Thursday, 23 October 2014

Stitched Corner Shop

Just walking around my home town of Brighton today and this little gallery caught my eye.  I nearly just walked on by, there are plenty of little galleries all over Brighton, but something tugged at my curiosity, and after doubling back to see what it was, THIS is what was in there!

Pictures can't convey the bonkers amount of work that Lucy Sparrow (the artist) has clearly put into this, it's literally mind boggling.  Every bit of this corner shop including the magazines, posters and till have been hand sewn and made of felt.  It's completely extraordinary and will only be there until October 27th, so if your're in Brighton go and see it at the no walls gallery on Church Street and be amazed.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Basket weave crochet

Been doing some research and building inspiration boards over on Pinterest, and something that I covet beyond words is a blanket by anthropologie - chunky grey knit, yellow blanket stitch edging, swoooon.  Also saw dottieangle's basket weave scarf and loved the texture and pattern, so decided to put the 2 together.  This is a super chunky, basket weave, crochet cushion cover with a yellow blanket stitch edging, and I love it!

Basket weave stitch is just where you alternate between a few fpdc's followed by the same number of bpdc's, and you get this lovely, alternating stitch pattern.

Oh, and I'm still obsessing about my choco chilli tea, gotta love a Yogi Tea message, listen to the tea....

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Tea & Teal

In my old(er) age I've developed what is now bordering on an obsession, with tea.  I'm British so I did have a head start, but as the hedonistic party years of youth are now drifting off into the horizon, and the relentless early starts of having 2 small beasts take their toll, tea is FAR more appealing in the evening than a glass o' something.  So the tea tasting began, there was a Clipper tea called snoozy time which was a lavender mix and I practically became addicted to but to my utter distress I can't find it stocked anywhere.  Yesterday I stumbled across a new tea.  An enticing and exotic tea.  And I think I might be in love.... It's Choco Chilli Yogi tea.  It's spicy, and warming and cuddly and sooooothing and I think I may have found my new, autumn addiction.

Tucked up with my new tea and a pile of super chunky real yarn, I set to work on an oversize shrug in an open scallop pattern, and in the coolest way, once it was finished it put me in mind of a 1970's bed jacket!  Honestly, what more could you ask for?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Super chunky yarn

So there's talk of another book, ssshhhhhh, don't jinx it!  This one on supersize crochet, ooooooh....

The GORGEOUS Cara at DMC has sent a sample of some new chunky yarns over  so I can see how they work up, and lure me into buying an enormous pile.  They arrived yesterday and honestly, I'm more excited about someone sending me lovely wool to make stuff with than anything else.

There's 'Mia' from the neo-vintage range (which is my fave) but also some really beautiful coloured yarns from their 'Nordic Spirit' range.  Going to play with them later and see what happens, whoop whoop!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Crochet Dress Up

Dear everyone,

I can finally announce that my first crochet book will be published in March 2015.  GAAAAAHHHH!  IT'S SO EXCITING!!  It's a collection of crochet costumes, you'll have seen them on here where ever I mention The Book, all for kids to dress up in and play around.

My lovely publishers are CICO and this pic is of The Book from their new catalogue...  I'M IN A CATALOGUE! GAAAAHHHH!!! Gosh, honestly this week has been exhausting :)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Supersize Crochet

So I've been beavering away with the gorgeous giant hooks Mr.Steel&Stitch has made and finally got some pics of the initials accessories ideas I've made.  It's a bit of an exploration of how to work with different, inexpensive yarns to make up super chunky crochet, and is very much a work in progress, but here they are...

Same 25mm hook, different yarns

Oversize shrug detail

Mustard infinity scarf

Body warmer snood - this is one of the most fantastically useful things I've ever made

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Mustard and Spice

I'm carrying on with my homage to autumn.  I can't get enough of it.  Made paella using sage from a friends garden and a squash plucked from ours, brilliant. We've just had apple and rhubarb crumble for tea, cosies up round the kitchen table with the dark closing in.  There is almost nothing in the world better than that feeling.

Everywhere you look there's gorgeous colours, I'm obsessed with the idea of making something using the palette of a stick of rhubarb - on every level it would awesome.  Also completely delighted with the mustard colour that's all over the high street at the moment, it complements the season sooooo perfectly.

So here's more autumn colour devotion - sage, paprika and tumeric, and my mustard brogues and cardy...