The Year That Was

There are only a few more days left of 2017 so I thought it would be a good idea to look back at the makes of this year. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like nothing much was achieved, but when you see it like this, you know your fingers were busy and even smoking at times.

JANUARY

Well I was still busy doing secret crochet for my book back then so could never reveal too much about it all. All but one of these photos are items in my book. See the top right photo, that was my very first bullet journal. I have never loved a piece of stationery so much (I am a wee bit obsessed with stationery, just buying it really). I cannot wait for my next one to arrive. They are great for everything, especially crochet related things.

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FEBRUARY 

In February I was still in that ‘I really want to be organised’ phase and am sad to report that my ‘What’s my wip?’ list never saw any more additions or edits. It was a big milestone too for reaching 25000 followers, something I never thought my sharing the love I have for crochet would never do. My free Ada square was made way back then. Gee this year has REALLY flown by, I know I have been saying it a lot, but it really has lol. There’s a few projects that made it into the ‘reject’ pile 😦 it’s funny how you like something, then the next day you don’t.

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MARCH

March saw me rounding things up for the book. Well crocheting them anyway. I love the middle photo. My Garden Rows cushion was a design that I really wanted to make beautiful and a lot of frogging was involved. I’m pretty chuffed with how it turned out.

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APRIL

April – wow. I began designing the Winifred Shawl in my favourite colour combination from Stylecraft Special DK yarns. It looks a bit different because it was the prototype and I felt it was a bit busy in the last rows, so I changed it up. April was also the month I made the Cora Granny Square. I love this little simple square so much. The little popcorn stitches add the perfect amount of detail and texture to such a simple piece.

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MAY

I was so very lucky to receive a copy of Marianne’s book ‘Colourful Crochet’ and review it.  I chose the beautiful shawl made up of lots of little flowers and I enjoyed making it so much. I also tested a pattern for another fellow crocheter, Margaret. It’s the doily ‘Coronation Doily’ in the second photo.

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JUNE

I caught the succulent bug in June… unfortunately, after making them, I placed them on window sills in my house and they have since not really done very well as they like a lot more sun than they were getting. Courtney one of my testers, finished a baby blanket using Cora squares and turned it into an amazing rainbow!!! It’s an eye-catching piece.

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JULY

Succulent obsession still present in July lol but they were growing haha. I finished my Winifred Shawl woo hoo and started the cake version. I also thought I was making way with my Cora headboard… little did I know that months later, I would turn it into a cushion and change the base colour to moonstone.

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AUGUST

Cora Granny Square transformed into a hexagon!! I also really love this, ok I love a lot of things don’t I! It was also the month of Granny Square Day 2017. Ooh look, I have had my kitchen curtains for that long now!! I enjoyed working with chunkier yarn. Check out Courtney’s shawl!!! :O

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SEPTEMBER

Remember Connie’s Ray of Hope? A beautiful mandala for a beautiful cause. I designed it in September and it was released early October. I had fun with my first crochet-along and will be doing more next year. MIDDLE PHOTO —- my book 😀 I received the first copy and was thrilled with how it all turned out. Ooh there’s my Cora cushion 😀 it’s not allowed to be used until I have made my Cora headboard lol. Let’s hope that that is next year.

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OCTOBER

I was lucky again to receive another book to review from a fellow crocheter, Tanya. I made the Granny Motif squares in such striking colours. I love this combo. It’s different to my usual ones. I enjoyed making the French Market Bag for my mum’s birthday present, the yellow is eye catching and easy to find lol.

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NOVEMBER

I finally finished my cake version of the Winifred Shawl and made a cute Starflake pattern. My little model had a blast posing for me one afternoon. I’ll never forget it lol.

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DECEMBER

I set myself a goal to make my sister a lapghan. I’d promised her many times that I would make her something… but other projects jumped the queue. Okay, I’m going to use that word again. I LOVE how it turned out. I’m writing the pattern up for it soon to be released next year. I also purchased Jane’s LoveBomb pattern to raise money for her to get a new wheelchair. I hope she isn’t too far away from her goal. I decided to finally add step-by-step photos to my free dream catcher pattern and made the most of making Arthur’s teacher a present. These colours are just lovely together. I also got my first ‘stack’ photo. Two things have now been gifted so technically it’s not a stack anymore lol. I had fun making a tree from some of my designs. Something a bit different and unique.

