Book review and a giveaway


It is my great pleasure today to introduce you to my lovely friend Shelley from Spincushions.  Shelley has just written a new e-book  More Than a Granny – 20 Versatile Crochet Square Patterns which I will review later in the post but let’s get to know Shelley first …

Can you tell us a little about yourself  Shelley?

I’m Shelley and I love to design crochet squares.  I live with my hubby & 3 girls in rural Victoria by the sea.  I’ve always been a crafty girl, trying my hand at many crafts over the years.  My current obsession is crochet, but I also knit and embroider when the mood strikes me.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Inspiration for me is either there in my face or more subtle.  Sometimes I have a specific idea that I must try to create, other times, I let the yarn and hook work their magic as I go with no clear aim in mind.  I have designed an entire throw based around the sea. Most of the patterns for that I designed with the as I went method.  After I had finished  a few blocks, I realised the sea had made it’s way into them and so I decided to go with that and designed blocks with clear imagery in mind such as whale’s tails and waves. Both ways suit me.

How does your creative process work?

 My creative process is getting more organised.  When I first began crochet designs, I would randomly come up with patterns with no specific purpose.  These days, I have more complete ideas and tend to see the through to fruition, attempting to finish one before moving on to the next idea.

How did you get started?

I got started crocheting when I was 10 and I helped my Mum make a granny square blanket for my new baby sister.  When that was finished, I didn’t touch a hook for more years than I care to mention.  I felt the urge to move on from my previous crafty endeavour about 3 years ago and turned my hands and mind to crochet.  I began with a 25 pattern sampler blanket that started with a granny square and moved on to more complex designs.  I really loved that process so when that was finished, I ran my own CAL over 52 weeks, sourcing patterns from all over the internet.  Before that came to an end, I had started designing my own patterns.  I can’t seem to stop designing now.

What are your future plans?

My plans for the future include more ebooks, The next couple will be all about complete novices getting started.  I love to teach others the joys of hook in hand, so my aim is to teach those who’ve struggled before to learn.  I believe anyone can do it.  I plan on starting with a How to Crochet a Granny Square ebook, and follow that with a book that teaches folks how to read crochet patterns and go Beyond the Granny Square.  In between all the beginner stuff, I am sure I will be keeping my hand in designing more complex designs and More than a Granny will have a follow up ebook at some stage. Away from ebooks, I will be running crochet workshops locally and still designing patterns for Ravelry and my Etsy shop.

Do you have any creative advice to others who are inspired but don’t know where to start?

My advice for anyone wanting to get moving on their creative idea is just go for it!  What’s the worst that can happen? Be prepared to break the rules, once you’ve learned them. Get out there on social media and share what you’re up to with other creative types.  I love the support and friendship I have received on Instagram.  You don’t have to set up an etsy shop and do it all as soon as you start.  Take your time and really develop your ideas.  Let things flow naturally and I am sure your creativity will show.

Thanks for sharing Shelley.  I love learning more about what makes people tick.


And now for my book review.  I’m no wordsmith when it comes to these things so here is a list of my 5 Favourite Things About This Book

1   I like the variety of designs included in this book. There is something to suit all tastes ranging from pretty and flowery right through to simple and plain (but still stunning)

2   I like the clear layout of the book and easy to follow instructions. I especially like the stitch dictionary with ‘how-to’ video links included for those who are more visual learners.

3   The hints and tips included to help you achieve a seamless, professional finish to you work.

4   The versatility of the 20 designs. All would look equally fab together or you could select your favourite few to make stunning blankets or cushions.

5   I like that the patterns range in skill levels from easy to a little tricky. Something for everyone in here from beginner level to those wanting something a little more challenging.

It really is a great addition to your crochet library and I’m sure it will be one you will refer back to often.


Would you love your very own copy of More Than a Granny?  I’m running a little giveaway and will select one lucky reader to receive a special advance copy.  Leave a comment and a random winner will be selected next week. In the meantime, you can find out more about the e-book and how to order your own copy over on Shelley’s blog here

Until next time

Michelle x





Tunisian Crochet Washcloth


Hi there bloggy friends

Can anyone tell me where this past month has gone?  Time is whizzing by this year isn’t it!  Despite all good intentions no blog posts have been written or many goals achieved yet I’ve been busy, busy, busy but with nothing much to show for all my busy-ness.

Here is one thing I’ve been working on though; a free tutorial to make a Tunisian Crochet Washcloth, it’s now up over at My Poppet.  Have you tried Tunisian Crochet yet?  It’s a fun new addiction to add to your bag of crochet tricks.

This is a quick and easy project combining Tunisian crochet to make the washer then finished off with a crochet border.

