Friday, June 2, 2017

June workshops

Hi there! I thought I'd share the workshops that are organised for June in the studio, I think they will be a lot of fun!  All workshops are held at my place in Crib Point on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, I provide afternoon tea too! 
I have two dates for Tapestry Crochet, where I will teach you this technique while you begin a washcloth, it is a nice relaxing afternoon of crochet fun!  

The Crochet Moth Workshop is a special event with Kate Bruning teaching one of here amazing designs for crochet moths that are then embellished with embroidery.  Just so beautiful and cute! 
You may know Kate from her wonderful blog Greedy For Colour , she also writes patterns for magazines, has a gorgeous feed on Instagram and she has produced some amazing crochet books with her fabulous crochet creations! 
I am so thrilled to have her visit my shop and run this workshop! 
Edited: This workshop is now full :) 

Next Wednesday the 7th June is also the First Wednesday of the Month Crochet Club, 7pm at my place in Crib Point, if anyone is local and would like to come along, feel free to message me for the adddress!  

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New blanket making...

Hello! Hope you're having a great day wherever you are! :) 
I have been making a new Wheels Within Wheels blanket recently. 
It is colourful and  fun, I really like this pattern, the wheels stick out for a great thick textural effect that I enjoy making. 
The pattern is by Frankie's Knitted Stuff and can be found on Ravelry.
I decided to make my wheels a bit bigger so added 2 extra rounds of colour, lots of opportunity fro colour play!  I am using a few different 8ply wools to get the colours I want, mainly Heirloom Colorworks, Baby Merino 8ply, Loyal 8ply and Cascade 220 Superwash.
I've made a couple of these before here and here if you want to see them. 

I have just started doing the background of each wheels now, I am using my favourite Silver Grey in Cascade 220 Superwash as a good neutral foil to all the colours.  I have 48 wheels so it will take a bit of time! 

 So I think that's it for the minute, hopefully I'll have the squares ready for joining soon, although I think they will need a fair bit of blocking as the corners are curling up a lot.  Have a great creative day peeps! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Helloooo! It's been a while....

Well that 4 months just disappeared!  I really don't know why my poor blog has been so neglected, and have no excuses other than time has just been flying by and my "I'll get to my blog tomorrow" mantra never really stuck!  
Oh well, I have lots of things to share with you anyway, so at least that is something! :) 
Today I have to let you know that I am running a Winter Yarny Love Club,  and there are only a few days left to sign up!  Sorry about the short notice! :)  It costs the same as the Autumn Club, and there is more info in my shop over here.

So what has been filling all my time away from my beloved blog?  
I have been crocheting (of course), and have been making some amigurumi animals, and a new blanket, plus lots of little things!
I've been doing the Markets, although the season has finished now so I'm technically restocking over winter with lots of new products!
I've held quite a few workshops in my studio which has been fun, (I will post the ones for June on here tomorrow to let everyone know what's going on). 
I have been adding new yarns to my shop and dreaming about new projects to make with them.
I have learnt to hand dye wool!  So much fun and definitely worthy of a separate post !
I am knitting socks with my handdyed wool, so great to see how the colours knit up. :) 
I am having a stall at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo in July, so am starting to plan what I'm taking, putting kits together and dyeing up some of my own wool as well as some gorgeous yarns from around the world. 
And I have some exciting plans in the works for my little wool shop, fingers crossed I can share them with you all soon! 

Thanks to everyone who has left comments over the last few months, I have just logged on to find them all sitting there waiting to be approved!  :)
Have a great day lovelies, hope you're doing something fun!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Retro Solid Granny Square Blanket - Tadah!

Hi there! 

I hope everyone is having a great day, I have a colourful post for you today! 
I have been hooking steadily away through January and I've actually finished my first project for 2017! Yay! :) That's pretty good going for me! 

This blanket was quite the speedy make, I seemed to have enough squares made in no time and then it was just a matter of sewing them all together and hooking a border up.  
I have to say that I loved working with the MoYa Caresse Aran Cotton, it was nice and textural and worked up fast with a 5mm hook.  The colours were all so beautiful and worked so well together all the combinations look great (well I think so anyway!) . I love that slightly washed out look of the MoYa palette, and the hand dyeing process leaves some nice subtle variations in the colours which I really like. (You can see this most in the border where there are a few rows of the same colour).

