Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Yarn, Yarn Along, Very Exciting News and a bit of embroidery

I have so much to squeeze into today's post that I don't know where to begin!

Yesterday I promised a peek at my crochet projects so I'll start there.

scalloped bunting 2

I wanted to make some bunting to go above my landing window and was inspired by this scalloped bunting that I found via Pinterest.  Mine was slightly different, using two chains on straight edge gaps and three on a corner.  

Scalloped bunting 1


The pattern is cute and it gave me a good excuse to work with the new cottons in my shop (if you missed it yesterday, I'm having a big sale!). The bunting turned out really pretty - I love it!

Scalloped bunting 3


I am also crocheting a ripple blanket, vaguely following Lucy's pattern. I say vaguely because I have made a bit of a hash of it at the edges so I'm going to edge it with a solid band of one of the colours when I'm finished.
I love the avocado/navy combination and I'm calling this project a Caterpillar blanket because I think the green bits look like wiggly caterpillars!

WIP ripple blanket


Now that I've hit the sleeves of my knitted cardigan, I'm procrastinating.  Sleeves are just so boring, aren't they?  I need to get on with it, though, because I'm desperate to wear that gorgeous and unusual cardi.

Reading-wise, this week I made a return to Almost Amish, although I'm short on time to sit down with a book at the moment because the garden takes precedence right now, I'm enjoying dipping in and out of this book.  There's a lot of common sense and I find the reminders and tips to return to simplicity to be very grounding when life can seem all too fast and complicated.

This year, Thursdays have become my favourite day of the week.  It's the only day of the week I spring out of bed before the alarm goes off and I pinch myself the entire morning because I have found the best Knit and Natter group ever!   I have tried a few groups and ironically, the one that finally fit me is in the town that I moved out of two years ago and one that I walked past many times, not brave enough to go inside.

The hustle and bustle of a Thursday morning drinking awesome coffee and talking all things craft and life with an amazing group of creative people is such a restorative experience for me in a week when I'm primarily home alone.  I always come away feeling energised and inspired.

customised Yarndale bag


Of course everyone in our group is excited about Yarndale and we are all toting our projects around in Yarndale linen bags. A couple of weeks ago I was commenting on how it's amazing that none of us have accidentally taken home someone else's bag, yet and that's where the idea came for customising my bag.

Yarndale bag embroidery detail


A little Sunday afternoon of embroidery later and my bag was adorned with bunting.  Check out the little french knot sheep and  the ball of wool with needles!

Speaking of Yarndale, I have some very exciting news to share...

Deck the halls with boughs of knitting


I'm going to be running a drop-in workshop at Yarndale!

 Deck the Halls with Boughs of Knitting – Drop In Workshop

Combining two of her great loves – knitting and Christmas – Hannah from HomeBakedOnline.com brings a workshop on knitting Christmas baubles.


I am super excited about being part of the event, I hope some of you will be able to come along and knit some Christmas baubles with me in September.  

What are you knitting and/or crafting at the moment? Are you planning a visit to Yarndale?

45 comments:

  1. Wow! All go for you! (Just a little bit jealous ;) )

    Love the scalloped edging on the bunting.

    I'm still on Ted's cardi as Anna is very grabby and it makes it hard to knit when she's up and active. I did finish a cushion I started ages ago, though just haven't got round to posting a pic.

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    1. Thanks, Nikki :o)
      I can imagine that a grabby baby would make knitting difficult. This time last year I was grappling with an excited kitten and thought I may never get to knit again!

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    2. Well as grabby baby is the youngest of 5, I know that I will get to knit again. Still frustrating at times, though.

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  2. Love seeing your bunting, it's very pretty hanging in front of the window, and on your cute bag.
    Congratulations on your workshop, it sounds wonderful.

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  3. how exciting! I wish I could be there. Love the bunting, it's cheerful and lovely.

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  4. So much goodness! I do love the bunting and the flexibility that crochet lends to crafting. I WILL learn!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  5. So exciting! I'm off to check out your shop and sale. :) Love the crocheted bunting, by the way! ~Lisa

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. Yay for visiting my shop - I ship worldwide!

