Crush on Crochet

For some time I have been trying my hand at crochet, however I couldn't get in to it, my technique was terrible and I never felt inspired to make anything that didn't look like it had been vomited up by the 70's.

But in January this year that started to change for me, I became involved with a project with my WI and the Cambridge botanical gardens which is led by the fantastic NotSoGranny. The project really drew me in, the making of fantastic lichen from the Tundra and also amazing plants from arid houses (I cant give too much away here as the project isn't unveiled until October but trust me it will definitely be worth a visit).

With the Cambridge botanical garden project I have met some amazing people, who also happen to be very talented crocheters, and this is where my crush on crochet was sparked. For the first time I have found projects that I actually want to make (surprisingly I have a long list), but first on the list is the Galactica scarf (I really like this space inspired project). However I need to finish the blanket for my new niece who will be born very soon (yes this is the first time I have chosen crochet over knitting - this even shocked me - this crush is getting serious).

Now comes to the real shock for me and turned my head a little more to crochet is a magazine that doesn't feature a granny square project every month, and actually has patterns and garments that you could wear and that is the really well designed. Inside Crochet is definitely a magazine I can make things from. I have trawled through the other crochet magazines and nothing else delivers what this does, it feels modern and fresh, and has a really nice fashion angle to it (magazines are important to me and help my crafty creativity). 

So I would like to say a big thank you to NotSoGranny who has showed me that crochet is in the 21st century and has given me a crush on a craft that I never thought that I would grow to love.


  1. Collette! The pleasure is all mine! Your boundless enthusiasm is going to make the WI project amazing!( The yarn was picked last week squee!!)
    Inside Crochet is so fab now. I have a few patterns coming up in it and if you check the contributors page you'll see I've also been helping out behind the scenes too.
    You should also check out the collaboration I have been working on with some other amazing designers - its all beautiful wearable crochet, not a granny square waistcoat or mug cozy in sight!

  2. Hello, we are in the same @postcircle group!
    I love your blog and am so pleased you are a crochet fan....I am addicted to it..I beleive the term is "hooked" ?!
    Thanks foe the link to 'not so grnny'too.
    daisy J

  3. Hi Collette,

    I've been wanting to try crochet for a while, but never been brave enough. I'm definitely going to have to give it a go, but I think that the lovely Galactica scarf will be way beyond me for quite some time!

    I really like your blog, so I've nominated you for the Liebster Award.

    I hope you'll take part!


    Cakes and Bakes by Kate - The Liebster Award

  4. Thanks for this inspiration - I've been trying to get to grips with crochet too, but getting too bored as I didn't know what to make... Now I have plans!!

    1. Let me know how you get on - yay team crochet

    2. I actually made my first (and possibly only!) granny square tonight - it was the only pattern I had to hand. But at least it means I can now count, and get stitches in the right place, even if they do look a little random! Onto bigger & better things now!...