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 […]

Random Stripe Cardigan is finished!

Let me start by saying (quietly, just in case anyone has a hangover) Happy New Year to everyone of my lovely readers and your families! I hope you had a lovely evening last night and brought in 2018 doing something you wanted to do!  Mr Jo-Creates and I had a fun night with some very […]

My favourite tutorials of 2017

Earlier this week I shared some of the projects I’ve been working on in 2017.  In this post I thought I’d look back at some of the tutorials I’ve shared, just in case you missed them! It started in February, when I shared this Magic Loop technique for crocheting in the round.   In May, […]

Saturday WIP Update

So, you lovely lot!  I hope that you have had a good “between Christmas and New Year”.  Some of you will have had to work I know, I hope its not been too tough!  Others (like me!) will hopefully have had a break from the day-to-day. I’ve not had an awful lot of time for […]

Learn to knit the purl stitch

How to knit the Purl Stitch – a photo and video tutorial

In this post I’m going to show you how to knit the purl stitch. I’ve taken this from my “Learn to Knit for Beginners Course”. Because I thought you might want to have a handy reference guide for different technique, I’ve split my course into a series of specific posts like this one too.

How to knit the Knit Stitch – a photo and video tutorial

In this post I’m going to show you how to knit the knit stitch. I’ve taken this from my “Learn to Knit for Beginners Course” which you can find here. Because I thought that you may want to look at specific techniques, I’ve broken it up into a set of posts like this.

My 2017 in Wool…a round-up of 2017’s knitting and crochet

We are fast-approaching the anniversary of my Jo-Creates blog, coming up mid-January.  Thanks to all of you who read and follow my ramblings.  All of your comments and support are greatly appreciated and spur me on to create more!!  Without you there would be no point to what I’m doing!! 🙂 🙂 To celebrate my […]

WIP Monday – New Cardigan and Jumper!!

I know “WIP Wednesday” is traditional but I’m not always one to follow the rules, so here is “WIP Monday”!  I thought I’d share my progress on my current WIP’s with you.  I’ve been a bit absent from blogging recently, but thats because (along with many Christmas nights-out!) I’ve been concentrating on knitting. WIP 1 […]

Sunday Snowday. Getting in touch with my inner child!

Like a lot of the UK, we woke up yesterday morning to a blanket of snow. As my cousin (Who lives in a ski-resort in France) pointed out, snow isn’t all that exciting to a lot of people.  For us in the wet and a bit too warm midlands though, the last time I remember […]

WIP Update – New Cardigan design

Last night was our work’s Christmas party.  Its always a good laugh, filled with dancing, a late night and possibly slightly more then the strictly recommended intake of alcohol….I decided to take today off to recover!! I went “steam punk” so please forgive me for the black fingernail polish…it was all part of the costume!! […]

Chicken Cassoulet Soup – 2 ways

You may have spotted that I like soup…..especially, thick “meal-soup” types.  Here is my latest recipe.  This one is for Chicken Cassoulet Soup.  Made 2 ways, a “normal way” and a “healthy” way.  You can make either but if, like me, you are TRYING to squeeze into your Christmas party frock, the “healthy” way will […]

The great tea-debate 2017 – the power of a “good cuppa”

This may (or may not be?) a very British post.  Along with many people around the world, I LOVE a nice “cuppa”!  I’m a firm believer in the power of a cup of tea…. Feeling sad? Cup of tea will sort that! Friends round? Get the kettle on!! Feeling cold? ohh a nice cuppa will […]

Stripes Gone Crazy is finished!

I’ve finally finished my stripes gone crazy cardigan!! 🙂 yay!!! The yarn is lovely ans squishy and drapes beautifully.  I used Cascade Heritage Sock, really love this yarn and will use it again in a cardigan soon.  (I’m already working on my design!!!!) So here it is…..crazy stripe…love it! I’ve been a fairly monogamous knitter […]

Autumn walks, podcasts, knitting sleeves and minions!

