Monday, 15 September 2014

Sneak peek and a pot noodle

Reeeeally enjoying the pottering alongness of making an infinity scarf, no counting, no thinking, just putting together russet oranges, berry purples and late summer greens, it's bliss.

As the weather starts to cool it makes me want something warm for lunch, and this 'pot noodle' recipe in Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall's 'Veg' is peeeeerfect.  Chop all the green things, put in a jar on top of dry noodles, crush some ginger, garlic and chilli in it, then a spoon of stock, lime juice and soy, hot water and 10 mins later and mmmmmmmm....  I was SO excited to have this I sat it on my desk so I could stare at it til lunch.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn Yarn

I've been working on stuff for The Book so long, writing patterns, counting stitches and generally getting very tightly wound, that I am abandoning the Mitten Mission and going for some good, old fashioned,'let's just crochet and see what happens'.

I've dug through the yarn mountain, picked out my most autumnal colours and I'm just going to go freestyle and make an infinity scarf of some sort.

Autumn is my absolute favourite season. The weather cools enough to start getting out all the wool wear and the colours everywhere are glorious.  The evenings shorten, the blankets come out and there's a sense of complete peace, it's like everything gives a big satisfied sigh as the conkers are dropped, the final berries ripen and all that's left is to wait for the pumpkins to fatten.

So, autumn colour yarn for an autumn tribute scarf.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The good with the bad

I love crochet, you know I do, but I thought that today I'd share something more important than the successes.  Sometimes it just doesn't work out.  You can have a great idea and after a week of crocheting and unravelling and starting again, sometimes you just have to have a break, take a breath, wait for the RSI to abate and then start again.

I had an idea for some mittens with a cable crochet owl on them, that didn't work so I thought I'd just make a plain pair.  Turns out you need to make mittens with a bit more room than you'd think. So then I thought 'oooooh, I'll make them with chevrons in' - turns out you REALLY need the right number of foundation stitches to make that work, you can't just wing it.

So I'm having a break.

I'll try again tomorrow.

Instead here's a picture of a baby beaver to make me feel better.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Molly Make's Christmas

One of my best girls (aka craft bitches) sent me a very excited Wassap message last night.  There were a lot of exclamation marks and general effusivenss, all over the new Christmas Molly Make's book. She's probably hunting it down as I type.

Once it's been hunted and caught, there'll be a very satisfying evening pouring over it, with mutual cooing, and then I'll tell you if it's any good.

I'm already VERY taken with the fox collar...

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Trotted over to Lewes in East Sussex for a completely lovely afternoon with a friend today.  Ambling up the high street I stumbled across a gorgeous, chaotic shop called 'Abigail's Drapery'.  There were beautiful linens and yarns stuffed into nooks and cubbys, an old display case full of damask off-cuts, spools of thread, antique sewing machines, and the loveliest shop assistant (who was a free-lance display artist and hairdresser, so cool).  If you're ever in the area you definitely have to take a look.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Summer & Vintage Fairs

Every summer, in the depths of the Sussex countryside, there are any number of vintage fairs, country fairs and steam fairs to visit.  Recently the very beautiful Firle Place held a ridiculously charming vinatge fair, with 50's style ice cream van, jazz band and a brilliant collection of clothes, crockery and fabrics to browse through.  We took the beasts and they had a brilliant time; climbing trees, watching the fish jump in the ornamental lake and picnicking (something we're professionals at).

Here's just a couple of pics of the vintage haberdashery and crochet blankets that were on offer, we'll definitely be visiting again next year.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Sea cow from 'Sarah & Duck'

After posting pics of the cuddly, crochet sea cow that I made for my nephew (who is ridiculously attached to his) I've had messages from people asking if they can get one.  Having finished the majority of work for The Book I finally got round to making one for sale which is available on my Etsy shop.  I've also finally written up the pattern, so if you want to have a go at making one yourself (or getting a Nan to) here's your free sea cow crochet pattern...

(Written using US terminology)

Hayfield Bonus Chunky Yarn, shade: Petrol (829)
7mm hook

A little black yarn and yarn needle, 2 yellow buttons with suitable thread and needle for eyes, stuffing

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch

Round 1: ch 6
Round 2: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 3 ch’s, 3sc in the end ch, working up the other side, sc in the next 4 ch, (10)
Round 3: 2sc, sc in the next 4 st’s, 2sc, sc in the next 5 st’s  (13)
Round 4: 2sc, sc in the next 6 st’s, 2sc, sc in the next 6 st’s  (16)
Round 5: 2sc, sc in the next 7 st’s, 2sc, sc in the next 7 st’s  (18)
Round 6: 2sc in the next 2 st’s, sc 7, 2sc in the next 2 st’s, sc in the next 6 st’s  (21)
Round 7–29: sc in each st
Round 30: sctog, sc 8, sctog, sc 9  (19)
Round 31: sctog, sc 8, sctog, sc 7 (17)
Round 32: sctog, sc7, sctog, sc 6  (15)
Round 33: sctog, sc 5, sctog, sc 6   (13)
Round 34: sctog, sc 4, sctog, sc 5  (11)
Round 35: sc in each st – stuff
Round 36: 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc, sc, 2sc, sc  (15)
Round 37: 2sc, sc in next 3, 2sc, sc next 3, 2sc, sc, next 3, 2sc, sc next 2  (19)
Round 38: 2sc, sc in next 4, 2sc, sc next 4, 2sc, sc, next 4, 2sc, sc next 3  (23)
Round 39: sl st , stuff tail then sew up

Round 1: mr 6
Round 2: 2sc in each st  (12)
Round 3: 2s, sc in next 5, 2sc, sc in next 5  (14)
Round 4: sc in each, sl st to finish
Stuff with just a little stuffing, and making sure it sits with the widest part across the face,  and sew to face.

Arms – make 2
Round 1: mr 8
Round 2: sc in each st
Round 3: sctog, sc in the next 6 st’s  (7)
Round 4: sctog, sc in the next 5 st’s  (6)
Round 5: sctog, sc in next 4 st’s  (5)
Round 6: sc in each st, sl st to finish
Stuff lightly and attach to the body

Weave in all ends, and as a finishing touch ch4, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st in to the last 2, fasten off and attach to the top of his head as a little wisp of hair.

Sew on the eyes, use a little black yarn to embroider an upside down ‘v’ for the mouth and 2 ‘x’s for the nostrils.