#vintagepledge · crochet · knitting · knitting pattern · Natural Dye Studio · work in progress · yarn

Not a natural knitter

A little self-knowledge is a valuable thing and I have come to the conclusion that I am not one of life’s natural knitters. Would that I were.  Oh to effortlessly slip from my needles exquisite lace shawls, historically accurate river ganseys and drawers and drawers of colourful, fine-gauged socks. I have tried to improve my… Continue reading Not a natural knitter

#vintagepledge · crochet · knitting · McCall's 8118 · scuba · Sewing

Autumn rules!

Rule One: log fire flickering and guttering in the grate Rule Two: cats recumbent on the hearth rug, paws stretched in sleepy supplication to the flame Rule Three: the distant rattle, crack, whistle and pop of Bonfire Night pyrotechnics Rule Four: A car alarm oscillating incessantly Probably set off by all the suddenly-not-quite-so-distant-fireworks.  And they’ve… Continue reading Autumn rules!

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Stop Knitting at the Shark

Despite the perceived wisdom, research has shown that women are pretty good at navigating.  They just have a different approach to men, often relying on landmarks.  If I’m embarking on a journey that I undertake infrequently I certainly rely heavily on key physical features: The park, the petrol station, the shark in the rooftop. Not… Continue reading Stop Knitting at the Shark

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Eggs for Easter – Free crochet pattern

If you want a fat-bottomed, anatomically almost accurate hen-type egg shape that can be whipped up with a tiny bit of yarn in a (relatively) tiny bit of time then this might just be the pattern for you. This is an all in one recipe.  Top down, worked in a spiral, no slip stitches between… Continue reading Eggs for Easter – Free crochet pattern

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Bent-eared Bunny – free crochet pattern

The bent-eared Bunny is the most noble of breeds, born out of a happy accident with a crochet hook and some triple trebles. If you like your stuffed Easter things quick to make and Amigurumi-style then this Bunny could be for you!   Gauge/yarn/tools Gauge is not important as you can make this from a… Continue reading Bent-eared Bunny – free crochet pattern

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You can’t always come into my hamster ball…

but there are other ways for me to show you that I love you.  Admittedly, I almost never choose the medium of naked interpretive dance.  Predominantly and very predictably given the nature of this blog, I choose the medium of cloth and yarn. Image Source Thanks nice neighbour T for posting this on Facebook.  Can… Continue reading You can’t always come into my hamster ball…