Archives for the month of: November, 2018

Do you remember the Friends Around the World CAL from 2 years ago?  I was so pleased to be part of it, it was an amazing collaboration of designers organised by the CAL –  crochet-a-long group on Facebook.  If you need any help remembering here are 2 blog posts:  Octoghan and Flower Compass.

If you are reading this you may already know that there is a new Friends Around the World CAL  and I am absolutely delighted to announce that I have designed 2 squares for it.  Once again this is a collaboration of designers from around the globe and promises to be another showstopping CAL that any keen CAL crocheter will want to join.  I predict it will be bigger and, dare I say, better than the first Friends Around the World CAL.   And this time it has videos!   You would not believe the amount of effort that has gone into making this CAL happen – I think the designers have an easy job compared to all the admin and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to ensure this is a great CAL.   I want to give them my heartfelt thanks.

This week the first square is published and I am blown away that mine is the first one again!  I am sure you’re impatient to see it so here it is:


This is called Noughts and it is a square of squares – 4 make up the centre which are joined and then edged with a border to make the complete square.  You can find the pattern on Ravelry here.  It can be made in one, two or more colours.  Like all squares in the CAL it is designed to be made in aran weight yarn on a 5mm hook which makes it about 12″ square.  But you can make it DK if you like – it will just be smaller, and here’s one I made in DK with a 4mm hook:


A reminder on how to join the CAL: The CAL will be hosted by the CAL – Crochet A Long Facebook group . You must join the Facebook group first and then join the event so you won’t miss a thing. It’s always fun to share your photos as you progress through the CAL. You may do so on both the event page and the group wall.

I’m so excited – I can’t wait to see the first Noughts square!   Come on get hooking !

Happy crocheting xxx




This is definitely the season for crochet and knitting, there are CAL/KALs aplenty out there!   Here is one starting very soon, and one I am so honoured to be involved in :

The Friends Around the World 3rd Anniversary CAL 2018 (lovingly referred to as FATW3) starts on Friday, November 16th. The CAL is a collaboration of crochet designers from around the world and will be hosted by the CAL – Crochet A Long Facebook group . There will also be videos for the CAL. A few of the designers have created their own, the rest will be by made Stephanie Shelton.

Be sure to join the Facebook group first (link above) and then join the event  so you won’t miss a thing. It’s always fun to share your photos as you progress through the CAL. You may do so on both the event page and the group wall.  And feel free to share your colour choices prior to the CAL starting.

Want a sneak peek?


The afghan is made up of 30cm (12″) squares using Aran/Worsted weight yarn, (25cm/10″ squares if you use DK weight yarn). There are 33 squares in all, designed by 29 designers. The links to the patterns will be shared weekly on the CAL – Crochet A Long Blog, at 16.00 UK time on Fridays.  And I’ll share mine here on my blog upon release as well.

The CAL will run through early June, 2019.  This one is sure to be fun!

Happy crocheting xxx

It’s time to announce the Advent CAL 2018!  This is my third Advent CAL and is bigger than ever before.  It is called the 12 Gifts of Christmas and includes 12 patterns for items that can be made as gifts.   Advent starts on 2nd December this year and normally that is when I commence the annual Advent CAL.  However, if anyone decides to attempt all 12 patterns a start date of 2nd December does not give much time.  So I have decided to start the Advent CAL a little before Advent – on Saturday 24th November 2018.

On each Saturday from 24th November to 15th December I will release 3 patterns for the CAL.  Each week will be a different theme with the more time (and yarn) consuming being released first, as follows:

Week 1 Accessories – comprises 2 scarves and a neck warmer, all in double knit yarn and requiring between 225m and 400m, that’s from 100g to 200g of yarn.   You can use one colour or more, and there is some interesting texture:


Week 2 Homeware – comprises a cushion and 2 tableware items. The cushion requires chunky yarn (over 225m and several colours could be used) and the tableware items double knit (preferably cotton).

Week 3  Pretty and personal items – comprising a pin cushion, something for the shower and a gift bag.  The shower item is best in linen yarn – anything from fine to double knit, the other items need small amounts of double knit yarn and maybe a few beads!

Week 4 Quickies – 3 little things for decoration or tiny presents, these would work well in double knit yarn but anything will do, and they need very little yarn.

The 12 Gifts CAL will be provided in an ebook of 12 individual patterns – 3 being added each week.  It will be available on Ravelry only.  The price of the 12 Gifts of Christmas will be £12 but with a discount for early birds.   Only £3 (that’s a massive £9 discount!) for the first 24 hours (I’ll make this a little longer to accommodate those on different time zones), £5 for the following week and full price thereafter.  In due course most, but not all, patterns will be available as individual patterns at prices ranging from £1 to £4.

The CAL will be hosted in my Ravelry group. There will be prizes; anyone completing just one gift by the end of the year (and posting a photo on the FO thread in the Ravelry group) will be in the prize draw for patterns and those completing 3 or more different gifts will be in an additional prize draw with prizes including yarn and an ebook.  To be included in the prize draw you must buy or be gifted the 12 Gifts of Christmas ebook and be a member of the Ravelry group.  More details can be found on the Ravelry discussion thread which is where you can post any questions and chat about the CAL.

I do hope you join us – it will be fun 🙂

Happy crocheting xxx

November is proving to be a very busy month and I have so much to tell you, so be prepared for a flurry of blog posts!

First some exciting news about Festiwool.   Festiwool is a one day yarn show on Saturday 10th November – that’s only a few days away.  I won’t be attending, as you know I’m trying to avoid as many yarn shows as possible at the moment in an effort to control my stash!   Even though I won’t be there, you will be able to see some of my designs there.  I am so pleased to tell you that I have a brand new design for a lovely silk scarf called Silk Sorbet, this is available as part of a kit on WIllow Knits’ stand.

Anne at Willow Knits hand dyes the most gorgeous silk yarns.   The Silk Sorbet Scarf is a lovely airy 2 colour lengthways design and uses 2 x 25g skeins of beautifully soft 4ply silk yarn.  It is included in a kit with the yarn and a pretty stitch marker, for £10.   There are 4 lovely colourways to choose from as shown in the photo above.  This is a lovely kit which would make a fabulous present.

As well as the Silk Sorbet Scarf kit, Willow Knits also patterns and kits for the Queen of May Wrap and Ruby Lace Scarf, as well as copies of my book Cowling Around.


But that isn’t all!   You will also find some kits on Yarns From The Plain’s stand –  including the ever popular Sigrun’s Scarf for which Nic has just dyed up a new batch:

If you visit Festiwool please pop and see Anne and Nic, as well as the kits they have some fabulous squidgy yarn 🙂

Happy crocheting xxxx

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