Verb: pootle
poo-t(u)l To move in a leisurely unhurried way,
with no real purpose

Monday, 23 May 2016

Besotted with beads ...

A couple of weeks ago I designed a tutorial for that 
was a little bit different to my usual makes.....

.... in that I think it has to be the smallest crochet I have done so far !

Using DMC's Petra Perle No 3 thread and a 2mm hook I experimented making 
teeny little crochet balls,
that once threaded together make perfect bright and colourful beads.

With a little bit of thin elastic, and some careful threading .... 

... they were soon turned in to chunky Summer bracelets and necklaces.

For a little variation I added them in with some wooden beads ...

... and finished each
 piece off with some co-ordinating velvet ribbon.


 Being super quick to make, and with all the shades of the rainbow to choose from
 they make perfect gifts ....

and one of mine was packed up straight away 
and popped in the post to a lovely friend.

If you fancy giving them a go the full pattern can be found in the right hand 
side bar on this page or by clicking here.

...... a little word of warning though before I go ......
they are SO addictive to make !

Monday, 9 May 2016

Oh My !

Oh My ! 
Where, oh where, oh where does the time go ? 
My poor little blog space seems to be having to take a bit of a back seat lately
 and I feel terrible that it was way back in March that I last sat down to write a post.

So, I come bearing flowers and hope that you will 
have a couple of minutes for a sit down, a cuppa and a catch-up !

I'd love to be able to tell you that it's because I've been off 
travelling the world or that I've been tucked away inventing
something magnificently earth shatteringly amazing !
 But I totally haven't and my only journeys have been to work and back
  and, other than a few crochet designs, 
I have nothing new to offer to the meaning of life.

Sadly, ( or interestingly !! ) I can't even claim that my 'busy' has involved the
 boring household stuff, as my ironing pile is as high as the ceiling
 and, quite frankly, I have no idea how we'd manage
 in our house without ready meals !

Even my trip to the garden centre to buy useful garden type stuff 
resulted in me coming home with a lovely bag full of ribbons

 and cards and delicious stationery from the gift department :)

But busy is good -
I love BUSY.
And even on those days when I think how lovely it 
would be to just have nothing at all on the 'To Do' list
I know that within literally five minutes I would have found 
stacks of things to fill it up with again !

I am still designing and writing tutorials for The Crochet Club 
and as there has pretty much been one a week since the 
beginning of the year crochet still takes up a very 
large percentage of my day ..... 
and that makes me very HAPPY !

Today I have finally got around to uploading all the
 latest designs to my blog, 
and all the patterns are ready and waiting for you in 
the right hand sidebar of this page.

From Bathmats to Backpacks, to Crochet Beads and Bunny Hats ....
the list is nothing if not varied !

The other fun thing that I have been up to is taking an online
 photography course .... 
and well, who knew !! 
So many little tips and tricks of the trade.
The course was run by the lovely Emily Quinton of Makelight - 
she also has a fab website that it is well worth taking a peek at.

Oh, it's been lovely to pop back to this quiet little blog corner this afternoon - 
and I really must try harder to not leave it so long next time.

Busy is good but sometimes tea and a catch up is even better.
Wishing you all a happy week.