Learning to crochet, chunky stitch cowl

Learning to crochet, chunky stitch cowl

Last years New Years resolutions included learning to crochet. I have made limited progress, I am certain the key is to find projects I am inspired to make. A photograph on instagram for a free cowl crochet pattern had me itching to pick up a crochet hook and have a go. On Christmas day and boxing day, inbetween board games, I whipped up the scarf. It always amazes me how quick crochet is!

As it is an American pattern the yarn specified is not readily available in the UK. The yarn Deborah Norville Serentiy Chunky Tweed Yarn details – 100G, 100M. Suggested Crochet Hook Size Us L-8/8Mm Hook.

Using the weight and length of yarn specified (with the help of great shop assistants) I realised that the yarn used is mid way between a UK chunky and a super chunky.

I chose creative twist super chunky yarn from a local yarn shop Crafty Ewe. This has the weight of 100g and 75mm length. Being a little thicker than the original yarn I reduced the number of chain stitches by three to eighteen.

Since my impulse purchase I have learnt two things – there are lot of conversion charts available to help you work out the equivalent American yarn in the UK, and secondly Amazon and ebay sell the specified yarn…!!

This pattern is a quick win, a great basic crochet pattern with a delightful result.

I hope you have had a restful and joyful holiday season. This evening we will be welcoming the New Year, looking back on the many blessings of 2016 an looking forward to 2017.


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Large Fabric Pom Pom – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

Large Fabric Pom Pom – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

I don’t know about you but this week is flying by, its almost Christmas. I love this season but I’m not so keen on the volume of items on my to-do-list! In our home our children have their birthday, one ten days before Christmas and one ten days after Christmas. Thankfully my gifts are made – I gave the infinity scarves away to my group of friends who I meet with for compline once a month. They loved them:)

If you are trimming up you may love this fabric pompom. Initially made as part of an application to Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas program, I wasn’t successful in my application for decorating a Christmas tree with recycled decorations but I enjoyed trying.

Who doesn’t love a pom pom?? They can have so many uses for the Christmas season – create a recycled pom pom garland to hang across the mantlepiece or use them as baubles on your tree.

This pom pom is made with former curtains, sheeting and fabric that’s been in my stash since art college days (rather embarrassing that I have fabric stashed for 20+ years!)

You will need:

either a pom pom maker orcardboardd

selection of fabric


To make:

Create strips of fabric approximately a centimeter wide. If you are fortunate your fabric will rip easily and quickly.


Randomly wrap different fabric around the side of the pom pom maker (follow the manufacturers instructions on the packet).



Once you have filled both sides of the pom pom find your sharpest scissors and patiently cut through the layers of fabric.


Tie the pom pom together creating a loop for hanging on our Christmas tree.

Large pompom created from fabric scraps

I think pom poms look truly awesome on the tree, and whats more they use lots of fabric long overdue an outing from the cupboard!

Have a very lovely Christmas, thank you for all the reads, shares and comments. I appreciate you accompanying me on my creative journey.


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How to make chalk paint gift tags #pintypluser


This is my usual gift tag plea… there’s nothing worse than trying to remember who gave you which gift in which paper, or attempting to find a name scrawled in biro!! Trust me!!

This year I am enjoying wrapping gifts in discarded paper from delivered parcels. A press with the iron and the paper is good to go:)

My gift tags are made with old cardboard, sprayed with negro plomo chalk paint. I have used Novasol Spray UK. Chalk paint was not originally invented for creating gift tags out of old cardboard but I am pleased with the finish.  For the best results use cardboard which has no sheen/print on it.

Firstly spray one side of your old cardboard. Allow to fully dry then turn over and repeat.

If you have one use a guillitine to cut out beautiful straight lined gift tags.

Decorate with a chalk paint pen, or if you don’t have one (like me!) how about cut out shapes in white paper?

I have used a silver pen to add names. I suggest writing on the side of the original cardboard which had no image/sheen to it as this allows the pen to adhere.

This is super easy and so effective, what’s more I am loving the thrifty nature of the wrapping and gift tags.



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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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