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Monday, 20 February 2017

everyone has to start somewhere- my top resources for learning to crochet



Further to my post on dipping my toes in the water and going back to swimming lessons I thought I'd share some of my earliest crochet, along with my top books for beginners. A few months back whilst sorting out some old boxes I found these flowers I crocheted back when I was just starting out. 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Dipping my toes in the water






On Wednesday I did just that. I took an adult swimming class. Terrified is a bit of an understatement as the thought of putting on swimwear is enough to bring me out in a cold sweat and get my heart going like the clappers. However, I really wanted to be able to swim properly again. For years as I child I grudging (though secretly I'm grateful Mum) went to swimming lessons every Sunday morning. I wasn't the greatest swimmer (I never made it onto the club swimming team!) but I was pretty competent. Fast-forward almost 20 years and I cannot for the life of me swim a length front crawl. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Unicorn Monday

This week I have been using my new-found focus to write 3000 words of my Masters dissertation, finish a book, finish a hat and make significant progress on a blanket with not an ounce of stress (yet). So far so good.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Focus in 2017



So I'm thinking you can guess what my resolution will be then? Not so much a resolution, but a mantra that I think will be necessary for me to get through the next 8 months. You see I'm now in my final year of my training programme to become a qualified Clinical Biochemist. If you would like to read more about this here would be a good place to start.

Monday, 12 December 2016

SallyStrawberryShop is open on Etsy!

You might remember that at the beginning of the year when I posted my goals I mentioned setting up an Etsy shop selling my retro crochet coasters. I only went and did it :-)

You can find my shop by clicking here. Do let me know what you think! For now here are a few sneak peaks....

Monday, 28 November 2016

Shop small this Christmas- a gift guide (i.e where I have bought my presents this year)

As I write this I am tucking into a massive bowl of apple crumble, from the last of my friend's apples. This weekend I mostly spent time cooking with said apples and crocheting. I also had a bit of a podcast binge (I do love a good podcast), including the latest, and last in the series of Kate's lovely podcast, A Playful Day. Kate talked about where she would be spending her money this Christmas, with small businesses and those with an ethical, sustainable and charitable ethos. This made me think about where I have spent my money this Christmas and I believe this may be the first year I have purchased gifts almost entirely from small businesses, some of which are local to me. This made me very happy, and I would like to share with you some of the businesses I have purchased gifts from. 

Monday, 14 November 2016

A proper good Sunday



You know how it is sometimes when there is always something going on. A gig. Birthday drinks. Halloween get-togethers. Though I love all of the above I haven't had a day to just sit down and create for what feels like months. I always optimistically pack up my crochet on a Friday and before I know it I'm back on the motorways Sunday afternoon and it hasn't even been unpacked.