Ever think that we who crochet get a somewhat Cinderella service? I do! Now, I know that I am not a natural knitter. Not for me, the comforting clickity clack of pins as I glibly watch the telly whilst my fingers unconsciously, and completely competently, create. Each of my knitted items has been hard fought.… Continue reading Sometime Cinderella
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
A finished thing! Reason to rejoice forsure. I’m far from expert in these matters and a perfunctory glance at the Wikipedia entry would suggest that this patterning is not for the purists. In my defence, it is rendered in a limited palette and I worked in the round. It’s the alliteration that I was after, can we… Continue reading Fair Isle Finished: Memento and Metaphor
‘Allo there, how you diddling? I’m diddling fine thanks so very much for asking. It’s nearly the end of semester and that always feels like an achievement even when you’re not the one that is taking the exams. Would you like to see where I have got to with my hexagons? Definite growth. Now given… Continue reading Making Rules when there are No Rules
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
Looking a little like French Lavender? French Lavender and Forget-Me-Nots? Admittedly a very stylised row of stalk-less Forget-Me-Nots. What I love about knitting and crochet is that when you realise that what you are working on isn’t working you can undo your workings. Before: After: On what are you working?
Oh, me oh my, it’s been a testing week and I mean that in the literal sense of the word that it has been a week that has contained very many tests. Thank you (absolutely and resoundingly NOT) to whomsoever devised the mandatory testing of ten year olds. There have been tears, there have been troubled nights, there were tonsils the size of… Continue reading I’m a little bit testy and a little bit floral.
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
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
Knitted in the round using Addi 20 cm 3.25 mm circular needles from Wool Stack. You will need approximately 10 grams, 40-50 m of 4 ply/fingering weight yarn. The blue that I used here is Dazzle HT (High Twist) from the Natural Dye Studio Mini Skein Club and the white is remnant yarn of a similar… Continue reading Snow Leopard Lavender Pouch – Brief instructions and knitting chart