A Lesson In Existential Knitting by Knitzsche

The Sentinels, formidable ktbl stitches, kept a firm control over the knit and purl rib. One day the rib stitches could take no more and after a fierce battle with the Sentinels, made a bid for freedom. Their victory was short-lived. The Sentinels quelled the rebellion and bought the rib stitches back under their control. This epic…

The first of a hundred waistcoats

I am now the proud (also toasty 🙂 ) owner of a woollen waistcoat that Shana has spent quite a while knitting. Shana certainly had her work cut out for her, what with having to put the knitting to one side for some considerable time, due to a mega spell of mystery illness. It was…

The curious case of the missing crochet mojo

It was sometime after I’d published the pattern for my Crochet Hook Tidy that it happened, my crochet mojo left the building, I couldn’t even face looking at a crochet hook 😦 I’m not the kind of person who can just stop being creative, so I turned to knitting. My Grandma taught me to knit before I…

Distracted By SW19

It’s that time of year where everything stops for Wimbledon…so sadly this is as far as I’ve got with my new project… I haven’t even got time to write a longer blog post!  

Allergic to Crochet

I was recently asked what brand are the hooks that I used in the picture of my Crochet Hook Tidy, well the simple answer is they are a cheap non-branded variety. I would love to own Addi hooks, but finances will not permit such luxury, besides there is a reason why I chose these hooks….

I am NOT bobblehead!

Ever have one of those days when a design does not go as planned? Do you get an overwhelming urge to destroy not only the offending object, but shred every ball of yarn within a 100 yard radius? *sighs* Today is one of those days for me…this was supposed to be an angel…looks more like…

The Old Haberdashery Shop

I thought I’d share this pic of me as a young’un, wearing a cardi lovingly knitted by my Grandma and holding a knitting pattern, it bought back many memories. There was a haberdashery shop round the corner from where we lived, it stocked all kinds of exciting things and my Grandma always took me with…

I’ve got a lucet and I know how to use it!

I first discovered the delights of the lucet or ‘knitting fork’ about eighteen months ago and tried to improvise my own lucet using something I grabbed from my toolbox (see ‘Knitting With Spanners‘ for a full explanation). Recently, though, after being mighty impressed at seeing lucet maestro Ziggy Rytka on the telly, Shana decided it…

Reasons Why I Crochet #151

Sorting through some of my old craft pictures I found this knitted walking cane cosy I made years and years ago, I can’t remember exactly how many needles I used to knit in the round, but I never found it easy. Now all I need is one hook, simples!

Too Busy To Blog!

I’ve been so engrossed working on new designs that I haven’t had time to write any blog posts…except for this one to let you know that I’m busy!! A nasty bout of Ocular Migraines didn’t help either, it only lasted a couple of days, but was then followed by an eye infection, so I thought…

Smoky Crochet

I’d just set up my latest design to be photographed when my dearly loved kitty decided he wanted a piece of the action. Sorry but my free design does not include a free cat!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!

Today Bloke is…erm…*whispers* 49, we don’t really do parties, but there is a rather epic chocolate cake for later, and pizza, and egg ‘n’ mayo sandwiches, as Bloke himself would say, “yes, but not all on the same plate”!! I found you an origami cake, I’m sure you could make it for real, I only…

No more sponges

I have seen the light! (Well, maybe the suds.) Shana made some dishcloths recently, using the ancient technique of Tunisian crochet. I volunteered to road test them to see if they met my rigorous washing-up test. They did. Big time. And as a result, I had what I like to call a ‘road to Domestos’ conversion: I…