Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Yarny Love Club and Mini Making Workshop


Hello there! I hope you're having a good day! 

I wanted to tell you that I have opened sign ups for the Spring 2016 Yarny Love Club. heres a bit of info about the Club if you've never heard of it before.

The Yarny Love Club is a subscription box for people who enjoy yarn (that would be everybody, right?) .

By joining my Yarny Love Club you are signing up to receive 1 
parcel per month for 3 months,(September, October, November) so 3 parcels in total.  Each parcel will contain at least 100g of beautiful, premium quality yarn, project/pattern suggestions from Ravelry 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!

The cost for Australians
 is $120.00, which is for September, October and November, and includes postage. :) 
The cost for Americans and Canadians is AU$150.00 including standard Airmail postage.

I will be sending out the yarn club parcels in the first week of each month, you can sign up by emailing me and I will send you a Paypal invoice for the subscription, or you can pay through direct deposit, or you can buy a subscription from my shop here .  Your membership is not  secured until payment has been made. There are limited places for this Yarn Club, sign ups close 31st
 August
(or earlier if full),
so get in quick!


PS.I want you to love your yarny parcels, so when you email, tell me your colour preferences if colour is important to you


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



I have one more thing to share with you today, I am holding a couple of Mini Making Workshops soon, to make a crochet necklace with fine threads.   I put this up on Instagram yesterday, and both dates are nearly full, but I thought I'd let you know about it here too, just because I think my sign turned out pretty cute! :)  The cost is $45 a heads including materials and afternoon tea. :) 

Sorry to be so wooly business focused today, but I am trying to hold a few more workshops and classes and this is a great place to put the info for people to find. 

That's about it for now, I'll be back soon with some other interesting things I'm sure! :) 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Chunky Sunburst Granny Blanket




Hello there. 
I hope you're having a lovely day! 

This is a blanket that I finished a while ago and while I have shared it on Instagram, I don't think I ever got around to showing it on here. So if you've already seen this on Instagram I apologise, but I like to share things over here too, it's kind of like a diary of my crochet that I can check back on when I need to make something again. :) 

The yarn I have used is MoYa Bulky Plush Organic Cotton, it's a chunky weight so you use a 10mm hook.  I loved how quickly these squares worked up in the Bulky Plush.  I only needed 12 squares and I had a decent sized baby blanket! I used around 1 ball each of the colours in the centres, and 6 balls of cream for the background colour, plus 1 ball of the border colour.  That is quite a lot of yarn, so this is a rather special blanket, but I am really happy with how it's turned out! 


I'm thinking of making a pillow in the same pattern and yarn, with 6 squares, so rectangular, and maybe with a vintage blanket for the back side......., I think they'd look great on a bed!  Or even a square cushion made from 4 of these squares on the front would look awesome. :) 

So many ideas, not enough hours! :) 







Have a great day, talk soon! 

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, August 8, 2016

Little Woollie at Pomme


Hello! How has your day been? Good I hope! 
I have lots of things to share with you and have a backlog of posts in my head, so  I thought I would start working through them and  show you something exciting that happened a few weeks ago.  I was asked by the lovely Sue if I would like to do a window in her gorgeous shop Pomme in Mornington.  
I said yes please!! :) 

So I packed up some of my Little Woollie Makes and on a Friday morning a few weeks ago I went to Mornington and we installed a window of colourful woolly things to cheer up the chilly grey winter we are having.  The girls at Pomme know how to display things so well, they made all my things look so good! 
Its all coming down later this week, so if you're in the Mornington area, pop in and say hello to Sue and Lisa and check out all the gorgeous things they sell from other artists and designers, there are so many beautiful products in Pomme, I feel very honoured to have my woolly makes along side them for a while! 

For everyone who lives too far away to visit in person, here's a few pictures of the window looking quite bright and lovely! 





 
....and here how it looks from the cosy inside of Pomme. :) 

Anyway, it has been an interesting experience and I've enjoyed seeing how my work can look all together, I had thought there might be too much clashy colour, but they actually all work together quite nicely!  Who'd have thought! :) 

Have a great day people!  xxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, July 29, 2016

5 Friday Finds #43

this post contains affiliate links

Hello there! 

I have another Friday Finds post for you today, it's been a while since I've done one of these, but I found myself browsing through Etsy and found a few lovely new to me shops and also some great new work form some old favourites! 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------



1. I love the wood blocks that Nora Leschinski carves and paints, and she has a lot of new blocks in her shop leschiwelt.  I think they look great in a little group or just as a beautiful individual piece. I think I might have to add this gorgeous green and white flower one to my collection!

------------------------------------------------------




2. Aren't these hand painted speckle skeins just amazing! They are from the shop supercraftygirl, by Andrea Karcher, with great names like 'Special Snowflake' and 'Participation Trophy' . 

----------------------------------



3. These fabulous knitted vegetables are the handiwork of Anastasija and are for sale in her shop MapleApple.  There are lots of different veggies here, eggplants, leeks, beetroots, potatoes, radishes, sweetcorn and many more!  They are perfect for little peeps pretend play or big girls just to admire and display!! :) 
--------------------------------------------------



4. I also had a peek at erinswindow, one of my favourite ceramicist, she has a shop full of sweet bird charm necklaces, plus a few of her whimsical bell people, just so lovely! 

-------------------------------------------------



5.I really like the street and cityscapes that I found in the shop lauraamiss, Laura Amiss is the talented artist whose work can be found here, there are lots of different cities from around the world represented in her shop, plus some lovely whimsical pieces.  Here prints are available in lots of sizes, so there's something for everyone here! 

------------------------------------------------------

So that's my 5 finds for this week! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I hope you get to do something fun or relaxing or exciting or interesting! 

