28 April 2015

A Winner is Announced

It is time to announce the lucky winner of the My Print 247 giveaway.

The lucky recipient of a set of 100 business cards is...

Alexandra M 

of Blue Chair Diary

Very many congratulations to Alexandra!

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And a big thank you to everyone that entered too.

S x



27 April 2015

Lattice Bud Shawl

I think it's probably my new favourite thing, crocheting with lace.

It may sound like something that's not for the faint hearted but I promise you, it's an absolute breeze once you are over the first few stitches.

I admit, that at the very start it does seem a little wrong to be holding such tiny thin yarn, but as you tend to still use a reasonable size hook with lace patterns (I used a 3.5mm/E with this), it really isn't as fiddly as you might think. 

The joy of it though is how quick it works up.  Again, you'd be forgiven for thinking it'd take an age to make something in itty bitty yarn but the patterns are so full of gaps and chained loops that it just grows and grows.  In fact, it's hard to tell quite how big it's getting sometimes.  As with most lace projects, it all crumples up and hides it's size most effectively until you get the blocking equipment out.

Quite the difference isn't it?

As I mentioned when I posted about this beauty before, when it was known simply as 'green shawl', I really enjoyed making this one.  It was one of those to be savoured.  I didn't feel pressure to go fast, a few rows now and again was all I needed and it still managed to whiz by.  I even felt sad when I came to the last repeat.  But I was cheered up by the thought of adding the pretty little buds along the edge.

I love how they turned out, so dainty and just a little tiny touch of colour that really makes it for me.

Yes, I am very happy this this shawl indeed and have been wearing it a lot.  I prefer the wrapped around the neck style and it's so easy to wear that way.  It has just the right amount of cozy warmth when it's wrapped around me that it keeps off the chills beautifully without feeling like I'm bundled up in winter woollys.  And to be honest, I just like the fact it's a pretty little something to add to an outfit, whatever the weather is doing.

I think I can see myself making more of these lighter shawls.  In fact I know I am going to at some point because my whole head is running riot with ideas!

I know some of you have been patiently waiting for the pattern to arrive and I'm so very grateful that you've been interested in it.  I really hope you enjoy and love yours as much as I do.

But, I won't delay any longer... The pattern links you need are all listed below and I've also added a link to the yarn so you can see where I got mine.


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L A T T I C E   B U D   S H A W L

by Sandra Paul


Yarn: Findley by Juniper Moon Farm

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Don't Forget! 
You can also get a free copy of the Strawberry Scissor Keeper Pattern
when you make any Cherry Heart pattern purchase before the end of April 2015.

(Just go to Ravelry and put both patterns in your cart before checking out)

S x



24 April 2015

Strawberry Scissor Keeper

It's the little things that get to us isn't it?

Like this little thing above.  That's been getting to you all, that's for sure.

It started with this picture.  A collection of bits and bobs intended as prize for the Blanket Along we were doing at the time.  Then, there was this picture on Instagram.  What stood out in those pictures was that little teeny tiny strawberry it seems.

I'd whipped it up as a little extra something to go in the winner's parcel.  Then I made one for me too, because I had a new pair of scissors that were lacking that certain something.

Well, what do you know?  It seems that many of you are quite partial to the idea of a little strawberry something for your scissors too.  I don't blame you, it's very handy.  I always like to have things dangling off my scissors, they seem much easier to find that way.  They lay over the arm of the sofa or edge of a basket nicely and this one has the added benefit of being somewhere to keep a yarn needle or two to hand.

In fact, with all the end weaving you find yourself doing in crochet I'm beginning to look on these things as an essential bit of kit.  So much easier than trying to find where I happened to leave my pin cushion last time as the scissors are always with my hook and yarn.

What do you reckon?  Have I convinced you that you need one too?

The pattern links are all coming up for you but, what's even better is that I've come up with a cunning plan so that you can get the pattern for free.  Pretty good eh?

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S T R A W B E R R Y   S C I S S O R   K E E P E R




Get this pattern for FREE with any other Cherry Heart pattern purchase until the end of April

(Just add the Strawberry Scissor Keeper and the pattern you want to buy into your cart and wonderful Ravelry will do the rest.)


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Hold on a moment though...

Lattice Bud Shawl

If you were one of the kind people interested in this shawl, the pattern is coming out on Monday so you might want to wait so that you can get your free strawberry then!

One More thing...

Don't forget that  the business card giveaway from myprint247 closes today at 22:00 (UK time).
Get in there quick!

S x



23 April 2015

Colour Collaborative: April


The prettiest thing in red around here at this time of year is the tulips in the garden.  They seem to have survived a lot better than the daffodils from the bulbs we planted a few years ago and always make a valiant effort to put on a good show.  They have just gone over now I've come to take a photo of course so I've substituted the beauties above.

I've always been quite drawn to red.  When I was younger I would say it was my favourite colour.  Even now when we play board games at home, maybe just by habit, my first choice is always to be the red playing token.  Funny really as red is always making a statement isn't it?  It's a colour that almost shouts 'Hey, look at me!'  Not very me at all.

But I love it's brightness and vibrancy, it's warmth and impact.  It so often is a colour that brings a scheme to life for me.  Sometimes in all it's bold and dramatic vivaciousness and sometimes in deeper, richer tones.  It has an amazing ability to play well with soft colours as well as brighter ones, I love that about it, it makes it so useful.

Photo credit: Weglet

Photo credit: M0tty (CC BY-SA 3.0)

I think it can be colour to wary of though.  It's a powerful hue indeed and can easily overpower and overwhelm.  We once painted our dining room wall in a deep red.  My idea of course.  I was in love with the plan, delighted with my paint choice, thrilled with the outcome.... for about a week.  In reality it made the room very dark and oppressive and the longer it stayed the more I hated it.

Thankfully, it's gone now and I'm glad to say it hasn't tarnished my love of red in the least.  I just use it with a little more caution these days!

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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 

our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.

S x



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