Christmas seems to be so much more fun with children around. They’re coming home from school with cotton wool snowmen and cut out snowflakes. They’re practising their Christmas songs and learning lines for the nativity. Their latest favourite read is the Argos catalogue (why oh why did I pick one of those up?) and every trip to the shopping centre needs a plan for avoiding the Disney shop. Those little ones are getting excited.
I’m very conscious and a little sad that those years of magic are very fleeting so I’m determined to make the best of them. Perhaps in a way, I’m  wanting to relive the the magic I remember from my own childhood. Of course I also learnt the true meaning of christmas and our kids will too, but in the meantime there’s no reason why it can’t be fun.
I thought it would be nice to make a printable. A letter to Santa… in its own special envelope.  Nothing pre-written, chances are they can write their own now – at least with some help from mum or dad. I’ve provided some lines, but hopefully that’s all the help they need…
Just watch them fill up that space in no time.

I wanted to share this as a printable download – in case you might like to do it too.
If you follow the link at the end you can download the 2 page PDF. You may reduce or enlarge as required by changing the details in the ‘scale box in the print menu.
Print and cut out on A4 (portrait setting).  Fold the envelope (it’s easy to see where) and stick down. 
It will need to be sealed with glue – my daughter was a little disappointed when she licked the top and it wouldn’t stick, bless her – never mind….  no big deal. 
We (with an adult of course) put ours on the open fire, and sent it up the chimney… or you could do THIS
If you do decide to send it in the post, don’t forget to include a stamped addressed envelope if you want a reply.
Get The free printable download by clicking HERE

This is for personal use only. It must not be re-sold or used for commercial purposes.
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We’re hunkering down for the winter here in London… and it’s getting cold… so I thought I’d share this. In these times of saving energy, colossal heating bills and (still, despite what people are saying) austerity. Someone somewhere may find it useful….
Have you seen the gaps underneath our doors?

I mean… seriously…. Look at them.
Gaping, draught-beckoning, under-door, wind-tunnelling, chasms.
…. Kind of needed to sort this.
I have a small stash of fake fur that I’ve had for years. nice stuff that is destined to become, one day, the most gorgeous coat – but in the meantime, there’s just about enough of it to spare for a more pressing little project to keep out those breezes.

So off to Jewsons I go for some pipe insulation (all will become clear – I promise). Love it there – shopping with all those builders – surreal.
So what do you do with a pile of fake fur and pipe insulation?
Here’s what. This is an idea I got from lovely blog Living a Slow and Simple Life . A fab draught excluder that slides snugly underneath your door – and (this is the important bit) stays there. It moves with your door. No getting in the way. No having to put it back in place. 
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And you know what – what a difference.
So snug that when you open the door you’re practically blown off your feet. Ok…. so I exaggerate, but trust me – it works, and particularly well with wooden floors. Our living room has never been so toasty. You needn’t use expensive fake fur. Fun fur, fleece, velour, velboa, minky or even just some unused fabric would be just as good, and for a room with a floor covering like carpet, a fabric with no pile, like cotton canvas, would be the best option.
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It’s important for the environment and for our pockets that we try to conserve as much heat and waste as little energy as possible these days so this is a great idea. It’s easy to make and works out pretty cheap. With the most basic of sewing skills and couple of hours you could do some serious draught busting. 
Click HERE for instructions.

It’s Mothers day again over here in the Uk. I can’t believe it’s come round again. How time flies. 
Big bunches of flowers, lovely handmade cards from the little ones, having breakfast in bed or lunch down the pub – it’s all going on in this part of the world today.
But let’s spare a thought for those who don’t have mums – for whom Mothers Day is not an easy one. 
I’m dedicating this post to the mums who are no longer with us, for whatever reason.
Lets not make too much of a big deal of Mother’s day, as nice as it is for some. Let’s just appreciate the mums we have –  everyday. 
In the meantime, to all you mums out there, Happy Mothers Day.
Crochet Iris by thredHED. Rainbow flower by Iris. Keep watching, pattern to follow.
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It’s nice to take time to appreciate those you love but, let’s be honest, Valentines day is not everyones cup of tea. Red Roses, Chocolate Hearts, or candle-lit dinners – been there, done that, have come out the other end – now totally indifferent…….  so I’m not going to go on about love… or romance. 
Having said that, I do love the paraphernalia…. but that can be just as much fun without all the sugary stuff. 

