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

Floral Dreams All Squared Up

As promised, here is the FREE pattern for squaring up your Floral Dreams motifs!

But first, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and still managing to move about and look after your mental health too!

I’m super excited about this version as it creates an whole new look for the blanket and also makes it able to be turned into cushions too, or other things if you’re creative like that and can think of something else lol. Right now, I can’t, but that’s ok :).

I look forward to seeing your beautiful creations so please use the hasthtag #floraldreamssquaredup or #floraldreamsblanket or both on your social media platforms.

Click the file to download the FREE pattern. Remember you’ll need the original Floral Dreams pattern first which you can buy from Ravelry or Etsy.

I do have new patterns coming out soon so stay tuned!!

Much love to you all and hope you’re keep safe and well.

Happy Hooking,

Em xxx

Mindless Crochet: How to crochet a scarf

I was needing another mindless project on my hook that I could pick up in between designs. So I came up with this little 4-round repeat, which I’m making into a scarf.

It’s nice and repetitive but requires a little thinking to get started lol. I hope you can join in and make your own. (It doesn’t have to just be a scarf, you could make it into a blanket or cushion etc too)

Materials:

Yarn: I’m using Bambino Prints by Stylecraft (just going to see how long I can make it with one ball) after finishing, I recommed at least 2 balls if you’re wanting a scarf and not a cowl lol
Hook: 4mm Clover hook
Scissors and yarn needle to weave in two ends (yay a project without allll the ends to weave in)

Stitches and Abbreviations Used:

US TERMSUK TERMS
Ch: ChainCh: Chain
Sk: SkipSk: Skip
St/s: Stitch/esSt/s: Stitch/es
Sp/s: Space/sSp/s: Space/s
Sc: Single Crochet – Insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loopsDc: Double Crochet – Insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops
Dc: Double Crochet- Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2Tr: Treble Crochet- Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2
Fpdc: Front Post Double Crochet – Yarn over once, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated st, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2Fptr: Front Post Treble Crochet – Yarn over once, insert hook from back to front to back around post of indicated st, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2

Notes:

  • This pattern is worked in multiples 2 + 1 (resulting in odd number)
  • Make your chain stitches with a looser tension so your work doesn’t bunch.
  • After the intial two rows, it is a 4-round repeat
  • Turn your work at end of each row
  • For turning, I make one ch st (doesn’t count as st)
  • The first and last two stitches will always be sc/dc after the initial row of dc/tr
  • Stitches that are skipped when working the fpdc/fptr rows are from prev row (where you normally work into on a current row)

Pattern:

Row 1:
Chain your desired length (I have chained 33 for my base), ch 3 (counts as 1st dc/tr, dc/tr in 5th ch from hook, dc/tr in each st along.
Turn work.
(33 dc/tr)

Row 2: (Beginning of 4-round repeat)
Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st, here and throughout), sc/dc in 1st st, *sc/dc in next st, ch 1, sk st*, repeat from * to * along leaving last two sts unworked, sc/dc in last two.
Turn work.
(18 sc/dc, 15 ch-1 sp)

Row 3:
Ch 1, sc/dc in 1st three sts, *ch 1, sk st, sc/dc in next ch-1 sp*, repeat from * to * along, sc/dc in last two sts.
Turn work.
(19 sc/dc, 14 ch-1 sp)

Row 4: Fpdc/fptr sts are worked around sc/dc from 2 rnds directly below
Ch 1, sc/dc in 1st three sts, *fpdc/fptr around sc/dc , sk st, sc/dc in next st*, repeat from * to * along, sc/dc in last two sts.
Turn work.
(19 sc/dc, 14 fpdc/tr)

Row 5: Fpdc/fptr sts are worked around sc/dc from 2 rnds directy below (End of 4-round repeat)
Ch 1, sc/dc in 1st two sts, fpdc/fptr around sc/dc, *sk st, sc/dc in next st, fpdc/fptr around sc/dc*, repeat from * to * along, sc/dc in last two sts.
Turn work.
(18 sc/dc, 15 fpdc/fptr)

Row 6 – xx:
Repeat rows 2-5 till desired length.
Finish last row with dc/tr sts. (33 dc/tr)
Cut yarn and weave in ends.

I would love to see your finished work as always. Please use the hashtag #mindlesscrochetscarf on social media platforms.

This pattern has not been tested, so if you find any errors, please let me know so that I can rectify.