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show 2016 - Part 2


Hello there!  
Well the Sheep Show has been over for a few weeks now, but I thought I'd still do a little post about how it went.  I went really well, I'd even say it went awesomely!  Mum and I had such a great weekend, there were heaps of people, all like minded in their love of fibre crafts, so it was easy to chat, and people were very friendly.  There were so many beautiful yarns available, and fabulous clothes and other craft supplies and tools, and sheep too! 
Thank you to so many lovely people for introducing yourselves and all your kind words about this blog or my Instagram account, there is a really great community of crafters out there all connecting through the wonders of social media and the internet.  It was fantastic to meet you all! 

I had less time than I imagined to take photos, but here are a few snaps from the weekend. 


.....this is the marquee we were in, lots of people managed to find us even though we were a bit tucked away......


....here's my mum looking fab in her red coat even though she was nursing a cold and felt fairly poorly!......


......super chunky wool and some amazing huge knitting, I bought a ball of this stuff to have a play with myself. :) 



......I was very tempted at the Ashford stand, those looms looked so inviting and I have weaving on my things to learn list!  Unfortunately, my car was so chockers there was no room for any major purchases.  Maybe next year! ......


....in one of the main sheds, the fashion parade was very popular. :) 


....So that was the sheep show for this year, lots of fun and an exciting, inspirational weekend! 
I am going to apply for next years show nice and early and try and get a stall in one the main sheds, so hopefully I'll see some of you there in 12 months time! 


xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show 2016 - Part 1

My Mum and our stall while we were setting up!

Hello there! 
How are you going, good I hope! 
Today has been an interesting day, my mum and I have packed up a whole lot of my yarny wares and headed to Bendigo for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, which starts tomorrow and goes for the weekend ( Friday15th July- Sunday 17th) .  This is the first time I've had a stall at a big wool event, I tried to cram as much yarn as I could into my car, but there were still things I had to leave behind due to lack of space.  I hope I have brought yarns people will like to see!  We spent the afternoon setting things up so we are all ready to go in the morning.  I have already spotted some gorgeous yarns that might have to come home with me, and that's just on my neighbours stall!

So this is where I'll be for the next 3 days, it's going to be a fun few days for a yarn lover like me! 
If you're coming to Bendigo for the Show come and say hello, we are in the Education and Technology marquee, behind the Festival of Lamb! 

If you can't make it to the show, here's a few pics of our stall, so you can still feel part of it!  



.......little packs of Nikkim cotton, and Star Making Kits......




.....lots of MoYa organic cotton in all the pretty colours.......



.........and here's some Misti Alpaca Hand Painted Chunky goodness! :) 

I'll try and post tomorrow about some of the things I see at the show! :) 


xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dotty flower pattern



Hello! I hope you're having a lovely day!

   You know how I really like crochet flowers?  
Well, I have a little pattern to share with you all today.  I have been fiddling around with this flower pattern for a while, I like how the inner ring of tiny petals are nestled in the big petals. I am calling it the Dotty Flower because of the inner ring of small petals (dots).  
It is not very hard to make, and it is always fun coming up with 3 colour combos. :)  
I made mine in MoYa DK cotton, just because I like the washed out look of the colours, but you could use any yarn that takes your fancy, just make sure you use the right size hook for your yarn. 

I think I'll write the pattern out in one chunk, then you can look at the photos for extra help if you need it. This pattern uses US terminology.  

Ok here goes! 

Dotty Flower

4 mm hook, small quantities of 8ply/DK yarn in 3 colours

Special instructions:  

2dc Cluster: Yo, insert hook in stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops ( 2 loops left on hook) , yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook) , yo and pull through all loops on hook. 

Petal Cluster: Step 1- *Yo twice, insert hook into 2 ch space, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, leave last loop on hook ( 2 loops on hook) * .  
Repeat * to *  (3 loops on hook) 
Step 2 - Yo 3 times, insert hook in skipped stitch of round 1, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, leave last loop on hook  ( 4 loops on hook) 
Repeat Step 1 into the same 2 ch space ( 6 loops on hook) .
Step 3- Yo and pull through all loops on hook. 

( I know that was a long winded explanation of a petal cluster, if you are confused there are photos of these steps to help you see what I mean)

Pattern: 

Chain 4, slip stitch into 1st chain to form a ring.

Round 1: ch2 (does not count as a stitch), 12 dc into ring, slip stitch join to 1st dc, fasten off. 

Round 2:  Join next colour to any stitch, ch2, make a 2dc cluster into same stitch, *ch2, skip 1 stitch, make a 2dc cluster in next stitch, * .  Repeat * to * 4 more times, to make 6 cluster, ending with 2ch and slip stitch join to 1st cluster. Fasten off.

Round 3: Join next colour to any 2ch space.  *Ch 4, make a petal cluster, ch 4, slip stitch into same 2 ch space, slip stitch into next 2ch space. *  Repeat * to * making 6 petals around the flower in the 2 ch spaces of previous round. Slip stitch into 1st space to join, fasten off and weave in all threads. 
All finished! :) 


Helpful photos! 


Round 1 done............



 Round 2 done........
 How the petal cluster should look, from right to left on the hook - the 4 chains, then 2 trebles made into the space, then 1 double treble made into the skipped stitch of the 1st round, then 2 trebles made into the space again, leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook. ( 6 loops in total) 



....then you yarn over and pull through all the loops.......


.......and make 4 chain........


....... then slipstitch into the same space to finish off the petal......


........Slip stitch across to the next space and make the next petal in the same way.......


.......all finished ! .........




I hope that wasn't too confusing, they are really pretty easy to make.  
I hope you have fun with this if you give it a go.

Have a lovely crafty day! 

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx