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 !

Monday, 17 December 2018


Christmas Blanket   

So, here I am again, its very early in the morning, the house is quiet, 
I have Michael Buble singing along in the background 
and I thought I'd just pop back to say a huge thank you to everyone
 for the amazing response I've had with my Christmas Blanket pattern. 

I did a Takeover on Simply Crochet Magazines Instagram page over
 the weekend and it seems I'm not the only one who likes a good dose
 of Christmassy Christmasness as my blanket,
 which has Christmas by the bucket load, 
received just under 18,000 likes from fellow Christmas blanket lovers ! 
Thank you, I'm completely bowled over, to say the least.

I know some of you have had a bit of trouble finding the link to the pattern
 so I thought it probably deserved a little post all of it's own !

I've had the idea for the blanket ticking away at the back of my head
 since last Christmas as I just fell in love with all of the car and tree decorations
 that seemed to be everywhere.
I finally got around to putting the design together at the beginning
 of November this year and it was really very magical to watch it all come together.

The actual blanket is worked in dc ( UK terms) with bobbles worked
 throughout in a white sparkly yarn. 
The car and trees are then crocheted separately and sewn on to the finished blanket.


I then edged the blanket with a simple ruffle in a bright Christmassy red.

I used an aran weight, wool mix yarn so the blanket certainly delivers
 on the warm and snuggly front too !

(The full details of all the yarns and colours I used are all included in the pattern.)

So, here's the link:  Christmas Blanket
Happy blanket making - I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!

If, after you've finished making your blanket, you have some yarn left
 and you fancy making the complete set you could
 add the Christmas cushion to your blanket too.

This is a free pattern and you can find it over at  here

Happy Christmassy crocheting everyone!