Thank heaven for little boys 💞

Just a quicky so I can post my bobble blanket, couldn't post it yesterday as it was a gift.

I became a godmother yesterday to a beautiful little boy, he's just edible!!!

Anyway I made this


Not a great pic as I hand to stand on a chair to try and get it al in, but it was made from hobbycrafts WI aran, all 1200g of it!

Such an honour to be asked, I'm not too sure if people take it seriously anymore, ok I'm not religious but I do strongly believe in the principles behind it!


And isn't this lovely!!!

Anyway was just a quick update to show my blanket off.

Happy Hooking xx

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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

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

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

My lips are sealed…..

I am itching to tell you something, but I can’t, not just yet anyway.  I haven’t got any work to share with you, and I haven’t tried any new yarns either, because along with my own work and life myself and Lynda from Lynda’s craft room have been working on something fabulous, well I think it is anyway, but it has taken up quite a chunk of my time.  We are so excited, we’re bursting at the seams!  I know I’m teasing but we will be able to reveal all very soon.

In between all of that I have completed anothe hat


I am really enjoying making these, in my last blog if me mentioned that I was also struggling with the sizing, and I needed a model well I’d like to introduce you to Adam!!


I’m not sure why he’s called Adam, because he’s neither a he or a she, but Adam does have a perfect 40cm head circumference, so I’ll know if that each hat will be about right.  There is a bigger size to order which is 48cm so I might get one of those too.

I’ve made some really nice hats for girls so in between the project I can’t tell you about I’m going to do a few hats for boys, although I was struggling to find a dark blue 4 ply cotton in hobbycraft this morning so I’ve picked up this colour DMC Natura cotton in Azur, Adam will model it for me then it’s going on Etsy to see how it goes!


You’ll probably remember about 12 weeks ago we were in the process of moving our house around so that mum and dad could come and stay, well they moved out yesterday and moved into their new (hopefully) forever home, we are ex military so I very much doubt it will be Theo forever home!! I just hope it is as the last 2 years have been stressful for them.  So they spent 11 weeks with us in total, it’s been fabtastic to spend some time with them but I will be pleased to not have to count loudly when I’m crocheting! Every time I picked up a book they’d start gassing away! 

Anyway, that was just a quick update from me, and hopefully the next time I might have some news to share with you.
Happy hooking xx
Ps. Sorry for teasing

Summers coming! 🌺👒🌺

Well maybe not quite yet but at least we can start preparing for it in terms of crochet.  I’ve started to make some gorgeous little summer hats for little girls.  It started with a friend of mine asking for one but she could only find a pattern in Russian.  

Anyway I’ve managed to find something similar what do you think?


I sent this photo to my friend who then asked for a band to be added where the stitch changes 🙈 anyway it was simple enough to add a slip stitch all the way around 


Anyway I got to give it to my friends daughter who is only 3 years old, her words were ‘it’s amazing!’ A big word for a 3 year old!!


She’s way to cute, she had her hair in a high pony tail in the picture below so the hat looks a little lumpy


I’ve now been asked to make another, but in pink, with two flowers, and not using the spiral pattern, so I’ve found one using a v stitch


It took a little bit to get the sizing right, but I think I’ve cracked it, and I really like the stitch.  For this one I’m going to add two flowers and have leaves around it


Both of these hats have been made using DMC Natura cotton, one 50g ball each.  The flowers have been made using sirdar cotton 4ply, the sirdar is beautiful to crochet with, simply stunning.  

I’m enjoying these so much I think I’ll make a few and pop them on Etsy to see how they go.  I’ve just ordered a child size mannequin head this morning (horrible looking things) but at least it will display the hats properly

Women’s Institute review

Have you tried it? I’ve been using it a lot lately and I really like it, I’ve tried their DK and their Aran and I really like them both, and they’re so easy to get a hold of.  


Women’s institute or WI is exclusive to Hobby craft so if you’re in the U.K. There’s none of that ordering online to get what you need.  

Now I know many people will compare WI to stylecraft special dk, I did, and I would definitely say that there is no difference.  

Ok stylecraft have 88 or possibly more colours which is fab, and on average they’re only £1.89 each, WI only have 33 colours, but they’re all the colours ive needed, they’re between £2.20 and £3.00 each for 100g but….. Hobby craft always have them on a 3 for 2 offer so they work out between £1.46 and £2.00 each, bargain, the majority of us in the U.K. Have access to a local hobby craft so they’re easily accessible and no waiting on postage, there’s nowt like dashing into your local hobbycraft at 19:55 because you’ve run out of what you need!!

