Category Archives: Other creatures

Feeling nippy?

Not a reference to the weather (which is wonderfully warm for this time of year in Scotland) but to my latest crochet project – which is a lobster:


The pattern is from ‘Crochet one skein wonders’ by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman, a book which I feel sure will be the inspiration for several projects to come. I did modify the pattern slightly – by putting pipe cleaners in his claws, and making the tail rather longer than was suggested, but overall it was an easy pattern to follow and very satisfying to make. He is made in Scheepjeswol stonewashed 4 ply ‘Carnelian’ on a 3mm hook (I think!) and he is really rather lovely.

A trip to the seaside

I have been playing around with making some more crabs recently, and took them on a trip to the seaside to take some photo’s!


Made in Scheejeswol XL ‘Carnelian’ on a 6mm hook. The jury is out as to whether I prefer the red, or the more natural coral colour (see here), but I thought the red would appeal to children.


What do you think?

200th post give-away

It is hard to believe that this is my 200th blog post, or that I have been blogging since February 2013, having taken my first crochet class that year. What a journey it has been so far, and who knows where it may take me in the future?
Blogging has given me a lot – inspiration to try new and different things, a reason to finish even my least promising projects, and best of all feedback from people like you in the lovely crafting community. So now it is my turn to offer something in return.

Do you remember my crocheted spiders and crabs? Would you like to win one of them? If so here is what you have to do…


1. Be a follower of this blog
2. Decide if you would prefer a spider or a crab
3. Leave a comment to say which one, and if possible why
4. Look back at the blog after 4th September 2016 to find out who has won
5. If you win please acknowledge your prize by publicising it on some form of social media – your own blog, Twitter, Facebook etc. including a link to
6. As this is a special occasion I am prepared to pay postage to anywhere in the world!

So that’s it folks. Good luck, and thanks for all your interest and support along the way.

Nip and Tuck

A couple of people recently have looked at my spiders and thought they were crabs. I am not quite sure why (Do you get black crabs?) but it has prompted me to have a go at making some:

It turns out that crabs have eight legs plus two pincers, so they were a bit more fiddly than the spiders, plus I had to strengthen the pincers with pipe cleaners. Made in scheepjeswol Xl in coral on a 6mm hook. I have called them ‘Nip’ and ‘Tuck’
Now will anyone mistake them for orange spiders?