CAL update

Hello 🙂

I hope you are all keeping well.  We have had the most wonderful sunshine here for the last few days and have been outside tidying up the garden and enjoying all last years hard work on the veranda.  Hubby was not convinced we needed a veranda outside out back door but I stuck to my guns and we now have a fab decking area covered partly with a tin roof and partly with a smoked perspex.

P1010495 P1010496 P1010498


And yes, that is a sofa 🙂 I cannot tell you how comfy it is out there.  I can’t sit in direct sunlight and certainly can’t work or craft outside on a sunny day so this is the perfect solution. Yesterday I was able to sit outside all afternoon, reading, crocheting and messing about on my ipad while the boys played in the paddling pool. Bliss 🙂

Also in the last week or so I have finally felt ready to start sewing seeds.  So far we have sweetcorn, cucumber, sweet peas, cosmos, sunflowers and tomatoes on the go. Our tulips have finally flowered and I have trays of geranium, petunia, saxifrage and fuscia waiting to be planted up into baskets and containers.  I love this time of year, everything is new, the weather is warming  up we have the summer to look forward to.


I’ve updated my Crochet-A-Long page with progress on my sisters hexagon blanket a-la Polka Dot Cottage.  I have finally settled on a  colour scheme and purchased the wool.  I suspect it will take me all year to make enough hexagons for this but she is worth it 🙂 Details and photos can be found on my CAL page.

Until next time, take care




Houndstooth tutorial

Hello friends

As promised here is a tutorial for the houndstooth blanket I shared with you in my last post.  I will first go through the pattern step-by-step in words and pictures and will then also show you my attempt at a crochet chart for this pattern.

OK, lets begin.  This pattern is worked over multiples of 4 stitches with 3 further stitches on each row.  So for 4 pattern repeats we need 4 x 4 foundation chains (16) plus a further 3 (19). You then need to make a further 2 chain, these will form the first treble stitch of Row 1.

ROW 1: Work your next treble (US: double crochet) into the 3rd chain from your hook and then work one treble stitch into each foundation chain (18 trebles + 3 chain column at the beginning of the row).  Turn your work over and you are ready to begin Row 2.

P1010418 P1010419

ROW 2: Make 3 chain, this will be the first treble of Row 2. Work your next chain into the second treble of the row below.  *Work one more treble then a single chain.  Skip one treble of the row below and work you next treble into the next treble along from the row below (this forms a chain space in your work).  Work a treble into each of the next two trebles of the row below**. Repeat from the * to the end of the row.  Turn your work over and you are ready to begin Row 3.

P1010420 P1010421

ROW 3: Make 3 chain as before, a treble into the second treble of the row below and a further treble into the next treble also.  Work a single chain and work your next treble into the next treble of the row below.  You will have created two chain space, one above the other on this and the previous row. Continue like this (a treble into a treble on the previous row and a chain space over a chain space over the previous row) to the end.  Turn your work over and you are ready to begin Row 4.


ROW 4:  For this row you are going to change to your contrast colour. Of course you can use your preferred method here but for simplicity I am going to assume you finish off the previous colour by cutting and pulling the thread through turning your work and fastening in your new colour to the top stitch of the first treble of the row below.  So we are ready to work in our new colour.  Work 3 chain then a treble into the 2nd and third trebles of the previous row.  The next stitch is the long treble.  Pass your hook through the chain space 2 rows below and draw through a long loop finishing off the treble stitch as normal.  *Over the next 3 trebles of the previous row work 1 treble, one chain space and 1 treble.  Next work a long treble into the chain space 2 rows below.  Continue from the * to the end of the row working 3 trebles across the last 2 trebles and 3 chain column of the previous row.  Turn your work and you are ready to begin Row 5.


ROW 5: Work 3 chain. Work a treble into each treble of the previous row (including the long trebles) and a chain space over each chain space of the previous row.  Fasten off your contrast colour.  Turn your work over and fasten on your main colour.  You are now ready to work Row 6.

P1010432 P1010433

ROW 6: Work 3 chain. Work a treble into the second and third trebles of the previous row. Work one chain space and then a treble into the next treble along of the previous row.  Now proceed by working a long treble into the chain space two rows down and working 1 treble, one chain space and one treble across the 3 treble blocks of the previous row. Finish the row by working 3 trebles across the last 2 trebles and 3 chain column of the previous row.  Turn your work over and you are now ready to work Row 7.

P1010434 P1010435 P1010436

Row 7: Work 3 chain as your first treble for this row and proceed by working a treble into each treble of the previous row (including the long trebles) and a chain space over each chain space of the previous row.  Fasten off your main colour.  Turn your work over and fasten on your contrast colour.  You are now ready to work Row 8.

ROW 8:  Work as given for Row 4. Turn for Row 9.

ROW 9: Work as given for Row 5.

Rows 6 to 9 form the repeating pattern. Continue these (Rows 6 and 7 in your main colour and rows 8 and 9 in your contrast colour) until the work is the desired length.  Finish off with a row of treble stitches and then one or two rows of double stitch (US: single crochet).

Finally, here is my attempt at charting this pattern.  Let me know if you have any problems reading this pattern and I will try and create a downloadable version as well.



I am in the process of working up patterns using this stitch for baby blankets and cushions which will detail the amount of yarn you will need as well as sizes and how many pattern repeats you need.  Watch this space!

Happy hooking x

What’s new?

Well, I hope you all had a lovely Easter.  The snow cleared enough last week for us to have several lovely days when the boys and their cousins were able to play outside.  They were like wild things set free and came inside only long enough to eat and drink 🙂

I have so many new things to show you its hard to know where to start.  I think I’ll begin with a new baby blanket design I’ve been working on.

