Breaking silence……

There’s been a lull – yes, quite a lull. I haven’t blogged for over a month.  But today the silence is over.

The truth is that I lost my cro-jo for a while but I don’t think I was alone in this.  Maybe there’s been a crochet lull around the world because some of my friends say they have lost their cro-jo and I’ve just read an article about a designer who also lost their cro-jo for a few months. With me, though, I think I managed to wipe myself out in March.  I was still running the annual blanket CAL and made a very late decision to run 4 mini CALs to celebrate International Crochet Month.  I love CALs but running so many in such a short space of time was ambitious.

During the last month I have settled into making a few items from other designers’ patterns, which has meant my crafting is relaxed and easy.  I’ve had 2 shawl designs languishing on the hook for some time, not too far from being finished, but to finish them seemed like hard work so I left them languishing.  But something has just clicked – I’ve started some garden bunting using jute twine…….

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Those colours are gorgeous aren’t  they?  This bunting uses the pattern for Yarndale Brooches but using Nutscene jute twine.  On a 5mm hook one mini spool makes just one (actually it varies and I did have to adjust the number of sts on the last round of one of the flags). This will brighten up the garden in summer.  And when the summer is over, if the bunting is weathered and worn out, it will go on the compost heap.

Also I have just designed a third shawl which is now on my hook and starting to race along. I’m calling it One Es Es because it is a one skein shawlette. We all have some lovely single skeins in our stash (some of us have a lot – that’s another story!) so a single skein shawl is a great way to use them.

I am hopeful that there will be 3 shawl designs released in the next few months. Sneak peeks will come soon 😊

Happy crocheting xxx

March is almost over…..

As March comes to an end, so does International Crochet Month.

Thank you to all who have joined in the mini CALs I designed to celebrate the month of crochet.  I can now reveal that Mini CAL 4 was………

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A potholder!

There are still a couple of days left in March and, of course, we don’t stop crocheting when March comes to an end.  So for a final celebration I have decided to run a flash sale.

Until midnight GMT on 31st March 2019, all my patterns on Ravelry (and that includes the knitting ones!) are on sale at 25% off, but you need to use coupon code MARCH on checkout.

Happy crocheting xxx

March Mini CAL 4 – Part 2

Today the last part of the last March Mini CAL is published.   I can’t believe we are almost at the end of March already – I’m going to miss these updates!

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Part 1 of this last CAL produced a lovely colourful item which would make a pretty small doily to match the coasters in Mini CAL 3.  But that is not what I intended for this design….it makes something else altogether!  No spoilers quite yet though…….

The pattern can be found here and the Ravelry group here.

The CAL is not quite over – just a few more stitches to go then I will reveal the item 🙂

Happy crocheting xx

 

 

March Mini CAL 4 – Part 1

Today sees the publication of the first part of the last March Mini CAL.

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This starts with a centre based on Mini CAL 3, but part 1 makes it much bigger.  I can’t reveal what it is yet so you’ll just have to wait until part 2 on Wednesday.  However, I can reveal what March mini 3 is – a coaster!

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As usual there is an early bird discount for March mini 4 – use coupon code MINI on checkout and you get the pattern free, but be quick – it’s available until midnight GMT 24th March.

The CAL is being hosted in my Ravelry group, so pop over there and share progress.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

 

2019 Blanket CAL – The Finale

The final part of the Down Memory Lane Blanket – the 2019 Blanket CAL – has been added to the pattern on Ravelry.  This includes the joining method and border that I used.  So now I can show you my finished blanket in situ.

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I like simplicity in a blanket, so no fancy join and no large fussy border for me, which is why the pattern includes a minimal join and a simple 5 round border.  However, joining and border could be anything and I know many of you have favourite joining techniques and like more substantive borders – the choice is yours because the blanket you make is yours and you should make what you like 🙂

My final blanket is meant to be double bed size but also fits over our king size bed, so is very practical.    It is also full of my favourite squares and uses some of my favourite yarns, so is just what I wanted.

I hope you have enjoyed the blanket CAL this year – it has been fun for me to have you join in the journey!

Happy crocheting xxx

 

March Mini CAL 3 – Part 2

Part 2 is now live on Ravelry!   If you have purchased the pattern on Ravelry then you should have received an automatic notice of an update, or just search for it in your Ravelry library.

This is the final part of March Mini CAL 3, but I won’t reveal it until you have had the chance to complete it.

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I think this is a pretty thing, and you may want to make several!

Please share progress on Ravelry.

Now I can reveal what March Mini CAL 2 was – a food cover (alternatively can be used as a doily):

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The pattern allows you to make this to any size that you like.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

 

March Mini CAL 3 – Part 1

March Mini CAL 2 is now complete and today we move onto March Mini CAL 3.  Part 1 is now available and the pattern is found on Ravelry here .  It costs £2 but it is free for short time if you use coupon code MINI  at checkout, but be quick as this expires at midnight GMT today (17th March).

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From these snippets you’ve probably realised I’m using the same colours in all the mini CALs.  All the items in the CALs can be used in the home/kitchen, so I chose fresh colours that I like in mine.

Please share progress on Ravelry here.

Part 2 will be published on Wednesday.

Happy crocheting xxx

2019 Blanket CAL Part 6

The last 2 squares of Down Memory Lane – the 2019 Blanket CAL – have been added to the pattern on Ravelry.   These are both based on some lacy squares from Wrapped in Memories but have been made larger with the addition of extra lacy rounds.

They are 2 of my favourite lacy squares.

If you are following the free version then why not try the 5th square from the Blog Blanket CAL 2015 here just add 2 more rounds of trebles (US dc), and a good old granny square worked to 10 rounds.

Next week is the final part – the joining method I used and the border I added.

Please share progress in my Ravelry group here.

Happy crocheting xxx

March Mini CAL 2 – Part 2

Part 2 of the second March Mini Mystery CAL to celebrate International Crochet Month is now live!

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You will need 6 beads for this, the final, part.   The finished size is variable as there is a repeated round that you can do as many times as you like to get your desired size.

Any idea what it is yet?

Please follow progress in the Ravelry group.

Happy crocheting xxx

 

 

March Mini Mystery CAL 2 – Part 1

March Mini Mystery CAL 1 was revealed a few days ago – a kitchen scrubbie!

The second mini mystery CAL starts today with Part 1 having just been published.

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This uses DK cotton yarn, a 4mm (US G/6) crochet hook and you will need some large beads for Part 2.  The pattern is available on Ravelry here – it costs £1.50 normally but there is a coupon code available until midnight GMT tonight (10th March) giving a 100% discount.    You can find the coupon code in the Ravelry group here.

Part 2 will be published on Wednesday.

Please join in the fun and share progress in the Ravelry group.

Until Wednesday, happy crocheting xxx