Crochet on Corfu…

I was very lucky to be able to enjoy a family holiday on the island of Corfu at the beginning of June. Being such a beautiful island with lots of nature and coastal inspiration to enjoy, I’d like to share some of that with you here in this blog post… yes wherever I go, my crochet comes too!

I had never been to Greece before… as a family we don’t fly very often and tend to enjoy travels in our campervan so this was a real treat. Why Corfu? Well like many people we’ve enjoyed the TV series ‘The Durrells’ over the last 4 years which is filmed on Corfu… and it enticed us to visit!

We stayed in a little apartment in Kalami on the north east of the island. A really wonderful place which is also where Lawrence Durrell lived in the ‘White House’ from 1935 – 1939. You can see it there…

We only took cabin luggage so I didn’t have much room for yarn but my holiday project was a Filet Crochet shawl using my gorgeous skein of ‘Blue Planet’ silk yarn from Spectrum Fibre… it’s such a special yarn and Corfu seemed the perfect place to be crocheting with it…

On the beach was the most fabulous piece of driftwood that many people sat on… when I got the chance I used it as a brilliant base for some photos!

The first local crochet which I spotted on Corfu was quite by chance… we had hired a car and drove up into the mountains. We stopped at a viewing point and there on the ground we saw this…

…which on closer inspection was a happy crocheted face so I hung it up for others to enjoy… a Corfu Yarnbomb!

Corfu is very close to Albania and here you can see across the water… at one point Albania is only 2 miles away!The beaches are amazing for beachcombing… yes there is sadly a lot of plastic washed up but we also found beautiful driftwood and seaglass too…

We hired a boat one day and the water really is this blue…

And so clear… it was the first time I tried snorkelling which gave such a wonderful snapshot into the sea life below…

I crocheted around a piece of seaglass using my pattern which you can find hereimg_7119There really is so much seaglass to be found on the beaches. We bought a local fruit liquor in a glass bottle which is in the shape of Corfu… now once we drank that delicious drink, it became the perfect home for my new seaglass collection!img_9267

We visited Corfu Town and I really wanted to buy some yarns locally… but I just couldn’t find a yarn shop…

I did see these crocheted dream catchers in a tourist shop though…

And then we came across ‘Adriana’s Workshop’ where a local lady sells her own crochet makes…

I got talking to the delightful and very talented owner… and she gave me directions to a yarn shop!!

Off we went across the town only to find that it was closed… 😦

But it was a pleasure to gaze through the window and see that crochet is certainly alive and well in Corfu Town…

Oh how I would have loved some of that local yarn to take home with me but alas, not this time…

We then visited the Vlacherna Monastery…

And inside is where I saw some more local crochet… which just like my holiday project was Filet Crochet too! How wonderful…

During our stay we came across more crochet in other churches we visited…

We spent one whole day driving around the north of the island, stopping off at various coastal places…

Sidari where we swam and also found some more seaglass…

Peroulades which has a beach with amazing cliffs and views to the very north west tip of Corfu Island, Cape Drastis and also south to Diaplo which is part of the Diapontia Islands…

We visited Porto Timoni which has a very unique beach… actually two beaches, either side of a piece of headland…

And finally Paleokastrisa beach for more clear waters and snorkelling…img_6270

Progress was made on my Filet Crochet shawl during the week…img_6576

And the local flowers and plants were just stunning…img_6294

And now to an absolute highlight for me … we discovered ‘Agathi’s Handmade Lace‘ Shop in Kassiopi. And what an absolute gem… I had finally found crochet heaven on Corfu!

The delightful owner sells her crochet makes… and she’s been doing this here for 47 years! It was absolutely wonderful to see all the amazing things she has made…img_6319She told me how she had learned to crochet initially in her childhood, like so many of us, but then she had gone to a designated school for handicrafts on the island of Crete and mastered her craft there. She crochets all these designs from her head… it was just so inspiring to see and I was in awe of her crochet skills! She makes lace too…

I just had to buy something to support her business so my daughter chose a gorgeous red crocheted top. She looks absolutely amazing in it… you’ll have to take my word for that… 🙂

We found the actual house that was used for filming on the TV series ‘The Durrells’… that was a really lovey place to spend some time…img_6976img_7080

And we even managed a sunset! Staying on the north east of the island, it meant we didn’t see the sunsets from Kalami so we drove around to the north west and it was certainly worth it…

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Corfu is just so beautiful and I made the most of the photo opportunities and photographed my ‘Coastal Granny Square’ which I designed  for the Hobbycraft Blanket crochet along (it didn’t take up much room at the bottom of my hand luggage!)…img_7134img_6680

And finally here’s my shawl… any guesses what the design will encompass…?

Yes… it’s my ‘Corfu Shawl’!

The pattern will be released very soon!

