Archive for October 2012

Hello my friends.  I’ve been teasing you with a vague page about a crochet-along for a while now, but the teasing is almost over.  It’s nearly time to begin!

But first a little background for those of you new to my blog.  At the start of this year, I decided it was time to try (again) to teach myself to crochet. And I did it. I learned by making a new block a week – well in the end I made 4 of every block, just to make sure I knew what I was doing. Now these blocks weren’t your average granny squares, oh no.  Some had flowers, some were very textured, some lacey.  By the end, I found I could actually read crochet patterns – they are not a foreign language anymore.  So I made 3 throws and 3 giant cushions using all the squares I made. Great. Then I made, just for me, a huge, heavy, thick basket-weave throw.  Yippee.

But then I was stuck.  I missed sitting down once a week with a brand new stitch and pattern to try.  I felt lost without it after 25 weeks of it.  What to do?  Well do another, obviously!  But which one?  There are so many out there.

About half way through my “block a week”  thing, I really discovered Ravelry.  I’d known about it and joined ages ago, but never really got into it.  Now I am into it.  Its so wonderful if you like to be organised.  You can catalogue your stash, keep libraries of patterns, keep project diaries with pics and so much more. The  best bits though are the patterns! Oh so many.

And so we come to the “In a Spin Sampler Throw”.  Starting on Friday 16th November 2012, I will be posting a new pattern every week for I don’t now how many weeks.  We could go for years just using Ravelry patterns, and there are many, many other sources of patterns out there too.  I’ve contacted a few designers out there already and they are all keen 🙂

It will be “random” – to coin a teenage phrase.  There will be challenges, but I think we can help each other out and iron out any problems we find out by working on it  together.  To help with this I’ve set up a group on Ravelry where we can talk and help each other.  You’re welcome to go join it now.  It can be found here. There is also the Krista Crochet Group on Facebook where a lot of the members will be joining in too and helping each other.  I would not have completed my last bock a week project without the help of the awesome ladies there.

I wanted to let you know about it now so you can get some wip’s finished and go shopping for some shiny new yarn before we start.  That’s always fun right?  I can’t tell you how much you’ll need, but I have 7 x 200g balls of 8ply cotton on the way to me for mine.  That will be way too much I think. Better to go over though eh?

So off you go – go get some yarn!  I’m so excitied!

The cushions I made with my practice squares


Well – what a week I’ve had!

Thank you so much to each and every one of you that signed up to follow my adventures.  I am super chuffed that you are here.  I hope you stick around 🙂 The winner of any pincushion is at the end of this post – you can scroll straight to that if you wish – I don’t want to be a tease 😉

Last week, I had a stall at Port Fairy MADE Artists Market. It was very successful and so busy!  Hooray!

All set, ready to go

Here are some pics of my fellow stallholders wares – they were awesome!

Just some of the gorgeous stuff

More wonderful things

I was lucky enough to be able to come home with a few things too 🙂

Hand drawn mini cards – now stuck up on my wall 

My new favourite earrings

Cotton crochet cuff – so lovely

But enough about all that, we need a winner don’t we?  I used good old random.org to draw the winner.  And that winner is :

T Hurly – (thhurly on Instagram)

Yay!  I’ll email you so you can choose which pincushion you would like. Thank you everyone for joining up 🙂

So on to the future.  You may have noticed me teasing you with a Crochet Along page, well its almost time to start.  All the details next week!  I’m excited.

This week has seen me reach some great milestones with my pincushions and to celebrate, I am giving away a pincushion! Details on how to be in with a chance later.

First though, I want to share with you my plans for the weekend.Tomorrow I am packing up my pincushions and heading over to the lovely coastal town of Port Fairy to take part in the Port Fairy MADE Artists Market.  Its a unique market where you will find some truly one of a kind wares, held 4 times a year.

I thought today I would share with you some of my fellow stallholders and their works.

First up is the super cute Pint.

Ernest T. Bear by Pint

Next up is Poesie (It’s French for poetry)

Emilia’s-Moccasins—Liberty by Poesie

If you are after some gorgeous journal action, then Luciandjoe is where to go

Handmade journals and paper goods by luciandjoe

The last I’ll share today is the work of Foxowlroad.  Oriel makes a variety of beautiful things.  Her felt stitchery is among my favourites though.

Hare wool felt Brooch by Foxowlroad

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow!  I’ll take some pics and share with you the action next week.

Now, on to the giveaway!

All you need to do to be in with a chance to win, is sign up to follow this very blog.  Its open to everyone in the world too!  There’s a lil box up the top right to add your email address too.  I promise I wont spam you – you will only get an email when I post something new.  Of course, you are free to unsubscribe at any time.  I’d love you to stay, but if I am annoying you, then by all means hit that unsubscribe link in the emails.  If you are already signed up, then thank you and you are already in the draw!  I will be drawing the winner just before I post next Friday morning – Australia time.

Good luck!

Hello my friends.  Its been all go here over the last week or so.  We are currently on school holidays and have been very busy.

So far, I’ve painted 3 bedrooms

They all chose a variety of blue

My eldest and I visited Melbourne and saw many sights

Such fun!

I managed some crochet on the train

Crochet hearts with my new bamboo handled hook – love it!

And I finished my basket weave throw I started last holidays!  I really love it and it works – I had an accidental snooze after lunch snuggled up in it. Some interesting facts – it weighs 1.4 kgs and took 2.4 km’s of wool!

All finished!

As for the kids, well they’ve been busy too.

Oldest Miss made this paper heart garland to decorate her newly painted room

Paper hearts

Middle miss is an origami master and she is making these for a garland for her room.  The tutorial can be found here.

Origami bows

And the youngest has baked the scrummiest gingerbread cookies.  They didn’t last long.

Cookies – nom nom

Apart from all that, I have a market coming up next week so I have been busy making pincushions.

Cherry Blossom inspired pincushions

Embroidered leaf mini pincushion

Next week, I’ll feature some of the other stall holders and you can see just how fab the Port Fairy Made Artist Market is going to be.

See you next week!

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