Ok… winter has pretty much passed (dare I speak too soon). It’s May and it’s getting warmer out there. I’m now packing away my winter Jumpers. It’ll be a while before we get the urge to make warm things, although I always regret not starting much earlier than autumn.  
There’s a wealth of cool crochet out there that’s is just perfect for summer. Some great shapes – it ‘s amazing what you can do with a bit of crochet. Here are some ideas that I think are just fab –  all with patterns, some free, some not – but still great value. 
1. Love the shape of this simple but very stylish summer shell from Lion Brand
2. Cover up with this gorgeous little summer cloche from the I Love Pompoms blog.
I bet it would look great in raffia.

   

3. How fab is this idea. Lots of potential for creativity here. Lovely free picture tutorial from Genuine Mudpie
4. Found this lovely number on Crochet Kingdom. A longer version would make an excellent beech cover-up. Just think of all those bright coloured cottons out there crying out to be made into this.

5. One for the tots. Protect their little feet in the gentlest way with these cool shoes (pattern) from TwoGirlsPatterns on Etsy

6. Is this not the slickest crocheted bag you’ve ever seen? You too can make one. Get the pattern from Etsy’s IsWoolish
And there’s much, much more out there..

Red, white, blue, flags, balloons, bunting, painted faces, street parties – schools, nurseries, church halls, pubs, everywhere! Seems that even the least likely patriots of us have caught the Jubilee bug, particularly here in London where the 2012 Olympics are looming on the horizon. It’s not even worth taking down the decorations – might as well just keep them up until September.
Wishing you all a lovely and not too soggy (weather forecast is dire of course) weekend of celebrations.

Patchwork Flag Dress by thredHED
Pattern is available to order.
For information contact: thredhed@btinternet.com

For those chilly Autumn days, this cosy chunky hoodie is perfect for your little one. Here knitted in fluorescent pink (handy for keeping them in view), but would look equally good in an aran yarn (and very ‘on trend’) or something a little more rustic. 
It can be made for boys and girls (just change the buttoning side if it matters) and it can be knitted in any dk yarn doubled up (knitting with two strands). Great for beginners – simple garter stitch with neat rolled edges, not too much shaping, and the pockets are optional. Knits up nice and quickly, and is a slightly boxy loose fit which means more than a season’s wear. Great value. Sizes 3-4 and 5-6.