This month, I started by sharing some pictures of the Tunisian crochet coat I made for my daughter. it has in fact been all crochet, as I wrote two posts about my progress on a Celtic Knot baby blanket, another on some fun spiral coasters and another two posts about developing a new Celtic Knot… Read More Monthly Montage – May
I have just published my bookmark pattern. Been working hard on it for the last week. Here is the description:- This pattern makes a bookmark based on the Josephine knot (named for Napoleon’s Josephine but much older originally). Unlike my Celtic bookmark which starts with almost 400 chain, this comes in three parts and the… Read More Bookmark Pattern Published
I’ve spent the last week feeling ill. Not Covid but seems like some sort of cold virus. Hence no repeat of my Friday Fotos. However feeling so under weather and needing to take things easy has meant that I have got ahead on some things that would otherwise have been neglected. I have two waist… Read More A Bit of a Bookmark Byway
With nothing more to do for the blanket for a few days, I settled down for a first attempt at devising a new bookmark pattern. I decided to try the Josephine knot, even though it looked a bit trickier than the other design. Unlike my earlier bookmark, mathematics was of limited use, but after a… Read More How’s the bookmark getting on?
I have always enjoyed the planning of a project even more than it’s realisation. This is possibly because my brain works better than my hands and I have often planned various creative projects that have never been taken any further. Recently my mind has been totally occupied with planning the blanket for my granddaughter and… Read More I feel a new Bookmark Pattern coming on!
I had hoped to be able to show you part 8 of the Sacred Space CAL today but due to making a few mistakes I am not quite there so I thought I would write this instead. Now the little bit of money I make selling patterns is nice and allows me to not feel… Read More The Joy of Selling Patterns
Some forget-me-nots I discovered at the front of my property that have self-seeded themselves from the ones in my pots. ******* ******* ******* ******* ******* ******* ******* Yesterday I got a message from WordPress saying that I had been with them for seven… Read More Seven years!
I seem to be having a bit of difficulty getting up much enthusiasm for blogs and crafting lately but, needing something to take to Crafty Coffee on Friday, I decided to try out an idea I had for another bookmark. This was to use my triquetra coaster pattern in #10 cotton. I like the red… Read More A New Bookmark
Not having started any more knitting and crochet as I am not sure what to choose, I thought that I would share what I made in 2017. This was very much the year of Celtic crochet. I started by devising some plaitwork bookmarks and published the best pattern. I also then made some Celtic cross… Read More Looking back on 2017
Those of you who have been following me for a while will know that I wasn’t entirely happy with my Celtic bookmark because it was quite large and a bit thick. I posted the pattern but then, using the bookmark in one of the larger hardback books I have been borrowing from the library lately,… Read More A Better Bookmark
I have been working on quite a few odds and ends before and after my holiday, apart from the coasters I showed you recently. I thought that it seemed a shame to waste the place mat I had made just to show it could be done,and I remembered that I had a cushion that could… Read More Recent makes and WIPs
Having discovered that the latest book I got out from the library is a large hardback book I decided to move on from my pineapple bookmark that I have been using lately to one of my Celtic ones: the most popular one with the purple edging and pointy corners. With the pineapple bookmark the pages… Read More My bookmarks in use!
Celtic knots and plaitwork are always drawn with an edge so that you can see clearly how the ribbons cross over each other and I thought that this did not show clearly enough on my original cross. which is why I started experimenting with adding slip stitches. At the time I did try adding the slip… Read More Celtic Cross – definitive version
Ever since someone put a photograph of one of my Celtic coasters on Pinterest I have had about three weeks of hundreds of people every day coming to look at the pattern. Even now it seems to be over one hundred. I know that a thread bookmark will appeal to far fewer people but it did… Read More Celtic Bookmarks
I really feel that I could do with some way of lighting the items I want to photograph in a more even way and even if it is dull outside. However I have packed up all my Christmas cards now so this will have to do. I shared with you the pattern for the angels… Read More Angel Christmas cards
Not being happy with either of my earlier attempts to make a Christian fish bookmark. I decided to have another try. I decided that the rectangular shape worked best but that the fish needed to be in a contrasting colour to show up. I tried to do this with the filet crochet but it was… Read More Fish bookmark revisited.
