Wednesday, 27 February 2013



So I thought I'd let you dear reader know why I have been so quiet if late.

I'm starting a business. Yes a real crocheting business.

I'm making a website and everything.

I am very nervous. I keep getting waves of dread and excitement. Although it is nothing as extreme as quitting my day job it is an in the sidelines kind of business.

My current headache revolves around the name if the bloody business and this my dear reader is the pinnacle for absolutely everything. It is driving me wild.

The obvious name was Gosh, Yarn it! I though well it's a clever play on words and pretty darn obviously that it is wooly. As in wool oriented, not convoluted.

I spoke to my friend who is a marketing guru with her own fabulous award winning business GlamourFix and her advice was that Gosh, yarn it! Didn't roll of the tongue it was a bit of a mouthful. I suggested just yarn it, but this sounds too much like a Polish builder. Not a bespoke handmade crochet business! Not exactly what I'm looking for!

I have exhaustively researched nursery rhymes: itsy bitsy (sounds like a nursery) Betty blue (strip club) Bo Peeps (peep show). To name but a few.

Next port of call: food. Particularly old fashioned puddings. Rhubarb and crumble (ancient cartoon) crumble and custard (taken) treacle (creepy old 'uncle) hollygog (no comment necessary).

Nonsense words: hobbledehoy (gangly youth) whirligig (spinny thing) hotchpotch (stuff).

Then homemade stuff: Molly Makes (taken by a magazine) made for you (toddlers artwork).

Crochet wooly stuff: knit wit (taken) knit witch (taken) three bags full (evicted philanderer) crafty so and so (taken).

The quaint phrases: peachy keen (taken)... Lost the will to live.

Then names, based on the quality and luxury connotations of brand like fortun and mason & Belle and Boo. So, Teddy and Tallulah (my pets names) Benedict and Boo (eggs).

I could literally scream. I have to create a logo and website, order stationary, package an order for Monday for my first commissions from the Jones' and I don't have a bloody name.

Please help me. Or let inspiration take me!

I love crochet.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013



So we had the craft club coven meeting today, and I successfully taught someone how to create amigurumi from the magic circle. I'm a bit excited by this.

It's all in the stab, slide, grab, pull, grab, pull!

People were having real difficult moving manoeuvring the crochet hook. This is a problem that I had when I first started crocheting. So if you look at the crochet hook the end is pointed and you the end that you stab through holes and the hooked part is the part that you grab the wool with by scooping the wool with the hook facing towards you.

Magic circle in words...

Wrap your yarn around your pointing finger in a clockwise direction so that you have an X with the tail of the yarn is in your palm. Use your thumb to hold this tail out of the way.

When you have got your circle on your finger, slide the crochet hook down your finger from the nail when you have both of the loops from your cross on the hook move the hook up and scoop the working yarn from back to front with the hook facing you. Bring this yarn through the loop on your finger, so you just have one loop on the hook. Scoop more working yarn from back to front with the hook facing you and pull the working yarn through the loop on your hook.

You can now either choose to leave the loop on you finger or wiggle it off and hold it. You slide the crochet hook through the big circle grab working yarn with the crochet hook pull it back through the circle so that you have two loops on your hook. You then grab more working yarn with your hook from front to back and pull this through the loop on your hook. Go on give it a tug. You have now successfully made a stitch on your magic circle. You need to repeat this step another 5 times to get
the foundation for your amigurumi. You will have 6 stitches pull the tail of yarn to make the circle contract.

You will then crochet two single crotchets in each stitch all the way around until you have 12 stitches. You do this by stabbing your crochet hook through the > stitch that looks like the symbol, front and back loop of the stitch, grab yarn with your hook from front to back and pull this through the > you have now made a single crochet. Do two of these single crochet in each > stitch.

When you have twelve stitches, you will want to increase this to 18 stitches by crocheting a single crochet into the first stitch in the round and then crocheting two single crotchets into the second stitch and so on in the 1, 2 pattern repeating this until you have 18.

