A little while ago I was inspired by my Instagram friend Robyn (@crochetgirl99) who had beautified a simple card board stag head. When I saw how amazing some simple crochet had transformed a boring brown head into a work of art, I knew I had to try this too.
You see, my dear friend Julie adores stag heads and is collecting as many different original specimens for her Chalet in France as she can lay her hands on. So it was obvious that I had to give a card board stag the crochet beautifying treatment and little did I know how addictive this process would be.
First I sourced a brown head online from the big A….n shop that sells everything!
Next I applied gold paper mache to the face and ears…
…now the crochet could start in earnest……and before long I had covered on set of antlers.
I was really enjoying this and got quite hooked (excuse the pun)!
I couldn’t really share any of my progress online as this would have spoiled the surprise, but last week I went on my annual trip to Julie’s Chalet in the French Alps. This is always a treat and special time spent with great friends walking, knitting, watching old movies, eating good food and enjoying a glass or two. I took a printed photo of the finished stag head with me as I couldn’t transport the real thing on a plane, and I am happy to say that Julie loved her gift as much as I had loved making it for her.
I can finally share the finished item with you. He was christened “Hippie Stag”, what do you think? I hope you like him too 🙂
I can’t wait to see him hanging in his special place next time I visit the Chalet.
2017 has been another year full of surprises and lot’s good things for me and you have been part of it in many ways. Being part of this wonderful, worldwide knitting and crochet community is one of the best things of my every day life. All the sharing of stories, the chatting and support, here and on my other social media, shows that our crafting community is one of love and big hearts. It restores some faith and hope in the otherwise often gloomy outlook we see on our televisions weekly.
I hope the next few days will be peaceful and joyous and you get to spend them with the people you love. Find some time to snuggle up and read a good book, make yummy food, knit or crochet and have a relaxing time.
For 2018 I wish you good health, stress only in small doses and a huge amount of happiness.
first of all I want to apologise to anyone who tried to read posts here last Monday (16 Oct.) and found that all you got was a message saying ‘unavailable’ and ‘not allowed‘ – the people behind the scenes, where all the pictures and words are stored, had lost everything and it took them a while to find it all and put it back. All back to normal now, but a few very unnerving hours for me as you can imagine.
Happier times this week, as yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching a crochet workshop at Emma’s farm – The Little Grey Sheep – and what a pleasure it was.
Five lovely ladies joined myself and Emma for a flower power day of crochet happiness!
Everyone was given eight hanks of beautiful Hampshire DK yarn and plenty of other goodies to make the day memorable. Yummy food and lashings of tea and coffee helped sustain us throughout the day and Emma was the best host anyone could wish for.
A lot of hard work and concentration was put into the day by all my students and at times you could hear a needle drop, but there was also a lot of laughter as we shared funny stories the way only women can.
As a little surprise I had prepared a special pattern for them to make with all their leftover yarn…
…it went down a treat 🙂
Days like these are over way too quickly and before we knew it it was time to say farewell and be homeward bound. Just one last photo to show off everyones makes and a lot of happy smiley faces.
All is good here at Made with Loops HQ and today I want to introduce you to a brand new crochet book written by the talented Tanya Eberhardt and published by the lovely people at Tuva Publishing. You might know Tanya from her inspirational blog at Little Things Blogged . A blog full of inspiration, free patterns and lovely stories featuring crochet, I can highly recommend for you to pop over and have a little parusel.
Tanya has just written a beautiful crochet book called Home Decoration in Crochet and she has asked me to be part of her blog-tour…so exciting! Every day a different blogger/instagrammer will introduce and showcase the patterns featured in the book, so when mine arrived last week I couldn’t wait to get started.
I decided to make the beautiful Granny Square Cushion and after trying a few different cotton yarns I settled for one of my favourites: Vinnis Colours Nikkim, a lovely soft 100% cotton yarn from South Africa.
Well written and charted instruction made it very easy and pleasurable working up this pattern and before too long I had finished. There are twenty five colourful designs in the book, all promising to brighten up your home and Tanya is giving away a copy of the book over on her blog. Why not pop over for a chance to win!
My cushion now has pride of place on my bed and I am totally in love with it.
Hope you like it too!
PS. Follow the blog and instagram tour, next up is Funda Kaya over on Instagram find her at @kikalite
Today sees the release of my latest pattern and I am proud to tell you about it here too.
Meet Cloud my latest shawl design and available for instant download via Loveknitting or my Etsy shop.
Almost weightless, very soft and fluffy just like a cloud, this shawl is the absolute go-to accessory for year round wear. A symmetrical shawl knitted on the bias increasing outwards from one point for a long flat triangle, it is non bulky with many options for an effortless and easy to wear look. A must in every Knitter’s wardrobe.
For the sample in the photo I used one ball of Schoppel Edition 6 and one ball of Lang Mohair Luxe. This would make a great first shawl project for the novice knitter or, for the more experienced knitter, this is a perfect project to relax in front of the TV with. The shawl knits up in no time at all and is finished with a crochet corkscrew edging.
The finished size of 32cm x 150cm make Cloud the perfect accessory to keep you snug and warm without being thick and heavy.