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Crochet Addiction and Other Extreme Sports

This blog post is an audio from my online WALLFLOWERS crochet course - I've also included a written transcription....... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_spAovFGz0 In todays conversation starter I’d like to address a recurring issue amongst serious crocheters – which, if you’re reading this, you…

CROJORETRO: Connecting a Community

On the 16th March 2022 I gave a talk at the Norfolk Makers Festival - it was exactly two years since I'd hosted my Charity Blanket crochet workshops at the 2020 Festival. Here's an edited version of the talk I…

A Knitted Sunflower Pattern & The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

When your presence on social media is all about upbeat, inspiring, colourful, joyful distractions from our general hum drum existences – it’s difficult to know how to respond to current global events. Posting pretty images on Instagram feels insensitive but…

Picking Up the Threads

In early 2020, just before the world changed, I ran a community crochet project at The Forum in Norwich as part of the Norfolk Makers Festival. I love collaborations and any other excuse to bring people together with a shared…

It’s About Time

For me 2022 marks 10 years of The Mercerie and it’s a milestone I honestly never thought I’d reach. That’s a whole decade of a precarious lifestyle built on not much more than a laptop, some yarn and a handful…

Snowflakes and Paper Cut-Outs

This is an edited version of a post I first published in 2014   It’s grey in the UK today. Outside the sky is grey, the morning fog is grey, the news is grey and I have to remind myself…

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