Happy Hooking, Much Love,

Em xxx

UPDATE: 11/03/2020

Night time mindless crochet to the rescue. Thank goodness for it’s healing capabilites.

It’s finished!

Yay, I’ve finished my scarf, ok well COWL lol whoops I didn’t even realise. I don’t know if it’s because it’s a smaller project or I just got stuck into this one because of the different type of stitches? Maybe both? But anyhow, it’s finished and I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I look forward to Winter. I actually still have it on whilst typing this lol.

So once you’re happy with the length and want to make a cowl, I recommend finishing on the 2nd row of fpdc stitches. It just give it a nice look once joined.

I used the pull-loop-through method, which is great for a hidden kind of seam and not very big ridges, and elimates sewing the two ends together completely.

Close up of pull-loop-through

Once you’ve completed joining the ends together, cut yarn and weave in ends securely, making sure you go back and forth and split ply to lock them in.

So that’s that! Simple as and I just love the effect of the repeated stitches.

Now to beging the next mindless project….

Don’t forget I’d love to see your project so make sure you use the hashtag #mindlesscrochetproject or #mindlesscrochetscarf.

Naturals: A review and free pattern

Do you want to crochet the free coaster pattern? Read till the end, because it’s all yarn and crochet talk and we all love that, right?

Stylecraft’s newest range of yarn is ‘Naturals’. A Bamboo/Cotton blend (60%/40%) weighing 100g and 250 metres in length. It is one of the softest yarns I’ve worked with and have easily fallen in love with it.

It is pure joy to work with. Effortless gliding on your hook, beautiful stitch definition and the feel…well you’ll have hold it in your own hands to be the judge. But I know you won’t be able to put it down or walk passed it. The drape, oh the drape (insert loving sigh). I’ve made a shawl in this yarn and to wear it is like wearing clouds but warm (just right), soft, cuddly clouds.

With 43 colours to choose from, you’ll have fun playing with combinations and probably want the entire range. (There’s no such thing as too much yarn, we all know that).

Enough with words for now. I’m going to let the photos do the talking….

Thanks for sticking around and being amazed by yarn. I’m sure you have fallen in love with it already.

I found my book! Here is the list of colours used. From left to right, top to bottom, numbered 1-8.

  • 1: Spring green, Citronelle, Celery, Pale Pink, Coral, Ecru
  • 2: Dusk, Silver, Ocean, Aqua, Sky, Seafoam
  • 3: Heather, Rose, Cornflower, Peach, Seafoam, Apricot
  • 4: Downpour, Umber, Thyme, Nutmeg, Chalk, Silver
  • 5: Citronelle, Spring Green, Coral, Dove, Azalea, Night
  • 6: Canyon, Cameo, Cornflower, Pumice, Indigo, Ecru
  • 7: Raisin, Lilac, Seafoam, Surf, Blossom, Ocean
  • 8: Umber, Espresso, Natural, Spring Green, Thyme, Nutmeg

FREE COASTER PATTERN

As promised here is the free 5-round pattern.

Yarn:

Stylecraft Naturals in Ecru, Powder Pink, Seafoam and Surf
Hook:
3.25 (A 3.5mm hook is actually recommended but mine magically disappeared in the night, so I had to use a smaller one)
Other:
Scissors and yarn needle

<a href="http://<a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=819303&u=2287833&m=63378&urllink=&afftrack=">Wool WarehouseYou can buy the yarn here

Stitches and Abbreviations Used: US TERMS

MR – Magic ring (honestly, learn how to make one if you don’t already and practice, practice, practice – they are amazing)
Sc – single crochet: Insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops
Hdc – half double crochet: Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through three loops
Dc – double crochet: Yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2
Standing dc: With slip stitch on hook, yarn over once, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) x 2
Tr2tog cluster – treble two together cluster: [Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch or sp indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) twice] x 2 yarn over and pull through all three loops
Standing tr2tog cluster: With slip stitch on hook [Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch or sp indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and pull through two loops) twice] x 2 yarn over and pull through all three loops
Sl St – slip stitch
Ch – chain
St/s – stitch/es
Sp/s – space/s
Skip – skip

Notes:

Each round is started with a standing stitch (watch my video – which is with a slip stitch on your hook, make the indicated stitch as normal – need for chain stitches)

Each round is joined with an invisible join – watch my video on how to use this method

PATTERN

Round 1: Using Ecru or Colour 1
In MR, ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc in ring, join with invisible join (or your own method to top of ch 3 here and throughout). Cut yarn and weave in ends
12 dc

