Indie June

During the month of June LoveKnitting/LoveCrochet show their love of Independent Designers by promoting their work and patterns.  They’ll be blogging about designers’ work and having special offers on during the month.

This year I’ve decided to put a few patterns on special offer during ‘Indie June’ and for the whole of the month these 5 patterns will be half their usual price, no code needed the prices shown on LoveCrochet/LoveKnitting are at half usual now.  To ensure people who use Ravelry don’t miss out I’ve set up a coupon code so they get the same discount on them – just use INDIEJUNE on checkout from Ravelry.

Which patterns are on offer?  Well I selected some of my favourites – I enjoyed designing and making them and I hope you will too! Here they are:

Kitty, my latest shawl design here on LoveCrochet and here on Ravelry

For the knitters, Blueberry Shawl one of my earlier designs and a favourite of mine, here on LoveKnitting and here on Ravelry.


Ollerton Bag, perfect for summer, here on LoveCrochet and here on Ravelry.


Sandlebridge Stripes Blanket, here on LoveCrochet and here on Ravelry.


Last, but not least, Pixies Squares Blanket, here on LoveCrochet and here on Ravelry.

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And although it is not June until midnight tomorrow, the offer starts now!


Happy knitting and crocheting xxxx

PS a reminder to those of you in the UK that Cheshire Fibre Festival 2017 is on 1st October, bookings now open – info here.



Kitty is the name of my new shawl design released today.   Kitty is made sideways and has 3 different styles in one pattern.  It works well in 4ply, fingering, sock or sport weight yarn

First you could use 2 balls in different colours to make a small shawl with a simple border.  This one uses Drops Alpaca Mix yarn – one ball in Light Maroon Mix and 1 ball in Maroon Mix.  It measure about 180cm by 32cm.


You could use that favourite skein of sock yarn to make a one-colour version.  This one uses 1 skein of Blue Moon Fiber Art Socks that Rock Lightweight, in Rare Gems.  It measures about 180cm by 40cm, and has a slightly larger border:


Or you could make a larger version and opt for a 2 colour border.  This one uses Drops Baby Alpaca Silk – 2 balls in Grey Blue and 2 balls in Ice Blue.  It measures approx 230cm by 50cm:


Or you could mix and match the size, number of colours and border to make your own unique shawl.   You can find the pattern on Ravelry here or on LoveCrochet here.

What will you make?

Happy crocheting xxx



Magical Mandalas


In September 2015 I published an ebook of the 8 mandalas I had designed. I called it Magical Mandalas because the bursts of colour and creativity I get when making them lifts my mood, like magic!

When I want that bit of magic, I design a new mandala so I have more than 8 in my portfolio now.   Time for a new collection!  So Magical Mandalas 2 has just been published.  It contains another 6 designs, one of which is a mini mandala and features only in this new collection.


Until the end of May (midnight UK time 31st May) you can buy Magical Mandalas 2 at half price – that’s £2.50 – provided you use coupon code MAGIC on checkout from Ravelry.

Happy crocheting xxx

Spring Blossom

It is now nearing the end of spring, so probably the right time to share photos of some of the projects from the Spring Blossom Blanket CAL.

There were so many people from across the globe who joined this CAL, and I suspect there are still some Spring Blossom blankets in WIP piles!  (I confess now – I still have a few blankets of various sorts in my WIPs!)

This is my completed blanket, it now lives on the spare bed and does get the occasional visit from a four legged friend!

These are some of the blankets that were shared on Ravelry:

Shades of blue by ‘Crobbles’ and ‘ Beechy61’.  They may be shades of blue but they demonstrate that even similar colour schemes produce different blankets.  And that is what I love about CALs – the same design can look amazingly different depending on colour choice.

And here are 2 more:

These are by ‘justmagicmaria1’ and ‘bluesocks’.   Aren’t they fabulous?

A huge thank you to these fellow crocheters for letting me share these photos.  And to all those who joined in the CAL.

The blanket pattern can be found here.  It isn’t too late to join in!

Here’s to the next CAL 🙂

Happy crocheting xxxx

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.   If you are a regular to this blog then your probably know that colour and crochet are two great ways of relaxing and can be a tremendous benefit to your mental wellbeing.

Looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health and yet it is most often neglected.  So let’s get healthy!   To encourage everyone to do so and to raise awareness of mental health, I am making one of my favourite colourful crochet mandala patterns free for the rest of this week (until midnight GMT on 14th May).

You can find the Sunshine Mandala pattern on Ravelry here.   You will need to ‘purchase’ the pattern but enter coupon code MHAW on checkout and the price will be discounted to zero.


Find more information on mental health awareness week here.

Happy colourful crocheting xxxxx