I like that I have making traditions.  For new babies it’s a toy, sometimes a giraffe, maybe a baby blanket.  For teachers at Christmas it’s a chocolate orange, and at Easter a little chick.  I love this pattern!!!

However this year I have a problem with (being in this rut) following this tradition.  Darling Noot has been at her preschool just over a year now, meaning that she is approaching her second Easter there…

Behold Easter Baskets!!

I designed the pattern for the basket, but the rose is an Attic 24 pattern.  I don’t have time to reinvent the wheel so here is the link to Lucy’s beautiful May Roses.

Easter Basket Patternthis pattern uses US terms.  And is in amigurumi, spiral style.

Materials:  I used a Clover 3.5mm hook with Paintbox Cotton, which comes in an enormous range of colours.



Chain 5.

Round one:  1sc in 2nd chain from hook.

1sc in each of next two chains

3sc into the final chain.

On the other side of the starting chain, 1 sc in the first three chains, 3sc in the final chain.

Round two:

1 sc in next three sc.  Then 2sc in each of the next three sc, 1 sc in the next three sc and 2sc in the last three sc of the round (18sc)

Round three:

1 sc in next three sc.  *Then 2sc in next sc, 1 sc in the next sc* and repeat between  **  twice (three times in total).  1sc in next three sc and *then 2sc in next sc, 1 sc in the next sc* and repeat between  **  twice (three times in total).  (24sc)

Round four:

1sc in next three sc. *Then 2sc in next sc, then 1sc in next two scs* and repeat between ** twice (three times in total).  Then 1sc in next three sc, *then 2sc in next sc, then 1sc in next two scs* and repeat between ** twice (three times in total).  (30sc)

Round five:

1sc in next three sc. *Then 2sc in next sc, then 1sc in next three scs* and repeat between ** twice (three times in total).  Then 1sc in next three sc, *then 2sc in next sc, then 1sc in next three scs* and repeat between ** twice (three times in total).  (36sc)

Round six:

In BACK LOOPS ONLY:  1 sc in each sc, (36sc.

Rounds seven to thirteen:

1 sc in each sc (36sc)

Round fourteen- final round.

Slip stitch all the way round to form an edging. (36 slip stitches)

Sew in all ends.


Handle of Basket

Leaving tail of approx 6inches, chain 25.

1sc in 2nd chain from hook, then 24sc, one into each chain.

chain one.

1sc into each chain on the other side of the starting chain.  Leave tail of approx 6inches.

Sew handle of basket onto the basket, using the tails of yarn and sew in ends.


If desired make a rose such as the May Rose and leaf.  Or another embellishment.

I hope you enjoy making these little baskets, I loved choosing the yarns for each one individually and really enjoyed making these.  Please get in touch if you need any help or find any errors.

Happy making!






I’m the first to admit that I have a bit of a short attention span when it comes to crochet.  So many wonderful things to make and so little time!!  So as projects draw to a close I struggle to continue with them and my mind starts wandering off in directions of what I might make next.

You’ll be pleased to hear that I need to assemble 3 last chocolate orange covers, and finish crocheting the final one and then that’s it.  All 12 completed ready for teacher gifts.  I feel very efficient at how early I have completed them, to the complete detriment of a myriad of other things I hasten to add, lest you think I’m efficient!!

The wonderful Carousel Crochet Along by Stylecraft is also coming to an end.  I am still blundering through part 4, I just can’t get on with joining as you go and as each part is added I feel a swirl of emotions including almost abject terror that it will never lie flat and turn out tiny.  Part 5 has been released and is thankfully a kind of ripple border, that I look forward to starting eventually.

However wonderful these projects look right now, however great they will be when finished and that amazing feeling of having completed something to look forward to, I am thinking about what to do next…

It’s got to be a bag.

I love crochet bags.  This is my Attic 24 Jolly Chunky bag, I’ve lost count of how many I’ve made and I love this pattern.


