A weekend in London is always something of a culture shock nowadays. Especially since I don’t make it there all that often and when I do, I always try and cram in as many exciting things as possible, visiting on this occasion three different friends in one weekend, usually giving my bank account quite the battering too. I saw many exciting things in the big city, including being on the front row of a fantastic comedy night in a pub in Angel, and Sunday breakfast in Shoreditch, but on this particular weekend I also brought some craftiness with me! The original intention had been to teach my friend Hayley some basic crochet, but after trying to make chain stitches for an hour in a café we realised that the chance of actually creating something in a single weekend was very low. Luckily I had also brought my giant crochet hook with me, and after showing Hayley the crochet rug I made last August she was keen to have a go. Somehow we managed to find and buy a number of scarves/bedsheets/fabrics in a charity shop, and then settled in a park for the afternoon near Brick Lane, with me tearing & snipping all the fabric into strips, while Hayley crocheted it all together in a spiral once I’d showed her how. It was pretty mad getting the whole thing done in 6 hours (I was cutting fabric pretty much the whole time) but such an achievement for a project in an afternoon! If you want to learn how to do it, there are loads of tutorials on YouTube – the hook cost me all of a couple of pounds and you can use scrap fabrics you have lying around. My only advice would be… it takes a lot of fabric – more than you’d think! Try to use fabric that won’t fray too much – which is why old bedsheets are ideal. And make sure you keep adding chains every couple of stitches as the rug gets bigger… or else you’ll end up with a bowl :).