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Do you remember that old song” Lily the Pink, the Pink, the pink” she invented a drink. This drink was some amazing compound that made everything better, Or am I showing my age?( the song can be found on hey Google called Lily the Pink from 1998. Just listening it to will make you smile)
Well I think I discovered what that amazing compound is for me.
For me it is Colour ! I realised that it actually makes my heart sing. And there is evidence that working in bright colours actually lifts your spirits. So I’m introducing you to my Lily the Pink class. Lily will be available in other colours, she will be available in Noro, she will be avaible in Cotton or Wool and kits can be dropped shipped to you in Australia, USA and Canada with the help of some of my friends in the industry.
If you need chase some shadows away the you can join me in a series of 5 classes online via zoom to make a Lily of your choice.
Lily’s sizing is up to 3XL too.
I’m setting up my studio so please check back in August for class times. You wont need to travel but we can get together and hang out. 5 classes for $50 plus kit.
When we shifted from cold Canberra to sunny Queensland 25 years ago we moved house on the 13th year of our marriage into a house numbered 13, and it turned out that in the street grid for power of that street was number 13 too. Our baby was born on the 13 th day of the month. So it seems only fitting that I should launch a Baker’s dozen on Friday the 13th March 2020 while it is a full moon. We figured that all those thirteens had to be a lucky combination. So it is with great fanfare that I announce the Get Squared Baker’s Dozen E-book of 13 patterns is now available. Now if you don’t feel as lucky with both a full moon and a number 13 celebration you can buy it tomorrow. Enjoy
You’ve heard me mention my neighbour who is new to crochet, I call her Neighbour Jenny, not Jenny from the Block or Crochet Jenny to which I’m often referred. She loves my designs but she doesn’t love my patterns. But I still like her.
What she does love is Lyndall’s pattern writing. My dear friend Lyndall gave her a simple sheet with instructions, no photos, and “neighbour Jenny” has made blanket after blanket using this stitch. She Loves it! I call it the Lyndall’s stitch. The stitch may have been around for a while, but not the way Lyndall has written it. Neighbour Jenny asked me why can’t I write patterns like Lyndall. It got to thinking ………………. This is me thinking.
I had and epiphany this morning when looking at the amazing Wool and the Gang and looked at their instructions. They are not in a traditional format and I liked it, really, really liked it. Coincidently their yarns have just recently appeared in Murwillumbah, of all places, and this is also where Lyndall lives. Coincidence, there is no such thing as a coincidence I’ve been told. So really this seems to be all about Lyndall, and it is. Lyndall is a teacher, but she was a student first and when she teaches she notices better than me where students may need extra help. So she offers advice about stitch markers and such to ease their pain. When I looked at Wool and the gang’s pattern and was as if Lyndall had been there to make it easier to read.
This makes sense if I tell you that I really dislike writing patterns and I really dislike reading patterns but I love, love, love to teach. I realised that I don’t say in my patterns what I say when I’m teaching, that is the epiphany part. I have always written my patterns in a traditional way. I have been published internationally and I format my patterns the way that is traditionally recognised for each particular publisher. I did do it my way at the beginning, back in 1998. I had commas everywhere, and Jenny isms but as soon as you are paying for the printing the writing gets smaller and it all gets condensed.
Now I want to go back to the drawing board and I will take a leaf out of both Lyndall’s and Wool and the Gang’s book and try writing my instructions in steps explaining how I would if I was teaching you in class. And we are working on simple videos to help. We being my new film crew( my husband whose previous work was seen in “Shawlsational the video”) They won’t be high tech at all but hopefully they will be more like me in class.
I’m all buoyed up after receiving my class evaluations from Crochet Guild of America in July and I’m floating on a cloud, floating because my head is swollen perhaps. Thank you to those students who spoke their minds.
I’m going to see if I can use what I know to share my love of crochet taking everything Neighbour Jenny says on board and rethinking my instructions .Watch this space!!!
I’ve always wanted to say STOCKTAKE SALE. I know ,weird huh? Now here is my chance.
What is happening in our house is that yarn has taken over my daughter’s bedroom, Anthea’s room, as it used to be known is now called the YARN room.
Nothing wrong with that I hear you say.
My problem is that the longer I keep the yarn the more attached I am getting to it and I had it made especially to sell it, apparently.
And I also promised her that I would have the yarn gone before she needed it again.
And that hasn’t happened. So the yarn HAS TO GO.
So how this will work?
The deal is two for one. So for every ball of JKD yarn you order from me for this month only, yes before June ends, or until stock runs out, you will get one exactly the same free.
This is for Fantasy, Embellish and Stonewash. You order 1 and I will send you 2 for the same price, if you order 4, I will send you 8. You get the picture.
My mother always said first in best dressed and this time she is right. I have made lots and lots of lovely wearables in my yarns.
I have tons of patterns here online.
If you go to the search button on the home page and type in Embellish all the patterns using Embellish will come up. It is the same for the other 2 yarns.
Anyway all these yarns will work with any 8 ply pattern.
The only drawback in all this is for overseas customers. Shipping is the killer so the deal is great but up to 500gms(10 balls) prime yarn will cost $20 shipping. The only good news for this is that it is in Aussie$$$$$
So rip that band aid off quickly please and help me get the yarn GONE.
Sometimes the new young Mums don’t like crochet things, or so I thought.
My Niece Katie is expecting a baby in 6 weeks, so I thought I’d ask if she wanted something crocheted. It’s a random thought as sometimes the new young Mums don’t like crochet things or so I thought. But 2 days before asked I her I noticed a young Mum who was camping close by who had a a crocheted blanket on her 6 month old boy. When I asked her if she liked it she said she loved the fact that crochet is so breathable with its holes she was reassured that it if ended up covering her little boys face during the night he would be able to breathe. That is not something I would have thought of as a positive for a crocheted blanket. I love crochet in all its forms. The slow fashion aspect, the love in every stitch and having something made by my hands would have been on the top of the list though. But never the safety angle. I don’t have time to make a blanket before Katie’s baby arrives as I’m designing things for the CGOA conference in USA , making samples for classes that I’m teaching, and I’m emceeing for the opening Mardi Gras night so I have to make something in Purple green and gold to wear, and I need to finish that thing I promised I’d make for Scheepjes yarns as I’m meeting up with them at the conference too. So for now I’ll look at ideas that she has sent me, gather the yarn supplies and pick a design that is a TV watching project so that once the conference is over and I’m sitting on the plane back home I can start. She wants a bright coloured blanket and her favourite colour is yellow, which is great as we don’t know whether she is having a boy or girl. What fun to go searching for ideas and choose the colours. So far she likes the idea of a chevron, otherwise known as a ripple blanket. And a bobble one or a checked one. She has been on Instagram I think so I’ll go and check this out. Apparently crocheted blankets are really trending. Yeah! Doing a happy dance. I’m off to explore more ideas