OK, not really, it’s Irish crochet I was really excited for the new Doctor Who episode, so to make the long wait go faster I made a shawl: Anyhow, I just finished typing up the pattern, which you can buy on Ravelry.com, and very soon on kindle.
Brand-new on ravelry!! Beginning with a simple lace pattern, and taking inspiration from Japanese temple architecture, Lotus is a richly textured half-octagon shawl that will stay comfortably on your shoulders. The shawl, knitted top-down, features sweeping lace ‘petals’, reverse stockinette panels and nupps which give textural interest, and a knit-as-you-go lace border along the whole … Continue reading
I’m really excited about this one, my first self-designed (as in not just pattern mods) knit shawl! Charted version is now available on Ravelry.com for $1.95 here – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/travellers-joy-scarf Written version will be out for Amazon Kindle shortly Enjoy!
In Japan at least, these big chunky clips are hot right now, and they’re so much fun to make. There are so many things you can put on them, like Friday’s felt lily snap clip. I’m working on an embroidered one, and a beaded one While I’m getting those finished, enjoy these other ideas… Add … Continue reading
I really enjoyed doing the matryoshka-inspired nail art tutorial the other day, but I felt it was a bit too much outside this blog’s purview to do as a regular thing. But for those of you who do like nail art, you can find pics of my fumblings and the occasional tutorial at my new … Continue reading
I bought a pack of big snap clips from the 100-yen shop, and I’ve been having lots of fun decorating them. For this lily clip you’ll need felt, a needle and thread (or hot-glue gun if you don’t want to sew), and a large snap clip (sleepie grip). To make the lily, start by cutting … Continue reading
As a lover of all kinds of decorative arts and crafts, it’s natural that at some point I’d get round to actually painting on myself! Nail art looks complicated, but you can create some very pretty looks with only a few dots, lines, and neat tricks. It isn’t just for long and/or artificial nails, as … Continue reading
To celebrate the release of my new pattern booklet “A Crochet Country Garden: 6 elegant high-relief floral afghan blocks to crochet” , here’s a sneak preview Petunia square: Square measures 12” when worked in worsted-weight yarn with a size H hook. Size adjustments can be made by using different yarn/hook, or by adding or omitting … Continue reading
Sorry to anyone who’s had trouble accessing the site in the last day or two – seems my wp database was broken so all posts and pages disappeared! Yikes, that was SCARY!!!
Thanks to those who have bought patterns in the last couple of days – so far we’ve been able to round up sales to the nearest dollar (so just over 100%), and have given to Civic Force Japan, an emergency response organisation here which has been busy getting tents, bedding, sleeping mats, food, and access … Continue reading