What a year it has been! I would like to first and foremost say a big THANK YOU to all of you for following me throughout 2018. It is seeing the creations that you make from my designs what makes me want to keep on coming up with new ones, aside from my brain not really stopping with all the possibilities that could be turned into crochet.
Let’s go back to the start of the year (it’s ok, I’ll do a quick wrap-up of it) to where I decided designing a flower every day for a whole year would be fun… and also overwhelming, time consuming and in the end be too much for one person lol. BUT the crochet community came together and formed ‘The Crochet Hook Up’ where flowers are designed and published by the lovely people in the group. One of my all time favourite photos of the flowers is by Charlotta Wadman from In the Yarn Garden.
After handing the reigns over (which was quite a relief, after 93 designs, it was time lol), the next pattern I designed (well, that I could share at the time) was Jane’s Love! I wanted to do something for Jane, to show her we supported, cared and loved her and wanting to help her get her special chair that would help her in her everyday life. The response was amazing. And seeing everyone buy the pattern (all monies raised go directly to Jane) just blew my mind. The beautiful colours, the overall finished pieces and the love from the crochet community was and still is AMAZING. Here is a link to the hashtag on Instagram. The creativity of all of you fills my heart. And if you’d like to help support Jane still, click the link here to the Love Crochet website where it is sold.
One of the most monumental things this year has definitely been being asked to teach on a crochet cruise! Crochet cruise? What! So people actually go on a big ship and crochet all day? YEP pretty much lol. Cruise Express offers these amazing packages and they are beyond anything you can imagine. 5 star cruising on a 5 star ship and I’ve been asked to do it again next year, this time to Hobart and New Zealand. If you’d like to come onboard and meet new friends, crochet with 5 star yarns, and make 5 star designs, eat the most yummy food, relax by the pool, visit New Zealand during the specially arranged tours (YARNY tours) then click the link to head to Cruise Express and find out more.
Another first for the year was designing a pattern for Crate Crochet in May. Whispers of Serenity was/is a two-in-one pattern where you can make the small or large size mandala. People have asked me “What do you do with them?” Well I usually attach them to a ring and hang them on my wall or use them as centrepiece or something similar. You could even make a cushion from it 🙂
I’m not going to mention every single design I made this year (that’s what Instagram is for lol) but one of my favourite ones from this year would have to be my Elysian Shawl and Shawlette. Both made from Stylecraft Yarns in Batik, they have such a beautiful soft drape and feel divine. I went out of my usual green/blue comfort zone (although the photo above of my mandala says otherwise) lol and used pinks/reds etc for the shawlette and kinda fell in love with it (yes you can love material things, especially when they are crochet or crocheted).
Another wonderful thing happened this year. I was asked to become and brand ambassador for Nurturing Fibres. The most beautiful naturally hand dyed yarn from South Africa. Not only does it look and feel absolutely divine, but it smells lovely too. I designed a free pattern called Nurturing Octagons with Eco-Cotton. With such a large colour range, you’ll have a hard time choosing which ones to use.
Oooh almost there hahah. There are designs that I made this year that I still haven’t written up the patterns for….looks like next year is already starting with a ‘finish-list’ heheh whoopsie.
The latest design that I have actually released is the Salutations Mandala. The perfect piece for using up your cotton or cotton/blend stash (or just an excuse to buy more really). This pattern was one of patterns I designed for the crochet cruise. An overlay pattern full of texture and colour.
I’m just about finished. I love looking more a photos than reading all the gobbly-de-goop stuff. So how about I wrap it up using photos and their captions…. sounds good to me! BUT it doesn’t mean it’s not as good as all the other stuff that has happened this year! Just easier to read sometimes.
So I’m going to finish this wrap up with one pattern that I know is going to be released next year! My next and new Crochet Along (CAL). I have loved this from day one and know you will too. I’m working on yarn packs with Stylecraft which will be available in a couple of different colourways and yarns. I’m super excited about this and cannot wait to share with you the finished piece.
When Lisa Cook asked me to be a part of her blog tour, I jumped at the opportunity, mainly because I love her work but because I knew it was going to be an amazing book, and I needed to get my hands on it stat.