Round 2: Using Powder Pink or Colour 2
In any st, make a standing dc, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join with invisible join, cut yarn and weave in ends.
24 dc

Round 3: Using Seafoam or Colour 3
In any st, make a standing tr2tog cluster, ch 4, skip st, sl st in next st, ch 4, skip st, *tr2tog cluster in next st, ch 4, skip st, sl st in next st, ch 4, skip st*, repeat from * to * around and join with slip stitch to 1st tr2tog cluster made. Do not cut yarn.
6 tr2tog clusters, 12 ch-4 sps, 6 sl st

Round 4: Still using same colour – this around is worked into tr2tog clusters only
Ch 1 (doesn’t count as st), *2 sc in tr2tog cluster, ch 7*, repeat from * to * around, join with invisible join to 1st sc made. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
12 sc, 6 ch-7 sp

Round 5: Using Surf or Colour 4
In any 1st sc made in previous rnd, make a standing dc, ch 3, dc in next st, (dc, hdc, sc, ch 5, sc, hdc, dc) in ch-7 sp, *dc in next st, ch 3, dc in next st, (dc, hdc, sc, ch 5, sc, hdc, dc) in ch-7 sp*, repeat from * to * around and join with invisible join. Cut yarn and weave in ends. Use your fingers to move stitches so that they sit nice on ch-7 sp.
48 dc, 12 hdc, 12 sc, 6 ch-3 sp, 6 ch-5 sp

I hope you have enjoyed making this quick coaster. You know how much I love seeing your work so please use the hashtag #crochetnaturalscoaster

Until next time….here’s a sneak peek of my upcoming pattern with this yar….

Fortitude Shawl – COMING SOON

Mindless Crochet: How to crochet an easy cowl without really thinking

Lately I’ve been finding it impossible to switch off at night time especially at bedtime. Ideas floating around in my head of what I could be making, or things that I need to get done around the house. It just doesn’t stop.

I recently put up a post on my Instagram and Facebook page stating this problem and asking for advice and strategies that could help. The response was overwhelming. So many other women feeling just like myself.

Why do we struggle to switch off? Why can’t we sleep and why do we sleep so bad? Well, I can’t really answer those questions, I’m not educated in the sleep department. But what I can do is offer something that can help wind you down before bed.

Emma from Pippin Poppycock Crochet suggested I have a mindless crochet project to work on. I thought it was a wonderful idea! Because usually, I always have a new design on my hook or am creating something in my head.

Last night I decided on a project. Something simple and something that could be used and not thrown away in the corner, never to be thought of again haha.

I decided it would be a great idea to do it as a crochet/make along. More so a make along as there are no parts involved..So enough rambling on…here are the details.

Mindless Crochet Cowl

Materials

  • Yarn: 150g I’m using Stylecraft Batik 2 x Cream (C1) and 1 x Sage (C2). ( I didn’t use all of the yarn and did an extra two rows of cream and one of sage)
  • 4.5mm hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
Materials needed

Stitches and Abbreviations Used

  • Ch – chain
  • St/s – stitch/es
  • Hdc (htr) – half double crochet (half treble crochet)
  • Bl- back loop

You can be really mindless with this project and see where it takes you. There are two ways you can start this, either with a chain length or foundation hdc (htr) see instructions for both below. I will also update this with how to join the ends once we have finished the rows together.

Pattern using chain length start

Row 1: Using C1 chain a length of 140cm or chain 275+2. Turn your work.

Row 2: Hdc (htr) in 3rd st from hook, hdc (htr) in each st along. Turn your work.

Row 3-10: Ch 1, hdc (htr) in bl of 1st st and each st along. Turn your work. Repeat this row till you have 10 rows complete. Cut yarn at end of row 10 and attach C2.

Rows 11-15: Using C2, repeat row 3. Cut yarn at end of row 15.

Making hdc (htr) into back loop

Pattern using foundation hdc (htr)

Row 1: If using foundation hdc (htr), make a length either 140cm or 275 stitches.

Row 2-10: Ch 1, hdc (htr) in bl of each st along. Turn your work. Repeat this row till you have 10 rows complete. Cut yarn at end of row 10.

Row 11-15: Using C2, repeat round 2, cut yarn at end of row 15.

Photo because I can lol

I will update you once I have finished making the rows. This way we are making it together 🤗😁.

