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 bear to let the smallest amount just get chucked away, but on the other hand that leaves a hidden box that is now bursting to overflowing with tangled scraps. So here are a couple of ideas for using up the ends… Make a flower! This book … Continue reading At a loose end? What to do with leftover yarn…

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 shape to which you attach petals and leaves. It’s actually a pretty straight-foward principle, you just need a little practice with working in the round (increases and decreases), and petals. There are some cool tutorials here.  The only other tricky stitch is a ‘long-stitch’ (if … Continue reading Crochet a King Protea Flower -The Pattern xx

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 of colds, chicken pox and general January snot-mageddon, squares were made -some even in multiple colours which is ace.I think the first two hours of learning a new skill are often the worst -get over the bump of making your fingers do something new and … Continue reading Learn to Crochet: Week Two in the big Granny Square house…

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 do. In November a shining bright lady asked me to teach her and her best mates how to crochet in the New Year. I was meant to keep it quiet as it was to be a surprise, a gift.  It was in a car park, … Continue reading Starting out with a hook -Learning to crochet

A Woolly Christmas and a Hooky New Year xx

Pic: Natasha Gash @ Sophie’s Smile Christmas Fair 2014 My hook has warped with work this year, and it’s really begun to take off! I am utterly grateful to the crochet monsters in my neck of the words who have embraced the bright (often tacky) madness of what comes out of my workbag, and really helped promote my shop this year. What next? I think 2015 might be interesting…. 1. Classes are coming to Cambs! Yep. Going to spread the word and the skills; 2. An animal obsession. It ain’t no John Lewis penguin, but there will be a creature!; 3. … Continue reading A Woolly Christmas and a Hooky New Year xx