record… STANDARD!
I don’t know if it’s just me but I’m sure September seems to be getting nicer each year. I have wonderful memories of sitting on Southwold beach last September, after all the kids had gone back to school, thinking how lucky I was to still be enjoying temperatures in the 30s (that’s well into the 90s in American money!).
It is such a beautiful place and was one of those days that felt like the summer was going to go on forever.keep reading
This post is not about crochet. It’s a classic display of Doralospohy! I’ve been thinking again…
This week I have spent some time being the voice of reason and talking 3 different friends down off various ceilings. They are all struggling with very different challenges and it has made me reflect on my own experiences, as these things often do.
For a while now I have been more consciously thinking about my life – examining and reshaping the way I want to live, mulling over what I can do to wake myself up to those habits I’m not even aware of, asking how I can make the most of the time I have on this little planet.
It’s one of those things where I’m not even sure when it started but I’m slowly starting to view life through a new lens. The first part of 2016 was a particularly difficult period for me, one of those times where you’re getting hit from every angle, love, family, work and friendship in my case. At some stage during that time something in me changed. I struggle to explain it articulately, but it’s like my brain got to the point where it refused to raise my stress levels anymore. Whether it was the gazillion psychology books and articles I’ve read over the years paying off, an unconscious act of self-preservation or some kind of mental reset after being in the red zone for too long, it was like my mind switched to the emergency back-up generator and just prioritised what was really worth worrying about. The rest just kind of fell away and somehow I found a way to deal only with what was in front of me at that moment, rather than my normal unhelpful strategy of catastrophising about what might be (but usually wasn’t) around the corner.