To increase further you basically, increase the round of stitches by 6 each time. So your next rows will look like this.

1 1 2  to 24 stitches

1 1 1 2 to 30 stitches

1 1 1 1 2 to 36 stitches

1 1 1 1 2 to 42 stitches.

Ta Da.

I am making a youtube account so I can upload videos to this blog.

I love crochet.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Magic circle


Most amigurumi that I create begins with a magic circle, this is not a coven of witches (much to my husbands disappointment). Although non crocheters may thing we do use witch craft to create our mini masterpieces. No magic is used when producing crochet.

If only it was that simple, we could have a Mrs Weasley style scarf spell creating cuties when we earn a crust.

A magic circle refers to a crocheted circle that when you pull the yarn tale contracts into a tighter circle. See no magic.

This is the way I do it, it may not look pretty or be perfect but it works for me.

To begin a magic circle, place the end of the yarn in the centre of your palm then whisper hocus pocus!


To begin a magic circle, place the end of the yarn in the centre of your palm, hold it in place with your thumb. Wrap the working yarn (the bit attached to the ball of yarn) around your pointing finger in a clockwise direction. Until it crosses over making an X.

I then use my middle finger and ring fingers as little hooks to hold the working yarn. So my hand looks like a 'rock on' gesture.

Push your crochet hook underneath the X in the yarn on your pointing finger and swoop it down between your pointing finger and middle finger to hook the working yarn. 

Once you have done this pull the loop back through the circle around your pointing finger, so you only have one loop on your hook. Swoop back down between your middle finger and pointing 
finger and grab more working yarn with your hook, if you look at your hook you will have two loops on it, now pull the new loop through the first loop. TaDa! You have created a little stitch! 

I love crochet. Please visit PlanetJune's website and look for tutorials while I attempt to make a video >_< on how I do this.

Sunday, 17 February 2013



Another important thing to have is a comfortable chair and a cup of tea. Not really but I like it. So get comfortable and relax, this is supposed to be fun.

One of the first problems I encountered when learning how to crochet was that I was just too tense and I had no idea how to hold to wool or crochet hook. So before you start creating, I recommend have a little practice. It is all a matter of personal preference and find what works best for you. I like to Hold the crochet hook like you would a pen or pencil, go on try it!

Imagine your a conductor of an orchestra and swish that hook, use it to spell your name in the air or cast a Harry potter esque patronus. Make s shapes with your wrist, as this mimics the motion of crochet. Do you feel comfortable? If not try holding the hook in another way.

When it came holding the wool I will admit I had to youtube how people held it but I found that by wrapping it around my fingers I got into an awful tangle and this is not conducive to a relaxing experience. So I just hold the wool between the index and middle finger of my left hand this allows me to hold my work at the same time.

Please excuse the picture, as both of my hands are currently busy I had to use my nose, yes my nose! To press the capture button on my iPad. Now that is how dedicated I am to showing you dear reader how to crochet. 

From the picture you can see that I am hold the hook in my right hand like a pencil and I have the working wool (this just means the strand that is attached to the ball of wool) held between my index finger and middle finger. 

I love crochet.



So I have a teeny tiny addiction to buying wool. My poor husband is almost buried alive in mounds of yarn, it's in the kitchen; bedroom and living room. It overflows from my Cath Kidston weekend bag. I even have a little CK knitting bag to carry around my work in progress projects.

I live in the haberdashery at work (I was even laughed at for carrying my crochet hook in my pocket).  It was on this visit to the haberdashery that I was asked if I wouldn't mind helping some of the other ladies to demonstrate and coach some yarn enthusiasts in the art of crochet. Now I'm a bit of a worried so I was rather overwhelmed, panic set in. "I've only been crocheting for two months. I don't know everything, argh".

Many of the girls from work have been watching my progress on Facebook with my little creations and I've been asked just short of a hundred billion times to coach at the craft club, so being the damn people pleaser that I am, I agreed.

