A Famous Face

Meet Doug, the energy saving caterpillar, courtesy of Greener Scotland

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He’s retired now, but once was quite the celeb on British Wintertime TV. He spent many a night keeping the cold wind out while my family and I slept in our drafty old house. Fortunately, we now have a nice, new house and Doug gets to rest on the radiator, watching over us all and well out the way of visiting dogs. There’s something about the texture of knitted or crocheted toys that Jack Russell’s seem to really like.

I love Doug. I love that when I first read the pattern I thought “there’s no way I can knit with all these needles” DPN’s were a new and scary thing to me. I love that I was able to make something that was so recognisable & the colours were so cheery in a winter and house that was so cold and bleak. What I love the most about Doug isn’t his multicoloured wonder, or his Lego cute legs or even the fact that he has, on occasion, been worn around the house as a scarf! (I’m naming no names, they know who they are!)

It’s the fact that crafts – knitting this time – were once again brought into the mainstream consciousness. Not  everyone knows how to knit but for a while at least, everyone knew Doug. Any child that visited that house left knowing ‘Doug off the TV’ – he lived in my house and he made us all smile. He still does.

Consider Tunisian.

Tunisian crochet is the oft overlooked cousin of traditional crochet, yet, as I’ve seen on several pinterest boards, its getting a following.
I added Tunisian to my repertoire about 5 years ago. I saw it as one of those stitches handy for making scarves, if only I could stop it curling. Tunisian is dense and works up quickly, its more economical than either knitting or crochet. It really is the best of both.
Since the early days, I’ve come across many interesting patterns in Tunisian. These include hats in the round and circular blankets (using short rows!) and, as the photo below shows, sometimes you can make a blanket with a twist. I now recommend new crocheters or knitters should try Tunisian first, especially if like me, they are left handed. Its easier than knitting to control materials and tools yet not as fiddly as crochet is t first.
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Crochet to go……part 1

Several years ago, I’d sit at home and crochet. These days I’ll crochet pretty much anywhere, at any time. Here are some of the places I’ve crocheted recently:

  • in a hospital waiting room
  • on an aeroplane (yes, you can get standard size wooden or plastic hooks onboard, but check with airline first!)
  • Beach side and pool side in Greece
  • On my daily bus trip
  • waiting my turn at school parents’ evening
  • In train station, on the train
  • watching a movie/ listening to podcasts

 

So, what’s the difference? It just dawned on me today, crocheting isn’t my hobby any more, it’s part of who I am. At first I was nervous about peoples looks and curious glances not to mention the occasional comment (almost always positive). Now, I see the time I can add crocheting to my daily actions as a blessing. I’ll be crocheting for many, many years to come, showing anyone who asks how to crochet too!

There’s a first for everything.

Welcome to the blog of Agent Crochet, dedicated wanderer into the wonderful and weird world of all things crochet.

HQ is in the historic and beautiful town of Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland.

I’ll share my favourite patterns,reviews of yarns,  stitches and accessories as well as solving the woes that plague the best of us.

From trying out the most popular designers on the market to trying my hand at designing for myself, I’ll be sharing every step of the journey.

I’ve been crocheting for over a decade. My favourite things to make are Amigurumi and blankets, but I have expanded into the world of wearable crochet over the last 18 months.

So, if you love crocheting & fun things, you’ll feel right at home here.

Agent Crochet