Tunisian crochet washcloth by Poppy & BlissWith Christmas just around the corner these would make a great stocking stuffer wrapped around a nice smelly soap.

Tunisian crochet washcloth by Poppy & Bliss

And just when you thought you won’t see me again for another month complaining about how fast time is flying, I’ll be back in a couple of days with a feature story, a book review and a giveaway.

See you then

Michelle x

DIY Crochet Market Bag Pattern


Hello lovely bloggy friends

I’m back from my New Zealand trip and had the time of my life over there.  More on that later but for now I’ve just popped up a free pattern to make this crochet Market Bag over at My Poppet.  It’s a quick, easy make and as well as being very handy, good for the environment too.

Talk soon

Michelle x


I’ve been missing in action these last few weeks working furiously on a custom order of my Kallora blanket.

All good intentions of regular posts have flown out the window to get this done and now I’m about to head off to New Zealand for a couple of weeks so more missing in action should be expected from me.  But I’m looking forward to getting back to my little blog and fluffing it back up once I’m all settled.

In the meantime here are some behind the scenes progress shots … carefully culled so you don’t get to see me bleary eyed on the couch at 2am weaving in ends (and ends and ends)

It all started with this delivery of squishy goodness….



Then 145 squares were made ….


Yay!  Half way there ….


Oh dear!  Look at those ends ….


3 days of weaving ends later and a hip, hip, hooray it’s finished!


I’m so in love with this one and it will be hard to send away to it’s new home but I hope they will love it as much as I do.

Time to get packing for my trip now.

Talk soon

Michelle x

The Loop List :: Modern Crochet

Hi there bloggy friends

I’m starting this week off with another new regular feature – The Loop List.

Each fortnight I’ll be sharing all the lovely things that inspire me and keep me pinned to Pinterest  for way too many hours.

This week’s theme is Modern Crochet.  Oh how I love thee!  Although there is a place in my heart for traditional crochet, my one true love is simple, elegant design with a twist (or a pop).

It may be a bit minimalist for some but for me, keeping it simple shows off the true beauty of the design and detail.

Here are just a few of my favourites….



 The stunning Mono Spot blanket by my lovely friend Adele from 3 Beans in a Pod

Adele is busily writing up this pattern as we speak and it should be available soon.


I have a crochet crush on Michelle from Crayon Chick

Michelle’s work is always impeccable and original.  Simply elegant !


 I love these colourful floor cushions from the

Etsy shop of  la casa decoto

Modern Crochet Book

This book by Molla Mills is on my birthday wish list.

I hope the Birthday Fairy is reading this.

triangle cushion pattern

Free pattern for this cute cushion from the Solstrikke blog.

I think I might make a few!

Until next time

Michelle x

Colour Crush – Gelato


It’s no secret I love colour and it seems you all do too going by your feedback.

I’m often asked how I choose my colours and it’s not such an easy question to answer.

I’m inspired by so many different colour combinations and I tend to choose my colours on instinct rather than theory.  If I were to analyse my colour choices I’d say I  have a very strong preference for Secondary and Tertiary shades and really don’t like Primary colours together.

At the beginning of the year I had the bright idea of starting a year long project where I planned to make hexies from whatever colour palette that inspired me that week.

The idea was to then join them all together into one big blanket.  In my minds eye I would either end up with one big spectacular technicolour masterpiece or one big vomity epic fail.

Whichever way it went I was enthusiastic about my 52 Palette project.  Well …. enthusiastic for about 4 weeks into the year before other bright shiny things caught my attention and the idea fell down the back of the couch.

But as we speed towards the end of the year I feel inspired again to dust it off and make it happen and why not make it a regular blog feature too !

So to start things off, here we have what I would call my ‘signature palette’ – Bright Gelato.  These are my absolute favourite, happy colours.  With Aqua being my most happiest colour!


Watermelon, Tangerine, Aqua, Bubblegum Pink, Rose Pink, Yellow,Cornflower Blue, Lime, Turquoise and Violet

And here they are made up …


And some more. Look what the postie just delivered for a custom blanket order …


What are your happy colours ?

New Pattern – Squircles


Wow it’s been nearly a year since I released my last pattern.  Oops! Time kind of got away from me there …. I’ve been busy.

But after much crocheting, typing, proof-reading , testing, jiggling and tweaking the Squircles pattern is finally finished.  Woohoo!


I really love how the Aqua, Mint and Silver work with the Slate in this blanket.  I’ve decided that Slate is the new black and is my new favourite colour.

It  also works well in other colours too.  Here’s just a few …


I hope you like Squircles as much as I do.  If you’d like to make your very own Squircles blanket, the pattern is now available in my Etsy and Ravelry stores.

Until next time – happy hooking

Michelle x


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