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Lacy Scarf Giveaway

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During the month of November I am running my promotional giveaway. My Lacy Ladies Circular Scarf has been, by far, the most viewed, most liked, and most commented on product on my blog. And so it was clear that this had to be my giveaway item.

In a stunning lively aqua blue, the yarn is a blend of wool, cashmere and silk protein, giving it a luxurious feel. I must, once again, give credit to Lindsi for her great pattern, which I have used over and over again with a few adjustments from time to time. For this particular scarf I started with 211ch and I used a 5mm hook.

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This promotion is linked to my Facebook page. If you’d like a chance at winning this lacy scarf head over here  and share the album, adding your own comment. Or simply share this post on your Facebook wall with a comment. The promo runs worldwide through until the end of November 2013.

Rustic Summer Throw

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I’ve been inspired to begin a range of luxury throws, and this is my first one. Working with top quality yarn is such a delight. I can see this is going to be the beginning of something really fun.

I never really imagined myself making a whole lot of blankets. I made a bamboo baby blanket a little while ago for a friend, but other than that one the idea didn’t excite me much. Until I began, a few months ago, to turn all my odd bits of yarn into granny squares and join them all together into a throw. That is a project that will still take a while to complete and will become it’s own story. However, working on it made me realize how versatile, and much needed, throws are in ones life.

rustic throw 2My Rustic Summer Throw is made from a 70% organic cotton and 30% bamboo yarn in blue-grey. It’s 100cm wide and 135cm long. I used a variation of a V-stitch, one that is a little less structured in it’s pattern, and gives this throw it’s delightful comfy and rustic appeal. And my hook was 8mm.

Oh the joy of making beautiful things! It’s going to be difficult for me to part with this creation especially as this blue-grey is perfect for my new bedroom colour scheme. I’ll have to make another one for myself, this one is off to be displayed in a lovely new store in town.

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I can make Rustic Summer Throws up in four different sizes: small (80cm x 110cm), medium (100cm x 135cm), large (125cm x 150cm) and extra large (150cm x 180cm), and in a variety of stunning colours.

Hooray for filling our homes with luxurious delights!

And keep a look out for additions to my Luxury Throw Range.

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My Daisy Painting

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my daisy painting

I love yellow daisies, and whilst these are not strictly ‘yellow’ daisies they are still a bright and happy bunch.

This is an acrylic painting that I did a little while ago. I’d done a bit of art at school and not really considered trying my hand at it again for a very long time, until my sons actually began to develop their own interest and skills in creating artworks. This inspired me to get the brushes out and see what rusty talent may be hiding away there. It turns out that the talent is very rusty indeed, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and perhaps with a bit of time and practice I could develop it.

I am privileged to have some very incredible artists as friends and am so grateful for their inspiration and the value they add to the world we live in. Thank you to Alastair Whitton, Philip Barlow and Debby Hart. You remind us that the world is beautiful.

Little Minion

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Little Minion

I said that my large minion was the first of a couple that I had made. Well, this is the other guy. He’s about the size of a Blackberry cell phone and I think is quite cute.

It was Dave, my husband’s idea for me to make minions and these little guys were what he had in mind. I must say they’re a hit with my kids and all their friends.

I used a 3mm hook and double knit yarn. This makes them strong and firm and will keep their shape. I looked for ages online to find a pattern, but wasn’t really satisfied, so I made this one up.

Marco Scarf

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Marco Scarf

One of the four scarves I made for the gents in my home. I’d been eying out this yarn in the stores for months trying to decide what I’d do with it. It has a texture that catches my attention every time I see it:  very soft and warm with the raw wool and uneven speck giving it a fantastic rustic appeal. Eventually I settled on this scarf.

I used a 6mm hook and ‘rib look’ crochet stitch, then added tassels to each end. The ‘rib stitch’ looks more like knit than crochet which I feel is more fitting for men. It’s a high quality yarn made up of a blend of cotton, tweed, wool and acrylic. The end product does justice to the yarn and can be worn in either a smart or casual setting. Versatility is always good.

Jono’s Night Cap

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Oh the things you make when you have teenage children! So, this is a night cap, or as Jono likes to call it, a cool long pointy beanie thing. And yes, he actually wears it, not only with his pajamas but out to the mall – gosh.

I simply used tr crochet, starting at the point, slowly increasing until the last about 9 rows. Then I added a few rows of dc to make the band. It’s an acrylic dk, or worsted weight yarn and I used a 5mm hook. And finally added the pompom. It’s been many years since I made a pompom, taking me back to my childhood.

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Large Minion

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I made a Minion!! Well, I made a couple actually, but this is the first one I made and he’s quite big.

I struggled to find a pattern, so I made this one up as I went along. As I keep saying, I should have written the pattern down as I went, but I didn’t. To be honest I found it a lot of hard work and whilst I’m please with the outcome, I can’t see myself making another quite like this.

He is quite cute, and I’m particularly pleased with the ‘G’ on the pocket. He has been shipped off to Cape Town and I’m sure will make a fine companion to Keri. Enjoy sweet girl.