Now that took some stuffing! 🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩

I have been itching to make a doughnut for a long time, Twinkie chan (amazing) released the pattern last year in her book, Crochet abode a la mode, she fantastic, I still haven’t bought the book! But then the pattern was released in a magazine 


so I had to buy it.  Then when I looked at the pattern it was going to cost a fortune to make, the pattern recommends super chunky lionbrand yarn, I think I was looking at about £60 for the yarn and £75 for the stuffing.


Anyway, after visiting abakhan in Liverpool last week I managed to find some super chunky yarn in a biscuit colour and pink, they were classed as seconds because the label was missing, I bought 8 balls of biscuit for about £12 and 5 balls of hot pink for £6.99, then I found the new hug it out yarn from hobbycraft knitcraft and thought I’d use that for the centre, it’s just lovely! And so thick!


All in all I spent £25 on 

yarn, savvy shopper me you know!! Once I’d finished it looked a little like this


Floppy! I had read online that it would take between 4-5 kg of yarn to stuff! Anyway @lyndascraftroom sent through a link for amazon, £10 delivered for 5kg!  It’s difficult to understand without seeing just how large 5kg of toy stuffing is!


It’s huge!!!!!!  But, Twinkie chan wasn’t wrong, not one bit, that doughnut swallowed the lot.  So this morning has been a little hot and sticky, with help from the girls at our #knitcraftsocial we got it stuffed, I’m so pleased with it!!!


Like a doughnut on legs!


This will now be covered in large stuffed 9cm sprinkles and kept by for The Crochet Sanctuary.

Anyway if you fancy a doughnut, calorie free get hooking!! Xx

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So much going on!  But it’s great ☺️

And I’m still managing to get some crochet time in.  We’ve been quite busy this week crocheting lots of items for the The Crochet Sanctuary I’ve finished a lovely flamingo cushion cover


I really enjoyed crocheting this, and it was fairly quick to work up, it’ll look lovely on the sofa by the fire!

I also started a Twinkie chan (I love that woman) large doughnut pouffe too! It’s big, really big, and it’s going to take a whopping 5kg of stuffing, that’s 20 of the bags I normally buy from hobbycraft!  Anyway I managed to order some from amazon for about £10, so I’m pleased with that, it’s not finished, it needs sprinkles and stuffing

It’ll be comfy though!  I have used some of hobbycrafts new ‘hug it out’ for the pink centre, now the yarn is thick, really thick and nice to crochet with.  @lyndascraftroom has been busy with lalylala isn’t he gorgeous!!! She’s called him Sassoon as he looks like a rather camp hair stylist!

I’m not sure she has had much of a chance for anything else as our knitcraft CAL was announced on Tuesday, earlier than we had been expecting, so @lyndascraftroom has been glued to the laptop answering questions and accepting people to the group.

We’ve been overwhelmed by some of the comments about the blanket, it became a real labour of love for us with deadlines and getting it ‘right’ 



We’ve also roped in my daughter who’s been making Pom Pom wreaths and rugs for us! For the sanctuary, whilst the room is beautiful we need to adorn it with yarn and crocheted items.

So yes a very busy week! Launching the Crochet Sanctuary and a CAL all in one week!

Once my doughnut is finished I’ll be working on @coastalcrochet crocheted log camp fire, check it out, she’s relaeased the free pattern on her blog, I’ll be using it incase it’s too warm to have the fire on at the sanctuary!
Happy hooking xx

The Crochet Sanctuary and cranage hall!

Myself and @lyndascraftroom took a trip to cranage hall today, the weather was stunning.  We met with the events manager there to finalise our requirements and make sure the weekend is absolutely perfect.  And it will be! The estate itself is just lovely, pure luxury, green trees all around


The event starts from 5pm, guests will be greeted with a glass of prosseco, because people might be arriving in drive and drabs the first evening meal will be a hot and cold buffet, we’ll then go into our first workshop the workshop (perhaps toft!!) is going to be held in a gorgeous room which will be filled with comfortable sofas and a blazing fire!


On Saturday morning after breakfast we will Continue with our workshop, after lunch (in the restaurant) we will have a workshop hosted by the very lovely Eleonora from @coastalcrochet Eleonora will be designing a pattern especially for The Crochet Sanctuary!  

