Rico Designs Essential Cotton

Last week was Haloween, and for the first time in a long time I did not go out. The local pubs had got dull and getting the train to and from Manchester just seemed too much like hard work, as it turns out a local pub with (relatively) new management had a do on and…

A Blog Post With A List

So, I need to write a blog post, I could do with it being entertaining, but The Hellions have been off school for a week so I have not had an individual thought in that week. I’ll cheat, I shall give you a list of my life rules, they are my rules and you don’t…

Why I Don’t Sell Many Ready Made Items

Short answer is; you just can’t make a living wage at it. How much would you pay for an angel? She is just over three inches tall, would you pay £5? £10? £15? She uses about £1 worth of materials, acrylic yarn, stuffing, polly beads. She takes two hours to make, national MINIMUM wage is…

Things That Make Me Happy

I may have mentioned that I have recently rethought my design process, this has left me in a bit of a funk as I don’t do change well, I’ll get out of it, but in the meantime here are ten little things that make me smile. 1) Cutlery; “what? really?” yes, you see I have…

Test Crocheters

I haven’t used test crocheters for ages, thankfully I have a appalling memory so have to follow my own patterns any way. There are a few very good reasons I don’t use test crocheters but I am changing the way I design and may need them soon enough. The first time I asked for test…

Ooh You Are Good

No, I’m not. I have been making poppies for Dolly’s Crafter’s Sea of Poppies You know you love my bad photos. Dolly wants to cover the stairs to the shop in poppies for October and November. I have managed 20 so far and have been using This pattern which is a lovely pattern, well written and…

Better Half

I am going to have a little rant now, I’ll try to keep it entertaining. You see a lot on TV and movies here a couple get married and the speeches are all about “two becoming one” and being “two halves of a whole” and I really don’t get it. I mean I love Crochet…

Tapestry Crochet

A bit of a two fer this week, I’m all about being informative.   Last week I got my act together and published the Baby Bunnies Pattern after years of Unhappy Bunnies I thought it was time for the cute version to be available. I now have four patterns almost ready to publish, but for…

Going it Alone

I have not been entirely idle during the school holidays, we have had days out to VPX; a local free event to showcase sports, Geek Girl loves to have a go on the climbing wall. I colored The Hellions’ hair with hair chalk The Clone’s has not washed out, she will be going back to…

Babies UK

Babies  Instant download crochet pattern  Free   DK yarn3 mm hooklong darning needleFibrefill 34 y/31m DK yarn 20 SC/DC and 20 Rows = 4 inch Add a few polly bead to the base for stability. I initially made these just because the thought made me smile, I have since made them as favours at a baby shower. Quick and simple to…

Shelves And Missing Crojo.

Though my crojo has been a little lacking of late I have managed to finish the first of teh (probably) last three Inchoate hoodies, I had to make a start on this one earlier than planned as Geek Girl wanted this specific hoodie to give to her teacher at the end of the school year.…

Little People Take Over Your Life

And I am not talking about The Hellions, First it was little amigurumis like the Snowmen That spiraled on to woodland creatures  There was even a devil to celebrate 666 likes on my Facebook page. To see all of the little amigurumis check out the amigurumi section of the blog (there will be a bit…

Oh What A Week

Last week I didn’t get much crocheting done, my OCD was going in to overdrive, you see we had a bathroom renovation. While the builders themselves were were well behaved and professional, and I knew the work needed doing (the bathroom was last DECORATED ten years ago) washing people was tricky, cleaning the house was…

I Hope This Makes Sense

So, the internet has been down since Saturday but I know you are all dying to her all about our holiday, I will do my best. We went to Flamingo Land in Yorkshire, we got lucky that a week of The Hellions school holidays fell off peak so we got a cheap break. As this was our…

You Can Take Them Anywhere

**This is the blog post that I wrote before the news of the MEN arena attack, it means a little more to me now. I will also take this opportunity to remind you to look at the Manchester Bee Bunting pattern, well you can’t look at the pattern as such until you have donated to…

Manchester Bee Bunting

As you are probably aware on Monday the 22 of May a suicide bomber walked up to the Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert and detonated a bomb killing 22 and injuring many more. Many people are fundraising to help the families of the victims, and after a conversation with the Etsy Manchester group I…

I Made a Mistake

I think I have used this title before. So, I have told you before of my love for this poem Mostly because I have skipped everything from “But now…” Well, recently I was reminded of a song a friend posted to Facebook, and I was reminded of how much I love the song, to me…

All The Fun of The Fair

OK Theme Park. Saturday was Yarn Shop day, so naturally I ended up taking The Hellions to Guliver’s World . This was a spontaneous trip out, the kind of trip out I like, if I plan things I tend to over plan and am done with the whole idea before I even leave the house and…

I May Have a Problem.

People often talk of their yarn stash and how out of control it is, I do not have much yarn, three storage boxes max (you know the ones that fold up so you can store the box when it’s empty), I simply can not buy yarn if I don’t have a project in mind for…

I Try to Stay Away From Politics

There is to be a snap election on the 8th of June in the UK, this means I will have to stay away from the internet as much as I can. You see I do not care who you vote for, you vote for who you think will be best for the country. If you…

Why Do Things Take So Long?

Last week was spent retaking the Inchoate photos, so now if you look at all but two sets they no longer look like school photos, See? School photos. The Flower Fairies and Winter Season 2 still need taking, well it’s only the wings on the angel for Winter Season 2 (OMWW I’m as bad as…

Confusion and Delay

Last week I finally managed to publish the Stephanie Sweater and can now move on the Inchoate’s summer wardrobe, oh, wait, no I can’t, I have to retake ALL OF THE INCHOATE PHOTOS, you know because I want to have them all teh same, with the brick wall, and maybe some props, ooooh props, yes…

Dirty Needles

OK, Knitting Needles, I have been knitting. If you are not aware of the different knitting styles they are kind of like the different hook holds, you know knife holders say they do it the right way and pencil gripers say theirs is the only way (then I sit there laughing with my over hand…

It’s All About Me

It has been a busy few months, with now being on Instagram and getting back in the swing of writing garment patterns (that Inchoate may be cute but it get’s a little demanding with clothes), and I find there are quite a few more than last time I told you about me. There I am,…

I Was Wrong

Now you will have noticed a lot of internet noise surrounding octopus (octopuses is acceptable but I don’t like it). If you don’t know now, there are groups that are organizing crochet and knitted octopus for premature babies as the tentacles (snigger) feel like the umbilical cord. I don’t have a photo of any octopus…

Blessed Silence

The Hellions are back in school, I love them and oh are they funny, Geek Girl was pulling faces at me and dancing like a snake last night Ok it’s an old photo but you get the gist. This morning they were arguing about when World Book Day is and a temper tantrum was had…

Half Term

I love The Hellions, you know this, but I also love my sanity, I can only have one of these things full time. I have just had to stop typing to google “kids horror films” for Geek Girl who has now gone for a nap, like she watched four minutes of a bad telling of Beauty…

Time For Tea

Last week The Orical came to visit and The Clone was off school not actually ill, so, as it her way, The Orical instructed The Clone to brew up, this was the first time she had made a cup of tea, or any hot drink for that matter. I now have a nine year old…

Tunisian Tunic

This is a trial run of the new format for reviews, to stop them being so dry and “itchy” them up a bit. Last week; I asked you to make a decision for me and every one decided that my next sweater pattern should be the badly drawn corner to corner asymmetrical number so I…

Arts and Crafts

I just have to seam the tunisian crochet top now so I’ll be telling you all about it next week, but for now I would like your opinion. As you know, if you have been around for a while, I am a procrastinator, I do not make decisions quickly, and I have a giant list of…

Eat, Sleep, Love

I have been ill for a week, I have been told it could last another two weeks, I am rubbish at being ill. I have not got much of anything done in the last week, for three days I was too weak to crochet and was sleeping for fourteen hours a day, then The Clone…

New Year New Me

OK, not really. You see I am rather live in the moment, I never really got the big deal surrounding the numbering of the year, this spreads out to birthdays too, yes I celebrate my birthday but really I am only a day older than I was the day before. So I didn’t post “Happy…

I Do This Every Year

I am now only working on personal projects until the new year (or until I get itchy for one of the new patterns in my head). In teh last week I have used 2mm KNITTING NEEDLES   This was for a teeny, took a day, test knit and I’ll tell you all about it when…

The Hellions

I have posted about the differences between The Hellions a couple of times now, but as they get older the differences get more pronounced. The Clone is a ticking time bomb and will fly in to a dramatic rage about the smallest of things, like “time to tidy up now” or “you can’t go out…