Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Corona Virus Stress Ball

When I saw this crocheted corona virus I just had to make it! (it's a free pattern on Ravelry)

I'll put it to good use as a stress ball - at the moment I worry a lot about a family member in the Netherlands who has been infected with the virus. When I am worried I tend to pick at my nail beds until they bleed, so it's good to have something to keep my fingers busy. Like a stress ball - or another crochet project. I've started two new projects already, so stay tuned!

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Bertie Baby Blanket

It's finished!

Really enjoyed crocheting this lovely blanket.

The recipient, a little girl, was born last week. I hope we can go and meet her very soon, and give her the blanket and the koala :-)

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

New project

Like most people these days I find myself with a lot of time on my hands, so I've started a new project. It's the Bertie Baby Blanket, a lovely pattern from Little Doolally.
I'm using white cotton 8ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills and lots of seagreen, blue and purple cotton or cotton/acrylic yarn from my stash.

It will be another present for the baby that our friends are expecting within the next few weeks. All their family is overseas, and it must be difficult knowing there is no chance of seeing any of them anytime soon. So hopefully this will provide a little bit of joy and let them know there are people here who care about them.

Take care,

Wednesday, 25 March 2020


Staying at home most of the time because of the Covid-19 crisis means having a lot of time to crochet. Yesterday I finished this cute little guy - a present for friends who have recently moved to Australia from overseas, and are expecting their first baby in April.

It's not really meant to be a toy for the baby (given the presence of buttons and safety eyes), but rather a decorative item for his or her room. I'm planning to make a baby-safe toy as well - possibly an octopus.

The pattern for this koala can be found here. I added the smile, and left out the tail - koalas don't have tails!

Friday, 13 March 2020

Daisy shawl

Yesterday I finished the Daisy shawl that I started in December. Very happy with it!

The pattern is called the Painted Daisies wrap, designed by Daisy Boo Creations. It's available for sale on Ravelry. I used most of a Turkish Delight Whirl to make it.

If you are thinking that I seem to be crocheting a lot all of a sudden, you are correct. I broke my big toe on February 9th, so have had a lot of time sitting down with my foot up! (you can read more about the toe saga on my running blog)

I really enjoyed crocheting this shawl and may make another one in the future. The pattern is simple but very effective. It also benefits dramatically from blocking!

And here's another project that I haven't shown yet: my second dishcloth:

Like the first one, it's based on a pattern from Yarn Blossom Boutique, and made with cotton 8 ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills. This one is done in the Sedge Stitch.

I've found these dishcloths to be very good for general use in the kitchen and will definitely make some more.

Monday, 9 March 2020


Today my BFF in the Netherlands turns 50. As a birthday present I made an amiguruME doll for/of her.

I chose some photos made during the time we spent together in the Netherlands last year as inspiration for her outfit. I added a denim jacket that can be taken off.

Making the doll was so much fun, and I couldn't wait to hear if it had arrived safely - and if she liked it. I guess the photo she sent me says it all. How I wish I was there when she opened it!

This was the seventh amiguruME doll I have made - that book was a good investment!
At the moment I have no plans to make another doll, but I'm sure there will be more in the future...

Wednesday, 22 January 2020


For a while now I have been wanting to make dishcloths from leftover cotton yarn. In December I bought a set of patterns from Yarn Blossom Boutique on Etsy, and today I finally got started.

I used red cotton 8 ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills - left over from Dominic the Dopey Dragon and the Café Wall Illusion Cushion.

This cloth is done in half double crochet (hdc), a very quick and simple project - perfect to keep my hands busy while watching the tennis. Yay, the Australian Open has started! I hope to make a few more cloths before it is finished.

When we were away I made some progress on the Painted Daisies Wrap. It looks very frumpy from being dragged around Europe in a project bag for four weeks, but I'm sure it will look great when it is finished and blocked.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

New project

I've started a new project - it's the Painted Daisies Wrap by Daisy Boo Creations. It's a simple pattern that will be perfect to keep me busy during our travels at the end of this month - we're going to Europe! First to Paris, where we will be for Christmas, and then on to the Netherlands, to catch up with family and friends. I can't wait!

