Goodbye 2020

Finally! It is the last day of 2020. What a year it has been. I could go on and on about it, but I won’t. I want to focus on how productive it has been on the design front and reminisce over the patterns I have created aka being grateful for the good to come out of 2020. 😆🤩

I don’t want to ramble on so I will let the photos do most the talking and I’ll try my best to keep it in chronological order for you. It’s nice to see things progress that way.

January

January saw the creation of ‘A Mindful Moment’, a purse I never finished (no breaking news there😂), an updated version of my free heart pattern, and my ‘Mindless Cowl’.

February

February was the month when Stylecraft released their Naturals cotton. Oh my gosh. It’s the nicest yarn I’ve worked with. So beautiful. I created a coaster pattern with it and also designed my ‘Fortitude Shawl’.

March

According to my Instagram photos, March was rather quiet on the design front, and if I’m being honest, I don’t really remember that far back so I can’t tell you otherwise haha.

I worked on a free pattern from Stylecraft Bambino, my mindless crochet scarf, which I turned into a cowl lol. I have a thing for cowls.

April

April saw the brilliant idea of me starting my own newsletter. It ended up only lasting a few editions as life got crazy busy with work and well, life lol. I do hope to bring it back though soon. It’s just a lot of extra work ontop of designing and working (non-crochet), family life, I know you all understand.

May

I organised and moved my craft room! Woo hoo, it was lovely and neat for a few days 🤪. I also designed the free pattern for the second edition of my newsletter. Secretly, it’s definitely one of my favourites. 🥰 I also bought some lovely colours of Scheepjes Catona to play with.

June

Well it looks as though I actually used the Scheepjes Catona in June haha. I decided to turn a pevious pattern into a CAL (which still hasn’t been finished as there is one stitch, YES ONE STITCH that I am not a fan of, so I really need to fix it lol). I also made some of the CAL up in Fiddlesticks Superb 8 too.

July

Well July was the month that my best kept secret was revealed. A new logo!! That I still absolutely love (so it must be a great one!). My dear friend’s talented husband designed it. Yep, he’s pretty amazing at what he does, and I’m forever grateful for his special unique talent.

July was also the month that my patterns were released in the Inaugural Crochet Tournament. (Yesterday, I completed next year’s patterns – woo hoo). I was super honoured to design alongside fellow Aussie’s Joy from Crochet Road and Shelley from Spincushions for the tournament.

August

Granny Square Day (month). Most crocheters look forward to what maybe one day will be a holiday for us all (yeah righ…we can wish). A day full of granny squares, where we post all things granny squares. It’s pretty amazing.

I also reworked some old patterns into new ones which will be available in my first self-published book hopefully next year.

September

I took a break from social media and posting things in September. I also stopped my newsletters then.

However, my design for the Crochet Society Box 15 was revealed. The Love Lock Lace. A lightweight, lacey scarf design that can easily be adapted into a cowl or shawl.

October

Tumbleweeds due to my break lol

November

Back in July, I designed a pattern for Crate Crochet, a local subscription box and this pattern was released to the public in November. As usual, it was something made in the round. 😱 I know! Shock horror hahah.

I also designed a snowflake pattern ‘Joyful Spirit’ in time for Christmas. I really liked how it turned out.

But wait! There’s more.

November was the month where I designed and made ‘Resilience in Bloom’, a blanket pattern that would become the Make Along for Stylecraft during the month of January.

I had such a blast making it, photographing it and just looking at it haha. I’m super proud of this project and have put more hours than you could imagine into making this pattern (more hours on the computer than actual crocheting hours).

December

Well December saw me working frantically every second I could on this blanket! It’s not going anywhere. She’s a keeper!

I also designed next year’s Crochet Tournament patterns too and they’re already with testers. So as of tomorrow… I’m all about really focusing all of my energy into my next book and the release of Resilience in Bloom. I’d also like to update a few older patterns into my new template (ideally all of my patterns would be great), but we’ll see how that goes.

