Manic few weeks

It’s been a little busy to say the least, my parents have now completed on the sale of their property and moved in with us, I’ve got my new craft room, well half of one anyway!  

The whole house has been turned upside down, but it needed a good organising anyway.

I’ve carried on with a little bit of my manual madness but find I struggle with counting stitches when I’m tired, and boy I’ve been tired! I’ve not carried on with anymore if my star of wonder, and I really need to, because I’ve got my new sofa! 


The grey, white and lime would look really nice with this, I think once I’m back into a routine next week I can get stuck back into it.

So I’ve had to stick to some easier things, things that don’t take so much concentration.

I’ve used up the rest of my James c Brett flutterby and made a nice cushion for my daughters bedroom, It’s just a simple granny square but the James c Brett makes it look lovely 


I also nipped into Aldi today as I keep getting told they sell yarn, ok so the selection isn’t huge but I managed to get a really nice grey super bulky chenille yarn with a bit of a twinkle to it, it’s nowhere near as soft as it looks, but I thought it would look nice on the sofa for the dogs to sit on, I got 400g for £3.49!!  I reckon it would make great cushion covers too

So Aldi is worth a look if you ask me….
Happy hooking xx

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I just couldn’t wait could I?!

I just had to start Crystals and crochet star of wonder, if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you’re probably fed up with seeing my pictures!!

I’m so pleased with the colourway I chose, it’s working out beautifully, I just thought I’d do a couple of rounds to try the pattern, but I’m afraid since my last post my mandala madness has taken a back seat again, because I cannot get enough of the star of wonder!  These are the colours I chose again

And if I do say so myself it’s looking stunning!!!


Each and every row is completely different, but 8 sided so you have that constant repitition which we all like (I do anyway) I’m so pleased with my colour choice!  Helen shrimpton is beyond talented, if you’re considering giving it a go do!!!

Happy hooking xx

Colour ways and crochet

The build up to Christmas was absolutely manic, for Mr.H’s business but also for me getting all last minute orders out and finishing gifts, so once all festivities were out the way, (Happy New Year to you by the way) I sat there on January 1st thinking wow! No deadlines!  

I had a sense of crochet freedom, bare in mind I’ve still wips left from last year, but there’s no rush, so I’ve cracked on again with my mandala madness from Crystals and crochet and I am just madly in love with it, Helen Shrimpton has to be one of the most talented designers ever, simply beautiful patterns, but the mandala madness is free!!!  I’ve been using women’s institute DK acrylic yarn in black white and grey for mine, from Hobbycraft its really lovely stuff on parr with Stylecraft special DK, but they don’t have very many colours

This photo is up to round 70 I’m on 73 now, but I really want to get it finished so I can start on helens new star of wonder.  In the pattern Helen writes that she found (us terms) DTR then BPSC combination by error, what a fabulous error! It adds so much texture to the blanket.


Anyway, she’s just launched a new pattern Star of wonder, not a freebie or a CAL, you can find her pattern through her blog page and clicking on the link to ravelry, it’s simply beautiful.  I’ve pinched a picture to show you, this isn’t mine!


Isn’t it magnificent?!  

Now on her blog she also talks about choosing your own colour way.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit you’ll know I’m not very creative when it comes to colour, however helens blog has really helped me.  

She says that as a guide you should chose your main colour, now I’ve got a new sofa coming in black, and I think grey is really nice at the moment and it would go with my sofa, so my main colour is grey, she then said to pick 3 shades of your main colour, so I’ve gone for graphite, grey and silver, then she recommends to pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel, so I should of gone for a blue, but to be honest, I’m really not a fan of blue so I went a little to the other side and chose lime then finally to chose a neutral light, dark or medium, too much choice for me! So I stuck with white, but how lovely they all go together?!


I really think this will compliment my new black sofa, and quite pleased with myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone!  And a clever way to help choose colours I think. These are Stylecraft special DK, I’ll be using them as follows:

Colour 1 – silver

Colour 2 – grey

Colour 3 – graphite

Colour 4 – lime

Colour 5 – white

Anyway, in going to crack on with my mandala, and hand it over to my sister….
Happy hooking xx