Deramores Studio DK & Chunky

Yarn Review: Deramores Studio DK & Chunky

I was delighted when given the chance to review Deramores Studio yarn because it’s only available online. When I’m buying online, the temptation is to stick to yarns I’ve used before, or at least felt in person. So I hope this review helps give you an idea of what this yarn is like.

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Craftworks at Eason

Wool, haberdashery & craft supplies now at Eason

Eason’s flagship store in O’Connell St, Dublin now has a large craft section on the first floor.

Called Craftworks, there is a good selection of yarn, patterns, sewing fabrics and a haberdashery. They also stock some materials  for sugarcraft and paper craft enthusiasts.

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Reversible crochet hat for men

Warm + Woolly hat to help the homeless

Having made some tiny hats for the Innocent Big Knit, I decided to scale up my charity knitting to make a hat for the Olann and Warm + Woolly Campaign.

This is a great initiative to make warm winter accessories to donate to the Simon Community. It runs until 30 November, so there is still time to get involved.

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The Big Knit crochet owl hat

Little crochet hats for the Innocent Big Knit 2015

It’s that time of year again when you can help raise funds for Age Action by making some little hats to go on Innocent smoothie bottles. Read more…


Subtle textured crochet cushion cover

I made this cushion cover using the free modern romantic cushion pattern from One Little Rayndrop . It’s a lovely easy pattern to follow, being just a 4 row repeat involving double, treble and double treble crochet (UK). But this simple pattern results in quite  a sophisticated looking fabric. Read more…

Crochet teddy bear foot

Adding foot shaping to Monty & Priscilla Bear crochet pattern

I blogged before about making teddy bears using the Monty & Priscilla Bear pattern from the book Cute & Easy Crochet. I modified the pattern to add a proper foot at the end of each leg and I’ve been asked to explain this, so here goes: Read more…

Robert the Bear

The Knitted Teddy Bear Book Review

As much as I love crochet, if you want to make a proper, distinguished looking teddy bear, you need to get out the knitting needles.

Sandra Polley’s book ‘The Knitted Teddy Bear’ has 18 different patterns to choose from, in all shapes and sizes. Read more…

New craft tutorial site: Crafttuts+

I came across a new craft tutorial site, Crafttuts+, which only launched last week. Read more…

Bruno the Bear - Rico Crochet Kit

Rico Bruno the Bear Crochet Kit Review

I couldn’t resist the Bruno the Bear Crochet Kit by Rico. You get everything you need to crochet a lovely multi coloured teddy bear, except for the stuffing. As well as the cotton aran yarn, you get a  3.5mm crochet hook, needle and neckerchief. Read more…

Craft Magazines

Where to find craft magazines in Dublin

I love reading craft magazines. At a cost of 7-9 euro each, this can easily become an expensive habit! Luckily I often have gift vouchers so I can get my fix without feeling guilty. Despite the huge variety of craft magazines available, many newsagents don’t stock them unfortunately. Here are some shops in Dublin that have a good selection: Read more…