What It Takes…

… to sell at a craft fair. This will be the second time I have sworn off craft fairs then changed my mind “just to see”, this time I think I know what the problem was, hats and scarves do not sell well, and do not do craft fairs that do not insist on insurance…

Questions, Questions.

This week two important question presented themselves to me.   ONE Why don’t people sing Happy Birthday on TV. This question starts with an explanation that, for the most part, I watch US TV more than UK so a lot of questions arise that are simply cultural and The Question of Happy Birthday was pegged…

Upstaged Again

As you will already now I am rather a fan of Halloween and playing dress up (I am not mature enough to call it cosplay), there have been some spectacular years, and some not so much, but the thing that has stood out for the last 15 or so years is that Crochet Widower is…

BOOBS

Originally posted on Itchy Crochet:
breasts, tatas, the girls, baps, bangers, even moobs, need looking after, they need checking for changes, and lumps, and bumps, useful information here . This is not something to be shy about, this is also not something to be hiding from men, for a couple of reasons ? Male significant others…

The Opposite

I am not a fan of “dust if you must…” and “Real mums…”, we are all different and all have different priorities, I have to have the house clean and tidy before I can start work (which is why no work gets done in teh school holidays) but my rule for The Hellions “make as…

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.…

I Don’t Live In The Real World

Most of you will know that I watch a lot of TV, like my whole work day is spent watching TV unless I am tech editing. Most of what I watch involves aliens or mythical creatures, there is a very good reason for this,  THE REAL WORLD IS FULL OF MORONS. I am not talking…

The Great Amazon Adventure

On Friday Crochet Widower noticed that we had been paying for Amazon Prime US since April, as we use Amazon Prime UK I hadn’t noticed before. “Could it have been me?” I asks Crochet Widower “no it’s Amazon US” “Could I not have accidentally signed up on US?” “Amazon automatically directs you to the geographically…

Five Is The Magic Number.

I really struggle making more than five on one thing, I once made twenty babies for a baby shower and i couldn’t crochet for hours after. If you have been a friend for a while you will notice that, when I am working on a blanket of afghan, I will leave it in a bag…

Halloween

I know you are accustomed to a review on Wednesdays but I have not used a pattern other than my own for a while and would like some shameless self promotion. As you probably know by now I love Halloween and all things dress up, I know as an adult I am supposed to say…

The Cool Girl

You know that cool girl* you see on your way to work/school every day? Maybe she works in the same building as you, or you are at the same school. You know the one, she has the hair style you really want but are not quite sure you can pull it off, her clothes are…

Picot Edge Stitch

Unlucky for some #13, Picot edge stitch   I always feel a little awkward with picots, no idea why because it is a really easy stitch and has great impact.   I’m thinking the stituary is boring but really can’t think of a way to liven things up, sorry. TTFN

You May Have Noticed

that I have recently changed the prices of my patterns, I was reluctant to do so as I don’t want to charge so much no one wants to buy them, but at the same time charging too little leads people to thinking “you get what you pay for”, pricing patterns is not easy, in fact…

I Don’t Accept “Challenges”

The ice bucket challenge, the love your spouse challenge, perfect mum challenge (or what ever it was called), any of those things. For starters the people I love are told and shown regularly, I don’t need to prove it to Facebook, and for seconds they blur on my timeline, the awareness they are trying to…

Berry Lace Stitch

oooh a dozen #12 Berry Lace Stitch   I’m not keen on this stitch, it’s easy enough but because of the way crochet works you can’t get the pattern repeats to actually line up and that spoils it for me, but then we all know I am fussy. TTFN

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…

A Moment of Madness

I am still in the June induced funk, I can’t seem to start work on any of the patterns I have in my head, so I decided to make a necklace last week. This necklace escalated in to an etsy listing    They fasten with a cunning button and everything. But theses didn’t look enough…

The Twilight zone

Today I will be packing and posting Inchoate kits and making necklaces. I am in a sort of Twilight zone with my crocheting, I have a pattern I want to write but haven’t decided on yarn yet, I have the Neurosis parasol pattern to publish but have a couple of finishing touches to do in…

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,…

Starlight Walk, The Aftermath.

Friday night/Saturday morning, along with some friends (and lots of strangers), I walked 13 miles. We started walking at midnight and I got in bed at five thirty. This year was one of only two years that it didn’t rain, I even have the unopened poncho to prove it. This sponsored walk is to help…

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…

A New Adventure Awaits.

The kids are back in school tomorrow (well today for you but I am typing on Sunday) so most of Monday will be spent on housework there was no point in doing while they were off, but then I will be organising Inchoate kits and might even get some listed on Etsy. This is rather…

The Marielle Lace Stitch

Stitch number 9; The Marielle Lace Stitch   There is a nice flow to this stitch pattern, and I do love anything that uses more than one stitch, but it’s just not as good as last weeks. I think I have been spoiled for ever. TTFN

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…

What do you see?

OK, I am writing this with a bit of a headache brewing, there is a thwump-ing pump sound that just starts around here in teh warmer months and seems to have started earlier in the day than usual, I have not one clue what it is but I know it is annoying. Any way. This…

You Know What Gets On My….

Nerves? “Crochet”, you know the stuff. A couple of weeks ago I was in a supermarket and saw a sign in the clothing section ON TREND Crochet I regret not taking a photo now, both of the sign and the clothes. You see there were about ten items in that section, two of which were…

Shell Wave Stitch

Number 7 The Shell Wave Stitch   I rather like this one, I’m not sure what I’d use it for it but is nice to work, it have a good rhythm to it and is easy to work while watching Supernatural. TTFN

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…

The Starlight Walk

This year on Friday the 17th of June I am participating in the Starlight Walk, this is a 13 (or 6.5) mile walk for women only that heads out at midnight with sponsorship being collected for St Rocco’s Hospice.  “St Rocco’s Hospice provides high-quality care and promotes physical, social, psychological and spiritual wellbeing for patients…

Sew, What Shall We Do Today?

See what I did there? te he, I am soooo funny. Any way. Last week I decided that The Hellions needed culotte suits in blue gingham (their summer uniform) for school. This lead to a couple of firsts. It was teh first time I used my “sewing plate”, this plate is magical. You see I…

What Would We Do Without Family ?

Laugh a lot less is the answer. A couple of weeks ago Crochet Widower got to chauffeur The Oracle and I to Abakhan for fabric shopping. It is about an hours drive and The Oracle had an opticians appointment at two so we didn’t stop of tea 😦 . Now Abakhan in Mostyn was a smelting…