Crochet Podcast Episode 23


Lululoves Crochet Podcast Episode 23

Hello! I hope you are all well? I’m still trying to get back into some sort of routine following our Easter hols. I don’t think it helps that we keep having long weekends due to all the Bank Holidays here in the UK throughout May (not that I’m complaining about a 3-day weekend!).

Anyway, I’m back with Episode 23 of the Lululoves Podcast over on YouTube, but for those of you who prefer to read posts (I’m still a fan of a good blog post) I’ll share what I’ve been up too here…

Finished Objects:

Most of my finished objects are Mandalas this month. I’m still really enjoying discovering new ones, they are so quick to make AND I get to use up some of my stash (basically a win all round!)

The first one I have to share is the beautiful Love Yourself Mandala this pattern is by Louisa Sheward from The Fibre Lounge. I first became aware of the pretty Mandala from the lovely @Chrissie_crafts who had created the most beautiful Mandala and shared it on her Instagram. Besides being a lovely mandala I really wanted to purchase the pattern as Louisa is donating £1 from the sale of every mandala throughout the month of May to the Mental Health Foundation! On top of that for every 5 patterns sold she is keeping a copy back to gift to someone who would like to join but cannot afford the pattern! I’ve linked to Louisa’s website here if you’d like to find out more or follow here on Instagram: @thefibrelounge and join in with the Mandala along!

Lululoves Crochet Podcast episode 23: Love Yourself Mandala

The next Mandala is the very gorgeous ‘Pretty Petals Mandala’ by Hattie Risdale. I’ve shown my not quite finished Mandala on the podcast, again I’ve been using scrap yarns but if you’d like to see this mandala in all its spring-like glory head over to Hattie’s Instagram account: @Petalshed (be warned you can easily get lost in time browsing this gorgeous feed). The pattern is a free download from the Petalshed blog.

Lululoves Crochet Podcast episode 23: Pretty Petals Mandala

And last but not least for Mandalas this month is the Wildflowers Mandala. This one comes from the mandala book I purchased ‘Mandalas to Crochet’ by Haffner Linssen. It is the most beautiful book; I can’t wait to try more. The yarn I used for the variegated flowers was King Cole Vogue Cotton all other yarns were Paintbox DK Cottons

Lululoves Crochet Podcast episode 23: Wild Flowers Mandala


I'm working on a new cushion design at the moment and having so much fun! This one has been written up, I just need to finish the chart and take some photos.

Lululoves Crochet Podcast episode 23: Crochet Star Cushion

Lululoves Crochet Podcast episode 23: Crochet Star Cushion

I’ve finished my chunky granny blanket and I was very much missing making those squares. So I’ve started another square project, this time I’m making Sunburst Granny Squares using Drops Puna Alpaca yarn. I just love everything about this yarn, it’s soft and the shades are so perfect.  I’m hoping to turn my squares into pillow cases (that let’s face it will probably end up for show only!!) but at the moment I’m just enjoying making them!

Lululoves Crochet Podcast episode 23: Crochet Sunburst Squares

Mulled Wine Socks by Vicki Brown

I’m pretty sure I shared Vicki’s sock book and the Mini Egg yarn in the last podcast. I’m still only on the first sock but I am enjoying the pattern so much. Especially as it’s meant I’ve learnt a new stitch! The yarn is beautiful too. My only regret is that I didn’t wind it into two balls, as I much prefer making two socks at once, rather than completing one then starting the other.

Lululoves Crochet Podcast episode 23: Croche Socks

Lululoves Crochet Podcast episode 23: Crochet Socks

Lastly, I’ve started the Parma Violets Tee by Kath Webber. This beautiful crochet tee was featured in the current issue (113) of Inside Crochet. I’ve gone for an emerald green cotton dk for mine after seeing one being made on Instagram. I mentioned in the podcast that there were a few small errors in the pattern, I’ve just checked and the errata are now available here on the Inside Crochet Website. Anyway, I’m really enjoying it, it’s one of those patterns that is simple enough for you to work on without the pattern to hand yet has enough interest to stop you from getting bored!

New Bits:

I’m still trying hard not to buy yarn unless it’s for a specific project but I did made an exception for a couple of yarns I wanted to try:

Lily’s ‘Sugar n’ Cream’ which is a worsted weight cotton, this one is flecked with pastel shades

Stylecraft ‘Moonbeam’ (79% Cotton, 21% Viscose) is described as a self-patterning yarn but lets face it I’m probably going to buy any yarn named moonbeam!

Lululoves Crochet Podcast Episode 23

Project Bag and Stitch Keeper from Bed of Roses.

I discovered Kathrin’s Instagram account: @_bed_of_roses a few months ago and knew I would be placing an order as soon as I could. I ordered one of her beautiful project bags and the sweetest toadstool stitch marker. Kathrin is based in Norway but the delivery was so fast and she is the sweetest lady. The packaging was so gorgeous that I knew I had to save it for the podcast, so I’ve resisted opening the stitch marker for the past few weeks until I could open it on the podcast. I’m so happy to be able to use it now!! If you follow me on Instagram we will be doing a giveaway shortly as Kathrin has very kindly offered to donate a prize!

Fimo Hook by Make.E

I’ve been lusting after one of Emily’s hooks for a while now. As luck would have it I was on Instagram just as she mentioned her recent shop update! I’ve finally got my hands on a 5mm hook, although I’ve not yet had a chance to use it. But I can feel it becoming a firm favourite as Autumn approaches and I start gravitating to all that lovely aran yarn again!

Lululoves Crochet Podcast Episode 23

Sheepjes Yarn Bookazine - Issue 7 Reef. 

This is fast becoming one of my favourite crochet books. Full of projects with a sea theme this one includes blankets, garments and accessories by some of my favourite bloggers/instagram accounts. I'm sharing some of my favourites from this issue on the podcast.


Tangerine by Christine Mangan – I enjoyed this, very much a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley and Single White Female, although I did feel the female protagonists were lacking some depth, I found myself increasingly frustrated by them.

The Familiars by Stacey Halls – I really enjoyed this. It’s an historical fiction book set in the early 17thcentury around the time of the Pendle Witch Trials in Lancashire. The main character 17-year-old Fleetwood (mistress of Gawthorpe Hall) has been having trouble staying pregnant so searches for a midwife who will help her. She comes across a young women in the woods who says she can help her, but her old ways are interpreted as witchcraft and they are both soon caught up in the persecutions. So well written and I just flew through it.

Perfect 10 by Jaqueline Ward – A revenge novel that follows a wife who has been left with nothing by her philandering husband, who not only has custody of their children but also has left her reputation in shatters. After taking delivery of her husband’s suitcases she discovers his secrets and formulates her revenge, whilst at the same time trying to prove she’s stable enough to have her children back! 

Currently Reading: The Witches of New York by Ami McKay - Really enjoying this one so far. Set in 19th Century New York, a group of 3 women, all on the outskirts of society and with magical gifts, run a tea shop in the city. This is about as much as I can tell you at the moment, I'm enjoying the pace, the back stories and the relationships the women have with each other.

TV – Absolutely flew through Netflix’s new series Chambers starring Uma Thurman. Billed as a horror it follows the story of a teenager who, after receiving a heart transplant, is haunted by unexplained visions, she begins to question the horrifying circumstances and conspiracy that led to the donor's mysterious death. So so good! I’m already waiting on season 2 (please let there be a season 2!)

Anyway, I think that’s all for me, If you want more of my thoughts on anything mentioned you will have to watch the podcast here or follow along on Instagram here: @Lululoves_uk

Bye for now, Em xx

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