September though incredibly busy was kind, it’s days full of warmth and sunshine. It’s like it somehow knew we all needed an extra ray of sunshine to brighten our spirits as the chaos of the world spins out of control. It’s been an extremely hard few years for so many, full of desperation, fear, depression and … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up, September 2021
“Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves.” - Phyllis George. My chosen craft is crochet, creating textiles by using a crochet … Continue reading Amma Crochet Along
A CROCHETED PIECE IS THE LOVELY MANIFESTATION OF A THOUGHT, EXPRESSED THROUGH HAND, HEART, HOOK, AND YARN.” – FRANCINE TOUKOU Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir from Tinna Crochets is the mistress/master of the art of crochet and craftsmanship. With each and every loop a stitch is made. With each stitch made, her creativity flows. That creativity turns … Continue reading Crochet Crush, September 2021 – AMMA CAL
Sometimes you are lucky enough to stumble upon a photo of a blanket that stops you in your tracks. That’s actually what happened when I saw Abi McIntyre's “Berber Afghan.” It’s beyond striking and I’m dying to get my hook sunk into it. I just have to finish a baby blanket and I’ll be on … Continue reading Crochet Crush- July 2021 – Berber Afghan.
Vanessa aka Nesspot, from Hooked On Sunshine, has done it again. No surprise there really.Her new blanket pattern Whatcha-ma-call-it is Scrumdiddlyumptious. It oozes beauty. Vanessa never disappoints, her patterns are some of the best out there and she’s definitely in my top three designers. I’ve said it before many times, not only are her designs outstandingly beautiful … Continue reading Crochet Crush – March 2021 – Whatcha-ma-call-it.
With so many gorgeous crochet patterns available it is extremely hard to just pick one pattern to share each month. They are all beautiful in their own right and we all know how much time, love, energy and skill has gone into each and every pattern. Designers put their heart, body and soul into them … Continue reading Crochet Crush – February 2021 – A Warm Embrace.
You know how I love Vanessa’s from Hooked On Sunshine, patterns. They are one of the best written and beautiful blankets out there. They are just so dreamy, full of texture and captivating. They really are everything rolled into one. When she published a pattern called, “Marnie's Garden” I fall in love and knew I … Continue reading Marnie’s Garden.
While scrolling through Pinterest a stricking blanket caught my eye and I instantly knew it had to be this months crochet crush. With an email sent and a kind reply (Thank you Sylwia), I am excited and happy to share “The Thassos Mosaic Blanket” with you. Isn’t it an eye catcher!!! The Thassos Mosaic Blanket, … Continue reading Crochet Crush – January 2021 – Thassos.
It seems forever since I shared anything crochet with you but I can happily say, I actually finished something and I’m in love. You may remember last year I made a waffle stitch blanket for our utility room/boot room. You can read all about it here. I love the waffle stitch, it looks grand and … Continue reading Snug as a bug – Waffle Blanket
Way back in June 2020 I made the last stitch to my Indiana Afghan, which would be a birthday gift from my Sister Kerry, to her friend Gemma. Gemma had seen the Indiana lapghan and fall in love with it. So Kerry, being the wonderful person she is, asked me if I would make Gemma … Continue reading Indiana Afghan II
She’s only gone and done it again. She never disappoints!!! Can you guess who I’m talking about? Yes you guessed right, the one and only Tinna from tinnacrochet.com. Tinna the QUEEN of mosaic crochet, has just released a new pattern, a new crochet along and it’s mind blowingly beautiful. It’s called the Queen CAL (rather … Continue reading Crochet Crush September 2020 – Queen Cal
Seriously how fast are the weeks passing by. It only seems like yesterday I sat down and wrote the last crochet crush post. It’s been super hard picking between two different patterns this month. Both are equally gorgeous but very different techniques. It was impossible to choose between the two so I will share one … Continue reading Crochet Crush – July/August 2020 – Into the Woods.
After making the "Havana Cal" by Tina Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir, mosaic crochet has become my favourite type of crochet, followed closely by Overlay Crochet. So when I saw Moira from Daisyknots Creative Craft, new mosaic design, my heart sang and I just had to purchase the pattern. Moira’s new blanket is called, "Santa Cruz." It was … Continue reading Crochet Crush – June/July 2020 – Santa Cruz.
