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Talking Books with Author Kate Hewitt

Felt really lucky to have a chat with author Kate Hewitt.

Kate is writer of several book with one of  her reads gracing the January pick for February ‘discuss’ on the whimsyandcosy Facebook group.

We are discussing the book Kate wrote called ‘A Yorkshire Christmas’ as book club pick at the moment (we read it just after Christmas) and what a TREAT  that I can share with you the chat. You have to be eagle eyed with the kindle as the books ends about half way through on kindle percent then you get another read as a bonus.

Here’s another author interview for you … and book chat here also … 

Here is our Chat! sit down with a cuppa and put your feet up

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All about Crochet and you


Do you crochet and have you ever done a CAL? (Crochet-a-long)

See Here for info on whimsyandcosy CAL 2017

It’s fun to talk crochet it’s one of my passions!

Read about it more Here

I find crochet so relaxing and so creative, it is fun to think what may be made or could be made, what new patterns will be followed, what new ideas you may just think of and create even without a pattern… also the fact you can make things in all those wonderful colours, the pleasure of beautiful yarn is really a big part of it. Yarn is such a nice tactile thing and I have found some very inexpensive yarns to feel lovely. (Plus wash some yarns in the machine – bonus)

Also do you have many works in progress? – I don’t want to build up too many, I would rather ‘frog’ them than that, if you wonder what that means it means undoing all your work, very easy to do but not a very fun thing!  Not something I have done yet. (starting again yes, not making it no)

There are so many ideas of what to make now – especially with great magazines and you tube.

I would love to hear if you do crochet, or if you plan to start learning it, it really is easier to learn now with You Tube to help.


I have had trouble understanding some patterns, especially with the way crochet patterns can be written in USA or UK terms, why oh why!  I am so familiar with some stitches but others fill me with the ‘concern‘ LOL.

For me, somebody showing you on You Tube in a calmly real-time way is one of the easiest ways to learn and there is a pause button to use, and I have used it. You have to work out which terminology they are using themselves though, mostly – hopefully – they do say. Or their accent gives it away.


The thing to remember is one of the BEST things about crochet is the inspiration it gives, and that it is just supposed to be a bit of FUN.  I guess no one who crochets has not struggled with something  at some point.

We must all go easy on ourselves about how WHAT WE make (or not) matches up to what our plan was and how the picture looks.

We wouldn’t get the sense of achievement if it was THAT easy, and I have already achieved more than I thought I would, so onwards  – towards the next crochet time, with a few works in progress and some hope of more completed pieces to enjoy.

It’s all in the name of FUN.


I learnt a lot from a magazine part work called ‘The art of crochet’  which I collected for a little while and had/has some great reference in it. (and you got yarn with it which was really fun for starting my yarn collection)

As I have said You Tube, I had some help from ‘Happy Berry Crochet’ doing crochet, and I love to watch ‘Jayda InStitches’ she is so funny with lots of cool ideas – brilliant.


Be ready when you start collecting yarn that you may never stop – its a fun ‘problem’ though!  Although I have barely bought any this year after getting so much last year, so I have done well.


This year may see some of you try crochet for the first time and if so I wish you luck and encouragement.  It is a fantastic hobby. Well worth trying in my humble opinion.

Happy Crafting

… and do JOIN me in the whimsyandcosy Crochet- a -long. Simple crochet no pressure fun.. look for the email sign up box


I love yarn

It’s the WhimsyandCosy Crochet a long 2017

It’s the whimsyandCosy CAL …which stands for crochet a long..

I’m not a really experienced crochet girl AT ALL… and not a ‘pattern writer’ …but what I am is a person with a wish for fun and to share my enthusiasm with others.

In that spirit – I offer to those who want  it – the chance to sign up for WhimsyandCosy Blog emails… which will bring with it shortly as a BONUS  (during January I plan) the WhimsyandCosy CAL as part of a PDF WhimsyandCosy read 

It will be inspiration, encouragement and a simple – between friends-  plan (rather than a strict pattern)  for a small blanket we can all crochet ourselves but together.

