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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of working with yarn, I’ve been a bit of a Tea Cosy snob & had little inclination to create, what I thought were rather outdated items.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!
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
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.
(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…
Hope to see you there!
I 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…
So, there you go… An easy pattern for beginners & a quickie for the more experienced… Enjoy!