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Baby, it’s cold inside!

It’s cold! My house won’t warm up and neither will my fingers and toes. I had the heaters on during the day and wore fingerless gloves indoors! Outrageous! It’s the coldest winter in 3 years and boy, am I feeling it today. So much so that I have been seriously contemplating buying a snuggie!

Should I? Shouldn’t I? Hmmm…

I know I can make one. But seriously, why would I spend months crocheting this…

Image and free pattern from Coats and Clark

… or knitting this?

Image and free pattern from Bernat

Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should. Right? It will be warm again when I finish it! Although I must admit that the knitted snuggie does look pretty cozy. No no no… Must resist… must resist…

How about you?
Are you pro- or anti- snuggie?
What do you think of those handmade ones?

P.S. Knitting party went really well yesterday! But I forgot to take pics and was too busy chatting about fibre that I didn’t do much knitting. I’ll try to take pics next time though.

P.P.S. I compensated for loss knitting time yesterday and spent a good few hours knitting today. Happy to report that I’m halfway through my second sleeve. Yay! Hope you had a great weekend!


Cats & crochet…

… often do not mix.

I think Olly prefers knitting. 😉

P.S. The video on how to tunisian crochet can be found here. Happy crocheting!


Crochet Granny Shrug

Here it is! My very own crochet granny shrug! I told you I wanted one. 😉

Granny Shrug

Granny Shrug (back)

Free pattern: Granny Shrug by Kootoyoo
Yarn: Panda Woolblend Crepe
Hooks: 6mm & 8mm crochet hooks
More @ Ravelry

I made quite a few modifications to the pattern.

  • Used DK weight yarn, instead of super bulky weight yarn, and crocheted with 8mm hook, instead of the recommended 15mm. Basically, I used what I had available.
  • I crocheted 14 rounds and added 3 more rows to the back and bottom edges. The shrug sits comfortably on my shoulders and has a more open style to it.
  • All the seams were whip stitched using a tapestry needle and extra yarn.
  • To finish the sleeves, I added a few rounds of single crochet stitch to the cuffs using a 6mm hook. The cuff band is about 2cm wide.
  • I also crocheted a few rows of single crochet stitch to the front pieces and around the neck. This is worked in one long continuous row, from the bottom of one front piece to the other. Then turn work, Ch1 and crochet back to the other end. This was repeated several times until the “border” was about 4cm wide.
  • I worked one row of single crochet stitch to the bottom edge.

Granny Shrug

In retrospect, I could have made the shrug smaller. I think it’s a few rounds too big and the sleeves too long. It reminds me of a kimono, rather than a shrug. But I am looking forward to wearing it when the weather warms up a little. It is far too cold for a girl who grew up in the tropics! Brrr! At least it’s not raining today. Thank God!

Hope you’re having a good week!


Granny Love

Pattern and photo by Kootoyoo

I want one! I just love how the granny square is given a modern and very wearable look. I checked my stash and don’t have enough yarn for it. So I need to go yarn shopping and get a 15mm hook asap. I can’t wait to start crocheting!

Full instructions and video tutorial available from here


Forever is here

Winter nights will not be shadowed by gloom this year. Something gloriously bright and cheerful is here to perk us up during the long hours of darkness. Folded neatly at the foot of our bed are soft rounds of organic cotton, colours intermingling with each other, dark and light shoulder to shoulder. Each stitch crocheted with love and thoughts of being together forever.

Forever Blanket (folded)

Its presence brings forth an awakening to the dulled senses brought on by the cold. I want to touch it, feel it and just gaze at it. The blanket beckons me and I’m too weak to just walk away. It has occupied my time and mind for nearly four months. It owns me, as I it.

Forever Blanket (Up close)

The granny square spread proudly across my bed. I snuggled under the warmth and drifted off to sleep that night. I vaguely remember dreaming of rainbows with puffy cotton clouds above me, as I strolled through a tulip-covered field. Was this colourful dream induced by the sight of the forever blanket just before the lights went out?

Forever Blanket
Project details here

If it was, I can’t wait for tonight. 🙂


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