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THE WRAP UP

How cool does it look like this!! Well that’s a wrap. I have had such an amazing year crochet wise and look forward to what next year brings, I have already started my crochet goal list. I hope you are enjoying your holidays and get to be hooking every quiet moment you have.

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Much love and happy hooking,
Em xoxo

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Something new

Hello my beautiful followers and those who just love to crochet 😀

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you would have just seen a post with something colourful, loopy and minimal. Basically me in a logo really.

After some consideration and not really liking any of the other logos I designed, I thought it about time I make one I do and that represents me and what I’m about. Say hello to ME

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hehe well kind of anyway. I love colour = check; I am loopy (as is the name of my little shin-dig = check; and it’s minimal = check (which I have started to live by and am in the huge process of going through my entire household – it’s a really big job but it is SOO rewarding and SOO worth it) .

I just love it and I hope you do too. I am all for keeping things simple and I hope to bring everything together with branding etc eventually. It’s school holidays here and time to do anything that doesn’t involve chasing after William or cleaning up their mess etc is hard.

So if I don’t do another post before Christmas, I wish you all a wonderful, safe and yummy Christmas. May you be blessed with family and way too much yarn. Because you can never, never ever have enough.

Much love and happy hooking,
Em xoxoxo

Lara’s Lapghan; December 2017

I was sitting on my lounge one night crocheting as you do when I had a brain burst and decided to make a lapghan (blanket for your lap when sitting on the lounge).  I tried to change up my Cora pattern but it just wasn’t what I had in mind, and if I don’t like something, I don’t make it. So I went to bed and slept on it (no, not my adapted Cora square) hehe. Most people are at their creative best first thing in the morning so I pulled out my yarn and hook after my usual crappy night sleep, and got busy croodling. I knew I wanted my favourite stitch in it (the popcorn in case you hadn’t worked that one out yet).  Next thing I knew I had this square….

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I do have an ulterior motive for this blanket, all will be revealed after Christmas, so stay tuned. This was the quickest I have ever made a blanket. Arthur’s minecraft was took 3 weeks, that was a crazy-busy time, but I only had two children then, and one on the way. As I type this, my thumb is still a bit sore from making the last row of the border. But it’s okay as it will be resting till tomorrow or even later tonight when I pick up the hook again.

As I mentioned in my Instagram post, I would have some information about the blanket here… you will find all the information in the actual pattern when it is complete.

Size: 32 inches by 52 inches (80 cm x 132 cm)
Material used:
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Parma Violet; Cream; Midnight; Pale Rose; Sage and Duck Egg.
Hook: 4.5mm and 5mm Clover
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I seriously love the look and feel of this blanket and will be sad to see it go. So enough words for now and I’ll leave you with some happy snaps.

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I just love these photos and how the blanket turned out. I hope you do too. Have a safe and Happy Christmas and I wish you all a spectacular and adventurous 2018.

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Round and Round the Crochet Hook – Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

In a couple of days my book is to be released😆😆😆! I’m a little bit excited heheh, okay, maybe a lot, and a bit nervous too. So let’s celebrate with an international blog tour where I will be joined by some amazingly talented fellow crocheters who will share a photo and or blog post about the book. I will have a list further below of who they are and how to follow them and see what they make. I’m really looking forward to seeing them put their special touches on the patterns and what colours they will choose to make the projects in.

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Inside the book you will find patterns to inspire and admire.  With 19 designs from quick projects to ones that wow, no doubt there is something for everyone. The title gives away that all the designs are made in the round, something which I find very soothing to do, which I hope you will as well.

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My first copy in Will’s hot little hands

Each pattern consists of written instructions in American terms and also a chart.  From rugs, doilies and wall hangings and much more, these projects will make a lovely addition to your home.

