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

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

 Crochet Hearts  

I have to admit - I do love a heart !
I wouldn't even like to hazard a guess at just how many
 there are hanging up in our house - 
whether they're wooden or tin or crocheted or painted, 
there's a home for them somewhere here.

Crochet hearts are a particular favourite though and 
there is just something so deeply satisfying about 
making these little 3D shapes.

I first had a go at making one of these about three years ago 
and I've lost count of how many different variations I have made since. 
The first one was as a trial to see if they would work as
 little Wedding Favours for my daughters wedding. 

Well, they did work and I ended up making over 40 of them !

The original pattern that I used is here if you fancy giving them a go.

They are also perfect for making little colour swatch hearts, 
I made these ones below when I was trying 
out the colours and yarns for my Spring Sampler Shawl

They make perfect stash busters too, 
with each heart taking only the smallest amount of yarn to make.

Since that first batch of hearts subsequent ones I have made have been 
tweaked and adapted until I have found my perfect shaped heart.
I think everyone has a preferred shape of their own.

I have even made some tiny little ones - perfect for key rings!


The most recent ones I have made are slightly bigger and fuller in shape
 and they were for the Heart Garland in my book.
You can find the pattern here

Also in the book is a pattern for a really simple flat heart. 

I designed this as part of my Wedding Wreath as I wanted to 
create the effect of a handful of heart shaped confetti.

 Book Photo by Emma Mitchell

With Valentines day upon us why don't you give Crochet Hearts a little try ?
I have to warn you though .... they are seriously addictive!


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

  Sometime soon...

Now, I know we're only in January and I know we could still be faced with an icy,
 snowy blast right up until Easter but already there is a little part of
 me that is willing Spring on.

Don't get me wrong, I love all the seasons and the various stages they go through
 but the January and February period is a tough one isn't it ? 

So, what to do to counteract those somewhat grey days ?
Why, crochet some Spring of course !

From wreaths, to garlands to zingy green hearts the possibilities are endless.
 This Spring Wreath is the one I designed for the Simply Crochet Magazine 2019 Calendar
 and you can find more details here


The wreath below is one that I made last year for Crochet Now magazine
 and this is the one that is currently hanging on my kitchen door, willing Spring along. 
You can find more details here.


Of course, the flip side of a grey day is a cosy evening in crocheting and if, like me, 
you have a fair few balls of yarn stashed away how about hooking up some
 of these little amigurumi hearts to be strung on to a ribbon ? 
They are simple and quick to make and you can find the pattern here


If one thing then leads to another and you find yourself wanting more
 evening crochet projects, what could be more Springy than a little Polar Bear
 dressed up in a Spring Flower crown ?

Originally I designed this bear as a Christmas Polar Bear ( pattern here )
 but with the winter accessories whipped off and some bright pastel flowers added ......

.... ta dah, Spring Bear !
You can find the patterns for tiny flowers and leaves here


One of the very first garlands I made was a Spring one. 
It was a combination of both knitted and crochet flowers ( you can find the detail here )
and it still comes out every year to decorate our fireplace. 

So, what Spring crochet have I got planned for this year ?
Well, right now, deep inside my head somewhere, there is a little seed growing for
 a crocheted snowdrop wreath design, 
and anytime soon I just might have to set to with hook and yarn
 and let the idea burst out !