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Tomorrow we’re driving to my parents’s house to celebrate my sister’s birthday. To bulk up what I thought was a meagre birthday hoard, I crocheted her this silk bookmark.

  • Pattern: Fan Bookmark by Crochetroo.
  • Yarn: Hipknits Laceweight silk. (Custom dyed for me months ago, but not yet used).
  • Hook: 2mm.

I’ll post on the rest of the stash and the party when we come back!


ETA: After all that secrecy and suspense, did I remember to take pictures of my sister’s birthday bash? You know I didn’t. Instead I clucked around cluelessly while she opened her presents. For the record , I made her a drop-stitch scarf in Collinette ‘Giotto’, and gave her a Madeleine baking tray to go with the baking book my mother bought for her. A good, if unrecorded, time was had by all!



My mother-in-law is a thoughtful and creative woman: she crafts, knits, sews and bakes wonderful things. Unfortunately, she has been burdened with three sons who don’t really think to facilitate her hobbies by taking her to fabric shops or showing an interest in vintage buttons!

She has made every effort to welcome me to the family, and I’m glad to be able to repay her by sharing some of her interests. She recently mentioned that she wanted to try her hand at crochet, so for her birthday tomorrow I’ve sewn this crochet case to keep her hooks in.


I’ve included a couple of metal hooks (sizes 3.5mm and 4mm), and a Brittany (5.5mm) with a lovely turned handle. I’ve also made her some stitch markers out of shell and glass beads, and included some ceramic buttons. Three balls of RYC Bamboo Soft in Cambria (she’s allergic to woollen yarns) should start her off on an easy crochet project.

Crocheted Coaster


The rain is still with us, though the days tend to start wet and brighten up in the afternoon, and the flood waters are gradually retreating throughout the country. It has been the perfect weather for a quick and mindless project, like these crocheted coasters.



Reading Material

Project Specs:

  • Pattern: a mix of these two patterns by Kimberly Andrew.
  • Yarn: Rowan Harris 4-ply, in ‘Herring’
  • Needles: 4mm crochet hook


I make variations of these coasters for almost everybody as last minute gifts, and thought that we should have a few too! They take less than ten minutes each to make, and are a great way to use up leftover yarn.

Work beckons, despite the lack of light. At least we woke up to such wonderful news today: Alan Johnston has finally been released after 114 days of captivity!