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Winnie’s Wonderland

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My sister 😀 and Winnies

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Blog Tour Dates and Participants

16 Nov Courtney Laube @spinayarn32
17 Nov Mandy O’Sullivan www.RedAgape.com.au @crochetbyredagape
18 Nov Lindsey Sophie @lindseysophie
19 Nov Margaret Richards @snazzycuddles
20 Nov Ana Morais Soares @ana.moraissoares
21 Nov Michelle Robinson @poppyandbliss www.poppyandbliss.com
22 Nov Bec Reitsema @handmadebec
23 Nov Kerry Hannah @kerryandtheboys
24 Nov Annelies Leask @annelies.leask
25 Nov Funda Kaya @kikalite
26 Nov Eline Alcocer www.emmyandlien.com @emmyandlien
27 Nov Zelna Olivier Zooty Owl blog @zelnaolivier
28 Nov Emily Carter @carterandbrown
29 Nov Gwen Kok @stitchgwen
30 Nov Michelle Westlund @crochetbweenworlds
1 Dec Shelley Husband @spincushions
2 Dec Justina Schneeweis Every Trick on the Hook @Polly Plum
3 Dec Matt Farci @boyandbunting
4 Dec Ryane Betts @olivesandpickles
5 Dec Sandra Paul @cherryheart
6 Dec Jane Balke Andersen @queen_babs
7 Dec Tanya Eberhardt Little things blogged@ltblogged
8 Dec Sandra Eng Mobiusgirl Design @mobiusgirl
9 Dec Marianne Dekkers-Roos maRRose – CCC @marretjeroos
10 Dec Alia Bland The Little Bee  @thelittlebeenz
11 Dec Susan Regalia @suregal27
12 Dec Angelique Succarieh @lemondedesucrette
13 Dec Hattie Risdale @petalshed
14 Dec Aki @knitpurlhook
15 Dec Hanan Hannaway @crochetcreationsbyhanan
16 Dec Angela Armstrong  @get_knotted_yarn_craft

I’m very honoured and happy that I have these amazing people participate in my blog tour. Words cannot express my thanks to them.

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To really get the party started I’ll be giving away a signed copy to a lucky winner, which will be announced on here and my Instagram on the 17th December.  You’ll have to see my Instagram post on Wednesday on how to enter.

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Sweet Sunshine Doily

I just also wanted to do a big shout out to my publishers Tuva Publishing.  Without you my dream would not have come true, so thank you forever and ever.

 

Till then…

 

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‘Home Decoration in Crochet’ Book Review

The time has come for my day of Tanya’s blog tour and I was very honoured to be a part of it.

Home Decoration in Crochet is Tanya’s first book and it does not disappoint! With 25 designs to make it is hard to decide on what should be on your hook first. I just love flicking through the book imagining all the pieces in my house, made in colours that would compliment it.

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Inside the book you’ll find written instructions complimented by gorgeous colourful charts and beautiful photos showing off each pattern. There is definitely something for everyone inside the cover of this book.

I can see myself making so many projects from this book and with Christmas just around the corner, I know I have some presents sorted out already.  There are projects that are nice and quick for the last minute ideas if you need any.

I believe that crochet still has a stigma surrounding it that it’s for old women and an old-fashioned craft. Well let me tell you that that stigma is far from the truth especially when it comes to Tanya’s book. Beautiful modern designs for every room of the home.

So apart from reviewing the book I started to make some motifs from Granny Motif Cushion which you can see below. I look forward to seeing the cushion complete.

I am a bit in love with these colours at the moment. They are not my usual choice to make something in but I really think this cushion is going to pop.

If you are wanting to order Tanya’s book then click this link and I know you’ll be pleased with your purchase. It is being released November 15.

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Floating among the clouds; my book in my hands

Good morning!! Many of you know that I had my dreams come true in 2017 when I was asked to write my very own crochet pattern book. Exactly a year after signing the contract, I was holding my very first copy in my hands. It’s been an amazing an amazing journey and I have learned so many things about crochet but also about myself.

