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Collaring Crochet

My Second Crochet Ta-Da Moment! 

This clever "Chunky Neck Wrap" sits inside the collar of your coat. It is cosy and very warm because it is made from pure wool (Rowan Big Wool, in Pantomime shade, from Love Knitting).
made using a pattern from
by Alison McNicol

I slightly adapted the finish of the item by folding a section over and then I secured it with a row of stitching using the same wool (like top stitching in sewing). By adding a hidden press stud (popper) with a decorative button - as suggested by Alison in her pattern - the wrap becomes a complete garment.

Other Crochet Plans

I am about to have surgery twice, about six weeks apart. So crochet will be my recovery pastime of choice. I've amassed a credible amount of gorgeous yarn to make new cushion covers for the lounge. We have a rather green room - seating and curtains AND rugs) so injecting some bright shades will make a difference. That they will be handmade covers will make even more impact - as long as they don't look shabby. My main challenge - apart from hooking, following a pattern and getting to the end - will be sewing in the ends without creating unnecessary bulk - any tips?

The book, Crochet (DorlingKindersley), I'll be using is so inviting, I'm reading it whenever I can!

Wrapping Up my Reader

No, I have not invented a virtual rag week whereby my readers are bundled off to a far-flung location...I have simply crocheted a cover for my e-reader

My First Crochet Ta-Da Moment

I have already Instagrammed this item so you may have seen it but I also want to record my crochet journey here.

In line with my pledge to learn crochet in 2015, I've been following Alison McNicol's excellent tuition book: How To Crochet: A Complete Guide for Absolute Beginners.

I'm not too fazed by the stitches as such, but holding my hook in the right-hand while controlling the yarn tension with my left...that IS indeed a challenge, not helped by Multiple Sclerosis. I have found my own way of doing things and, so far, so good.

My First Proper Project

My Kindle Paperwhite has needed a cover since my husband upgraded it for my Christmas present (he now has my "old" one so we are both digitally connected at bedtime).
made using a pattern from
by Alison McNicol

Using a luxury wool has given this the tactile appeal I didn't want to lose by covering my Kindle. I know I take the cover off when using it, but it is also nice to have a touchy-feely relationship when it is off-duty.

The wool is from the LanaGrossa McWool Pencil range. With browns, beiges and greens in a self-stripe, it was an ideal choice, bought from online shop, Love Knitting.

Behind...and Ahead

Yes, you read that right; I am behind with my papercraft blogging but beautifully ahead with my #2015yearofcrochet (as shared on Instagram).

Let's Round Off the Cardmaking News

At the beginning of January, I promised to show you a fifth Christmas card. It is small but was made and given to my husband with a huge heart - both his and mine.

 I can claim no design credit as this was a Little Claire Club Project using their Little Snowman stamp release.
It was fun to make but can you spot my deliberate mistake (not)? Yes, I should have stamped the snowman row up the other way on the tag that was to be inserted in the right-hand flap. As it was, the tag went in upside down giving the poor snowmen a headache.

There were secret messages written on each tag and, NO, I am not going to tell you what they were. However, the sentiment on the reverse of the card comes from the stamp set that I shall use again next Christmas by designing my own cards.

Being 60

I have one birthday card to reveal, made at the start of the year in which many of my contemporaries share a significant birthday. Oh to be sixteen again!

Using another Little Claire stamp set (Good Times), I created a man's card for a good friend. The technique of stamping the bottles twice and then covering the middle over, with the pocket watch, gives the impression of one long line of bottles. Of course, no one would get through that many at once...


I've always been a knitter - here's my latest make, for a baby due soon to a colleague in my husband's office. I have knitted many such ponchos over the years, starting with my own teaching colleagues' babies, then my own, followed by nieces. nephews and then friends' grandchildren, not yet my own... The pattern produces a garment that sees a child through at least its first year. It is so handy that, if I could bottle the usefulness, I'd make parenthood amazingly easy...

UPDATE: Baby Annabel Lucy arrive on March 17th, safely and happily to parents who could not wait to meet her.

And Now It's Crochet

Tomorrow, I'll show you what I've made so far...