Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Little Woollie Rabbits!



Hello everyone!
I hope you're having a good week, it's a beautiful day here and I'm making bunnies!  :)
I have had so much going on recently, (I've been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone and run more classes and workshops) it seems like my brain is always buzzing and full!
Organisation is not my strong suit, (as my sporadic posting over here shows! ) so I do find it quite a challenge to get everything ready for workshops.  I'm slowly getting slightly more comfortable with running workshops, I find if I keep my intro very short and we just get on with the making, I can enjoy the afternoon and just talk with people one on one. 
Anyhoo, that's just what  I've found seems to work well. :)

But I digress!  I was going to talk about this little bunny rabbit I've made for an amigurumi workshop on the weekend.  The girls all seemed to enjoy making him, and we ironed out a few pattern faults,  (thank you ladies!!) so I thought I would pop the pattern up for sale on my Ravelry pattern page for anyone who would like to make one too! Also, I think he would be a great little Easter bunny gift !

I made him out of Scheepjes Cahlista cotton, which is 10ply, and used a 3.5mm hook, so it's a nice tight fabric.  You could use an 8ply cotton with a 3mm or 2.5mm hook as well, and I have also made a small bunny with 4ply wool and a 2mm hook.  It is great for using up small amounts of yarn, so start stash busting!!

These bunnies don't take too long to make, you could probably whip one up in a couple of nights, so I think a whole bunny family is very doable. :)  The little satchel bag is also the perfect size for a mini chocolate egg.  I think I might make a couple of these for my nephews for Easter, I do have a lot of colour combos to try out!


Hope you all have a great day wherever you are in the world, and that you are getting some fun crochet time !  xxxxxxxx

PS I have a lot of crochet things on the go at the moment, I'm going to try and share them on here soon, I miss the record of makes that blogging gave when I was doing it regularly!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Workshops and groups coming up at the shop!


 Hi there!  Hope all has been good with you!
I have made a timetable for classes and groups at the shop for the next few months so thought I'd pop it on here for a reference.
If anyone would like to book a spot for any workshop or class, just send me a message or comment on here or facebook or instagram. 
These dates are in addition to the Tuesday and Thursday morning weekly get togethers which are on going. :)

Thanks peeps, I have so many blog posts in my head to share with you, I have been making lots of stuff and life has just been busy!  Hopefully there will be a bit more blogging time soon! xxxxxx

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sock knitting in 2018


Hello there!  Happy New Year 2018! 
2017 went by in such a blur, I really hope this year meanders a bit more so there is time to do all the things properly.  Enjoy, relax  and savour the process of making, and not the 'half arsed, that will have to do, run out of time' rush of a year like 2017!  
I'm sure I will make big plans that never get realised, it happens every year.  I think I will do a priority list so at least the things I really want to try get done!

Which brings me to Sock Knitting.  :) 
I am so in love with sock yarn, I really want to make All The Socks, there are just so many beautiful colours and clever dyers and challenging patterns out there! 
I'm thinking a doable goal would be one pair a month for 2018, that would give me 12 pairs or 24 individual socks, (because I just know I'm not going to want to make a second matching sock, they can be samples for the shop of all the amazing yarns!) Surely I can manage that! 

I'm off to a good start anyway, the photos are of my first sock for the year, I started it on the weekend and am going to go and turn the heel after I finish this so hopefully I'll have one finished later this week! 

I'm loving the combo of charcoal with the amazing speckles, 
I still have a couple of skeins of these in the shop I think, but will have to order more, its so lovely! 
The pattern I'm using is the excellent 4ply Basic Sock pattern from Winwick Mum



There are so many colours speckled through this yarn!



Anyway, that's the first of my yarny ambitions for 2018, I'm sure I'll come up with plenty more! 
There are lots of new yarns coming to the shop over the next few months, I am always inspired by new yarns and just have to give them a try out, so lots of new projects are sure to be started, and maybe even finished! :) 

Have a great day my crafty friends, Julie xxx

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Crochet a Christmas Tree!