During the event we’ll have pastries and cake, and unlimited refreshments 

Cranage offer locally sourced teas and cordials, and all your funny coffees for you coffee drinkers!

Oh it’s just so exciting!

We’ve got full support of :

  • King cole
  • Three bears yarn
  • World of wool
  • Knitcraft
  • Sirdar

And we have already had some deliveries for our goody bags which each guest will leave with


And there’s more on the way, I love a squishy yarny parcel!

Yarn we’ll be using during the sanctuary will be

  • Knitcrafts WI
  • King cole dolly mix dk
  • Three bears yarn
  • Toft alpaca
  • Stylecraft
  • Sirdar
  • And yarn recommended by @coastalcrochets pattern

And it’s unlimited use throughout the weekend. (Yes that’s right, and no, no off cuts)

I’ve had such a lovely day with @lyndascraftroom we’ve gassed about the Crochet Sanctuary all day, had a great time at cranage hall, then we took a trip to abakhan in Liverpool, my first visit and it was fabulous! Then a sneaky trip to blacksheep wools, anyway, fab day all round!
Happy hooking! X

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

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

Sublime review

I think sirdar have described it perfectly, it is simply sublime, beautifully soft, and amazing to crochet with, it’s just a real treat and an absolute pleasure to use.  

My only negative thing is that there are zero crochet patterns available for sublime, none.  

Each skein is 50g and 116m, which surprisingly goes a long way, I’ve so far managed to get 80% of a baby cardigan completed in sublime ‘piglet’ I’m currently just finishing the last little arm, then it’s the collar and edging, each skein is £5.29 I bought mine from Black sheep wools so for less than £11.00 I have a beautiful cashmere and merino silk cardigan to give as a gift, I’m so pleased with it.  

I’m not much of a rule breaker, I like to use a suggested pattern for the yarn I use or the other way around, I wanted to make a modern baby cardigan to suit the sublime but with zero crochet patterns I’ve used a Debbie bliss pattern


I’ve struggled with how the pattern is worded, I’ve had to read and reread some elements, put it down and come back again, but I’ve figured it and it’s stunning! I’ll have the last sleeve and collar finished by tomorrow so I’ll post a picture.   

Anyway, sirdar sublime, is sublime and a real treat to use!!
Happy hooking xx

A little bit of C2C and more yarn bombing 

Ok hands up, I have never tried crocheting C2C, the girls in group especially @lyndascraftroom do this all the time, I’ve never been intrigued by it, but with this secret project Lynda and I are working on we thought it would be good to use it.  Well I’m hooooked! I really like it, this is my first attempt


It works up so quickly! And as @itchycrochet said, as soon as you start getting a little bored with it the rows start to get smaller.

I had to obviously get a little help from @lyndascraftroom to be fair and I know she won’t mind me saying but she’s not the best of teachers 😂 sorry Lynda!! So I went to good old YouTube and figured it out straight away, including how to crochet a rectangle C2C, so of course now I’m looking for tonnes of C2C projects.

Quite some time ago my 16 year old sone asked me to crochet him a captain America cushion cover, I lost interest in it quite quickly using the tapestry crochet method, I find tapestry crochet a bit frustrating even though I like the end result.

So I’ve been on the hunt for a captain America shield cushion cover, 16 x 16, could I find one? Nope.  So I’ve mind my own using Stitch fiddle cracking website and free!!!  Please feel free to copy the graph and use it for yourself to print it off click hereCaptain America Sheild C2C Graph


This should work out at 30 little C2C blocks wide and should measure 16 inches, which should nicely fit a standard uk cushion.  So a little bit more work on our secret project then I’m getting started on this. Captain America Sheild C2C Graph

More yarn bombing!

A Facebook friend of mine posted some amazing pictures yesterday of Allesley Village near Coventry which is where I used to live, I’ve not seen any yarn bombing here and I’m still guilty of not doing any!  But these are by far some of the best yarn bombs I have seen, so I thought I would share them with you

This one is my favourite


Isn’t it gorgeous?!

This is another favourite


The work that has gone into these, they’re just lovely



Anyway enough from me
Happy hooking xx