Upcycled stitch marker charms

upcycled stitch marker charm

This post contains affiliate links. One of the things that I tend to harp on about when making amigurumi is the use of a stitch marker. They are so, so useful! When you are working … Read more

Hope and the need for rain


This is not my usual crafty post, but something that I’ve been pondering on lately. We need rain. Cape Town is currently experiencing the worst drought that it has seen in several decades. The city has … Read more

It’s a new year!

green Thoresby Cottage logo

Hello and happy (belated!) New Year. How is it 2017 already? Not only 2017, but half way through February?? Yikes! The little baby I posted about last year… he’s nearly 9 months old and starting … Read more

Christmas gift wrapping ideas

Gift wrap ideas

I love wrapping gifts at Christmas time. And it doesn’t have to be an expensive task to make your gifts look spectacular. Have a look below for some of my favourite, quick and easy Christmas … Read more

Free crochet Christmas Tag Tutorial

crochet christmas tag tutorial

I’m not sure why, but in my neck of the woods, the tradition of giving Christmas cards seems to have dwindled. Maybe it’s because cards are pretty expensive, or because most people are very tech … Read more

Christmas giveaway!

be a winner

It’s a most wonderful time of the year! Thoresby Cottage is celebrating and would love to one lucky reader their choice of pattern from my pattern shop! To enter: 1.Like the Thoresby Cottage Facebook page … Read more

Santa granny square crochet pattern

crochet santa granny square

The granny square is the one of the classic crochet items that almost every new crocheter learns to make. It was the very first thing that I learned to crochet at school (at the tender age … Read more