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… I hope you find lots of useful information to help & inspire you in your crochet journey… Enjoy!!!
 

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Cup of Tea, Anyone? Crochet Tea Cosies with a difference….

Aussie Wild Flower Tea Cosy

I have to confess that, over the years of working with yarn, I’ve been a bit of a Tea Cosy snob & had little inclination to create, what I thought were rather outdated items. Who would even want them?

However, after being asked to make some, winning a few of competitions, gifting some & even selling a few, I have come to realise that creating Tea Pot Cosies are as creative as anything else I could create: from lovely, traditional ones to more outlandish freeform pieces. I’ve been told that Tea cosies are not only practical but add decorative joy to any table or kitchen sideboard… & so, I stand corrected… thanks to those who put me right….

Here are some that I’ve listed in my Etsy Shop – enjoy!

Blue Mts Tea cosyone cup tea cosyrising sun tea cosyforest tea cosy

purple tea cosyflower tea cosy

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Freeform Crochet Handbags… It’s been a while….

It’s been a while since I last posted anything new even though I’ve been Freeforming to my hearts content…. Time isn’t always kind when it comes to photographing & listing new items but I’m determined to get things moving… so to get things started, here are 3 new freeform crochet handbags… all available in my Etsy Shop.… enjoy

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Knitfest… the celebrations are over but the buzz goes on…

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The 2016 Maleny Knitfest is now done & dusted… check out some pics here… How wonderful to have so many local, talented artists coming together to share their expertise with workshops & demonstrations in all things fibre. Being the first one of its kind there were quite a few hiccups but I’m sure everyone learnt a lot & all the wrinkles will be ironed out for next time… The town looked fabulous yarn bombed from top to toe. Congratulations to all the volunteers & organisers who worked tirelessly to get it all done.  I saw so many people taking photos in front of trees, cows &, of course, the controversial cannon… A talking point for some time, I’m sure.

On behalf of Lynne Hall & myself, I’d like to thank all the ladies who attended our ‘Scrumpling Workshop’. A lovely group who weren’t afraid to jump in & have a go… I hope you’re all inspired & overflowing with creative juices…

A big thank you also to everyone who participated in my ’10 Novelty Stitch Sampler’… I trust you all had a great time, leant some new interesting stitches & came away enthused to create your own projects…

&… A small drum roll please…I’m particularly honoured & proud to have won 1st  & 2nd prize in the Tea Cosy competition & 2nd prize in the Scarf Competition.

The Topics 1st prize winner 2016 Maleny Knitfest

‘The Topics’ –  1st prize winner – Tea Cosy Competition – 2016 Maleny Knitfest

The Hinterland 2nd prize winner 2016 Maleny Knitfest

‘The Hinterland’ – 2nd prize winner – Tea Cosy Competition – 2016 Maleny Knitfest

Calypso - scarf Competition - 2nd prize winner 2016 Maleny Knitfest

‘Calypso’ – Scarf Competition – 2nd prize winner 2016 Maleny Knitfest

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Maleny Knitfest 2016… June 10th & 12th… Hope to see you there…

KnitfestHi everyone… by now many of you will have heard about the Maleny Knitfest to be held 10th to 12th June 2016  so, just letting you all know that I will be there conducting a couple of workshops…

(1) Saturday 11th (10am to 1pm) ~ Freeform Scrumples ~ this is a shared workshop where I’ll be covering the crochet elements & the lovely Lynn Hall with be covering the knitting bits… should be a lot of fun!

(2) Sunday 12th (10am to 1pm) The ever popular 10 Stitch Sampler – which covers many of those tricky stitches I use in my freeform work… you’re sure to learn something new here.

There will be 16 workshops overall, so have a look, I’m sure you’ll find one to interest you & don’t forget to book as workshops are filling fast.

For those of you with  competitive spirits why not have a go in one of the competitions, check out the categories here ~  only $5 per entry & you can enter as many time as you like…

The Maleny Knitfest promises to be a fabulous weekend of gorgeous fibre fun, with workshops, exhibits, stalls, competitions & much more… so there’ll be something for everyone…

Check out the Maleny Knitfest Facebook page & for more information go to the Maleny Knitfest website

Hope to see you there!

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Key Hole Scarf, a great beginner’s Crochet Pattern…

keyhole-title2-2I receive lots of requests for easy to make crochet patterns from less experienced folk who would like to make something other than granny squares… Patterns that are easy to read & achievable in a shortish time … Items that can be made for themselves or gifts for family & friends…

This Crochet Key Hole Scarf is one such pattern that I hope will be useful for both beginners & the more experienced alike… the finished item (approx 89cm (35″) long x 15cm (6″) wide. depending on yarn & hook used) is a short scarf that is bulky enough to keep out the chills but compact enough to pop into your jacket pocket when not needed…

As always, I’ve given yarn & hook requirements but feel free to use yarns & hooks of choice… make it your project & experiment with 8, 10 or 12 ply yarn & appropriate hooks… don’t be afraid to work 2 yarns together using a large hook (6.50 (K), 8.00 (L), 9.00 (M), 10.00 (N))… The edging I’ve given is a shell with picot, but here again, there’s no reason why you can’t change this to a fringe or even leave it plain…

The pattern includes:

  • written pattern in both UK & US terminology
  • clear stitch instruction
  • pattern diagram (chart)

So, there you go… An easy pattern for beginners & a quickie for the more experienced… Enjoy!

You’ll find the Key Hole Scarf Pattern in my Etsy shop & Ravelry

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