Yesterday, the weather was cold and wet.  Today, Remembrance Sunday, is much nicer.  It is a typically cold November morning but the sun has come out.  I love sunny winter days, I get to put on my hand-knits and go out for a lovely walk. So lets get started with walking and podcasts Sometimes I […]

Crazy Stripes Cardigan Update

I’m feeling the “pull” of a new project.  My phase as a monogamous knitter may be over!!  Last night I spotted an error that I couldn’t live with (it was an actual hole!) in the sleeve of my crazy-stripes cardigan and had to rip-back 20 rows…!!! I was so sad and a bit cross!!  I […]

Sunny Autumn Garden-based-knitting

Its Mid-October in a usually chilly Warwickshire and I’m sitting in the garden, happily knitting away…the only cardigan in sight is the one I’m currently working on!  It’s a glorious 19 degrees and the sun is out to say hello! I thought I’d quickly put down my work to share my progress on my “Stripes […]

A blanket, a scarf, a cardigan and several episodes of “Tin Star”….

Hey Guys, I’ve not been away deliberately, I’ve just been VERY BUSY actually doing some knitting and crochet!  So much that I’ve been too busy to blog! eek sorry!  I’m happy to be able to share my progress today though. Starting with….”a blanket” You’ll remember in these posts here, I confessed my WIP shame for […]

Chicken Arabiatta Soup Recipe

Introducing my Chicken Arabiatta Soup Recipe. “Another soup recipe!?”…what can I say, I love making up new soups.  I particularly love the “meal-soup” type recipes.  They are great for taking to work for lunch, or as a quick meal in the evening!  I enjoyed this Chicken Arabiatta Soup so much that I had to share […]

My WIP Graveyard – the crochet edit!

Last week I shared my knitting WIP shame.  As promised here it my Crochet WIP list.  This list is MUCH shorter (yay!) but I still feel a little shame-faced! Exhibit 1 (m’lud) What is it?:  This a blanket that I use every day, even though its not finished.  It still has the ends that need […]

Scheepjes Whirl Pattern – Rough Diamonds Shawl now released

You’ll have seen in this sneak preview that I’ve been creating a new Scheepjes Whirl Pattern.  For a few months now I’ve been busy designing and testing a new shawl using Scheepjes Whirl.  I LOVE a Scheepjes Whirl pattern! It’s such a lovely yarn to work with! Rough Diamonds – a Scheepjes Whirl Pattern So […]

How to knit a simple cable. Its not wizzardry!

Hello, here is a quick “knit-bit” lesson for you! This post is to describe how to knit a simple cable.  It’s REALLY simple, not wizzardry and once you learn how simple I’m sure you’ll be off cabling everything…because other people think you are magic!!! 🙂 For this tutorial you will need a pair of knitting […]

Learn to Knit for Beginners – Lesson 4, “tinking”

Welcome back to my Learn to Knit for Beginners course.  I’m sure by now you are getting into your knitting and may have been making some easy knitting mistakes. If you’ve missed them, you can find the Introduction to this Learn to Knit course here.  In Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 We’ve been learning how […]

knitted hat pattern

Super-quick (and free!) Hat Knitting Pattern

With the weather turning slightly cooler, my mind has turned to winter and Christmas.  I love making something to give to friends and family.  I really don’t have a lot of time though so I want them to be “quick-knit” type gifts.  This knitted hat pattern is super-quick, you can easily make one in an […]

Scheepjes Whirl Shawl – New Pattern (sneak peek!)

I’m sorry…I can’t wait any longer to show you this new Scheepjes Whirl shawl pattern that I have been working on. It’s been a looong time in the making and after several failed attempts, I finally have something that I’m REALLY happy with. Anyone who has been following or reading my blog for a while […]

Minestrone and Bacon Soup Recipe

Minestrone and Bacon Soup

I hate to say it…but winter is coming.  Not in a scary “Game of Thrones” kind of way.  A more real, “its a bit chilly in the mornings and the evenings are drawing in” kind of way!  To get you through the autumn / winter months, try this yummy minestrone and bacon soup recipe. This […]