Work in progress

We all do it. We start that new project with such enthusiasm and gusto, but then, as it drags on, a shiny new project comes along that steals us away and into the cupboard the old one goes. Then more projects come along and before we know it we have a box of forgotten wips just waiting for their chance to escape.

Shawl design

I’ve just finished writing a new pattern so before I start my next, decided it was time to delve into the dusty box of wips.


So, there’s a “wow, I’d forgotten about that” top,


an “oh yes I remember this” cardigan,

KAL Blanket

a long ago ended KAL blanket,

Daisy Chain

a box of daisy’s longing to be a chain,

Noro top

a very lovely Noro top, and a dragon. Yes, a dragon.

African Flowers

This is a Heidi Bears design which uses the African Flower in various forms to create an animal. I completed the flowers 2 years ago while on holiday but couldn’t bring myself to fasten these together. There are a lot and this did give me a rather sinking feeling.


This uses the ‘join as you go’ method which I’d never attempted before but Heidi Bears has a pretty comprehensive tutorial on her website. If you have a lot of motifs to join, I would recommend learning this method. There is no sewing (always a bonus) so the seams are neat and uniform. It’s also another skill to add to your repertoire!


So, here is my dragon. Finally removed from the wip box and ready to fly! I confess, I did add a little wire to the wings to give them some structure, otherwise they were a bit floppy. It may have taken two years, but the recipient is still over the moon with his dragon. Have a look in your wip box and try to set one free this year :)

Yarndale - Little Woolly Sheep

24th and 25th September sees the 4th Yarndale to appear in Skipton, and those who have visited or read about this wonderful event online will be aware of the collaborative project that is organised each year. First there was the 1.5 km of bunting swinging from the ceiling. Next came the bright and cheery mandalas, and last year they received crocheted and knitted flowers from all over the world, raising money for the Alzheimers Society.

Yarndale Buntin

Well, of course, this year’s no different and there’s another exciting project for everyone to hop onboard and support. It is .... a flock of Woolly Sheep (well we are in Yorkshire you know)!

There are knitted and crocheted patterns so nobody need feel left out :) I’m opting for Lucy’s crocheted version.

All details can be found at

Sheep parts

These are my pre-assembly pieces, all ready for sewing. I’m using some Wendy Pixile yarn leftover from a previous design, and decided to give my sheep a bright tweed effect jumper with a frilly trim. Very fetching :)

Daisy the sheep

So, this is Daisy. She’s all finished and ready to be posted off. These have to be received by Friday 9th September so there’s still time to make yours if you haven’t yet. I look forward to spotting mine amongst the rest of the flock at Yarndale this year :)

Creating myself

I think there’s a misconception with many people that crochet is old fashioned; all Granny squares, circular doilys and flowers. I too was guilty of this perception, always preferring the ‘look’ of knitting.


Following on from my last blog post (new opportunities), I’ve been working on texture for my first design project. I want to show how versatile crochet can be and what great fabrics it can create. I’m really pleased (and relieved) at how this is turning out.


The tableware accessory ideas came thick and fast and I rather naively thought that I would have these made and patterns written in a couple of weeks. The reality of this is much different. The ‘first drafts’ were good but not quite right. Mats weren’t rectangular enough, bowls weren’t round enough, ridge effect was too high, colours better in a different order, position of stripes top or bottom ... I remade the bowl at least 5 times before I was happy.

Writing up

The next step was turning my paper scrawlings into an easy to follow, understandable pattern. This amazingly, was the easiest part of the process and was typed up (reasonably) quickly.


There’s been a lot of frogging, tweaking and frustration, but I’m enjoying this process so much I just wish the world around me would slow down so that I could do more. Not sure I’ve found ‘my style’ yet but am totally hooked and just want to make more and more and more .....

Next project

Now, onto my next piece :)

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