The pattern for all four of my Celtic crosses is now on sale on Ravelry – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/celtic-cross-bookmark My original cross.When I used #10 crochet cotton and a 1.25mm hook (Blue cross) it came out about 4 inches high and three inches wide. (10 x 7.5 cm) However using a smaller hook will give a firmer though slightly… Read More Celtic Cross crochet pattern
I am not ready to start my blanket so I have been messing around with various small projects,: one of which was to continue with my idea of making a cross bookmark based on this silver cross my brother gave me a long time ago.I refined and completed my ideas for a pattern and using… Read More I’m still thinking ‘celtic’!
This pattern in UK & US terms is now available to buy on Ravelry – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/angel-bookmark-decoration If made in #10 crochet cotton angel is about four inches high. In goldfingering it is about six inches high. It can be used as a bookmark, perhaps with a cord and tassel or else as a tree decoration… Read More Angel bookmark/decoration Pattern
On Tuesday the weather started off a bit cloudy but by mid-morning it brightened up so we packed a picnic and went to the paddling pool on Southampton Common. Louisa had a paddleand then she saw that for a small cost you could have a few minutes moving around on the water in a large… Read More A Crafty Week – Tuesday
Some time ago when I showed you my new edgings for my cross bookmark nanacathy seconded by Jill at Nice piece of Work suggested that I might try to make a fish bookmark. I have been thinking about this ever since then and have been working on the idea on and off. My first thought… Read More Designing a fish bookmark
A long time ago I made a cosy for my 2 cup cafetière.That’s the smaller one in the picture. Well the cosy on the larger one has already been replaced and recently I decided that the small one was stained, rubbed and saggy and that I should make a new one.Now my cafetière Cosies have… Read More A new Cafetière Cosy
Celtic knotwork or plaitwork. (And I haven’t forgotten about the orchids.) I few weeks ago I showed you the bookmark I had made. Well since then I have been busy drawing and planning and thinking up ideas. For further ideas I turned to my book on Celtic knotwork.Here are some of my early drawings. The… Read More I have a new obsession!
Friday morning over a week ago I was happily working on my rainbow cotton project and all my ‘Crafty Coffee’ friends were saying how much they like it. I was thinking that if I kept going at that rate I could maybe finish it in another three or four weeks. Now I had two other… Read More Well I suppose it’s no surprise really!
I joined Marigolds’ Loft’s ‘Secret Santa Bookmark exchange 2014. – http://www.marigoldsloft.com/2014/09/secret-santa-bookmark-exchange-2014.html Because of the season I decided to send my partner one of my snowflake bookmarks To make it extra special I added a bit of silver in the tassel. In return (about ten days ago) I received an angel bookmark (also seasonal) and a… Read More Bookmark swop
This could be considered a follow on from my previous post, though really there is no connection. Lately, in between other things, I have been crochetting some of my cross bookmarks in different coloured cottons. I added a tassel; as if people don’t like it they can always remove it but it’s harder to add… Read More A Bonanza of bookmarks
This pattern is now available for sale on Ravelry – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/four-snowflake-bookmark This is a very easy bookmark pattern that can suitably be made in either #10 or #20 crochet cotton. Individual snowflakes could also be made in any yarn for decoration. The pattern is available in either UK or US terms. A little silver in… Read More Snowflake bookmark pattern
Before Christmas is totally forgotten, I thought I would post this. On Twelfth night I tidied away all the Christmas decorations except for my snowflake tree and the LED snowflake lights. The tree is intended to be something to mark the different seasons and I thought the lights would add a bit of colour in… Read More A Lovely Surprise
This last week I have been on holiday in Criccieth. I prepared a couple of posts before I went and had intended to keep in touch with all that was going on in Blogland through my mobile phone and the free wi-fi at the hotel. However the phone reception in that part of the world… Read More Criccieth and crochet
In April, I continued making squares for the CAL but got a bit behind because of pain in my hand. I made bookmarks for the people who had commented most on my blog as part of my one year anniversay giveaway and bought lots of lovely coloured crochet cotton for this and future projects. I… Read More April Montage