Welcome to my website!

I am living with my family in the Cotswolds and two of my favourite things next to walking through the wonderful english countryside is doing crochet and baking delicious cakes. And my favourites are quark cakes - which are in England mostly called 'cheese cakes'. 

However, there is a distinct difference between cheese and quark, I have to mention, although the result when it comes to the taste of cakes I can say is always good. If you want to know more about it I put some more information in the division 'Cakes'/'All about Quark'. 

I will be mainly focussing on my crochet creations on these sites though, and hope you like them too!

I am also presenting handmade crafts done by Katharina Glanz - my cousin from Germany - on this website. 

She does these beautiful authentic drawings in her spare time and can create cute and pretty pottery goods. She designs comfortable clothes too which have quite the luxurious touch, I find, and all the sewing of her creations is done by herself on her sewing machine. Together with her drawings and the pottery goods they are shown under the division 'designs by Kathi'. I am very proud to be able to show her designs on my website too and invite you to have a look. It's well worth it!

Es gibt auch eine deutsche Version dieser Webseite, die zusammen mit der hiesigen englischen Variante ausgebaut wird: anjascrochet2.webs.com. Wir freuen uns auf deinen Besuch!

And here is how it all began with me and crochet:

I started with crochet because I was desperate to find something I can do with my own hands and I wanted to do something where I could see a finished good -which might even be good enough to show off and sell. :) 

But as I always liked being creative but over the years had less and less time for this side of life I decided it is time to start being creative again. So I did ... and so far the grand idea... :)

After some brain wrecking I came up with the idea to teach myself how to crochet. A crash course at school many many years ago had taught me the basics and I remembered to merely needing a needle (now I know it's a crochet hook! :D) and some yarn. No sooner said than done! I took the laptop and searched the internet up and down for crochet patterns, and started doing them. Many of them I found on other personal websites or free compilations of crochet patterns from other 'hookers' and enjoyed trying myself on them.

On the following pages I'll try to refer to the originals as much as possible (if it wasn't me).


Luckily in many regards there also came a pregnancy along ;D and all of a sudden it all made sense...as not only my hands got something to do in my spare time now but also my head got something else to focus on. Well, I was getting into crocheting baby clothes at first which btw is a good start to teach yourself this technique! They are easy and quickly done and you can admire your own creations pretty soon. 

And while in the ongoing pregnancy sitting around and not being able to move as much as I wanted to (or was used to) would have made me solely grumpy I now was able to funnel my energy and could do loads of crocheting. 

Lots and lots of baby clothes emerged in this time and I refined my skills in those months a lot. With a collection of yarns and hooks now and not ending ideas of what to crochet next I am certain this page will soon grow bigger and more. Being a full time working mum & wife with both our families living quite far away there is not as much time left nowadays as I'd like to have for crocheting actually, but am sure this hobby will stay with me for the rest of my life.


For now I hope you enjoy browsing around these pages... and maybe you would like to come back from time to time and check on any news. I wish you a great visit!


Anja

PS: I started crocheting simply to my own benefit and in the beginning it was intended to be only for me or my family. Now and many projects later I had the idea of making a website about me and all my crochet projects. So if there are any questions to the shown crochet pieces please just drop me a line and I will answer them as quick as I can. 

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