You can compare mine to Lucy’s and see that other than different coloured flowers, leaves and buttons mine is exactly the same.  If it ain’t broke…

This is my other crocheted project bag.  This is a fantastically sized bag, and due to the lining and stiffener on the inside it really holds a lot.  It was also a bit of a stash buster to try and use up some of the bits and bobs of chunky I had left over from other things.  This bag is from Crafternoon Treats – the chunky retro granny stash bag.

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My most recent bag is this one:


I am completely in love with it.  It was my holiday treat project and I must shamefully confess that it’s use has been confined to being stroked and lovingly opened and closed.  One of the things I love about this bag is the big button on the front that my Granny made for me.  She’s always been crafty and since moving into a home in 2010 she’s started lots of exciting new crafts, although sadly she’s unable to craft anymore – she is 99 so I guess you can’t go on forever.

This is also by Crafternoon Treats.  I love the weight of this bag, the fabric is so sturdy it needs no lining and holds it’s shape really nicely.  Of course this is another example of following the pattern including the colours.

So what next?  Keep reading…


Chocolate Orange Cover

Chocolate oranges have been a big part of our Christmas traditions for the last 5 years.  I first made chocolate orange covers for the nursery ladies when Coot first went to her nursery.  They were owls and I followed a pattern.  They were very well received.


And because I love a cute little crochet gift, and a chocolate orange, I have continued making chocolate orange covers every year.  Luckily I haven’t had to make as many as that first year for the last couple of years, as Coot has only had two teachers at a time!  However this year is going to be a bad one.  At Noot’s pre-school they have key workers but the children interact with all the ladies so I’ve got a fair bit of work to do!!  And this year Coot has a teacher share in her class so I’m looking at making around 13 chocolate orange covers.

Last year I made Christmas pudding covers but couldn’t find the pattern I used anywhere so this year I made it up myself.  It may be because the oranges have decreased in size but this year the pattern is completely closed which means you could also use the cover as a little dish for sweets.



Chocolate Orange Cover Pattern – this pattern uses US crochet terms.

You will need: 4mm hook

Stylecraft special dk; walnut, cream and green for holly leaves.

Yarn needle

Three red buttons.

A chocolate orange

Stitch markers (unless you like to live dangerously!)


  1. Magic circle, 6 sc into magic circle (6sc).
  2. 2 sc in each sc around (12sc).
  3. 2sc in first sc then 1sc in next sc, repeat 5 more times (18sc).
  4. 2sc in first sc then 1sc in next 2 sc, repeat 5 more times. (24sc).
  5. 1 sc in next 3 sc then 2sc in next sc, repeat 5 times (30sc).
  6. 1 sc in next 4 sc then 2sc in the next sc, repeat 5 times (36sc).
  7. 2sc in first sc then 1 sc in next 5 sc, repeat 5 more times (42sc).

8-15. 1sc in each sc around (42sc). – 8 rows.

  1. 1sc into 5 sc then sc2tog, repeat 5 more times (36sc.)
  2. 1sc in each sc around (36sc.)

Fasten off walnut yarn.

  1. This row creates the drips of the cream on the Christmas pudding and is very flexible so choose your own pattern of stitches.  Using cream yarn, chain 1 and sc into first sc, then 1sc in next 5sc and insert hook in a stitch 3 rows below current row and make stitch as usual. 1sc in next 2sc and insert hook 2rows below current row and make stitch as usual. 1 sc in next 7 sc and insert hook 3 rows below current row and make stitch then 1 sc in next 2 sc and insert hook 4 rows below current row and make stitch. 1Sc in next 5sc and insert hook 3 rows below current row then 1sc in next 3sc and insert hook 5 rows below current row and make stitch. 1Sc in next 5 sc and insert hook 3 rows below current row and make stitch.  (36sc).

19-22. 1 sc in each sc around (36sc). – 4 rows.

Make two slip stitches and fasten off and sew in all ends.

For the holly leaves there are some fantastic crochet patterns out there.  I use and love this one by Lucy from Attic24.

