Sunday, June 03, 2012



1. Stitchy wip - sheer pleasure!
2. Crochet slippers based on this pattern.
3. Little gem from a charity bookshop.
4. End of year teachers' gifts started.
5. My box - if you haven't seen it already, check out this post!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Box of Delights

This box has been with me for longer than Niamh's been around but it's only over the weekend that it actually reached a finished state!

It's definitely worth the wait!

Gorgeous new box

And I love the base of the box

The inside is as beautiful as the outside, although it's taken me 2 years to get it just right.

The inside is as gorgeous as outside

Every piece of the inside is stitched in a different stitch pattern - great fun!

How many monkeys can you .....

I love the top of this box

Good enough to eat!

Monday, April 02, 2012

Stepping back

I give up. I don’t know what I’m doing or where I’m going. And I feel like nobody cares either. I know it’s me and my problem, but I’m just fed up going round in circles getting nowhere. And I need to stop apologising to everyone and feeling like I have to justify my actions.

I don’t know whether I want to continue blogging or not. I’ve lost my voice, don’t have anything to say.

Reading blogs is very annoying for me at the moment too. So many bloggers sound so smug and happy in their own limited little worlds where they never acknowledge that anything ever goes wrong. Or maybe something bad happens one week, but by the following week they deny that the bad thing ever existed.

Personally, I believe that your blog should reflect all of who you are and that includes the bad bits. You don’t have to discuss them in all their gory detail, just acknowledge that life is not all sweetness and light and bad things happen and can have on-going repercussions.

I read a blog post a couple of weeks ago that I even found mildly insulting. Someone taking great pride in never having worked and flitting round like a butterfly from one random thing to another all day and how that could never fit into a working life. I think she’d be surprised what work can give you. But at the same time, am I also jealous of her way with colour and her supportive family? The supportive family, definitely, I could do with a supportive family, not the kids (my kids are truly wonderful), but I could do with some more supportive adults in my life.

And I’m really p!ss℮d off with my sore elbow. Had a cortisone injection last week, but it hasn’t worked. Back to square one. Maybe I need a complete break from crochet? (Please, no!) Although how much damage can 30 mins a day do?

But 30 mins a day so frustrating too – want to cram a little bit of crochet into every spare minute. And inspiration comes thick and fast and I have no time to do anything about it!

As I said, I know it’s me and my problem, just need to take a little time to feel more at home in my own head.

So I’m stepping back. Don’t know when or if I’ll be back here at all. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll come back as somebody else.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Flowers on Friday

I've already given a brief view of this yesterday in my tassels tutorial, but it deserves a ta-da all of its own. And here it is!

Happy crochet!

The top flower uses a pattern from CAROcreated on Etsy.

Then there's  Lucy's happy flower.

Next, a heart using this pattern.

And finally, my blue and pink tassel!

Each component was crocheted with acrylic yarn as I have a ridiculously large stash of odd balls of acrylic in various mismatched colours which I'm desperate to use up! It works well enough but cotton would be better.

It's now brightening up my kitchen wall.

And if you haven't seen it already, check out my crochet tassels tutorial and let me know what you think!

More crochet tassels

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