So for those of you who are…, or who are not, doing Valentines Day, for whatever reason…. but like the odd heart or two, here’s a nice little project .
 ‘Crochet hearts’, I hear you say, ‘they’re everywhere’. 
Yes’ that’s true and they look great – but I wanted to push  it further and make something extra pretty and, in true thredHED style, 
… a little bit useful.

These little lights instantly perk up a dark corner and look pretty at the same time. Made from crocheted hearts, sewn together and reinforced to make little filigree shades for a chain of LED fairy lights (and I must stress LOW VOLTAGE LED). Use can use any fibre yarn – it’s great for using up your stash.
They can be red and racy, hot pink, or muted pastels for that vintage look….or why not mix ’em up. Which ever way you choose they do look nice…. and if you like a bit of crochet you can make them.  Here’s how – for a limited period of time, my pattern and instructions are free to download to all fans of my thredHED face book page

Click to get it HERE  

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There’s nothing nicer than a handmade gift. I love ’em. But Boys?….. simple handmade gifts for boys (and by that I mean men) – now, that’s a tricky one, especially with the men I know. They seem to be much more discerning, more fussy than any girl. They totally get the handmade thing but with them there seems to be no messing –  they want stuff that is either really cool or really practical.
Ok. BIG birthday challenge of the above kind. Thankfully I had a small amount of this  great Riley Blake cassette-print cotton fabric.
I picked it up on a visit to friends and family in Bristol, UK from the most fabulous craft shop Flo Jo Boutique. Well worth a visit if you live in or are visiting the area. It sells  all manner of gorgeous printed fabrics, and holds some great classes and workshops – check it out.
I decided to keep it very simple with these lovely little Tidy Bags. Great for keeping their shoes/trainers or undies in when travelling, or just for great-looking, handy hanging bathroom/bedroom storage. Half a metre will give you a couple or if you have more fabric you can make as many as you like. How about a variety of sizes. You can change the size and proportions – the making process is still the same. I think an extra large one would make a great laundry bag. Perfect  – and not just for the boys – I know plenty of girls who would love it too.
They’re easy to make – a good project, particularly if you’re new to sewing. It’s made using ‘French Seams’, so it will be nicely-finished and good quality. I’ve put together an easy to follow tutorial.
You Can find it HERE. 
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A little something for the New Year new arrivals.
 Two new versions of my Little Chukka boot…. in stripe. I’ve been dying to try a stripey version of these. Knitted in two rows of each colour – a nice stripe width, it’s also easy to change colour without floating yarn or finishing off. You may need to juggle the colour variations slightly depending on the size you make.
We’ve still got plenty of cold weather to come before the spring, so this makes a great gift.
You can find the pattern HERE.

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Here I am again, sorting through my stash, not wanting to throw away these scraps of fabric. It just seems so wasteful.
Time for another project….. some modern patchwork. As lovely as traditional patchwork is, it takes on a whole new lease of life when we bring in right up into the digital age. “How do you do that?”, I hear you ask…….
…….PIXELS
1. Pixel Ice-cream Plimsols, 2 & 3. AIE Fashion, 4. 3 Rings, 5. Avant Garden, 6. Socialphy
These graphic inspired textiles are currently all over the blogosphere, and are crying out to be made up as modern patchwork.
I decided to stick with something pretty simple – a cushion comprising of 9 rows of 9 squares, 81 squares in total. 
For anyone who’d like to give this a go HERE’s what I did. 

Back in August, you may remember, I did some crochet granny bunting (well just a bit). I liked it so much, I wondered if I would be able to find a Christmas version. I did – I found this  great little Crochet Granny Christmas Tree over at the fabulous Royal Sisters Blog. It’s nice and simple with a great step-by-step photo tutorial to follow.

Just what I was looking for – although it needed a little something to finish to off….