3p from each ball of yarn will also go to WI which is a fabulous cause, they’re the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the uk with over 212,000 members, the WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills.  So not only do you get gorgeous squishy yarn but you’re also donating to a good cause.

For those of you not in the U.K. Hobbycraft are now selling internationally so get trying!! There’s a link to your right ha!

Happy hooking xx

Crochet calm & 2016

On a personal note it’s been a bit of a tough year, i work full time and help my husband run his business, ok, not so much help, I run his business and he goes out to do the work! But it’s been a nightmare this year, we took on some new employees and then brought in the work to help pay for them only for them to leave, and since then we’ve been pretty much chasing our tails behind on jobs etc. And too busy to take on more people, it put a huge strain on my husband and me but we made it to the end of the year without divorcing each other, just!

I put it down to crochet, as the stress of his business increased my hook started to move faster and my yarn stash got bigger, and boy I really have created some beautiful things and I’m proud of me, even if I do say so myself.

 I’ve always been known for having a short fuse and stressing about things when there isn’t anything to stress about, that fuse seems to be a lot longer now and I generally feel a lot calmer in myself, again I put it down to crochet.  

It still amazes me how with just one hook and ball of yarn I can make something beautiful. 

I’ve pushed myself too, I’ve looked at projects that look complicated and where normally I would not even attempt to complete them this year I’ve really gone for it I’ve started them and completed them and felt a real sense of achievement.

I started a crochet group at hobbycraft and doubted myself, I didn’t think people would turn up, but there has not been one week where I’ve been sat on my own, even on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!  I’ve made what I would call real friends at our little group they’re all so lovely, we help each other with crochet problems, enable each other to increase our yarn stash and we have a laugh, it’s not my group it’s ours and I look forward to it every week.


I’ve taught my sister to crochet, like wow! Now that is amazing, she’s doing so well with it!  She loves anything with repetition and she too feels a lot calmer which is good.

I think what crochet has given me this year is time for me, time to switch off, to create, push myself and give, I love giving things away to those that really appreciate it.


My biggest crochet accomplishment this year has to be my mandala madness, and I’m no where near finished with it yet, it never gets boring, it’s beautiful and I’ve made it.


Another big achievement has to be my carousel I finished it, it’s not perfect but it’s mine


Anyway, I’m a little superstitious, we didn’t see 2015 out and 2016 in with a bang, so after this year we will be seeing 2016 OUT and 2017 in with a family party, best go and sort myself out!

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for taking the time out to follow me.

For the last time in 2016 Happy Hooking xx

Free Pattern! – T-Shirt Yarn Cushion Cover

I had  been itching to make something out of T-Shirt yarn for quite some time, but trying to find a nice pattern is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, so I thought I would design my own.
This pattern uses a rib stitch, I started off with just DC, but found that you could see the cushion underneath, so the rib stitch gives it some great texture, and also makes the cushion less visible. You’ll find this pattern nice, simple and quick, it only took me an evening!
Materials
 10-12 mm Crochet Hook
 2 x Hoooked Ribbon XL or any other T-Shirt Yarn
 16 x 16 Cushion
 6 x Buttons
Stitches Used – UK Terms
 CH (chain)
 DC (Double Crochet)
 BLO (Back Loop Only)
Instructions
(Make 2 of each)
Start by chaining 40
Row 1 – 1DC into the 2nd chain from the hook, 1DC all the way across, CH1 and turn
Row 2 – 1DC into the BLO all the way across, CH1 and turn
Rows 3 -18 Rep Row 2 and fasten off
You might need to complete more or less rows depending on the thickness of your T-shirt yarn and your tension, also the size of your cushion; by increasing or decreasing the number of rows you can make a larger or smaller cover.
Joining
Place the two panels together and join by 1DC all the way across until you get to the corner, once at the corner of each panel 3DC in the same stitch then continue with a 1DC until the end, leave one side unstitched, so that the cushion can be removed for washing. Add some chunky buttons to secure the cushion until required.

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If you would like to print the PDF version feel free, just click on the link and print tshirt-yarn-cushion-cover

Happy Hooking xx