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! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

crochet necklaces: more mini makings

Hope you've had a lovely day, it's been a nice slow holiday type of day here, a bit of crochet, a bit of work and a bit of chilling out.  :)  I thought about making a few more of these crochet necklaces, maybe in some slightly thicker yarns, maybe with some deeper colours for our Melbourne winters.

These ones are my Summery ones, light colours and fine cottons,  they are fun and fiddly to make, the colours all work so well together there is always another combination to try out!! :)  

I think these could also make a lovely floaty mobile, it would take a while to make but would be so worth the effort!

These are a few strings all layered up, I love this look, the more strings the more cascading the effect. :) 

So anyway, that's it for today, just a bit of pretty pastel inspiration for these floaty summer months. :) 

Have a great day! 


Monday, January 9, 2017

Summer kitchen garden progress 2017

I've been trying to get my kitchen garden up and running again this Summer, I was a bit late planting things, due to an enormous clean up that had to happen first, but we had a cool Spring so things were slow to get going anyway. 
I'm happy to say that the things that I did manage to plant have grown really well! 

My boys wanted me to grow iceberg lettuce as it's their favourite variety.  I haven't had much success with this type of hearting lettuce before, but this year they have grown beautifully, and I have nice tight, heavy hearts of lettuce, the snails have done a bit of damage to the outer leaves but mostly they are fine. :) 

.......We have also had lots of snowpeas, which are my favourite vegie, I can eat them all day! .........

........ the tomatoes are starting to get bigger,  they are still very green, I think they are a bit behind because we haven't had a lot of warm weather yet, but they are starting to fill out now and there are plenty of flowers......

.......the Lebanese cucumbers are starting to come on too,  usually I plant these and they shrivel up and die, but not this year! Yay! ..............

...........along with the snowpeas I threw in a pack of sugar pea seeds, they are ready to eat now too, so sweet and crisp, much better than the shop ones. :) 

I have also got a few pumpkin vines on the go, some capsicums, spring onions, strawberries and blueberries.  I am a bit late with my climbing beans, but I think I'll still put some in and just have an Autumn crop.  The only flowers I've managed to plant are my dahlias, I'm hoping for a good show from them in Autumn, I have only just got them in the ground, but they are sending up nice healthy shoots! :)

So that's the kitchen garden in a nut shell at the moment, I think I'll do a monthly check in and see what is growing and happening in the garden through the season. 

Do you grow some of your own food? or lots of it?  Is gardening a hobby for you too? 

Have a great day!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Finds #44

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Hello :)  
It's been a long time since I did a Friday Etsy Finds post, but here is it back again! 
I have found a lot of new shops on Etsy through Instagram, so I thought I'd share a few of these talented peeps! 

1. thedollsunique  I adore the whimsical dolls in this shop, all so individual and so so cute!  Beata is the creator of these beautiful dolls, I think she does an amazing job! 


2.  I love the interesting animals and the level of detail in the artwork of  AshleyPercival.  There are so many quirky art prints to be found in this awesome shop! 


3. I recently came across the gorgeous  patterns for felt embroidered decorations at mmmcrafts, this is the shop of Larissa Holland, she is in the process of producing a set of patterns for the 12 days Of Christmas, it is a work in progress, but the first 6 or 7 patterns are available at the moment.  I would love to make these for next Christmas, I think it will probably be an all year project! Aren't the beautiful! 


4. CraftywoolFelt This shop has a great range of colours in 100% wool felt, I'm keeping them in mind for when I start making my felt decorations! :) 


Thats it for today, I hope you all have a great weekend! 
I'm off to the Twilight Emu Plains Market tomorrow, although they are predicting a very hot day, 37C if they are correct, I am thinking of pulling out of the market if it's going to be that hot, I'll have to decide in the morning...... anyway, stay cool if you can in Melbourne, 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Solid Granny Square Pattern ( my version:) )

Hello!  How has your day been?  
Mine has been great, it's warm and sunny here, hard to have a bad day in weather like this.  :)

Today I thought I'd share the pattern I've been making recently, it's my version of a solid little granny square.  I'm sure there are heaps of patterns out there for a traditional square like this, but I want to keep a record of what I've done just in case I happen to get side tracked by some other shiny project and leave these sitting unfinished for ages. I tend to be a bit of a fickle crafter!

Ok here we go! 
Little Woollie Solid Granny Square

(This pattern is written in US terminology.)

Material: MoYa Caresse Cotton (Aran weight)
5mm hook

Special stitch:
2dctog : Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. 

Chain 4, slip stitch join to create a circle.

Round 1: Ch2, 4dc into circle, ch1, 4dc into circle, ch1, 4dc into circle, ch1, 4dc into circle, ch1, join with slip stitch to 1st dc.  Bind off.

Round 2: join new colour to any corner chain space, ch2, 3dc in same space, *1dc in next stitch, 2dctog in next stitch, 2dctog in next stitch, 1dc in next stitch, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in corner chain space,* repeat from *to * along each side of the square, ending with 3dc, ch1 in 1st chain space. Join with a slip stitch to 1st dc.  Bind off.

Round 3: Join new colour to any stitch, ch1, sc in each stitch around, making (1sc, ch1, 1sc)  in each corner,. Join with a slip stitch to 1st sc. Bind off. 

Weave in ends.  All finished.

As you can see from the photo above, the squares benefit from some blocking to get their square shape in order. ( the one on the left hasn't been blocked yet, the one on the right was lightly blocked)

This is quite a chunky little square, I think it will make a nice sturdy blanket when I sew a heap of them all together

Anyway that's it for now, I'm off to make a few squares! 


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

new blanket beginnings

Hello there!

It's been a beautiful day here, and I've been making some little granny squares for a new baby blanket.  It's been lots of fun! :)

What do you think of these gorgeous soft colours?
I'm enjoying playing with all the colour combinations, I am going for a bit of a vintage/retro vibe with the colours in this blanket, I think the slightly washed out, faded pastels are very pretty.

Hopefully I will get lots of squares made over the next few lazy week of Summer, this kind of feels like a Summer blanket. :)

I'm using  MoYa Caresse cotton, this is an Aran weight cotton, really great to crochet with, and is working up quite quickly with a 5mm hook, the texture is beautiful!  They are going to need a bit of blocking as I am trying to get a nice solid granny square, so have crammed in the stitches. 

I'm planning on making about 80 squares, so nothing too big, and it should actually get finished!! 

I'll post a few progress updates as this grows, I had forgotten how fun mini squares can be! 

Have a great day/night wherever you are!