Friday, September 19, 2014

5 Friday Finds #17

Hello!  How has your week been? 
School holidays start here today, I have been looking forward to these holidays, life is just more relaxed when the boys don't have school.  I am hoping to get lots of crochet done too, I have applied for another market, I might not get in, but just in case I am trying to make some new stock! 

Anyway, I have my 5 Friday Etsy finds for this week, here they are!


1. I love these knitted hot air balloons from ButterflyLove1, there are ready to hang ones and also a pattern so you can knit your own, fabulous! 
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2.patternedpaintroller makes these gorgeous paint rollers, aren't they are great!  They can be used for fabric or paper, there are so many lovely patterns in this shop!

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3. I know I have mentioned  her before, but the fab artist Lisa Congdon has written a great book called 'Art Inc' for any one considering a career as an artist. She is selling signed copies 
as well as her gorgeous art works from her shop lisacongdon.
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4.swallowfield is the shop of artist Jennifer Judd-Mcgee, she sells prints and cards like these lovelies, and makes beautiful paper cut designs too, a very talented lady!
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5.makewells is the shop of another amazing illustrator, Megan Wells, I really like her prints of these  sayings, such good advice! 
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So that's all I have for you tonight, I wonder if my knitting skills are up to knitting a few of those balloons?  Might have to give them a try! 

Have a great weekend! 
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Crochet a little flower, a winner and a newsletter!





Hello! How are you going today? 
I hope everything is going well for you.

Firstly I am pleased to announce the winner of the Cascade Ultra Pima from last week, the winner of this month's giveaway is Monique's Mess!  If you could drop me an email with your postal details I will get it in the mail ASAP. Thank you to everyone who entered, I always love reading all your yarny thoughts.

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I thought I would share how I make my weeny flowers that I sell in little packs as embellishments for things.  A few lovely readers on Facebook asked for the pattern and I promised to share how I do them, so here it is!  
It is a very simple pattern,  I am sure there are heaps of different versions of  little crochet flowers around the crafty world, everyone has their favourite go to flower pattern, I find this a good one for simple 2 colour flowers that are pretty, quick and cute! I also love a slightly more elaborate flower pattern using 3 colours that is in one of those Japanese craft books, but this is a simpler one.

This is only 2 rounds of crochet, how simple and easy! 

Ok, this is how to do them, I am sure you will have it memorised in 5 minutes! 
(I crochet using American terminology, but have put the English version in brackets for you.)

Use an appropriate hook size for the yarn you are using.



 Start by chaining 4 and joining with a slip stitch to create a ring.  
Chain1, and make 5 sc (dc) into the ring and slip stitch to first sc to join. Fasten off.
This is your centre of the flower made!



To make the petals: change colours, join to any sc, *3 chain, then make a 4 dc (tr) cluster into same stitch, by leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook so you end up with 5 loops on the hook, (see below), yarn over and complete the cluster.

  

3 chain (above), and slipstitch into same sc as the cluster to anchor the petal. *(below)


Slipstitch into next sc and repeat the process from *to* to make a petal in each sc of the 1st round.



Slipstitch into first chain to complete the round of petals, fasten off, and there you have it, one cute little flower completed!


You could make these into garlands or put them on hair clips, or use them in scrapbooking, or add them to your snail mail for extra cuteness, or anything really! 

I hope you find making these as addictive as I do!  :)
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I am having issues with blogger at the moment, I am trying to add another page at the top of my blog to a newsletter sign up, but it is linked to this home page instead! I don't know where my sign up page is, it is not happening as it should, and I can't really remember how I added the other pages, so I am not sure if there is something I should be doing that I am not!   Frustrating!!

Anyway, if anyone would like to sign up to receive a Little Woollie Makes Newsletter occasionally, you can get to the sign up page here!  I promise not to spam you!! ;)
I think it will have news from my shop, new stock and special offers and I might add in patterns from Ravelry that I think are nice, or cute links and other yarny things like that. 
Not sure when it will be out, I'm still finding my way around Mailchimp and I need some people to send it to first ! :)

Have a lovely crafty day, I am off to do a few rows on my neon stripe blanket! 

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PS. If anyone would like to order any wool from my shop, please note we are going away next Monday for 10 day, so my shop will be shut ( if I can work out how to shut it!) and orders will resume when I get back.  If you get your orders in by Sunday I can post them before we leave. :)


Monday, September 15, 2014

New crochet on the hook......



Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend!  
We had a good one here, nothing spectacular, but I did get all the grass mowed, had a lovely bike ride and found lots of time for some crochet love!!  

Want to see what I have been making lately?
I have been playing around with a little idea that has turned into a sweet hexie motif I am calling the 'Puffy Petal Hexie' . I wanted to make a flower that looked solid, really stood out and up from it's background, and with the petals clearly defined.  I think this is doing all those things plus it looks very cute!  ( in my opinion anyway!:) )

I decided to make a few in my Heirloom cotton, and I am actually loving the slightly vintage vibe these colours are giving this motif.  I think I will keep making them and turn it into a blanket.  





What do you think of the white edging?  I was trying for a unifying colour that will be nice and neat looking when I sew them all together....... I think it helps the colours to stand out a bit more too....



I have a few little tweaks to make to the pattern, (plus about 100 more hexies for the blanket!!) and then I think it will just about be finished. 

It is such a good feeling when an idea works out into something similar to what you had in your head, it is very satisfying creatively speaking.

I have another project on the go at the moment too, an order for a neon stripy blanket from a lovely customer in the US, I will show you how that is coming along tomorrow, I think it looks really bright and modern, I will be interested to see what you all think!  