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Just a heads up that this holly leaf pattern is in UK crochet terms.

The “rule” of art is generally odd numbers, but I felt that three buttons was the most important and that three leaves was a bit much.  Of course when you make your own covers you can choose how many leaves/berries you want.


If you don’t have the right kind of buttons in your button box or like me you need a ton of similar buttons I recommend a quick search on ebay.



I am so pleased with how these have turned out.  I hope you enjoy this pattern, please let me know if you have any queries or problems and I will do my best to help 🙂

I am also working on adapting this into a bird cover, but we will have to cross our fingers as I struggle to work out the beak!!



Finished Object Dissatisfaction

Normally the finishing of a piece of crochet brings a joyful high, you want to stroke the piece, there’s a sense of loss that it’s finished and you just want to gift/use it straight away.  Unfortunately my latest FO has not brought me much joy!  The project is of course the Anya blanket.  It is no fault of the pattern as it is truly a beautiful pattern and a really pleasurable crochet so it must have been the yarn.  The precious, sought after, longed for, Ice yarn bundle.


If you are not an Ice yarn fan you might not know that the reason I was so thrilled with this bundle is that Ice yarns sell their yarn in a pack.  So if you want a rainbow like mine, you need to buy a pack of 4 balls, per colour, which means 32 balls of yarn and the associated cost.  Not something I was able to get into.  So when the bundle came up on a yarn selling site I was so excited.  Finally, the time had come!!!

So to clarify my painfully longwinded thoughts, gorgeous yarn, wonderful pattern  what could go wrong?!

And I’m still not sure what my problem is with this project.


I added some extra rows to the end to make the circle larger as it was designed for aran yarn and a bigger hook, so I’m not thrilled that mine won’t lie flat, after all this time and crocheting I’m still not 100% sure on my circle maths.  And I guess I just like a bigger blanket, as Coot and Noot are growing the smaller blankets become rather pointless as they like to snuggle.  Perhaps this is just the start of a new era of only making massive blankets?

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However it’s still a pretty decent make, it’s finished and the girls love it.  And I was able to pass on the Ice rainbow to one of my best friends.

But my current WIP is a real joy bringer.  The Carousel CAL by Stylecraft and Sue Pinner is getting better and better by the part.  The third part is all about beautiful pentagons.  Noot loved playing with these.


And the best bit is that one of the suggestions in the CAL is to sew the ends in as you go.  I’m not one to sew ends in as I go, can you imagine?!  However I’m a sucker for the rules so I have sewn them in as I go and I am very pleased I have done so!!


And the pentagon centres make perfect beds for Noot’s Puppy in my Pocket dogs!!




One Armed Crochet

I have been a mother for more than seven years now so you’d think I’d be used to doing myriad things inefficiently while meeting someone else’s needs.  But children get older and need you less, so you think you will get time to do some crochet.  (Coot and Noot still like me in the same room as them so I can’t get on with housework – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!)  Thankfully Noot is a September baby so while she is nearly four we get a whole extra year together before she starts school.  I am so grateful for this, we have a lovely time together between lunch and collecting Coot where we cuddle up on the sofa together and watch the TV favourite du jour.  This is the perfect time to catch up on a bit of crochet, to recharge my batteries with yarn before I do the school run, homework (sob!) and any after school actitives or play dates.  However, despite Noot’s advanced age, I’ve noticed more and more recently that she shuffles across the sofa to rest her head against me, I lift up my arm and she snuggles in.  I can’t do crochet like this!  And I don’t want to let her go.  It’s a real dilemma.  So here is a list I have put together for you to recharge woolly batteries with one arm, so you can cuddle your babies 🙂

  • Check out some blogs; I love Attic 24, The Patchwork Heart, Walker Whimsy and The Felted Button
  • I have a guilty love of Buzzfeed.
  • Window shop yarn, either Indie dyers on Etsy or shop yarn on your favourite website.
  • Window shop patterns on Ravelry
  • Read books about crochet and murder, pretty light reading but enjoyable.  I like this series.
  • Design something, you need to make sure that the arm you write with is not the arm cuddling your baby!
  • And of course Pinterest!

