How to knit and crochet

How to knit and crochet

Knitting and crochet has made a huge come back in the last few years. It is a very stress relieving activity and I find it an ideal way to unwind  after a stressful day.  So learning how to knit and crochet for me was, although stressful while learning is now one of the best things that I have ever done.

However this does come with a warning it is incredibly addictive and once you have mastered them it can take over your life. I am currently obsessed with Edwards Menagerie animals at the moment and have quite a collection, but I can’t stop I also like dolls that are similarly very addictive.

too many hobbies
My crochet tiger
A cute little doll



I saw Kerry Lord on Create and Craft a few years ago and thought they looked quite cute and she did say that they were addictive but I didn’t think that it would be quite as bad as it is.  They are so easy to make and once you have made one another one won’t be far behind.


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But before we get ahead of ourselves you need to get to grips with the basics I learned how to knit first and found it easier to master. My advice is to start small and practice casting on a small amount of stitches and knit each row and once you are confident practice your purl stitch. I have many half completed projects stuck in the attic or cupboard that I tried to make before I was ready got frustrated and never went back. Here is a video I found showing the basics.


It took me a while to learn to crochet and I think because I am left handed it made it more difficult but in the end I started using my right hand and it suddenly clicked.  I have to say I prefer crochet to knitting now.  You only need to worry about the one stitch. The trouble that most people have is holding the yarn and getting your tension right after you master that the stitches seem to flow.

I hope you enjoyed this How too knit and crochet post and look out for the next addition in this series.

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A beginners guide to quilting

A beginners guide to quilting

A beginners guide to quilting.

I decided to write a beginners guide to quilting to give anyone who is curious about quilting an idea of whats involved and to start you on the way to making your own quilt.  I started quilting about 6 years ago.

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Where did it begin

I saw a magazine that caught my eye.  I bought it on a whim and I haven’t looked back.A beginners guide to quilting

Believe me I am no seamstress and sewing was something that I was never very good at, so if I can do it anyone can.

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