How To Make A Textured Colour Block Crochet Blanket

Hello friends.  I recently noticed that the yarn I used for this crochet baby blanket , had been discontinued.  It's a real shame, as the mix of cotton and acrylic made such a beautiful squishy yarn.  So, I thought it was time that this pattern had an update.   I made the blanket again with new yarn and also added more sizes and other helpful information too.  I hope you like the new version... This pattern is crocheted entirely in Wattle Stitch .  I love the texture and it is so quick and easy to make.  A beginner crocheter can easily follow this pattern and if these colours aren't your cup of tea, it would look great in so many other colour combinations.  Just pick 3 colours you love for a colour block effect or you could even use a self striping or cake yarn.   This blanket here is also another quick and easy make. Now this pattern was originally designed as a baby blanket and the previous one was gifted to my brothers son when he was a baby, but what if you don't

Summer Stripes Friendship Bracelet - Part of the Charity Stash Bash CAL

Hi everyone, it's time for our next addition to the Charity Stash Bash CAL.  If you have not been following along you can check out the links below for more info.  This month our patterns follows on from the theme of last months, with another Summer Stripes pattern.  This time this snazzy friendship bracelet.  Kids love these especially when made in colourful yarns The pattern will use up those last scraps of cotton you have lying around and can be made with any gauge yarn, making it a great stash buster. If you would like to know more about the Chaity Stash Bash CAL you can check out the links below. Helpful Links... 2020 Charity Stash Bash Operation Christmas Child US Operation Christmas Child UK Ravelry pattern page An ad free pdf version of this pattern is available in my online stores, thank you for supporting my work... If you would like to take part and prefer knit over crochet, I have linked some other pa

Summer Crochet For Kids - 10 quick and easy projects to make for your kids this summer...

Hello friends, the sun is shining and I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy the weather.  I have put together some really cute, quick and easy crochet projects to make for your kids, with a summer theme.  The patterns are all free and by my favourite designers, so be sure to go and check them out. I love this cute zesty coin purse by Crochet Cloudberry.  Perfect for your little ones to keep their pennies in, or for yourself... Lime Coin Purse All I hear from Little T in the summer is "Mum can I have an ice pop?".  If your kids love them too then they will love these ice pop cosies by Green Fox Farm Designs. Freeze Pop Holders In the UK we have been making rainbows to hang in our windows to show our support for the NHS.  Why not make one for your kids to hang in their windows too.  The pattern is by The Crafty Therapist. Rainbow of Gratitude When the sun is hot, keep your kids cool in a cute, cotton sun h

Crochet For A Cause Blog Hop - Free pdf pattern to download every Monday...

Hello friends, this week I am excited to announce that I am taking part in the Crochet For A Cause Blog Hop, which is being organised by the lovely Ashley from Edyth Blayn.  Each Monday during the event, two designers will make their pattern available to download free. Their pattern will be free for one week only so be sure to check back every Monday.  You can find more information about the cause and links to the free patterns here... All designers will be sharing hat and scarf patterns with the aim of donating them to your local homeless shelter, school, cancer centre or pregnancy resource centre.  This coming Monday it is my turn to share a pattern and you will be able to download the pdf for my  Basic Beanies  free for 1 week.  Remember this pdf will only be free for 1 week from Monday 15th June, so be sure to head on over to Ravelry for your pattern. Click the picture above to find other great patterns, you will need to check each Monday to see what pattern is availabl

Elderflower Champagne Recipe - A fond memory of my childhood...

You know summer is finaly here when the elderflowers are blooming. They always remind me of the walks I used to take with my mum as a child.  We would walk along the country lane to the river and collect the elderflower blooms to make Elderflower Champagne. My mum would use a big bucket with water, sugar, lemons and the flower heads and leave them overnight or a little longer.  She used plastic pop bottles to strain the fragrant liquid into (glass ones had exploded previously and the plastic one seemed to fair better).  She would keep the bottles in her wardrobe and we would wait impatiently for them to be ready. It was always worth the wait, Elderflower Champagne is such a glorious taste of summer.  It really is summer in a glass.  If you have never tried it before I urge you to give it a go... Elderflower Champagne Ingredients 8-10 elderflower heads 4 cups sugar 3 pints of hot water 6 pints cold water 4 lemons Add the hot water and sugar to a large