Measure your knitting with our new SmartStix needles

How many times has this happened to you? You are merrily knitting away on a rib band or nearing the armhole shaping on a jumper and reach for your tape measure to check the length, but you measure isn’t in your project bag. We’ve all tried to improvise measuring implements or guessed (sometimes very badly) […]

Measure your knitting with our new SmartStix needles

WIP Wednesday – whoops sorry it’s late!

Hello, welcome back, and please accept my sincerest apologies for my prolonged absence. I never intended to stay away for so long, but unfortunately I have been suffering such severe pain in my hands that I haven’t been able to crochet at all for about nine months.

Enough of that though: on with the show (or post)! Let me begin by explaining that we have rearranged our living room to accommodate a new HiFi unit and facilitate delivery of a new sofa and armchair (the armchair was for me!). During the process of rearranging, all of my “string”, books and patterns were removed from the living room. As a result of this, I can’t. find. anything. at. all. Therefore, all projects detailed in previous posts are on hold, as well as a few that were started between the last post and this one (the two accommodations detailed above were two separate events and a few months apart).

Therefore, I will only share projects I am actively working on, which should keep this post a little shorter.

Sacred Space

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will already know that I am a bit of a fan of Helen Shrimpton’s. If you haven’t and didn’t, well now you know 😉

I started this CAL when it began on 26th July. I love the pattern, but I have to go slowly with my hands still not being quite right (if you’re interested, you can read more about that here). However, I have finished parts one, two and three – and on two versions! I’m using Stylecraft Special DK for both. Here are some photos:

Sacred Space CAL by Helen Shrimpton: Sacred Balance above; Sacred Skies below
Sacred Space CAL by Helen Shrimpton: Sacred Balance above, Sacred Skies below

Ravelry project page for the Sacred Balance colourway

Ravelry project page for the Sacred Skies colourway

Peppermint Tea Triangle

Another CAL, this one is run by Black Sheep Wools and designed by Lisa Cook (aka Lisa’s Attik on IG). The pattern was released all in one go and the CAL started on 1st August, and that is when I started crocheting. I love the shawl pattern, but Scheepjes Whirl is a 4 ply yarn and hard for my hands to cope with, so again I must go slowly. Here are a few photos:

Peppermint Tea Triangle shawl designed by Lisa Cook for Black Sheep Wools
Peppermint Tea Triangle by Lisa Cook for Black Sheep Wools

Ravelry project page

That’s all for today – short and sweet! Next week, however, you should see the results of knit along I plan to participate in, which starts on 1st September… See you then, if not before 😉

Happy news and the „One, Two, Three, Four!“ blanket pattern. – FREE PATTERN INSIDE

A fantastic share from Martin Up North

Martin Up North

So here are the happy news. I am now officially a SCHEEPJES blogger. It is an honor, a privilege and a pleasure to be part of the gang.

I feel like the little kid who has the opportunity to play with the squad of Barcelona F.C. or Manchester United, the amateur who all of a sudden gets the chance to play in a movie with Robert de Niro, Tilda Swindon, Clint Eastwood and Barbara Streisand… and so on.

It’s the top of the top, the Creme de la Creme of crochet.  So much creativity, talent, skills but most important warmth and kindness in this group. You will find a list of all SCHEEPJES bloggers here: SCHEEPJES BLOGGERS

A very special thanks to everyone who supported me on my way, helped me, tested and translated my patterns. This one is for you! This one is for the crochet community:

There is…

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A New Year

I have given up making resolutions for the new year; I just get cross with myself for not keeping them, which does not help my self-esteem or my mental health in general. I do, however, try to set myself goals for the new year instead. This year, I thought I would share them with you lovely people!

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The Starry Night

This is just so amazing it deserved to be re-blogged

Catherine's Crochet Corner

So in my last blogpost I said that there was one more Christmas present I still had to show you, but that it needed its own post.

This is it.

This is Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, rendered in freeform crochet.


Before we go any further into exploring this, let me stress that this was freeform crochet. That means that there is no pattern. There never will be a pattern. Don’t even ask, because I wouldn’t be able to do it!

I started this project back in August, and there’s a reason I haven’t shared updates with you all. The reason is that this was a Christmas present for my mother. The Starry Night is one of her favourite pictures. She has a Starry Night case for her ipad. She loves the episode of Doctor Who, ‘Vincent and the Doctor’, that features Van Gogh and this painting (among many…

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Origin of the Granny Square Afghan


Have you ever wondered why it’s called a granny square? Or why we call the blanket an Afghan as opposed to a Brit or a Frenchmen?

AFGHAN first appeared in English usage in the late 1700′s as a name for the Pashtuns of eastern and southern Afghanistan.  The country is known for its distinctive textiles, colorful carpets, and famous karakul wool. 

According to a 1946 article attributed to the Oregon Worsted Company, the thrifty women of early America would carefully save scraps of yarn and fiber unraveled from old sweaters and socks.  As these scraps accumulated, they were crocheted into small squares; the colors combined on the whim of the craftsman.  The squares were then sewn together to make a blanket which was both functional and colorful.  Because grandma was no longer up for manual labor, she was often the one to sew the squares together, thus they became GRANNY SQUARES.

This colorful GRANNY SQUARE blanket was though to…

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