Free Halloween Crochet Patterns from gentlestitches

gentlestitches Halloween Picnic

Join me today at the Gothic “not for profit” Montsalvat. Have a look around, join me in a picnic and a quiet read. Help yourself to a free amigurumi pattern and enjoy the visual and peaceful treat which is Monsalvat before you go. Take some deep breaths under the gum trees and enjoy the art and hand crafted items on display. Take 5 minutes of delicious “you time” ❤
amigurumi crochet spiders and candy skull
First up our the famous Australian red backed spiders.
crochet melbourne fruit bat
Beware of flying Bats (not this one though, it is friendly and cuddly) 😀
crochet zombie bunnies on spiral staircase














Grab yourself a free zombie bunny pattern before they grab you.
crochet large and small sugar skull masks
Just in time for día de los muertos, a large or small sugar skull from Jennifer at squirrel picnic. Pattern here.

shane playing music for us to leave by

Happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy the music as Shane pipes you out.

yarnalong learning Japanese, cupcakes and cat mat.


Wednesdays, Ginny from small things invites us to post what we are reading and making. This invitation is for all who read and make things with yarn so grab a yarn along button and jump right in. Meanwhile enjoy my completed cat mat. It is one of two and I am making  for two special cats . You know who you are! Pattern for abstract cats which is less complicated than it looks is here.
The book I am reading is the Japanese phrasebook and dictionary from lonely planet. I am hoping to go on a holiday to Japan one day with my son and my goal is to book into a hotel or homestay starting in Tokyo and then just explore. 
Lastly are the cupcakes I am working on to help pay the bills which will be sold at end of year in Melbourne Markets. I am working on completing the patterns and plan to post them on my free patterns page.

yarn along laptop cover and koala

crochet laptop cover with 2 ami koalasThis week for Ginny’s yarn along I have my Blackboard Laptop cover and 2 of my little Koalas. The Koala patterns are available as a free download on my blog and will also be available on Ravelry  soon.  I am still reading Digging to America by Anne Tyler which is proving a very interesting book.   If you would like to join Yarn Along come over and join us! There is always room for one more yarn a longer! How about you? If you read, knit or crochet, check it out!

Yarn Along Cheshire Cat.

Chesire Cat and Yarn Along

Like Ginny from Small Things, I love reading and making things. This week, join us for Yarn Along and have a look what we have been up to. You can join us here if you like. It is always fun to see what other people are knitting or crocheting.

This a fabulous version of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale and the only deviation from the original are the illustrations. For the sake of brevity I will simply say “I LOVE THEM”. If you are a Tove Jansson fan you will love them too and if you aren’t, then prepare for a visual treat!

I am working on my son’s 13th birthday amigurumi, which is a large, rather ambitious, even for someone who is an experienced amigurumist, Cheshire Cat. I am trying to make it as a surprise which is proving difficult  but I persevere. My plan is to show the finished feline for next weeks Yarn Along. What was that thing about mice and men?



Yarn Along Crochet Hat

crochet hatJoining Ginny for Yarn Along this week from Small Things, I want to talk about March by Geraldine Brooks and show the completed crochet hat I made from the small amount of leftover yarn I had from my cowl. Geraldine Brooks is an Australian born author who wrote People of the Book. I loved that book and it is up there with my main favourites. I just started March and it looks intriguing.   Yarn Along is a fun thing to get involved in, all you knitters and crocheters. If you would like to join or even just find out more about it, click here and tell us. What have you been making or reading lately?

something new for Yarn Along.

yarn alongJoining Ginny this week for Yarn Along, I decided to take a short break from my aussiegurumis and microgurumi making and try a  crochet stitch I haven’t tried yet. Boston Chevron Infinity Cowl pic

It is the Chevron Stitch.  I got this lovely pattern from Ravelry. It is called The Boston Chevron infinity Cowl and the pattern is designed and sold by Jocelyn Sass. I look forward to giving my fingers a break from my teeny tiny work and having a go at a project that calls for a 9mm crochet hook.

Meanwhile I am also re reading a wonderful book by a home grown Aussie woman Rosalie Ham called “The Dressmaker” If you haven’t read this book yet, I definitely recommend it.

Crafty people. Is there a particular technique you have thought you would like to try but somehow never got around to?

Join us next week  on Yarn Along to show us what you have been knitting or crocheting and reading!

Give away gone.

Thanks to everyone who entered my give away both on my blog here and at my email at   After popping the correct answers in the hat  I pulled out this one.  Deb from Warburton.
Well done Deb from Warburton.  A matching set of double hearts will be winging their way to you soon. The answer was “George Elliot was a woman and her real name was Mary Anne Evans.” I will be hosting further give aways soon.  🙂