New Years Knitting and Resolutions To Knit Even More

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I quite happily annoyed my whole family on New Years eve by asking each one of them to share their resolutions for 2017 with me. I was not happy with a “err I don’t know…” and continued to ask until my family had at least pondered it for a minute. Understandably they asked to know mine and I was happy to share!

My not so very inventive or original list of resolutions:

The easy ones…

  • Crochet lots!
  • Knit more
  • Draw again (cause I have missed it)

The standard stupid cliché ones…

  • Get fitter and healthier
  • Be happier
  • Be more adventurous
  • Visit a new country
  • Read more

The meaningful ones…

They may not seem too meaningful but to me they will be tough and will take a lot of effort on my part.

  • Go vegan or at least a bit more vegan, because I don’t like hurting other creatures in any way. It will be hard and yes cheese is yummy but this is important to me and I can do it!
  • Be free. I value being free so much and my greatest fear at times is losing that freedom. I put a whole lot of restrictions on myself with a poor self esteem and my mind builds walls with ny anxiety, preventing me from being truly free. I can be what I want to be in 2017 or at least get a bit closer to it.

I am pleased to report that I have knitted or crocheted every day in January, worn clothes that represent me to work and worn my hair to show my undercut again.
Bring on 2017!

Please share what your resolutions are for the year and we can encourage each other to reach those goals!

Crochet Therapy

I watch a lot of tv shows, right now I am on Episode 10 (Season 2) of The Walking Dead and I started watching this show yesterday… I justify this by crocheting and knitting a hell of a lot.

The thing is, I watch tv because most of the time my mind is so crazy busy that I need something to distract me from the painful thoughts. Maybe it makes my mind more busy, perhaps that is the case, but most of the time it helps me to switch off. What helps even more to calm my mind is crochet. When I feel like I can’t do anything and my mind is too overwhelmed to function properly, I crochet.

Some people will get it, some people won’t. I don’t particularly care if you think I am being dramatic. But some people, like me, struggle to calm our thoughts and silence the anxiety. When that struggle becomes too much, I find it hard to do much and I can’t be around people, so I watch a tv show and crochet. The tv shows that are the most far flung from reality help. Reality is tough and scary. So watching a vampire show takes me away.

Crochet also takes me away. A few weeks ago, I crocheted so much I got a repetitive strain injury. I have not known such arm pain in my life, my arm was numb, it was stinging, it was twitching. The pain didn’t scare me, it was the thought of not being able to crochet again that freaked the hell out of me. How would I be able to switch off if I couldn’t crochet? How would I remind myself that I was capable of doing something if I couldn’t crochet?

Crochet reminds me that I can focus on something, that it is possible to calm my mind. I am so grateful for it.

So I will go back to crochet now, but I will leave you with a photo of my Christmas tree until I blog again later (I have decided to try blogging to feel better)




Cable Knitted Banana pattern

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I have recently written up a pattern for a Cable Knitted Banana !


I am very proud of it as it the first pattern I have written – so I hope you enjoy making it !

I designed the banana a while ago for a knitting competition, but I didn’t write the pattern out properly then. So when I came to writing up my notes, they were all a bit confusing, so it took a while to finally write it up. I have tested the pattern by knitting it out again and it doesn’t take too long to knit 🙂


Here is the link to my first ever pattern Cabled Banana Pattern !

I hope this will soon be one pattern among many 🙂

Happy banana knitting !

Writing up my patterns!

So I am taking the plunge and giving myself the task of writing down a pattern. I have been motivated to do this by some lovely people who have contacted me recently requesting a pattern of my Knitted Banana and my Flying Spaghetti Monster!

I am starting with my knitted Banana 🙂 I have a feeling I will need a lot of caffeine this weekend! 



This pattern will be difficult to do but this was the first pattern request.

Rather excited about trying to write a pattern and a little nervous! I did take notes first time round but they are really vague.. Do bare with me and I hope it makes sense!

I will tackle a Flying Spaghetti monster pattern once I write the Cabled Banana one up!



sainbury’s bags into plarn


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So this is what I am working with this evening – 26 sainbury’s bags.
I have to cut them all up and add them to the ball of plarn that I already have – which you can see on the right. Excuse the terrible picture quality – its the camera on my mobile!
Wish me luck! It’s going to take me a while!

Crochet blanket – The big bang theory

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I rarely watch The big bang theory and when I did I was pleasantly surprised to spot a crochet blanket 🙂

The episode is called The agreement dissection


I got some of my own photos of the crochet blanket but it is difficult to make out the pattern unlike the photo on imdb above.


Another blog that I follow – Crochetime – has mentioned this blanket too – which I only realised when I was searching for a photo of the blanket online. I really like Crochetime blog – it continues to inspire me to get better at crochet.