So I thought I would try to explain to you dear reader the wonderful hobby and art of making stuff out of loopy knots that is known as crochet. Please, please, please give me any feedback! It will be gratefully received I promise. 

Okay here goes. So the first step, is selecting your tools. If you have read my first blog hello I describe my first experience at a haberdashery. I was excited but it could easily be intimidating for a new starter. 

There is an array of different types of wool to choose from and in the above picture I show a selection of some of mine.

 It ranges from super chunky, chunky, Aran, to double knit or Dk at the end. This just refers to the thickness of the yarn.

 There are also different brands; Sirdar, John lewis, Rowan, Patons to name but a few. Honestly I buy whichever I like the look of and whatever is reasonably priced.

The yarn or wool will also tell you how much wool it actually contains. This can range from 100% acrylic (cheap) to a cotton blend (great for babies) organic (usually over £5 per ball) to softest baby alpaca (remortgage your house expensive).

You also have a choice of different size and material crochet hooks. Bamboo tends to be slightly lighter but usually double the price of a metal hook. 

The crochet hook will have printed on it the hook size, the hook that I am holding is a 4mm metal crochet hook. 

When picking your wool if you check the back or size of the packaging it will usually tell you which size knitting needles and which size crochet hook are best suited to the wool.

So this particular ball of wool states that the 4mm hook would be best. Well isn't that just the darnedest thing, I've only got a 4mm hook! Kismet.

Saturday, 16 February 2013



As I'm sure you have guessed by now, I enjoy crocheting. I have been constantly updating my Facebook and blog with my little creatures and welcoming people's suggestions.

Well, dear reader I have had my first person ask me to date them creatures for money!

How exciting.

A lovely lady at work who has thumbs up-ed all my Facebook crocheted items has asked me to cate two little toys for her friends new babies. I was asked to make a doll for the little girl and a bunny for the little boy.

So I thought I would share them with you.

The little dolls is extremely squishy and has a cute little skirt, I was thinking about ballerinas when I was creating this little mini. I hope that baby Emelia enjoys her, as much a I enjoyed creating her.

This is little bunnykins, he has a little fluffy tail and long floppy ears perfect for nibbling on during teething times. I do hope that baby Elijah loves him and finds him as cute as I do. I almost couldn't bear to part with the little lovely. 

So, I'm very excited that people like my creations enough to buy them. It's an enjoyable hobby for me and I feel proud that people think that they are good. I don't know everything about crocheting (yet) and I'm most definitely not a pro crocheter I just follow patterns and look at youtube tutorials and see what the hook creates. 

In hindsight maybe I'm possessed by the crochet hook?

Anyway, I love crochet.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Hello.: Baby

Hello.: Baby: Hello. My friend Bip has had a baby and I am incredibly excited to meet the little darling. Now it will come as no surprise to you dea...



My friend Bip has had a baby and I am incredibly excited to meet the little darling.

Now it will come as no surprise to you dear reader that I am the brody sort. I enjoy crocheting as your first clue. I dream of having an old farmhouse with flag stone floor and wooden beams with a lovely red aga and a Welsh dresser filled with my pottery treasures. It will be filled with a pack of dogs and children and I will have chickens in the garden. I will bake, preserve and make to my hearts content.

This excites me I don't care if people think its outdated. Anti feminist or whatever.

Anyway, I work on a nursery department in a large department store and I adore talking to all the expectant parents and then meeting the babies and watching them grow, I feel like an extended member of their families.

 I adore small people.

I've been nicknamed the baby whisperer on our department, because as you can imagine there is rather a lot of crying and screaming. I have a natural affinity with little humans, my husband would say this is because I am the same mental age. That's just mean. I just love how their imaginations work and the funny things they say as they begin to develop little personalities.

 It is of no surprise then that I am desperate for my own littles. I constantly and consistently nag my husband for babies much to his disparity. He thinks he is too young (I beg to differ). But priorities mean that I need to get my farmhouse and chickens/pack of dogs in a line first. Yes I am aware that the saying is ducks in a row. I am not a complete philistine.