I really hope you enjoy this mindless crochet project, I hope that it brings you some peace and frees your mind. Stay tuned because I will be doing a blog post from all those amazing suggestions the other day. You guys are amazing x

Keep keeping on. And remember to share your work in my FB group, and Instagram. Use the hashtag #mindlesscrochetcowl too so I can see your beautiful work. Much love, Em x

UPDATE: 24/01/2020

I’m cruising along effortlessly with the second ball of my main colour now attached. How are you going with yours?

UPDATE: 02/02/2020

So by now you would have added your second colour in and are ready to join. YIPPEE although I’m a little upset it didn’t last that long. Time to think of another mindless design.

Ready to join and weave in ends.

Below you will see a photo of how I sewed it togethre. Just simply weave in corresponding ends using the same colour as the rows you worked.

Once you have joined and woven in the ends you can cut your yarn.

Then… to hide the not-so-nice join, create a chain length enough to wrap around the rows but tight enough to keep it looking good. I’ll show you photos of what I did because I chained too many and it didn’t look very nice. I didn’t remake it. Aint nobody got time for that!

The second photo below shows the incorrect lenght…unless you like it like that obviously….

I ended up folding the ‘thing’ and just sewing it back on itself. Personally it just holds the rows together much nicer.

I hope you have enjoyed your mindless crocheting and will love wearing or gifting your cowl.

I’m going to put my thinking cap on for the next project… I already have an idea of what I’d like to make. Just need the yarn to go with it.

Until next time, happy hooking and don’t forget to share your photos using the hashtag #mindlesscrochetcowl.

Much love,
Emx

Goodbye 2019

Apologies come first as I’ve been super busy with life (I know, how annoying sometimes), that I haven’t had much time to actually sit down and blog. I’ve missed it. So I’m going to start again by saying goodbye. That’s weird but true.

YEAR IN REVIEW

As my memory isn’t very good, I’m actually going to use my Instagram account as a bit of a reminder of what has happened this year. (Stay tuned for something special at the end)

I don’t know how many designs I have created this year, but I know I designed more than I’ve written down and published. So that’s a good thing, as there are plenty to be released in the future yay haha.

The start of the year saw an amazing delivery of yarn called ‘Cedar’ by Texyarns. I received this yarn to create motifs for this year’s Crochet Cruise which unfortunatlely (big unfortunately) I wasn’t able to be onboard.

How amazing is this small snippet of colours available in Cedar. Bamboo/Cotton – DIVINE!!

Here is the design I made after many many painstakingly hours of coming up with the right motif lol. I actually crocheted to the point of causing injury, which put me out of action for a while and I had to wear a brace. It was my form of torture lol.

Apologies if this is a bad quality photo – my Mac died recently so I’m downloading photos from my phone haha

There’s sometimes a thing us crocheters like to call WIP, yeah you know what I’m talking about! haha I know we all have a lot of these little things. And one that I would actually like to release is this mobius cowl design, which is nameless but made using Stylecraft Batik.

Speaking of Stylecraft Yarns, I received an amazing delivery of Stylecraft Special Double Knit and Batik, drool at the photos below. I decided to make my Floral Dreams blanket in this yarn and these colours (pictured below too).

Of course, once I had actually finished this blanket I needed to make it into a square, which is probably something I should have started on in the beginning. Square shapes join a lot easier in the crochet world than octagons, squares and triangles haha.

Say hello to the square version 🙂

Not only can Floral Dreams be made into a square but it looks amazing (even if I do say so myself) as a dream catcher! I made this for a special someone in my life who is struggling with sleep. It turned out just perfect!

Later in the year came ‘Celtic Clover’ another granny square which can be purchased at Ravelry or Etsy. It was one of three square designs that I released this yarn.

I also designed a square called ‘Water Angels’. This particular square is close to my heart because all monies raised goes to buying water for people struggling from severe drought in towns only 3 hours away from where I live.

The name ‘Water Angels’ actually comes from a group created by two women who used to live in those towns. And together they have collected many semi trailers (big trucks) full of water and donations to buy even more. It’s great when the community can come together to help those in need.

However one of my more memorable patterns from this year would have to be ‘Crossroads’. I wanted to put a little twist on the traditional granny square. One morning, this idea came to me and it actually worked! I was super excited haha.

It can be found in my Ravelry and Etsy stores.

One of my favourite versions of this square is Joy’s from Crochet Road. I’ll let the beautiful photo do all the talking! I also think you should follow her account on Instagram, if you’re not already .

