Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Handmade Fair 2014

Oh my god.  This was so epic it's almost impossible to imagine how I can actually convey it...

My best girl and I jumped on a train super early, she was in charge of the picnic I did tickets and we chugged through sussex up to Hampton Court.  The venue was so beautiful we probably could have spent the day just roaming around the grounds, but we duly trotted in to fair and had our socks knocked off.

The making tents and craft sessions were fantastic, we had a session by Sesame Origami which was brilliant, and our teacher was super cute.  We saw the conversation with Kaffe Fasset and Kirsty Allsop which needs a whole post all to itself.  He is just awwwwwwwwesome.

The selling tents were monumental and I met fellow internet crafters in the flesh, as well as getting some bananas yarns that I'm SO excited about using...  Here are some pics, there just aren't words.

And I love you Kate Sully xxx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Crochet Candy Skull

Clearly if anyone was going to be obsessed with Halloween, it'd be me.  I know there's still weeks to go, but I'm already working on a costume to take the beasts trick or treating in.  I spent ages trying to figure out what to be, and all the while it was staring me in the face, literally!  A couple of months ago I spent a very happy weekend doodling candy skull designs all over my mannequin head, just for fun, and it's been sat right under my nose.

Now I have short blond hair, not appropriate for a candy skull tribute I hear you say.  So I've made hair, just for me this time, based on the mermaid hair pattern but bigger.  I have actually crocheted a Mexican Day of the Dead wig!  It's so awesome.  Will get the twin over, have a practise on her and show you the results.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sneak peek and a pot noodle

Reeeeally enjoying the pottering alongness of making an infinity scarf, no counting, no thinking, just putting together russet oranges, berry purples and late summer greens, it's bliss.

As the weather starts to cool it makes me want something warm for lunch, and this 'pot noodle' recipe in Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall's 'Veg' is peeeeerfect.  Chop all the green things, put in a jar on top of dry noodles, crush some ginger, garlic and chilli in it, then a spoon of stock, lime juice and soy, hot water and 10 mins later and mmmmmmmm....  I was SO excited to have this I sat it on my desk so I could stare at it til lunch.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn Yarn

I've been working on stuff for The Book so long, writing patterns, counting stitches and generally getting very tightly wound, that I am abandoning the Mitten Mission and going for some good, old fashioned,'let's just crochet and see what happens'.

I've dug through the yarn mountain, picked out my most autumnal colours and I'm just going to go freestyle and make an infinity scarf of some sort.

Autumn is my absolute favourite season. The weather cools enough to start getting out all the wool wear and the colours everywhere are glorious.  The evenings shorten, the blankets come out and there's a sense of complete peace, it's like everything gives a big satisfied sigh as the conkers are dropped, the final berries ripen and all that's left is to wait for the pumpkins to fatten.

So, autumn colour yarn for an autumn tribute scarf.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The good with the bad

I love crochet, you know I do, but I thought that today I'd share something more important than the successes.  Sometimes it just doesn't work out.  You can have a great idea and after a week of crocheting and unravelling and starting again, sometimes you just have to have a break, take a breath, wait for the RSI to abate and then start again.

I had an idea for some mittens with a cable crochet owl on them, that didn't work so I thought I'd just make a plain pair.  Turns out you need to make mittens with a bit more room than you'd think. So then I thought 'oooooh, I'll make them with chevrons in' - turns out you REALLY need the right number of foundation stitches to make that work, you can't just wing it.

So I'm having a break.

I'll try again tomorrow.

Instead here's a picture of a baby beaver to make me feel better.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Molly Make's Christmas

One of my best girls (aka craft bitches) sent me a very excited Wassap message last night.  There were a lot of exclamation marks and general effusivenss, all over the new Christmas Molly Make's book. She's probably hunting it down as I type.

Once it's been hunted and caught, there'll be a very satisfying evening pouring over it, with mutual cooing, and then I'll tell you if it's any good.

I'm already VERY taken with the fox collar...

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Trotted over to Lewes in East Sussex for a completely lovely afternoon with a friend today.  Ambling up the high street I stumbled across a gorgeous, chaotic shop called 'Abigail's Drapery'.  There were beautiful linens and yarns stuffed into nooks and cubbys, an old display case full of damask off-cuts, spools of thread, antique sewing machines, and the loveliest shop assistant (who was a free-lance display artist and hairdresser, so cool).  If you're ever in the area you definitely have to take a look.