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I know I know, it’s not Friday today but Tuesday! We can wish though can’t we, and anyhow, I was going to post this last Friday but somehow time ran away with me and that’s why you are reading this post today instead.

Now, you may know that I have a real thing for a bit of vintage, and something that reminds me of my childhood are tartan kitchen towels and dishcloths. These were everywhere when I was a child and in constant use in my mum’s and grandmother’s kitchens.

I found these photos on Google Images

I found these photos on Google Images

There is something about a tartan pattern that just screams rustic, country and homely to me, and I do still have some of these tea towels in my linen cupboard. It is pretty difficult to find good quality tartan dishcloths these days though, and anyhow, I have become a bit of a snob and only like using the ones that are knitted or crochet.

Enter super soft Vinnis Colours Nikkim! A 100% cotton yarn from South Africa and now available in approx. 80 shades from Black Sheep Wool , super soft and an absolute treat to work with.

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That was the yarn sorted! All I had to do now was coming up with a way to emulate and copy those traditional old towels from my past as best as my crochet skills allowed.

www.madewithloops.co.uk

www.madewithloops.co.uk

What do you think? I tried to copy the way the old traditional colours worked: Mostly the background was white, and then there would be one strong shade and a softer sub-shade to make the checkered pattern. I first worked the horizontal stripes using UK treble crochet and when the dishcloth square was completed I worked surface slip stitches in vertical lines.

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I have to admit that I am really chuffed with the way they have turned out and really hope you like them as much as I do. Maybe you like to have a go and make some for yourself. The pattern with detailed instructions on how to work the surface crochet stitches can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Have fun and enjoy!

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I think you agree that this is a good motto to have and I for one have decided to remember these words a little more often and live by them going forward. So…

Gone are the doubts about the blog!!

This is a happy place for sharing colour and joyfulness

and…

for making memories!

Starting with a new happy summer header for the blog and a little gift from me to you…

@madewithloops #summerpurse

The Easy Peasy Summer Purse.

The ideal project to use up some leftover stash yarn.

Materials

4 ply mercerised cotton – I used byClaire No 1

1 Zip of any length (the length of zip = size of purse) – I used a 12cm & 14cm

2mm & 2.5mm Crochet Hooks

Blunt Needle

How to (UK terms used)

Using 2mm hook perforate around the zip and work 2tr in each perforated hole.

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Change to 2.5mm hook and work htr’s in rounds until the purse is your desired size.

Change colour if you wish.

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Finishing

When desired size is reached turn work inside out. Holding both sides together close

bottom opening by working dc crochet into each stitch.

Fill with fripperies and bibelots and enjoy!

@madewithloops #summerpurse

Make them in any size you fancy, mix and match colours at will, they make great gifts too. You can find this pattern as a pdf download under the free pattern section in the pull down menu at the top of the blog, just below the header. It is available in English and German.

Why not share photos of your finished item on Instagram by adding #summerpurse to your post.

Enjoy summer!

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So it has hit me like a ton of bricks and I have to admit it to myself, as hard as it may be…

“I have lost my blogging Mojo”

I actually dread turning my computer on to write a new blog post as I know I will be staring at the blank screen with the cursor blinking and no words flowing from my brain to my fingertips! Having thought about it at length for the past couple of weeks, I think I have at least figured out what the main issues are:

1. I seem to have no new blog post ideas – This is quite a biggie as ideas are the staple for blogging and if I had fresh and new ones I could bang out posts in no time. However, I find myself rejecting most new thoughts as they feel stale, almost like I have written about it before, or I see others write about the same old things over too.

2. Concentration seems to be lacking and even mundane, and usually hated things like housework seem to look more appealing than blogging.

3. I don’t seem to be able to complete any posts, as self doubt is ruling and nothing feels good enough to publish.

4. Spending endless hours doing research looking for ideas and even swatching crochet and knitting seem to be a waste of time.

I am not at all closer to an answer and wondering if I am alone in this? What are your tips for getting your blogging mojo back? Any advise is greatly welcome and appreciated!

Maybe a summer break? Or maybe it’s time to re-vamp my online site completely?

Right now I am stuck and looking for an answer feels like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

Usually known for having a happy,sunny and positive disposition, for the first time I feel a little lost…and I don’t like it!

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