Anyhow enough boring chit-chat stuff. Here are some photos of some of the projects in the book.  If you would like to pre-order your own copy you can click this link and it will take you directly to Amazon. The release date is set for November 2017 and soon I’ll be doing a book launch and blog tour with some absolutely amazing and inspiring fellow hookers.

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My first copy in Will’s hot little hands

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He was very intrigued by it 😉

It seriously is very surreal to actually have a book.  I still can’t believe it and I look forward to seeing what everyone makes from the it.

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Winnie’s Wonderland and Flower Petals Cushion

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Fenced Around Wall Hanging

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Looping Around Garland

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Blooming Coasters and Placemat

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Primes Patch Rug

I hope you like what is inside so far and I will be sharing some more photos in the very near future.

Happy Hooking,

Much Love,
Em xoxo

Round and Round the Crochet Hook; Patterns to inspire and admire.

So what do you think of the title of my book?

I love it 🙂 and as the title says, it’s all designs made in the round so no rows to be seen (well, ones that go round and round anyway).

I just thought I’d share a quick little post to show you the cover of it and to let you know it’s hot off the press hehe. Who would have thought I’d have my own book and say that? Well, not me for starters.

It’s amazing to see how it has all come together, I look forward to getting a copy in my hands.

So without dragging it out anymore, here is the cover…

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So until my next post, happy hooking and I hope you are productive.

Much love,
Em xo

Patterns are LIVE

Hello happy hookers!!

So yesterday was a big day in my pattern release world… I released two on the same day. And for a few more hours you can get all my patterns for 50% off! Here is the direct link to my patterns. 

My Winifred Shawl and the Cora Hexagon pattern.

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Just a quick post right now as it’s school holidays here and my boys are keeping my on my toes like you wouldn’t believe and it’s only Tuesday hahaha.

Happy Hooking and I look forward to seeing your designs

Em xoxo

 

 

Living my dream – becoming an author

Why hello you gorgeous people you! Sorry it’s been forever since I have posted anything here. Life once again has been crazy busy. I have unfortunately rarely crocheted lately and I maybe going through crochet withdrawals. I know you know what I mean.

So let me let you in on a little (BIG) secret that I have keep for about 10 months…

I HAVE WRITTEN A CROCHET BOOK  (insert too many happy emojis)

I am living my dream. I have always wanted to be an author and the feelings I have felt since the very start are just about indescribable. I know it’s not that often that our dreams actually come true. My ultimate dream though is to own coffee shop that sells yarn, crochet books, supplies and has the best edible treats where like-minded crochet people (or anyone) can meet up and enjoy life. I hope that will happen one day.

Back to the book… (can you tell I’m excited, I tend to talk/type a lot when I am)… I have just completed final edits with my amazing team, Tuva Publishing and Wendi… it’s been a whirlwind ride and I still cannot believe it’s actually happening.

You can pre-order your copy by click on the link here… it will take you to Amazon.com where you can get a little bit about the book and a sneak peek at some of the designs.

I am not going to give away too much information just yet. So you will have to watch this space and my other social media platforms for sneak peeks and more information etc.

IN the meantime.. I’m going to leave you with a photo of myself with the Winifred Shawl which is currently in test phase… so hopefully it won’t be too long before I release the pattern.

 

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Happy Hooking, till next time… much love, Em xoxo

Cora Baby Blanket by Spin A Yarn 32

Look how amazing this blanket is that Courtney made with my Cora Granny Square pattern.

Yes! Courtney has finished her blanket and has made the pattern available! Woo hooooo. It’s such a stunning blanket I’m going to let the photos do all the talking in this post.

But quickly, I just want to say a massive thank you to Courtney from Spin A Yarn 32 for sharing this pattern with everyone who purchases the Cora Granny Square from Ravelry. (It’s a freebie too) I have seen so many comments on this beautiful blanket so I’m sure I’ll see many more of these gorgeous blankets popping up on social media.

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Now I’m sure you see why I love this blanket so much. Can you imagine the possibilities? What would you make Cora into? Have you been bitten by the inspiration bug? I hear it’s contagious too 😆.

Happy Hooking,
Much love,
Em xoxo