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Just the Cutest little Bag!!
Thank you, my wonderful pattern tester, for this bag!
I love your yellow one better than my original one in Lina. It looks sturdy durable and yet gorgeous.
I saw and interesting shaped bag that was knitted about 5 years ago on the internet and both my Mum and I have been using that shape to make wonderful striped bags.
While I was playing with another design, that is being tested at the moment, the striped bags morphed into a top, and the as things do at my place they morphed into a dress as well.
The first bag pattern has not been released yet, as I tend to be more creative than organized, but I think you know that about me.
You will see the resemblance as the subsequent designs all roll out. Here is not really the first chronologically but I think it is really lovely and hope you agree. 2023 will see lots more patterns from me, I have a new tech editor, more testers and the patterns are moving closer to the computer. I am excited!
I do have stocks of Lina, but I realised that they need to be added to the site. I’m on the job, if I don’t get distracted by the other yarns……….
A bundle of patterns Just for you!
I missed the opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday season before it actually happened so now it is time for me to redeem myself by offering you a gift bundle of amazing crochet patterns.
You have given your time and talent to everyone else and now it is time for you to celebrate you and spoil yourself, to chill out, relax and recharge the batteries after all the holiday madness. The time is NOW for the treat you deserve. You are worth it.
And who doesn’t love a bargain? 35 patterns for $19USD, that is about 55 cents each
When I was asked to join these amazing designers from all over the world, I thought go big or go home so I have selected what I believe are my very best patterns for 2022.
My first one is Lily the Pink cardigan, which may keep you busy for a good while but is so worth the effort. I LOVE wearing Lily. It can be self-striping as in Noro or worked in 3 separate colours.
The second design is Naomi. This bias draped camisole is the perfect top for summer fun or for layering. It is size inclusive, and the bias drape ensures a perfect fit for everybody. The construction is really interesting and the stitch is simple, relaxing crochet.
The third design is a real quickie feather and fan cowl just for you to try out a antique variation of a ripple stitch. This is the tiny little gift from you to you using that luscious ball of yarn you have hidden in your stash for a special occasion. You know the one I am talking about. So go and hunt it out and start. You only live once.
There is a knit bundle too but hey, you know me and knitting,
“I love the look
but I’m better with a hook”
Adding the knit bundle as well is a better bargain if you are good at both.
Get your bundle now while you can. This offer is only available until New Year’s Eve New York time. This offer will not be repeated EVER or for Aussies E, V, A ,H from Kath and Kim
Who thinks that crocheting a Waratah is a good idea?
After seeing a couple of crocheted flower books being promoted on the web I realised that there are probably many of you who don’t know that I dedicated myself to crocheting botanically correct flowers 20 years ago including some amazingly beautiful Australian natives, published in 2003.
After 25 attempts to get it right and the lounge room covered in bits of red and maroon wool crocheted into spikes, the Waratah was born, the Gum nut took 7 attempts, and the pansy took 2 years of attempts to get it looking like the pansies that actually grew in my garden. With 3 gardening reference books later and I had self published a flower book. Published with both British and USA terms, international symbols all hand drawn initially.
Crocheted flowers can be put on anything.
My friend Geraldine puts a fuchsia on the corners of her shawls to decorate them and they certainly get some attention.
WARNING these are addictive!
Authentic native Australian flowers to crochet. They can be made to scale or made to order.
Or make some gardener’s favourites like Fuchsia , Daisy, Gerbera or a Pansy.
Or what about a Daffodil?
You will want to make them all.
Tartan Blankets Never Die
While tiding up my office I found and old Craft magazine. I was drawn to it because of the bold colours and the flowers on the cover and then I got the giggles. That wasn’t all that was on the cover. On the left hand side was my Crocheted Tartan Rug. I had completely forgotten about it as it was published 20 years ago.
Most people crochet story starts out with a lovely thing like “My mother taught me, my granny showed me how to crochet” etc. BUT in my case my mother demanded I teach her when she first discovered a tartan rug. Her words were,
” well now you will have to teach me how to crochet. I’ve seen a blanket I love , come with me and I’ll show you”.
So we traipsed off to this lady’s house to see the blanket. To be truthful I actually didn’t think the blanket was even crocheted at all. I hadn’t seen anything like it, but I was positive it was NOT crocheted. So I told Mum she had it wrong. Ok it was me who was Wrong! and you wont hear me say that again in a while.
Since that time my Mother has taught over 100 people how to crochet Tartan Blankets and she doesn’t know what the stitches are called. Yet it works. They are that simple.
The funny part about this story and the reason I’m telling it now is that the original Tartan rug book may no longer be in print. I think I sold the very last one today. The very day that I found the magazine with my tartan on the cover. So after 23 years and I don’t know how many reprints, I have had to make it into a downloadable E-Book. This will work for you, you don’t have to pay for postage and you will get it immediately. Just in case your family’s tartan is not in that book I have written another 100 tartans since. Your family’s clan may be on my list here on the website.
And if you can keep a secret I may just be doing a tartan blanket sometime soon as a crochet along(CAL). Shall I let you know when that is happening?
Tartan blankets are interesting enough for an experienced crocheter as you still just want to see what the next colour looks like, but if you are an absolute beginner and never held a hook in your hand before this is the project for you.
And I still believe that they are the classiest crocheted Blankets ever!!!
You know the old saying you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone”?
My Faithful Companion project bag, the simple Dilly Bag, is no more so I am remaking her in some of the same yarns but this time I’m adding Noro Kureyon. She was made in pure hand wash only wool and fulled (felted in the washing machine). This made her sturdy and hardwearing and stretchy when needed. Oh so stretchy!
She had given me over 15 years of continuous use. I’ve been making do with other bags since and every time I put them down they fall over, and then the yarn falls out all over the floor. This never happened before with my Dilly bag. Everything fitted in as well, and when you went somewhere she sat there looking lovely and stayed put. She was so pretty you had to smile just looking at her colours. I think the narrow neck held things in place and my Yazzii hook holder & Yazzii utility holder never fell out.
I actually have fitted 3 full 10xball packs each in there so that my husband would not see what I had bought. Was that wrong?
This time she will have a purple base, so that if the floor is dirty you won’t see it and using the Noro means that the colours will be even more exotic. I cant wait to see her finished and put her to use. I just hadn’t realised that she had been so perfect and so functional.