Some boating and Last Dance in the Garden….nearly finished

Hello you lovely lot!  I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent, I’ve been doing “Life”!  I’ve missed you though so hello again! One of the reasons that I’ve not been able to post is that I’ve been on holiday (yay!) We had a lovely week on a boat on the Norfolk Broads. We had a […]

Lucy’s Lucky Shells – Design Published

A few weeks ago I came out for help testing a new shawl…the shawl with no name.  Three wonderful people came to my rescue and following their hard-work and feedback I’m pleased to announce that Lucy’s Lucky Shells Crochet Shawl Pattern is now “live” on Ravelry! If you’re interested you can find it here! I […]

Rainfall Shawl knitting pattern

One for the knitters – Introducing the Rainfall Shawl

This super-simple free knitting pattern for a knitted shawl looks effective in any variegated yarn. Knitted using stripes of garter and stockinette stitch with sections of eyelets, this asymmetrical triangle shawl is simple to knit and easily adjusted with two size options given!

New Crochet Design – the shawl with no name

Hello friends!  I’ve been super-busy over the past couple of weeks working on this new crochet design for a summer shawl. I have just one problem that I need your help with….but more of that later…! If I’m honest its been fighting me a little bit. The main-body is made up of this beautiful shell-pattern, […]

Garden Crochet – with extra Garden!

I’m really loving this May – the weather has been brilliant all month and I’ve been able to get a LOT of garden-based crochet and knitting done. I’m currently working on my Last Dance in the Beach (Last Dance in the Garden) blanket… I’ve got three rows joined so far and am working on joining […]

Last Dance in the Sun

Hello friends! The weather in England was glorious this weekend! It also (rather surprisingly!) coincided with a bank-holiday. Something that almost NEVER happens. Consequently I’ve been spending much time getting my cro-yo on in the garden! Well it’d be rude not to right!? I’ve been working hard to complete my Last Dance on the Beach […]

Ever fancied learning Tunisian Crochet?

Ever fancied learning Tunisian Crochet. The Tunisian Crochet “simple stitch” is exactly what it says…simple! I’ve created this (hopefully!) easy to follow step-by-step tutorial to help you learn how to crochet the Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch

How to crochet a granny square..it really is simple!

When you think of crochet, you may think “granny square”. Whilst there are a lot of other things you can do with crochet, the granny square is still (in my opinion!) one of the simplest ways to create something beautiful!

The Granny Square is surprisingly simple and in this quick photo tutorial, I’m going to show you step by step how to make a granny square!

The next thing on my list is…Mosaic Knitting!

For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, you’ll probably have noticed that I get bored if I’m doing the same thing over and over….If you’re new to reading what I’m up to, hello, welcome to the mad-house! 🙂 After my foray into fillet crochet, with my “Rough Diamonds” shawl […]

It was another WIP weekend…

Well this weekend was yet another WIP wet weekend…when will summer arrive? I made the most of being confined indoors by working on my crochet! I’ve been cracking on with my “Last Dance on the Beach” blanket and I think I made some good progress over the past two days!

Learn how to crochet a Magic-Loop with this easy photo-tutorial

How to crochet a magic loop was one of the first tutorials that I posted. Here is an updated version. The steps are all the same but I felt it needed updating a bit! 🙂

This is a crochet tutorial, for a technique used to start crocheting “in the round”, for example when making a mandala or some amigurumi. Please don’t confuse it with the magic-loop knitting technique!

Re-brand alert!

So, I’ve been thinking for some time that my blog “brand” wasn’t quite what I wanted.

Briochealicious…my progress so far

Earlier in the week I shared my challenge in choosing a brioche pattern to knit.  I opted for this pattern called “Briochealicious” by Andrea Mowry.  Its a fairly simple pattern, with brioche stripes interspersed with sections of garter stitch (I hate garter stitch so I hope that I can live with it once completed!) At […]

Check out this for Briochealicious-ness!

After the success of my first brioche project I decided to try another one.  This time slightly larger in scale.  The only rule I gave myself was that I had to use stash yarn to make it. I have a fair amount of cascade heritage fingering weight yarn, so I decided to look for some […]

My First Brioche Cowl is finished, just in time!

I posted a couple of weeks ago that I was learning Brioche Knitting, using this fantastic I found this beautiful bandana cowl by Lavanya Patricella. It turned out to be a super-quick knit, I managed to get it finished in just 5 days…! I’m also pleased to report that Brioche knitting isn’t really as hard as […]

I’m so NOT a “completer-finisher”…or am I…?

I was looking through the list of posts that I have part-written over the past year and I’ve realised I need to get better at finishing posts. I currently have 15 un-finished posts (16 if I don’t post this one too!! 🙂 ); There are the things I’ve had ideas for and not completed and […]

How to make the Slip Slip Knit (SSK) and why!