That’s more like it.
As ever, the madness of of the run-up to Christmas means that there’s never enough time for me to crochet up a stack of these. I will at some point, but in the meantime I did exactly as I did with the last lot of crochet bunting. Yes, you guessed it – another printable. Another little crochet trompe l’oeil.
It works really well…. and it means that you can have Christmas Crochet Bunting even if you’ve never crocheted in your life. Once again it’s available as a free download for thredHED Facebook page fans. Get it HERE.  As with the previous bunting, make sure you print it on a good  quality paper and a high quality media setting….or…. you could use iron-on transfer paper, even printable cloth…. for crochet-print fabric bunting. 
Happy Decorating.
Okay, time’s pressing on. The lights are up and our high street is positively twinkling. Trees are stacked outside the shops, and one by one our windows are beginning to light up. Your Yarn Wreath is made and now it’s time for the best bit – embellishing. 
There are lots of ways you can do this – it doesn’t even have to be knit or crochet, although it’s nice to continues the theme. I’ve used my own pattens for my wreath, but, sadly due to my other commitments haven’t yet written patterns (perhaps that’s something for next christmas). There are, however, loads of great patterns out there, free and to buy, for little christmas flowers, leaves etc…..or you can even but them on Etsy or Folksy if you’re a bit pushed for time. 
 Here are some of my favourite, most realistic, free patterns for fabulous knit and crochet Christmas decorations. 

Mistletoe (crochet)
This one’s my favourite. It’s very simple and quick to make…and it’s so effective. Would also look great as a garland. You can get it over at the blog Marie’s Making
Holly (crochet)
Here’s a lovely, lovely, and very simple holly leaf. There’s a great step-by-step photo tutorial with this one, from everyone’s favourite Attic 24
Holly (knitted)
Here’s another Holly option if you prefer to knit. Looks great doesn’t it. You can get it here at  the Cvetulka blog
Pinecone (crochet)
I love this one. It’s a very clever idea – and much easier it looks. Here it is from Planet M Files
Poinsettia (crochet)
Last but not least, a beautiful crochet poinsettia. I think it looks fab. Find the Pattern here at Hobbycraft – Christmas Craft Ideas
I think that’s enough to be going on with, don’t you. 
Don’t forget, it’s important to give thanks to these bloggers for sharing their great patterns, and giving something very precious – their time – for free. Writing patterns is not easy, I know. It takes a lot of knowledge, time and concentration to be clear and accurate.….so a big ‘Thanks’ guys, and all the very best to you.

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Christmas…..here it comes. It’s everywhere, the shops, the telly, the internet – there’s no getting away from it. The West End, here in London, is lit up and sssppparkling, and soon we’ll be seeing the first wave of decorations and chrismas trees appearing in the streets of our towns.
Now I do like to see a nice wreath. They’re popular in my local area of little Victorian townhouses. There are all kinds – small and discreet, real foliage, tinsel, and some seriously ostentatious wreaths in my ‘hood. I love it. My old urban pad in the sky was way too modern, but now in my new ‘old’ house I make sure I have a wreath on my little front door.
Of course…. I had to have a yarn one, didn’t I. Nothing quite so simple for yours truly – something a lttle bit different. Looks like your average wreath…but when you look closer….
Fancy a making yarn wreath? It’s really not as complicated as it looks. 
Here are  my instructions for Step 1 – How to make the base
Here’s Step 1 of how to make my Yarn Wreath
For Step 2 – embellishments, keep watching.
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In Flanders Fields
 John McCrae, May 1915 
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
It’s that time of year when we especially remember those people who did, and still do, make the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the lifestyle and freedom we have today.
We buy the paper Poppies and they’re great for a couple of days, but then they fall off, or get squashed and are forgotten about.
I was told some pretty disturbing tales of fighting in a war, first-hand, from my grandfather when I was young. I’m very thankful he did – they’ve stayed with me, and they give me the reality check I need when i complain about the injustice of  everyday trivialities, like my toaster not working.
Why not get yourself a bigger, blousier, in-your-face version by making this distinctive Crochet Poppy corsage. It’s pretty easy for anyone who has a basic knowledge of crochet. The pattern I’ve devised provides written instructions, also step-by-step, photo instructions and stitch charts for the more visually inclined. It’s not free, but that is so that I can donate the proceeds to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Doing it this way not only makes more of a statement, but saves wasting paper and manufacturing on a new Poppy, and uses up yarn that may otherwise be thrown away. You can wear it year after year , although PLEASE, when you do, make sure you give your usual donation.

