Not enough time

I have decided that over the next month or so I will be closing down this blog.  It is simply because I do not have the time to dedicate to it that I would like and my other social media platforms over on Facebook and Instagram are so immediate and easy to do.

All the patterns including Bluebird’s Granny CAL will be transferred over to Ravelry and will, of course, remain free.

I will let you all know when there is a week to go and will post a link to the Ravelry site.



Finished Object Monday


I know, I know, it doesn’t have the same ring as ‘Finished Object Friday’, but I am impatient to share my latest finish and Friday is 4 whole days away (96 hours!)

I’ve been working on the Bluebird’s Granny CAL byBluebird and Daisy. It’s a 6 part CAL (including the border) and has taken me since early December, with about 4 of those weeks not involving any work on this at all. It measures around 6 feet by 6 feet, and weighs a lot (I’m estimating around 2kg!) It was a fab CAL with detailed instructions, and before I started I had a chat (through the blog) with Tracey, who wrote the pattern. She said it should be ‘doable’ with 4 colours and it certainly was. I’d have liked a mid brown colour but there weren’t any I liked in aran weight so I used chocolate, meadow and…

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Merry Christmas and here’s to a creative New Year

I hope you had a good Christmas, what ever that means to you.  I had a nice chilled morning with my little family followed by a great traditional lunch with the in laws….I was on a late shift at the mortgage paying place from 3pm so I’m having the rest of my Christmas today.

Here’s some of the other things I’ve been busy making for gifts that I can now share as they’re with their new owners:

A Shin-yu cowl from the recent crochet along made in King Cole Riot DK in Urban on a 4mm hook for my mother in law, 240 chain to start with…Shin-Yu Pattern Link

My long term project, Baymax from Disneys Big Hero 6.  I designed the graph on Stitch Fiddle a free online graph making programme.  I’ve never done graph work before and liked the crisp look of bobble stitch, so here it is 80 rows high by 60 or so bobbles across.  I loved making it so I think there’ll be more graphs in 2017.  This was for Tamzin a friends daughter who loves everything Disney….I think it hit the mark for being something different

My version of the Hotel of Bees shawl crochet along, it’s a paid pattern from Ravelry but so worth it, really well written.  Made with Stylecraft Special DK on a 3.75mm hook and blocked lightly.  Hotel of Bees Pattern Link

Poppy from Trolls hat from the Just Crafting Around blog for my daughter….she loves it.  Poppy Hat Pattern Link

And on the needles (yes needles of the circular variety) a garter stitch shrug jacket thingy using some beautiful cotton, alpaca and silk blend yarn from Peru….getting there.   I’m using this paid pattern Rachel Wrap Pattern Link

And a nice simple Attic24 wave baby blanket, in Stylecraft Special DK on a 4mm hook… the pattern is here Neat Ripple Pattern Link

So thats me for 2016….thank you for your support and lovely comments which have lifted me on darker days.  I hope to have another crochet along for the end if 2017 with some new amigurumi designs and some graphs for bobble stitch.

Best wishes


Bluebird’s Granny – Part 6

So, here we are, the final part, its seriously whizzed by and I hope that at least some of you have kept up when you’ve wanted to and to all the rest (which would include me) I hope you complete it for when you want it.  This week we are putting her all together and putting a nice thick and relatively simple granny stitch boarder on.  The border is quiet wide so please feel free to interpret it how you feel and whether you want to do all eight rows of granny stitch.  It is also worth noting that the last three rows of my border (as below) took a whole ball of the mocha which is around 295 meters in total.


Thank you so much for following my blog and for those that have made or are making this crochet along.  I would love to see finished afghans, please either share your photos to me here at the blog or via my Facebook page, it is also really nice to just come across a photo of something I’ve designed that someone else has interpreted on the CAL – Crochet A Long Facebook page (without whom this crochet along would not have happened).

Its certainly been quite a year with two crochet alongs in it, there will be one hopefully next year but it will be at the latter end and will involve mandala’s, wavy stripes and overlaid crochet …. anyhow here’s the pattern and the translations (which I will add as soon as I’ve received them):


Dutch      French      German      Spanish      Swedish   Danish to be added once received

Bluebird’s Granny – Part 5

I hope that you’re all refreshed from a weeks break to commence the final two parts of Bluebird’s Granny.  This week we are playing with the mitre and a more complex stripe with lots of colours to play with.  Please read the instructions for the stripe before starting.

Here’s the instructions in English/US terms with the translations below:


Danish     Swedish     French     Spanish     German     Dutch


Introducing Mr Tumnus

A sneaky extra post this week.  I offered a few months ago to help out my fabulous local yarn shop (Fudges Haberdashery and Wool Shop) here in Cullompton with their Christmas themed window, the theme being CS Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  Mr Tumnus seemed to be the one character we couldn’t find a good size pattern for.

So I made one, wrote up the pattern and now he has become my first paid pattern over on Ravelry (at just £2.40).   He measures 10 inches tall and is a combination of continuous circle single crochet with some bobble stitch thrown in for good measure.  I used Stylecraft Special DK throughout in dark brown, parchment, mocha and lipstick.  I love him so just wanted to share him with you.

Here’s the link Mr Tumnus Pattern

Bluebird’s Granny – Part 4

Here we are at Part 4, we will be having another break next week to enable catch up.  This week is called a four in one granny where we construct four squares to make up each block and have fun with what patterns we can create within each.  The squares or rather rectangles are supposed to be off centre.  Please however feel free to experiment with your own colour ways once you’ve done the first.  There is another fairly big colour border to play with carrying the yarn, I hope the tutorials I’ve found have helped but please let me know if not.

After some technical difficulties between myself and my wonderful translator organiser the other side of the Atlantic (yes the other side of the Atlantic) that were completely out of our control… here are the translations


Danish      Dutch      French      German      Spanish      Swedish

Part 5 will be here on 6th December (eeek December already!)