Granny Market Bag. Free Crochet Pattern

If you’re a bag lady like me, you might be interested to learn that I have a new granny market bag pattern in the latest issue of Olann and magazine. (I’m not even going to mention the fact that it’s made of granny stitches, or the fact that I said I’d back off granny for a bit).

Olann and is a fabulous online magazine and it’s completely free! It’s a brilliant and beautiful resource for all kinds of yarny goodness. Whether you’re a crocheter, knitter or an all round fan of fibre and crafts, you’ll definitely find something in there that you’ll like.  I’m coming off like an annoying ad (soz about that), I don’t mean to, honest, I just happen to really like this magazine; the fact that it’s free is amazing. One of my favourite things is that crochet is so heartily included within the issues. No second class status for us hook wielding folk!

Please go HERE, which takes you directly to the pattern.

I wish I’d had the wherewithal to take another picture so you could see its rounded granny bottom. However, fear not! If you pop over to find the pattern you get to see a couple more pics, and another variation of colours with different striping too!

Deirdre and Lora also have a podcast on YouTube that you might fancy checking out. There’s usually plenty of giggles and a good selection of things they’ve made. Thanks go to Fay from the Crochet Circle Podcast for introducing me to them!

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Smoke on the Water. A New Crochet Shawl!

I have a new pattern out! Yay! Do you remember my crochet fade shawl, Holey Smokes!? Well this one is has evolved from that. Lacy sections of crochet combined with gorgeous texture always  looks beautiful so that stays, it’s in the original and it’s in this. I love a triangle shawl but wanted something that wasn’t as deep as the original so I’ve played around with shaping. I was also desperate to try a Scheepjes Whirl and needed an excuse to buy one! I thought Holey Smokes! would work well with this yarn but as I wanted to try a shallower shawl design, I’ve come up with a new take. Therefore, we now have Smoke on the Water! This also has a simple yet pretty border, which is a lovely new feature.

This pattern includes the written instructions, a chart diagram, oh so important stitch counts and step-by-step photographs of the main stitch used. For the more visual learner there’s a YouTube tutorial demonstrating the crossed treble stitch. All the info you need is in the pattern; want to get yourself a copy?

Head over to RAVELRY NOW for a 20% discount!! (until July 25th)

It’s a large shawl (my favourite kind!), that uses most of one Scheepjes Whirl but you can always make a shawlette by leaving out the final pattern repeat and adding the border sooner.

What do you think? If you make one, please do add it to your project page on Ravelry, it’s a great to see your makes!

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When Did the Garden Grow?

Massive bush…

I find it so odd that a garden can grow and grow but it’s not until you look back on pictures that you really notice just how much. It’s all happened so quickly that I’ve been overwhelmed by the progress so I’m jumping in with random pics of the last couple of months before it all gets too much. This HERE is the last “stage” back in May.

I’ve only commented on a few pictures. You don’t need a massive essay on a garden I go on about all the time.  As it stands, right now we’re eating courgettes (zucchini) like our lives depended on it (for the first time ever, the yellow ones are bigger & better than the green).  The broad beans are just coming in, which makes me happy (I love them!). The mange tout are over but the runner beans are in flower, waiting to transform into my favourite ever beans.  Beetroot and carrots are being pulled up and added to salads and roast dinners. I’m also finding a plethora of wildflowers have cheekily wedged themselves between the rows of my veg (viola, nemesia, snapdragons). They won’t get pulled up though, they’re too pretty.

At some point this week you’ll probably find me in the kitchen, standing over a pile of courgettes, trying to decide whether to make chutney, cake or both.

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The hawthorn flowered much later than expected. Usually it’s May but this wasn’t until June. I look forward to it; it makes a great focal point smack bang in the middle of my view, down at the bottom of the garden.

Every year I forget what it’s called. Not any more, Love in the Mist!

Peony. Way too heavy for its own good.

Caught in the act. But I’m totally shocked to find that none of my hostas are riddled with holes. Winner!

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Podcast 34

There are lots of new ideas and projects but some of them I can’t show, soz! I can talk enthusiastically about them though! Please click on the above image to go to the latest episode or go to my YouTube channel for all my crochet podcasts / vlogcasts and crochet tutorials. Ta vey much.

As usual I chat about the crafty things I’ve been up to  and show off a few bits. Don’t forget that this is an episode where I reveal winners of a GIVEWAY.

For what I think is the first time ever I don’t have any links to share… Have I missed something? Feel in the dark? Feel free to get in touch and you can ask me anything you like ;p

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Zeens & Roger. Episode 33.

Hey! Thanks for being here. This one is a shorty. I’ve been busy behind the scenes so there’s only a small flash of the stitches today. But don’t let that put you off or you’ll miss a lovely little GIVEAWAY!! Watch the episode to find out more. Click on the pic above or go to my YouTube channel HERE. Cheers.

Go HERE to Ravelry to get a copy of Emergence of Spring. Until the 4th of July there is a 20% off discount. No codes needed, it automatically gets taken off at the checkout.