I'm using the Turkish Delight Whirl with which I started the Sea Breeze Cover Up last year. Sadly that didn't turn out well and I finally decided to frog it. That proved to be harder than I expected, so the red part of the Whirl is missing... But I'm sure it'll still be a lovely shawl when finished!

Monday, 25 November 2019

My amigurumi family

This weekend I finished my latest amiguruME doll: my husband! Our amigurumi family is now complete :-)

I've portrayed him in running gear, as he usually accompanies me to parkrun and various running events. We don't run together, as he is much faster than I am, but he always waits and cheers for me at the finish line!

I have loved making these dolls and think I will probably make some more... Stay tuned to find out who will be next!

Sunday, 29 September 2019


It's finished!

I spent most of today crocheting and then blocking my Achilles shawl.

And then making photos, before the sun went down...

Love this pattern!

And love these colours - purple, grey and black.

My boys asked if I didn't have enough shawls yet - nope!

The details:
Pattern: Achilles by Silke Terhorst
Yarn: Scheepjes Whirl Dark Grape Squish
Hook: 3.5 mm

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Travel project

It's been a while since I last posted here, as I had to travel to the Netherlands quite suddenly earlier this month, to take care of some family business. Just before I left I started this project, so I could take it with me and have something to work on during my trip.

It's the Achilles shawl, designed by Silke Terhorst. It's a fairly easy pattern and I like its geometric look. I worked on it quite a bit while I was in the Netherlands, and now that I'm back I have just reached the point where I will start decreasing. It's still symmetrical at this point, but that is going to change. Really like this pattern! (I'm using a Dark Grape Squish Whirl)

I visited two yarn shops, but was very constrained and didn't buy any yarn! I did buy the latest Scheepjes Yarn magazine to add to my collection - love these mags, so inspiring!

Apart from the serious stuff I also had time to visit my best friend in the Netherlands, and I was able to spend some time with her and her family. For them it was the summer holidays, and I joined them on a few sightseeing trips to the sort of places you don't usually visit in your own country. On the photo blog you can find my favourite pics of these trips. Here is one, of their dog with a friend at the Zaanse Schans:

Sunday, 28 July 2019


My middle son asked if I could make an owl for him.

Of course!

He loves the owl and has called it Witje (that's Dutch - it means 'little white one').

The pattern is from this book that I found in the local library:

Thinking of buying a copy, as there are are quite a few animals in it that I would like to make - isn't that elephant cute? And there's also a snake in it that I love, and a flamingo...

Monday, 1 July 2019

Parkrun capes

You may remember that I made a red '50' milestone cape for my local parkrun a while ago. I've now finished all milestone capes (10 for the juniors, 25 for volunteers, and 50, 100 and 250 for runners/walkers), and on Saturday, when I was volunteering as photographer, five participants were happy to model the capes for me. It was my 22nd time volunteering, so not long now until I get to wear the purple cape!

I took this photo of my eldest son, who was the first finisher on Saturday. On Sunday he and I will run our first half marathon here on the Gold Coast, while my husband will do his first full marathon. Very exciting! (more about this on my running blog)

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Dragon Scale Gloves

Another small project done. I love things that can be whipped up quickly and done while watching tv or listening to an audiobook or podcast.
On one of my crochet groups on Facebook, someone showed a pair of dragon scale gloves they had made. I liked the look of them and searched on Ravelry for a pattern. Found one by The Yarnivore UK here, grabbed a Caron Cotton Cake from my stash, and got going!

So here they are. I love how they look, but have found that they are not very practical - I can't do computer work wearing them, as they are too bulky. So they have been donated to my youngest son who likes them, and I will continue to wear the 'crazy, beautiful mittens' I knitted two years ago.