Houndstooth-effect baby blanket

Houndstooth-effect baby blanketHoundstooth close up

Houndstooth close up

This blanket has been worked entirely in treble crochet with a long treble to give a houndstooth effect.  The pink and purple version is completed and available in my Etsy store and I am working on a green-brown-cream version at the moment.  I am also working on a tutorial for this stitch and will be posting that for you in the next few days.

Wishing you all a lovely day xxx


I’m an inspiration!

Apologies for two posts in one day but I forgot to share this lovely post with you from Marie at MACCrochet.  I draw so much inspiration from the community of crafters out there on the tinternet, its amazing to find that other people get something back from me.  Thanks so very much Marie 🙂 xxx

Until next time, with love

Tracey x


A new project for Jack

Good morning friends 🙂

It’s the 1st of June already and May has slipped quietly by.  After 2 weeks of glorious weather we seem to be back to grey skies just in time for half term 😦 Ahh well, we have the Jubilee to celebrate this weekend and plans for days out together that don’t depend on the weather so I am looking forward to spending the week with my beautiful boys.

Now that Benny’s blanket is complete I have made a start on one for Jack.  Once again I am using a ball of hand-spun, hand-dyed wool my lovely Mum brought back from Scotland and Jack has chosen blues, purples and a green yarn to go with it.


Originally I planned to knit Jack’s blanket, making lots of squares using different stitches and then sewing them together.  But when I started to knit the first square in a plain stocking stitch the idea of knitted strips surrounded by crochet seemed just right so that is the plan now.  The first strip is finished and I think I will need about 10 of these before I start edging them with crochet.  I’m thinking then I will join them together and work round the whole piece in crochet until we feel its big enough 🙂

Here is the first strip completed.  I was trying to block it out here.  Not something I’m used to doing but I thought I would try it.  The idea is the pin the piece out and spray it with water until it’s damp. Then you dab off any droplets and leave it to dry.  It worked OK but I don’t think I got the edges damp enough as they still curled in.  Still, I have a few more strips to perfect this technique and I’m hoping someone with more experience at this will give me some tips.  One thing I have learnt is not to do the blocking on an ironing board as it ruins the cover! Oops.


Jack is very excited.  I so love making things for my boys 🙂

I mentioned before that I was starting to make a picture tutorial for a coin purse craft kit I have in stock.  Here are the first few photos.  I am sewing it by hand although it could be sewn by machine.  Here is the kit I am using and the contents, everything I need to make one purse except a needle and thread.


Here are the fabrics.  I decided to use the first one as the outside and the yellow one for the lining.


First I ironed both pieces of fabric then ironed the interfacing onto the fabric I chose for the outside of the purse.


Next I cut the paper pattern out and used a pencil fabric marker to mark out the shape onto the fabric.


I marked the position of the two tabs onto the fabric with the pattern in place, then removed the pattern and marked the tabs onto the inside of the pattern pieces before cutting them out. This is really inportant as it marks the positions where you sew from and to.


So now I’m ready to start sewing. I haven’t done much sewing in recent years but I am really enjoying it and have some plans for patchwork cushions and may even combine fabric and crochet as I have found some lovely tutorials on how to do this 🙂

Finally, I thought I would share the link the one of my Pinterest boards.  This one is for ‘Things I want to make’.  I am always thinking one or two projects ahead but I am struggling at the moment as there are so very many things I want to try.  It would be lovely to know what you think I should add to my list.

For now I hope all my British friends have a wonderful Jubilee and for everyone else I hope you have a lovely weekend with people you love doing the thngs that make you happy 🙂

Until next time with love

Tracey x

Hello Friends
I thought you might enjoy this interview with Katie from My Small World. She is the Craft Britannia shop-of-the-week and a very talented lady. A must if you are a fan of hand sewn bears.
Until next time, with love

Craft Britannia

This week’s CraftBritannia Shop of the Week is My Small World, and today we talk to Katie, who makes hand sewn bears, freemotion felt and fabric pieces, felt cases, jewellery, badges and much more!

When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?

Oooh there are far too many things to mention in such a short space, but here’s a sample of what I get up to….

Blythe dolls are my main obsession, and I got into the hobby about four years ago. I know that some (OK, quite a few!) people find the dolls weird, and the concept of collecting them even weirder, but I’ve made so many lovely new friends with the hobby. Some of these friends I’ve met in real life, including one who travelled from the USA to last year’s annual Blythecon UK (which was held as a charity event in London)…

View original post 939 more words

Its finished!

Hello friends

Benny’s blanket is finished 🙂 I’m so pleased with it and, more importantly, so is he 🙂 I completed the 24 smaller squares of 10 rounds each and then came my least favourite part…sewing in the ends!  Here’s the pile of them (saved for stuffing of course).

Next came the best bit, crocheting it all together. I crocheted each square together using a double crochet stitch to create a raised seam on the right side.  To do this you just place the pieces wrong sides together, line up the stitches and crochet through 2 stitches at once…simples 🙂


Finally I added a single round of white to finish it off and one small and very happy boy 🙂


Other news 🙂 Jack wants a blanket too (of course) so I have made a start on that already.  He decided his colour scheme should be purple and blue with a hint of green.  We have gathered all the wools and this will be the subject of my next blog post.

Finally, I’ve also made a start on a tutorial for a purse kit I am selling in my online store The instructions are great and its been easy to follow them but I always find it easier to follow photos.

Until next time, with love