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There’s still much to learn about rebuilding pages & configuring the new shop. Your support so far is greatly appreciated. Thank you…
 

 

2 Free Crochet Bookmark Patterns in time for Gift Giving

2 Free crochet Bookmarks

With Christmas just around the corner, there’s still time to make some lovely gifts for your family & friends. These colourful, crochet bookmarks work up quickly, are lightweight & ideal for sending in the post. Pop them into a card for your reader family or friends: they’ll be delighted. 

  • Each patterns includes:
  • written pattern in UK & US terminology
  • Stitch drawings
  • pattern diagram (graph)
  • photos

Be adventurous & have fun with your colour choices, the brighter the better. I hope you, your family & friends enjoy these 2 free crochet bookmark patterns

Download the Square Flower Bookmark here

Download the Hexagon Flower Book mark here

Corner to Corner Free crochet Pattern

Hi everyone, how fast has this year galloped ahead? It’s already October, with the holiday season just around the corner.With that in mind, I’m offering a classic ‘Corner 2 Corner’ crochet rug (afghan) pattern as a free download in time for gift giving.

  • The pattern includes:
  • both written & diagram (chart) form
  • both UK & US terminology

This is an easy pattern so even beginners can have a go. Gauge isn’t important, neither is your choice of yarn; just use an appropriate hook for your chosen ply.

Use up your scrap yarn stash, change colours as you like, work with variegated yarns. The choice is endless

This is a free pattern, it begins in a corner & worked diagonally, increasing on each row until your desired size, then decreased down to the opposite corner; therefore you are able to make your rug (afghan) any size you want: from a small cot blanket to a bedspread. 

Just be aware that you’ll need to divide your yarn in half; one half for the increase & the other half for decrease. And, if you plan a border, you will require additional yarn for that; I personally don’t think this rug (afghan) needs a border but of course, it’s up to you, this is your project have fun with it.

Download the Corner 2 Corner Free Crochet Pattern here

Scrap Yarn Crochet to help the lockdown hours

Life, as we knew it, has changed for most of us; social distancing, lockdowns & travel restrictions, to name just a few, have placed limits on what we can & can’t do. Here in Qld, Covid-19 hasn’t impacted our health as it has in other states, so we are luckier than most being able to live somewhat normally.

Nevertheless, I for one only go out when I need to, leaving more unnecessary shopping for another time (which hopefully will be sooner rather than later)… Scrap Yarn Crochet has become my go to consolation.

The Stained Glass Diamond Motif scarp yarn rug (afghan) has proven to be a popular pattern & I thank everyone who has purchased & taken the time to email lovely comments.

I’m guessing there are lots of you who want to reduce that ever-growing yarn stash & what better time than in this turbulent year.

With that in mind, I’ve come up with another 2 scrap yarn crochet projects. Both are suitable for novices & interesting enough for the more experienced. Both are available  in my Online shop

The first, ‘4 Leaf Clover Motif Rug (Afghan),’ is the easiest of the 2 & the one I’d recommend to beginners before trying the others.

 

 

The second, ‘The Lattice Emblem Motif Rug (afghan)’, is also easy to make, taking a little more concentration but not so much that it becomes a chore.

I hope these new scrap yarn patterns bring a little creative joy & distraction in these unpredictable times.

 

Alice Springs 2020 On-line Exhibition results

A huge, & I mean HUGE, thank to my family, friends (both personal & Facebook), crochet class ladies, team & group members who took the time to place a vote for me in the Alice Springs Beanie Festival On-line exhibition. I was pipped at the post in the eleventh hour; but that’s how it goes sometimes. Nevertheless, it was quite a ride & I appreciate everyone’s efforts…

Congratulations to Joan Price for her winning piece ‘Autumn is Awesome’ 

& congratulations to Megan Jack for never giving up

So, that’s it for another year… Let’s look forward to what 2021 brings.

 

2020 Alice Springs Beanie Festival Voting update

Hi everyone, a huge thank you to everyone who has voted in the Alice Springs On-line exhibition. It all ends tomorrow so there is still time to cast your vote, it’s close, so every vote counts.

Here’s a little bit of background for my entry ‘A Pygmy Possum, Wombat & flame Robin enjoying the Alpine Spring

& here’s where to vote

The piece depicts the Flora & Fauna of the Australian Alpine region. As best I could, I tried replicating this landscape with crochet & felting (both wet & needle).