A duplicate post

So, a glimpse of my ‘before crochet’ life! Until health problems reared their ugly head in our household I had a very successful textile supply business, selling mostly my owns hand dyed bits and bobs. We could be seen at all the big shows around the country, and I know that we have met some of you at workshops etc. You may have seen the rest of this on another blog here, but I want as many people as possible to see it, so please read on and pass the word!

‘The time has come’ – and it isn’t only the walrus that is saying that… The time has come to dispose of ALL my hand dyed stock. If you are interested in table sales at your group, filling a basket on your counter or adding to your inspirational threads etc, now is the time to do it.

I’ve just found these. Squirrelled away in a safe place, now is the time to dispose of them.

Usually sold in packs of 4 for £1.50 these silk carrier rods are really useful for textural work, or just for adding interest. A whole workshop could be taught on them, and that’s what I used to do.

How about:

  • Breaking each one down into layers
  • Turning one into silk thread for stitching
  • Moulding for jewellery
  • Adding to stitching for texture
  • Using in artwork or even your journals
  • Incorporate into weaving
  • Lots more uses

They really are versatile. Just some of them shown above!

Now selling at £5.00 for 25 plus postage, or the whole stock for £50.00 plus postage. Leave a comment if you’re interested. Payment via BACS or PayPal.

Other items available all at bargain prices, I’ll be posting more in the days to come. Just get in touch if you can’t wait that long!

It’s a secret!

I know you’ve heard me say it before, but yes, my current project IS a secret. So much of the work I do is, until it’s been delivered. I currently have 4 secrets under wraps, but there’s no harm in me showing you the odd glimpse.

Is there?

I adore working in colour. Planning colour schemes is so much fun, and that was the case with all of the above. These blocks are from a variety of soon to be completed blankets – but holding them in my hand, I can see that they would also go well together in a new one!

That orange really zings, doesn’t it. It’s a HOT combination.

The colours aren’t as exact as I would like – blame it on an iPhone and brilliant sunshine.

But there are no complaints about the sunshine……

On the way to 100

Once a year there is an online challenge to make something each day for 100 days. This year it began on April 3, and is due to end early next month. I have joined in for a number of years because I actually work in elements of 100 as a personal challenge during the whole year. Previously the object of my creativity has been some form of stitching or art, but this year I’ve concentrated on crochet.

Other projects have continued, but each day I’ve made a simple granny square. So far I’ve used simple short scraps to make them, and it’s proving a wonderful way of using up those little pieces that are too long to throw away, but too short to use on a larger project. Here’s a small selection of those I’ve completed so far.

I’m looking forward to completing the 100, we are on the ‘downhill’ now! You can see a few more here. I’ll join them all with a single colour and I’m just off to order that from Deramores while the yarn is on Special Offer!

What are you all up to? Is it too hot to crochet? I’d love to know what you are doing.

Hello Summer

As far as my temperature blanket is concerned the end of May marks the end of Spring. June is the start of summer regardless of the equinox or anyone else 😉

May was a very busy month. It was partly so due to a holiday which meant little contribution to the temperature blankets until I returned home. I managed to secrete a little crochet in my packing, but also including balls of numerous colours to cover all eventualities would have been very obvious. Consequently the last couple of weeks of the month were spent doing ‘catch up’.

I didn’t make an individual blanket for May, instead I finished the Spring Blankets. Did I tell you that I was making two?

The first one concentrated on the morning temperatures

and the second displays the temperatures at their height for the day.

I’m really suprised at how easy it is to see the progression from March through April and into the heat of May. It was a surprisingly warm month, although we always do have good weather during this time – that’s why we have taken our UK holiday then for over 30 years.

These are both now on the back burner as far as the border is concerned. I have begun a Very Important Blanket which is a secret (I love secret blankets). It’s going well so far, but it’s larger than anything I’ve made before so we’ll have to see how it goes!

I’m also keeping up to date with my Scrap Busting 100 days project! There’ll be more about that another day. I have so many ideas – but so little time! I bet you are the same……

Happy crocheting.

Five Colour Friday 


Stylecraft colours again today. Bluebell, Turquoise, Cloud Blue, Khaki and Denim combine to make an unexpected combination.

You can buy the above colours from Deramores. Follow the link and you can save 30% on your purchases this weekend with the code HOLIDAY30.

Happy hooking!

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Five Colour Friday 

I have really enjoyed using these colours. It’s been secretly in progress during the trials and tribulations of the Spirit of April. No view of the finished blanket for a while, though, as it’s intended as a gift.

Saffron. Tomato. Meadow. Cypress. Mustard.
The colours used are Stylecraft colours. Don’t forget that you can make 120 different squares with just these five colours. More Five Colour Friday inspiration can be found here.

There will be another post in this series very soon as I think I’ve found my most favourite shade of red ever! Watch this space…..

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So near yet …

I am determined to finish the squares for the Spirit of April before July! So many hold ups have almost made me want to hide it all in a bag under the  bed!! However, I’ve kept going. I was totally back on track until last might ….

The colours of these squares are very close in tone, this slowed up production if careful preparation wasn’t made in good daylight. After the  sun and clear skies of last week the last couple of days have been a little dreary and the evening seemed longer. Last night was going well until ..


A whole ball of Denim should have been enough, but this was all I had left to finish the last two squares! 


Thankfully I’ve been able to acquire one this morning, so it should all be done by midnight! I may even have a day to spare! 

Come back tomorrow fo Five Colour Friday.