A ‘ta-dah’ moment! I finished the blanket I was making for Ewan at the weekend. I am so pleased with it. Not only is is Lucy’s Neat Ripple pattern, which is so soothing to work, but it is her colour scheme too. Oh, Coastal Ripple, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Firstly, there is the ripple pattern itself. It’s both a stash-buster and, for me, a stress-buster, too. It’s extremely simple; once you have the basic stitches down, you don’t need to keep stopping to check a pattern. There’s a rhythm to it that I find incredibly soothing. I swear I can feel my heart rate slow down and my jaw unclench as I start to hook. Working this pattern, I can curl up in my chair, put some music on and just let my mind wander. It’s almost like a form of self-hypnosis! Read the rest of this entry »
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I’ve only started crocheting seriously in the last few months. As is my way, once I started to get seriously interested, I started searching out blogs on the subject. I was delighted to find that there are lots of blogs devoted to crochet. Some offer patterns to buy, along with free patterns and tutorials, many offer everything for free – patterns, tutorials and lots of inspiration. The quality is superb and I never fail to bowled over by how generous people can be with their time and expertise. One blog that quickly stood out in terms of quality and content is Attic24, run by Lucy. It’s been going for several years now, and is loaded with tutorials, patterns and ideas. As someone who isn’t confident with using colour it was a Godsend! The tutorials are excellent, very detailed with lots of photos. Each and every one represents hours and hours of work. In addition, there is lots of chit chat. The whole atmosphere is very informal and cosy. Lucy invites us into her life in a very real way. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve finally finished the throw I’ve been making for mum’s christmas present. I love mum’s garden. It’s very much a cottage garden with a huge variety of colour all jumbled together. At the height of the summer, it looks amazing. I was inspired by all the colours of the plants and flowers and the idea of the throw is bringing the garden inside – a reminder during the cold winters. The pattern was very simple, a v-stitch, but using cluster stitches instead of the usual trebles. This made for a very thick, squishy fabric which feels lovely. Just the thing to snuggle under. Read the rest of this entry »