Well, I was right! And amazing book and the rest. It’s a bit different to Tuva’s other crochet books. They layout is wonderful – so easy to follow along; the photography works very well, as I want to make at least one of everything and the patterns; well, without these amazing designs, there’d be no book, they are above and beyond ‘wow’. And if you’re a visual person like myself, there’s charts! WIN WIN WIN!
One of my favourite things about the layout of this book, and other Tuva ones, is that there’s a double-page spread full of all of the projects with their page numbers. So it’s really easy to find the one you need at a quick glance.
Now in saying that, trying to decide on ONE project to start was nearly impossible. I think I began about three, (if you know me, you know I’m super indecisive), and finally rested upon the amazing Rhubarb Crumble.
Now, Tuva have been very clever to use to cover of the book in the way that they have. They placed the Stitches and Abbreviations used on it and it can be used as a bookmark and quick reference guide, instead of searching through all the other pages for it. Well done Tuva, I like it a lot! So if you’re a beginner, then don’t be scared at attempting anything in this book, thanks to this amazing little cover.
If you’re like me, you like to also look at beautiful photos of crochet all day. Then this book will certainly hit the right spot. Throughout the entire book, there are photos of all of the shawl being worn in full-shots and close ups. They are gorgeously lit, and definitely sell the patterns inside.
Lisa, is an amazing designer. I’ve always highly admired her shawls and now, I have a collection of 21 stylish designs all in one place. I know that I’ll definitely be making more from this book, hard part is choosing which ones.
Just a warning though….. make sure you’ve eaten before starting one of the shawls.. with names like ‘Honey Cake’, ‘Raspberry Ripple’, ‘Banana Split’, I’m sure you’ll want to take a bite of something sooner rather than later.
Due to a lot happening in my world of crochet (and real life), I’ve been super busy so I’ve only had a chance to make a start of Rhubarb Ripple. And what I love about this design, is the 4-round repeat. Makes crocheting it easy and I don’t have to keep referring back to the pattern every couple of rounds. So, late night crocheting is a breeze.
I am using a Scheepjes Whirl in Liquorice Yumyum and it’s turning out amazing. I cannot wait to see it finished (I’ll post an updated photo or two when it is).
So do I highly recommend this book to everyone, well of course I do! It’s one for all skill-levels. A big congratulations to Lisa on her first book. I do think there will be more in the future, you can never have too many shawls (or crochet books).
Please do yourself a favour and go and buy this book. Available on Amazon and other good online book stores. I just googled it here if you want to click the link and see where you can get it from.
So happy hooking and much love,
Yes!!! You did read that correctly. There are such things as crochet cruises. Who would have thought!? Well not me until earlier this year when a fellow crocheter and owner of Crochet Australia departed on one in March.
What’s not to love about a crochet cruise? Food, fresh air and serious time for crochet, all whilst surrounded by fellow hookers and beautiful views. So I’d say that’s a big win.
The Celebrity Solstice is a 5 star cruise ship.
Let me tell you a little bit about the cruise itself. In point-form as it’s just neater that way.
10-night cruise on Celebrity Solstice including all entertainment, main meals and onboard gratuities
- Exclusive workshop venue bathed in natural light
- Registration morning tea – welcome aboard and introduction
- High quality ‘Welcome Kit’ containing the design of your choice, yarn and a selection of other quality crochet tools and accessories you’ll need – worth over $250
- Extra yarn to make a blanket ‘square’ and other fun items for our charity auction
- Choice of three workshops based on your skill level
- Additional development workshops to add to your skills base
- One-on-one assistance for your projects as required
- 10 crochet workshops (two per sea day) with teachers to explain their designs and generally assist you with your work
- Lounge ‘Hook up’ sessions on port days and sea days
- Crochet related fun trivia and activities with prizes
- Final ‘Grand Gala’ get together, awards, fun fashion parade & cocktail party
Note: The crochet package is exclusive to Cruise Express guests who pre-book and cannot be purchased onboard.
AND if you book before 31st July, you’ll receive 50 balls of Scheepjes Catona yarn in 5 different colours.