It seems as though I haven’t posted a completed crochet project for a while now. The truth is, I have actually completed two blankets. A baby blanket and a middle size lapghan. The Lapghan is still a secret, as it’s a pressie for some one, so I have to wait I while before I share. … Continue reading Baby Phoenix
It’s seems an age since I sat down to write a blog. In truth lockdown has taken the norm out of my normal and my everyday routine has totally flown the nest. Mornings of housework and afternoons of crochet have truly and utterly disappeared. It been such a nice change and even though the world … Continue reading Arabia
You may have guessed that Vanessa Smith, from Hooked on Sunshine’s patterns are some of my absolute favourites. Her patterns are just an absolute pleasure to make. Her pattern writing skills are second to none, very easy to follow and beautifully presented. Her Afghans are beyond breathtaking. I just love, love, love them. Vanessa has … Continue reading Crochet Crush – February/March 2020 – Marnie’s Garden
You all know that crochet is my passion, my love and my sanity, lately tho it’s become increasingly hard to crochet due to arthritis and brain fog. I feel as if I’m walking through sinking sand constantly. Concentration has been near on impossible so I’ve had to put all my current wips aside for the … Continue reading Strippy Neons.
Back in September 2019, my twin Sister Hayley, asked me if I would make here a blanket. Nothing fancy, just something she could chuck over her, let her boys (dogs) walk all over, without having to worry it would get spoilt. She has had her eye on a blanket I made a good few years … Continue reading Corner To Corner -Streaks Of Colour
Sometimes you see a new crochet blanket design and just know that you have to make it and who for. When Helen Shrimpton released her, “Sacred Space” pattern, I got that feeling, I just had to make it and when Ineke, one of Helens testers and designer in her own right, showcased her stunning blanket, … Continue reading Sacred Space
When a crochet pattern is previewed it’s not often I know exactly how I want mine to end up, what colours and yarn to use. When Tinna first showed the preview of her, Fiesta CAL, I knew instantly what colours and yarn I would use. I really believe my gut instinct was a good one … Continue reading Fiesta
As I sat down to write the final part of the “Nuts About DNA Afghan” series, I noticed I hadn’t shared the last few squares so here goes. (Sorry about that, brain fog must have got the better of me) "It's not a Daffodil" by Diana Krenz. Round 1 - Citrine Round 2 - Corundum Ruby … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 108-110
Welcome back to the last of the 110 squares made for the "Nuts About DNA Afghan." Unfortunately my numbers seem to have mixed up a little and I'm missing a few but heres what I have. (I am pretty sure i have posted them all.) 91 - Water Lilly 12" Square by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk. Round … Continue reading Nuts About Dna Afghan – Squares 91 -98
Happy New Year. May 2020 be full of love, laughter and lots and lots of what your heart desires, not forgetting numerous amounts of crochet and crafts. Looking back at what I’ve achieved/made in 2019, I made 10 Afghan, finished the Nuts About DNA Afghan, made 43 granny squares, 3 bags, 8 hats and 6 … Continue reading Looking Back
I'm slowly but surely getting through the 110 squares that make up my Mums "Nuts About Dna Afghan. The next 10 squares are all designed by the talented designer, Julie Yeager. If you like her beautiful patterns, you are in luck, she is just about to start her MysteryGhan of 2020 which is starting on … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 41-50
You may have read that, I’m using, Scheepjes Stone Washed, in Mums chosen colours, Moon Stone, Garnet, Corundum ruby, Citrine, Malachite, Enstatite, and Rose quartz, for Mum's "Nuts About DNA Afghan". I purchased them from Wool Warehouse and Lusciously Loopy Yarn. Squares 26-30 details are below with the colour order I used. Sally by Polly Plum. Round 1 … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 26-30
Gwendolyn is my 107th square, for my Mums “Nuts about DNA Afghan” Gwendolyn is a beautiful square by Polly Plum of Every trick on the hook. Polly’s designs the most amazing squares and blankets, she has been one of my all time favourite designers since I first started to crochet. Her patterns are exceptionally well written … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 107 – Gwendolyn
“Starflower Afghan Square” is my 106th square, for my Mums “Nuts about DNA afghan.” Starflower Afghan Square, is another one of Diana Krenz’s squares and isn’t it just the prettiest. I absolutely loved making this one. I even played around a little with tapestry crochet to make certain parts certain colours. I think it worked out … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 106 – Starflower
Hera is my 105th square, for my Mums “Nuts About DNA Afghan.” Hera is another square design by, Diana Krenz aka koernerklaus. It’s such a cute square and a very calming make. It works up fast and the pattern is very well written. I used the following colour order in my all time favourite yarn, Scheepjes … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 105 – Hera
My 104th square, for my Mums “Nuts about DNA Afghan, is the beautiful “Serenity Square”. a paid pattern by Diana Krenz aka koernerklaus. What can I say about the Serenity Square? I absolutely love it. The texture is to die for, the details and stitch definition is fabulous. It will look amazing in any colour … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 104 – Serenity
My all time favourite things to crochet is, Granny Squares. Each one is individual, a masterpiece of possibilities. They work up fast and give you that wonderful feeling of accomplishment. There are hundreds upon hundreds of patterns on line, giving you the opportunity to pick the perfect one and as I come close to the … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squar 103.