Anyway I digress

Ever since the first picture was uploaded on to Facebook I have been creating him a little crochet gift. I am cordially invited to shake his little hand and introduce myself to him, tomorrow evening.

This is the little amigurumi bear that I have created for the top of his comfort blanket, it is incredibly squishy and very cute. He is just a magic circle with some increasing and decreasing to make a ball shape and two magic circle ears with a face. To this scrumptious little bear I intend on attaching my ever expanding granny square as a comfort blanket. 

If you have never made a granny square I highly recommend watching Ilovedstitching's tutorial on youtube. It is really very good. 

As I am suffering from a cold I will add a picture if the completed present tomorrow, tonight calls for cwtching up in my husbands Ned Stark esque dressing gown and lemsip.

I love crochet.

Thursday, 14 February 2013



As it is Valentine's day, I thought I would share my bee. The reason I am sharing a bee for Valentine's day is because I saw a cute window display in a craft/wool shop that said 'Wool you be mine?'.

I thought this was pretty punny.

So I decided to o one better and go double punny, with 'wool you *crocheted bee* bee mine?'. It got a few chuckles.

As I have previously mentioned my Gran thinks I am terribly clever being able to make amigurumi so I made her a bumble bee too. Like any proud Gran she was keen to brag and show all her friends at their local 'stitch n bitch' craft class!

I love crochet.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013



So as I'm sure you have all guessed, I kind of love crocheting. It's become my new addiction, I literally live in a wooly wonderland and one of my favourite things to do is crochet my friends.

Bizarre, I know but I saw a mini person amigurumi on Pinterest and followed the link to the beautiful crochet is for lovers website which gives you a pattern to follow.

I like making them it makes me happy, the friends I have made them for seem to be really taken with their little darling selves so I thought I would share them with you.

Narcissistic as I am I started off by making a mini me.  my rational was that if my attempt at making an amigurumi person with increasing, decreasing and colour changing turned out to be a disaster and I created an ambomination I would have not offended my nearest and dearest.

I thought my first attempt was really rather good, this was reinforced by my husband laughing his head off when he saw it. It is a close resemblance, but as wooly headed as I feel at the moment with a dreadful case of the very rare and very serious woman flu, I promise I am not made of a wool / acrylic blend.

Picking up my crochet hook I began in Ernest making a mini 'perfectionist' just in time for her birthday. Judging by the squeal of delight, I presumed she was smitten.

This progressed on to make a mini hat boy, who drove me to the local hobby craft in order to get the 
right shade of grey for his ever present bobbly hat. The manly snort was the only indication I needed of hat boys inner joy. 

Creating a mini bun head was the next project after having many covetous looks at my mini. This delighted my Grandma no end as I created mini bun head in front of her very eyes. I even added mega lashes to bun head to further resemble her human. 


I love crochet.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013



Recently we celebrated Chinese New Year and 2013 is the year of the snake.

I think snakes have an unjust reputation and quite frankly I blame the Bible and The Jungle Book.
Now, People even refer to underhand and sly people as  a 'snake in the grass', well this is bang out of order! Snakes are perceived as being sneaky, calculating and mean, in my experience this could not be further from the truth.

As the proud owner of three darling snakes it is my experience that snakes have different personalities and are extremely entertaining pets. In contradicting to the perception of them my snakes and snakes that I have known/met are lazy, friendly and rather dimwitted.

My pets are Teddy the Python, Baby the carpet python and Miss Piggy the western hog nose.

Teddy is rather long and plump he likes to think he can climb but his fat body results in him falling off his perch, he will look around accusingly like it was someone else's fault and then repeat until he's worn himself out.

Miss Piggy being the breed that she is, is a complete diva. She will sigh and huff for attention, a d if not receiving adequate attention she will put all her toys (she loves the cardboard bit from loo rolls) in her water bowl.

