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Hello! I’m Cornel and I blog about things that inspire me, things I’ve made and Craft Share, the craft group I started in 2009.

You'll find lots of crochet on my blog, as well as my crochet and sewing projects for Ideas Magazine, since September 2011.

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Entries in books (15)


excerpt from "a list of my desires" by gregoire delacourt


"My hands plunge into the fabrics, my fingers tremble at the contact with organdie, fine felt, jute, patchwork. I feel the intoxication that must have been felt by that woman who was shut up all night in the Sephora cosmetics store in their lovely advertising film. All the gold in the world wouldn't buy that dizzying feeling. All the woman here are beautiful. Their eyes shine. Looking at a piece of fabric, they already imagine a dress, a cushion, a doll. They make dreams; they have the beauty of the world at their fingertips. Before I leave I buy some Bemberg lining, some polypropolene webbing, cotton rickrack braid and pompons. My happiness costs less than forty euros."

- Jocelyne in the Marche Saint-Pierre, the big textiles market in the Rue Charles Nodier, Paris


creativity is my thing

and Keri Smith wrote this book that's definitely

at the top of my wishlist!

Besides Wreck this journal, she's also written

How to be an Explorer of the World –the Portable Life/Art Museum,

The Guerilla Art Kit, Mess: A Manual of Accidents and Mistakes, Living Out Loud – Activities to Fuel a Creative Life,

Tear up this Book! :The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, Doodle, And Journal Book For Girls!

and Finish this Book.

Her newest book, The Pocket Scavenger is out now.

Just read this cool quote she posted on her blog a while ago:

"Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping,…Stop it and just DO!…

Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety…

You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!…

Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be…" - excerpted from a letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse.

If you'd like a taste of Keri's creativity and get your kids involved,

click on this link:


C x


simple crochet


aaaw, amy!

I'm intrigued by oversized knitting needles (can't wait to show you), crochet hooks (up to 25mm!!!) and chunky yarn at the moment. Amy Butler did the gorgeous scarf as part of her new collection of patterns, Farmhouse Knits. See more here.



This is Benjamin (5 years old for another 13 'sleeps'), my 3rd and youngest's version of Fairyland.

I love the little mushroom he painted in the righthand corner of the box.


This is an excerpt from a book I finished last week:


“‘Look, sir’, says Gilbertine. ‘This is what I wanted to show you’.

Everywhere, Peter, everywhere: mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms. Stinkhorns and jelly fungi and gargantuan organ pipes with those great fleshy-yellow tentacles. I’d never seen such huge ones. There were dozens of devil’s tongues – they were glowing red, as if they actually had blood pumping around inside them. And in the darker corners of the cave there were little dots of light: it was the bioluminescent Mycena chlorophos. And right by my feet goblets and hairy goblets the size of teacups.” 


me too

Soon I'll be making this beautiful Peony corsage. Designed by crochet artist Kate Jenkins and featured as one of 30 specially commissioned patterns in one of my all-time favourite crochet books, Vintage Crochet by Susan Cropper of loop (she blogs over here).


before i forget

This is what my Japanese Victory scarf looks like on. The author of The Elegant Knitter, Gina Macris, calls it a dreamy spiral scarf.

Have a good weekend! C x


let's just look at these

These images from the Japanese craft magazine Let's Knit Series (Natural Colour Knit Items) perfectly expresses how I see knitted and crocheted garments: dreamy, layered, romantic, beautiful ...

I might be able to get my hands on a copy, but read patterns in Japanese?

Any suggestions anyone? Or are we supposed to just look at these?


some more crochet stitch motifs

Over the last couple of days I added these motifs to my repertoire. I try to crochet one stitch motif from this book every day. Why? It's fun. I learn new techniques every day. Creating something new still feels like magic every time. It reminds me of a commitment I made to myself at the start of this year (a resolution if you like to call it that). I've got 47 motifs so far (yes, I missed a couple of days) and 203 still to do. Wish me luck. C

PS I have my eye on another one of The Harmony Guides books - Crochet Edgings and Trims. Mind you, any one of these could find a happy place in my crafting library ...


the 9 crochet books i have to have

1. Uncommon Crochet: Twenty-Five Projects Made from Natural Yarns and Alternative Fibers

2. Crochet Adorned: Reinvent Your Wardrobe with Crocheted Accents, Embellishments, and Trims

3. Nicky Epstein's Crocheted Flowers

4. Amazing Crochet Lace: New Fashions Inspired by Old-Fashioned Lace

5. Crocheting on the Edge: Ribs & Bobbles*Ruffles*Flora*Fringes*Points & Scallops

6. Everyday Crochet: Wearable Designs Just for You

7. Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes

8. Wrapped in Crochet: Scarves, Wraps, & Shawls

9. Vogue Knitting on the Go! Crocheted Hats

What a pity my birthday is only at the end of April! C