As a young child I was constantly sewing and making stuffed toys and clothes and thoroughly enjoyed needlework classes at school.  It does seem a shame that such classes no longer seem to exist in Secondary Schools as I learnt skills there, not only about sewing as such but about precision, care and that if something’s worth doing it’s worth doing well, that have encouraged me to continue with my craft making though now I enjoy knitting and crocheting more as it’s tricky and expensive to find fabric to my liking and knitting and crocheting can be done anywhere and in company in the evenings so it’s more sociable.  

I like to keep myself busy and I’ve decided to try and record some of my achievements to remind myself of what I’ve been up to . . . I enjoy making all sorts of things and found many inspirational websites and Youtube videos to teach me new skills.  I particularly enjoy Mystery Projects by Debbie Abrahams as they’re very portable, beautiful and fun to make.  I first found out about ‘Mystery’ Knitting projects by accident when I discovered the knitting and crochet website ‘Ravelry’ .  It’s an incredibly useful site for anyone who’s interested in knitting crochet. It describes itself as a community site, an organisational tool and a yarn and pattern database for knitters and crocheters – I find it invaluable!

My first venture into the ‘Mystery’ world was to make a ‘Mystery Cushion’ in 2014 (see my page on ‘Mystery Cushions’) by the hand-knit designer, Debbie Abrahams’ – since then I’ve been hooked and annually now knit her Mystery Cushions and Mystery Blankets.

I also really love the website ‘Little Cotton Rabbits’. Julie Williams makes the most adorable toy animals in the most exquisite clothes, I particularly love her rabbits as you’ll see!  She sells her patterns through Ravelry and her own website.  I love the way she uses colour and her website is full of interesting insights and ideas and other useful websites to view.

What I’ve been making links: