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!


Monday, September 11, 2017

A new shop for me!

Hi there!
Once again it has been a long time between posts, I don't know why, but I haven't really found my blogging rhythm this year, but there has been plenty happening behind the scenes!!  
I guess the biggest thing that has happened since I last posted is that I've moved Little Woollie Makes Yarn Store into a proper shop in Hastings, a town not far from my home.   I no longer run it from home and it feels much more legit!
It has been a big decision to move into a shop.  Would it be the right move? Could I cover my rent?  Plus all the other expenses that crop up with a lease?  Would I find more customers?  Would they buy from me?  Would I get bored being tied to a shop all week?   There were plenty of unknowns!!

In the end I just decided it was time to give it a go,  if it doesn't work at least I will have given it my best and will not die wondering!  So the last few months have been a whirl wind of leasing a shop, setting it up, moving everything from home to here, and getting open!  Luckily I have an awesome family that have given me a lot of help and been very encouraging and supportive, it would have been a lot harder without them!

So you know what?  I am now running a local wool shop!!  Yay!  I can hardly believe it myself!!
Little Woollie is no longer just an online shop,  people can come and give the yarns a squish and see all the beautiful colours in the flesh, much better!! :)
I have to say, I have had so much fun over the last few weeks, setting everything up, meeting lots of gorgeous yarn loving people who all get what I'm trying to do here, it is so good!!
I have a lot more space than I did at home, so I have been busy sourcing new stock and approaching suppliers on my wishlist, so many new things coming into the shop over the next few months, it's going to be great!
So here are a few pics I took of the shop this morning, it is looking nice and colourful at the moment, I really like coming here to work each day! green table and chairs is a nice place to work at, and I popped my 'little woollie' sign up too, it still gets lots of nice comments even though it's looking a bit the worst for wear these days! 

....there is pretty much yarn everywhere you look! :) .......

......I am trying to get  more patterns in store, I didn't really stock patterns when I was at home, so it has been fun seeing what I can find.

....My dad made me some great peg boards so I could hang up the skeins of Ultra Pima Cotton, I am so happy with how this looks, so good to see all the colours in one glance!  there are a few holes where I've sold out of some colours, but I have more stock coming so it should be refilled soon! :) 

The shop is at 1/99 High St, Hastings, Victoria, on the Western Port side of the pretty Mornington Peninsula, if you are ever down this way, pop in and say hello, I'd love to meet you! 

(One other good thing about working in the shop is that I don't get distracted by home things, so  I am trying a new thing where I write a blog post every few days, we will see how it goes!  I have lots of things to share with you! ) 

Have a great day everyone, signing off from Little Woollie headquarters in Hastings!


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