Carnivale Cushion CAL Part 4 and other news



Hello my lovely bloggy friends

Today’s post is bought to you by my left hand.  I’ve gone and given myself a crochet injury  and managed to temporarily paralyze my neck and right arm.  Ouch!  Yes!    I don’t mention this for sympathy but as a warning to you all out there in crochet land to stretch …. stretch …. and then stretch some more and don’t sit for hours on end trying to obsessively finish a project.

Last week I went on a crochet binge trying to finish off a new pattern I’ve designed (more on that later) but was stopped in my tracks 5 rows short of finishing.  So frustrating and annoying! But perhaps a timely warning for me to slow down.

I’m on the mend now with lots of Voltaren, Valium and rest.  Then once I get more movement back I’ll be limiting my hooking and doing LOTS of stretching.

In the mean time we’re zooming along with our Carnivale Cushion CAL and it’s time to start on making the back of the cushion.  All the instructions are up at My Poppet.  I’m really looking forward to seeing all your cushions coming together.  They are all gorgeous so far!


And here’s a little sneak peek of my new pattern.  I’m really loving the colours in this which are more subdued than my usual brights.  Yes, there are lots of ‘circle in square’ patterns out there already but I’ve tried to add a few different design techniques that I hope will make it a little more unique than the patterns we’ve already seen  ….


and here’s where it sits waiting to be finished …



Until next time

Happy hooking

Michelle x

Carnivale CAL update


Wow!  I’m blown away with all the fabulous creations I’m seeing in the Carnivale CAL.  This is only a small, random selection and I will be putting together a full gallery once we are finished.  But for now I just love seeing how different each one is with all the many colour variations.

Are you crocheting-along too?  It’s not too late if you’d like to join in.  All the pattern instructions are over on My Poppet blog.

Until next time,

Happy hooking

Michelle x

Carnivale Cushion: Crochet-along Part 3



Hi there

How are you enjoying the Carnivale CAL so far?  I’ve loved seeing all your wonderful creations on Instagram and Ravelry – what a creative bunch you are!

The next lot of instructions to finish off the front are now up at My Poppet so head on over and let’s start hooking.

Don’t forget, you can share your progress pictures or ask any questions  over in our Ravelry group or tag them with #carnivalecal on Instagram.

Happy hooking everyone.

Michelle x


Carnivale Cushion: CAL Pattern Part 1


Hi there

I don’t know about you, but the last fortnight has both flown by and dragged on.  By now you will have all your supplies ready for the Carnivale CAL .  I’m bursting to get started!  Are you?

Well, the wait is over and the time has finally arrived!  The first part of the pattern  is now up.  Yay!  Head on over to My Poppet for all the instructions to get started.

Don’t forget, if you have any questions along the way, you can ask me  over in our Ravelry group where I’ll be checking in twice a day.

Happy hooking everyone.

Michelle x


Carnivale Crochet-along has begun


Roll up! Roll up! The time has finally come and the Carnivale Crochet-along [CAL] has now begun.


To find out all the details pop on over to My Poppet where I will be running this CAL from each fortnight.

I’ve set up a Ravelry group too where you can ask any questions, share your progress or just say hi.  Or if you’re following along on Instagram use the tag #carnivalecal to share.

This is going to be so much fun!  I’m really looking forward to seeing all your amazing creations as we crochet-along together.


Let the fun begin!

Michelle x

Crochet-Along Save The Date and other news


I’ve been locked away in my little craft room of late working on lots of new projects. I’m so excited about all of them, I don’t know where to start!

So let’s start from the start….

First up I’m super excited to join the team at My Poppet where I’ll be a crochet contributor.  To kick off, we’ll be having a crochet-along making my Carnivale Cushion.  More details will be posted on the official launch date of 23rd April but for now Save the Date!  I really love this fun pattern and I hope you’ll all join me.

In other news …

I’ve also got my pattern writing mojo back!  I lost it there for awhile but I couldn’t ignore my groaning sketchbooks or my bursting brain any longer.  So, I’ve been plugged into the computer, tapping away and furiously crocheting up samples.

Here’s a little sneak peek at the next pattern…


This is such a fun pattern.  I can’t wait to release it!  Just waiting for the tardy postman to deliver the rest of the yarn I need to finish making the samples (can you hear me waiting Mr Postie?)

So that’s just a couple of things, I’ve been up to.

Will be back with more shortly x