Tonight, I’ll be tucked up in bed with everyone, watching a movie and the backs of my eyelids come 12am haha. Best way to start the year off? Nice and fresh, early in the morning, hopefully watching the sunrise if the rain decides to ease up for a bit.

I hope that 2021 is a good year for you. That it brings you joy, happiness and that you learn so many new things, some you never thought you would. I hope it’s limitless!

Thank you for following me for as long as you have. I really do appreciate it and feel the support from each of you.

Until tomorrow…

Happy Hooking!

Much love,

Em xxx

Happy New Year from my crazy family to you x

Resilience in Bloom Information

Good morning everyone!

I’m happy to report that I finished weaving in all the ends last night. I highly recommend that when you make your own blanket, you weave in as you go. (As a designer, you never know when you’re going to frog, so I like to leave my ends out ‘just in case’, because we all know how hard it us to find the ends after we’ve woven them in 😅).

I have loved seeing how excited you all are. It makes my heart sing. It really does! So thank you for your beautiful words, they do mean a lot. 😚🥰

Let’s get down to business…

But before I do the approximate size of the blanket is 152 cm x 178 cm (it’s not too stretched out, but not-not stretched lol) . The reason I say approximate is because this design can easily stretch or sit not too-stretch. You’ll know what I mean after you start making yours.

Yarn Information

Here’s the information for the yarn I have used and also if you’re alternating a colourway (I’ll explain a little more further on).

Yarn Used: Stylecraft Special DK in the following 🧶

Sunshine Coast Colourway

Colour
Name
Colour
Code
Amount
Needed
Skeins
Needed
Cream 1005408g5
Mustard182363g1
Gold170961g1
Spice117145g1
Tomato172332g1
Lipstick124615g1
Pistachio182257g1
Lincoln183467g1
Cypress182460g1
Bottle100958g1
Storm Blue172256g1
Cornish Blue184149g1
Aster100349g1
Lapis183132g1
The Sunshine Coast Colourway
A photo before the ends were woven in 🙂

But I want to use my own colours… well that’s fine 🙂 I’ve worked out how much yarn you’ll need if you want to alternate the motifs. When I say alternate, I mean light colours blending to darker ones for half the motifs and then darker colours blending to lighter ones for the remaining motifs.

Originally this design was made using just 5 colours, which is what the below refers to. And I’ve seen some beautifu test motifs using this option. They look amazing.

The below information is for all motifs; butteflies and flowers and the border too.

ColoursAmount
Needed
Skeins
Needed
Main colour408g5
Colour 1184g2
Colour 2141g2
Colour 3141g2
Colour 4184g2

I hope the above yarn information helps. You’ll also need a 4mm and 4.5mm hook depending on your tension. More of that information will be in the pattern itself.

So let the countdown BEGIN…

1st January 2021, what a great way to start the new year. Good riddance 2020 😝 😜 🤪.

Make sure you’ve joined the Stylecraft Make Along Group on Facebook too, as it is Stylecraft’s January Make Along.

So until then…

Happy Hooking!

Much love,
Em xxx

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The Reveal….

Happy Monday! I know you have all been patiently waiting for the exciting news of what this project is. Well… I’m beyond thrilled to announce that this design is turning into a blanket and will be Stylecraft Yarns January MAL!!

Wooo hooo! I cannot wait for January! Plus that means we can all say goodbye to 2020. Who else is looking forward to 2021 and what that holds?

If you’ve been following the journey of this design, you will know that I couldn’t come up and ran a competition. The winner to receive a free copy of the pattern!

We have a winner!!! But first a photo to draw out the suspense and make you scroll a little bit….

Let’s start 2021 off with…

Resilience in Bloom‘.

I believe it’s such a fitting name to the start of a new year and a good way to say goodbye to 2020.

Congratulations to Kyla from Crafty Gumnut on Instagram for coming up for such a great name.

I will have more details to follow such as yarn kits and colourway so stay tuned for more information!!!

So until very soon…..

Happy Hooking!

Much love,
Em xxx

Win this pattern!

