The idea recently came up of teaching one of my friends here in Brussels to crochet, so I thought I’d test the waters to see if there is interest in a regular craft gathering, where people can learn, share ideas, get advice or just spend some time with people with similar interests. Here’s a reallyContinue reading “Getting crafty in Brussels?”
A pretty simple crochet pattern for a beanie in bulky yarn, with a ponytail/bun hole at the top.
What do you do when you find evidence of moths in your stash?
I’ve just re-learned to crochet and it taught me some broader lessons.
You may know that I have two beautiful doggies. Although we are in Australia, it gets pretty cool in the winter and we have found that they sometimes need a little coat to keep them warm, especially at night. Roxy, as half whippet, half border-collie, is deeper-chested that most dogs, but stockier than most whippets.Continue reading “Fancy a free dog coat?”
One of the key building blocks of knitting is stitch patterns. Every sweater, blanket, sock, dog coat, whatever, has at its heart one or more stitch patterns – combinations of purls, knits, yarn overs, slips, knit togethers and all the other knitting elements, that make a pattern. These can go from the very simple –Continue reading “Announcing the knitting stitch library”
Our dog Roxy is a lurcher, which makes her a funny shape – skinnier and longer than her collie father, chunkier than her whippet mother. But like most lurchers, she feels the cold. I knitted her a few coats this year. The first adapted the SAS coat pattern, to add a turtleneck. She’ll only useContinue reading “Lurcher coats”
Hmmm…seems I haven’t been very creative since I moved to Australia! Well, I have a bit, but not good about blogging it and admittedly, less so than I was in London and Brussels. I did get married recently and knitted a shrug for myself, using lovely wool bought during the delightful Yarn Corner retreat atContinue reading “Knitting for my wedding”
Two of my friends have got married this autumn and I offered to knit both of them a shawl or shrug to wear with their outfit. I’m very happy that they both accepted, and in fact chose very different things. Jane had a very traditional church wedding in Chipping Camden in the Cotswolds, and choseContinue reading “A Knitting Wedding Spree”
There are few things as lovely, in this age of electronic media, as coming home and finding a handwritten envelope on your doormat. I had that experience today. To enhance the pleasure of the whole experience, the envelope bore unknown handwriting. A handwritten letter from someone unknown! How delicious! I’m sure we’ve all been thereContinue reading “Unfinishable”