Calming down in January….

I get to the other side of New Year's and want to get rid of the glitz and glitter. This doesn't make me a scrooge -I've LOVED Christmas. I just want some calm. And vegetables. And less cake.I get drawn to calm, grey, soothing things, which is odd for me being a colour-fiend and usually … Continue reading Calming down in January….

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)

Hooking up on Le Tour de Essex!

We can't avoid it...It's looming and the best we can all do is batten down the hatches, grab some wool and wait for bicycles to zoom past and the roads to open again. Aside from those poor unfortunate souls that gets stuck in an almighty pot hole.Here's the best of what a couple of crafty … Continue reading Hooking up on Le Tour de Essex!

50 Shades of Disarray (or, why you shouldn’t take ‘lifestyle’ magazines seriously)

I have an Instagram habit. I like searching other people's calm shots of perfectly tidy houses, mostly painted in chalky whites, with vintage approved accessories. The kids playrooms are immaculate with  a large curated selection mostly wooden toys of a Scandinavian origin that you know are wholesome and will raise their offspring's IQ by at … Continue reading 50 Shades of Disarray (or, why you shouldn’t take ‘lifestyle’ magazines seriously)

A Very French Affair…

So we spent the week in a giant tent (it was all very Crimson Field) in France opposite a cow field -which cheered up the children and husband no end and provided me with amusement.The point was to soak up the atmosphere, history and sense of commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. We out-field … Continue reading A Very French Affair…

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)

The value of creative industries and creativity in industry (or, wind your neck in Esther McVey)

Sweet potato makes this a vegetable serving... This week Employment Minister Esther McVey dropped the metaphorical coffee cup with her suggestion that young people need to take entry level jobs in 'Costa' before aiming for higher paid (and the suggestion was therefore 'better') jobs in management. In terms of getting the skills required to function … Continue reading The value of creative industries and creativity in industry (or, wind your neck in Esther McVey)

The Space Between (or, that weird week at the end of the year)…

I'm sat surrounded by the detritus of Christmas -it's a mince pie leftover hangover and oddly I'm not bothered. Yesterday I was bothered; I threw pegs at my husband and it felt better. (I do actually throw things, usually inanimate, but pegs are a new thing).I like this week. It's a time-gap somewhere between New … Continue reading The Space Between (or, that weird week at the end of the year)…