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DIY easy crochet chair socks

The Simplest DIY Crochet Chair Socks Recipe

If you can crochet a circle, you can crochet chair socks! Scroll down for the recipe... We've just moved into a lovely little apartment, with…
A little amigurumi toy raindrop

How to Crochet Amigurumi Raindrops

All week I've been humming raindrops keep fallin' on my head. All because of these adorable crochet amigurumi raindrops! Summer showers aren't so sweet (especially…

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handknit socks on homemade sock blockers

Home Made Sock Blockers

Yep, I block my socks! Not every time I wear them, but when they're fresh off the needles. Before now, I've just patted them out onto a towel, but now I've made myself a couple of pairs of home made sock blockers. I've spent a bit of time drooling over…
A giant granny square work in progress

A Giant Granny Square – WIP Wednesday

I've had this beautiful ball of lace weight yarn for a couple of years now. I'm turning it into a giant granny square. I'm using a 3.5mm hook, and a slightly looser than average granny pattern - two chains between clusters, three chains at each corner. That gives it a…
April knitting, crochet, and more.

April Inventory

April is over and done! I wanted to share April knitting, plus a few of my favourite things from this month. April was a delight from start to finish! Here's the highlights... • Wee crocheted baby 👶 sandals for a friend's niece • A new beret for me - pattern…
A wall full of modern macrame plant hangers

That 70s Plant: Modern Macrame Plant Hangers Tutorial

Does "modern macrame plant hangers" sound like a contradiction in terms? Well it shouldn't, because macrame is back in a big way. Is it just me or does vintage macrame often look a bit... dusty? Maybe it's just something about the colours used in the old pics, but they look…
Knit a brain hat for science march

A One-of-a-Kind Knit Brain Hat for the Science March

Hey brainiacs, show the world you're proud of your smarts with a handmade knit brain hat for the science march. The pattern was designed for the Science March. Because, after all, we had Pussy Hats for the Women's March, so what better than a brain hat for the science march?…
Kind of loose ears on my knitted cat socks

Knitting Kitty Socks – WIP Wednesday

This week I've been knitting kitty socks. This WIP traveled with me to Prague. We had a wonderful trip, with not much time for knitting. Yes, you can knit on planes, but I was too absorbed in the book I was reading to pay much attention - I mucked up the…
Some of WOOLN's offerings

Hipster Fashion, Knit By Grandma – Fashion Friday

WOOLN is embracing the handmade look with items knit by grandmas. The "knit by grandma" thing seems a little gimmicky (do they really only accept female knitters? With grandbabies? Doesn't look like it.) but the designs are lovely and cozy. Plus, their wools are lush - alpaca + cashmere, yes…
Baby boom bear beanie stuffed and standing up

The Fastest Baby Knit in the West

It's official. Everyone I know is having a baby. This time it's an old colleague of my husband and I. We all worked together in New Zealand; he moved home to Prague, and while my husband kept in sporadic touch, I didn't. When we booked tickets for a weekend in Prague, we shot the…
A striped child's sweater before wet blocking acrylic yarn - blocking makes a huge difference even to acrylics.

A Sweater in a Week and Why Blocking Acrylic is a Great Idea

I did it - the little colourblock sweater for my niece was completed in a week! But with yarn, nothing's really done until it's blocked. And sometimes that means (gasp) blocking acrylic. Lets talk about the sweater first, then I want to get into blocking acrylic. I'm not an especially…


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