Vintage?…… Old fashioned?…… Kitsch?……

I’ve been knitting and crocheting 45+ years now and I still enjoy learning new stitches and/or techniques. I don’t claim to be an expert, because there’s still lots to learn  (hopefully) and I just enjoy the experience, but you know, sometimes it’s nice to return to something basic…… something you don’t have to think about. The hook or needles just fly through a ball of wool and you don’t even notice how the work grows. The monotony of your movements just have this calming effect.

The tip of the iceberg

My daughter bought me a ball winder for Christmas, so I thought it would be a good idea to get my stash sorted. We all have those little scraps of wool – too small for a project but too big to throw away (I’m really silly because I just cannot throw anything away). Anyway – I started winding all mys scraps, big and small. I knew I had a lot………………but WOW.

I decided to use them and when I saw all the colours, I immediately thought of a good old fashioned Granny Square blanket. I don’t know what people think of Granny blankets (and to be honest, I don’t really care), but to me it’s been so nice to do. It’s “safe” and it takes me back to my childhood, long gone family members and the blankets I used to snuggle under.

My blanket is almost finished and my partner has already claimed it as his (that’s a compliment). He even has a name for it (now is the time to close your eyes if you hate swear words). He said: “Is that my f**k sh*t wrap you’re working on”? Me: “Your WHAT”?? Him: “F**k sh*t it’s cold……… know, my f**k sh*t wrap, right”? Well what can you expect from an East London boy, former Royal Marine, former Rugby player? As I said, I took it as a compliment lol.

Virus!!…………………….But don’t panic

Oh – Hi there………… Sorry I’ve been invisible for a while.  It’s ok though because things are picking up and I’ve had several new customers coming to me and asking for my help.

I’ve just finished this Virus Shawl for a lady. She bought the wool and said she wanted something lacey and crocheted. I’m surprised that she trusted me enough to just do something and surprise her. I hope it’ll be a good surprise for her.


For this shawl I’ve used 6 balls of James C. Brett Cotton On Denim and hook 4.5mm (US7). It’s really nice and soft and very light, perfect for the summer nights to come (hopefully).

If you want to do this yourself, there  is a YouTube video here

I hope you enjoy making the shawl. If you’re new to crochet, this is a good item to get your crochet to the next level. If you’re experienced, this is a good relaxing project and quick to make.

Happy hooking xxx

Sombrero needle- and thimble case

I wasn’t supposed to make another post today, but creativity took over on this Easter Sunday and I thought you wouldn’t mind getting an extra “Easter Egg/present

I absolutely adore this little dainty needle and thimble case. The funny thing is, that I didn’t know anything like this existed, until a few hours ago, when someone on Facebook wanted to know if there was a pattern.

Ayayay Sombrero

I just fell in love with the idea, and immediately sat down and created this. I hope you like it.

You’ll need:

4-ply wool

Crochet hook 3mm (US C)

Darning needle

A bit of wool or beads for embellishment (optional)


Sc: single crochet (US dc: double crochet)

Slst: Slip stitch

Tbl: Through back link

Make 6 sc in a magic ring

Rd.1: 2 sc in each st. 12 sc

Rd. 2: sc in each tbl only. 12 sc

Rd. 3-6: sc

Rd. 7: *sc 1, 2 sc in next st*.  Rep from *to* around. 18 sc

Rd. 8: *sc 2, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 24 sc

Rd. 9: *sc 3, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 30 sc

Rd. 10: *sc 4, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 36 sc

Rd. 11: *sc 5, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 42 sc

Rd, 12: *sc 6, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 48 sc

Rd. 13: *sc 7, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 54 sc

Rd. 14: 1 sc, *1 picot, skip 1 st*. Rep from *to* around.

Weave in ends


Cut 2 circles of the felt, a bit smaller than the brim of the hat.


You can attach them by sewing or glue as preferred

Feel free to share and create, but please link to my page and give me credit. Don’t claim it as your own because that’s not nice ya know.

If in doubt, you’re always welcome to message me.

Thank you for understanding