I've been thinking I'll run a learn to crochet class at Stitch in Autumn. I've met so many people who want to learn and frankly its so easy and so addictive I think the whole world should know how to crochet. This is a simple little single crochet beanie. I've used Debbie Bliss Como, but any super chunky yarn would do. This plain version is good for a guy, but you could add an embellishment - a felt flower or a suffolk puff (yoyo) or some buttons to make it more girlie.
I did a bit of a declutter, especially around the desk area. I love the calm of clean open spaces. Shame that at my house this lasts, like a nanosecond.
I've recovered my noticeboard which was useful for getting stuff up off the desk, but not that pretty. I used a thrifted Semco linen tablecloth and a couple of lengths of ribbon (love the tape measure stuff - ever since it came into the shop I've been looking for a way to use it). For inspiration I got out my trusty copy of "The Handmade Home, Sania Pell". I'm not quite finished with it - I'm thinking it needs a pocket (or two?) on there for all that stuff you don't want to stick with a pin.
And there there is the peg apron. Yup I'm channeling 50's housewife with this one - yet another project I've wanted to do for ages using some ace fabric we got into the shop. I just sort of winged it with the pattern. I'm off to the library this afternoon to use their photocopier and reduce the pattern down so I can .pdf it and make a tutorial for you. I'll take it to work and make it up into a kitset also.
I'm thinking I want to do more tutorials this year - anyone got any ideas for what they would like to see? I can't promise I'll do it, but I'll definitely give it some thought.