Shhh! Secret crochet project

Shhh! Secret crochet project


I’m madly crocheting at the moment, and following a pattern (!). It’s a bit of a cheeky secret gift for someone. It’s pretty.


It’s just an acrylic Panda yarn, but the colours are lovely.

I got the pattern on ravelry, from Naturally Nora (a very productive crochet pattern maker) here. It’s gorgeous. This one is a little more “far out” because of my yarn choice.

Much of my first night was spent ripping rows I somehow stuffed up, but now I’m on my way there is no looking back. I have just five to six more rows to go and then I’ll be adding some plain wooden toggles. But no telling, it’s a secret.

I’m sure many of you out there are expert hook wielders…. what pattern/project/tutorial can you recommend for someone who is really just starting out?

Chat soon xx

Taking mistakes and turning them into something good.

Hi there!

I made another crocheted basket the other day. It didn’t work out. Not sure what I was thinking about when I did it, but I definitely wasn’t counting stitches! The bottom was a mess. It was so bad, I didn’t even take any photos. A rare event in this place (that is, not taking a photo is rare! crafting mishaps are much less rare!)

Last night, in the midst of a declutter frenzy, I picked it up. Thought about throwing it in the bin, but I really loved that yarn. Thought about unravelling it and starting again, but my heart sank. Then i realised. Turn it upside down and Voila! Beanie.



A bit of a strange shape still, but the recipient doesn’t care. 24 degrees here and Baby’s still wearing his “special hat”. Love him.

Please tell me I’m not the only one resisting chucking crafty accidents in the bin?

Chat soon xx20150114-224454-81894367.jpg

Offering the present moment

I could spend an hour writing about my Christmas, the family gatherings, the food, the homemade gifts, etc… but the family and friend gatherings continue here – lots of sitting, drinking red wine, chatting about past, present future.

So instead, here’s an offering of my present. Yes, another crocheted vessel in progress. I have no idea what this yarn is, but it feels like a cotton / linen.
Perhaps you might know??

Happy crafting, chat soon xx


This could be the beginning of a new venture: crochet baskets ‘r’ us?


How fantastic is crochet?!? Yep, still a crochet newbie and still overwhelmed by what can be achieved with a simple hook and a bit of yarn. Love it.

Think I mentioned in my last post that I was working on this little project, and here it is, in all of its yarny, baskety goodness!

I was originally inspired by this picture but then needed a pattern, which I found at design sponge.

The general gist of the pattern is this:

Make yourself a ring – do it with your magic circle or just with four stitches, whatever works for you.
Round 1: Make 8 single crochets (sc) into the ring. Some people use a stitch marker here to mark the beginning of the round, but I just count. It’s up to you!
Round 2: Make 2 sc into each stitch to end of round.
Round 3: *1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 4: *1 sc into next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 5: *1 sc into next 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of round.

The joy of this pattern is that you can just keep increasing the base until you have the size you want. You do this by just increasing the stitches between the 2 sc into next stitch. I ended up getting to *1 sc into the next 9 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch…. before I stopped increasing.

Then the same applies for the height. One you have found the perfect base size, it is just 1 sc into each stitch until you reach the height you like. You can really play around with this pattern! Low bowls, taller baskets that fold over at the top… so many options. I am sure that if I was better at counting I could also add in some interesting stitches to spice things up a bit, too. Maybe one of those puffy stitches would be cute on this? I was also thinking you could make a really interesting basket by then reducing the width at the top. My brother wants me to make a cat cocoon, which would be fun, too. You can also play around with the yarn you use (tshirt yarn, anyone?). Oh my – so many options… But even plain, I am just so happy with this basket! Oh! And when I had finished, I turned mine inside out. I just prefer the texture of the basket that way.

So, there you have it. Now you can make one, too. I would love it if you could let me know if you make any of these 🙂

Happy hooking lovely people!


No! It can’t be true!

No! It can’t be true!

It has not been that long since my last post. Has it?

We’ve been having a bit of a wild ride this past eight weeks. I’ve been doing some paid work, which has been fun, stimulating and rewarding, but also chaos-bringing and exhausting. And some personal life stuff which I won’t speak of here…

But on all other fronts things are the same!

Hanging out with my three wee men…

Crafting up a storm…
(A crochet basket! More on that another time.)

And baking – for birthdays, school fundraisers, playdates etc…

(Shearers’ loaf – I really should post this recipe soon.)

Just the usual stuff, squeeeezed in around the unusual stuff.

I hope you and yours are well and happy. Chat soon! (Really.) xx

country crafts


Our new country home town has more events, festivals, shows than we would ever have thought possible for a town of less than two thousand people. One event recently saw the local crafters – the “needles and natter” group – coming out to present some of their works.

Lots of “standard” country wares – face washers with crocheted edging, knitted baby booties, crocheted toys. Also among them was a tablecloth work-in-progress by Diane Workman – a collection of doileys that she is handsewing together to make a tablecloth. I have had things like this pinned for some time, with a plan to eventually doing something similar, but never had I considered handsewing! This is truly a labour of love, and even as a work in progress, on its oversized quilting hoop, looked just gorgeous. Makes my fingers itchy! Must get crafting… xo 

crafty crocheted owl show and tell

crafty owl, originally uploaded by summer pickles.

Hello there! Back already with some crafty goodness! 
This is a freshly crafted crocheted owl.

He is very much inspired by this lovely owl by peanutbutterdynamite on etsy.

He is my first stuffed crochet project ever!
He is intended to be for gracing a chair in a nursery, for resting a head when reading, or just being cuddled.
Sadly, as my first ever, his stitching is way too loose around his centre, so you can see the wadding through the wool. Anyone who knows much about crochet could probably have warned me of this, but, a beginning crocheter, I just made up the pattern and gave it a go.

Next time I may even line the front or use a smaller hook, or different stitches, or use double strands of yarn. Next time.
Any advice from you seasoned crocheters out there who know what you are doing?