Making Nightdresses

Little Conkers Sewing TutorialA couple of weeks ago, I was getting very, very annoyed at not being able to find a nightdress for my 5-year-old daughter.

A nightdress that she would be comfortable in, and like, and that I thought was age-appropriate and practical.

I didn’t think my requirements were that exacting – (more…)

A right yarn

The organic cotton yarn that I use for… well, everything has been discontinued, so I’ve spent the last few weeks working out what this means for my offering.

The yarn I use is Twilley’s Freedom Sincere organic cotton DK, and it is top quality and totally reliable (thoroughly consistent dye lots, no knots, always true to gage). It gives the smooth finish perfect for the 3-D crochet I specialise in, and it comes in a very large range of colours that has allowed me to make everything from bright-red cars to pastel wash-bears via purple grapes.


The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon

Comic Relief CrafternoonLess than a week to go now until something very, very exciting for me!

A little pattern of mine is being published in a real, live magazine! Even better, it’s an extra special edition of Mollie Makes produced for Comic Relief 2015.

The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine is choc full of brilliant patterns and tutorials for this season’s must-haves including knitted beards, floral moustaches, exquisite knickers, a messenger bag you can make from vintage pillowcases, wristwarmers and…… (more…)

New pattern for some old friends

Crocheted Wash Mitt made to an original Little Conkers patternThose of you who’ve known Little Conkers for a while will recognize these little faces. But new today is that you can now use my pattern to make these simple toddler wash mitts for yourself!

I first designed and made these wash mitts for my own children when they were toddlers. Anyone with little children knows that normal flannels, sized for adults, are just too big for little hands to handle independently, and carry too much water, leading to lots of puddles on the bathroom floor. (more…)

First of May

First of MayHello lovely month of May!

(I think May is my second favourite month, after September, but who’s counting).

The month comes with two powerful scent memories for me, from two sides of my life.

First is the powerfully evocative scent of may blossom (hawthorn) and cow parsley together in the sunshine.




May Blossom Hawthorn Cow Parsley

(photo by sixxsix)

For me it evokes my childhood, the British countryside and the coming of summer, but perhaps the same species bloom together elsewhere around the world and it means just as much in other places.

The other scent of May for me is strongly associated with France. Muguet (lily of the valley) is traditionally associated with the 1st of May, when it is given as a good luck token. I love that that this tradition hasn’t become globalised, and has stayed a very French symbol of spring.

Muguet Lily of the Valley

(photo from

Of course our woods here are full of bluebells instead, but I might start planting muguet on the sly…

Free crochet pattern lily of the valley

I had to include this link to a lovely free pattern for crochet lily of the valley!

Of course they don’t have the wonderful scent, but this would make a lovely brooch – I must make some in time for next year!

(photo and pattern from Lionbrand)




Meanwhile, once I stop daydreaming, the new month brings with it the more tangible pleasure of fresh new planner sheets…

So, come on May! My Tax Return is done, my stock-take is done, and I have lots of ideas!

May Planner Sheets

Kiddies’ Blankets

Crochet Granny Stripe BlanketI’m constantly crocheting, but my family have very little to show for it, and you wouldn’t know it to look at our home!

So this year, I’m trying to make a blanket for each of my children. The aim is to have all three ready for Christmas 2014, but even that might be a stretch!