Do You Knit and/or Crochet? You Should Be on Ravelry!

A social media network just for knitters and crocheters? Sign me up! If you’re looking for a great way to keep track of your projects and get inspired to start new ones, look no further. Ravelry is an amazing resource, and you can get more out of it than you ever dreamed possible. Read More Do You Knit and/or Crochet? You Should Be on Ravelry!

Ladyguide: How to Crochet a Catnip Mouse

Amigurumi look intimidating, but they’re actually surprisingly quick and easy to make, even if you only know how to crochet a chain and make a single crochet. Don’t believe me? I decided to make cat toys for some of my kitty friends for Christmas, and when the initial pattern I found had some confusing bits, I decided to just write my own. The best part is, this is made in one piece, so you don’t have to sew anything together at the end (or worry about the seams unravelling). Grab your hook and let’s get started! Read More Ladyguide: How to Crochet a Catnip Mouse

We Try It: Making an Heirloom Crochet Blanket

My mother taught me how to crochet when I was 28. It took me this long to get into anything remotely crafty – I have never used a sewing machine and would never entertain the idea of darning socks. But that time, I was keen, and I realised crochet is really quite easy (knitting still scares me!) I made the obligatory pot holder, and then taught myself how to make granny squares. The internet is full of all kinds of instructions and patterns, it’s really quite brilliant, even when you are a complete beginner. I started off with the yarn my mum had given me – a lovely mix of cotton and bamboo fibers, and when I later realised it had been discontinued, I managed to find a different brand of the same natural fiber mix. I did not realise that this was quite a heavy yarn, but we’ll get to that later. Read More We Try It: Making an Heirloom Crochet Blanket