This has ended up about cot size, nice for a baby or lap blanket. 

So here's the nitty gritty: 
Yarn: MoYa Caresse Aran Cotton in 10 different colours
Hook: 5mm
Size: cot size (9 x12 squares) 

........this was when I was blocking the blanket after joining all the squares together, I thought about blocking each individual square, then decided to wait till they were all joined, it seems to have worked out ok.  It is quite a thick textured blanket, and i like the slightly puffy look to the squares....

 .....tadah!  All finished! can see how big it is all laid out on my table, not giant........

Onto the next thing now, it feels great to have something completely finished in under 6 weeks, I wonder if I can keep the momentum going and get the next one finished as quickly!  Not likely! :) 

Have a great day/night everyone, happy hooking!! 


Monday, February 6, 2017

Autumn Yarny Love Club - sign ups open!

Hello there! 
I just wanted to let you know that I am running my Yarny Love Club again this year, and it's time to open sign ups for the Autumn club starting in March! 
Here's some information about the Club if you are interested! 
(Sorry it's only for Australian residents, postage has gone up for International parcels and made it unviable to send OS for this) 

By joining my Yarny Love Club you are signing up to receive 1 parcel per month for 3 months,(March, April and May) so 3 parcels in total.  Each parcel will contain at least 150g of beautiful, premium quality yarn, project/pattern suggestions for crochet and knitting, and crafty treats specially for my club members.(Such as ribbons, labels, buttons, stitch markers, washi tape, stickers, handmade embellishments, or anything else I think might be a cute addition!)

  Your parcel will be a surprise each month, and hopefully will be a great way to try some beautiful yarns that you may not have come across before. I only send out top quality natural fibres like wool, cotton, alpaca or natural fibre blends.  I will be trying my best to send you a lovely box full of crafty goodies! :)

The cost for the Autumn 2017 Yarny Love Club is $130.00, which is for March, April, and May, and includes postage. :)

I will be sending out the yarn club parcels in the first week of each month.

There are a couple of  ways you can sign up :1) by  emailing me, Julie, at - and I will send you a Paypal invoice for the subscription -  or you can pay through direct deposit
2) You can buy a subscription from the home page of my shop

Your membership is not  secured until payment has been made. There are limited places for this Yarn Club, sign ups close at the end of February,
(or earlier if full), so get in quick!

I want you to love your yarny parcels, so when you email, tell me your colour preferences if colour is important to you! :)

I think that just about covers everything, but if you have any questions feel free to email me! 
Thanks for reading, and looking forward to sharing the yarn love with you this Autumn!

Julie xxxxxxxx

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

happy days in the shop

I gave my little studio/shop a bit of a tidy up this morning, all ready for a big year ahead. It really is my happy space,  and I have a lot of fun organising all the pretty yarns.  I am very lucky to spend my days surrounded by so much colour! :) 

I have quite a few lovely yarns that are on my wish list to stock this year, I'm hoping that I will have some interesting stock to share with you all through out 2017.  

I'm always interested in sourcing new yarns, there are just so many fabulous  yarn houses out there!  Sometimes it is tricky making contact as a small yarn retailer, but I am trying to overcome my introverted nature and put myself out there more often.  I really don't have anything to loose, the worse they can say is no! :) 

Do you have a favourite yarn?  
Do you have any suggestions for colourful yarns for me to stock?  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Find #45

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I just have a quick post tonight, this week has been a busy one and I can't believe it's Friday again! 

Do you know Terese aka Crochetspecs over on Instagram?  
She makes the most wonderful, whimsical crochet things.
I have been a long time admirer of her gorgeous crochet budgies, they are are just so colourful and cute!  
Terese has recently released a pattern for her crochet budgies, it is available in her etsy shop 
I have bought a copy and can't wait to hook a few budgies up, I'm thinking I might make a flock of budgies and hang them around my shop. :) 

Aren't they cute!  Terese is a very clever crocheter!  I'm so glad she wrote a pattern for her creation and popped it in her Etsy shop! 

Have a great weekend!