This is where will be going… see below photo for Itinerary
|29th Oct 2018||Sydney||Depart 18:30|
|30th Oct 2018||Newcastle||Arrive 08:00 – Depart 17:00|
|31st Oct 2018||At Sea|
|1st Nov 2018||At Sea|
|2nd Nov 2018||Airlie Beach||Arrive 07:00 – Depart 17:00|
|3rd Nov 2018||Cairns||Arrive 09:00 – Depart 18:00|
|4th Nov 2018||Willis Island||cruising|
|5th Nov 2018||At Sea|
|6th Nov 2018||Brisbane||Arrive 08:00 – Depart 20:00|
|7th Nov 2018||At Sea|
|8th Nov 2018||Sydney||Arrive 06:30|
There will be 4 of my designs on board the Celebrity Solstice.
- Beginner design for the workshop
- Intermediate design for the workshop
- Advanced design included in the crochet kit
- And a special design… shhhh
I’m super excited about this cruise and would love to meet you on board. I’ve got to get cracking a design the advanced pattern now… so until we meet again or first the first time, happy hooking.
To buy this pattern CLICK HERE
I don’t remember the exact day that I stumbled upon Jane from @queen_babs on Instagram. I was probably just doing the usually scroll and something bright and beautiful no doubt caught my eye. Most likely one of her famous yarn bombs, because now, when I think of Jane, I foremost think of her beautiful contagious smile and then all of the colourful crochet work she has does.
Since then, our friendship via social media grew a little bit more with each comment and reply. To the point where I wanted to help Jane. If you don’t follow Jane or know a little bit about her, then here’s a bit of a background for you.
Jane lives with, and raises awareness about chronic illness. She needs a special chair and mobility equipment to help live and do everyday things. Jane decided to raise funds by selling her patterns. The first one being the Lovebomb Christmas Ornament pattern. A sweet pattern that can be made up in no time with endless colour possibilities. From there other patterns grew to which there is now four to choose from.
So last month an idea lit up in my brain. I wasn’t creating much at the time and had previously mentioned to Jane that I would love to design a pattern to help her reach (and hopefully smash) her goals.
Let me introduce to you ‘Jane’s Love’. A granny square pattern with so many possibilities; blankets, cushions, wall-hangings, even placemats. I like to think of Jane being the middle heart and we, the crochet community being the other hearts surrounding her with love and support. And the crochet in between, well that’s obviously all the glue that links us CROCHET haha.
I cannot wait to see this pattern worked up in every which way imaginable. Are you going to make the centre pop, or focus on the hearts? Will you make it in rainbow colours or colours that mean something to you? When you do make it PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use the hashtag #crochetjaneslove and #janeslove so that everyone can see it.
I want to leave you with a little snippet from one of Jane’s recent posts:
“Emily has designed this square to help raise funds for my wheelchair and mobility equipment. Maybe you are wondering why this is all happening. Everyone who has shown such support and friendship by buying my patterns has my utmost gratitude.
I decided to try to raise money myself when I couldn’t get any help via disability and illness agencies who are overstretched, overworked and underfunded and are being SHUT DOWN as NDIS supposedly takes over.
Even though I applied to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ages ago, I am still waiting for a response. Luckily EnableNSW has stepped in to lend some assistance in the short term. Most programs are for over 65s and as I am only turning 52 in July, it would be a LONG wait.
This community continues to inspire me. Even in a rough week like this one, I have friends who care and that makes a big difference.
Thank you all for your support, friendship, kindness, likes and comments and for being part of my life. You are loved.”
So in Jane’s own words..
Kindness, creativity and community are the best! – Jane AKA Queen Babs
Please support Jane by purchasing a copy of this pattern.
Thanks for being amazing and let’s help Jane
Some of you may have noticed that I’m no longer running the #365daysofcrochetflowers. It was a hard decision that had to be made. I started off with a big plan and goal to make 365 flowers, basically one each day for the year. However, it took over my life. How? You ask, they are only small flowers? Well a lot is actually involved in designing and releasing a pattern no matter the size.
I’d often leave designing the flower for the next day, the night before after the usual-busy day with my children. And in the end, my brain was basically fried and I no longer loved to crochet. Even though no one was pressuring me, I still felt like I had this pressure and weight on my shoulders. I couldn’t let anyone down, especially all of the people following along each day.
So I decided to take a break from making them. In that time a friend and fellow crocheter named Natasha (Buttonnose Crochet) came to me and asked if I wanted some help. Well of course! How could I say ‘no’. From that grew the idea of involving other crocheters who either had wanted to design something and never had the chance, or more experienced pattern writers.
The crochet community came together and we formed the group “The Crochet Hook Up”. It can be found on Instagram and Facebook. So if you’re thinking, ‘hmm I’d love to try and design a flower’, why not ask to join the Facebook group (The Crochet Hook Up Group).
Natasha, has since taken over full reign of the group and has been running it for me. And I’m so happy to say that my love for crochet has come back and hit me hard. (see my next post later in the week if you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook).
I’m so very thankful to Tash and all the other members of the group. I have formed many new friendships and found that we are all basically the same; crazy crochet people who have a very very very strong obsession with yarn.
I hope you understand my reasons for stepping aside, and continue to follow the flowers throughout the rest of the year. They are certainly beautiful blooms.
Much love and happy hooking,
Not too long ago I was asked by the UBER talented Shelley from Spincushions if I could make up a square from her upcoming new book, Granny Square Flair. Let me tell you how hard it was to choose ONE to make…I’ll put it into ways which I KNOW you’ll understand.
Let’s set the scene. It’s just any other regular day and you receive this envelope in the mail. It’s addressed to you without the sender details or return address. You wonder what it could be. Slowly ripping it open, you notice it’s a gift card for your most favourite yarn shop. However… there’s no amount specified… Yep UNLIMITED YARN, that’s like every crazy hooker’s dream (back me up here, I know you’re all just like me). So there you are, out the front of your house, jumping up and down, squealing like a kid in a candy store…. That was the easy part (being asked to make a square).
The day arrives where you find yourself and only you surrounded by walls and walls of yarn. Squishy goodness which you’d love to bathe in (not literally, but lie in a bath full of it) oooh the hard part has finally made an appearance.
So you have this unlimited amount on your card… what do you do? Choose one of each? A couple of your most favourite ones? Only new yarn? Ahhh the possibilities are endless. So by now, you know that in real life I absolutely struggle with decisions ESPECIALLY when it comes to choose yarn and patterns lol.
Let’s get back to reality… I was sitting there scrolling over my options. Scrolling over and over and over, trying to select just a few. It really is like buying yarn lol. Then out it jumped and whacked me in the face (ok that didn’t literally happen, but at least it would have been soft though because it’s made from cotton). I had found the pattern I would make… And all at once I knew what yarn to make it in. Since when does that happen so easily? SO I knew it was meant to be. Fate. The square had chosen me and the yarn to make it in. I call that WINNING. lol.
Enough babbling… it’s time to show you my squares… and once I receive a copy of her book. I’ll be reviewing it and that means…. MORE SQUARES (I’ll deal with the new struggle of choosing which ones to do first when that time presents itself).
Wow my brain is definitely much more creative in the morning. I’m listening to my boys, all three of them playing on the trampoline and outside doing goodness what, but they are getting along and it’s not 7am yet. I pity my neighbours sometimes haha.
Without anymore babble here are my squares… you can just imagine how amazing this book is going to be…
So stay tuned for information from Shelley and I about her upcoming book; Granny Square Flair!!
Happy hooking, much love,
It’s been a while since I posted as I’ve been flat strap busy doing sneaky crochet among other things that take up time lol.
So last week I revealed on Instagram that the pattern I have been working on will be in the May box from Crate Crochet.
What is Crate Crochet I hear you ask? It’s a subscription to monthly boxes full of….
BEAUTIFUL YARN IN EVERY BOX!
EXCLUSIVE FULL PRINTED PATTERNS
CROCHET HOOK; TOOLS OR ACCESSORIES
TREATS & SURPRISES
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP+ MONTHLY GIVEAWAYS
DISCOUNT VOUCHERS & CODES
EARN REWARDS IN OUR ONLINE SHOP
CONTROL YOUR OWN ACCOUNT, SKIP, CHANGE BOXES OR CANCEL ANYTIME!
Isn’t that amazing!!!
You just have to sign up before the cut off date of the month which is the 17th! As boxes are shipped out between the 19th and 22nd of each month.
Have a look for yourself and click this link.
So until May arrives, you can only have a sneak peek here or there. BUT what I can tell you is that is is a design made in the round, like most of my designs and you get 6 skeins of yarn to make it!
I’m so excited for May and I hope you will be too. Until then, enjoy your daily dose of Crochet Flowers.
I often start my posts off with ‘Howdy Doody’ but the first thing that popped into my head today was ‘What a wonderful day today is’, so I’m going to begin with that. Not only is it William’s 2nd Birthday but I have finally released the pattern for the Wheel of Hope Mandala – woo hoo.😆 🎊 🎉
I can tick something off my list and it’s not even the end of the month yet, well I just beat it but that counts, right?📝 🤔
This pattern is based off my smaller Wheel of Hope Mandala, but with the added rounds there are now more possibilities of what you can turn it into. I would love to see it made as a rug! Or a table centrepiece using chunky yarn, or maybe even attached to a hoop and added to a wall….how awesome is crochet, many uses from one single pattern.
So to celebrate the release of this pattern, I have decided to have a little special where you can save $1. I know it’s only one dollar, but it does add up over time. And why not keep it to add to your stash fund I know you have.
This pattern can be used in many colours! I can just see an ombre one hung on a wall now 😮. Have fun playing around and see what you like best.
I hope to see your beautiful creations on social media platforms so please use the hashtag #wheelofhopemandala and make it a Project in Ravelry.
Why hello there!
If you are following me on Instagram and on my Facebook page, you would have noticed me posting A LOT of flowers. Well, it’s almost been a whole month’s worth! Can you believe January is just about over? Looks like this year is going to follow suit like 2017 and fly by.
It just hit me that I had posted the free patterns up for my #365daysofcrochetflowers, but never did a little blog up about them! Well 27 days late is better than never lol. If you’ve seen that long post of patterns, you would have read that it’s about making a different flower each and every day (except the first and second because I got bored with the same flower).
I have loved loved LOVEd making a new flower each day. It has been challenging at times, when I’m up at night just before bed time, sometimes falling asleep crocheting (shh I know you do it too), or first thing in the morning when creativity is at its best. I just hope I have enough left in the tank to keep going for the rest of the year. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out.
What are you going to do with them all? I hear you asking…. well if I’m being honest, I have a few ideas floating around in my head, but none are sticking. So they could be turned into a few pieces or just one big one lol. One is sticking out a bit more than the others. Do you want to know? Oh of course you do….
Okay, no need to twist my arm more… BEDSPREAD. I’m picturing a lightly crocheted base where you attach each flower individually. YES!! I know it’s a lot of attaching but I can just see the finished piece now. A beautiful garden bed (get it hehe) of flowers laying wonderfully on your bed. There may even be some matching cushions or a shawl in there too.
Any how, enough with all the words an reading boring-ish stuff. Here are some photos of what I’ve done so far. Once I get a little bit more organised I plan to translate to UK terms too and compile into an ebook.
Here is the link to the actual patterns in my FREE PATTERNS. I will be sorting it out into months to make finding them a bit easier. I really hope you enjoy making these even more than I have had a blast designing them.
ALSO one quick little note… I have added this to Ravelry so you can add it to your Projects and keep a track of what you make and also so other people can see your beautiful garden. Click here to go there .
UPDATE: Colours and Yarn.
So I have been using up my stash of DMC Natura Just Cotton and a 3.5mm hook (these two are my go-to’s for each other) The colours I am using are… (and yes of course I’ll have to buy more lol)
– Prussian (64)
– Star Light (27)
– Blue Jeans (26)
– Amaranto (33)
– Turquoise (49)
– Chartreuse (48)
– Bamboo (76)
– Bruique (86)
– Pistache (13)
Have fun and Happy Hooking!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Much love and happy hooking,