“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.
Tinna does it again, with her new mosaic crochet pattern! 😍🥰😍 Viking Knot. To me there really couldn’t be a more perfect pattern. Not only does it represent strength, eternal love, unity and loyalty between friends, family and lovers. It’s endless loop, with no end or beginning, represents everlasting love while the knot image represents an … Continue reading Crochet Crush May/June 2021 – Viking Knot
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.
What I’ve learnt from being in lockdown is, there are some truly wonderful, caring people out there. One being my all time favourite crochet designer Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir. I’m sure you all know who I’m talking about. Her mosaic crochet designs have rocked the crochet world and changed it forever (for the better). I can … Continue reading Crochet Crush – March/April 2020 – 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
Tinna does it again. She really does pull it out the bag every time she designs. Her new pattern is way up there with the rest, the only trouble being, there just isn’t enough time in the day to be able to make all her fantastic designs, especially since she has two more in the … Continue reading Crochet Crush – January/February 2020
Since I learnt to crochet, I’ve been in love with Sandra Paul, from Cherry Heart, “Victoria Shawl.” There is just something so timeless about it. It’s simplicity at its best and so very easy to make. If you are use to working in US crochet terms, you will have to get your head around the UK … Continue reading Cherry Heart’s Victoria Shawl
We are slowly but surely getting there and so very close to the big reveal. I'm so excited I could burst. So without future ado I give give squares 71-80 of the "Nuts About DNA Afghan 71 - "Vinta'licious Cal square 7" by Elle Yarn. Round 1 - Moon Stone Round 2 - Rose Quartz … Continue reading Nuts About Dna Afghan – Squares 71-80
It seems little forever since I posted anything, so I thought it was about time I shared the next 10 squares from Mums "Nuts About DNA Afghan" So here goes. Rebirth by Magdalene Lee. Round 1 - Moon Stone Round 2 - Moon Stone Round 3 - Malachite Round 4 - Moon St Round 5 … Continue reading Nuts About Dna Afghan – Squares 61-70
“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 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.
November’s crochet crush, is the gorgeous, “Ivy Green Wrap” by Torun Johansson. Isn’t is just wonderful. The Ivy Green is a snuggly wrap that can easily be adjusted to your preferred size. I’m sure you would turn ahead or two while wearing it in all it’s splender but don’t you agree that it would make … Continue reading Crochet Crush – November 2019
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
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 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
I’m sure you’ve read about the double sized bed throw I’m making my mum, which I’ve called "Nuts About DNA Afghan" It’s been a while since I’ve made a Granny Square for it but yesterday I found a little time and made one. Polly Plum from “Every Trick On The Hook” releases a free square … Continue reading Imagine – Nuts About Dna Afghan, Square 100
Crochet land seems to be moving at full speed. There are beautiful patterns popping up all over the show, each one with its own beauty and jaw dropping moments. It makes life more than difficult as I want to make them all but life won’t play ball and give this crazy hooker a chance to … Continue reading Crochet Crush – August 2019
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
Without a shadow of a dealt, July’s Crochet Crush, has to be Arabella by Polly Plum. Isn’t she beautiful! Arabella is as a Crochet Along event, that began on July 26, 2019. The pattern is released in parts and everyone will work on it over the course of 9 weeks. Week one was released last … Continue reading Crochet Crush – July 2019
How wonderful is it to finally feel the warmth of the sun upon your face, to see the beauty of the clear blue sky’s, the calmness of the summer breeze, and the mouthwatering smell of a neighbours bbq. Summer days are a little slice of heaven, which hopefully will stay a while longer. Summer has … Continue reading Tea Flower
I normally don’t make New Years resolutions, instead I set myself silent goals. This year may goal was to step away from making blanket (my favourite thing to make) and venture into the world of making items that can be worn or practical items such as bags. My first attempt at making a garment was … Continue reading V For Vintage
May has been hard, it’s thrown every emotion possible at us. It’s GCSE’s and boy the pressure the children are under is horrendous. They have so many exams, too many, even our family doctor was saying how wrong it is and that the pressure the children are under is ridiculous, that there are too many … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – May 2019
More often than not, a pattern is released that makes you go WOW and there are often times that wow pattern, jumps to the top of your to make this. When Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir, Casablanca Afghan pattern was released it did just that. Watch this little video and you will see why. Just click here. … Continue reading Casablanca
Bittersweet April always brings the horrific memories of my Dad’s death to the forefront of our minds, we relive the horror and the heartbreak over and over again. Tears are shed and the what ifs only grow as the years without him spiral out of control. It seems only yesterday we were sat day in, … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – April 2019
Whilst scrolling through Pinterest for colour inspiration, I came across the below image and instantly fell for it. I love anything retro and this just sang to me. I knew I had to make a blanket as close to it as possible. I ordered Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran, in Colours, 🧶210 Coffee Bean 🧶212 Tomato … Continue reading Cascading Daisy Lapghan
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.
