The pattern and tutorial for these is now available for sale on Ravelry – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-african-violets A crochet pattern that produces a display of African Violet flowers to be placed at the top of a flower pot. Size can be altered to suit. I used acrylic yarn but any DK yarn would do. A closer lookor… Read More African Violet tutorial
I was making African violets because I had been given three very pretty flower pots some years before and had used them for various real plants, though the plants kept growing and having to be repotted. I thought that they would be just the right size for African violets and since they couldn’t grow they… Read More Crochet African violets
Last week I talked about the decisions needed in choosing the design and colours for the African Flower Blanket but this week I am going to take the process to the next stage, by describing the evolution of the final arrangement of motifs. ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** After doing the… Read More African Flower Blanket: planning the layout.
It is going to take a few weeks, I suspect, to finish the wide border around the African Flower Blanket, so in the meantime I am going to share some of the steps along the way. This week’s post is about the different choices that had to be made about design and colours. ***** … Read More African Flower Blanket: initial choices
No these weren’t made by me but by Eleonora of Le mie mani creative. Her site is in Italian but she makes lots of lovely crochet and sewn items. She sent me two different pictures. Someone over on Ravelry also made some for her mother’s birthday last summer. It makes me happy to think that… Read More Multiplying Violets!
I had hoped to show you an update on my cushion cover this Monday. Do you remember the cushion cover? I did complete one more row but the red squares which look a bright red in the sunlight look a much darker red in artificial light and I had to give up making the squares… Read More Vague Whispers of a Blanket
The advice I need concerns the washing of acrylic yarn blankets. I have never washed any of my blankets even though I made the first one nine years ago. It does only get used about four months of the year and is stored in a cupboard the rest of the time. But more recently, the… Read More Maybe you can advise?
Yes, another succulent. This was one of the error prone patterns but luckily help was at hand in the online errata list. The pattern says that tension is not important but I used the recommended hook size, no problem this time with thicker, smoother yarn, and whereas the photographs in the book had rather floppy… Read More Ruby Wax Agave
I have to start by saying that I can’t unreservedly recommend the Crocheted Succulents book that I bought, especially for beginners. The author is obviously imaginative, creative and accomplished, and the patterns come out well, but there are far too many errors in the book. For the first two patterns I tried, I found an… Read More My first crocheted succulents.
Having been home for almost two weeks with a cold that I didn’t want to pass on to anyone else at this tricky time, I am beginning to feel a bit lonely, so I may be writing posts on my blog more often, since talking to my blog seems a bit better than talking to… Read More I used to have Real Indoor Plants!
As the Giveaway had closed, and using the slips of card I used last time, I pulled one lucky winner out of the hat. Name of the winner below but just to keep you guessing a bit longer I will recap what the giveaway was all about. It was a printed copy of one of… Read More We have a winner
Having listened to all the ideas, I have decided that I will do as suggested and the ‘prize’ will be a paper copy of one of my patterns (chosen from those pictured below – winners choice!), the right amount of yarn needed to make it and one made by myself as reference and for anyone… Read More The Giveaway
I now have a shop on All these patterns are available for sale on Ravelry. Clicking on the link gives direct access to the pattern page. These flexible fun items can be bought together in an ebook. (See above) These Celtic coasters can be bought together in an ebook with a bonus triquetra coaster. (See… Read More Shop
Some time ago I noticed that some people had, without asking my permission, posted photographs from my blog on their Pinterest sites. I wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or annoyed but it certainly made me feel uneasy as I had no control over what they were doing. Later on I found that there were… Read More Announcement
I thought it was about time that I gave you a crochet post on a Monday. I had been thinking of trying out a more elaborate idea for a crochet pattern but since I was feeling pretty exhausted I ended up doing this instead. Ever since I created my African Violet pattern I have felt… Read More How to crochet a perfect circle
The first montage of 2015 and not a good month really. I feel that I haven’t done much crafting. Too many other distractions and much more ‘undoing’ than normal. I did make a pair of socks for my daughter’s birthday but I was in such a hurry to send them that I forgot to take… Read More January Montage
A Happy New Year to you all! This year I have decided that I need to use two montages to cover all the knitting and crochet I have done this past year. The first montage comprises all the items I have made for myself. I made knitted roses for the mantlepiece and then a crochet… Read More 2014 retrospective montage
In June I showed you the finished doll that I made for my grandson and some crochet dresses and a top that my mum made for me years ago. I completed my African violets and shared the tutorial on how to make them plus my early attempts at crochetting an orchid. After I shared my… Read More June Montage
Having made two crochet orchids the week before last, I made two more this last week and then combined they into a spray that I will put on my kitchen windowsill along with my African Violets and Cactus. On the left so they arch over the violets. Here is a closer look. They are far from perfect but I… Read More A Spray of Orchids!