See! Needs no words it’s that beautiful

This year I also really discovered Texyarn’s Fiddlesticks yarn. It’s such an amazing yarn, doesn’t pill, the softness is amazing and the colours are beautiful! So of course I played around with it and had some fun.

I also held my second CAL (Crochet Along) this year, name the TLS Mystery CAL, where participants didn’t know the end result. I believe they had fun! It was only a small 3-part CAL, but I believe it was enough to learn new stitches and techniques.

So this year is also most over and school holidays have begun, but not before teacher gifts were made and given. I really enjoyed designing them this year, they are all so different, yet fit the recipient just right.

So that’s where we are at right now! With just under two weeks of the year to go, I wonder if a new design will fall onto my hook?

I hope you have had a productive and creative year. BUT I want to share some super exciting news with you! Which of course will be announced in the New Year haha. Thank you for following me whether it be on Instagram, FB or here! Without you, what I do wouldn’t be possible, it would be boring designing things just for myself hahah.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2020! Until then, HAPPY HOOKING!

Much love, Em xxx

Floral Dreams

For me, as a crochet designer I tend to have favourites… I know this isn’t probably how you should look at your own designs (they kind of feel like my own children – I don’t have an overall favourite, I just have a favourite at that particular moment in time, like ‘Oh wow Charlie is being super quiet right now, how nice is that!’ that sort of moment which I’m sure plenty of other parents/family could relate to) BUT we’re not talking about my real children… but if I were to choose a favourite, it would definitely be this one.

It’s the pattern I’m most proud of, the pattern that has taken THE MOST longest time from start to finish, the most textured pattern, and the biggest one I’ve designed. Hell, it’s probably been the most frogged one and re-started one too. So let’s give it the gold medal for best persistence haha.

It’s taken this long to get to the publishing side of things that I can’t even remember when I first started designing it! Last year sometime, so that feels like ages ago in my crochet world.

I have had received the most amazing photos from my testers! Which I will share with you in this post. They have done such beautiful work and I love each and everyone of their photos and wish I could see them in person.

Goodness me, I’m baffling on. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t get out much hahaha. So without further ado and stop the rambling… I have some very exciting news to share with you!

BUT I can’t just yet haha, so I will tease you with these beautiful photos. I still have to make a complete blanket myself, and after being injured for over 2 months. YES more than TWO MONTHS without crocheting drove me so crazy I really disliked it. But I started again slowly just the other week and boy does it feel good to get back on the crochet saddle.

Ok enough talking, let me just share the most amazing photos. You can follow the journey on IG using the hashtag #floraldreamsblanket or follow me on FB too.

The beautiful photos above were from Courtney from Saturated Life Crochet on IG or Spin A Yarn 32 on Fb. Her choice and use of colour shines through yet again! She used the following colours in Stylecraft Special DK: Gold
Tomato
Copper
Teal
Sage
Petrol
Walnut
Parchment

Sandra from Dimequesi Tejidos is making the most beautiful table runner. Not only do I love the colours she has chosen but also the fact that she has thought outside the box and gone with something other than a blanket! That’s awesome Sandra! Thank you.

Amanda from 975 Pocket Rox Crochet on IG, made this stunning version also using Stylecraft Special DK. I love how each version looks completely different all thanks to the colours chosen. The colours she used are:
Stone
Clematis
Lobelia
Lapis
Wisteria
Khaki
Lim
Boysenberry

So this is where I am at….I did start a Batik version, but my calculations were a little off and I need to order more yarn lol so that version is at a standstill for now…however I have plenty of SSDK and have begun on some octagons already… I’ve been inspired by what has been label as ‘my colours’ so I’m making a blanket in them… See below

So there you have it! It won’t be long till I can share the exciting news, but until then it’s hands, hook and yarn down, bum up!! I hope you are just excited as I. Till then, take care. Much love, Em.

UPDATE 09/01/202

Good morning, it’s with such excitement that I write to you and inform you of a release date for Floral Dreams! Are you excited?

Here is my finished version

I’m so excited, I’ve probably said that word too many times, but it’s true. I cannot wait for this pattern to be released. You’ve all done such a great job being so patient, and I thank you for that.

It will be available in US and UK Terms too! How awesome is that!

It is not long now, you can start counting down too hahaha.

