myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Corsage Crazy!

I have been having great fun making these crochet corsages for Christmas presents. Each one is a bit different as I am making then up as I go along. I couldn’t really find a pattern I liked so have just been experimenting. It is very satisfying putting the different colour combinations together and choosing the


We had a lovely weekend away visiting our friends, Sarah and Tim, in Wales. On the Saturday we went for a trip to Tetbury in the Cotswolds, famous for it’s antique shops. I was desperate for some wool to start experimenting with corsages for Christmas presents, so had checked ahead that there was definately a

First crocheted hat!

I have recently been popping in to the lovely wool shop, K1 Yarns, in Victoria Street (in the Old Town in Edinburgh) for supplies of black wool to finish the Granny Square Afghan. It is a gorgeous shop in one of my favourite shopping streets in Edinburgh friendly staff and nice comfy chairs to sit

Granny Square Afghan

Finally completed, after 18 years!Well that’s when I started the middle (slightly faded) part of this blanket, as a cot quilt for Jacob (now 17). I obviously washed it a few times so that part has fused and almost ‘felted’ nicely.As this was the first thing I had ever crocheted, I was very fond of

Amigurumi Oggle

First of all let me say that I’m really not that ‘in to’ owls. I know they keep popping up on this blog but I have an excuse for each appearance. Honestly. I know some people are obsessed with owls and collect them but that really isn’t ‘me’!I came across that first ‘Abraham owl’ pattern


What an amazing array of wonderful FREE crochet patterns there are on the internet!As I think I may have mentioned, I am a relative beginner to crocheting (despite the 17 years Granny Square hard labour!) and haven’t yet managed to follow an actual pattern (not without bothering my poor sister anway). So I took the

flower corsage

I have been enjoying a couple of weeks off work and therefore away from the computer. We haven’t been away on holiday, though I did manage some ‘visiting’ down South in the second week. So that’s the reason I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front!I did manage to spend plenty of time at

Charity squares

I came across this great website while looking for crochet patterns the other day It is a charity project which asks people to send knitted or crochet squares to Africa to be made into blankets for AIDs orphans. You can send knitted/crocheted hats or baby vests too. All they want are 8 inch squares and