Help me name my latest pattern. Click on the link below (I’ve shared it from Instagram, so I’m a little unsure how it looks and really hope it works), find my latest post of the flowers and follow the rules. Okay, no rules but read it to see what you need to do 🤣.

Follow me on Instagram! Username: theloopystitch https://www.instagram.com/theloopystitch?r=nametag

This is a photo of my post you need to find…

Good luck!!!

I wish I were an octopus

Four years ago I wrote a poem. A poem about being a crocheter… and how handy it would be to have more limbs…

I thought I should share it here too. I hope you enjoy it.

I wish I were an octopus.

I wish I were an octopus
with 2 feet and 6 arms
..
Everything on my to do list
I’d do it with sweet charm
..
That wip that has sat there
In the corner collecting dust
..
Well I’d take my hook and all my yarn
and finish it no fuss
..
Dc in the next stitch, chain two
and skip another
..
I’d do repeats with ease and
counting them, no bother
..
I wouldn’t need stitch markers
Or lose hooks down the chair
..
I could take a heap of wips with me,
I could take them anywhere
..
I’d use one arm to hold my yarn
another to drink to my tea
..
Multitasking at its very best
I’d still have three arms free
..
Free to hold my other colours
my scissors and my pen
..
Wow! Writing down my patterns
I could do it there and then
..
I wish I were an octopus
with 2 feet and 6 arms
..
Everything on my to do list DONE
please don’t be alarmed….. 😆

Who else would like to be an octopus too?

In other news…

COMING SOON

A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT (photo for clue and enticement)

So until next time, real soon.

Happy Hooking!

Much love,

Em xxx

I’m sort of back…

So it’s been 6 weeks since I began my break. And if I’m being honest, which you know I am…I have really found myself again, or at least started to.

I have had a few little health issues, which the majority have been resovled and tomorrow I hope I will get the all clear tomorrow from my cardiologist. Physically (apart from the heart issue) and mentally I feel like I’m much more ‘me’ and I have improved on a daily basis or maybe if I really think about it, found peace within.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve been posting Stories every day. Photos of my walks which I started two weeks ago. I don’t know who loves them more; Milo or I?

Milo and one of my favourite trees

I am a morning person! I love to see the sun rise and think of all the possibilities that each new day holds. I’m also someone that doesn’t put things in their ears when they walk. I want to be mindful of every thing around me, and I am, sometimes a little too much when I find my good power walk turns into a nice stroll because I’m focusing on the sounds of the birds, the shapes of the clouds or the beautiful trees and plants surrounding me.

I believe that these walks of ‘me time’ have improved my mental health big time. Not that it was too bad before, but it is much more relaxed and composed now.

My days start off on the right foot! Pun intended lol. I feel like I can accomplish anything on my list. A list that ACTUALLY gets done! By 8:30am most days, the house is clean, the washing is hung out, and my second cup of tea is brewing.

I’m not chasing my tail constantly anymore. I’m winning.

I’m also semi-winning in the crochet side of things too. I feel like I have it under control and after spending a few hours planning which designs will be in the next book, I can focus easier, my goal is set and clear. I am determined!

I just wanted to share my wins with you! I feel it’s share-worthy and might help you get out there and have your own wins too!

Now I’m going to share all the photos of the last two weeks! Because I can and because they are lovely!

So until I write something else soon! Which will be more frequently, I hope you can get out there an enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, find some peace within and find joy in the smallest things.

Happy Hookin!
Much Love,

Em xxx

It’s time to take a break

It’s time for me to take a break.

I think my body is telling me I’m doing too much and it’s starting to take a toll on my health.

I’m a ‘yes’ person, a people-pleaser, and I’ll always put you first. That’s not working out so well for me at the moment, so it’s time to take a step back, evaluate and prioritise what’s important and needs my attention first and foremost. Right now, that’s my health.

I’ll still pop in occassionally and check-in. I don’t know about you, but I’ve mentioned that ‘invisible pressure’ I put on myself to keep up with the posts, comments, pattern writting, desiging etc., etc. It’s as if you have a stigma surrounding you, that you need to be ‘on’ all the time, perfect, and post the ‘right’ stuff.