… it won’t use overtly complicated stitches…and

…. maybe you can stash bust your yarn if you have lots

….if you don’t… maybe you fancy a visit to a craft shop to enjoy those colourful yarns…

You just need the plan and inspiration from me …and a little YOU time (but be assured I am writing it planning that it won’t be a massive undertaking time wise)

So if you fancy joining in and giving it a whirl – after all…there’s no pressure .. sign up for  WhimsyandCosy emails and if you like join my craft group on Facebook (search ‘whimsyandcosy craft club’) – where if you like – we can ‘ meet up ‘ once a month and see if we are progressing and post pictures.

It’s just for FUN 

Hoping you join me on this another fun challenge from 




Here’s the thing… I’m a reader…and a book collector …now that’s a good thing BUT can lead to full shelves and a lot of decision.

Also there is the fact that of my physical books I have read MOST (pretty good one that) but some I hoard years and they get less appealing as I think I don’t fancy reading them…

Anna Hulse in my book club on Facebook  (search ‘whimsyandcosy book club’ to join us) has done the impressive and bold thing of clearing her unread books into a large shelf area and has plans to in 2017 read them or they must GO..

Harsh but fair…it’s like what they say about clothes but that’s for another blog piece.

I have a few books I’m just not sure I will read or even like and I would like to set myself the challenge. ..(I’ve not got 30 like Anna! – If I remember correctly what she said ) but it’s a motivator with my pile… 

I’m at this time planning to add the piece on just WHAT I have in that pile and why have I not read it yet into the whimsyandcosy PDF…which will be exclusive to my email subscribers. ..

So if you want to see pics of what I’m going to try and make the move on book wise so to speak …sign up for the blog fun and all will be revealed about the TO BE READ pile !

Do any of YOU fancy diving into those forgotten and ignored books this year? 



see Book Challenge for the whimsyand cosy challenge on general book aims 🙂

​WhimsyandCosy Book Challenge 

WhimsyandCosy Book Challenge 

for 2017

I love reading…and anyone who reads regularly knows this…

Hoping you would like to join the fun of a BOOK CHALLENGE with me  ..here or on my book club on facebook…both are here for you to enjoy all! There is a cozy mystery challenge list available for my EMAIL  subscribers if you ask- FUN 


Read a book you….
1 Feel represents the season…winter
2 Feel you have been putting off
3 Feel represents the season Spring
4 Feel you wouldn’t normally pick but might be a good read..
5 Feel represents the season Summer
6 Have read before
7 Have been given for a gift
8 Feel represents the season Autumn

9 Have really looked forward to

10 Read as part of a book group  (can join whimsyandcosy book club on Facebook if like )
Join the club – search ‘whimsyandcosy book club’

Hope you enjoy it


Johanna Basford Inky Colouring plus Doodles

I love to encourage creativity, ask any of the members in my Craft Club, or my Book Club for that matter as I couldn’t help encouraging the creative in people … and so I formed the craft club I now have, you are ALL welcome to join in. We show each other lovely inspiring items of craft, and it includes COLOURING. Read WhimsyandCosy Craft Club

Join Here, love to see you there as well. We chat all sorts of crafts and art things.

I LOVE to colour, I have a stack of books and find it is one of my favorite ways to RELAX, when I want something that is completely ‘non screen‘ it really fits the bill.

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2016 For me…the YEAR OF CREATIVITY! !

Part two HERE…don’t miss out!

Okay it’s not over yet! But who knows what I will create from one moment to the next (you also. .)

…I’m impulsive  in these things. ..at the same time I have determination and if I have passion for something I never give up. I’m not fickle.

I have my hands full enough…apart from my home commitments , I now have 2 Facebook groups and this new blog! -it keeps me busy! …but I love it.

It’s all a labor of love…what you will see in the tagline to this blog is ..one woman’s mission to make the world a more positive place. .. I really believe in it…it’s one of my biggest aims when I wake up till I go to sleep.

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