Friday, 31 December 2010

New year, new crafts!

Hello everyone, hope you all had lovely Christmasses! We had a lovely time spent with family surrounded by twinkly things and wrapping paper and generally eating and drinking a lot (far too much in fact, I need a detox!!)

I was so pleased to receive these lovely books I had been eyeing these on the shelves for ages. Kirstie's Homemade Home is full of lovely pictures and great ideas... the Nigella and Jamie books have so many fab recipes to try (a lot of them knock the detox idea on the head though hehe).

So another year has passed and a new one on the horizon

There is something nice about starting a new year I think, almost like starting a fresh page (sort of), and a good opportunity to make plans and look forward to exciting new opportunities

One of the items on my 'things to do' list... learning how to crochet! I have been knitting since I was little after being taught by my lovely Nan, however crochet is one of those things that has always baffled me a bit..

After spotting this magazine in Tesco on Tuesday, I got very excited as it comes with a colourful collection of yarns and also a couple of crochet hooks.

Here is my first attempt ok, it does leave a lot to be desired and to be honest I am not even sure if I am doing it right but on the positive side at least it looks sort of like it could be crochet.

I am attempting to make this adorable little chick egg cosy, so sweet!

There are also some other lovely patterns in the magazine...

Like this beautiful crochet hook holder...

How cute is this little doggie/fox creature? I love him! Almost my sole reason for wanting to learn how to crochet!

My Christmas pressie WHSmith vouchers are going to be spent on Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. I have the knitting version of this book is very good and explains things brilliantly.

Also spotted this book by Martha Stewart which has lots of sewing and fabric craft projects, and will also be bought on the voucher (huge thanks to my lovely Grandma-in-law!)

Wishing you all a wonderful and happy 2011



  1. Such lovely books, enjoy them.
    Good luck with the crochet I'm sure you'll pick it up really quick.
    I'm hoping to learn to knit this year.
    Have a great new year! xx

  2. Hi Sarah,
    Well that is a wonderful christmas bounty you have there. I like everything!! I too want to learn to crochet, so look forward to your progress. It's new year today. So happy New yr!! Sonia :) x

  3. I got the Jamie book too, it's got some great recipe's in hasn't it? Don't get me started on crochet - my resolution last year was to start but I just can't get the hang of it. I thought as I could knit I'd be able to crochet! You've made a great start though.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog Sarah. I am going to have a good read of yours.

    Happy New Year.


  5. Well done with your first attempt at crochet.You'll be making granny squares in no time! Glad you had a lovely seemed to whiz by this year.I have to start making those new year resolutions now! :0)

  6. Sarah, yours looks like really truly crochet already......
    I stayed up late last night on specimens three through about 15.......I'd like to think there is an improvement but I am not so sure

  7. Happy New Year

    my son bought me the Jamie book so I have treated myself to a food processer it was a good excuse :)

    enjoy all your new ventures
    Cate x

  8. Good luck with the crochet, ★ Happy New Year ! ★

  9. Lots of great books and the yarn colors are beautiful. Good luck with the crocheting and I'm sure you will do just fine.

    All the best in the year ahead!

  10. Great books! Good luck with the crotcheting ..I just cannot get the hang of it! Love the colours of the wool! Happy New Year love Annie

  11. Happy New year to you. Good luck with the crochet, suddenly it all falls into place. I remember being so confused by it at first and then months later it all made sense.


  12. Hello Sarah
    Thank you for your lovely New Year message!
    I have just been reading your profile and absolutely share your dream of looking out on fields of sheep with chickens scratching in the garden.
    I hope you find your 'good life' one day.
    Happy New Year to you too and may it be a very happy one for you!
    Michele x

  13. Best of luck with your crocheting venture! The cute chick looks like the perfect starter project. I love the Stitch 'n Bitch book for knitting and I'm sure the crochet version is just as great! Happy new year! ~Val

  14. Hi Sarah! Thank you for joining my **MONTHLY MAKE 2011**. Please put a badge in you sidebar and when done also send me your email address for the Stanley pattern - TheFeltFairy @ (no gaps)with Stanley as the subject. The pattern will be sent out by mid feb! looking forward to 'making' with you! love Annie xx

  15. ohhh I love your blog! great ideas!!!
    kiss from Portugal!

  16. What a fun post! You've got me wanting to pick up the crochet hook. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, what a wonderful surprise for me to see someone had visited from across the pond! I immediately begin reading in an English accent, and I just love that! Hoping your New Year is filled with all you wish! Elizabeth

  17. Hi Sarah,
    That's great you are learning how to crochet! The books are really lovely!
    I would like to nominate you for a Stylish Blogger Award! Please drop by my blog to take it, you are very welcome!
    Happy New Year!!!


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