Twas the month before craft fair…

    …And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, apart from me! The wool was all stacked on the shelf with care, In hopes that The Craft Fair soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, Whilst dreams of gin and crochet danced in my head. With designs…

Hooking through the Heatwave… For the Meadow School Balsham Craft Gift & Food Fair 2016!

Across the UK, crafters, makers and local producers are busy building stock for the flurry of Autumn craft fairs and farmers markets that mark the countdown to Christmas. Yes, I’ve mentioned it, ‘Christmas 2016’! If it seems too early for gift buying, spare a thought for the crafters who begin their planning and making before the previous year’s decorations have been packed away.

Hearty-Hearts…

Originally posted on The Other Mrs Beaton:
Yep mush-head continued and I finished the hearts bunting that I started when Hattie was born…Looks pretty cool and when I get my butt in gear, and decorate a nursery (which probably requires a house move and whole lot of other to do lists first) they are going…

A Crocodile, a Salmon & 1970’s Cucumber.

If you hang out more regularly on my Facebook page (it’s a daily quickie, who doesn’t need that?) then you’ll see this bit of of loveliness that I fooled around with over Christmas. Yep, I’m in love this year with texture and one of my aims (aside from trying to work out how I have…

The 2015 Handmade Fair: Knitted it, ate it, nailed it.

It would’ve been rude not to go really, and in the name of research (ahem!) Jaydee and myself set off for Hampton Court Palace. Please don’t go all Henry VIII, it was the parky bit with tents and marquees and a whole heap of ladies getting their craft on. In the interests of gender equality,…

Dad Made It: Crochet Tools for Muvverhookers…

So the last time Dad and I worked on something it was my GCSE maths coursework. There were tears, it didn’t end well and I wasn’t (quite) old enough to hit the Merlot to take the pain away. Fast forward 20years and due to a Grandparent-down-size-garage-clearance situation, Dad has taken up wood turning…Like a tired…

Light as a feather & moss green…

   I love a bit of a challenge. This certainly covered all areas -stretching my technical skills, working with a yarn I’d never normally choose, and designing a pattern. My lovely friend Timea wanted a swoopy, swooshy summer wrap, something in a strong colour, but light enough to wear in summer. It couldn’t be itchy-scratchy…

At a loose end? What to do with leftover yarn…

So there was a great post shared by Rupert’s House this week on using up yarn scraps. I’m in the middle of trying to build up stock for the Autumn/Winter Craft Fair season, and trying to slim down what yarn I have in my desk (basically so I can justify buying some more). I can’t…

Crochet a King Protea Flower -The Pattern xx

I was asked whether I could rustle up one of these flowers, and after I got over the fact that this is actually flower and not a Greek mythical character (ok, I’m not very botanical), I scoured Pinterest (for my board click here) and set about making it work. This is basically a 3D ball…

Learn to Crochet: Week Two in the big Granny Square house…

So after the giddiness and down-right naughtiness of the previous week, the ladies of Balsham met again and wielded their hooks. And you know what, the swearing diminished. Everyone managed more than they had the week before -and newbie superstar Kate picked it up like she’d done in in a past life. Despite a torrent…

Starting out with a hook -Learning to crochet

I led my first class last week, teaching a group of school-mums how to hook. It was hard, for many reasons. Despite the fact that I love crochet and I’m a trained teacher, I had to teach adults, people I know how to do something that I want them to love as much as I…