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...

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Peanut butter hot chocolate and a giant crochet hook

My extremely clever and adorable husband, forwith known as Big Beast, has whipped me up another supersize crochet hook.  The last one was 28mm, this one is 25mm, and he broke a grandfather's garden fork today, so it looks like I'll be getting a 30mm one soon and the heirloom can live on.

Decided to make an oversize shrug, something to throw on in this still quite warm, but definitely beginning to cool off time of year, and in dark chocolate. Mmmm...

And to accompany all this on a cosy Saturday evening?  A new recipe from the Sarah Wilson Cook book of peanut butter hot chocolate, double mmmmm....  Life's pretty good x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Poppies & Polka Dots

A friend of a friend has just opened a new, online haberdashers and gift store.  Think all soft blues and natural materials (although there are other colours too!  And some uber cool prints) it's called Poppies & Polka Dots, is very pretty and I just thought I'd share it with you...

 DIY KitsKids Organic ClothingPretty & PracticalNovelty Sewing AccessoriesScissors etc.Buttons

Ric RacSatin RibbonApple of my eye - Stripe BlueCountry Girls Main AquaLittle Ark - Ark Friends AquaMedium Chevron Royal Blue & White