My First Stall

This weekend I ran my very first market stall at a family fun day in Appley Bridge, Wigan. I was a little apprehensive beforehand as I had no idea what to expect; what type of items would sell, whether to price items differently to my Etsy store, how many items to display... Mine. Field. I... Continue Reading →

My First Four Week Crochet Course

As much as I love running my one-off two/three hour crochet workshops, it can be tricky to really instil confidence in the craft and the learners ability in such a short amount of time - managing expectations plays a huge part of my introduction, and throughout the session. So I've absolutely loved running my first... Continue Reading →

Summer Crochet Tops

I've been trying out a couple of top patterns recently; some of my own design, and some from other designers. I've worked on three that I'd happily wear out in public, so I'm sharing those with you today. Each top was made with less that 100g of yarn, and I'm afraid to say I did... Continue Reading →

US vs. UK crochet terminology

The struggle is real. I taught myself to crochet when I was on maternity leave with my first child, and it just so happened that the tutorials and patterns I chose to learn from used US crochet terminology. I didn't even know there were different ways to describe the stitches I was making, and then... Continue Reading →

Woolly Mama Greeting Cards

Just this past week I’ve worked up five designs for a small card line which are now available to buy on my Etsy store and in local tea rooms. I’ve been so overwhelmed by the positive feedback - it’s really encouraged me to think of more occasion designs to add to the collection. In my... Continue Reading →

I’ve Launched On Etsy

So, I've taken the plunge and opened Woolly Mama Studio on Etsy. I wanted to establish a small range of products that I love working on to give my store focus and to help build a clear identity - and I'm hoping Tshirt yarn accessories for the home is that very focus! I've started small... Continue Reading →

Baby Shower Crochet Workshop

I held my first baby shower crochet workshop last weekend. It was such a pleasure to teach Lucy, who is 32 weeks pregnant with her first child, her sisters, sister-in-law and niece how to crochet. Especially because we were all making granny squares for a blanket for Lucy's new baby. I love the idea that... Continue Reading →

Crochet Garter

My very good friend is getting married and I wanted to make her a little keepsake to give to her on her hen party. A crochet garter felt like a nice touch. And she loved it (or at least she said she did!). Now she's had her surprise I can share the pics and pattern!... Continue Reading →

My First Commission

I got my first order, how exciting! *shoulder shimmies around the house* I thought I'd share with you the mandala crochet rug I made for my very first customer. Made with Tek-Tek tshirt yarn (which I'd never used before) from the Tshirt Yarn Shop (where I'd never shopped before), and I have to say I... Continue Reading →

Crochet Crop Jumper

I find making my own clothes so satisfying, and I’ve got so many ideas for new crochet patterns that I need to work up - but finding the time to experiment isn’t always that easy, especially with two little ones (and one big one) to look after. It feels more productive to know you’ll have... Continue Reading →

Crochet Bunting

Crochet bunting is the cutest addition to any room. It’s a great statement decoration at parties - one that you can dig out time and time again - but it can also be hung as a permanent feature to add some everyday jazziness (new word?!). I’m generally scared of bright colours in the home, so... Continue Reading →

My Crochet Winter Wardrobe

I've become slightly obsessed with wearing clothes that I've made of late. This, combined with my standard wintry behaviour of staying snuggled up at home in the warm, has led me onto my most recent project; crochet jumper, slippers and bobble hat. Now, I probably won't wear the hat indoors, but it was such an... Continue Reading →

Crochet Heart Valentine’s Cards

I'm not one for really celebrating St. Valentine's Day, but it's a great excuse to make these super cute mini crochet hearts. They take a matter of minutes (1-2) to make and can be used to applique pretty much anything - hats, jumpers, cushions, blankets, etc. But I've used mine to decorate some handmade Valentine's... Continue Reading →

Crochet Star Bunting

This crochet star bunting is simple but effective. I think it’s ideal for a nursery or playroom! The free crochet pattern below tells you how to make a crochet star, which can be repeated many times to make up your bunting flags, or you can use it as an appliqué decoration on cushions, jumpers, blankets,... Continue Reading →

Children’s Chunky Crochet Jumper

This jumper pattern has been designed for 3-4 years but because of the pattern’s simplicity you can easily increase the number of rounds to adapt for larger sizes. I've been jotting down the pattern on the back of an envelope as I worked through the design, so hopefully I've not missed anything between feeding the... Continue Reading →

Children’s Chunky Crochet Hat

This hat has to be the easiest and quickest crochet hat you will ever make. I'm talking 15 minutes! (cue gasps). You'll need a super chunky weight yarn and a 12mm hook. I used a Lion Brand yarn in Wichita Tweed to match the jumper I made for my daughter. Free children's chunky crochet hat pattern:... Continue Reading →

Crochet Anchor

This crochet anchor makes a fab nautical decoration, and it takes hardly any time at all to create. Once finished you can use it to applique loads of things - such as a cushion, blanket, bag, jumper... the list of goodies waiting to be nautical-ified goes on. I used two 8 ply yarns together to... Continue Reading →

Crochet Star Cushion

I just love this cute crochet star cushion - I’ve also enjoyed making various decorations for it with my new neon orange yarn from Love Crochet, such as tassels, letters, and (my personal favourite) an anchor. I made the crochet star cushion in an afternoon so it’s a relatively quick project - and I think it... Continue Reading →

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