Knitcrate. If you’re interested in finding out more, please go HERE. Don’t forget to take the code ZEENSANDROGER20 with you so that you can get 20% off the first box when you subscribe.

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Emergence of Spring. A Pretty Crochet Wrap

A few months ago this pretty wrap was in Inside Crochet magazine (issue 99). In the same issue I got the back page interview!! I was ridiculously excited about both the pattern and the interview (see below). And I still am. Anyway, enough time has passed that I can release Emergence of Spring as an independent pattern.

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Photo taken by Lucy Williams for Inside Crochet. Issue 99.

I loved making this shawl. It was actually my Christmas Day 2017 make (and Boxing Day, and a couple of the following days!). The design was inspired by last summer’s holiday to Lancashire and Yorkshire, which you can read about HERE and HERE. I wonder if you see the same inspirations as me. There are lots of moments as a crocheter that push themselves to the front and this shawl (and all the stuff behind it) is one of them. I can’t explain why exactly because it’s a combination of things. But essentially what you need to know is this, I’m very proud of it and myself!

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I’m learning to hate this headshot!

My dogeared copy of Issue 99 of Inside Crochet magazine.

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Menorca. Our Half Term Holiday

Es Talaier. Our fave beach.

For the longest time I have really, really wanted to go to Menorca. I don’t know why, I’ve just had it in my head that that was where I wanted the next family holiday to be. I probably saw it on the telly and thought it looked like a paradise that was easy to get to. Also, I was vaguely aware that there was good food to be found!

Mitjana. Probably better when it’s not raining and you don’t have to hang out with nudists.

Getting There

We got there the usual way, EasyJet from Bristol. It worked out to be about £400 cheaper than flying via Flybe from Exeter, which annoys me because I could walk to Exeter airport from home in about 40 minutes.

Where to Stay

I spoke to a friend who went a year or two ago. She told me where she’d stayed and where she wish she’d stayed instead. The wish place was Ciutadella. It’s just under an hour by car from the airport, which is pretty much the entire length of the island. It’s quite a small island.

We Airbnb’d it. I won’t tell you which villa we stayed at cos we didn’t like it. It looked the part but not only was it on a busy road, it also reeked of must and mould. Not good. It’s such a shame because it was a beautiful space, the gardens were big and the pool was lovely. If they’d looked after the inside like they did the outside, it would have been perfect. It was only a ten minute stroll to the nearest beach (Sa Caleta) and a supermarket wasn’t that far either. We booked in February, if we’d done so a few months earlier there probably would have had a better crop to pick from (I fell in love with a farmhouse surrounded by beautiful fields but nope, someone else had got their mitts on it first). You can’t win ’em all.

Sa Caleta.

Sa Caleta.

An avarcas wearing, beer drinking, lie down near the pool.

What we ate

Menorca has a reputation for its very good food. Therefore I assumed it would be dead easy to find a cheap little cafe or restaurant that local people loved. Well, bum, we didn’t eat out at any of those (wherever they were hiding). One place (a cafe in the main square of the capital city, Mahon) barely served real food at all, it was gross. I also disliked the food at the restaurant we went to in Fornells. We chose a busy one ( because that’s what you’re supposed to do) and again, it was half arsed. I had stuffed aubergine as it’s a Menorcan classic but it was effectively brown slops on a plate. The other place we tried was in Ciutadella and it was the nicest, which wasn’t terribly hard. We ate grilled cuttle fish and patatas bravas and we actually quite enjoyed that, even with the party of ants that had joined us at our table.

It boiled down to this: we couldn’t afford to eat in the restaurants that give Menorca its good food rep. I didn’t get to eat the caldereta de langosta that I had my heart set on because it was too expensive. It’s sad day when you can’t even afford “peasant” food.

The markets, on the other hand? Yesss! Sooo much better and loads of fun. I really enjoyed using some dodgy Spanish to ask for what I wanted (a huge change from my chickening out on last year’s trip to Spain). We went to the fish market in Ciutadella twice. We came back with loads to put on the bbq and it was delicious. Then there was a food market on the Saturday morning too where we bought locally made bread with sobrassada, eggs and some fruit n veg. We took it all back to the villa and had a lovely lunch with yummy stinky cheese that’s made on the island as well.

I almost forgot the fish market/deli in Mahon. That looked fab but I was too full of crappy omelette from the crappy cafe to enjoy all the pretty tapas. We got a couple of things but dammit, I wanted it all! Gutted.

Meh, I didn’t research and paid the price. I’m forever cursed with being a lazy food snob.

Oh, I liked the gin a lot even though it’s “not real” gin (it’s distilled from wine not grain). It was interesting, refreshing and tasty but I preferred it with schweppes, not lemonade as is traditional in a pomada. Came home with a bottle of that, some vac packed cheese and sobrassada.

When you tell the kids that conejo is chicken…

Yuuuummmm!!!

Fella selling pineapple from his wheelbarow. He was lethal with his blade

Stuff to do

You go to Menorca to go to the beach. You just do. It has loads of them. Beach too full? Walk to the next one. That one full? Pop across to the next etc… This is another reason why it’s a good idea to come in the half term hols. I gather that in July and August Menorca is heaving with people. Like sandy sardines in a tin. We avoided all the ones near resorts assuming they’d be busiest. We parked at Son Saura twice. The first time we went to Bellavista, which was very nice but the next time we parked here, we walked a bit further to Es Talaier. It was stunning. A beautiful, beautiful beach. There were a few jelly fish but we swam in the warm water anyway. The boys had never swam in the sea before and were beyond excited! I, however, didn’t swim too vigorously because a boob would bounce out the bikini if I got too enthusiastic.

Es Talaier

Oh, and Mitjana is gorgeous too. Sort of. There was a big group of loud teenage school kids on a trip plus a load of crusty seaweed spread across the shoreline. We walked further on and found a teeny cove to climb down to but I bust a flip-flop, which put me in a mood and there was nowhere to sit apart from a small spot next to Ugly Naked Guy.

Es Talaier

Caves! There were cool caves. Man-made by real cave men! We all really liked it here. The youngest boy absolutely loved clambering all over these. And you do have to climb a little bit to get to them. Good views when you’re at the top. I don’t think I’d want to live in a cave but they were fun to stop by.

The caves at Cala Morell

What else? I dunno. We went to Fornells but thought it soulless. Very grey. The littlest boy said it was like being on the moon. It wasn’t bad but it didn’t do it for us.

I’d like to have tried a couple more towns such as Es Mercadal and Ferreries. We ended up running out of time and felt like it wouldn’t be much of a holiday if we were rushing round trying to squeeze in as much as possible. The aim was to take it easy so we missed out on a few things.

I did go shopping though! Got some new shoes! Oh my, they are so comfortable and I’ve worn them everyday since I got them. If you find avarcas, get yourself a pair. I’d like all the colours of the rainbow, please!

In Ciutadella I found three (or even four) fabric shops and two places that sold yarn. Can you believe I didn’t buy any?! It’s not a woolly sort of place. The yarn wasn’t Spanish, so I wasn’t interested. OK, there was some Katia in an indoor market in Mahon but that’s not what I wanted.

Fornell. Like the moon but wetter.

Avarcas

Conclusion

It’s more expensive than Venice! I feel naive for not knowing. But I’ve been and I’m glad of that. Box ticked. We’ve got some saving to do now. No more holidays abroad for quite some time. It’s been an indulgent couple of years. The children are old enough to buy us some freedom so we’ve been taking advantage of that. I also received a little bit of money when Nanna and Grandad died; I think they would have wanted me to enjoy it. I certainly did! Thanks N&G for Amsterdam, Spain, Venice & Menorca! It’s back to camping in Dorset!

A few more pics below.

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Nice bit of garden

crochet spotting

Fornells

Can you imagine what this terraced garden would look like in top notch condition?

Ciutadella

A tower thingy at Sa Caleta

Sa Caleta. Lots of pretty rock bits for clambering over. “Don’t go near the edge!”

Mahon. Not as nice as Ciutadella

Mahon

Mitjana

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A Crochet Podcast. Episode 32.

Hola! It feels like it’s been ages but really it has been the usual amount of time, it’s just that I’ve been on holiday! For someone with a lack of crochet on the go I seem to have an awful lot to talk about. It’s all relative so don’t worry about any nonsense. See below for links to all things discussed in this episode, plus a few pics too. As ever, please click on the pic above to go to the episode or HERE to my YouTube channel. Thank you very much.

Holey Smokes! Version 1 is on Ravelry HERE. Version 2 is on the way at sometime in the future…

My original pompom edging tutorial. I plan on filming a version of this soon.

Granny and her rainbow edge. A free pattern.

Off the Chart. A c2c blanket, which is now available on Ravelry.

My C2C Pinterest board. Just in case you were interested!

Check out Crochetzine over on Instagram. I love that these things are happening for crochet at the minute.

Little Burrow Designs. A friend of mine and an amazing artist.

The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon.

A list of CALs: The KCACY calkal, Bad Boys/Bad girls summer romance cal,  The Cherry Heart mal, Summer top cal from the Crochet Circle podcast, Love Yourself cal from Hannah over at Cosy Cottage Crochet.

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A Crochet Podcast. Episode 31

Howdy, are you after some crochet talk? Look no further, Episode 31 is here! Click on the pic above to miraculously travel to the crochet podcast episode or pop over and take a look at the whole YouTube channel HERE. Ta very much. Don’t forget to take a quick look at some photos below, they pretty much show what I’ve been up to over the last couple of weeks. Ta very much. X

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Links for stuff I chat about:

I got my star scissors from Stitchsperation. Charlie is a cross stitch pattern designer; her designs are modern and super hot!

Are you interested in pattern testing my new shawl? please email me at zeensandroger@gmail.com

Dodgy Bag MAL

Rainbow edge blanket

Inside Crochet magazine

Crochet market bag. Free pattern

Gingham Bow pattern

My Etsy shop

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