Stylecraft Blog Tour 2016 | Part 2



Just so you don’t miss it I thought I’d do a quick post to remind you that the Stylecraft Blog Tour starts TODAY!! 12 crochet and knitting bloggers are taking part this year and they have been busy creating designs in their own style in Special Aran and Chunky featuring the six new shades

It’s a closely guarded secret as to where the tour is going to each day so make sure you check out Stylecraft’s Facebook page for details. 

Each blogger (including me) are also going to be giving away a FREE pack of the different yarns each day of the blog tour.

You can read all about the tour and the new colours in my previous post here. I can’t wait to share my brand new pattern with you this week so watch this space!!!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx


Blog Spring Cleaning


It’s not spring so I have embarked on what I can only call ‘autumnal cleaning’ this weekend.  My house is a bit of a state because of the building work, which is driving me a bit crazy, so I decided to turn my attention to trying to tidy my blog a little as  it’s long over due. I have to confess my poor little area of cyber space has been neglected since I started it in 2014. I haven’t really tinkered with the site as much as I should have, although I have been trying to add a week posts (of which I’m getting better at) I just hadn’t got round to sorting out everything else I wanted to.

But that’s all changed…I have now spent a bit of time making sure that all the information on here is up to date! There’s a bit of a dossier about me for anyone interested…  I’ve got my two beautiful little muses in my blog header (Little G now on the left, Little G when I started blogging (middle) and my new Little Miss (on the far right). I’ve collated all the crochet-alongs information in drop down menus (much to my endless delight! Simple pleasures and all that 😆), I’ve added all my pattern information (for free and for purchase) and also added a contact me page (which for some reason I had never got round to including). 

But now I need your help…


I’d love to know what you think about the new look; have I missed anything? Is there anything you would like to see improved?  Please drop me a comment or use the new contact me page, I’d love to hear what you think!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx



RainBOW holder | Happily Hooked Magazine Exclusive

Issue 31 of Happily Hooked Magazine (HHM) has now hit the e-newstands and I am really thrilled to be part of the magazine again with my new RainBOW holder design. 

My new RainBOW hair accessory organiser makes a beautiful addition to any girls bedroom as a fun way to tidy hair clips and bows away. Or you could just make it as a fun wall ornament to bring a little rainbow into your life. 


The October issue of HHM is jam packed full of beautiful designs for children. Each issue of the magazine contains over 10 patterns with exclusive designs, projects for all skills and interests, tips, tricks and skill-building secrets from designers, and the thing that I love, you can now even store your favourite issues to your Ravelry account for free.

If you are new to Happily Hooked magazine you can find out all about it over on their website.  Patterns are written in US terminology but HHM have a conversion chart on their website.

Finally if you are on Facebook make be sure to give the HHM page a like as they always include offers for the magazine and sales from designers on their Facebook page.

I hope you enjoy my new design. 

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx


Tales of a Craft Room| Part 1

As well as having our new baby my husband and I decided upon the bright and wonderful idea of extending our house at the same time…

We are knocking down the conservatory that we hardly ever use (too cold in winter and boiling hot in summer) to have a heated brick building attachment built on the side of the house.  

When we brought the house, before I had Little G, we thought the conservatory was a fabulous thing to have and so very grown up. However with the changing needs of our growing family, and our desire never to move house again, we knew it was time for an alteration.


The conservatory only looked like this for a very short period of time…then we had children and it became a junk room of doom! Also RIP Mr Cabbage the dog… 

There is never a good time to start building work – sometimes you just have to get on with it so we decided to start the build whilst I was on maternity leave. As you can imagine we have discovered it’s a bit of an upheaval in our already ‘up-heaved’ lives! Cue days of the dulcet tones of a pneumatic drill, skips on the driveway, back doors having to be taken off and dust everywhere! It’s great fun 😑.


The conservatory part is dismantled, looks so strange!

