Home Sweet Home.

Well, I have to say, it’s good to be home; it was the wettest trip since Noah set sailed. It rained, it poured, it drizzled from the moment we left for our little holiday to the time we arrive at our destination. Not enough to have drought, then fires & then, to top it off, flooding rains. Of course the rain was very welcomed everywhere & I, for one, am not complaining. We really do live in the most extraordinary country.

Despite the dismal weather, my step mum’s 90th birthday celebrations went off with a bang & we had a fabulous time catching up with family & friends. Not much chance for sight-seeing but had some lovely lunches & dinners with friends as we made our way home.

And so, it’s back to the grind… My shop is open again & I’m hoping to list some new items soon.

The next crochet class is this Thurs 20th Feb.

And I’ll be at our local Landsborough Market this Saturday 22nd Feb & every 2nd & 4th Saturday from then on…

As I’ve already said, it’s good to be home… Black Cat gave us ‘the look’ as we came in the door but is purring with pleasure now;  the chooks are happily clucking & laying lovely eggs… all is well

5 Stash Busting Crochet Purse Patterns

… due to some health issues of late, large projects have been put on the back-burner for the time being. However, one can’t be completely idle.  I’ve been working on a few small, quick crochet projects like the Booties Pattern  posted a short while ago.  Patterns that are fun to make & will delight your friends & fundraising groups.

Today I have a collection of 5 stash busting crochet purse patterns for you just in time for the holiday season. The Patterns are worked in multiples of 2 chs, therefore, can be made larger, smaller, even tiny, to suit any purpose.

All you need to make these vibrant, useful little purses is: your yarn of choice & appropriate hook, Buttons/beads, large eye darning needle & scissors.

Each of the 5 patterns includes: both UK & US terminology, written & chart formats with stitch drawings & instruction for lesser known stitches, photos & assembly instruction.

Have a rummage through your yarn stash & buttons/beads box, you’ll be surprised what you’ll find. Experiment with different yarns & colour combinations. And don’t forget embellishments; sew on some beads, a crochet flower, straps & handles. Make this project your own.

Enjoy these 5 versatile patterns & have hours of creative fun…

My summer crochet cloche/hat collection.

I recently found some beautiful 8 ply & 10 ply cotton yarns that I couldn’t resist purchasing.  Although I didn’t have a project in mind, I knew the few brimmed crochet cloche/hats I’ve made in the past have always been popular. I decided to create a small collection for our Aussie summer.

These crochet cloche/hats are super practical; squish them into your handbag, throw them into the washing machine, they always come back into shape. All have a braid around the base of the crown. The brims are flexible so you can manipulate them any which way you like. A few have an attractive flower motif that can be worn on either side or right up front.

So, you create your own unique style.

You’ll find this summer collection in my here in my shop

Enjoy!

Basic Crochet Baby Booties/shoes pattern.

 

To everyone who has been asking for this baby bootie/shoes pattern; It’s here at last.

Not only are these cute, colourful baby booties/shoes (size 0 to 3 mths) one of my best sellers at the local Landsborough Market which I attend every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month, people also constantly ask for the pattern.

The pattern, however, was in my head & on a scrappy bit of paper. I really had to get on & apply myself to the task & get it done.

Turns out, it’s a good beginners pattern & a quickie for the more experienced &  includes:~ written pattern & chart ~ both UK & US terminology~ clear photos & stitch instructions

I mostly use 8 ply 100% cotton for these baby booties/shoes but the pattern works just a well with wool & acrylic yarn. It’s great that we have such an array of bright colourful yarns to choose from these days &, that baby apparel is no longer limited to soft pascals.

I use a 3.50 (US:E) hook but going up a size will result in a slight larger bootie/shoe. So experiment to find what suits you best.

This is a basic pattern that allows for experimentation with colours, yarn, hooks & embellishments so, go on,  have fun with this one.

The Basic Baby Bootie/shoe pattern is available for purchase here in my online shop.

working Crochet in the Round

I’ve been getting quite a few queries lately about Working Crochet in the Round. Rather than continually answering each individual question, I decided to put together this basic instruction sheet for Working Crochet in the Round. Understanding the basic formulas for keeping your work flat & avoiding your crochet work from going astray is important so, I trust the instruction sheet is helpful.

The 2 most common questions: 

1)Why is my work cupping? – this usually means there are not enough increases 

2) Why is my work wavy? – this usually means there are too many increases

Working in the round is a little different from working on rows. To keep your work flat you must evenly increase every round & this varies when working circles or squares. I’ve given both written instructions & charts to help you better understand.