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Crazy about Crochet

My world has been taken up with wedding-related stuff for a while now, especially when it has come to crafting. I have to say I have really enjoyed making things for mine and Wayne’s big day – not only does it add a really nice personal touch, but the things I have made are unique to us and a bit special. It’s also helped to save us a bit of money too, which is a bonus!

Anyway, now I’ve finished decorating jars with lace, making the table plan and a few other bits and pieces I’ve finally had the chance to have a proper look at a lovely crochet book I was bought for Christmas. All I need to do is find the time to make something from it – or finish the granny square blanket for that matter!

I was given Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench, and I’ve got to say, there are some really lovely things in it which I can’t wait to start making.

I’ve just seen by looking on Amazon that Nicki has a book out called A Passion for Quilting. If I get on well with her crochet book then I might well be buying this for myself! Just got to decide what to try and make first…

Have you followed any crochet patterns by Nicki or have this book? Would love to hear from you and see what you have made.

(This is not a sponsored post! I’m just looking forward to start crocheting again :)) But first, my granny square blanket…

Kate x

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Time to Stop Being a Square

When I’m learning something new I want to try as many things as possible, all at once. This generally means a few projects tend to fall by the wayside and remain unfinished. Is it just me or are you like that too?

When I first picked up a crochet hook and some wool in the autumn of 2012 I started, as probably most people do, making granny squares. I found making them really addictive as they got me familiar with using the hook, how to work with the wool and I could make them fairly quickly.

Granny squares

Except then I was bought a book on how to make amigurumi, so I ditched the granny squares and started making cute little animals instead.

The piles of woolly little squares were consigned to a draw and there they have stayed – until now. I think it’s about time I have a go at joining them together.

I’m a bit nervous about doing this (as I’ve never done it before) which is another reason why I never did it at the time.

So now, more than a year on, I’m on the lookout for an easy and foolproof way to join my little squares together and make a nice little baby blanket. Any top tips anyone please?

Hopefully I will be able to give you an update with the full stitched-together blanket soon…

Kate x


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Crochet Bird Cake toppers (Two Little Birds)

I’ve had it in my head for a good few months now that I would like to have a go at making two cute little crochet birds to sit on the top of mine and Wayne’s wedding cake.

The only problem – finding a crochet pattern for birds that look *right*

I didn’t want them to be big but they needed to be able to stand up on their own, look like birds and be cute!

After a lot of research (looking at loads of pictures on Pinterest!) I decided to make two of these little birds, as they are small enough to fit on the top of a cake and can stand up on their own.

I did try to make one of the birds which has a more realistic shape (the blue and white one in the picture above) but it ended up being a bit big, so two together wouldn’t have worked.

Here’s the finished result of my second attempt . What do you think?

They didn’t take that long to do and I’m really pleased with them. Hopefully they will perch with pride on the top of our wedding cake. Speaking of which, I had a chat with my mother-in-law to be about the cake last week (as she has kindly offered to make it for us). All very exciting. I think we’re going to have a two-tiered sponge with pale blue icing decorated with white and yellow flowers – and now the two little birds.

Did you make your own cake topper? Would love to see some pictures!

I might start working on some of my own crochet patterns. It would be nice to be able to create something of my own and then share it. Thinking cap on then….!

Kate x


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Crochet: My First love

Well, crochet is my first love in a crafting sense anyway.

Billie the bunny

Billie the bunny

I started this blog in a bid to keep me trying new crafts and new techniques, share what I’m up to with the wider world and hopefully learn lots of new things from talented crafters and bloggers out there.

I first picked up a crochet hook and ball of wool a year ago. To be honest, I only chose crochet over knitting as I figured there was only one thing to move around (the hook) instead of two knitting needles. I’m not the most coordinated you see.

Anyway, 12 months on and it’s fair to say I have really got into it, albeit in slight fits and starts! I thought I would share a few of the things I have made in an early post. I’m yet to create a pattern myself, but I will definitely post it on this blog if I do!

Here are some of the things I have made during that time. As you can see, I’m a real fan of amigurumi:

What’s your first crafting love? Would love to hear from you!

Kate x


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How to Make… a Love Birds Ring Cushion

Hello everyone and welcome to my first post! I thought I would start off by sharing a project I’ve already completed before I crack on with some new ones on the blog.

If you’ve read my About page you will know that I am getting married in February – not long to go now, I’m so excited!

I have a few small DIY ideas that I’m going to do in the run up to the big day but creating a ring cushion was the first one on my list. I’ve been reading some excellent and really inspirational wedding blogs in the run up to mine and Wayne’s wedding and I was really keen to add a few personal, handmade touches to our day.

With our love of birds, I knew they had to be incorporated somewhere, and I thought the ring cushion was a really good place to start.

I got some inspiration by looking at regular cushions to get some ideas.

I loved the idea of two birds with their beaks together underneath a heart, which is where the rings would be tied with a pretty white ribbon. So off I went…

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