The fashion shows in London, Paris, and New York are over for another year so it was time to move to Portadown for one night. Yes that is right for one night only the fashion world of yarn comes to Portadown.  The show was for a good cause which was Macmillan. I  must admit according to all accounts everyone had a great night with a chance to purchase as much yarn as they wanted (OK that was a bit of an exaggeration because we all know if the crocheters and wool lovers got what they wanted in yarn they would all need a forty-foot trailer to take it home). I am sure that all the other halves could not handle that. Another thing would there be enough space for it?? Back to the fashion show – as they say over here the ‘craic was great’, and all for a good cause. Looking at the photos afterwards it looks as if all the models (and host) did a great job. I think all could and should be on the front of the glossy mags such as Vogue etc,. A big well done to all involved. You can all give yourself a pat on the back.


The only thing I was a bit disappointed about with the show, was there was only one thing on show that was crocheted – a scarf. All the other garments were knitted and I understand that the show was to show off all the new yarn types and colours. Looking at the garments (I might be wrong but) I think they could of all been crocheted.


The next question I must ask is have you ever been to a fashion show? Have you ever been in a fashion show? Where you the star of the show? The thing I liked about this fashion show was that everyone was natural, they were not trying to be someone else they were themselves. Because of this they all looked great. In many fashion shows and glossy mags people are made out to be “perfect”, forgetting no one is. There is no need for air brushing or for an inch of makeup. We are who we are. Yes we can be the best we can, but there is no need to try to be someone else!! A lot of people are beautiful on the inside and that is far better than being “perfect” on the outside and not so on the inside. Many years ago I realised I would never win a beauty contest (I once got second in monopoly) I have done a good job at being me. Lets all do the same.

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There was lots of other things organised for the weekend like hand knitting among other things, which you will all be told about in a different blog.

For all of you who are not crocheters or yarn addicts (yes it is a recognised addiction). Just a tip, if your other half goes out to a charity event and claims not to have bought any yarn just check the car boot before you leave for work!! Also if your partner comes back with a free goody bag, you can be sure they have added there stash of yarn into the goody bag. As for V we know all about the other room and whats in it  (how much will you pay to keep it quiet??)!!

As always keep up the good work , spread the word keep on with the crochet (and please, please, please use some of your stash before buying more yarn)!!!!

They are in good company.

The title is different from the one I started with. I first used the title you are in good company and then thought about it. When we look at the rich and famous we mostly, if not all have the mind-set that they are better or special compared to us!! That is why I changed the title. Famous people are famous because of us (the general pubic). The ones that have the longest careers are the ones who know they are in a privileged position. You can soon go off someone if they are arrogant to the people who made them famous in the first place.

I decided to look and see which famous people crochet. Did you know some (most) search engines on the internet think knitting and crochet are the same (I know you say how can they?). In 2013 a certain Katie Parry admitted she had taken up crocheting in the evening to calm herself down after a gig before bed (does she still have time for it now?). Madonna is supposed to be a big fan. Have you heard of famous people who crochet? It is said the great Aretha Franklin was a crocheter (I had started writing this blog before Aretha passed away and like so many of you it was a sad day when she passed, we have so many memories of her songs and admired Aretha as a person for what she believed in). Bette Midler also is said to crochet. It seems a lot of singers are crocheters. There is also a few actors who crochet like Meryl Streep, Debra Messing and Jane Seymour to name a few. So if you bump into any of these celebrities you will know what to talk about.

The question is who else crochets? How long is the list, are any of your idols or heroes crocheters? Are you theirs? I and many others are amazed at what can and is designed and made by all who crochet. Some of the things made are stunning and they make you question how on earth was that made and it so beautiful it stops and makes you look twice? To some it is easy to think of ideas, make them and then write a pattern! Are you one of them? If you are it could be that one of these stars are doing one of your patterns right now and are saying to themselves “how do people write these great patterns”.

Did you know that it is very fashionable to wear crochet garments over the last few years (the celebs have caught up with you the trend setter). In the sixty’s people like Lulu and Paul McCartney along with many others wore crocheted clothes, because it was the height of fashion. As they say what go’s around comes around and fifty years later they are back in fashion with lots of well-known designers using crochet again. It is so popular in fact that there are web sites who just publish photos of celebrities in things that are crocheted, from hats to slippers!! You are the trend setters so keep on setting those trends.

Till next time, keep on crocheting those fabulous things and keep adding to the list of famous people who love to crochet. As someone once said ‘all I need is a hook, some yarn and lots of chocolate’.