The Poppy can also be used as an embellishment, or in other decorative ways.

You can get my Poppy crochet pattern HERE
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I’ve got loads of scrap fabric.
LOADS. 
I can’t get rid of it, it’s far too nice… but the pieces are small – not enough to do much with. I’ve all the bunting I need and no need for anything ‘patchwork’ at the moment.
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Here’s something I thought I might try with a scrap of a lovely large flower print I found and a small piece of nice upholstery linen – Appliqué. 
I’ve a lot of cushions without decent covers. I’ve decided, in my new ‘old’ house, that I’m not going to buy any more cushion covers – they are so easy to make, and it seems to be the only way to get something unique, original and interesting, unless of course you pay megabucks for one offs or designer exclusives. 
One by one, I’m covering them, slowly but surely, and I thought that this might be a good use for some of my fabric scraps. 

This is what I came up with – an appliqué cushion. 
I sewed a big red Poppy from a large flower print piece of scrap I had in my stash onto this green linen.
I then used my Easy Cushion Pattern to make it into a cushion. It worked pretty well and was quite easy to do.

I think it looks pretty cool. You can make it as unusual and as unique as you like. 
…and you can get my free instructions on how to do this

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I can’t believe that within the space of a week the seasons  shifted from Summer to Autumn. That quickly.
Two weeks last Thursday was hot, and I mean late 20s, but now it’s positively chilly. Ok,….it’s September, and all the signs have been there for a while – southbound geese, that familiar damp chill at the beginning and end of the day, and the mornings and evenings getting slowly darker. Yes, there’ll still be the odd sunny day…thankfully. but let’s face it – it’s time to fold away the Tshirts, and to reluctantly box away the sandals, in the realisation that the fabulous summer we’ve had this year is drawing to a close. It’s time to rifle through that Jumper drawer and panic that you have nowhere near enough woolies to see you through to the spring. Last winter was coooold and long. This year I plan on doing a lot less shivering.
It’s time to wrap up.
It’s time to get those needles and hooks going. 
It’s time to make warm stuff.
So…. where to start?…is the question. How about something small… and quick and easy. What is turning out to be THE accessory of the decade, it seems,….

 …..A nice chunky knitted cowl to start off the chilly season. The featured pattern provides instructions for a three colour stripe but can be easily changed – different colours, more stripe variations, or simply just plain. Perfect as a quick project for those with a boredom threshold like mine, ie low. Knits up in a couple of evenings and it’s versatile…. can be worn however you like. 
Looks so cozy doesn’t it. It is.
Like My Facebook page and get the Free Pattern HERE
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 I’ve been doing some crochet bunting. I have been known to do the odd granny square now and again. Not very often, mind you, but I do love them. I also like to stop off, from time to time, at the fab Attic 24 blog, mainly to marvel at Lucy’s creative talent, but also because I’m originally a Yorkshire lass and, as much as I love my hectic London life, it’s a great way to get my fix of ‘up North’.
I’ve been amazed at the response, of all you crocheters out there, to Lucy’s request for  classic granny-style crocheted bunting for the forthcoming Yarndale woolfest. The sheer generousity of all you hookers out there giving up your precious time and energy and your even more precious yarn stash to what is clearly going to look nothing less than SPECTACULAR.
Of course I had to have a go didn’t I – how could anyone resist such a great little mini challenge. I just did the one – nothing special. Let’s face it there is such an array of amazing colour combos on the Yarndale Flickr page. I simply couldn’t compete.

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This was just a quickie for me and nothing special but I must admit I’m pretty taken aback by how so many people have said “How nice”, and “ooh that would be great for my…..”, and “I’d love to be able to do that”. Turns out this crochet bunting lark is a little bit exclusive – I forget that a lot of people are not able to crochet, and even those who can….it takes time. I’d have LOVED to have made a whole garland but this was a teeny-weeny project that I had to shoe-horn in-between everything else on my to-do list. 

It was this predicament that gave me an idea…. Just a bit of fun, let’s say. If you can’t have proper crocheted bunting…. what’s the next best thing? Can you guess?
 Here’s what I did…..

