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Hello friends and fellow crafters!

Today I am super thrilled and excited to be sharing the news of a brand new crochet book with you. A book packed full of beautiful projects, all designed by a fellow creative soul and dear friend Marianne of the all inspiring blog marrose-ccc.

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Colorful Crochet is packed full of bright and cheerful projects to wear and for the home. The designs totally reflect Marianne’s style and eye for colour, and each project gives at least two ideas for application of technique used. Visually stimulating photos and ample designer tips and tricks shared, make for many hours of fun reading and making.

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There is only one problem…which project to choose and make first!!

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I decided and then changed my mind…then decided again and changed my mind…again!! Finally I settled on making the Striped Baby Blanket “Ingrid”. Something spoke to me looking at the beautiful stitch Marianne had used for the sample in the book, and as I had been wanting to make a blanket in hues of blue for a while it was the perfect time to set to it.

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In the book Marianne uses DMC Just Cotton Medium and a hook size 6.5mm, but I prefer to work with slightly less thick yarn and settled for Sirdar Colourwheel in shade 0204 and hook size 4.5mm. Yarn and hook at the ready I couldn’t wait to get started and I am totally loving the way this has turned out. You could say that I was loving every stitch of it!

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The patterns in the book are very clear and easy to understand with some projects having charted as well as written instructions, and there are ample of designer hints giving that little bit of extra information on sizing or how to best attach motifs together. With more than 20 projects in the book there is something for everyone and all abilities, and I dare you not wanting to make every single item.

As you can see, I am totally smitten and want to congratulate Marianne and Tuva Publishing for getting together and giving us this true gem of a book. And just when you think it can’t get any better than that…

Not only did dear Marianne ask me to be part of a blog tour of amazing talented fellow bloggers, she also gave me a copy of the book to give away to you my fellow readers and friends. How do you like that for a surprise on a sunny Sunday?!?

To be in with a chance to win a copy of COLORFUL CROCHET by Marianne Dekkers-Roos, head over to my Instagram Feed to find out what you have to do.

As for me…

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…I might spend the day under my beautiful new blanket pondering the pages of Colorful Crochet and deciding what to make next!

Enjoy!

X.

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Good morning lovely people, it’s a beautiful day here in Wales and I hope the sun is shining wherever you are too.

Time flies and the other day I realised that I am rather late with this month’s installment of the #12monthsofhappy dishcloth series. So, without further ado…

What you need – Man braucht

Approx. 70m of soft yarn in two colours – I used Scheepjes Catona 25g/62m

Ungefähr 70m weiches Garn in zwei Farben – Ich nahm Scheepjes Catona 25g/62m

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3.75mm Knitting Needles – 3.75mm Stricknadeln

Darning Needle to weave in ends – Stopfnadel zum Fäden vernähen

Finished size of the cloth: 20 x 20 cm when slightly stretched

Fertige Maße des Spültuchs: 20 x 20 cm etwas gedehnt

How to – So gehts

Cast on 58sts with col A and knit 3 rows – Mit Farbe A 58 Maschen anschlagen und 3 Reihen rechts stricken

Rows 1-4: work in stocking stitch using col B

Reihen 1-4: mit Farbe B glatt rechts stricken

Rows 5-6: knit using col A

Reihen 5-6: mit Farbe A kraus rechts stricken

Repeat rows 1-6 a total of 10 times or until piece is desired size.

Die 1-6 Reihe noch insgesamt 10 mal wiederholen, oder solange arbeiten bis das Spültuch groß genug ist.

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Cast off and weave in all ends.

Alle Maschen abketteln und Fäden vernähen.

If desired work a row of dc crochet around outer edge using col A.

Falls gewünscht kann man mit einer Runde fester Maschen in Farbe A alles umhäkeln.

Enjoy! X.Viel Spaß X.

You can download a PDF of this pattern HERE – Ein PDF der Anleitung kannst du  HIER bekommen.

 

Happy, healthy and creative New Year to you all!

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks here in North Wales and I have enjoyed some precious time with my little family. We spent a lot of time outdoors making the most of some fabulous weather going for walks enjoying the beautiful Welsh mountains and coastline, and I indulged in some long overdue selfish ‘Me’ knitting.

Back to work today and I want to introduce you to the long awaited English version of our latest book…

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I am so excited that we decided to have the second installment in our ‘little book’ series printed in English and I must admit a little happy dancing did take place on arrival of the books from the printers.

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Surely there is nothing more fabulous than draping a soft warm hug around your neck and shoulders. Who doesn’t like the feel of luxurious fibres enveloping your body, giving that extra bit of warmth or simply finishing off an outfit giving it that special little ‘je ne sais quoi’.

Just like A little book of Sox, this was another WoolyLoops production, and just like the first book, it was a labour of love and a lot of fun was had by Claudia and myself.

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In our first book, “A little book of Sox”, we dedicated each pattern to some of the world’s most dangerous mountains. In this second instalment in the “little book” series we decided to pay homage to some of history’s most notable and strong women. Each one of these women was a pioneer in her field and own right, and each one, we are sure, would have loved wearing one of our shawls. Shawls in all shapes and sizes – Some are knitted and some are crochet, there is a shawl for everyone.

Wirebound so it flips open and stays open whilst you work,full colour photographs and beautifully hand drawn pictures, this is not just a book, it also contains a section on Shawlology.

The English Book is available NOW – purchase directly via my Etsy Shop HERE

or at the following stores:

Black Sheep Wools and Yarn O’clock in the UK

Be Inspired in South Africa

A shawl on your needles or hook is the comfort food of knitting/crochet. A shawl lets you forget about the rigors of gauge and always fits its wearer, whether it ends up an inch shorter or wider than intended. Works of art can be created with a little effort and a few basic materials and of course nothing makes a better gift than a hand knitted or crochet shawl – a virtual hug to the recipient with our carefully constructed stitches.

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Happy knitting and crocheting!

Enjoy X.

 

 

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