Thank you so much for sharing my Corfu inspirations… have any of you lovely readers been to Corfu? I’d love to hear about it…

Happy Crocheting Everyone… 🙂 🙂

43 comments

  1. What a great post, Greece and crocheting together! I’ve been to few places in Greece but not Corfu. Now it’s in my list. Whenever I go on a trip, I always look for some crocheting or at least handmade craft shops. Sometimes it’s difficult to find but when I find it, oh, what an energy source starts to work inside me! Really inspiring. Thank you for the post!

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  2. What a great read! I went to Corfu with my hubby many moons ago before we were married and it was an interesting week! The island itself was beautiful but our last minute booking came with lots of issues. A long story for another day!! I loved reading about your adventures 😃👍🏼

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  3. Ih Elenora, you are so blessed to live so close to these gorgeous places. Beautiful!!!! And thank you so much for sharing. I love seaglass!!!! Unfortunately, you can’t find much if it here in the US.

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  4. Can’t believe you went to see Agathi !!! …she is a great friend in Kassiopi where we go at least once a year. I always try to take her something that I have done or am doing and something new in the way of patterns. I shall be able to tell her that it was you that created my lovely Seaside stash blanket of which she has seen the pictures !!! So thank you Eleonora x

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  5. I found your post by accident, l was so happy to hear about pom pom, l live in peroulades and find it difficult to find things like wool, buttons etc, there are a few places selling bits and pieces but nothing like lm use to in the uk. I do quilting, knitting and my last visit home l was learning crocheting. I did finish a blanket which l was chuffed about. I’ve been looking for buttons for a cardigan l finished a few weeks ago but not found what l require so hope fully next time lm in corfu town the shop will be open and l can have a browse. I did read your post and found it informative and entertaining. I enjoyed the read and it’s nice to see corfu through someone else’s eyes. If you come out again let me know maybe you can give me some tips on crocheting and how to keep my edges straight lol.

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    1. Hello Lisa… how lovely to hear from you! Thank you so much for your kind words… you live in a very beautiful part of the world! We really fell in love with Corfu… Pom Pom looked wonderful from what I could see through the window… so I hope you get there while it’s open and discover a new place to stock up on bits and pieces… Let me know what it’s like inside! We’d love to visit Corfu again one day… 😊💙💙💙☀️☀️

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  6. That’s amazing! I’m off to Corfu in a few days so it’s great seeing your photos! I’m taking s small project with me and I’ll certainly look out for the places you’ve been to especially Agathi’s shop.

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  7. I loved reading about your experience in Corfu. My husband and I visited Corfu last year. You brought back many lovely memories of the beautiful beaches, Corfu town and the relaxed way of life! We also paid a visit to ‘Blue eye Nature Reserve’ in Albania, which as you said is so close to Corfu. I live in Malta, which is very close to Corfu, and in my country, lots of people work crochet and handmade lace using bobbins. Crochet is my passion! Your work is beautiful!
    Regards, from Yvonne Spiteri

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  8. My wife found the yarn shops in and around San Rocco Square in Corfu town. Almost every ladies underwear shop has a section at the back for all sorts of yarn. She left me having a beer whilst she enjoyed herself

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  9. What a fabulous post!!!
    I’ve visited lots of these places myself with my fiance…..
    Corfu is so so beautiful.
    You’ve inspired me to collect some of the sea glass myself when I’m there again in September 😊

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  10. Eleonora, what a wonderful post especially as I’m going to Corfu in two weeks time!!! I’m so excited as like you we never fly to get to our holidays and you’ve given me so many ideas of where to go! I insisted on going to Corfu as I loved loved the Durrells!!!!! I wish I was brave enough to write posts!! I’m useless! It was Lindsay ( Postcard from Gibraltar) who got me started one holiday visiting my mum, but I just doubt myself 😁

    Thanks again for sharing your beautiful photos
    Marisa 😘

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    1. Hi Marisa… I hope you have a wonderful time!! We certainly loved it… and maybe you can write a blog post about your Corfu adventures and discoveries!! 😄👍 I’d love to hear how you get on… I’m going to send you a private message on Instagram with more details about where the house used for filming the Durrells is… it isn’t widely advertised and took us a while to locate it! 😊💙💙💙

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  11. More great pics , love that you have shared your beautiful holiday with us all , and to have the perfect container to store your seaglass , such a lovely souvenir

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  12. Your trip to Corfu was really very complete. Your descriptions and photos really lovely. Your Corfu scarf looks nice on you and is very “watery” feeling! Brava!

    I thought to add to your info about Corfu that many many women, including my relatives and neighbors, all of the older generation of women excelled in crochet, especially the lace. They learned it as children and since there was no tv until 1972(!) and few cars, and not many tourists the women sat around and knitted and crocheted and talked. It is becoming a lost art now with the busyness of life.

    Thank you for your interesting blog.
    Leslie

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