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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Is your yarn piled up and shoved in a box (like mine used to be!)? Or are you super organised and neat (like I’m trying to be!). I’m the furthest thing from “neat” that you can imagine, much to the exasperation of my other half. As a result, I’m always looking for craft storage ideas!
Instagram, for those times when you don’t have a whole lot to say, but the picture is pretty….!
Strange title for a post I know, I don’t really have anything to say but I’m interested in your responses. I’ve used Ravelry for a while and LOVE it. I’ve not explored the groups / forums side of it though and to be honest I’m not sure where to start. There seem to be so […]
Here is a quick look at some of the pictures I’ve put on Instagram this week. This week I’ve been stalked by penguins…All over the place….they are even watching me now….sinister! I also have a lovely smooshy delivery of yarn… from All Wool that Ends Wool! Look at those lovely colours, can’t WAIT to start […]
Do you get pains in your hands and wrists when crocheting or knitting?
I’ve just got back from a nice sunny Saturday run. I went “nosing” around all the posh houses and gardens (all £1m plus!) today. I can only dream of owning one of those. I’ve returned to the more reasonably priced end of town and an sitting on my patio pondering what to do next! I […]
I was driving to work yesterday morning, when i heard an article on the news about there being a link between keeping an active brain and reduced risk of dementia. I thought about it on the way to work and decided to do a bit more reading on the subject. I’m in the unfortunate situation […]
New Pattern update! – after my fun playing with colours earlier, I’ve created another couple of Mandala’s You can download it “here” This one has two colour variants, this first one reminds me of a summer’s day so I’ve called it “Lorna’s Star, sunshine on a summer’s day” This second one was designed specially for […]
A couple of the patterns that I’ve published (or ones that I’m working on at the moment!) include a double treble crochet (dtr) stitch. Its really a very simple stitch but I thought I’d share how to do it….I’m using UK Crochet terms 🙂 The double treble is made the same way as a treble […]
What do you do when you have left-over yarn? Make a mandala! This could be used as a coaster or just to look pretty on your desk!
I thought it might be useful to write about how to block different items that you have knitted or crocheted.
This is my pattern for the extra square that I’ve designed for my “Last Dance on the Beach CAL” blanket (I know….that’s sooo 2016 darling!).
I’ve finally finished my Liquorice Whirl Shawl!!
When I first started crocheting, I wanted to find the best type of crochet hook for beginners. Do you know what I found? The perfect crochet hook doesn’t exist….. …..but before you switch off and think, why bother reading on, let me explain. As a new crocheter, I came from the land of Knitting. I […]
Question: Which is the best crochet hook….? Answer: Any of them..!! There are so many different types of crochet hooks, the best crochet hook is really subjective and completely up to you. Some people love the “in-line” style hooks like Susan Bates, whilst others wouldn’t start a project without their trusty “Clover” hook. If you’re […]
As you’ve probably spotted, I’m a little obsessed with Scheepjes Whirl at the moment. Having finished off my Green Tea Tipple Scheepjes Whirl Shawl I’m absolutely loving wearing it, I almost don’t want the summer to come, just so I can keep wearing it….!! OK, I said ALMOST!! come on Summer, hurry up and be […]
I’ve finally finished my Scheepjes Whirl Shawl (You’ll remember I wrote about it here). I’ve been concentrating on getting it finished instead of my Hygge recently but its now complete. It is a perfect little thing to wrap around your shoulders when the weather is sunny enough to sit in the garden and read a […]
Its been a while since I blogged, mainly because I have been in Australia visiting friends! You may remember that I blogged about my Joy’s Journey blanket. I’d decided to make it for my friend Beccy who lives in Perth in Australia. It not as odd as it sounds, it does get slightly chilly in […]
This week in the Scheepjes Hygge CAL 2017, we are doing another week of double crochet. Another 59 rows. I’ve still got 10 rows of last week’s double crochet to finish off too!! its not that interesting but I suppose as it doesn’t need any concentration its perfect TV crochet!! Oh, and that hook? That’s […]
As well as continuing with my Hygge CAL, I’ve also been working on my new shawl using Scheepjes Whirl. This week its time to show you the “Green Tea Tipple” one that I’m working on.
Nothing much to say, I just enjoyed this picture of my WIPs that I took last week. Oh and I’ve started “proper cross-stitch”, as if I didn’t have enough hobbies….!!!
Scheepjes have recently released this new yarn called “Whirl”. It comes in this giant “cake” of yarn which is 1000m long. Easily long enough for a shawl I thought!. The yarn is fingering weight and gradually colour-changes to make a really gentle transition between colourways. From what I’ve discovered so far, they are right about […]
I posted a couple of weeks ago about my progress on the Scheepjes Hygge CAL 2017. I’ve been faithfully keeping up with each week and so I thought it was time for a further update.
So! After some hard work yesterday, I’ve finally completed the second week of the Scheepjes Hygge CAL 2017. Last week, “everybody’s bobbling….”. This week involved some surface crochet slip-stitches and a lot of cross-stitch. I found the cross-stitch a little challenging at first, its pretty hard to follow a pattern when the “holes” aren’t that […]
Hello, its been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ve been very busy with other things and I’ve also been suffering a bit with pain in my wrist (eek, too much crochet?!) so I’ve been taking it a bit easy the last week or so, giving my wrist time to heal a bit. I’ve not been […]
I’m using the magic loop for a few of the designs that I’m thinking of at the moment so I thought I’d put up a tutorial for how I do it. This is a crochet tutorial, for a technique used to start crocheting “in the round”, for example when making a mandala or some amigurumi. […]