industrious inquiry

Blue squares. There is something about the blanket that i want to talk about today, that feels complete. Not just because it is actually finished as a blanket. There is something more. The individual pieces of this blanket were made at various stages as i was learning and relearning crochet stitches. As i started changing my work from my arty farty video installation work and adapting it into something more every day use – you could say crafty farty… I know i keep saying that i do not follow patterns, but at least i try to look at patterns … Continue reading

gaseous giant

This month, i am introducing the finished science fiction inspired nebula inspired star dust blanket. I love sci-fi. Is it because of its creativity? Its endless possibilities for imagination to flow not just for the writer but for us readers? Either, or both, the why does not matter as much as that science fiction feeds something about my own imagination and creativity. Unknown worlds of the future, abilities for human beings to develop in ways that are currently only possible in another person’s mind, there is something about science fiction that really inspires me. Whether in terms of humanity, … Continue reading

daisy doodle

dear diary – dandelion drumbeat Today’s story is from the past.  The rainbow blanket that I want to introduce today was made at the start of the year.  It was January and there were hardly any countries on lock down yet.  It seems so long ago and so much had changed since then. Still, I want to show it off, because it deserves its dedicated space and it’s story of origin.  I could not write about it any earlier for a few reasons. It was a present for my beautiful niece, who was about to be born any time … Continue reading

cantankerous crochetier

 “I crochet to keep my mind from unravelling” is a revised version of a quote by Niki de St Phalle, very much appropriate for my next blog post, all about my crochet processes.  I suppose it helps to look back at what you have done, every now and again, to review, and when you make blankets as huge as the ones I make, at the same time hope to post monthly, well, there are expected to be some months void of crochet blanket completion news.. This gives me a space to fill with crochet ramblings before each blanket is … Continue reading

artful articulation

I don’t undo There is no unraveling and recreating stitches until perfection is bestowed upon my work.  The point of my crochet is not for the project to look perfect, but for me to remember what i have learnt whilst making it… There is only keeping going and trying as i go along, i have no time to go back and redo… When planning this blog post, this was something that became focal to me, as it was always going to be a review of my work with an aim to start the new year with an increased ability … Continue reading

yours yarnly

yesterday’s yearnings – yearly yonder The weather in the UK has not been following last year’s anomalous hotness… Am i surprised? Not really. But, when i started thinking about this post a little while ago, it was looking promising, with few days here and there bringing us temperatures warranting light jackets, if any outerwear at all… I nearly put my woolly wonders away, before i realised how perfect they are for this exact time in the year…. Crochet blankets are exactly the perfect spring/ summer outdoorsy attire – for evenings especially in the UK.  Whether you are sitting outside … Continue reading

xerophilous xyst

I have been working with a lot of previously made small crochet items recently, turning them into large, humongous, oversized, ginormous, gigantic, crochet BLANKETS. It has been a way of using any crochet work that i have made previously, and that has been lying around the work room, in variously neatly organized packages/ bags/ boxes/ drawers… or at least on surface, this has been an exercise of efficiency and recycling. To find a use for items that were originally made to be used as small cloths, various sized crochet bunting triangles or crochet coasters, which will not really get … Continue reading

woolly warriors

Wondrous Women – Warm Wanderers So, it is finished. It is now time to write the story of another “thoughts-in-knots” blanket which i recently realised are the core of my current creative crochet work. The process of making these free-form crochet blankets helps me considerably when organising my thoughts.. It started with my Nan’s work. I have been given these amazing leaves, pictured below, made by my grandma. The idea together with encouragement for Nan crocheting these maple leaves came from my mum, after having been surrounded by grandma’s crochet work for the majority of both my mum’s and … Continue reading

rainbow ramblings

So, another project finished, it is time to share the story of the rainbow blanket.  I cannot remember, and refuse to count, how many times i have seen a chevron crochet blanket in the movies…  It is one that these days appears, do i dare venture an opinion, even more often than the very classic of American crochet, the Granny Square Blanket.  I have seen one in many films and because i have used the chevron stitch before, and liked it, i thought, why not….  so i started, a long-ish while ago. it got to a stage, where it … Continue reading

people power

‘There is strength in numbers’, I have heard someone say on many an occasion…  Being a great believer in individuality, but at the same time questioning TRUE individuality of each and every notion, in my personal views on life, something had made me want to write this post.  Crochet related, of course, this is what has happened in my work… I have famously finished the BAVARIAN CROCHET ROUND BLANKET and you can congratulate me endlessly HERE and wherever else you may wish to do so….  But, this had left me open with a space for the next project….  I … Continue reading