Posted by: jofarmer | September 9, 2017

Friendship bracelets

At a recent scout camp (jamboree) was on the Friendship bracelet base, teaching youngsters.  Made twisting bracelets, those with half hitches, and using a card with slits in.  The youngsters enjoyed it.

Posted by: jofarmer | September 9, 2017

Fluffy keyrings – and anything else fluffy

I’ve been enjoying making fluffy keyrings, and bracelets and headbands.  Very relaxing to feel.  Ribbon adds texture and pure scrunchiness.  Wonderful.  I just enjoying mixing the colours too.

Posted by: jofarmer | April 8, 2016

No limits to crochet

What materials can you crochet with?  This is not just limited to single threads of wool or cotton.

If you want to create wonderful mixes try working 2 different colours together.   Wonderful depth, especially when using sparkly thread.  Why not mix 2 different textures?  I’ve made some lovely warm scarves.  The advantages of this?  Many,  great effects, and quick to make!



Let’s go further and consider crocheting with ribbons, inserting beads, even with thin wire.  The example here is a cover for bowls.

Want quick effects?  Multiple threads, with large hooks.  Complimentary or clashing colours, your choice.  Thick and warm.  You can’t go far wrong.

Let your imagination loose!!!!


Posted by: jofarmer | April 8, 2016

Crochet complicated?

Have you seen all the crochet magazines, thought I can do that?  Then thought I’ll never be able to do that?  Very possibly.

Can you think how many words you can make from just the letters A-F?  I can think of lots.

What do these statements have in common?  Simple.  Using just 6 stitches you can create some magical items.  Most of the rest of the stitches are made from extensions and variations of these.  But you don’t need to use them until you are ready.

Does it still sound complicated?  I hope not.  Persevere and you could make some wonderful items.  Or find someone to show you.  You will soon be hooked (pun intended).

PS  Your family and friends will love hand made gifts.


Posted by: jofarmer | October 10, 2013

The Spider Invasion Begins!

I love the spiders, might make my own web, possibly a fly or 2!

Aberrant Crochet (TM)


The first layer of the mission is complete.  The giant web has been put up.  The first spider has been hung with care.  The infestation has begun!  And I’ve been waiting for this moment all year.

We have a tradition in October. And I kind of consider it part of my birthday fun.  Near the beginning of the month, I put up a lone spider web in the front yard. After a couple days, I put a spider out near the web somewhere. Then every couple more days, we add another and another, until it’s a veritable invasion!

But it’s been a while.  For too long I’ve had to wait to pull out my spider webs.  But no more sitting Halloween out now!

What’s this all about?

Well, at our old house, we once had two mimosa trees out front.  I used to string up my spider webs between…

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Posted by: jofarmer | September 9, 2013

Fluffy crochet Christmas Table Decorations


These are fluffy Christmas table decorations, around 18cm tall that I made for my nephews last Christmas.  I like making special gifts for them like my grandma made for me and my sibblings.  Little gifts can be put under them.  I enjoyed designing them, using the different wool.

Posted by: jofarmer | February 4, 2013

I love the combination of pink/red and green.

Craftaceous Period

Kaleidoscope BlossomToday’s square: Kaleidoscope Blossom
Size: 10 inch
Pattern By: Chris Simon
Hook: H
Yarn: TLC Essentials Dk Thyme; RHSS Candy Print, eggnog; mystery yarns pink, eggplant.
Pattern from:Ravelry

Notes: This one wasn’t really difficult to make. The only tricky round is round 9 when you’re building the foundation of the square on the back of the flower. The flower really stands up on mine. I may go back and tack it down later. I’m not a big fan of dimensional squares. This is the February Filler Square in the 2013BAMCAL on Ravelry.

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Posted by: jofarmer | December 12, 2012

Day 29 – Mute Monday

I love the colours, so bright. I’ve done a bit of tunisian crochet, got some information from a book on all sorts of crochet. It is very interesting

pomegranate and chintz

Psst…..can you hear me? Sorry, bit croaky still….but my ripple cushion is finished.

…and here ’tis with the stripey cushion….

I’ve turned my hand now to Tunisian Crochet using this book.

…and it’s fun! The crochet hook is very long, and one works stitches onto it and then off again to form rows. Just keeping it simple for the start. There are some gorgeous patterns in the book, a couple of tops I’d like to have a go at……. Guess I should finish the cushion first, huh?!

Happy stitching

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Posted by: jofarmer | December 5, 2012

Crochet Dolls

I made these as a leaving present for someone, to have a baby.  I adapted the design from a teddy pattern, adding hair, necklace, and forming shoes.  I was told she liked them.  I enjoyed making them, using my creative side.


Posted by: jofarmer | December 5, 2012

Crochet Hook Organizer

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