I’m in a dilemma…..

I have worked in textiles for over 30 years. During that time I have learned many skills and created a vast number of items for which have sold all around the world. I learnt to crochet when I was a child, but none featured in any of the work I mentioned.

Just before Christmas last year I was tempted to pick up the hook. It was a refreshing change, and, as it happens, has been a very useful ‘interlude’ during times of stress this year as my DH was very ill. All crochet is for my own enjoyment, and I won’t be tempted to create to sell.

So, what’s this dilemma?

The yarn!

I am currently using Stylecraft Special DK which is actually the only brand of yarn I can buy locally. The shop also sells a couple of other lines of the same manufacturer but all of them are acrylic. We have no proper yarn shop, these balls of yarn being displayed in just a small corner of his otherwise general store.

How do you choose your yarn? Buying over the internet seems a little risky without first feeling and seeing ‘in the flesh’. I could dye my own if I had a source, but that is not a real prospect I wish to consider at the moment.

Ideas please – if I get to travel in the near future…… which yarns should I investigate? Which manufacturers do you admire.

Thanks in advance for all comments. They are moderated, but I will reply, and probably visit your blog if I don’t already follow it.


A New Look 

A change of theme! What do you think? It’s the newest one from WordPress – just announced today, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The colours of the Sunflower blanket are certainly cheery on a dreary day, but I can’t wait to finish it.

I’m really enjoying seeing the rows get shorter and shorter. The last row took an hour, it won’t be long before I can manage two within the hour…. Must keep going, even though I have very little crochet time.

What are you working on? Leave a crochet link below and I’ll gladly come over and take a look.



Yarn Bomb: Byron Bay

What fun!

That Girl Who Crochets


We spent the day at Byron Bay last weekend. Byron Bay has a reputation for relaxed people, backpackers, and being eccentric. Home to the coolest markets ever, this place feels like a world away from the Gold Coast. The main part of town is only a couple of streets, but is always packed! I noticed someone had yarn bombed one of the round-a-bouts! It was so bright and colourful and grabbed the attention of heaps of people! If you are ever close by it’s worth a stop, even for some fish and chips on the beach!

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Dreaming crochet 

Yes, I really did. And I can’t wait to try out what I dreamt!  However, I can’t try it until I finish the sunflower blanket. What does that mean?


Well, if nothing else it means that you can’t see anything above  After all, at the moment it is just all a figment of MY imagination 😉