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Easter is just around the corner and while I have never tried baking Hot Cross Buns, this lot from Tom over on the Kate Davies Design blog makes me want to try!

A great overview of how to make i-cords…and not just by knitting them!

The formidable hat architect Wolly Wormhead has started her own Teachable school and I am here for it! If you haven’t knitted any of her incredibly hat designs, I urge you to try them! They are stunning!

Colourblocking can be so wonderfully dramatic. Like some of the patterns in his book, Vertex from KnitPicks.

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Easter is almost upon us… we are going to be away, but every year we make sure to dye some eggs (it’s tradition). I love the 40 different ideas from Mollie Makes.

I just adore these embroidery make your own jewelry kits from Alicia Paulson…stunning!

Have you ever wondered what the right knitting needles or crochet hooks are? Check out Vickie Howell’s guide!

Simply Maggie’s knitter-specific key chains are to-die-for!

Oh this basket (maybe not just for Easter) is perfect!

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I love KnitPicks yarn, I used their gorgeous white and rainbow sockyarn to make my youngest a jumper last year. I also love that they have updated their learning center, go KnitPicks!

An illustration of a woman sitting on the floor knitting

Oh hello bunnies! I know Easter is a little way away, but these are just too cute!

How to make easy crochet bunny bunting cropped

This will come in handy soon, I am sure. I feel like my eldest, who will be 10 in two weeks, already behaves like a teenager!

Decoding Boys: New science behind the subtle art of raising sons by [Cara Natterson]

This just out: CONFIDENT KNITTING: A YEAR OF NEW TECHNIQUES! I feel like I should take part…what do you think?

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I love reading what other people find during the week and thought I’d do something similar on here. Because who knows, maybe it will be of use to someone else too!

This list of 100+ Knitting tips from Noble Knits is a wonderful compilation of all the things needed to get you started with knitting!

Kate Davies Design’s new design Orchle is giving me all the feels! I can’t quite justify knitting it here in Australia, but that doesn’t mean I can’t drool over the stunning colourwork. I have knitted some of Kate’s designs and can highly recommend her patterns. They are always very well written and produce beautiful knitwear!

I love crocheting little things for friends and often try to find something along similar lines of this sweet crochet heart. Gathered (the guys behind Mollie Makes) have shared a very straightforward free little pattern. Why not give it a try?

What have you been watching while knitting/crocheting/crafting? I sped through Bridgerton…and loved it. I am considering reading Julia Quinn’s books as part of my plan to read more this year. Has anyone read them? What did you think of them?

Winston by La Maison Rililie is beautiful. I love the colour accents on the shoulders and sleeves. I can see lots of play with colours to make this a very snazzy cardigan. The possibilities are endless!

Have you tried your hand at embroidery? I have a couple of kits flying around, one I have started. Seeing this gorgeous one by Knitting up a Storm makes me want to pick mine up again!

Are you looking for a new crafty podcast? Then look no further than We’ve Made It! The team at Gathered talks about all things crafty ideas, tackling crafty problems and shares expert advice!

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Blogtoberfest #24 First Craft Group

I taught my first craft group class today. I didn’t think that anyone would show up, but in fact two people came along. I do think there will be more people, especially as they only announced that the group was starting last week Friday. The ladies that did come had a lovely time and we managed to sew up a few pumpkins. So without further ado here are some pictures from the crafting.

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Questions & Answers (by United Knitdom)

My good friend and fellow blogger Georgina Chahed (United Knitdom) has included me in a Q&A exercise, and here are my answers to her questions:

  1. How old were you when you first started knitting/crocheting? 
    I first knitted and crochet when I was about 7 or 8 and I remember my second project was a pair of socks, thanks to my aunt Iris.
  2. What is the best thing you’ve ever made?
    I don’t think I can name just one thing…the thing I’ve loved most are the waistcoat for Luke, a dress for my niece Clara and the flouncy dress I made late last year for friends in Australia.
  3. Choose: Cats or dogs?
    Neither I’m afraid…not a big pet person…if I really could choose it would be a monkey.
  4. What’s your dream holiday destination and why?
    Australia and Italy: Australia because of the sunshine, the sea and the general relaxed attitudes of the country and Italy because of the sunshine, the food, the language and the culture.
  5. What’s your #1 tip for beginner bloggers?
    Read and comment on blogs you like, you make blogging friends that way, and post regularly (doesn’t have to be every day if you’re not up to it in the beginning)!
  6. In life, who is your biggest inspiration?
    My mother, she raised me and my brother (twins) by herself, whilst holding down several jobs at times and I thank her for it every day!
  7. Are you going to any music festivals this year, if so which ones?
    No, none.
  8. What inspires you most when knitting or crocheting?
    Thinking about the person I’m knitting for and how good they’ll look in the item.
  9. Choose: City or country?
    A little bit of both!
  10. Choose: Shoes or handbags?
    I would have said shoes…but now with a little one, shoes have to be practical!
  11. What’s your favourite dessert?
    I don’t just have one, but up there are: ice cream, banoffee pie and anything with chocolate!
  12. What’s your best tried and tested recipe?
    Chicken with a creamy leek sauce and roasted potatoes.

Next the challenge calls for me to ask 12 questions of another set of 12 bloggers. Here are my 12.

I  have to dream up 12 questions to ask a further 12 other bloggers. The bloggers I’ve chosen are:

  1. Kara from knitting lemonade
  2. Melissa from Knitting Sandwich
  3. Claire from Knitting Sandwich
  4. Kate from Confessions of a Graveyard Gypsy
  5. Roberta from Rowantree Design
  6. Jo from sewmuchchoice 
  7. Shannon from A Life Flexible
  8. Anna from Peacerebel
  9. Michele from Posh Knits
  10. Ann-Marie from youngblondesandblackrappas
  11. Ros from Snoopydogknits
  12. Cathy from tinniegirl

My questions are:

  1. How to you pick your crafting projects?
  2. What’s your favourite craft?
  3. Choose: Spring or summer?
  4. How did you decide what your blog should focused on?
  5. What is your greatest craft accomplishment?
  6. How do you treat yourself?
  7. What are your hopes for life?
  8. What are your dreams?
  9. Is there anything you would change in your life?
  10. What makes you happy?
  11. What’s your favourite food?
  12. Any crafting tips for anyone starting out?