About Me

Hi, I'm Kathryn - welcome to my little spot of all things crafty!   

I'm a maker, with a passion for crafting and all things hand-made.  I live in Melton Mowbray, UK with my husband, daughter and guinea pigs.

My first loves are spinning and knitting, and you'll find a strong bias towards those crafts on my blog.  I also love experimenting with resin, and jewellery making.  My most popular blog posts, however, are about how I made my guinea pigs' C and C cage, and the things I've made to enhance their lives.

I have a YouTube channel that is steadily becoming focused, almost exclusively, on spinning and fibre preparation.  Those are definitely my current passions and I can't see that changing any time soon.  I've fallen deeply down that rabbit hole!  If you'd like to follow me on my spinning journey you can find me here.

I’m hoping to share my offerings here, along with a few templates, instructions, and ideas along the way.  Many, many of my projects I'm trying for the first time, so if I can do it, so can you!

Why Craft me Happy?

Like many crafters, I'm at my happiest when I'm making things.  I've had chronic pain for all of my adult life, and making, crafting, and designing have always been the distractions that keep me happy.

I've been blogging since 2006 and I subscribe to the blogging without obligation approach to my blog.  I love crafting and I love sharing what I make here on my blog, and of course, I LOVE the feedback I get from my readers!  However, I only blog when I feel truly inspired to share what I have made.  I never want to feel that this blog is a chore and I want my posts to have integrity - so, I may blog once or twice a week, once a month, or just whenever the mood takes me.  I vow never to apologise for my absence.

If you want to know when I've blogged, follow me on Pinterest, Bloglovin', and Facebook or, I post regular updates of my latest projects on Instagram.

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!



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kknechtel52 said...

I would love to crochet a rug for my granddaughter in this fabric.
Crushed velvet, does it curl when stretch and cut?
Like T shirt fabric does?

Shauna4467 said...

I have been reading your blog on spinning Malamute hair / fur and have a couple of questions in regards the drying and removal of the guard hairs. Firstly can it be hung on the line outside for a couple of days to dry rather than over a heater/ radiator? Secondly is the issue with the guard hair primarily that it makes the yarn prickly / scratchy or does it not spin properly? I am not wanting (in the first instance anyway) to make anything wearable, rather to crochet a throw / blanket (very basic). I don’t have access to a dryer and was wondering if removal through the washing would be enough. Appreciate your thoughts.

Kathryn - Craftmehappy said...

Hi Shauna
Yes, hanging the dog hair on the line in warm weather would work. It was winter when I dried mine so this wasn’t an option. You want to almost “over dry” it, then you should be able to shake the delicates laundry bag and/or hit it with a paddle or bat of some sort and a lot of the thicker guard hairs will fall out.
I was intent on removing as many of the guard hairs as I could as I wanted a (neck soft) wearable yarn. A lot of people that spin their own dog hair learn to be selective when they brush their dog and only use the hair from the back and sides at the beginning of the shedding phase when the brushed hair contains fewer guard hairs - in which case you probably wouldn’t need to worry about removing a few guard hairs.
Yarn with a lot of guard hairs in would be more like string - very prickly and itchy to wear - but it would be fine for a throw. Dog yarn is much warmer than sheep yarn, so it would make a very cosy blanket.

Missy said...

I want to knit maisies felted toy bag and when I click on Ravelry to pay it doesn’t take me anywhere to pay for it. Can you help me? I wanted to fill this bag with small things I have knit for a baby gift This is the only thing I have to do to complete my gift. Thanks

Kathryn - Craftmehappy said...

Hi Missy

I'm sorry, I removed it temporarily as the Rowan Big Wool that I recommended in the pattern is no longer feltable as it's been changed to a Superwash yarn. I'm currently in the process of testing another wool yarn to see how well it felts. I'll put the pattern back on Ravelry later today with a note about felting yarns.

Anonymous said...

Can I email you a question?

Kathryn - Craftmehappy said...

You can send me a direct message through Instagram or Facebook. Unfortunately I don’t publish my e-mail address online as it would get picked up by bots and then I would be inundated with spam. Ask me how I know ;-)