There is thunder in our hearts

I’ve not felt too good over the last week or so, I blame it on this heat we’re having and the fact it’s too warm to crochet! 

I know we shouldn’t complain but I get ratty when I don’t crochet, anyway, last week I did finish my gorgeous lost in time shawl, by @mijocrochet, although I need to weave in a few ends and block it before I post about it.  

Little box of crochet


I have finally started my Little box of crochet from may! Oh my, it’s stunning, and so meaningful this month, I’m not sure if any of you subscribe to these stunning boxes or not, or if you know about jenny but she sadly passed away in may, totally heartbreaking, only a few weeks later the May box came out ‘Jenny’s mandala’ I could of kicked myself, because I had stopped my subscription for a month so that @lyndascraftroom and myself could get our project finished without distraction.  I will never stop my sub again! I was lucky as after speaking to Amanda at the crochet retreat I was able to get the box I’d missed, but lesson learned I won’t stop again.

So I started last night despite the heat, and I love it, it’s not finished yet, still a fair few rounds to go


I’m going to frame it when done, in a nice white box frame.

Ok so did anyone watch ‘April Jones 5 years on’ a few nights ago?

Well if you’ve got a hawk eye for yarn you might if spotted Aprils tree in her favourite place, it still looked nice but I thought it could do with a bit of a contribution from us Warrington hookers! So I made contact and they would love to have some more squares to make the tree pretty again, this is what her tree looked like when it was first yarn bombed


Isn’t it stunning! So we’re going to make a big batch on Saturday and get them sent to Aprils mum.

If any of you have any squares or blocks that you won’t use and would like to contribute to then feel free to pop them in the post to me and I’ll get them posted 

9 fairford close, great Sankey, warrington, WA5 1ZE

Ps. I think her favourite colour might of been pink!
Happy hooking xx

Second Frank and Olive crochet retreat

Awwww what a fabulous day! Just what I needed! If you’re in the UK the retreat is a must! We (myself and @lyndascraftroom) arrived this morning at 09:45 after a fairly easy 2 hour drive, and we were created by Ruby…..the guests that stayed overnight were just having breakfast so we got first dibs on seats ha!  

I was sooooo pleased and slightly starstruck as Amanda from the little box of crochet was sat at the table!  I have this awful habit when I see someone from the TV or someone who I would class as famous (I do class Amanda as famous) I look at them and smile as if I know them and they know me! I normally get greeted with a ‘oh oh we’ve got a weirdo here!’ Last week I met chris Bisson from emmerdale farm and gawped at him, then just the other day kate ford (Tracey from coronation street) I’m sure I scared them both, but I played it cool when I saw Amanda, even though I was like wow!

Plenty of yarn at the retreat, I made a bag, it was supposed to be a hook bag, but I adapted it slightly so it was more of a tote


Made from t-shirt yarn, I quite like it! Just needs a big button on the top and clip inside to keep it closed, I might even use it.

We then had a gorgeous lunch, and then went onto a workshop with a very clever lady from @cottonclara look what I made!


Ok not quite crochet but very much yarn related and it will look lovely in my craft area, we then did some cross stitch on plastic templates, I’m rubbish at sewing so I’m not even going to embarrass myself by showing you my makes!  

Anyway, I’ve had a great day, we only had a day pass, but next time I’ll be booking a weekend for sure!
Happy hooking xx

Feeling slightly giddy

Such a busy week at work this week!! 03:30 get ups and too much driving….someone asked me what I’d do first if I won the lotto………..I’d buy a farm, and on my farm I’d have alpaca, a coffee & cake shop and a country hotel…..with a spa……my hotel would be a retreat, where people could just come and knit or crochet for weeks on end………bliss…..anyway we can all have a dream!

I’ve been busy but still managed to get some crochet in even though I’m literally dog tired.  I’ve only got a few more rows of my last ripple blanket then that whole order is done!  

Mum asked me if I could make her something to put on a sideboard in her spare bedroom as she’s marked the top, she’s not a doily kind of person, so I went on the hunt for a mini mandala, I found on on hobbycraft blog!! Here’s the link Mandala it’s by a lady called Cathy crochet, her mandala pattern is so nice to do, and quite easy, but it was going to come out quite large, plus my mums spare room is very ‘white company’ so it’s all bright whites and greys, so I bought a nice grey cotton from hobbycraft DMC Petra, such a nice cotton and so much for your money!  I did miss out about 6 rounds to get the size I wanted, and completed it all in one colour, i really like it and so does mum!


Once I’ve finished my final ripple blanket I’m going to finish my lost in time shawl, then I’m going to make lots more!  

I saw a lost in time shawl made from scheepjes swirl and it looked amazing! So I managed to get some from black sheep wools before they’d even gotten onto the shelf! 

How gorgeous are these colours!!!  I’m looking forward to using them, they’re so soft and squishy.

This morning I was thinking I could do with a break, well, frank and olive have a sale on day passes for their retreats, then I remembered that they have one tomorrow, so to cut a long story short we’ve cancelled our crochet group tomorrow, everyone’s on holiday anyway ha! And myself and @lyndascraftroom are treating ourselves to a day away in York at the frank & olive crochet retreat, and at half the price how could you not!!! I’m so excited!!!!

So there you go, off for some shut eye.
Happy hooking xx

Ripples & Caron simply soft

How have I not tried ripple blankets before?! 

I’ve finished the daisy blanket and I’m really pleased with it, although after 98 daisy squares I’ll admit it I got really bored! And I won’t be doing another in a long time.


I see @lyndascrafteoom working on ripple blankets and cushion covers all of the time, is never thought to try one until I picked up two orders for the same blanket.

After the daisy blanket the ripple blanket has been an absolute pleasure to do. 


