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I love to create beautiful things out of yarn. I love textile crafts, especailly crochet.
Interests: Hello! I am Helen. I love to create beautiful things out of yarn. I love textile crafts, especailly crochet. I take inspiration from the things around me, nature and the arts.
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Well my lovelies, the observant among you might have noticed that I haven’t been here in blogland in a long, long, l-o-n-g time. I have decided to close my blog; for a number of reasons which all make a lot of sense to me. When I close my blog, hopefully,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at By Helen
It is a beautiful world. Today frost has taken hold and made the world shiny and sparkly! I love this time of the year. All of the photos that I am about to share with you, were taken by the River Ouse in York. All of the photos that I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at By Helen
Hello! It has been a while! I’ve been busy, busy, busy working in my real-life job and lots and lots of making: I’ve been making flowers for a lovely lady’s bridesmaids! The wedding is tomorrow: so I’ll share some pictures of those makes very soon. I’ve also been working on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at By Helen
It’s September! My very favourite month! Here’s why... There is a hint of Autumn in the air… Mother Nature starts her show of amazing colours… The colours… Days get shorter and nights get longer = more time for guilt free crochet… Brambles… Apples… Chutney… Indoor fires… Still the warmth of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at By Helen
Have you visited Provence? No, neither have I. I would love, love, love to visit the area and see the beautiful fields of lavender stretching out for miles and miles. I would love, love, love to hear the hum of the bees as they go about their work in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at By Helen
Wow! It has been a busy few months. Regular readers will know that I have been trying really hard, over the last few months, to slow down and reconnect with my making. It is beginning to work! I’m still working (in the real world) full-time but this may change soon,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at By Helen
Where do you get the inspiration for your makes? Like a lot of you, I get a lot of my inspiration from plants, flowers and Mother Nature. Often, my inspiration is found just a few feet from my backdoor! At the moment, I live in a small terrace house a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at By Helen
Hello Lovelies! It has been an absolute age, since I wrote a crochet pattern. I have been soooo busy in my other life; crochet has taken a bit of a back-seat: I am trying so hard to right this situation, so please, please, bear with me. Last week I finally... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at By Helen
Well, dear readers, things have changed again! In my world, outside of byhelen land, I have three months’ work which I wasn’t expecting: I will carry on juggling crafting, crochet and all things creative alongside the day job. In my reconnecting with crafting and generally slowing down, the balls will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at By Helen
I’ve not been here in blog-land for a while, because Si and I popped up to Northumberland for a few days holiday. We were really lucky to have lots of lovey sunshine and I am happy to report that we did nothing, expect walk and walk and walk along the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at By Helen
Some girls get diamonds: my husband got me a paint chart. And I can’t tell you how happy I am! Often when I am looking for colour inspiration I turn to Mother Nature, she just gets it so right: well so do the lovely people in Scandinavia, especially those in... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at By Helen
Yay! Busy back with crochet! I’m busy getting ready for my next crochet workshop. On 21st May I’ll be running a crochet workshop for some lovely people at The Silver Thimble, just outside York. This will be the second crochet workshop that I have run, in the last couple of... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at By Helen
It’s lovely and sunny, chilly but sunny, here in York. What’s the weather like with you? Over the last few days I have finally got out to play in the garden. For those of you, who have read my blog before, will know that by garden I mean yard: as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at By Helen
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at By Helen
Wow! It has been a whole month since I was here in blogland: I think that it the longest I’ve been away since I came here. March was a strange month: I had a nasty bug that really wiped me out, I had to deal with a few family things... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at By Helen
Happy St. David’s day! Today, the first day of March, the weather in York has taken a turn back towards Winter. This is in complete contrast with the last few days which have been absolutely gorgeous, with a real hint of Spring in the air. Perhaps March is coming in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at By Helen
Good morning lovelies! It’s a sunny morning here is York, cold: but with the optimism of Spring in the air. I hope that it is sunny, wherever you are reading this? For the first time in too long I sat down with my crochet hook and spent some serious time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at By Helen
I am so very sorry that I have been so quiet here in blogland: I have been very busy. I’ve been working hard in my real life job and on a very exciting project in my creative life: I’m looking forward to sharing this with you very, very soon! Hopefully... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at By Helen
I thought that I share with you some photographs that I am going to be returning to throughout 2016, as my sources of inspiration... I hope that you find that as inspirational? More to follow next week… xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Related articles water lilly inspiration... Cornish inspiration... fabulous fabric flowers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at By Helen
Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and continue to have all your wishes met in 2016. Important question: did you stay dry? I should explain, in case you haven’t seen pictures of the terrible weather that the UK has been experiencing, large... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at By Helen
A Merry Christmas to you all! I truly hope that yo... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at By Helen
For Christmas I decided to have a play and crochet some supersize snowflakes. I followed my usual snowflake pattern, which you can find HERE, but used super chunky yarn. After crocheting the snowflakes, I blocked them… Only three snowflakes fitted on my blocking board, compared with the normal sized ones…... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at By Helen
Last week I showed you the work for the incredibly talented Sophie Digard, today I want to show you the work of another equally talented artist Michala Gyetvia… Michala works by stitching threads onto felt; to produce the most amazing landscapes… I treated myself to a copy of Michala’s exhibition... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at By Helen
Last Friday, I went on my annual trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show, in Harrogate, (yes I went last year, and the year before, and the year before) and as ever it was brilliant. The things that I loved most about the Knitting and Stitching Show, isn’t the shopping... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at By Helen
Hello Lovelies! It is great to see soooo many of you here, looking at the little blog, you are all very welcome! As a reminder you can also find me on Facebook HERE and on Ravelry HERE. Do pop by! We’ve had Halloween. We’ve had Bonfire Night. We can officially... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at By Helen