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The amazing crochet diet!

Sounds totally off the wall but bear with me, only crochet involved, no eating of wool necessary!

I’ve always loved food way too much, the naughtier the better, if it is cream, butter, sugar or chocolate based, I want it. I eat to celebrate, a birthday; ooh cake! If I have had a rubbish day; to cheer me up, cake! If I’m tired; ok, you get the picture! I was doing pretty well with exercise, I started running in January last year and managed to finish a half marathon in September, I’m not going to lie, I cried, then my legs gave way totally but it has now been a year ago but I’m still dining out on that victory far too often.

My major downfall!!



I have slightly lost my running mojo recently though, and am feeling pretty unhealthy, my main issue is snacking. I find myself constantly looking in the fridge and picking at bits all day. I have also started finishing my kid’s leftovers which I never used to do. Luckily they are not vegetarian so it’s only the odd veggie meal they have that I can polish off! Also, my hubby has just taken a photo of me that is that photo, the one that makes you confront all the wobbly bits that you have been trying to block out, that makes you think, aha, that is the photo to go on the cupboard to make me think twice about raiding the biscuit tin. Or maybe in it, so no-one else sees it!!

I now need to lose some weight so that I can enjoy Christmas properly……by eating obviously!

So, something really has to change, and as it is rubbish weather, extra running is looking, if not impossible, a little unlikely, and a diet is no use because the minute I even type the word I want to eat everything in sight! *eats a biscuit*

I now have a whole new idea. Several years ago, I used knitting to give up smoking. The theory was that if I kept my hands busy and my mind occupied, I would be able to resist temptation, I also wouldn’t want my knitting smelling of smoke. Do you know what, it worked a treat, (a non sugary one obviously!). I got more addicted to completing another row, I stopped smoking, and I had a 10 foot long doctor who scarf to keep me warm….perfect for when I started again! (I know, not fail safe obviously, it would take me a few more attempts to give up for good, but it did last a good few months.)

I am now going to apply my theory to food. Evenings are my danger zone, the obligatory 9pm cuppa has been joined by ‘something sweet’, which varies from cake, chocolate or biscuits, depending on how long ago we’ve been to the supermarket. Having a shop two minutes walk which is open until 11pm has not helped either. So I’m turning to crochet! It looks slightly quicker, (easier!!), and therefore more satisfying , then knitting. It should keep my mind busy and I will get to create some lovely things.

It really seems to be working so far. I’ve made some fabulous, (albeit a bit misshapen!) ,bits already and my snacking is down quite a bit. My daughter has put in a request for a head to toe outfit for her doll so I do have a lot to keep me going and I have some luscious new wools that have been make being drool more than chocolate fudge cake!

I will keep you updated with how it is going and do please tell me your crafting stories, have you used a hobby to change something in your life? Did it work?


My very first make. An incredibly dodgy pair of culotte 'leggings' for Mary, big girl's doll!!

My very first make. An incredibly dodgy pair of culotte ‘leggings’ for Mary, my daughter’s doll!!





  1. October 28, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    Love it!! Maybe we’re all wrong in trying to eat right and move more. Maybe you’re onto something and we just to learn how to knit! 🙂

    • October 29, 2015 / 7:27 am

      Well exactly!! This could either go one of two ways, it will be a miracle plan that makes me a fortune…….or I will be able to crochet myself some mean running gear when I realise it doesn’t work!! 😉

  2. October 28, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    Such a good idea im sick of eating and also have a shop down the road from me. I wont have the slightest clue where to start well done to you. #bestandworst

    • October 29, 2015 / 7:30 am

      Have you got a wool shop near you? I got the rainbow wool & hook & a heap of advice for around £7. They also do informal teaching sessions that I might go to. YouTube is also brilliant for learning. I promise you that it is really really simple when you get going!! Thanks for popping by. 🙂

  3. October 28, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    I think the doll’s leggings are great. They don’t look dodgy at all.
    Those wools are indeed lovely 🙂
    Have you ever seen micro crochet? If not, type that into google and look at the images – mind blowing stuff that people have those skills!

    • October 29, 2015 / 7:33 am

      You should see the back of them! 😀 I am a bit wool nut now. Micro crochet?! That sounds amazing, I’m off to google!xx

  4. October 29, 2015 / 8:56 am

    I found that writing my blog posts in the evening stopped me from eating my sweet treats with a cuppa as I got to into what I was doing…although I could always still make an excuse to stop and eat something! What a great idea. I hope it works for you! #bestandworst

  5. October 29, 2015 / 10:48 am

    Good luck on your crochet diet!

    • October 30, 2015 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you! I will keep you updated! 🙂

  6. October 29, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    This is amazing and such a good idea. It’s nice to think of a positive way of avoiding the snacking and not thinking that food is a reward. I bet you will make some stunning things 🙂 Definitely watch this space!!Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon x

  7. October 30, 2015 / 7:20 am

    Crochet will take over your life. I have cupboards full of gorfeous coloured wool and unwanted hats, booties and fingerless gloves!!
    That rainbow wool is ace. Thanks for linking up, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

  8. Robyn
    October 30, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Great idea! I went through a knitting phase at one stage and was so obsessed I would forget to eat. Or forget to eat snacks anyway, I’m not one to miss a meal! Good luck on your crochet diet, I hope your friends and family will be delighted by your bizarre misshapen items – loved that line! #abitofeverything

    • October 31, 2015 / 11:54 am

      That is exactly what I’m hoping….I hope the addiction lasts too, things are often a fad with me!!! I will post pics of my bizarre creations! Thanks for popping by! 🙂

  9. November 2, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Let me know how you go! If it does work, I will give it a GO! I am so bad at snacking as well, especially when I’m home from work and the first thing I do is head for the pantry!!! I usually read as a distraction but then when the characters are eating in the book, then I want to eat too! Sigh. I could never read or watch Charlie & The chocolate Factory without wanting to EAT CHOCOLATE!!! PS. Your cap looks amazing! Love the idea.

    • November 2, 2015 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you! It is not going so well at this exact moment in time, I am currently finishing off party food as I blog but hopefully now the party for 33 small people has been and gone I will be able to re-focus my efforts. 🙂 The head bandy, ear warmer thing is super duper warm and so easy, just a long band that is crocheted together at the ends.

  10. November 10, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    OMGI I just happened to spot your post title and had to check it out because I have crochet on my mind right now. I am running up to Flagstaff tomorrow to teach my niece how to crochet. The really weird thing is that we were also joking and saying that keeping our hands busy may keep us from eating so much. Something tells me that it may not stop us though.

    • November 11, 2015 / 12:08 pm

      Wow! Great minds!! I’ve not had much time to put my theory into practise, but I’ve just bought an amazing magazine/book thing with a whole lot of different projects to try. Very exciting! I hope you have a lovely day teaching you niece. Let me know how you get on, whether it stops you snacking!! 🙂 thank you for popping by.

  11. October 3, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Yay for Crochet! I do find I smoke & eat less when I’m crocheting 🙂 hopefully it wont be long before your noticing a difference AND making beautiful crocheted goodies.. Perfect with christmas coming up 😉 a few of my makes come out wonky & the girls always steal them haha Good Luck & I can’t wait to see what else you make! Xx

    • October 4, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      I used knitting to help me quit smoking! It really helped. I’ve been really lax on the crochet recently. I need to get a better handle on the blogging so I get some free time back! 🙂

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