Thursday, May 21, 2015

Starting something new.....

Lots of colourful circles waiting to be squared up! 

Hello there! 
How are you going my crafty friends?  
It feels like I haven't been here for ages! 

I have been missing my little blog recently, the days have been whizzing by without a lot of computer time, but today I am going to show you a blanket that I am in the process of making.  

It is another Sunburst Granny Square blanket, I really love this square, so simple yet pleasing!  Priscilla Hewitt sure knows how to write a great crochet pattern!
I have made this pattern before, a long time ago when I first learnt to crochet, ( about 4 years ago), so it has been nice to give it another go in completely different colours.



This is the beginning, I wanted to use up some of the large stash of scrap balls that I own, so lots of pretty colour all mixed together ...


...then I started playing around with colour schemes within all the different colours I was using, getting a bit side-tracked, I think I might come back to these colours and make a more limited palette blanket one day, too cute not to document though!  Loving all the pinks and greens together. :)


Next it was time to to start squaring them up, I chose grey because it a nice neutral background colour, plus I had just received my shipment of Cascade 220 Superwash and it had a lovely Silver Grey that I just had to use!


 ....more squares and colour........


....this is where I'm up to at the moment, I need to make about another 20 squares to make a cot blanket size, but I think they are looking nice and chirpy all together!  Very happy with this little stash busting project!  :) 


So my friends, what have you been making recently?  
Are you doing any stash busting?
Are you finding it harder to fit in computer time like me? 
How do you balance all the different social medias around these days?  Is it even worth trying? I am having trouble juggling my blog, Instagram and Facebook, I don't even bother with Twitter or anything else.  And I'm not posting on Facebook as much either!   
There has to be time to live real life or there is nothing to post about anyway! 

Talk soon! 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

weekly stills...







1. Wound all these scummy colours into cakes the other day, all ready to make into something special.  Not sure what that is yet, but I'm bound to think of something!  

2. More yarny goodness, gotta love on line shopping!  This divine sock wool arrived the other day all the way from Canada.  Love these colours so much!  Very happy girl here!! :) 

3 + 4. Starting something new,  more to come on this project soon! 

5. Cool shadows in the morning light....


Life has been extra busy the last few weeks, and my blogging time has been suffering, so sorry for not being around here much, I'm hoping to get back into it this week, I have a few things to share with you all! 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New yarn in the shop - Cascade 220 Superwash!


Hello there! 
How has your week been going? 
I have been a busy girl putting on my shopkeepers hat this week. 
You might remember the order of Cascade 220 Superwash that I received a while ago, well  I have finally spent some time uploading photos of the new yarn and putting it in my online shop so now it is all there ready to buy!  
I am so happy to be finally stocking this wool, I have heard lots of good things about it,  and am so looking forward to making something with it, it feels so soft and the colours range is fabulous!  I currently have 58 colours in stock, and am planning on adding to that in my next order, so there really is a colour for everyone! 
It can be worked at an 8ply gauge with a 4mm hook/needles or as a 10ply with a 4.5/5mm hook/needle, I think it is technically classed as a light worsted weight yarn, but it feels very close to an 8ply in my opinion!  And I love the big 100g balls, so much potential crafty fun! 
If you'd like to have a look you can see them over here! 







........this colour palette looks familiar to me :) I still love this combo of colours! .....



It really is a pleasure being surrounded by all this inspiring colour!! 

The shop will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 - 4pm for anyone who would like to visit in person, just email me (or ring) for the address at littlewoollie@hotmail.com :) 
Or by appointment at any other time, just give me a ring! 
( my contact number is on my shop page here)

Talk soon! 
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Friday, April 24, 2015