Enjoy your children, there will be time for yarn when they are teenagers and you are outside a gig or club past your bedtime waiting for them to come out!




By the way, if you’re interested this is what I am desperate to finish today:


The Stylecraft and Sue Pinner Carousel CAL.

Disappointment…and joy!

I am struggling with my current blanket, not only that but I am seriously considering selling it.  I am looking forward to being done and giving away any leftover yarn.  I don’t think I have ever felt this before.  Sure, when you are coming to end of a project, the last few squares of a blanket or you’re looking at a pile of ami limbs waiting to be sewn up (I am averting my eyes from this very sight right now!) it’s reasonable to have a bit of a sigh.  But this blanket, this amazing rainbow joy, has been on my to do list for so very long.  I got a set of variegated Ice yarns in the colours of the rainbow from a stash group on FB and began this project with such joy.  This is the beautiful blanket that has been on my mind and project list for so long;  Anya blanket by Lisa Gutierrez, I paid for it and I hope you’ll agree that this pattern was worth every penny.anya-blanket-lizI can’t even explain why I’m disappointed with it, because it looks ok and in the photo I feel even better about it.  Maybe when it’s blocked and all the ends are done.


But, where there is yarn there is joy.  I’m pretty sure it’s a good thing that I have a teeny Ravelry addiction and obviously my favourite thing is all the beautiful patterns, with so many being free – thank you clever designers!  There is a thread, my go to for a cheer up read entitled “Thou Shalt Not”  it basically covers all the things you know you shouldn’t do, but we all do them.  And I found this wonderful post, and the author Laura has kindly agreed for me to share her quote and my art on here – many thanks!!  This brings me such joy, especially since yesterday my mum asked where I had bought it from.  It also may explain why I’m struggling so much with Anya!


May your hooks dance lightly along!


Radio Silence

I am both sorry and amazed that I haven’t updated this blog for more than two years.  Time has just flown by!!  Today I woke with a bleak feeling in my heart as Coot has her second day in year 3 and Noot starts her extra morning at nursery.  I had plans to work this morning, I started designing some bookmarks for your crochet books, checked on a canvas I am so excited to make for our home and then started designing a new project to publish on here.

But I have been so busy these last two years.  I started (and never finished) one of those year books that helps you to accomplish your goals, and my goal was to do an online art course.  It was a real game changer and mainly because it opened up my mind showing me the amazing things I can do!

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I have taken commissions…

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And I am thrilled with my Knit and Crochet Project Journal and how well it is selling.  I will be designing other bits and bobs for knit and crochet projects that can be downloaded free from this website as I use my lonely mornings for work 🙂

Feel free to come and say hello on Facebook too.

More soon, I promise!


Lydia, my nemesis!

I have been crocheting for some time now, nearly 5 years and it’s safe to say that I *feel* I can crochet anything.  However I do tend to stay in my comfort zone.  But I am branching out!  One of my online crochet groups is doing a “12 shawls of 2014” crochet-along.  I’ve resisted so far.  When I say resisted I have added the patterns to my Ravelry queue and printed some out to drool over.

Until the other day.

A perfect opportunity arose to make and gift a shawl, and I just happened to have the perfect yarn waiting on the back of my sofa!  It’s one ball of King Cole Riot in shade 413.  I say perfect, it’s approximately 50m too short to do this project but since when would I let that stop me?! The photo that alerted me to this pattern was beautiful (excuse my phone photo!) and so I searched it out, behold Lydia! The pattern appears reasonably simple, certainly not impossible and yet I have had to frog the whole lot completely once already, SOB! And it turns out that the riot yarn is perfect in terms of colour and feel, but it doesn’t take too kindly to being frogged!  (It’s 70% acrylic, 30% wool and ever so slightly fluffy.)