Get your hooks ready! More information to come prior to 1st Feb! Much love, Em xxx

UPDATE 21/01/2020

Click the link here to find the information regarding colourways x

UPDATE 1/02/2020

This pattern is now live

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Sharing the love

I’ve decided to start sharing fellow crochet designers and makers and to spread their beautiful work, because if you’re like me, you love just looking at all things crochet!

This post is going to contain three beautiful fellow crocheters, but usually I think I’ll do one person per post. I hope you (well I know you’ll love) like what they do!

Sandra grabbed my attention when she tagged me in my newest design Salutations Mandala on Instagram. I was blown away by how beautiful the colours all go so well together. It is such a happy piece.

See what I mean! It draws you in and you can’t stop looking at it

You can follow Sandra’s beautiful work either on Facebook and Instagram @dimequesitejidos. 

Her work is full of colour to bring sunshine into your world. Nothing like seeing photos of crochet that make you happy.

The next person I’m sharing with you is Mrs H from RAF Sweetheart Crochet. Once again, I was tagged in a post on Instagram and fell in love! Seriously, I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again. I LOVE BEING TAGGED BY YOU WHEN YOU MAKE MY DESIGNS. I’m not yelling it at you, I’m shouting it out to the world.

It’s amazing when people use their own colours on a design, making it completely and utterly unique!

I’ve been following Mrs H for over 3 years now (blimey time flies). I think it was her Christmas mandala design that grabbed my attention.

I really love this photo – especially with the Poinsettia matching perfectly

You can follow Mrs H on Facebook and Instagram at @rafsweetheart. Her account is another full of colour and beautiful designs… don’t take my word for it, have a look yourself.

Everyone loves a good production line. Especially when it looks this good

The third person I’m sharing with you (because this is the order I shared them on Instagram and Facebook) is Priscila from Amoraria Atelier. I really love where she is heading and I think she has a bright future as a fellow designer, if that’s the path she chooses.

Her designs mainly consist of mandalas in rings BUT the photographs she takes of them…..well just you wait and see!!!!

This is one of her all time favourite photos! It’s a free pattern of mine (Crochet Dream Catcher) and the silhouette… well it’s just divine!
Such beautiful colours
Like seriously!!! AMAZING!!
Priscila definitely has a way with colours.
So this one is my all-time favourite photo of hers! Sunset and mandalas. It shows off the stitches just beautifully.

So now you can see why I love her feed on Instagram. You can follow her there too. Her account is called @amorariaatelier and you’re very welcome.

Well…. there’s just under 2 weeks left of holidays before school returns and I have hardly touched my hook in the passed week and a bit. And I’m having withdrawals, so I’ve tidied my yarn up already this morning (it was getting a bit chaotic again), and will distract the boys somehow so I can have some quiet time hahaha. Yeah right!

Until my next blog post… happy hooking, much love Em xo xo

Let’s Have Some Fun – WINNERS

Okay! So I replied to all the winners and had a special comment as a reply to everyone but I’m afraid no one got it lol. I’m still getting the hang of how this works so I’m dedicating this post to the winners and everyone else who entered, because I have a little something special just for you. If anyone has an idea of how it all works, I’d love to hear from you, not sure what the point of having a reply is if it doesn’t work :/

** Copied and pasted from last night **

Oooh Thank you so much too all of you for entering. It’s flattering to know that you like my patterns and would love to make them. I’ve chosen 12 winners and will comment here in no particular order their usernames, and then reply to their comment. For those that didn’t win, have no fear! I’m going to give you a special code to use just for you so that you can save a little $. Use the coupon code ‘crochetisfun’ during checkout at my Ravelry Store (click the ‘Buy Patterns’ in the menu) and you’ll get 25% off, for one week :). So here they are:
Belinda Frater
Carey Self
Karen Baker
Karin Snel
Shawna
Mary Kay Alguire
Isabel Roux
Theburntchop
Wendy
Ramona Kane
Maria Paull
Sarah B
I’m now going to reply to these people individually, because this is the first competition I’ve run on here and I have no idea if you can even see this comment lol. Wish me luck!
And thank you again, I truly mean it. I loved reading your entries.
So please stay tuned for future blog posts/comps/fun/patterns etc. And until then, happy hooking xo

Could those mentioned above please send an email to theloopystitches@gmail.com so that I can have your username and gift you your pattern of choice – can you please include that in the email as well. Allow up to 48 hours reply time from my email as it’s the weekend here, time to spend some time with the family hehe

Here’s a photo to remind you of what you’ve won heheh
Happy Hooking!! Much love, Em xo