wuthering wallflower

This month’s make turned out to be a very romantic looking (at least i think so) crochet granny square blanket. I always need an easy not thinking (too much at least) project after i finish a big brain burner, like the #utilitarianutopia HERE. And i had a load of Aran wool i have not used yet – cannot get myself round to using it, not sure why, it seems just too woolly for my taste? (DON’T)… So off i went! Deciding that i will make squares till the crochet yarn runs out, and then put them together. Whatever way … Continue reading

utilitarian utopia

A little while back, i made a blanket inspired by a certain glass artist’s work, read more HERE: The crochet blanket worked well enough then, and i was happy with the outcome. More importantly, its recipient was happy with it too, and it has a pride space in our living room now! Since then, i have been looking at more and more of his glass work, in more and more detail. Becoming mesmerized by the pattern, i decided to try again. Make another crochet blanket, based on the more complicated glass bowls that he makes. Not with mohair, as … Continue reading

travelling tortoise

Crochet is counting. Crochet is Maths. Maths is everywhere and in everything. I have recently been asked to check a statement for my grown up niece when she was applying for a Math teaching degree course: she needed to come up with everyday examples of maths being present, and why she was passionate about teaching it. Since then, i cannot STOP finding more and more examples for her! There are examples of maths in SO many things that we do daily. And what I do daily is crochet – as you may have noticed… When i was completing the … Continue reading

rainbow reverie

Welcome to the world a new baby! When i make blanket for babies, i like to use rainbow colours. Baby crochet blankets are smaller and take less time than my giant crochet thinking projects. Baby blankets are finished quicker, and usually way way before the babies are due, just in case…. Spy my BLANKET page HERE to admire them on the bottom of the page in their own dedicated picture gallery, and if you have been gifted one of my baby blankets, see if you can spot yours amongst the others.* *(If you cannot see your own gift on … Continue reading

quintessential questioning

I have finished MOHAIR QUEEN, before New Year’s Eve 2020, and as much as i have wanted to start learning a new brioche hat technique, i wasn’t quite ready for that. What i was ready for, was more of completing a whole, finishing and old crochet WIP (work in progress) project. The cotton squares (mentioned before HERE and HERE) blanket was about to get finished, all together with working out my dense centre granny square into a favourable configuration of granny square and popcorn stitch… Pattern for this singular square, can be found in my Ravelry Pattern Shop HERE. … Continue reading

phenomenological pondering

I have no words for the world right now. Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst, i think that is the only/ best possible state of mind to have right now. So let’s not dwell, and get back to crochet. I mean, those of you who have not picked up needles and yarn, you may as well… I have said before HERE: #crochetplayoneaday you have probably seen this before but I have adapted it with crochet hooks rather than knitting needles. Wooly eyed skull anyone? 🙂 #crochetplay #oneaday Posted by thecreativehook.com on Monday, July 14, 2014 Today i … Continue reading

overindulgent optometry

New Year. By this i mean both: The one day in January (New Year – day 1 of 365), the first day of the year, and the new cycle (new year – 365 days dates marked anew). What does it mean? In the majority of the western world, people might be aware of setting out resolutions for improvements in the year ahead, as a way of welcoming the new year… My blog had been about hopes for future last month (resolutions, in a way). In this sense, i have done it backwards (or forwards) compare to tradition, and so, … Continue reading

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