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Looks like crochet bunting, I hear you say. Look closer…

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Ok then, a bit closer?… Got it? . 


Printed crochet bunting!

If you can’t have the real stuff, this has got to be the next best thing. From not too far away you’d never know. 

I’ve put together a printable PDF of granny-square-style crochet bunting in five different colouways. Just print out, cut round carefully, punch holes at each corner and string up. 

Now, anyone and everyone can have crochet bunting, whether or not they have the time or the knowhow. Looks great strung up at any party, or think what a nice little bit of quirkiness it will add to a vintage stall display. Watch people’s surprise when they realise it’s not the real thing. Your very own little trompe l’oeil. Just make sure you print it on a good a quality paper and a high quality media setting, and you’ll have ’em fooled. And here’s an idea – how about using iron-on transfer paper, or even printable cloth…. for crochet-print fabric bunting.

Here’s the best bit – It’s free to all thredHED Facebook Page Fans. Maybe you’d like to take the time to crochet the real thing – here’s Lucy of Attic24’s tutorial if you do… but if not, you can get my printable version
HERE 
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I’m hoping that those of you who have downloaded the pattern of the Buggy Blanket featured in my last post are enjoying making it as much as I did. In fact I enjoyed working with that particular stitch so much, I wanted to do another one straight away. It’s rather addictive, and it just so happened that one of the mums in my neighbourhood was having a baby. Another perfect excuse.
So…..as a follow on from my last post I thought I’d provide you with a new update of my latest buggy blanket to show how versatile the pattern is. I can’t believe how popular it’s been – it seems we’re well and truly ready for the new, Mid-Century-look pastels – I thought as much. 
Having said that, let’s face it – not everyone likes the softer, paler shades….so how about a different, bolder colourway? 

I am equally fond of brights and was curious to see how it would look, so I thought I’d experiment with another variation of the pattern in brighter colours.
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Here I chose some real tropical zingers. I used Stylecraft Special DK in Saffron, Aspen and Silver and King Cole Comfort Baby DK in Sorbet. They are good quality acrylic yarns, which are soft, and which wear and wash well – so important with a newborn.  This time I left out the black accent which I thought may have been a little too much in this case. I just continued with the same colour of the stripe. Works just as well. Great summer colours.


We’re midway through a heatwave in sunny London at the moment. Right now, blankets are out of the question, but heatwaves here are few and far-between and don’t last for long. The warmth of the orange yellow and turquoise-blue shades will carry nicely on through to the autumn, and beyond. 

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The beauty is that you can use any DK, or if you have a stash of 4ply you can use a double strand. For the more creative among you, the options for different stripe and colour combinations are many. What would you do? – would love to hear your ideas.
As mentioned in my previous post, I have donated this pattern to charity.

P/hop is a charity knitting/crochet project that raises funds for the emergency aid organisation Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders.




Designers donate their patterns to P/hop, which are then available for you to download. The idea is that you decide the amount you wish to pay based on the amount of pleasure you get from knitting or crocheting your P/hop pattern. There is no fixed amount – it’s up to you what you pay. You can get more details HERE 

The pattern comes as a downloadable PDF with clear instructions and easy to follow charts for those of you who prefer something more visual.

Make special gift to give to a Newborn and, at the same time, turn your enjoyment of crochet into vaccines, midwives and malaria treatments . 

 Get the pattern HERE via P/HOP and adapt.

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I was recently very excited to hear that a couple of good friends of mine, old college pals, were expecting a baby. As well as being absolutely thrilled to bits for them, I’d been wanting an excuse to do a baby blanket.
These are discerning friends… and certainly no slaves to fashion or fads. This one had to be special.
I chose crochet, because, let’s face it, there’s nothing cooler at the moment than wrapping your precious little bundle in something blatantly unique and handmade. I wasn’t sure ‘Homespun’ would be their style so I decided to go for luxury, as in good quality artisan.
Most important of all – colour.  We’ve seen lot’s of lovely things done for babies in ‘brights’ over the last couple of decades, and they are still fab,…. but this time I fancied a change…..

I’m liking the growing resurgence in pastel colours, not the sugary style that instantly springs to mind  –  this time the more subtle, subdued shades including, grey, stone and all manner of creams. It coincides nicely with the rediscovery of our love of 50s and 60s vintage, and when well combined can look gorgeous.