I’m far from perfect, although, I do put a lot of pressure on myself to deliver perfect patterns, photos, posts, so just about everything I do. It’s unneeded pressure that’s not needed or wanted.

Anyhow, I want this to be a wake-up post for you too. Maybe you’re doing too much and need to take a break or hand out the chores for others, get someone to cook dinner for a night, take some ‘me time’ every day (even if it’s 5-10 minutes).

We’re important and need to look out for us. Because if we’re not on our A-game or at our best, how can we expect to look after those that need us? And right now, they still need me (not sure for how much longer) and I need them (forever) so it’s time for a break.

So until next time, (sometime soon)
Happy Hooking!!
Much Love,
Em xxx

Crochet Tournament 2020

The very first Crochet Tournament in Australia came to an end on Monday night. I probably should have spoken about it prior to this, but you know, life gets in the way, throw in everything else that’s going on in 2020 and well….that’s why I’m writing about it now lol.

Earlier in the year, I was approached by Lynda from Crochet Australia to see if I wanted to design a 50cm and 15cm square of for this special event. The idea arose after the cancellation of the 2020 Olympics, and with most people either in isolation or spending more time at home, this was the perfect time for such an event to occur.

It was going to be run similar to an olympic event. Where you have heats to qualify you for the grand final. Our heats were Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Three heats = three designers = 6 exclusive patterns. That’s where the amazing Joy from Crochet Road and Shelley from Spincushions came in. It has been such a blast getting to know these ladies. So much so that we chat on a daily basis and feel strange when I don’t hear from them lol (see how awesome crochet is!!!!).

We zoomed each other and Joy was given the task of Beginner and Shelley Intermediate… off the ladies went and designed two amazing squares.

I was given the task to design an Advanced pattern WITHOUT photos. For those that know my patterns, I like to provide you with step-by-step photos for each round/row, so trying to design and word something that most could understand, was my challenge in this competition. I feel I’m not so good with explaining things in words. Hence the photos.

Anyhow… fast forward a few months and it’s done! It was a whirlwind, wonderful to see everyone grow, be challenged, learn things and make the most beautiful squares.

All six of our squares will be available for the public to purchase from the 1st September 2020! And what’s great is these patterns released from then, will have photos, charts and some even videos!!

Have a sneak peek for yourself!! Can you guess which ones are which heat?

I know I’m not the only one that’s excited about these patterns becoming available to the public… I’ll definitely be counting down the days.

Until then..

Happy Hooking!
Much Love,
Em xxx

One Skein of Love – Book Review

‘Yes, of course, I’d love to!’. Those were the words in my reply to Ana from Oneskeinoflove Crochet when she asked if I would like to be a part of her blog tour.

‘Cosy Crochet Blankets to Snuggle Under’ is a must-have book for your crochet book collection. There is something for everyone inside the gorgeous cover.

With detailed photos, well-written patterns and charts, this book is suitable for all skill levels. You are sure to find something to keep your hands busy, hearts fuzzy and mind content.

I love that Tuva Publishing have once again chosen to do a portfolio view for all the projects so you can see them all at one glance, before pursuing each page.

I did little samples of Flower Patches, Crush on You, Spring Field, Purple Mist and Daigo-ji Garden and with names like that, they are sure to entice you even more.

Motifs, rows, and rounds galore, this book has a pattern to suit you.

To find out more visit Ana’s website.

It’s okay to take a break

When you see me posting on Instagram or Facebook, the first thing that probably comes to your head is obviously ‘crochet’! Well yes, that’s so true because I use ‘The Loopy Stitch’ as my platform/account to reach you. But did you know I also like to do other things? Seriously! haha crochet is such a big part of my life that does define a part of me, but not all of me. And it’s okay to take a break…

I was listening to episode 3 of The Goal Digger Podcast yesterday and it really got me thinking. What else defines me? What else do I love apart from my family?

