Nature’s Walk – another set of squares


Progress is slow, but steady, as I get back into the swing with my crochet hook for the CAL Nature’s Walk.  Above is my growing pile of squares.


I crocheted six more of the “Buds” pattern, this time in Stylecraft Special DK Sherbert blue. 


Next squares will be in Bluebell blue . . . repeating the “Berries” pattern.

way behind

I caught up on some crochet last week, working on a few more squares for the  CAL “Nature’s Walk” which officially started and ended last year.  I was lagging behind from the start, and never had any hopes of keeping to schedule . . . but then weeks turned to months, and I realised I needed to get back to work, or it would become an UFO. 

I’m doing things my way, having chosen 7 different colours, plus my neutral, with my plan being to crochet 6 squares in each of my 7 colours.  And since I’d already made the decision to make that change, I’ve made another.  I’ve decided to repeat only a couple of the patterns.  With the result that my most recent squares are a repeat of the pattern “Gates” and crocheted in Stylecraft Special DK “Clematis”.

CAL clematis

CAL clematis 02

Squares are all (more or less) the same size, even though they don’t look it in the above photo.

Here are my colours so far.  From top to bottom:  Clematis, Wysteria, Magenta, Meadow and Spring Green. 

CAL clematis 03

Remaining squares will be in two different shades of blue, with cream as my neutral. 

2019 in review: crochet & knitting

Everyone is getting ready to say goodbye to 2019 and see the New Year in . . . an ideal time to look back over the year, through photo archives and remind myself of what crafting I did during the year.  In this post, I’ve grouped together some of the finished knitting or crochet projects I had fun making.  They’re not all here, since many are doll-related.  I’ll do a special doll crafting review on my other blog.  Feel free to click on the following link  Claire’s Collections if you’d like to see the numerous doll cardies and outfits I knitted this year.

Non-doll projects were . . .

(first in crochet)


Little Ella in her monster suit – pattern by Little Aqua Girl – February 2019


a big bad wolf – pattern by Jess Huff – May 2019

2 little unicorns – pattern by Anabu Crochet – May-June 2019

wedding dolls 04

Bride & Groom dolls – pattern by Havva Designs – May 2019

CAL buds 02

24 crochet squares (so far) – for the Nature’s Walk – CAL.


6 pairs of mittens (only 4 pairs here) – pattern by Loopy Mabel.

There was a little knitting, but not much for humans . . .

with my first ever cardigan, for myself.

pink cardie 01

pattern “Rue” by Martin Storey for Rowan.

cardie x2

and 2 toddler sized bolero type cardies.  Very bright versions of “Cheri” by Martin Storey for Rowan and knitted for our grand daughter, who I’ll be calling Toddler Viking from now on since she’s 17 months old.

surprise mail – sent & received

Two photos of some surprise mail to share with you today . . . first, something received.

from EmyLuby

This lovely little pouch was made and sent by Karine of Mes101Luby.  The little story behind it . . . back in August, Karine’s husband sent out a secret message to followers of her blog asking if we could send a doggy birthday card to their dog Emy, who was 10 years old on 1st September.  I, of course, sent a card, wishing Emy a very happy birthday lol and Karine very kindly decided to send a hand-made present to all the people who had sent a birthday card. 

Next for something sent . . .

for Zineb 02

A pair of fingerless mittens crocheted following a video tutorial by Loopy Mabel.

I made these in Stylecraft DK Special “Pomegranate” for a good friend to help keep her hands warm this winter. 

“Nature’s Walk” CAL progress


Above photo to show you my new colours which arrived . . . so I finally have colour scheme sorted for Nature’s Walk.  I’m using Stylecraft DK Special in:  Spring Green, Meadow, Magenta, Wisteria, Clematis, Bluebell, Sherbet & Cream.

Here are the most recent set of 6 squares crocheted up, in Wisteria

CAL buds

These are following the pattern “Buds”, and have a “popcorn” stitch.  Quite fun to make, but these squares will definitely need blocking as they tend to be a lot springier than the others.

CAL buds 01

So far, I have 6 of each of the above.

CAL buds 02

I won’t promise to have the next 6 squares done by next week, because I’ve allowed myself to become side-tracked with knitting and sewing for dolls. 

animator dress 01

If you’d like to see these being modelled by dolls . . . you’ll have to hop over to my other blog: Claire’s Collections.

fingerless mittens

I’ve been having fun, making my first pair of fingerless mittens – yay!

After searching on youtube, and finding several really great videos, I opted to start off with a very simple one.  A big thumbs up to Bag-O-Day Crochet.  Video was excellent!

I’ve got rather large hands so I began with a bit of trial and error, getting the number of stitches & rows right, for ribbing the cuff.  And couldn’t resist crocheting in one of my very bright yarns!   This is an acrylic DK yarn, bought not long ago in ACTION.  Lovely & soft to work with, and grogeously bright – you know me by now, I can’t stand to work in (what I consider) drab colours.  If I’m going to make something it has to be bright! 


Some people might not like seeing the colours striping diagonally, but I knew this was going to happen, since I was crocheting in the round and not joining (slip stitch, chain 1) and I can’t honestly say it bothers me to have the funny stripes. 

I’m just happy that I managed to sort out stitch count, alter number of rows where necessary to make them a custom fit for me.  I solved one problem – needing width for main hand, but not wanting it to gape at opening – by keeping the same number of stitches all round but changing from a 4mm to a 3.5mm hook for the last few rows.   If I follow this pattern again, I’ll probably also do the ribbing and first rows  on a 3.5mm hook too.


I made them a lot longer, over the fingers, because these are going to be my “walking Gibbs” mittens and we’re heading for colder weather soon.


Now it’s time to get back to CAL squares!