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The Cromium blanket

I once read a short essay about knitters and crocheters and how most have a disproportionate view of the level of difficulty of the work they do. They make something, that the rest of the world looks at and thinks “wow that looks really difficult” and the knitter/crocheter is dismissive and says that it’s not that hard, it’s just stitch x, or a small baby thing etc. They’re not being smug or whatever, they just really don’t see it as something difficult. Generally I’d agree with that, and it relates to anything anyone does – whether it’s computer programming, painting walls, crocheting, lawyering. It’s not hard for the person who is in the field.

Except for this baby blanket. I look at it, it doesn’t look hard. I look at the pattern, it doesn’t look hard to follow.

I then proceed to spend days trying to figure out the first 3 rows.

Finally, with the aid of this helpful tutorial, I figured it out. Then it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy from there!

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Pattern: Chromium Star Blanket by Laura Lynn Hanks
Hook: 4 mm
Yarn: Panda cotton blend and Sullivan’s coton-a

A pink puppy rattle

If you ask my son what colour he wants of anything, the answer is always “pink!”. Pink milk, pink paint, pink socks. Which is why he thinks this latest little rattle is for him and not someone else!

Pink dog rattle

With the stripes I’m attempting a seamless join, which sort of works – at least it looks less obvious than usual.

The downside to the stripes of course is taking 3 balls of cotton with me and having to untangle them every 5 minutes because I am uncoordinated like that.

I have one more rattle on the horizon, and then there will be a break from them for  a while. Though really I should continue making them in reserve, as even though the actual rattle only takes a few days, I seem to take months on end getting to complete them.

Pattern: Dog rattle by Suzie Fry
Needles: 3.0 mm
Yarn: Yatsal 4 ply cotton in pinks and grey

Baby cradle blanket

This was the fastest blanket I’ve ever made, and the easiest. A very simple repetitive pattern that I’ve used a few times already and yet it hasn’t gotten boring – probably because it’s a mindless tv job. I used a lot less cotton than I thought I would – 3 and a bit yellow balls, and almost 2 of each of the white and grey balls.

It might be time to give the ripple pattern a bit of a break – thankfully this is the last one in the queue – I was planning to use the green and grey yarns for a grown up version, but it seems that’s no longer necessary, so I’ve saved myself quite a few months of work and some very sore fingers!

Now to decide what next… I’ve been thinking it might be time to embrace some nana crafts and make a tea cozy. I would have loved to do an Alice in Wonderland tea party theme for my wedding, but sadly I didn’t have the lead time or the spare time to make gorgeous tea cozies, wacky doilies, mad hatter fascinators, comb op shops for eclectic crockery and sugar bowls, and all sorts of cut crystal champagne flutes. Maybe something to work towards for my 40th birthday party, which is sadly only 6 years away. Plenty of lead time you might say!

Pattern: Easy Ripple Afghan by SusanB
Hook: 5.0mm
Yarn: 10 ply Wendy Fiori cotton, 5 ply Coton-A cotton

Bennie Booties

My friend Jayne has gone on maternity leave and left me in charge of her print business – brave lady! It’s such an adjustment going back to work, even if I am working from home.

So I’ve spent a lot of time over the past two weeks learning the business, which doesn’t leave much time at all for crafting or reading (or staring blankly at the wall either). These booties however, I made last night watching 3 hours of Doctor Who I’d recorded. They don’t actually take that long, but it’s been so long since I’ve crocheted a flat piece that I kept forgetting to add the extra chains at the end of each row. So there was a bit of unravelling going on.

The pattern is really easy and is finished before you know it. Which is really handy when you’re off to visit in the hospital the very next day!

Pattern: Simple Crossover Bootie by Louise Mac
Hook: 4.00mm
Yarn: Lincraft Cosy Wool 8 ply – blue and pale grey

Crocheting a Mini Hoot!

Like all mums of young children, I quite enjoy watching Jimmy Giggles sing and dance, and my son quite enjoys watching Hoot. So it’s a nice match really.

Of course the minute I saw mini hoot I knew I had to make one. I saw this pattern but wasn’t prepared to double crochet the whole lot – it would take so long! I’ve been on a bit of a treble crochet bent lately – it’s slightly more interesting and it feels faster as the height of the stitch makes you feel like you’re progressing further. Plus, mini hoot actually is treble crocheted so I felt justified in doing it my way.

