Last Minute Christmas Crochet Makes

We are in the final straight to Christmas now and, no matter how well we try and prepare, a crafter always has last minute gifts to make and give.

These sweet little crochet decorations by Maddison Overill are perfect for a quick last minute gift and great for using up oddments from your scraps or yarn advents too.  Included in the pattern are instructions on how to make a wreath with jingle bells, Christmas pudding, parcel, and bauble.  



for more on the patterns

The pattern booklet including the above festive ornaments is available to purchase on Ravelry here:  christmas-decorations

(Please note the mini pudding in the Ravelry images is a separate free pattern from yarnspirations and is not included.)  If you are unable to access Ravelry you can reach out to Maddie directly through her Instagram page @thehouseoflangford


for more on the designer

Maddison Overill is a multi-disciplined textiles teacher who works both in secondary education and independently at local yarn shops in Essex and the surrounding areas.  She also has a regular YouTube podcast:



St Lucia Day

Many of our fibre-crafting friends in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and across the World are today celebrating Lucia Day, a custom which goes back 400 years.  The day is commemorated with candlelit processions – 13 December is the shortest day in the Julian Calendar – and fika, including gingerbread biscuits and special s-shaped saffron buns called Lussekatt.

Back in 2018 we we honoured to be joined by Swedish knitwear designer and tech editor, Anna Friberg, who is also known as Yarnesty.  Perhaps best known for her sock designs and classes, Anna designed the Sankta Lucia Socks which are available in English, French, and Swedish on Ravelry, and as a seasonal promotion all her patterns are 24% off until Christmas Eve.



Anna isn’t the only knitwear designer to have been inspired by the Lucia Day celebrations; Finnish born Sari Nordlund has a mystery knitalong happening right now for her Lucia Socks which feature intricate twisted stitches.  The fourth and final clue to the pattern will be released on 19 December and Team Perth can’t wait to see the complete pair revealed.



for more about the santka lucia socks 

The Santka Lucia Socks by Anna Friberg are available from Ravelry here:  sankta-lucia-socks

If you are unable to use Ravelry please contact Anna by email at


for more about the lucia socks 

The Lucia Socks by Sari Nordlund are also available from Ravelry:  lucia-socks

Sari also has a YouTube channel.  Her most recent episode is below.




Wild Knits – A New Scottish Video Podcast

The Team and I are partial to a new textile crafting podcast, and we get extra excited whenever we happen across a fresh Scottish offering.

Enter Wild Knits who premièred their first episode just ten days ago.  Maria is originally from Germany and currently lives in Glasgow.  Her projects are miniature and joyful as she’s on maternity leave, and I particularly loved the way she has incorporated some playful embroidery work into her projects.


Like, subscribe, and watch her first episode below: