Wip Wednesday – Afghan Blocks

I’ve been really getting stuck into Dedri Uys’ 2014 Block CAL over the past week or so. I’ve had a lot going on – good stuff but hectic – and combined with an increase in symptoms of anxiety I’ve really needed my crochet therapy! These gorgeous block patterns meet my needs for creativity and calm entirely ๐Ÿ™‚

‘Wish Upon A Star’ by Melinda Miller

‘Never Ending Love’ by Aurora Suominen

‘Cocoa Puff’ by Melissa Green

‘Starfire’ by Melinda Miller

‘Winter Dream’ by April Moreland


‘Lace Petals’ by Chris Simon

Are you familiar with any of these designers? I’ve loved making their blocks and look forward to making many more ๐Ÿ™‚

FO Friday – Pixie Waistcoat

It’s a beautiful, sunny Friday here in Australia, in our first week of Spring – but my toes are still cold and it’s nice to rug up just a little on chilly mornings – for which this little pixie waistcoat is perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s my take on the granny-stripe shawl/vest/cowl/wrap – so versatile! – pattern by Michelle Greenberg. I used one Lincraft Cake (Aussie store brand) in ‘Blooming Roses’ instead of two Caron Cakes, and I added an sc (US) border to the long edge. 

It worked up super fast – a most satisfying and practical Spring make. If you’re heading into Autumn you can just keep on with those repeats for two cakes. Happy hooking! ๐Ÿ˜€

Willow Baby Boy Blanket

My last Willow blanket was for a baby girl and, loving the design, I wanted to see if I could put a little bit of a masculine twist on it and create a baby boy blanket.

To this end I chose Baby Soft Steps by Red Heart Yarns in Aqua, Grass Green and Elephant. Then, instead of a pretty scalloped edge, I chose a slightly more angular border. I’m really happy with the end result and I’m looking forward to sending it to its new home ๐Ÿ™‚

The Willow square pattern is by Jan Eaton and can be found in her book 200 Crochet Blocks. I’ve crocheted 30 unique blocks from this book, including probably 50+ Willows by now – yes that one’s my fave ๐Ÿ˜€

The border is by the fabulous Edie Eckman. It’s #25 in Around the Corner Crochet Borders, a firm favourite in my crochet library.

I have developed a bit of a thing for squares and am now getting stuck back into another afghan with about 40 blocks in total, all different. I’ll share more next time. It’s very satisfying completing a small, intricate piece of work and I think it will make an excellent Spring/Summer project with a view to joining and bordering come Autumn. 

Do you like big projects made of little pieces? 

Until next time, happy hooking! ๐Ÿ™‚

Spring has Sprung!

Happy days, winter is no more! It’s gone 4pm and I am out on the veranda in shorts and tee, only just now thinking about pulling on a pair of jeans as the temperature drops for the night. Love it!


I’ve all but finished my Willow baby blanket, just a couple of ends from the border to sew in. Baby hasn’t pipped me to the post, and I await the happy news ๐Ÿ™‚ So, I’ve spent yesterday evening and parts of today on a new project – a vest, using a Lincraft Cake in the Blooming Roses colourway. 

Yup the wip list remains massive haha but the weather will get progressively warmer now and I wanted to have a first crack at a Lincraft Cake before the season escapes me. They’re listed as aran weight on Ravelry, same as the Caron Cakes, but I feel the Caron Cakes are a bit heavier weight in comparison, and this one closer to a dk? Maybe it’s just this ball though. Anyone else compared the two?
Happy hooking to you, whichever season you are now embarking upon ๐Ÿ™‚

Gifts to Selfย 

I believe it’s very important to take care of oneself in form of gifts, both tangible and otherwise. Today one gift arrived in the mail, and I’ve added another for good measure ๐Ÿ™‚

The first is a delivery from KnitPicks.com, hurrah! Once again, speedy and well-packed all the way from the US. So chuffed! Practical items: a retractable Clover tape measure and a new pair of thread scissors. Yarn: 8 balls of CotLin which I’ve wanted to try for ages. Patterns: Interweave Crochet Home Special Issue 2015 (clearance) PLUS there was free book coupon on my order day so I also have a copy of The Well-Made Home {Crochet} by Knit Picks! 

