Getting Hooked...

Date: 15th September 2015 | Category: Getting hooked


Caroline Bawn is the owner of online yarn store, Gorgeous Yarns. She made a new year’s resolution to learn to crochet, and we’re documenting her journey in the magazine and here on the website.

I’ve been busy! As soon as I saw the lovely bag by Nicki Trench in issue 67 [above], I just knew I wanted to make it. I have made it with Nurturing Fibres Eco Fusion which is a gorgeous blend of cotton and bamboo; the yarn has silky threads from the bamboo which add a sheen to the bag, and it’s hand-dyed and ethically produced by Carle Dehning and her team in South Africa. The bag was a dream to make, the wavy pattern of coloured stripes is so sunny and fun, and my bag has already been for a (chilly, with a flask) picnic to the beach one evening last week.

I have been thinking about all the people around the world crocheting… wondering what they are making and what yarns they are using. I know Nurturing Fibres have a following in South Africa, and the news is spreading about how fabulous the yarns are. Cotton and bamboo yarns are perfect for summer projects don’t you think?

A friend sent me a postcard from Greece of an elderly woman sat in the sun on her doorstep crocheting, and I wondered what she was making. It looks very fine and delicate, and my mother-in-law saw ladies doing the same when she went to Malta on holiday. I wonder what yarns they are using? Cottons and bamboo yarns would be cooler to use than wool base yarns – or perhaps they are using silk…”

You can visit Caroline’s Facebook group at and the Gorgeous Yarns Ravelry group at

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