Hi there! I hope you're having a great day wherever you are! 

So December is nearly here, and that means Christmas is just around the corner!! Eek!  Where has the year gone? I feel like I have been going backwards this year, always chasing my tail!  Hopefully I'll be more organised next year and get my act together!! :) 

Anyway, I have been doing a bit of crochet and I thought I'd share a little Christmas decoration that I've been making this week, I like to try and come up with a new decoration each year and this is what I've made for this year! 
I hope you like it!  It has a bit of a rustic, folky feel which I like.  

These cute crochet Christmas Trees are made in 2 flat pieces, a front and back, that are then crocheted together. They can be left flat or can be stuffed for a more 3D effect, They are very simple to make, I have done a spotty bobble version and a striped version, so you can make a whole forest of dangley trees if you like!  There are lots of ways you could decorate these trees you could add a little sparkly star to the top and a loop and hang them, you could sew on beads or buttons, or make little stands from slices of branches and stand them up like a forest. or you could make a few and turn them into a Christmas bunting!  ( I think I might do this with mine!)


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Crochet Christmas Trees!


Materials and hook: They can be made from any yarn you like, different yarns will give you different looks, use the crochet hook 1 size smaller than recommended for the yarn you use.
I used MoYa cotton Caresse which is a rustic 10ply yarn and a 4.5mm hook.


Stitches used:

Chain (ch): Yarn over and draw through loop on hook.


Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, (3 loops on hook),
yarn over and draw through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops.

Treble two together (2trtog): [Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over , draw through all loops on hook.


Double Treble Bobble (dtr bobble) : [Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over draw through 2 loops, yarn over draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yarn over draw through all loops on hook.
(To make a bobble in a contrast colour; in the stitch before the bobble, use the bobble colour for the last yarn over so that it is ready to be used to make the bobble. Change back to the background colour in the last yarn over drawing through all loops on hook.)





Turn work after each row.
Staring chains in each row do not count as stitches. 

Australian/English terms.

Bobble Tree Front:


Row 1: Ch3, 2tr in 1st chain. (2sts)
Row 2: Ch2, 2trtog in first stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (3sts)
Row 3: Ch2, 2trtog in first stitch, dtr bobble in next stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch (4sts) 
Row 4: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (5sts)
Row 5: Ch2, (2trtog in first stitch, dtr bobble in next stitch) repeat to last stitch,


2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (6sts)
Row 6: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (7sts) 
Row 7: Ch2, (2trtog in first stitch, dtr bobble in next stitch) repeat to last stitch,


2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (8sts)
Row 8: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch (9sts) 
Row 9: Ch2, (2trtog in first stitch, dtr bobble in next stitch) repeat to last stitch,


2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (10sts)
Row 10: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. Bind off (11sts)



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Tree Back:


Row 1: Ch3, 2tr in first chain. (2sts)
Row 2: Ch2, 2trtog in first stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (3sts)
Rows 3 to 10: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (increasing 1 stitch in each row) Bind off.



Place the front and back together with right sides outside, join edge colour to bottom right corner and dc through both layers. Dc around the tree making a picot (4 chain, slip stitch into 1st chain) ever 3 stitch or so. when you get back to the bottom edge, dc half way along then pop a small stick for a tree trunk and crochet around it and continue to where you started , join with a slip stitch to the first stitch and bind off.
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For a striped tree:

Make as for the tree back, but use 2 colours alternating each row and crocheting over the unused colour across the row, so it is in the right place to start the next row. 

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Well that's it for now, I'm off to make a few more trees for my shop window! 
Talk soon! xxxxxxx

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Home Decoration in Crochet by Tanya Eberhardt


Hi there my crafty friends!  How's your October going?  It has been a busy month for me, but then again this whole year seems to have flown by, life away from the computer has been full on!

