Sunday, November 4, 2012

What I did this winter…

Even the least observant among you will have noticed I’ve been a bit off-line this winter.  It turned into an unplanned sabbatical.

There’s a primitive part of me that seems designed to hibernate in the winter.  All I want to do is retreat to the warmest part of the cave, in front of the fire, with a cave-cat on my lap and knitting or similar in my hand.

I’m not a particularly proficient knitter.  Not like my sister who comes up with creations like this:

I can knit peggy squares.  I sort of had in mind a blanket or three (If I do one for one child the others will want one too.

So I knitted quite a few squares:

When I was still only a fraction of the way through how many I’d need for the three blankets I got bored with knitting squares. 

I decided to learn to crochet and found a book a the library.  I started with a granny square.

Then I tried some edging – I practiced with some doll’s blankets.

Then I spotted some colourful acrylic yarn at the local wool shop, and thought that with the textures and shapes from the crochet I could make a picture.  I merged ideas from about three different library books, and did lots of unravelling and trying again when I wasn’t happy with how it was working out.

Then I thought I could expand on the “sun”, join the two together and make myself a tote-bag.


I spotted a crocheted coin purse in a shop, and thought “I could make that” so I gave it a go – with much unravelling and re-working.

Then I made a cell-phone cover.

And then I got onto a bit of a roll and made a pencil case and notebook cover.


Yet another library book inspired me with this pattern for a shawl (the first actual pattern I’d attempted, rather than just making it up as I go).

Still got a way to go to match my sister’s “Swirl” but for a beginner who only learned to crochet less than four months ago I’m pretty chuffed with it.

Now it is spring, summer is not far around the corner, and I’m back in my herb garden and basking in the sunshine again.  My “ideas” book has filled up with ideas faster than I can make them, so I’ll be back!


  1. Claudia, that's awesome! I love the shawl (pattern please?!!)

  2. - I found the book at the local library, renewed it once and only just finished the project before it was due back the second time.

  3. Was just wondering about you this week too - glad you are "back", after a productive winter :)

  4. That's quite impressive! I crochet, but haven't in a while so I know you've been quite busy! And your stuff looks great, too! Oh, yes, glad to see you back.

  5. That looks like a winter well spent, Claudia. I knit, but can't crochet at all, so am deeply impressed by the shawl after only four months learning.

  6. Wow! Go you!!! I'm so impressed by people who can crochet.

  7. I love the notebook cover and pencil case, very 'Missoni' inspired. I've been nagging my Mum to make me a crochet zig zag snug rug for a while now... I may just have to revisit that nagging!! Thinking it would be perfect for snuggling into whilst camping this summer!

    :) Hazel