Plant Dyes and Your Health

Did you know that textiles dyed with plant dyes can be good for you? As a part of my personal search for a healthier lifestyle, I am on an ongoing quest to learn more about natural plant dyes, their uses and how to achieve the range of colours that plant dyes can produce. In this … Continue reading “Plant Dyes and Your Health”

Crochet Booties

Winter is coming soon and my little granddaughter needs some warm booties. Here is a selection of free crochet patterns that I have found. Some of them will be great using handspun yarns. Please let me know if you find other ones. Cloud Baby Booties This booty patterns uses bulky yarn and an 8 mm … Continue reading “Crochet Booties”

Poppy Day

November 11 – Remembrance Day It’s poppy time! Why not knit or crochet a hand made poppy or two to remember this day and those who fought so that we can be safe. Please remember, if you sell any of these handmade poppies, please donate the funds to your local Legion. This is their main … Continue reading “Poppy Day”

Agathis

A few weeks ago I had a lovely holiday in Kassiopi, Corfu. I had visited there a few years ago and had discovered a very talented weaver who has a small shop on the main street of Kassiopi. I was very pleased to see that she is still in business and is doing well. She … Continue reading “Agathis”

Crochet – Doc in Scrubs Amigurumi

Amigurumi figures are quite easy and fun to make, even for a beginner crocheter. You only need to know 3 crochet stitches, CH – chain stitch, SL St – Slip Stitch and SC – single crochet. This crochet pattern uses US crochet notation. For UK: SC (single crochet) = DC (double crochet) How to increase … Continue reading “Crochet – Doc in Scrubs Amigurumi”

Crochet Bowls Pattern

Hemp Crochet Bowl Crochet bowls are a fun project for a beginner and use up odd bits of yarn. I crocheted this bowl using one of the crochet bowl patterns below. I used a hemp yarn and size 3.5 crochet hook. I have recently discovered double ended crochet hooks by Knit Pro Symfonie which I … Continue reading “Crochet Bowls Pattern”

How to Make a Russian Join

What is a Russian join? A Russian join is a very effective way to join 2 yarn ends without using a knot. It works well on any type of plied yarn, especially when the yarn doesn’t felt, such as for cotton, linen or superwash wool yarns. It can be used for knitting and crochet. I … Continue reading “How to Make a Russian Join”

Felting Project – Felt Necklace

Instructions for how to make a felt necklace – with a bit of crochet and wool roving.