From Ellie's Hand


What shall I make with this? The value of test squares.


I have 650g of super chunky in my yarn stash, which has languished unused for too long, so decided to exlore what I can do with it, or whether I want to pass it on.  I tried it out as a first round of a granny square, and it looks good.  I like the nubbly texture it has

So now to try and work out what size of hook to use and how far it will go by doing a test square.  The recommended hook size is 10mm.  I know that I tend to work tightly, so a looser hook might be better.


I always make a test square bigger than the 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) recommended.  This means that I can lay a 4″x4″ cut out square on top of the test piece and count the stitches and rows, without pulling the work out to “fit” the ruler, and getting a false reading.

I am trying three sizes of hook, because I have these immediately to hand.  First my favourite is the 8mm aluminium but see immediately that this is a bit small for the yarn.  It gives a firm texture, which would be fine for a rug or placemat.  But that is not what I want.  Still will continue for comparison.

Second is a 10mm hook.  It’s actually a knooking hook, but I like this one as it is polished wood, not bamboo.  I did try a bamboo hook, but it isn’t as smooth and didn’t move as easily through the work, so I didn’t like the snaggy feel as I worked with it.  The texture if this is coming out feeling good, not too tight with a bit of flexibility. 

The third one is a 12mm knooking hook. The texture of this is coming out feeling very soft, but it looks a bit loose and slabbery, so don’t think this will end up being the best.  We shall see.





It’s time to sign up for autumn evening classes. 

There are only two weeks to go until HERA’s Enrolment Night in Harris Academy on Wednesday 29th August from 6-7.30 pm.

Therapeutic Crochet is a ten week course covering all the basics.   

Learners are able to work at their own rate.

You can move on to your own project if you wish, with expert tutor support on hand as needed. 

The classes run on a Wednesday.  

Aberdeen Yarnfest 2018

Check my workshop out at the Aberdeen Yarnfest on Sunday 13th May.  It runs from 10.00 am to 1.00pm at the Doubletree Aberdeen Treetops hotel.  I made the A5 journal cover below using Sublime silk yarn in two shades, and a maroon synthetic silk background.

“Therapeutic crochet – Exploring Tunisian and Broomstick techniques.”

 How to make Broomstick lace.

How to work 4 basic Tunisian stitches.

Participants will complete a small project incorporating these steps during the workshop.



Spring term is here!  The enrolment evening for Spring 2018 is on Thurdsay January 17th in Harris Academy, Dundee.     These classes are due to run again during the Spring Term.   Enrolment night is on January 17th at Harris Academy from 18.00 – 19.30.  For more details please visit Harris Education and Recreation Association –


During the Autumn I tutored a crochet class run by Carse Association for Continuing Education in Invergowrie.    I had a lovely time working with a keen group of students.    These classes are due to run again in January.   To learn more about CACE classes and to enrol, go to their website


During the Autumn I tutored a crochet class at the Harris Academy in Dundee.  I had a lovely groups of students who were a delight to work with.   These classes are due to run again during the Spring Term.   Enrolment night is on January 17th at Harris Academy at 

Looking forward to 2018 these classes are set to run again.  The enrolment night will be on 17 January.  Watch their facebook page for more details.


I will be teaching crochet in a 2 hour workshop this Friday at Coupar Angus Library from 2.30 – 4.30pm.  Whether you are a total beginner, or have experience, or have a project you want some help with, sign up and come along!  

For more details contact Coupar Angus Library on  01250 871449.