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Testing the Sophie Twirl Raglan pattern
Testing the Sophie Twirl Raglan pattern

When was the last time you did something for the first time ever? This summer I volunteered to join the testing team for Amber Zumbrun’s latest crochet design. It was actually a double first for me: I had never done pattern testing for a designer, AND I had never made...

Delicious Crochet Shawls, by Lisa Cook – a review
Delicious Crochet Shawls, by Lisa Cook – a review

I hadn’t planned on buying a book about crochet shawls but while browsing I flicked through a few crochet books, but none caught my attention until I got to Delicious Crochet Shawls. It was a winner for me because… it contained charts!

Who needs a yarn diet?
Who needs a yarn diet?

Some people decide to go on a “yarn diet” in the New Year. I find it such a dreadful term! Yarn brings such joy to people like us, whereas diets… well, they are rather ghastly for everyone, aren’t they?

Knitters can’t crochet – a myth
Knitters can’t crochet – a myth

Stephanie is a keen knitter, but stated categorically at the start of our first session “I can’t crochet!” Fast forward an hour: it turns out Stephanie can crochet, enjoys it and is even really good at it – she is now bistitchual!

Crochet Home, by Emma Lamb – a review
Crochet Home, by Emma Lamb – a review

Like any good crochet book, this one starts with a section about how to go about using it and I love the fact that the very first information given is that Emma uses UK crochet terms throughout.

Don’t make a scarf!
Don’t make a scarf!

The other day, I was chatting with fellow yarn lovers and we discussed the fact that the first thing most beginners want to do (whether they have a go at knitting or crochet) is to make a scarf, and that’s often a big mistake.

Raising money for Mind with a Crafternoon
Raising money for Mind with a Crafternoon

Over the summer I saw a post somewhere on social media about the mental health charity Mind encouraging people to organise a Crafternoon to raise money for the cause and I thought, why not? So I ordered a fundraising pack!

Crochet in art: Joana Vasconcelos
Crochet in art: Joana Vasconcelos

Today I wanted to talk to you about an artist who uses crochet a lot in her work: Joana Vasconcelos. I discovered this French-born Portuguese artist back in 2012, when I went to visit the palace of Versailles with my aunt and my cousin.

A visit to Sirdar
A visit to Sirdar

Once we were all there, we were taken to a meeting room that made us all green with envy: walls lined with a ball of each yarn made by the DMC Group, which consists of DMC itself, Sirdar (and its sub-brands, like Sublime and Hayfield) and Wool and the Gang

Mandalas to Crochet, by Haafner Linssen – a review
Mandalas to Crochet, by Haafner Linssen – a review

It is a very pleasant book to own. As I work mainly with graphs and tend to ignore written instructions, I cannot guarantee that my copy is 100% error-free but I checked the keys of all 30 mandala charts and everything seems to be correct!

It’s my crochet-versary!
It’s my crochet-versary!

On this day 4 years ago I was giving my first crochet lesson. I love doing this more and more with each lesson I teach. I am eternally grateful to the people who have made this possible along the way.

I have a website!
I have a website!

I am so happy to finally have a website! Please bear with me as I get to grips with the tech involved, both in terms of functionality and aesthetics.