Blogs and Crochet

by Kate on July 5, 2012

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Hi there,

It has been a little while since I have been here and it is probably a sign of things to come. The family/study/work juggle means time for crafting is virtually non-existent but I really miss time spent making and need to somehow tweak the schedule.

Anyway, I have been thinking a lot lately about this space, blogs in general and how the explosion of instagram, facebook and twitter have seen lots of the blogs I read slow right down with posting. For me, instagram has been a great way to connect with the old network in a very instant, time friendly way but I do think it is another reason why I have been a little vacant here.

I was reminded last week about why blogs and blogging are important.

A gorgeous customer popped into the shop and told me how she had crocheted two of my Kelly scarves, loved them and was now looking for some wool to crochet up Kirsty’s neckwarmer. I was so chuffed and it made me realise something I have lost sight of recently, that sharing and creating is what this is all about.


A few weeks ago Sarah asked me if I would like to do a few crochet classes at the shop and I jumped at the chance. It has given me the push I need to hook up some class samples but more importantly, I will be teaching others something that I get so much joy out of.

I will be taking two classes in Sydney, Saturdays 28th July and 11 August (a two week course), from 1:30pm – 4:30pm.

You can find all the details here.

In my humble opinion, the best way to learn to crochet is to learn how to make a granny square, it was the way I was taught and I haven’t looked back. You learn a few basic stitches as well as joining your motifs, blocking and changing colours/yarn.

And I will be talking a lot about colour, colour combinations and how to transform the humble granny into something fresh and contemporary.

See you soon x

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 suzy July 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Those grannys are gorgeous, you have such a knack with colour.


2 Kirst July 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

It absolutely IS what it’s all about! That & making really truly friends too. Thank god for blogs & thank god for you. xxx


3 Kirst July 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

& I wish I could come to your class…I would absolutely love that. xx


4 Kate July 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I would LOVE to have you BUT you taught me…remember!



5 Kirsty July 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I love the start of that blanket on the top. Makes me want to crochet.


6 karen July 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I so want to learn Granny Squares…bit far to come tho!

It’s true that all the other social media sites and apps (gotta love instagram!) have slowed down blogs but there really is no better way to share and make friends than blogs x


7 Kate July 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

And really, you wouldn’t want to miss a minute of the English Sumer!

Great seeing what you get up to on Instagram x


8 Christina July 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Hello! Lovely to see you back and lovely to see your crochet. Lucky beginners having you to teach them! They shall be in good hands indeed. And what a wonderful feeling for you to be able to share the skill of crochet, opening the door to a new craft, a sense of satisfaction and a practical art for those taking part.

Instagram does seem to have claimed a lot of bloggers, I’ve noticed too. I’m enjoying Instagram, but blogging is still my first love. I do like to waffle on though… :)


9 Kate July 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Thanks Christina.

There is so much going on in my world at the moment that the craft and the poor old blog have fallen to one side but I know it will all be worth it in the end.

Emerson is looking just gorgeous, growing very quickly x


10 Kate July 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Yep, the instagram certainly does seem to have claimed the attention span of the blogger, but to be honest I like the back stories. I like the when and the where and the how. I like the thought of you teaching too. Lucky students indeed. x


11 Kate July 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

And your back stories are the best, you have a knack with the written word Kate xx


12 Renae July 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I agree, granny squares are a good grounding in working with the hook. Nice to have u back…missed u!


13 Mrs Smith July 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

The colour choices of your work are so subtle and beautiful. I’m bang up for a bash at one of your scarves. I’ve been off the hook for ages, time to pick it up again methinks.


14 Kate July 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I feel the same way about the granny!! I absolutely love these granny square photos, and your color combinations! I hope you have a fabulous time with your classes; your students are so lucky!


15 Gret July 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Well said. I hope you enjoy every moment of the classes. x


16 kim July 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Wish I lived close! :)


17 Sarah July 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Wish I could be there!


18 CitricSugar July 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Truer words…. ;-)


19 Andrea July 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I wish I wish I could do some classes, I have a half finished granny blanket and that is about the sum of my crochet skills!!


20 suz July 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm

The cross rug you are crocheting caught my eye – I found a similar one on Pinterest that I am in love with and would love to make one day. I am just teaching myself to crochet and am joining my first nine granny squares to make a cushion cover. Crochet is way cool Your blog is lovely. Suz


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