Welcome back, I hope all is well and you’re enjoying my “Nuts About DNA Afghan” squares series. Here are Squares 11-15. The Parterre Garden Granny Square by The Loopy Stitch. Round 1 - Moon Stone Round 2 - Garnet Round 3 - Corundum Ruby Round 4 - Moon Stone Round 5 - Malachite Round 6 … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan, Squares 11-15
Welcome back to the “Nuts About DNA Afghan” Square series, where I’ll be sharing links, colour order and modifications for each square I’ve made for my Mums blanket. To recap yourself on what it’s all about, you can find all the information here. As I’ve mentioned before I’ll be keeping these posts short and sweet, … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 6-10
You may remember a few months back, I shared my dear friend Lily’s Indiana Afghan, designed by Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir. It was my June crochet Crush. You can read all about it here. It’s with great honour and excitement that I can now share her finished, jaw dropping, breathtaking, masterpiece with you. Isn’t it just the … Continue reading Lily’s Magnificent Masterpiece
I’ve been crushing badly over two patterns throughout September. They are both very different but oh so very beautiful. Both are crochet alongs, one that has started already and one that starts next week. I’ve brought my yarn kit for one and saving like crazy for the other, while secretly hoping that we’ll have a … Continue reading Crochet Crush, September 2019 – Nature’s Walk Cal
As I document my “Nuts About DNA Afghan” journey, I’ve thought long and hard about the best way to do so. I would hate to bore you with 141 individual posts, for one that’s a lot of catching up for me but more importantly I don’t want to scare you away or bore you to … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan -Squares 2-5
A younger sister is someone to use as a guinea-pig in trying sledges and experimental go-carts. Someone to send on messages to Mum. But someone who needs you- who comes to you with bumped heads, grazed knees, tales of persecution. Someone who trusts you to defend her. Someone who thinks you know the answers to … Continue reading Indiana Afghan
My 102nd square, for my Nuts about DNA afghan, is the beautiful, “Mrs. Lukas Square” a paid pattern by Diana Krenz aka koernerklaus. What can I say about the "Mrs. Lukas" square? I love, love, love it. The texture, the detail, the stitch definition, the simplicity of the pattern and how beautiful it looks in any colour.If you … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 102 – Mrs. Lukas
My 101st Granny Square was the Savannah by Polly Plum. My plan was just to use, Scheepjes Stonewashed in, Rose Quartz, Corundum Ruby and Garnet but after the first few rounds I felt they blended together a little two much, so I threw Moon Stone into the mix. In hindsight I wish I had re-made the … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 101
It suddenly dawned on me, after I shared my “Nuts About DNA” 100th square, that I haven’t told you all about my inspiration for the blanket. Back in 2017, Esther Dijkstra from It's all in a Nutshell Crochet, ran a Crochet Along called, “Nuts about Squares” Millions of crocheters from around the world joined in … Continue reading Nuts About Squares
A few months ago I started making myself a waffle stitch blanket for our newly renovated utility room. I wanted something thick, snuggly and textured to wrap over my legs while I drink my morning coffee, I just had to find the right pattern and yarn. After a quick look through one of my Pinterest … Continue reading Waffle Locust
One of my most favourite things to crochet are Granny Squares, the only trouble being is which one to make first and what colours to use. I’m a massive fan of monotone blankets, especially in timeless colours, like white or cream. Some times though the beautiful detail in the pattern can get lost, which is … Continue reading The Loopy Stitch Lapghan
The “Twisted Granny” square, I believe was a designed by the Instagramer, gulag_degirmenci. Unfortunately there wasn’t a pattern available, but she had kindly posted a photo tutorial, which can be found on her Instagram feed. I’m not sure what the square is actually called so when I made my first Lapghan, using the square I named … Continue reading Solis, Twisted Granny Lapghan
Although my mind is craving to make intrigue complex patterns, sometimes is a good thing to go back to basics, to rest the mind and remember where your journey began. The beginning of my crochet journey was far from plain-sailing, I couldn’t even master a foundation chain. It seriously took me a good weekend, if … Continue reading Granny Square – Back To Basics.
Have you ever made a project that you absolutely love the out come but the journey was a challenge and a half? I started making the Beautiful Shells Blanket by Lahoma Jayne Nally months and months ago. I was excited to get started and enjoyed watching this beautiful pattern come alive. Everyone seemed to loved … Continue reading Beautiful Shell