My favourite apart from the yarn is my new mug – I love it! Bigger than I expected which is perfect for my morning coffee (my other addiction), and excellent for my afternoon green tea. And emblazoned with very important words of Crochet Wisdom โค ๐Ÿ˜

My second gift today is time. Time just for me. Sometimes life speeds up and it’s good to take a moment to just STOP. I am now well on top of my iron deficiency but the related forced stop of my running routine really impacted my mental health. Five weeks without my run therapy left me slipping into depression again, with increased symptoms of anxiety, too. So frustrating and disapointing, as I’m now more than 8 months off my meds and had been going so great. 

I am now thankfully in a position where I recognise the signs early and I can see it coming, but nevertheless I was really clawing my way back for a week or so there. However, I’m running again now and have reimplemented my yoga routine, plus I’m swimming once a week while my girls have their lessons. Within a week of running slow interval 5ks every morning with 2 rest days, I stopped waking up under a cloud of inexplicable dread. So grateful! And taking extra good care of myself. 

Taking good care of myself doesn’t mean lavish spending or elaborate outings and plans. Today, it simply means a few balls of yarn for my stash, a new mug that makes me smile, and an afternoon off my chore list to sit on the veranda and listen to the birds. It means crochet, and a good book, and a big comfy, striped sofa dragged outside to its new Spring/Summer home – my peaceful perch for a few hours before I’m back on Mum mode. Bliss!

It’s the little things โค

Happy hooking, all ๐Ÿ™‚

Wip Wednesday – a List as Long as Yer Arm!ย 

So many wips, so little time! However, I remind myself that it’s not a race; it’s all good – just gotta prioritise sometimes. So, instead of digging into some Lincraft Cakes (because you can never ever ever have too many wips, not really!) today I returned to the Willow baby blanket I started at the end of June. It’s very close to completion now and I hope to be able to post it off to a special someone very soon ๐Ÿ’™

Last post I mentioned I started a bag which I’d gone right off as the variegated cotton worked up. I was so undecided about whether or not to stick with it but in the event, I did. Perhaps partly because I’ve not had a lot of crochet time during the day recently and the bag, worked in a simple single crochet (US) spiral was the easiest thing to pick up of a sleepy evening to get my fix! I don’t have a more recent pic, but I’ve added a lot more rounds of solids, and I’m up to the handles now – and still a bit hopeful it’ll turn out reasonably well. We shall see!


Right now, I’m going to reply to your lovely comments of the past week, and then join a few more squares. Here’s to getting stuck into the border tomorrow – love that bit!

Until next time – happy hooking!

Crochet Gnome – I finished something!ย 

For what feels like first time in yonks I have something to share for FO Friday, woot! He is only little but here is my friendly gnome.

I am new to amigurumi, and after a whole day working him, truth be told he didn’t even look like a gnome to me by the end! However, the next day I liked him much better – some time apart did us good haha.

The pattern is from a cute book called Crochet Your Christmas Baubles, which just arrived last week. Mr Gnome is worked in the (recommended) Stylecaft Special DK. Some of the other patterns recommend DMC Natura Just Cotton, so I’ve ordered (from Love Crochet – 15% off voucher here if you’d like one!) plenty of Christmassy colours for the Santa, elf and reindeer included in the 25 patterns. I’m working on an owl from the same book at the moment. There’s also a cute fairy and a couple of Elsa-type projects (hello fellow mums of Frozen fans!) so the book goes beyond just Christmas, which is added value I reckon. I am managing the patterns fine as a newbie to amigurumi and there are some helpful little notes at the back, too. The patterns are sorted into themes: Santa’s Grotto, Frozen Winter Wonderland, Fairy Tale, Scandinavian Style and White Christmas – definitely something to suit all tastes!

In other news, while looking for black acrylic dk for owl eyes in my stash, I found some variegated cotton worsted. I immediately forgot all about the eyes and accidentally started making a bag – oops! Yes, my motto is, You Can Never Have Too Many Wips (or bags) ๐Ÿ˜‚

Unfortunately now I’ve started working up the sides, I’m just not feeling the way the variegated is working up. So I’ve added some solid stripes but I’m still a bit meh about it…can’t decide what to do! It’s just not to my taste – but it would still probably make  nice library / treasure bag for one of my daughters. Hmmm…

If you’re not loving a project, do you quit or do you see it through?

And are you crocheting for Christmas yet?? ๐Ÿ˜€