Have a lovely crafty day wherever you are!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

5 Friday Finds #16

Hello there!  How has your week been? Mine has been a bit aimless, but that is nice for a little while, I have some things that I want to do next week so it should be a more productive week I hope. 
Anyway, it's time for another 5 Friday Etsy Finds! 



1. sincerelylouise is the shop of clever knitter Louise Walker, she has just released a book of her gorgeous designs, lots of lovely things to knit in here me thinks!
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2. Lucy Brasher is the amazing artist behind thecatintheshoe, her beautiful creations never last long in her shop, so I thought I would share her shop today as she has recently restocked with some of her fabulous creatures, and I think there are a few left! Yay! 
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3. If you are interested in crochet I am sure you will all know Maaike from creJJtion, and her beautiful patterns for baby blankets, I am partial to a nice mixed stitch pattern and these are lovely!
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4.I really like these cups from HappyClay, the shop of Niki Crosby a very talented ceramicist, there are lots of lovely things in this shop, I love the colours and that vine pattern in these cups!
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5. I recently came across the work of Jennifer Orkin Lewis via Lisa Congdon's blog and I am so pleased to have found such a lovely artist! augustwren is her shop where she sells prints and paintings of her work. beautiful! 
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Ok, that's another Friday Finds done and dusted, 
the weeks are flying by at the moment don't you think!  

What have you got planned for the weekend? 

I am going to try and mow the grass, it is more like a meadow out there, so it could be a big job!
And I am starting a new custom order blanket which should be fun, I'll show you how that's going next week!  I also want to work on a little pattern I am making that I hope you guys will like, I think it is looking quite good, if I do say so myself.  More on that later too!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September yarny giveaway!


Hello everyone!  
I hope you are all having a good day.  It is windy here again which I always find a bit unsettling, I tend to flit from thing to thing on windy days, I'm hoping to be more focused tomorrow.

So anyway, I have a giveaway for you today, my ambition to hold one giveaway a month has got a little off track, but I will try and finish the rest of the year sticking to my word.  

The giveaway for this month is 3 skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima cotton
this is fairly new to my shop, but I am loving it already!  So soft, but creates a nice sturdy fabric too.
I had trouble choosing which colours to giveaway, there are so many to choose from, but in the end I decided to go with 3 rich jewel shades.  I thought you could make some nice potholders or washcloths or even a striped scarf with these.   


To enter just leave me a comment on this post telling me what is your favourite thing to make out of cotton.  I will pick a winner next Wednesday.

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This week has been a bit strange, I don't have the pressure of a market stall to make for, so am a little at sea with what to make next!  So much freedom!  
I have been experimenting with a new motif for a blanket, it is something I started playing around with last year, so it is good to get it out and take it to the next stage.  I am thinking it could be my next pattern I write up, I am quite pleased with how it is looking.  So I will have to share with you all soon!

Have great making day, hope you get some crafting in at some point! 

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Edited : Thank you, this giveaway has now ended !

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Neon colours - new wool in the shop!



Hello!
How has your day been? 
It has been wet and stormy here, pretty horrible really.

I have had my shopkeepers hat on today, uploading photos and products into my shop, so
I thought I'd show you some of the amazing coloured wool that has arrived in the shop this week.  
I am really excited to have neon colours in merino wool now available.
These new neon colours from Zara are so out there, in a good way!!.  

As part of my focus on having great coloured yarns in my shop, I have been looking for quite a while for some neon colours, but had only been able to find the odd one in scratchy acrylic.  
I am so pleased that Filatura di Crosa have bought out these neons in their gorgeous superfine merino Zara 8ply,  I was really missing some power shots of colour that these neons bring!  I'm thinking that a grey blanket with some shots of neon through it would look very cool.


I think with Summer coming up something bright and colourful and a little bit neon could be coming off my hook, just got to find the right pattern!  :)


I'll be back tomorrow with a little giveaway for you all too :) 
Have a lovely day! 





Monday, September 8, 2014

weekly stills....










1. A new tapestry crochet washer I have started with the Cascade Ultra Pima, I am planning quite a few of these for Christmas pressies.

2+3+4. It is a very flowery time of year around here and I love it! My hyacinths are doing really well, and I am able to pick some to bring inside and still have lots out in the garden.  All these colourful beauties came from my garden.  Such a simple pleasure to pick a bunch of flowers for yourself, but one I look forward to all year!

5+6. These are a couple of shots of my stall at the NannaCool market on Saturday, I forgot to put my camera in, so these were taken on my phone, so they are a bit blurry, but I think you can get the idea.   We had a lovely day, it was great to chat to some crafty peeps and I was greatly encouraged by all the positive feedback for my stall set up and crochet stuff, everyone was so nice!  It was also lovely to meet some of the people who read this blog!  Hello everyone :)! Thanks for stopping by and having a chat, I still find it a bit strange to meet people in real life that read this, often it feels like I am just writing a little crafty diary to myself and I forget that real people in my community actually read it! Blogging is  kind of weird like that, it is produced in isolation but actually reaches across the world!  How fantastic!

7+8. Last week a lot of little crochet took place, I spent a fair amount of time on the couch surrounded by balls of wool and crochet flowers, I did manage to nearly fill my tin with flowers so I was happy with that! Also managed to sell a few at the market so it was all for a good cause.

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How was your week? 
What have you got planned for this one?  
I hope it is full of good stuff for you all! 

I have got some new yummy yarn in my shop to show you tomorrow, just got to take pictures and upload it.  And I think it is time for a giveaway this week, I have fallen behind in my monthly giveaways so time to catch up!

Talk soon! 

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