Unlike the six mice pattern, I started from the top, and here’s what I did as a guide.


Using magic circle, 6 stitches.
r1: 12 tc in ring (12)
r2: ch3, then 2tc in each stitch (24)
r3: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next stitch * repeat, until there’s 1 stitch left and 2tc in it
r4: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next 2 stitches * repeat, until there are 2 stitches left – 2tc in the first stitch, and 1tc in the next stitch
r5: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next 3 stitches * repeat, until there are 3 stitches left – 2tc in the first stitch, and 1tc in the next 2 stitches
r6: ch3, then *2tc in first stitch, 1tc in the next 4 stitches * repeat, until there are 4 stitches left – 2tc in the first stitch, and 1tc in the next 3 stitches (60)

next 8 rows: tc each stitch

then start reducing for his lower body
ch3, then *tc 1, tc2tog* repeat until the end
tc for 6 rows
ch3, then *tc into next 7 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 6 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 5 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 4 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 3 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 2 stitches, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc into next 1 stitch, tc2tog * repeat until the end
ch3, then *tc2tog* repeat until end.
thread your tapestry needle and loop through remaining stitches, pulling tight. tie off.

The eyes I did as per the pattern and sewed on black felt circles for the pupils. The little heart I actually used this pattern.


I followed the pattern, but I found the eighth row didn’t really make any discerning curves for me, so here’s what I did instead:

ch 3, tc, htc, dc, sl st, dc, htc, tc, tc, htc


The feet I did flat rather than round, mainly because by this time I was just so over it and wanted to finish so I could get started on the next project. Story of my life really – no staying power and easily distracted by bright shiny things. So the feet are very very simple:

Chain 4, turn, dc into second loop, then 2 more dc (3).
Ch1, turn, dc into second loop, dc into next 2, x 4 rows
Ch 1, turn, into second loop, 2dc into each for row (6)

Now we’re splitting for the toes (which are 2 stitches each),
Ch1, turn, * dc into 2nd loop, dc into next loop, ch1, turn* repeat for 4 rows. Tie off.

Sew everything on, and breathe a sigh of relief that it’s over 🙂


After 2.5 months of loving from a small child, Hoot is a little worse for wear. While I preferred the treble crochet, it seems that a tighter stitch would keep his stuffing in. So unless you want to make a lining with muslin and the stuffing inside, then the double crochet stitch is probably the better one. Even though it takes so much longer!

NB: Something I learned at Spotlight the other day – what Australians call calico, Americans call muslin – I’m talking about the christmas pudding fabric. What Australians call muslin I’m not sure what the American name for it, but it’s the fabric used for baby wraps or for decorating weddings 🙂 The Spotlight lady had had a woman in who’d used an american pattern to make a rag doll from muslin.. it didn’t end well!

Hoot from Giggle and Hoot by Krystal Higgins
5.0 mm
8 ply acrylic from Spotlight and Lincraft

Will the dog rattles ever end?

Friends, stop having babies! Yet another baby was born, this time back in April, so I’m quite late on this rattle.

I don’t think my sanity will let me make too many more of these – if any at all. Currently there are another 2 babies on the way, with another possible 3 lurking in the curtains. By which I mean they’re friends who are likely to have a baby in the next year or two, whether they realise it yet or not!

I did give a pair of booties as a 2nd child present, as the family already had one of my rattles. These booties are awesome, and so ridiculously quick to make. So something to think about.

Pattern: Dog rattle by Suzie Fry
Hook: 3.00mm
Yarn: Yatsal 4 ply cotton in purpley plum

More earflap hats

The EZ flaps hat has indeed become the birthday present of choice. Below is a quick squiz at some more I’ve made.

2 year old

Used 8 ply wool and 5.0mm hook. No optional increase, but added 2 extra rows of A before the stripes (as the beanie I made for my 6mth old is a smidge short).

1 year old

8 ply wool and the 5.0mm hook again, with an optional increase. I actually didn’t read the pattern properly and forgot the 5th row, but didn’t realise until after I’d done the stripes. I lost the will to unravel it and fix it, so I just added an extra row of purple after the stripes.

All the braids have been the same length – 3.5 m per braid, and when looped through the earflap there are 4 strands of each colour.

Pattern: EZ Earflaps for FREEEEEeeeee by Jeannie Kubricht
Hook: 5.0mm hook
Yarn: Lincraft Cozy Wool, Spotlight Basics Wool