Baby has delusions of grandeur, upon escaping from her vivarium we found her curled up in a ball sleeping in my husbands Lego castle. She would not move so the castle had to go inside her vivarium.

See entertaining little personalities. So let me dispel a few snake myths, they are not slimy they are smooth and chilly because they are cold blooded. They rarely make the hiss noise. They stick their tongues out not as an insult or to size you up to eat but because they taste the air because their eye sight is rubbish. I have been bitten more by cats, hamsters and rabbits than snakes,who h so far has been 0 times.

Anyway, in honour of my little lovelies and Chinese New Year I made a crochet snake.

 I love crochet.

Monday, 11 February 2013

The 'impatient one'


So as I have mentioned previously, I am 'the impatient one' in our trio of happy hookers.

The reason I am 'the impatient one' is kind of self explanatory. This is in juxtaposition with the hobby of crocheting and knitting, which is the art of patience. It is not just when crocheting or knitting but when I'm doing anything like reading.

I literally can not wait to finish anything: I need to finish a project, I need to finish a season of episodes, I need to finish the story.

I zone out when crocheting, the house can fall to rack and ruin, people can have entire conversations at me. I need to see the completed project, I am single minded in my determination to complete my project.

Here's one I made earlier.

I love crochet.



I make monsters, minis, mallows, fluffies and little's.

These are things I create from free Ravelry patterns and from Pinterest pictures. I can not take any credit for them because I didn't invent the pattern. Fortunately my inexperience and inspiration make them special.

Monsters are little person hand sized and can either be good or bad monsters and are completely a figment of my imagination. They are customisable based on what people like. I got the idea for monsters from pinterst and the pattern from craftyiscool.

Mini's are crotchet people made to look like their human owner, like wooly alter egos. The idea for minis came from crochet is for lovers. Minis are bespoke and resemble individual human owners and as they are handmade each one is one of a kind, like their people!

Mallows are little hand sized marshmallows with faces a bit like monsters but pastel colours and super sweet, much like the confectionary. I do not recommend putting your wooly mallow in hot chocolate.

Little's are toys made for little people this depends on the little owner of the wooly creation, what they like and dislike. Each little is squishy and little hand sized. This can range from baby blankets for prams, balls, comforters and decorative items.

Fluffies are creatures from the depths of my imagination and friends in my wooly wonderland. These range of the everyday pets to the unusual.

I love crochet.

Saturday, 9 February 2013



I few months ago I discovered a magical place called a haberdashery. These enchanting stores contain an array of wool, buttons and pointy sticks.

In need of a hobby for the sake of my sanity, during the long and gloomy winter nights I was determined I would find my hobby in the haberdashery.

I envisioned myself whipping up jumpers and socks and mittens as Christmas presents. Emboldened by this vision, I asked a lovely lady to show me how to be a knitter. Arming me with two pointy sticks and a hideous coloured ball of practice wool I was introduced to the garter stitch.

I was hooked.

I instantly bought wool and needles and set off home to create. I was a natural after watching a few youtube tutorials a couple of hundred thousand times. Until my husband exclaimed that 'even he could probably bloody knit from hearing it so many times'.

Now I must express dear reader, that I have never been very good at anything and certainly never the best. So I was overjoyed at my ability to create masterpieces with the pointy sticks!

My first masterpiece was a rather small chunky red scarf. I carried the scarf everywhere with me I was so excited I had managed to create something by making knotty loops. Yes, I carried the scarf, because as I mentioned it was too small and isn't scarf sized. Nonetheless I was proud of my achievement.

Giddy from the success with the garter stitch I ventured back into the haberdashery and purchased a hook. From this hook I created a blanket, my sisters dog became rather find of this blanket. Your welcome, Marley.

This delightful new hobby has become more of an obsession, I literally can not stop thinking wooly thoughts. I spend all my money on wool, I pin cute patterns to my Pinterest, I watch endless youtube tutorials and of course I knit and crochet in every spare second.

I think I have a problem, I'm a woolaholic.