Amigurumi elephant

Sad little elephant

This sad-looking little fellow is one of my recent makes. The yarn was a bargain buy from Flying Tiger. I think it only cost a pound, so I didn’t expect much from it, but it was probably the best yarn that I’ve ever worked with for this type of project.

I used Google to translate the pattern from Danish. I then did a little bit of detective work to correct Google’s translation, which had mysteriously included some strange instructions. Once this was sorted out, it was a lovely pattern to follow. My little elephant is just 8cm tall, but if you fancy making a larger one, there’s a pattern for that.


King Cole Riot Chunky Yarn - Moors

Not another hat and scarf

I love King Cole Riot Chunky yarn, it comes in such a lovely range of colours. I bought some of the moors shade ages ago and I’ve been looking lovingly at it all this time, not exactly sure what I’d make with it. I have a gazillion scarves and hats that I’ve either knitted or crocheted, and I don’t really wear hats anyway.  Continue reading

Knitting and Stitching Show Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 Knitting and Stitching Show

I wasn’t sure if I’d manage to get to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show because of the snow we’ve had this week but, despite the media’s non-stop scaremongering, I got there without any problems.  Continue reading

Pincushion hearts

100 Hearts for 100 Years

I love it when my hobbies come together. As well as crafting, I’ve been researching my family history for about 15 years. I’ve managed to add over 800 people to my family tree, going back as far as the 1640s on one branch.

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Crocheted hearts

Works of Heart

I’ve found my first charity project of the year. Volunteers have been asked to help make 10,000 woolly hearts to raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

In exchange for a donation, the hearts will be available for visitors at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival to place on trees around the ‘Work of Heart’ garden.

The garden is the creation of Clare Young, whose husband was cared for at the hospice. Last year, Clare, along with an army of knitters, surprised staff and visitors by yarn bombing the hospice grounds.

This led to her being invited to create a full-size knitted garden for the festival, which will feature thousands of knitted and crocheted creations.

If you would like to be involved, there are free crochet and knitting patterns available to download from the Work of Heart Garden website. Hearts need to be submitted by 7 May 2018.

The crochet pattern is a really quick and easy one and each heart took me about five minutes to complete.

I really hope that Clare and her team smash the £50,000 target set for this appeal.




Florence the Sheep - a suffragist

Florence knew it was a very important year

Florence is a sheep who knows her own mind. She firmly believes that for everything that has gone before, you should vote, have a voice and stand up for what you think is right.

Today marks 100 years since UK women, who met the right criteria, gained the right to vote. It was another 10 years before all women were given the vote, on equal terms with men.

The fight for equality continues.






Crochet midwife

Did someone call?

With Call the Midwife back on our TV screens, it reminded me of this little lady, who I made a while back for a campaign highlighting the shortage of midwives in the UK.

The Knitted Midwife campaign has finished now, but you can still read all about it and see photos of some of the 500 knitted and crocheted midwives that were made. If you fancy making one for yourself, I based mine on this free pattern.

I wonder where she lives now?