granny bloom and thoughts on easter

 

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What does the Easter weekend remind you of? Chocolate eggs and rabbits wrapped up in coloured foil, hot cross buns, a dash to that favourite holiday or camping spot, a good rest and a bit of fun with the family?

If we look back in history to the events that Easter commemorates, we see a weekend that stands out as a beacon and it was no holiday!

The usual Christian emphasis at Easter is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. As Christians we celebrate Easter and the story of a God determined to rescue a planet that is out of control.

We hardly need to be reminded that we live in a troubled world, as watching the nightly television news gives us a dose of the world’s woes. Easter speaks to us of rescue, of renewal and of the way to peace, it tells the story of a God who made the world, saw it crumble and proceeds to put it back in shape.

Believer or not, Easter is about a new beginning, a fresh start. Spring is finally here and everything is coming back to life.  After the cold and dark Winter months there is sunshine and warmth and soon fresh green leaves will sprout, flowers will bloom and colour will be everywhere.

Whatever it is that makes Easter a special time for you, hunting Easter eggs, baking delicious cakes or coming together as a family, I hope you will find a special moment to rejoice in new beginnings and maybe find some time for a little crochet.

Here is Granny Bloom just for you…

 

All you need is some Yarn and a hook. I used DK Yarn and a 4.5mm hook

(UK Terms used)

Ch8, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made, *3tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made; rep from * 6 times, ss to join (8- 6ch-sp’s)

Fasten off. Join new colour at any 6ch-sp.

Rnd 2: *12tr in 6ch-sp, skip 1tr, ss to next tr; rep from * around, ss to join (8 petals)

Fasten off. Working from behind petals join new colour by ss to st just fastened off.

Rnd 3: Dc into same st, *5ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd, 3ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 4: SS to first 5ch-sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same sp, 3tr into 3ch-sp, *[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp, 3tr in next 3ch-sp; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 5: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] into corner sp, *1tr in each of next 9sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] in corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 6sts, ss to join.

Fasten off. Join new colour (I used first colour) at any st.

Rnd 6: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in corner sp.

Weave in all ends.

Pasg Hapus – Happy Easter wherever you are!

XO.

 

hippie stag – a crochet gift

Watercolour by @annagittins95

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.

Have a happy week all and keep warm!

X.

christmas wishes

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Dear Friends,

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.

Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!

X.

 

flower power workshop

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Hello friends,

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!

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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…

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…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.

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Happy weekend everyone!

X.

PS: Kits for both Cushions and Tea Cosy will be available from The Little Grey Sheep soon.

introducing a new crochet book

#homedecorationincrochet #tuvapublishing #ltblogged #madewithloops.co.uk

Hello lovely peeps, how have you been?

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.

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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!

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My cushion now has pride of place on my bed and I am totally in love with it.

Hope you like it too!

X.

PS. Follow the blog and instagram tour, next up is Funda Kaya over on Instagram find her at @kikalite

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