5 Friday Finds #38

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Hello everyone, I hope you have had a lovely week and are ready for a relaxing, fun weekend.
I'd like to thank you all for the lovely comments about my studio/shop, I am so happy that I can share my excitement about this project with a bunch of people who get it and are so supportive and positive  in their reactions, thanks you so much!  I few people hadn't realised that I was running a shop before, so it is great to have somewhere people can come and see and feel the wool rather than just online where it can be hard to convey the texture and softness of yarn.  
So now I have online and in the flesh shopping! Yay! 
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Anyway, it is time for my Etsy Finds this week, I have decided to look at more Mother's Day gift ideas for the crafty inclined mums like myself!  There is plenty of choice on Etsy! 
So here we go! 
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1.  I loved this hand dyed speckled yarn from Tara at TheSheepyshire gorgeous flecks of colour in these! 
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2.There are lots more hand dyed yarns at Spacefrog, Julia makes beautiful colour ways like these sock yarns, perfect to tempt me into the wonderful world of sock knitting, something I want to get right into! Just got to get over my fear of double pointed needles. :) 
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3. If you are multicraftual (that's a word, right?) and like to dabble in the fabric crafts as well as yarny pursuits, have a look at mabelandgeorge.  Sarah Bulkeley is the amazingly gifted designer behind this  lovely range of fabrics perfect for any quilting project or bags or cushions or skirts, or anything really!!  The colour palette Sarah uses is right up my alley, I also love her embroidery kits!  She's a local lass too, so even better to support our talented home grown makers! :) 
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4. I couldn't go past these fabulous knitted apple cushions from studiomeez, they are made from soft lambswool and look so cosy!  I think a couple of these on my bed would be so lovely! 
(boys are you reading this?? :) ) 
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5. These beautiful flower prints by designer Elizabeth Grubaugh  are available at DeweyHoward, doesn't that wall look great! There are also beautiful cushions with these prints on them, so lovely, because you can never have too many cushions, right?? ;) 

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So that's it for another week! 

Have a good weekend.  
We have a public holiday tomorrow for Anzac Day, it is quite an emotional day with everyone taking a moment to remember and give thanks all the soldiers who made sacrifices so we could live in this fabulous peaceful society.  
With all the crappy things happening in other parts of the world, I feel extra grateful to those brave people who ensured we would live with freedom and without fear.  
We are indeed a lucky country. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Little Woollie Makes wool studio - tadah!



Hello! 
How is your day going?  
I'm having a good one, I've had a crochet lesson with a lovely girl and am getting ready for another one this evening, I really love all this crafty work!  
So anyway, I have finally got my studio/shop nearly organised so it's time for the virtual tour and grand tadah!!   I cannot tell you how excited and happy I am to have this space completed, my friend Ed, the carpenter did a great job and I am so loving spending time in here!!

(Apologises for the huge amount photos, but I just couldn't choose which ones to leave out!) 
   
It is nice and colourful and I think it shows of the beautiful yarns well, I so love having all the wool out of their plastic bags, the colours really shine now!

So now I'll let you have a bit of a wander through my new space, enjoy! 



















Now local yarnies can pop in and choose their wool in the flesh,  I can run classes and workshops, and I have a good place to run the online side from too! 
Very happy here!! 

Of course all the yarns can be found here at Little Woollie Makes Yarn Store online, although my new stock of Cascade 220 Superwash hasn't been added just yet.  

I hope you are having a happy, colourful day like me! :) 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

5 Friday finds #37


Hello! 
I am all out of whack with my posting at the moment, I haven't done a Friday Etsy finds post for a while, and I was determined to do one over the weekend but didn't quite get it finished, so here it is , nearly midnight on Monday and it is finally going up! 

Mother's day is coming up in a few weeks here, so I thought I'd have a look for some lovely things that I'd be happy to receive from my boys.  (although I won't be holding my breath, they are likely to forget about the whole day!) 

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1. I love the gorgeous bird soft sculptures/toys in PopetseToys , aren't these lovely!  There are lots of other woodland creatures that I'd welcome into my toy collection any day! :) 
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2. The amazing hand painted pillow at toucheefeelee1 are so beautiful!  I love this cloudy sky one, very calming I think.
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3. More gorgeous cushions can be found at Gingiber, this time with  cute animal shapes and prints, I love this black sheep one, it would look great on my couch!  I may have shared this shop with you before, I can't remember, but if I have it is such a great shop I think it is worth sharing again!! :) 
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4. I have recently come across the whimsical jewellery at kissthefrogstudio and find it so intriguing! 
Isn't this little piece called 'thinking' so lovely! It's amazing all the different things you can do with silver, gold and some enamel paint.  There are lots of quirky pieces in this shop that are just so covetable! :)  I think my mum would like one of these. :) 
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5. PoconoModern is a shop full of modernist inspired art works and other cute little things, this poster would be perfect for any pyrex enthusiast like me!  I'd love my collection to look that good in real life! I do have that aqua, snowflake, rectangle dish on the bottom shelf, so that is a start!  I'm on the look out for some pink pieces next. :) 

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So that's a wrap for tonight, I am going to get my act into gear and get my mum something nice this year, usually I leave it to the last minute, but I am going to be organised this year, she deserves something lovely! 

Have a great day/night every ever you are! 

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