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 … 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 … 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 2014My 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 … Continue reading A Woolly Christmas and a Hooky New Year xx

Crochet Pumpkin Poncho: The pattern and bodging tips!

This is a day's work. Max. All of my patterns are shift-able, mess-around-able and not too precise. Perfect for learners, free form thinkers and the basically-crap-at-reading-instruction types. You will need:  Small amount of green chunky;3 x 100g balls of orange chunky;4mm Hook;Button;A 2yr old to make look cute. General Notes:This is all worked in treble (tr), double (dc) … Continue reading Crochet Pumpkin Poncho: The pattern and bodging tips!

Holy Cow(l) Batman! (Making a Cowl: The Basics)

So these are appearing a lot now that Autumn is on us (and Spring if you're the other side of the world and it's chilly too)... With kids they make that 'wear a scarf' thing so much easier -to loose ends, harder to get lost, no knotting thing that's uncomfortable.I know there are a few … Continue reading Holy Cow(l) Batman! (Making a Cowl: The Basics)

Rainbow Patch Pattern

If you've had a go at some of my patterns you know they fall into the 'bodge it and see' category...Never letting precision stand in the way of some hooky happiness here's a pattern for the rainbow patch on the baby blanket currently for sale in my Etsy shop. This one is all about getting a … Continue reading Rainbow Patch Pattern

Five Currant Buns in a Baker’s Shop… (the pattern)

'Five currant buns in a baker's shop, round and fat with a cherry on the top.Along came Hattie with a penny one day, bought a currant bun and took it away...'Whilst working out how to crochet a waterproof canoe, I've worked on these for the music group Hattie and I go to on a Thursday … Continue reading Five Currant Buns in a Baker’s Shop… (the pattern)

Freebie Festive Pattern: A Crochet Christmas Pud (Chocolate Orange cosy)!

I know, you shouldn't keep chocolate warm....but if the weather reports are anything to go by, we're expecting an Arctic winter and therefore you Terry's Chocolate Orange (or real fruit if you're a health conscious type) might need to snuggle up to. I view most objects as crochet-able and this was a request from a … Continue reading Freebie Festive Pattern: A Crochet Christmas Pud (Chocolate Orange cosy)!

Have yourself a merry little Stashmas…(or, Christmas makes using what you have in the cupboard)

So this year, we moved house, dropped an income have two kids, need new hall carpets and I have a feeling the porch might squeak through this winter if I ignore the damp, but probably not next year.Christmas is expensive -and I love the giving, but not the bills. No-one should get themselves into a … Continue reading Have yourself a merry little Stashmas…(or, Christmas makes using what you have in the cupboard)