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01 December 2016

Podcast Episode 21


Episode 21 Ravelry Thread

Show Notes


: :   WHAT I'M WEARING   : :

A proto design called 'Peachy Geometric' for now...
Ravelry Page


: :   SWAPLESS SWAP   : :

Havirland Minis Swapless Swap


Get 10 lovely 40 yard minis from Havirland Yarns
See thread linked below for all details...

Ravelry Sign Up Thread


Havirland on Etsy


: :   DOING   : :


Goblins in Aberfoyle Cardigan
Ravelry Page

Pattern: Aberfoyle by Joanne Scrace
Yarn:  Sparkle Sock in Goblin Dance by A Homespun House
and Oak Sock in Petal Pink by Herbstblatt Regina


: :   DONE   : :



Dark Sprinkles Mitts
Ravelry Page

Pattern:  None, I just casted 46 sts and knit!
Yarn: Superwash 100% Merino DK in Grey Pop Fizzle by Kate Selene





Santa's Socks Christmas Bag





Mitts for Friends
Ravelry Page

Yarn:  Rowan Amby Butler Belle Organic Cotton
Pattern: Winter Fanfare Wrist Warmers by Drops Yarn



Box O Sox
Paignton in January
Skeddadle in February
My Socks in March
Sweet Like Honey in April
An extra pair of My First Socks
Pixies in May
Refreshing in June
Cocktail Party in July
Tulsi in August
Head over Heels in September
Bubblegum Waffle in October
Blueberry Pancakes in November

Still to come...

Happy Scrappy Stripes in December

Which I'll make for the #AdventSocksKAL
that I'm doing with Sam from Betsy Makes

You're all very welcome to join us!




: :   PIP's   : :


Getting Ziggy

Out now

UK and US versions available!

There's also an introductory 20% discount running until Tuesday 6th December,
so if you fancy a go at this one, grab it while you can!
For more information see the link above.



Grannie Keep Warm

Pattern:  In progress
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino


: :   GOODIES   : :



BFL Sock Yarn in Bookworm
by Molly of A Homespun House


Beautiful Christmas Foliage Bag
by Claire of Birdstreet UK on Etsy



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29 November 2016

Getting Ziggy




It's new pattern time!!

I'm quite excited about this one.  More excited than scared this time I think, as I'm really intrigued to see what you think of this one.  I do think it's a little bit different from my usual sort of thing but you know how it is when the yarn speaks to you... You've got to listen to the yarn folks.  

I'm not sure that I've ever spoken about this particular shawl here on the blog.  It's one I think I've only mentioned on the podcast for some unknown reason but I'm glad to be able to show you it now at least.

I got the yarn for this ziggity zagging shawl on my trip to Loop with Sam.  (Worth checking out that last link for my 'how much did I just spend on yarn?' face by the way.)  That was back in March last year and although I wasn't sure straight away exactly what it should be become, this shawl was definitely influenced by the two strongly contrasting shades of this gorgeous Eden Cottage yarn that I picked out.  


I'd been mulling over the idea of a zig zagging type of scarf or shawl but for some reason I have got it fixed in my head that I wanted it to grow from the side and not from the top down as is more usual for shawls.  Which was all very well and good but then I had to find out a way to make that work.

It could have been a bit of a disaster but somehow I came up with a way to make it work that I was really quite pleased with.  That was one problem solved.  The next was to see if I could ever, ever, managed to get it down in writing it a way that anyone else might have a hope of following.

To be honest, there were times when I thought that I probably shouldn't even be attempting it, but I was massively encouraged by some of you lovely lot.  I got some sweet messages from some of you about this shawl of wonky stripes and many of you were eager to give it a try, despite my worries that it might be a bit of a tricky customer.  So I decided to give it a go and get it tested...



And, very happily, it seems to be a success!  Yay! (And phew.)

To give you fair warning, I don't think I can call it an easy pattern.  I've actually rated it as 'advanced' as there are a few customised stitches and some different techniques in there that you wouldn't necessarily come across in the course most day to day crochet.  But having said that, my testers worked through it incredibly smoothly and most of them thought that with the help I've included in the pattern, most intermediate crocheters up for the challenge should be able to give it a go.

Like many patterns, it is only the first couple of sequences where things are getting established that cause us concern, and when those are completed once, it is so much easier the second and third time around.  That's the way it is with this pattern too.