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  6. How lovely for you to have a like-minded group to join in with. Congratulations on your workshop, looking forward to hearing all about it afterwards.

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  7. So exciting! Love the bunting. Love the embroidery and Really love the baubles. I so wish I lived closer so I could come to the workshop.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you, Betsy. It's such a shame you're so far away.

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  8. Your bunting is beautiful! I love the colours. What a great idea!

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  9. You inspire me Hannah.

    I am currently reconfiguring my schedule to be able to be at home more and do things that I love, like cooking real food for my family, maybe even crafting!

    When I saw your first photo of the bunting, which I love btw and wish I was talented enough to figure out how to make my own...I thought it was a crocheted bikini top! LOL I was surprised and thought, "wow, Hannah has a wild side! she better line that!" lol

    Then I went on to the rest of the photos and, ohhhhh its just adorable. I also love the linen bag! So cute!! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I always love hearing from you.

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    1. Hi Annette, I'm so pleased that you're making more time to do the things you love.

      You made me laugh out loud about the bikini thing - one thing I can guarantee is that you'll never read about me wearing a bikini, haha!

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  10. now why didn't I think to do that????? embroider the yarndale bag? Being across the pond and able to participate, I decided to support the group with a bag purchase......it will look SOOOO much better with some embellishments!! Wish my bag had come on vacation---my embroidery floss did!; I'd be stitching away. Thanks for the great idea!

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    1. Thanks for supporting Yarndale, Steph! I hope you enjoy your bag :o)

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  11. So much creativity happening around your place! I love it.

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  12. Wow, you have been busy. I finally found a knit night group that I've been going to that is filled with younger women and that is so nice.

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    1. That's great, Jen. It's so great to find a group you click with, isn't it?

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  13. yay! how lovely!! what nice things you are making! love the embroidery!

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  14. Your bunting looks lovely I will be making some for my girls room. All of your things look lovely blanket, baubles and bunting! Like the avocado green. :)

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  15. Love the caterpillar blanket - it probably eats lots of yarn.
    Cute bunting and your baubles are gorgeous. Yarndale does sound like a lot of fun.
    Congratulations on hosting a workshop.

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    1. Hi Mistea - it has eaten quite a bit of yarn but it's a smaller sized blanket so it's not too bad.
      Thanks for the congrats - I'm so excited about the workshop!

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  16. I love your bunting! Yarndale is too far away from me, and that makes me sad ;)

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  17. Wow, what a lot of lovely projects. Bunting looks fantastic.
    Wish I could come to Yarndale and take part in your workshop, but it's just a tad too far away. Will look forward to seeing your pictures of the big event.

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    1. Thanks, Emma.
      I intend to post lots of pictures so you can get an idea of what Yarndale is like :o)

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  18. love your embroidery, !'m not patient enough to do that! Will definitely come and see you at yarndale. I love the idea of coming to the knit and natter group, maybe one day? :)

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    1. Thanks, Sally. It didn't require that much patience, it was just an afternoons worth of stitching.
      I'm sure you'd be very welcome at knit and natter - I'd be happy to meet you beforehand if you want.

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  19. Wow you have been a busy bee!! I must check out that book and i am hoping to visit yarndale with my friend.

    San x

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    1. Ooh, how wonderful, San! I hope to see you there :o)

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  20. So much loveliness your house must be a beautiful place to live amongst all your creations :)

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  21. Hi Hannah we are coming along to yarndale - have our tickets and bags ! Would like to join in on making a bauble, what size needles do we need please and which yarn is best ? Barbara

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    1. Hi Barbara - it will be wonderful to meet you!
      For the bauble making we will be using DK (8ply) yarn and 3.75mm double pointed needles. You're welcome to bring your own or you can purchase one of my lovely kits, which has everything you need (including needles), for a small price.
      See you in September :o)

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  22. Hi - will your kits be available for sale before yarndale please ? Ps cannot wait for yarndale :) hope we get to meet

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    1. Hello Barbara - no, the kits will be exclusive to Yarndale. There will possibly be some leftover for sale afterwards for those who run out of cash at the event.
      I hope to see you there :o)

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