Yep, as you can see it was just starting to take shape and one side was considerably different to the other.  I appreciate that I’ve never made a shawl before but that didn’t seem right (I had 18 little holes on the left and 21 on the right!!!)

I have undone all that and just starting again, 4 rows in and I’m still not happy but I heard on the grapevine that if I stick to the pattern and get over the first hump it will all come good.  That remains to be seen.

I wanted to post this to show what real crochet is like.  Sure, there are times when everything goes perfectly, the other projects posted on here have been exactly that, but also exactly in my comfort zone.  There are times when patterns are hard to read, or hard for you to understand (no matter how well they are written) or you are too tired to be on the ball but that is no reason to give up, frog it back and start again.

Having said all that, I am impatient and with the little ones I’ve not exactly got hours and hours so I’ll give this one more try and see how I get on.  Wish me luck!



Adventure in the Woods Playset

There are a lot of gorgeous patterns on Ravelry and I have bought several by The One and Two Company before.  However when I saw this playset I knew it would be perfect for Noot’s 2nd birthday in September.  For the first time in ages I really got on with this pattern.  It is a really well written pattern and the fact that this set is made up of lots of smaller elements means that you get a “finished object” hit every couple of hours.  And you can obviously make just one hedgehog or the birdie, or any combination of the elements.


Having used cotton a lot recently I thought I would use my Stylecraft Special DK for this project.  I used a 3mm hook to get a reasonably tight fabric and it was still much easier on the hands than the cotton.  I have a lot of colours and really enjoyed going through and picking out which colours matched closely to the original pattern.  I know that shows a distinct lack of imagination but with a project like this I thought the chosen colours were just right and sometimes it’s a good idea to do this to encourage you to use colours you otherwise wouldn’t have.  For example I love the “meadow” green that forms most of the playmat, however I probably wouldn’t have chosen it for this project but I’m glad I used it as I think any of the other greens would have been too dark and might have drawn the eye away from all the little figures.



It must be the most involved crochet project I’ve completed and I am beyond thrilled with it.  I just hope Noot loves it too, I have a long wait to find out!  Of course until then I will bask in my efficiency (and get on with Coot’s birthday present and my new baby gifts!!)


Stripey Giraffes!

I think this year I will mostly be harping on about new baby presents.  I also think “Why not?”  There will be a time in my life when I have no new babies to make for (sad times!) although admittedly 7 is rather a lot for one year (and I’ve already got my fingers crossed for 2 next year!)


Anyway, I love this giraffe pattern and to me it’s a perfect new baby gift.  I have used the same Stylecraft Classique cotton as the new baby bunny and this not only looks cute but the cotton makes it feel extra special.



However this is quite a big make.  If you look at the pattern or look at my photo you can see that.  Not only do you have 10 body parts to sew together (I have to be in the right mood for this meaning there are often bags of disarticulated limbs knocking around my living room!) but each part is quite time consuming, especially with the stripes!  I hope that I’m not putting you off.  (To give you some perspective this is the 5th I have made and I have done 2 arms of the 6th today!)


So despite how much I love this pattern I thought that I would have a go at re-scaling it to make it as cute but with less work.  (With two little girls to run around after I need to save as much time as I can!)

This is my first attempt:


This little guy turned out teeny as I used Patons Mirage Yarn, this one (although I bought it in my LYS).  It was quite a thin dk and as I wanted the fabric nice and tight I used a 2.5mm hook!  He was a long time in the making!  I think you’ll agree that he is lacking something due to lack of proper stripes, Noot doesn’t mind and has adopted him happily.


This brings me on to my second attempt;


This giraffe looks much more like the original pattern, solely due to the pattern of stripes.  He was also not a lot smaller than the giraffe I made from the original pattern in Stylecraft Classique, as I used Drops Paris cotton which is aran weight and a 4mm hook.  I am really pleased with this giraffe as it worked out less work and still as cute as the original.  I’m also really pleased at the way the Drops cotton worked out as it comes in soooo many colours.  I can’t wait to start my next giraffe using this pattern and this cotton!

Thank you for reading,