It’s going to take awhile to build, and I can’t say I’m enjoying waiting for it to be done (I wish it could just be magic’d up straight away), but I’m rather excited about the finished product and I shall tell you why. Although extension is not just for me, it’s going to be a one size cram everything in it sort of room for everyone, I WILL finally have a dedicated area in there to store my craft materials – my lovely little yarn babies will have a home to call their own. 


All fall down…

Most of my yarn has been packed away safely in storage (sad times) and I have just 3 (quite large it must be said) boxes left out stacked behind my sofa for projects I’m working on. I’m still able to crochet, thank goodness, and that is helping me to keep (moderately) calm at least while the build goes on.


The groundwork’s for the foundation is now well underway so I’m hoping we will see new walls going up really soon…  In the meantime wish me luck on keeping my sanity whilst the build continues! Must just keep thinking about the end goal!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx


Stylecraft Blog Tour 2016 | Part 1



Okay I need to try to keep calm about this but I can’t!!! I can’t tell you how excited and pleased I am to have been chosen as one of the bloggers to take part in this years Stylecraft Blog Tour to celebrate the release of some of their new colour packs!  

Earlier in the year Stylecraft did a public poll to help choose some new colours for their Special Aran and Special Chunky ranges. From a list of nominations six gorgeous winning colours have now been added to both yarn weights…but more about that in a moment!


If you haven’t heard of Stylecraft they are a family run business based in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire who aim to produce high quality yarns and patterns with the best possible value. I’m a big fan of all their yarns, especially the Special’s Range, which I have used many times for various designs and projects of mine (like my 2015 Crochet-a-long blanket, Margaret’s Hug Healing / Prayer Shawl  and River Rose Cushion to name a few).

For the blog tour I was asked if I’d like to produce a special new free design for you guys using Stylecraft Special Chunky so of course I said a big hunky chunky YES!! Stylecraft Special Chunky is a chunky version of Stylecraft’s Special DK (8ply / #3  weight yarn) and is the equivalent of US Bulky yarns (12 ply / #5 weight yarn).  It’s good value for money, it crochets well and is really super soft and squishy. Personally I find it a delight to work with because it has a really fabulous range of colours for crochet (or knitted) projects! 


Sooo let’s talk colours! This is the palette I’m working with which includes the new colours chosen by the lovely public…

Pale Rose  Empire  Storm Blue  Sage Pistachio  Saffron 

but for my new pattern a couple more colours have been added for a nice balanced palette.

Parchment Pomegranate  Spice  Gold


My yarn arrived for me to play with in July and I really enjoyed playing around with the colours.  First of all I made myself some yarn colour pegs (an idea that I’ve been desperate to try since I saw it from the fabulous Attic24). Here are a couple of my combinations for inspiration…


Soft and cool ocean: Empire, Storm Blue, Sage, Pistachio & Parchment


Wonderful warm sunset: Pale Rose, Pomegranate, Spice, Gold and Saffron


Spring flower power: Pale Rose, Pistachio, Saffron and Parchment


Bright jewel tones: Saffron, Spice, Pomegranate and Empire


Stormy desert oasis: Storm Blue, Sage, Pistachio and Parchment

I have pretty much fallen in love with every colour combination I came up with! I can see these colours popping up in future projects for sure!      


So what is the Stylecraft blog tour?  Stylecraft have put together two colour packs, in both Special Aran and Chunky featuring the six new shades with some highlight colours, and sent these packs out to 12 crochet and knitting bloggers asking them to create designs in their own style to inspire creative peeps all over the world.

The bloggers featured this year (in no particular order) are:

  1. Janie Crow aka Jane Crowfoot
  2. The Knitting Exploits of Josie Kitten
  3. Emma Varnam
  4. Crafternoon Treats
  5. The Twisted Yarn
  6. Patchwork Heart
  7. Le Monde de Sucrette
  8. Hand Knitted Things
  9. Cherry Heart
  10. Sue Pinner
  11. Annaboo’s House
  12. and ME!!! Keep Calm and Crochet On UK

So when is my pattern coming out I hear you say…well the tour kicks off 24 October 2016… and at some point during that week my brand new pattern will be released. To whet your appetite here’s a sneaky peak…


OOooo so chunky and delicious don’t you think! 

