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…

Crocodile stitch by Moogly

Crocodile stitch by Moogly       RRP Free What ever you fancy what the pattern tells you, hook     I was asked by a friend to make a pair of dragon scale gloves, since I had meant to try crocodile stitch for ages I, in a fit of procrastination, decided to make them on Monday.…

Yarn Bin Review

OK, in the interest of full disclosure I will say I was sent a free Yarn Bin to review, in the interest of knowing me if I didn’t like it I’d tell you. RRP £30 but currently on sale for £21.99 over at Amazon Now, I have had yarn bins before and was not converted,…

Irish Filigree Necklace by Annie Potter

Irish Filigree Necklace by Annie Potter       RRP Free Thread 1.65mm hook     I will start with how wonderful this pattern is, it is well written, explains the shaping cords just right, and is easy to follow. I cannot fault this pattern in any way, if you like thread work have a go at…

Elfy the Elf by Sayjai Thawornsupacharoen

Elfy the Elf by Sayjai Thawornsupacharoen       RRP £4.18 4 ply 3mm hook     This was a custom order, this pattern was specifically requested. I LOVE this pattern, super easy to follow, lovely details, very well thought out, and importantly, minimal sewing. If you want an elf pattern that, in my opinion,…

Tunisian Crochet

I planned on getting busy with Inchoate kits once I had finished the parasol pattern I was working on but needed a “busy hands” project for when I was relaxing, I decided it was about time I learned how to Tunisian crochet. I used the instructions on Crochet.About.com to get me going, and sxcitingly I made…

Dalek Filey Chart by Meredee

Dalek Filey Chart by Meredee       RRP FREE Lace 2..5mm hook     This was a panel on a curtain I made for The Hellions’ bedroom, it was a long project and seemed to shrink every time I put it up at the window (until the last time then it had grown) Meredee’s chart…

Top Hat Fascinator by Elvira Jane

Top Hat Fascinator by Elvira Jane       RRP £3.30 James C. Brett Marble chunky 4mm hook     Full disclosure; I have a bit of a professional crush on Elvira Jane she designs the most amazing sculptural crochet and when she started publishing patterns I HAD to make one. I think this fascinator looks…

Mermaid tail Afghan by Nadia Fuad

Mermaid tail Afghan by Nadia Fuad       RRP Free Worsted 6mm hook I love this pattern. Super instructions, well written and easy to follow. This is actually my second go with this pattern, the first one was a gift for a coworker of Crochet Widower and she loves it, Bev then asked for one…

Barnaby Bear by Lesley Stanfield

Barnaby Bear by Lesley Stanfield       RRP MIL gave me the supplement from Let’s Knit! DK 3mm hook I love this pattern, this pattern is the basis for my Riot Bears and though there have been some changes over the years to get to Riot Bear for Barnaby I will always love this pattern. You…

Heart Coin Purse by Crochet Treasures

Heart Coin Purse by Crochet Treasures       RRP Free Worsted 5mm hook     I have made loads of these, The Hellions have one each, the teachers got one last summer, I have sold them at craft fairs, loads. The pattern is very well written and easy to understand, it’s just… make one… just do.…

Baking Set by Sally Byrne

Baking Set by Sally Byrne       RRP £5.19   This pattern was actually a team effort with some of The Witches for a crafty birthday (I think it was the first, or at least one of the first), with it being a team effort I only have photos of my portion of the…

Fox Scarf by Bees Knees Knitting

Fox Scarf by Bees Knees Knitting       RRP £5.18 Aran 5.5mm hook     Dolly asked me to make this for her (three years ago) it really suits her and she still wears it now. Beautiful pattern, very nicely written with lots of hints and tips, the instructions are very clear, and there…

FIFTY FIFTY FINE 3PLY by Yeomans Yarns

FIFTY FIFTY FINE 3PLY       RRP £9.95 Available at Yeomans yarns  3 ply 3mm hook warm wash Wool cycle cool tumble or dry flat 50% wool 50% Acrylic 2500m 350g   I got 20 wpi   A while ago I ordered a Yeomans assorted pack  and this (amongst other things) was in there, and oooh what a lovely…

Crochet Bobble Hat by Evas Studio

Crochet Bobble Hat by Evas Studio       RRP £3.53 Aran 5mm hook   Before Christmas I was asked to make a hat by a school friend, in such situations I tend to send people into teh big scary world of google and “pick a hat”, in this case this is the hat that…

Sirdar Softspun Chunky

Sirdar Softspun Chunky       RRP £5.59 Available at Deramores (keep an eye out for offers) Chunky 10.5 mm hook 19 rows x 14 stitches = 4 inches wool cycle can be dry cleaned do not iron dry flat 53% Nylon 23% Acrylic 24% wool 125m 50g   I got 9 wpi   I used this yarn to make a mermaid…

Sirdar Elle DK

Sirdar Elle DK       RRP £3.10 Available at Black Sheep Wools from £2.59 DK 4mm hook 28 rows x 22 stitches = 4 inches Machine wash Wool cycle can be dry cleaned dry flat reshape whilst damp Do not iron 49% cotton 48% acrylic 3% polyester 138m 50g   I got 12 wpi   I…

King Cole Riot Dk

King Cole Riot Dk       RRP £4.59 Available at Black Sheep Wools from £3.99 DK 4mm hook 28 rows x 22 stitches = 4 inches Machine wash Do not bleach Do not iron Cool tumble dry May be dry cleaned 30% wool 70% premium acrylic 294m 100g   I got 12 wpi          …

Sirdar simply recycled

Sirdar simply recycled        RRP £2.79 Available at Black Sheep Wools from £1.59, this is being discontinued at Black sheep so grab some while you can. DK 4mm hook 28 rows x 22 stitches = 4 inches Machine wash Wool cycle can be dry cleaned dry flat reshape whilst damp 51% recycled coton 49% acrylic…

Sirdar Snuggly

Sirdar Snuggly 4 ply       RRP £3.39 Available at Black Sheep Wools from £2.79 4 ply 3mm hook 36 rows x 28 stitches = 4 inches warm wash can be dry cleaned dry press cool tumble or dry flat 55% Nylon 45% Acrylic 226m 50g   I got 16 wpi   I used…