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Finding the right colours can be tricky. Yarn companies, have never been known for being at the cutting edge of fashion – although they are slowly catching up, so you have to be canny and mix ‘inter-brand’ with those of a similar weight and composition. For a yarn that’s very washable and quick to dry but which wears well and holds it’s shape nicely, a wool/acrylic mix is ideal. I used Stylecraft Life. Beautiful and soft, good quality, it comes in a nice selection of shades and is pretty reasonably priced. I chose Mint and Silver. The ice-cream yellow I wanted was a little more hard to find so I used Wendy Jubilee in Vanilla, a beautiful soft dk yarn which is the same weight and composition as the other.

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The pattern is a bold stripe, bordered by finer bands of the same colour. with a fine black accent to give it that quirky mid-century feel. Crocheted in one of my favourite stitch styles, and similar to that used by the fabulous Marc jacobs in his Autumn/winter 2012- 13 collection. A small pompom on each corner gives a nice luxury finish. Check out this fabulous simple tutorial from ‘I Like Big Bows‘ on how to make mini pompoms
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Measuring approx 78cm x 76cm it’s the perfect portable size cover for the buggy, and for carrying around. 
Its lace-like construction makes it a light cover in the summer months, but thick enough to slip inside the foot-muff for extra warmth when the weather gets colder.
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I don’t get the chance, very often, these days, to give to charity, but I do try to as often as I can. In these times of austerity our charities are struggling more than ever to raise much needed funds, and so I have decide to donate this pattern to a worthy cause.

P/hop is a charity knitting/crochet project that raises funds for the emergency aid organisation Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders.




Designers donate their patterns to P/hop, which are then available for you to download. The idea is that you decide the amount you wish to pay based on the amount of pleasure you get from knitting or crocheting your P/hop pattern. There is no fixed amount – it’s up to you what you pay. You can get more details HERE 

The pattern comes as a downloadable PDF with clear instructions and easy to follow charts for those of you who prefer something more visual.

Make special gift to give to a Newborn and, at the same time, turn your enjoyment of crochet into vaccines, midwives and malaria treatments . 

 Get the pattern HERE via P/HOP



For the fabulous origami bow pictured above, you can find the instructions at :-
http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-bow.html
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I’ve been working on a new little cardi for my daughter. I’ve been trying to get it done for the summer despite being busy with various things including what currently seems to be the worlds most demanding 4 year old – I’m hoping it’s a phase. 

It was designed to go with her new ‘best dress’ and it’s finally finished, but…here I am again. The button dilemma. I’ve delved into my my stash, but….. nothing. Nothing that will match, tone or even remotely go with the lovely unusual ‘Bluebell’ colour I’ve used.

So…here’s what I came up with. A crochet button. Made with…wait for it…no less than….

a humble Roman Blind Ring

and yarn of your choice.
….and I thought it’d be nice to share it with you. From what I can see it’s very similar to the style that is known as the ‘Dorset Button’, although in this case it’s crocheted. 
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I’ve used DK yarn and a 2mm crochet hook to make it nice and firm. Want to see how it’s done? 
HERE’S THE FREE TUTORIAL

Cardi pattern soon to be published…watch this space…

origami flowers, paper tulips, make your own tulips
A few months ago I planted some tulips. I love’em – they’re one of my fave flowers and I was hoping that by now, the time of year when it’s usually beginning to warm up , that my (very bare) mantelpieces would be graced with little jars of home-grown Tulips. OH, NO, not a chance. It’s currently 2 degrees out there and it snowed practically all day yesterday. It’s almost April, British summertime begins next weekend and it’s fffreezing. MY poor ol’ Tulips aint having any of it. Well, ok, whatever…but I was determined to have flowers so….plan B (take note Mr Osbourne). 
I thought about knitted or crocheted flowers but I fancied a bit of a change and perhaps something I could do with the little one, a bit of origami perhaps? This is not something I normally do, so I needed instructions- and it had to be seriously easy….and seriously easy it was. I found a nice little tutorial online and, well, you can see I now have flowers. I think they look great.
What’s more, the Easter hols are coming up next week – would make a good project to do with the kids.