Tag Archive | Crochet


I have been very busy the last 2-3 weeks. Plenty of little creative projects keeping me busy on my travels like my patchwork quilt, knitting and crocheting poppies for friends and family, making special occasion cards and reorganising my stash.

However, my main preoccupations have been losing weight/getting fit and securing myself a new job.

I can say that I have rejoined Weightwatchers and lost 3lbs in my first week-a solid start to my latest campaign but I can’t say anything about my new job yet other than I am incredibly excited and thrilled to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to start on my new journey. It looks like this won’t be until January but that gives me some time to prepare as best I can, and get organised.

It will be a huge challenge, but I love a challenge!

Go me!


In the pink

A temporary respite from crochet flowers. Knitted flowers.

Each petal is knitted separately in either double knitting or 4-ply then sewn together. One layer or two look equally effectve and I have also embellished this one with a few pearlescent beads and a funky button.

Knitting instructions:

Cast on 7 stitches

Rows 1 and 2            Knit

Row 3                          K1, *Kf&b, K3,K1 (9 stitches)

Row 4                          Knit

Row 5                          K1, Kf&b, K5, K1 (11 stitches)

Rows 6-10                  Knit

Row 11                        [K2tog, K1] 3 times, K2tog

Rows 12-14               Knit

Row 15                        K2 tog, **Sl1 kwise, ***K2tog psso, K2 (3 stitches left)

Row 16                      ****  Sl1 kwise, K1 psso (2 stitches)

Transfer stitch from right needle to left needle and cast off.

*Kf&b = Knit into the front and the back of the next stitch to increase.

** sl1 Kwise = Instead of knitting the next stitch, slip it from the left needle to the right needle.

*** K2tog psso= Knit the next 2 stitches together, then pass the slipped stitch (see ** above) over the last stitch knitted to decrease.

***Slip the first stitch from the right needle to the left needle. Knit the second stitch and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch to decrease. 

To finish off: Transfer the remaining stitch on the right hand needle to the left and pass the stitch on the left over the right (1 stitch remaining) cast off and secure.


Funky flowers

I have finally found something I can do on the train without my arms flailing everywhere threatening to accidentally stab my fellow passengers with knitting needles.

Crochet hooks are smaller and blunt and therefore crocheting on the train is a much safer and convenient option for me than knitting.

Funky flower brooches are usually the end product and having sold a few and with orders for more in specific colours to do, I need to get on with it.

Off to catch the train!

Have a good day all.

One Happy Hooker

After “Stitch & Bitch” (knitting) and “Scrap ‘n’ Yap” (scrapbooking) and some inspiration from Clothmonkey and Stitchthis, I am now a “Happy Hooker”.

In other words I went shopping yesterday and bought myself a crochet hook and a book in the hope that I can add crochet to my list of “yes, I can do that”.

Learning a new skill is frustrating and slow-going and I will need to be very patient if I am to produce anything of merit (refer to aforementioned Clothmonkey and Stitchthis for some lovely examples of what can be done) and as yet, I’m not sure whether I have enough patience to continue. It’s a good hobby to take on the train as it is compact and portable and a big advantage is that I can sit next to someone and not disturb them with flaying elbows. With all the travelling that I do, this should be enough incentive but we will see. I must persevere.