It’s a closely guarded secret as to where the tour is going to each day so make sure you check out Stylecraft’s Facebook page on 24 October. Each blogger (including me) are also going to be giving away a FREE pack of the different yarns each day of the blog tour.

Opportunities for fantastic new patterns and chances to win lovely yarn – what’s not to love!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx


Disclaimer: I have not been financially compensated by the yarn company to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own experiences of using the yarn.

WIP Wednesday | My Rainbow Throw


I’m feeling pleased with myself this week; I’ve finally finished one of my WIPs (work in progress) that I mentioned here that I have had hanging around for ages!

Back in December 2014 I was going through a tough time personally and decided I wanted to hook myself a rainbow to try to help cheer myself up.  I think there is nothing quite like a crochet hook, a repetitive pattern and immersing yourself in colour as a type of therapy!  


I decided to make a scrap blanket using bits of double-knit (8ply) that I’d got lying around which would work with a particular pattern I’d had my eye on for a while.  The pattern in question is the lovely Corner-to-Corner Granny Stitch Throw by Kimberlie Goodnough. It’s a fun variation of granny stitch and C2C (corner to corner) styles that works great with bits and pieces of left over yarn.  The pattern contains details on how to create a throw in any size you like. You can also use any yarn and any hook you want for bigger / smaller blankets.  


I wanted something big enough for me and Little G (and now Little Miss) to snuggle under and so decided to make it quite large.  My end blanket ended up roughly about 1.4 x 1.3 metres (4 ft 5″ x 4 ft 2″) so big enough to wrap us all in.


So without further ado let me show you it in all its finished loveliness!!


I lost track of how many colours I actually used up in the project but I have to say it’s been so pleasing hooking up a rainbow.  After a lot of deliberation with border colour I finally decided to go with white (which I hadn’t included in the main rainbow) and which I think finished off the blanket really well. My husband has been ecstatic about the fact that I’ve used up some of my oddments of yarn that I’ve had lying around. 


As I had hooked it over time with different tensions I did have to amend the border slightly from the one in the pattern (though not much) and I added crab stitch (reverse crochet) all around to finish it off because it’s just my most favourite ever edging and because this blanket is all mine!!  

The worse bit about the project for me was my own fault…it was the weaving in of the billion ends! I tried to do it as I went but sometimes forgot so there was still a lot to weave in the end – someone seriously needs to invent a weaving in machine. 


It now sits on the back of my chair ready for me to pull over us whilst watching TV of an evening or anytime my girls want to snuggle with me.


This was always going to be a long-term project but I must confess I didn’t think it would take me nearly 2 years to complete! I think it was worth the wait though, I’m so pleased with how it turned out in the end and I know it will get lots of use.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx




The Adventures of Little Adam | Part 1

I don’t think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve got a younger brother Adam.  Well one day he jokingly suggested that I ‘make’ him out of crochet sometime.  Challenge accepted!!! I couldn’t resist! So last year for his birthday I surprised him with his own little mini me!


As my brother has been playing guitar forever and it’s his ultimate passion I knew that anything I made had to have a little instrument. Luckily I found the most fantastic guitar pattern on Ravelry; amieggs guitar by Clara Bayarri. The pattern provided the perfect finishing touch I was looking for.


Well my brother loved his little crochet doppelganger so much that he took him to work to sit on his desk…and here starts the real tale. You may have heard of the travelling gnome prank (as made famous in the film Amélie) well someone in my brother’s office decided to recreate the prank with Little Adam.  My brother received a ransom note and then the pictures started to appear which he then shared with me.

He started off his travels in Greece…




Little Adam is becoming one seriously travelled and adventurous amigurumi! I’m completely living vicariously through his globe-trotting. Next he was going off to Dubai I believe – as I get the updates I’ll share his adventures with you.  I’m really enjoying getting new pictures of his exploits. 😄

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx