How is this possible?
I have not blogged yet for 2021! But I kind of understand, because it’s been such a busy 2021 so far.
All three boys are now in primary school (for the first and last time together ever).
All four boys are now playing football (soccer). That’s a planning nightmare lol, but I do love watching them play.
We got married in March. That was a biggie. I had four weeks to plan our wedding and make my dress. Which I did. More to follow below.
I have released two patterns (how sad lol).
Work has been crazy busy! I can’t believe how bonkers the property market is here in Australia at the moment.
I have big plans still for 2021. I can’t believe we’re in April already. Like ‘what the? Where did that come from?’.
My biggest plan is to release my book, and if that’s not quite possible, work my little heart out getting everything ready to be able to release it asap.
I have all my designs ready. I’d love to add a couple of blankets in there too though, and they take up a fair bit of work and time, but are definitely worth it.
Aside from this, the boys have been fishing (minus Arthur) every weekend since the start of the year. They are really loving it and beg Dad to go every day haha.
Charlie (left) was so excited with his first ever Flathead, that he was shaking, hence the awkward smile lol. Will (middle) is amazing at casting and loves a good Bream. All the fish they catch are released back. And the boys can’t wait to go out again, it’s been raining a lot the last few days so the weather isn’t great fishing weather lol.
I had always wanted to make my own wedding dress. So I knew I’d be making it one day. I just hadn’t planned that it would be started and finished all within 4 weeks. It was less than that, but I’m not going to boast haha.
I’d never made a piece of clothing other than shawls/cowls/scarves etc until then. I had a lot of fun, frustration and FROGGING! Boy was there lots of frogging. I designed it from scratch, didn’t write it down and was beyond pleased with how it turned out. I still am. I made them as separate pieces so that I could wear them in the future again. Not sure when that will be, but the option is there.
I will definitely be making more items like this in the future. I just have to get my head wrapped around schematics, and sizings, because that stuff blows my mind. In the meantime, I’ll just stick with what I know.
I used Bendigo Woollen Mills in 10 ply, which is what I had in my stash, I recommend using a thinner ply as the skirt was soooo heavy in the end.
I made my bouquet from artificial flowers from Pillow Talk. I wanted to have something I could use as decoration around the house as a nice reminder of our special day. So fake flowers for the win!
What’s been on my hook?
That’s easy! YARN bahahaha. Okay, so aside from my dress, I’ve been working on my Splendid Serendipity square which I was planning on having it in my book, but I couldn’t wait that long to share it with you. So it’s now going to be a stand alone pattern.
I’ll be making the larger blanket in the colours on the left – I think the colour recipe name ‘Autum’ really shines through on that one. I can’t wait to step out of my comfort zone (right colours) and do something a little more bold. Although the colours in the Autum recipe were leftovers from Resilience In Bloom… hmmm lol haha
I’m currently making a baby blanket in the colours on the left. I’m still unsure of a name for them. Do you have any suggestions?
I also wanted to provide a few different colours recipe options for kits etc. so that you had the option to choose the one that you are drawn to.
Oh and we also have a new addition to the family. Meet Molly.
Okay, I think it’s a little obvious that I like taking photos of Miss Molly. She’s the most adorable little kitten and is growing up so much. I’m still training her NOT to like to play with yarn, but I’m not very successful at the moment. Plus, the boys are always teasing her with yarn… Does not help my cause haha.
So don’t be shocked if you see more photos of Molly in the future. Kitten, crochet, and cup of teas… ooh and because it was just Easter, chocolate too! All make my heart sing.
The boys are all awake now, so it’s time to get some breakfast and start crocheting. Yay for school holidays. No packed lunches and more time to crochet. That’s definitely winning!
Wishing you all a most beautiful day. I hope it’s filled with crochet too.
Until next time…
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 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 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’.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tumbleweeds due to my break lol
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
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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…..
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…
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…
A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT (photo for clue and enticement)
So until next time, real soon.
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?
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.
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)
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.
‘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.