Anyway, I have still been finding time to crochet so it's all good. :) 

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive a copy of a gorgeous new crochet book called 'Home Decoration in Crochet' by Tanya Eberhardt, and was asked to take part in a blog hop to celebrate the release of the book.  I was happy to say yes! You might already know that Tanya has a fabulous crochet and knitting blog called Little Things Blogged, and now she has written this beautiful book full of lovely crochet designs to make for your home. I also think there are lots of projects in this book that would make great gifts!

I decided to try out this cute doily pattern, because I really love the colours in the photos of the 3 sizes of doily, and I like their updated retro feel.   The pattern was easy to follow and had both written and graphic instructions which I really liked, (often I like to refer to the graphic pattern to get an overview of the design).
I think it has turned out really well, I have decided I'm going to have an ongoing project, making pot holders and doilies when I find cute patterns, and make an installation on a wall in the shop, I think this might be my first one to pop on the wall!
There are several projects in this book that I'd like to make, and with designs for blankets, cushions, bags and lots of smaller projects like pin cushions and jar cosies, there is something for every skill level!  I also really liked the geometric popcorn cushion pattern, that might be the next one I try out!

There are lots of other bloggers taking part in the blog hop, sharing lots of different projects from the book, you can find the schedule on Tanya's post over here.



Talk soon peeps, I'm off to do some crochet! :)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tunisian Crochet Workshop by Michelle Robinson



Hi there everyone! 
I hope your day is going well, it is beautiful here, Spring has finally arrived and it is so good!

Today I'm sharing something exciting that a friend of mine has done, 
Michelle Robinson of Poppy and Bliss fame has written a wonderful book all about Tunisian Crochet, it's called 'Tunisian Crochet Workshop' and I was lucky enough to be given a copy of the e-book to review and be part of a blog hop to celebrate the launch of the book 

As someone who hasn't dabbled in Tunisian crochet before, this book was excellent at explaining 
the techniques for a beginner, while also exploring lots of more advanced stitches for when you are ready for more.  Also, the projects are very cute!  Michelle has created a truly comprehensive guide to Tunisian Crochet, I'm sure it will become my go to book on this subject! 

I chose to play with the basic stitches in a swatch format just to start learning about Tunisian Crochet, I love how some of the stitches create a fabric very similar to knitting, there is such a lot of scope for creativity with this form of crochet! 


Here are my first attempts at Tunisian crochet, the bottom section is the basic stitch, the middle section is Tunisian knit stitch, and the top section is Tunisian Purl stitch.  I enjoy them all, and am thinking I'll make some washcloths to practice a bit more before I try one of the gorgeous projects in the book.  I am also planning to explore the colour work section of the book more fully, so many great colour play opportunities with Tunisian crochet. 
If you'd like to have a sneak peep at the book, go here to check it out.  


 The book is available from Sewandso, you can buy a copy here or in e-book format.
To see what the other lovely bloggers thought about this book the blog hop details are here
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning Tunisian Crochet, Michelle has done a wonderful job with this book! xxxxxxxxxxx


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Marrakech Cushion


Hi there!
I thought I'd show you something that I've been making over the last week or so, it's a mandela that is going to become a cushion. :)   The pattern is called Marrakech Cushion by Sandra Eng , I had been admiring Sandra's cushion on Instagram ( she is @mobiusgirl over there) , so was very happy when she released the pattern!!

Here is the front all finished, the top photo was when I was about half way through, you can see that the finished front has grown quite a bit!  I used Cascade Ultra Pima cotton for this, I have gone to my favourite colours for this one, it just seems to happen that way!!  When I've finished the back and sewn it together I'll pop a post up to show you.  I'm hoping to make a little stack of these cushions in different colours, I think they will look cute in the shop!




I have actually been doing a lot of crochet recently, so will pop up some of my recent makes over the next few days until I have caught up with everything from my big bloggy break!

Have a great day!

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