Newly re-listed in my Etsy shop today, are my better-than-even gingerbread brooches.
This year they are made in 100% British wool that has been specially hand-dyed for me by Caroline of The Occasional Purl.
I’m delighted to announce the arrival of the Little Conkers crocheted snails! They’ve been a bit slow getting here, but then they are snails…
Scroll down for the snail crochet pattern.
Did you know the collective noun for snails can be a walk, rout or escargotoire? The collective noun for slugs is a cornucopia.
We’ve been doing ‘Lego Week’ this week so I thought I’d share some of my Lego home education ideas.
Lego Week has been a long time in the planning, and perhaps not as spectacular as it ought to have been given that, but it’s going well so far.
Mainly, designating a day or week for something just gives me a little inspiration and the kiddies a sense of occasion that makes us approach some of the same learning we’d be doing anyway with fresh enthusiasm. (Do I sound tired? I’m tired…)
Today was Taxonomy Day at Conker Corner!
Okay you’re thinking that doesn’t sound quite as thrilling as Lego Week (that’s next week if I get all my ducks in a row), but it has turned out to be one of our more successful days, and I think I’ve got as much out of it as the kids.
A 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 – Read More
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.
Less 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…… Read More
Those 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.
Scroll down for the pattern links.
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. Read More
Well, it’s certainly been a while since my last blog post about the crochet blankets I am making for two of my children!
Now we’ve all felt guilty about projects that have hang about for ages because we just didn’t really like making them. This is not the case with these blankets – the reason for the extremely measured progress is Read More