I’ve used Caron simply soft in heather, white and strawberry, whilst I like the colours im not 100% keen on the yarn! 🙈 


Now I like the fact it comes in bigger rolls, and it pulls so easily from the middle, but it just feels a bit too plasticky/acrylic to me, I know I use a lot of acrylic but they don’t always feel like acrylic, anyway I’m pleased with the finished result! 

The ripples work up so quickly! And I like the repetition, so get rippling! I can feel some little cushions coming on now ☺️

Happy hooking xx

#aheart4mcr

Hi!! I wrote a blog post the other day about the manchester attack and then swiftly deleted it, it was about how my daughter was at the awful Manchester event on Monday, as soon as I posted it I felt guilty, for being so upset that she had been caught up in it, it was non crochet related, and some May of read and thought ‘come on! She got out safely!’ And she did, no injuries just emotional.  We were lucky and I think I needed to remind myself of that, anyhoo…..

So! I read on instagram today that our beautiful crochet/knit community are getting together and doing what we do best during times like these and we are creating either through knit or crochet a heart for Manchester.  Please see where to send below


Like Beth says it will never make it all ok but it’s a way we can show an act of kindness from all over the world, so can I ask that my lovely followers do the same?  I’ll be making a few today and getting them in the post too.  If your looking for an easy and quick heart pattern there’s one for a valentine heart garland on my patterns page, it’s nice and easy.

#aheart4mcr

Happy hooking xx

Lost in time & scheepjes catona

Ohhhhh wow!!!  I’ve felt a little ‘what to do now’ since myself and @lyndascraftroom finished our mission, don’t get me wrong I’ve got plenty of WIP but nothing to really get me going.  Until I came across a CAL that someone had shared on Facebook from a fabulous crochet designer called @mijocrochet I saw a shawl in the most beautiful colours and thought I just have to have it! 


It’s made using scheepjes catona which I am a huge fan of anyway, so I was more than happy to put in an order with wool warehouse, within less than 24 hours I was cracking on with my @mijocrochet shawl.  The CAL is called lost in time, and I really have gotten lost in time with it, it’s simply stunning, the scheepjes is stunning too, you must go and have a look at her blog, Mijo crochet the pattern is free download.


I am literally loving every single stitch, I do feel a bit naughty as I have pinched someone else’s colourway, but I just had to have it.

Anyway I know I keep going on about our secret mission, but it’s such a relief to finish it and fingers crossed We can tell you about it all very soon!


Anyway far too busy with my lost in time shawl off to do some more!
Happy hooking xx

We did it……!

Well a big massive thank you to @lyndascraftroom we have worked so hard the last few months on our secret mission, it’s been a real joint effort and I’ve enjoyed all of it.

It’s been a real labour of love, and a huge learning curve.  We can’t give too much away, even though We are desperate to!  We worked especially hard yesterday when we realised that our original plan wouldn’t quite work, and our deadline was today!  We’ve sat quite comfortably the last few weeks thinking we had cracked it, then at the last minute absolute panic stations! 

So yesterday @lyndascraftroom and I sat for a solid 13 hours non stop crocheting, 13 hours and 14,608 treble stitches later and were done, yes 14,608………

We’re hoping we can share it with you very soon, and we also hope it will be the first of many.

We haven’t got any pictures to share at all, but I can’t tell you just how proud I am of what we’ve done! We’re slightly bias but this morning as we were adding a few finishing touches in hobbycraft Warrington we had a lot of people coming over and saying ‘wow! That’s beautiful!’ We couldn’t show them everything but we didn’t half feel smug 


Happy hooking xx

Phewww that was close

Note to self, de scale the iron before steam blocking!!

My last post was a review on sirdar sublime, at the time I was crocheting a wee cardy in piglet pink.  Well I’ve finished it! But it was touch and go!

I finished the cardigan and thought, with it being cashmere and silk I’d steam it, this was the result


Dirty water spewing out of my iron!!!!! I was livid! Anyway, after a very gentle hand wash it actually came out, what a relief!!!

I also made teeny tiny shoes and a little hat to match


Since posting it on social media I’ve now been asked to make three baby blankets, 2 exactly the same and daisy blanket.

One of these, now I have pinched the picture from Little dove crochet but these are colours ive been asked to make, and it’s just stunning!! Although they’ve asked for a brighter pink.  


Now little dove crochet doesn’t give the pattern on her blog, because the daisy was designed by Till tulip she gives 2 seperate patterns, one for the daisy and one for the squaring off, so I’ve combined the two.  Now beautiful white boarder was added by nLittle dove crochet, she also gives the pattern on her blog, so I’m using two patterns from tillie tulip and one from little dove crochet, but together it makes a stunning blanket, I can’t wait to see my finished results.

The other two blankets I’ve been asked to make are a free pattern and both blankets are the same design and same colour!!


This blanket is by Daisy cottage designs if you click on the link it’ll take you to it.  Gorgeous isn’t it!!

@lyndascraftroom and I are getting very close to finishing our secret mission, Lynda is busy joining and I’m about to put together my first video tutorials, nerve wracking or what!!!

I’ve also spent some time this weekend sorting out my yarn stash, and I was slightly ashamed of how much I actually have, I sent a photo to @lyndascraftroom saying ‘please tell me yours is worse’ oh boy!!!! Hers is a lot worse!!! But so very organised, she is good at that, she winds all of her skeins into cakes and puts the label back on, looks fab! Whereas I have a section for dk, Aran, cottons, chenilles and 4 ply, anyway, I have put myself on a serious ban, and I really mean it this time!!

I’ve added the links above for the daisy pattern blanket and the ripple pattern for you to have a nosey at.

I’m off to hang my head in shame

Happy hooking!! Xx