Slip Slip Knit (SSK) is the “sister stitch” to K2tog.  Both decrease the number of stitches you have. Like most knitting stitches, “Slip Slip Knit (SSK”), describes what you do…to reduce a stitch this way, you will carry out the following steps: Slipping “knitwise” simply means putting your needle under the stitch as if you […]

How to Knit two together (K2tog) and Purl two together (P2tog)

In this post I’m going to show you how to Knit two together (K2tog) and Purl two together (P2tog) These are both “decrease” knitting stitches.  These techniques will help you reduce the number of stitches that you have.  Your pattern will usually tell you which to use. How to Knit two together (K2tog) This is […]

Brioche isn’t just a type of bread you know…

I love Brioche, especially the chocolate kind….but this post isn’t about the bread brioche, its about the knitting brioche! Brioche knitting is a kind of one or two (or more?) colour knitting technique which uses yarn-overs to create a thick textured, multi-coloured fabric. Like this fabulously intricate shawl (“Sizzle Pop“) by Lesley Anne Robinson Or […]

How to M1L and M1R and remember which is which!!

How to Make 1 Left (M1L) and Make 1 Right (M1R) I’m going to show you how to M1L and M1R.  These are increases made on the knitted side of your work.  Not sure what I mean by “knitted side”? check out this post here To make a M1L or a M1R, you will use […]

How to Knit front and Back (KfB) and Purl Front and Back (PfB)

Knit Front and Back (KfB) and Purl Front and Back (PfB) Knit front and Back (KfB) and Purl front and back (PfB) are the easiest ways (in my opinion) to increase the number of stitches you have when knitting.  To make this increase stitch, you simply have to knit or purl the same stitch twice. […]

My Crochet Between the Lines (CBTL) Shawl – WIP

Hey Folks!  Recently I’ve been getting my cro-jo back on and I’ve been working on this new shawl design from the super talented Tammy Canavan-Soldaat.  She has created a knitted one called Read Between the Lines and a crochet one called Crochet Between the Lines. I’ve done a lot of knitting projects recently so I […]

30 Day Sketchbook Challenge – Week 4

Hello and welcome to the last week of my 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge.  I’ve enjoyed having a new prompt every morning again this week and I will miss that for the rest of the year!  However I have knitting and crochet to get on with and all this drawing does eat into the time I […]

How to count Rows and stitches in Stockinette Stitch

In pretty much everything you knit, you will at some point need to learn how to count rows and stitches. This is especially important if you’re making something that needs to be a certain size, as you will need to make sure you knit in the same “gauge” as the designer. If you’re not sure […]

How to knit and measure your “gauge”

In this post, I’m going to talk about “gauge” and specifically, how to use a gauge swatch to measure your gauge. Why is “gauge” important? The pattern will describe the “gauge” the designer used.  This simply means the number of stitches and rows in a specified measurement.  Gauge is normally measured over either 4″ or […]

30 Day Sketchbook Challenge – Week 3

Welcome to the third of my weekly round-ups for my 30 day sketchbook challenge 2018.  Just in case you’ve missed Week 1 and Week 2, I’m taking part in a sketchbook challenge.  Each morning a new “prompt” is released and we have to sketch something that relates to that prompt!  Some are easier than others!!!  […]

Everything Nice Hoodie is finished!

I was going to share an update with you on Wednesday but..I was sooo close to finishing this, I really just wanted to get it done.  I put the last stitch in on Thursday night….although I was playing some SERIOUS yarn-chicken for the last few rows! This was how much I had left as I […]

30 Day Sketchbook Challenge – Week 2

Hello Folks!  I’m persevering with this sketchbook challenge.  I have to say, on balance the pictures haven’t gone as well as Week 1. As promised, I’m going to share the good and the bad though, so here goes! Day 8 – “Flowers” I decided to get my watercolours out for day 8.  Unfortunately, after some […]

You’ll be proud of me…I am knitting sleeves!

Hello, for those that have read some of my other posts, you’ll know I don’t like knitting sleeves.   I am however focussed on my January 2018 Goals, one of which is to complete this Everything Nice Hoodie.  I finished the body last week and so I had no option BUT to knit the sleeves… When […]

30 Day Sketchbook Challenge – Week 1

Hello!  As you may have read in my January 2018 Goals post, I’m taking part in a 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge! Each morning, I get an email from the organisers Magenta Sky Printing with a new prompt. After some initial panic thinking “I can’t draw that!!!”, my little cogs start whirring.  There is a Facebook […]

Which Yarn to use for knitting or crochet?

There are so many types of yarn to choose from. If you’re just starting to learn to knit or crochet, you might find this a bit confusing…I know I did!!  I’m hoping this post will help you with which yarn to use for your next project! Whether you crochet or knit, yarn is yarn and […]

January 2018 Goals

Hello!  Can you believe its 2018 already?  This decade is going so fast! This year, I decided, rather than setting goals for a whole year I’d set myself some smaller goals for each month. So that they can be achievable, I’ll set them at the start of each month. Now, I know the clever ones […]