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. (Rajneesh) I remember the moment by babies were born, love like no other floods your heart and soul, a love so very powerful it’s indescribable and indestructible. … Continue reading Blossoming Briar Rose
Last year, I started making the Lilliana Afghan by Vanessa at Hooked on Sunshine. I only completed part one of the crochet along, for some unknown reason I didn’t complete it. It’s so pretty I wanted to do something with the part one centre mandala, so I decided to try and square it up and … Continue reading Framed Lilliana Square
There are so many crush worthy patterns out there, it’s incredibly hard to choose just one. This month I’ve gone googly-eyed over, Carnival Of Flowers CAL by Buttonnose Crochet. It’s so very pretty and gives you that summer feeling. I especially love Instagramer, rafsweetheart version, her colours are right up my street. It’s definitely eye … Continue reading Crochet Crush – December 2018
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
A blazing flame of passion often dwindles to a flicker even though the passion never initially fades, it’s there patiently waiting for something to spark the flames back to a roar. The Havana Afghan, was the spark I needed to relight my crojo. As soon a saw a preview of this blanket many months ago, … Continue reading Havana
Where there’s a Prince, there is always a Knight, a Knight in shining armour. I am very lucky to have a friend who has been my knight in shining amor, while researching your material Grandfathers family history. Those of you that have been following my 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, challenge, will probably remember my … Continue reading Little Prince Charming
November has been a month of change. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with, type two diabetes and after a long wait I managed to see my diabetic nurse. She basically told I need to change my lifestyle. Diabetes is one scary mofo, I knew it was dangerous through my beauty therapy training, but never really understood … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – November 2018
“It is the time you have spent on your rose that makes her so important.” The same can be said about friendship. Through trust, loyalty, kindness and time, friendship blossoms, love grows and bonds become unbreakable. So when my youngest Son, ask me to make his best friend Pippa, a blanket, I knew it had … Continue reading Briar Rose Of Friendship
The single most important thing in life is what it all means to you. Life doesn’t come prepackaged with this meaning either.. you create it. Doing so is rarely easy, but it’s always within your power and well worth the effort. Ultimately, the secret is to LOVE, love the people who love you, share advantages … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – October 2018
I have very mixed views about social media, it can be a huge platform for cyber bullying, judgment, over sharing and damn right rudeness but it can also be a place where you can find inspiration, talk to like minded people who share the same passions, follow designers, photographers etc, etc. Facebook groups are great … Continue reading Twisted Granny
When I first learnt to crochet, all I was really interested in was making a simple classic granny square blankets, just like the one my mum had made for me as a child. I loved it, not only it’s softness and comfort but the bright rainbow colours that lifted spirits. I wanted to recreate those … Continue reading Moonstone
The Lotus flower has so many meanings, mostly it is associated with purity and beauty. To me it’s more than that, it’s strength, wisdom, hope, determination and of course beauty. It’s a symbol of life struggles and the doubts we have about ourselves throughout life. We all question if we are good enough, worthy enough, … Continue reading Lotus Moon
There is nothing more precious than a new baby boy. He will fill a space in your heart, that you never knew existed until that moment, a void filled with love so strong, it has no words. An unbreakable love only a parent understands. As his tiny hand, grips your finger, your hopes and dreams … Continue reading Blanket of hugs – Briar Rose II
It’s been a bittersweet month. The holiday blues took hold, the stresses of life came crashing back after a week of feeling free, freedom of the mind and freedom of the body. I was totally and utterly shocked at how well I felt on our little holiday in Spain, while the sun warmed my blood … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – June 2018
When my very kind, caring and generous hubby gave me, 70 skeins of Crystal Quartz, Scheepjes Stonewashed XL, for my Christmas present, I instantly knew what I wanted to make. Of course it had to be, Sophie Universe by Dedri Uys from, Look at what I made, an absolutely stunning crochet along pattern, back in … Continue reading Mandala With Flower Meets Sophie
Just over two weeks ago, Vanessa from Hooked On Sunshine, released a new pattern, Briar Rose. I instantly knew I had to make it and for once I knew the colour palette I wanted to use. I’ve struggled with colour combos lately so I just had to go with my gut feeling, even though I … Continue reading Briar Rose
The road leading to a goal, does not separate you, from the destination, it is essentially a part of it. I’m starting out upon a new venture, a road of the unknown, a road of possibilities, a road which with time, love and determination will hopefully allow us to carry out our dream, our goal. … Continue reading Love Entwined
April has been a funny old month, and in honesty it’s the hardest month of the year for me with the anniversary of my dads death. The horrors always return, nightmares flood my dreams and my heart lays heavier than normal. He is never far from my thoughts but April always seems so much worse. … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – April 2018
Whilst I was coming around from a restless nights sleep, drinking my morning coffee, I was having a sleepy-eyed nose on Pinterest, much to my surprise a photo of my Nuts About Squares Afghan came up on the feed. I couldn’t help but check it out. Pinterest redirects me to the website https://yourcrochet.com where my Afghan … Continue reading Nuts About Squares – Crochet Corner