Ada’s Stripes Cowl

Ada’s Stripes is the name of a new crochet cowl design.   The name derives from the yarn – it is made in Find Me Knitting Ada yarn, a chunky single spun pure Peruvian highland wool.  This yarn is a dream to work with, it slips off the hook smoothly and quickly.


Ada’s Stripes uses 6 x 30g mini-cakes of Ada yarn which are available from Find Me Knitting here.   You will also find these at Wonderwool Wales this weekend, along with copies of the pattern.  Whilst I used  specific colours, you could use any combination of the 10 available colours to suit your own style.   It is a close fitting cowl approx 15cm deep by 60cm around but it could be made bigger, although you may need more yarn.  It’s a lovely quick make, and would be great as a present.

The pattern is also available from my Ravelry shop and LoveCrochet.

Happy crocheting xxx



Queen of May

I have just returned from my annual trip to Buxton on a knitaway holiday with my knitgroup friends.  We had a fabulous time, which is more or less guaranteed; plenty of laughs, knitting, crocheting, drinking, eating and a very welcoming hotel that makes us feel like we are guests in our own country home.  We’ve pencilled in dates for next year’s knitaway already!

I arrived home to a lovely surprise on my doormat – issue 101 of Inside Crochet which is packed full of inspirational makes for May.   I was delighted  to see my latest design included in this issue – the Queen of May Wrap.   This is the secret I couldn’t tell you about in my last blog post.


This is a lovely silk wrap made with Willow Knits silk worsted yarn in spring fresh colours of Lemon and Peridot.  As you may know, I love luxury yarn and Anne dyes the most beautiful colours on her pure silk yarn, it is luscious!  If you are visiting Wonderwool Wales  this weekend (28th and 29th April) then you will find special packs of yarn to make this wrap on Willow Knits (Stall no. C2) in the Lemon/Peridot colourway.


This design would work well in many colour combos, so if you prefer other colours do look at the beautiful selection that Anne has – she will help you choose if you get stuck.

I’m not at Wonderwool this year – so if you go please let me know how you enjoy it.

Happy crocheting xxxx




Wonderful Wonderwool

Wonderwool Wales is next weekend, it is a fabulous yarn festival with plenty of space to move around, a wide variety of vendors, lovely exhibitions, wool schools and so much more (did I mention the food?).  Unfortunately I won’t be there ……. but some of my designs will!

I’m please to say that there will be copies of my book Cowling Around available to purchase on Find Me Knitting with Luxury Yarns in Stall S12. If you haven’t visited these 2 vendors before I can recommend them, they stock luscious yarn……… and I am drooling as I type this! Find me Knitting has 2 own brand yarns – Mary and Ada, and these feature in the book, so you can buy the yarn as well as the book at the festival.  These yarns are lovely to work with, knitting and crocheting smoothly and, therefore, speedily and they are both natural fibres.   Deb has been crocheting away and will have several samples on display. 

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Also at the festival is Willow Knits, supplier of luxury silk yarns, in Stall C2. I designed a simple crochet scarf a few years ago specifically for the worsted weight silk yarn and Anne will have this on display. I have used this yarn several times in designs (did you know I love luxury yarn?) and the latest is a one skein scarf designed especially for the Ruby Anniversary of the Knitting and Crochet Guild – it is called the Ruby Lace Scarf.


Anne will have the scarf on display and will also be selling the pattern and the ruby coloured silk yarn – proceeds from the sale of the pattern and the yarn will go to support the Knitting and Crochet Guild. If you are a member of the Knitting and Crochet Guild you will find this pattern available soon in the members’ area of the KCG website.

If you visit Anne’s stall at Wonderwool you may also get a sneak preview of a new design (shhhh… my lips are sealed!)

If you visit Wonderwool, please let me know how you enjoy the show and share photos.

Happy crocheting xxx