Well since being awake from 3am due to William falling asleep yesterday at 4pm, my mind has been like a mouse on a wheel, spin spin spinning lol.

Photo because I can’t do a post without having one… lol

I LOVE learning!

I do, I love it. Being able to soak loads of new information in to my brain (and hopefully retain it lol) excites me, the possibilities are endless. And apparently we only use about 10% of our brain normally, so look at all that left over room we have to fill!

At the moment I am deep in following and learning about High Performance through Brendon Burchard. I love it, I just get it and want to abide and live by it. It gets me in the right mindset to tackle the day how I see fit, and when things creep over me, which they do, I know how to handle it, because I planned it.

Brendon is not just about high performance, although that is his passion. He is a life coach. And something else I could one day see me doing.

Grass

I love mowing grass! Okay….weirdo, that’s a bit strange. You might say. But it’s rewarding to see how beautiful something can be after you give it a bit of attention…think about how that can apply to all areas of your life.

I also love the fresh smell of it. It reminds me of new beginnings. And if I do a horrible job with the edges, it grows back and I learn for next time to slow down or do it different.

Breeze

I need fresh air! And I love a good breeze, preferrably not a humid one, because they aren’t very nice.

There’s something about them that makes me feel connected to the earth – no I’m not into that sort of stuff. But it grounds me, brings me back to reality or even lets me escape when I need to.

The best breezes are when we’re at the beach as a family as it brings awareness to how grateful I am for what I have in my life.

Holding my children’s hands

That feeling of connection when their smaller yet ever growing hands entwine with mine. It’s funny as I can’t quite explain it, but I love it and when they do it, I feel loved. Because let’s be honest, boys aged 10 and 7 are on their way to no got giving as many hugs freely even though I do steal a lot when they least expect it.

Books

I also love books, I’m not that great at reading them though, although I recently went to the optometrist again and found out I need new glasses for things within my arms reach…maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to read properly lately. Too distracted by little blurry words.. anyway

I love the smell of books, the feeling of books. Not too long ago I dreamed of owning a bookstore! Imagine being surrounded by all those adventures, experiences, heartache, love, all the things. My dream has slightly changed, but some books are still included.

Music

I love classical music. I guess that’s due to playing piano when I was growing up. I have this soft spot for it and feel a huge connection with it. I listen to ABC Classical in the car (partially because our van can only get that channel and another which is definitely not my taste, and partially because I choose to).

I love the calming, uprising, envigorating, focusing, powerful etc, emotions it creates. Just love it.

Colour

Well that’s no secret! I love colour, but still tend to favour my greens and sometimes blues out of all the other colours. I love the psychology behind colour. And if I’m being honest, have an eye for choosing them.

Colours just bounce at me, I know what ones go to gether and know ones that really should be with each other – but these are my opinions. So when someone asks, can you please teach my how you choose colour? My first thought is, oh they do it themselves, or I just constantly change them until it feels right.

To end..

Gosh this turned into a longish blog post.. haha the reason why I thought about it was because today, I’m going to take the day off crochet. I’m going to focus in on the other areas that I love whilst being safe at home.

Hold my boys’ hands whilst we play snakes and ladders, do a puzzle. Wet them with the hose when we wash our cars or jump with joy when I beat them at minute-to-win-it games lol. I’m a little competitive but only out of fun, because I know how much it will annoy them (insert evil mother laughter) LOL.

I’m also going to listen to Brendon and or his wife Denise and set the day right. Might also work on some other things such as my newsletter which I’m releasing real soon. Click the button below to subcribe! You definitely don’t want to miss out on it. Trust me.

I hope you’re using the opportunity being safe at home to focus on the important things and the possibilities. It may sound harder than it seems. But sometimes, the hard part is taking the first step and just doing it.

Why not take the time out to find what else you love too?

Until next time…
Happy Hooking (well not me lol)
Much love,
Em xx

P.S Yarn used is Stylecraft Naturals – see my previous blog post for my review.. I know you want to