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‘Zozie’ Blanket Crochet-a-Long Update

I am so enjoying the rows of yarn pleasure as I do my own blanket in crochet for the blog crochet-a-long.

I want to thank all of you who signed up and let you know that I am busy myself making the Zozie blanket too. It’s FUN, fun fun.

I thought seeing as so many of you are into crochet I will make sure I do plenty of posts to update you – you need to email subscribe to get the full picture – see It’s the WhimsyandCosy Crochet a long 2017 and Crochet-A-Long 2017 announcement 

The idea is a self-care blanket and it really could change your life if you let it – but I can’t tell you HOW as that’s for the special PDF (see HERE) to give you the treat of. ..along with other exclusive articles by me.  Hope you enjoy it – I worked hard on it for you 🙂 Sign up today and join in the ZOZIE fun 🙂

How is my blanket coming along you may ask? read on for pictures/info/ on my and others ‘Zozie’s’

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Life with Zozie January 2017

Hi all, so good to catch up with you and I thought today I would do a bit of a ‘my latest’ type post, it feels like a good way to say hello and get you up to date with some of what is running around my head.

January is often not an easy month is it, I LOVE Christmas and as such although start the new year with a fresh start mentality I think it still is not the positive boost to me that November and December is, in fact I love Autumn so much and Winter can sometimes feel not as fun BUT I am determined to embrace every single season and its joys and what I love BEST about winter is the COSY aspect. 

It is the season for warmth (even if its easy to feel a bit chilly) and for hot drinks (same in Summer though!) and for blankets see Crochet Fun HERE and in my case ‘slankets’ … more on that later.

I wanted to tell you what I am up to, reading, craft and more this January .

For starters…

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Crochet – Talking Work in Progress

Work in progress – I guess that’s  common to nearly all of us who get into crafts especially the yarn ones like my crochet! 

I love crochet  ..it is relaxing and yet poses a challenge regularly if you experiment with it …oh and the THINGS YOU CAN MAKE! 

That’s half the trouble with craft – starting…  it comes from being inspired…. and then you KEEP being inspired… and feel all excited for the next project as it looks so – usually cute –  in my case.

Unless you spend almost full days on crochet it can be hard to do a make quickly .

For me, crochet is all about the relaxing – the process. ..and yet then I want results for my inspiration, but that does, of course, come with a lot of concentrating and time – when you crochet to relax – often I choose evenings to crochet too…then it means you are tired so that is why I love snugly fulfilling and colourful crochet blankets. …

I start 2017 with 4 works in progress – will I finish them all …not sure (and I am finding them a bit hard ) but do I want to start another YES!

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WhimsyandCosy free PDF – Have you got yours? 

Just a mini blog post to draw attention to the fact that I finished the PDF… sent Monday the big wave of them … and hope so very much you enjoy the extra read.

I wanted to let you all know HERE especially in case those spam filters are naughty and put WhimsyandCosy’s treat to you there. .. and I’m pretty sure MANY of you are wanting to find out what you need to know to join in the Crochet-a-long…

☆Add WhimsyandCosy to your safe senders list if you can.☆

Read about it Here.. and  Here…

Anyone joining the email list now will get the PDF and can at any point join/do the Crochet-a-long.

Have fun. …and let me know your colour choices etc. wherever you can

…I would love hearing how you are doing

  ..am already enjoying hearing about some getting started via my club on Facebook  (search ‘whimsyandcosy craft club ).

I LOVE talking crochet and am starting the whimsyandcosy project soon myself

Remember if you want to join in hop on the email subscriber list😊

The box to sign up is usually under comments on mobiles and to the right on desktops. ..

Speak soon….

Happy Crochet! 


Crochet-A-Long 2017 announcement 

As you may know I recently announced the WhimsyandCosy crochet-a-long challenge for 2017….it should be fun.

I think and hope there are a variety of you joining in -I also hope some will be a part of the discussion on how we are doing at the WhimsyandCosy Craft club on Facebook.   (Search ‘WhimsyandCosy Craft Club’ )

I wanted to tell you – for those joining in (you need to sign up to whimsyandcosy by email to qualify ) that the THEME of the blanket will be SELF CARE! 

How better than to use Crochet as a way of increasing your happiness and me time!

Read about the CAL Here

And my crochet history... Here

….I can’t give all the detail/secrets away here but if you want to join in please sign up and very soon I will send you details. ..it’s not going to be complicated at all if you know the basics. 

Remember details will come via the WhimsyandCosy free PDF book arriving on your email soon …covering a variety of topics to entertain you and give you some (I’m sure much deserved ) me time!

I’ve been working hard on it as a treat for you. 

So the WhimsyandCosy Self Care Blanket CAL…will be launching VERY VERY SOON!  EXCITING!  – It’s going to be special and, I believe,  could really improve your life! (I am not exaggerating! )

Dive on board!! – and get ready for detail…. make sure you sign up for blog emails to not miss out.

Happy Happy New Year Friends 


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