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

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

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

Ballerina mouse crochet pattern

crochet ballerina mouse

I probably shouldn’t tell other new moms this, but my dear little boy (5 months old already – time sure flies!) has been sleeping like an absolute champ which means that I have some time in the evenings to work on some new crafting projects. The latest one came together so nicely and I’m delighted to share my ballerina mouse with you! Now, I’m no dancer (my sister got all those genes). I joined a dance class when I was younger and seemed to be more of a heffalump squeezed into a leotard a few sizes too small than anything remotely resembling a dancer. Have you seen that scene in Fantasia with the hippo in a tutu? Yep, that’s about right! I think I’ll stick to crafting…

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Spring time bunny crochet pattern

crochet spring bunny

It’s been so cold here lately that sitting snuggled up doing crochet is a pretty standard position for me these days. I was looking through my diary today, though, and realised that there are 21 … Read more

8 tips for crocheting amigurumi

Tips for crocheting amigurumi

This post contains affiliate links. So you want to start crocheting adorable amigurumi but not quite sure where to start? Here are some amigurumi tips to help you get going! 1. Master the magic ring … Read more

Teeny tiny crochet dinosaur

Tiny dinosaur crochet pattern

I think most children go through a dinosaur loving phase. Did you? I certainly know I did! My parents recall a scene where I was sitting with a pre-school friend in the back of the car … Read more