If you think you want to give it a go, I do hope you'll enjoy it, I must admit this is one I'm actually excited to make again myself.  I love my striking contrasts but I really want to try a second, soft and subtle version too.  I was also most inspired by the projects made by my testers, it's so exciting to see the different yarns and colour combinations that get chosen and then enjoy those coming to life too.

Which reminds me of course, that I must also give a very big and huge

THANK YOU!

...to all my lovely Ravelry testers, who provided great feedback and made some beautiful projects.

As usual, I'll do my little introductory discount for you, so if you think it's something you might like to have a go at, then get the pattern now and you can save 20%....





   GETTING   ZIGGY   SHAWL  

For more pattern details please visit my Getting Ziggy pattern page

or click the link below to buy...

Getting Ziggy Shawl Pattern

US and UK versions available

Introductory Offer:
20% discount 

Offer available until Midnight on Tuesday 6th December 2016 (GMT)
Price reduced & EU VAT added at checkout



I'd love to see how your 'Getting Ziggy' turns out, so please feel free to share...

In my Ravelry Group:

Cherry Heart's Cozy Corner

or around the web:

#gettingziggyshawl

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24 November 2016

Reading Cushions


It's all about cushions this week it seems.

My last post featured my Ring of Roses cushions and it was in the making of those that the next set were planned.  After we decided the house move was off in summer we turned our thoughts to what we might do around this place to spruce things up a bit.  We've got quite the list of projects that we want to work through but we've managed to tick a few things off too.

High up on the agenda was making a new and improved room for Little Miss.  You know how it is with these children, always moving onwards and upwards and their requirements are always evolving.  On the tippy top of her wish list was a desk of her own and she was in desperate need of a new wardrobe too.  So many long dresses trailing on the floor of her now, much too short one.

So, a re-vamp and a shuffle were in order.  She wanted to choose everything of course and so we collected wallpaper samples and painted patches on the walls.  Looked in lots of wardrobes and sat at various desks.  Purple and pink are still very much the top dog in the world of colour as far as Little Miss is concerned and so plenty of those feature in the new scheme.  She plumped for a quite sophisticated wallpaper of birds and flowers and a beautiful minty green paint too which does just enough to relieve the 'princess kingdom' feel of the pinks I think.








We managed to fit a little desk in, Ikea coming up trumps again on that one.  That's our third, we do love an Ikea work station around here it seems.  The icing on the cake though, even if I do say so myself, is something of my own invention.

She has one of those cabin beds, you know the kind with draws and storage underneath?  It also has a big empty space right in the middle, with shelves.  Up til now that area has just been a bit of a dumping ground for various toys and games in progress but I thought that there must be a better way to use it....

Little Miss is a great reader, she has a lot of books and she will get lost to the world when she gets into a story.  I remember that feeling.  The escape of it, the excitement of possibilities as a tale unfolded.
So what better than a secret little place to go and hide away from the world and be surrounded by lovely books to read?  Yes, we made a cozy little den for her.  Would you like to see? 

 I've been given a special dispensation to show you this, we may never get the chance again, so lets be quick and have a peek...



First we needed a curtain, to keep things private of course.  Again, all down to the lady in question's personal preferences. She plumped for hearts and a beautiful, but annoying to sew, shimmery pink affair, which lines the inside of the curtain.

Next we needed something soft and squishy to curl up on.  Hard wooden planks are not what is wanted for any length of reading enjoyment and so we got some big foam pads and I made a cover for those.  That was interesting.  Not something I'd done before, but I managed to cobble something reasonable together.

Some atmospheric fairy lights and something to read by were a must and of course, the finishing touches to make everything cozy, blankets and cushions galore.  We enjoyed some fun shopping for those but she also wanted something made by me which is quite touching.

When she saw the other round cushions in progress, that's what she asked for and so I happily whipped up some more for her.  I stuck with the same roses and leaves for one of them, but we thought maybe something different for the other so I suggested the hearts which she approved of.

I'm very pleased that she is absolutely in love with how it all came out and it's her favourite place to be now.  She always spends a little time squirreled away in there before she has to settle down for the night and will often pop in there at the weekends too.

It's such an inviting and cozy looking little hideaway, I don't blame her, I quite fancy doing the same!




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22 November 2016

Ring of Roses


It is a little miserable here today, the skies are grey and it's rather damp and dingy all round.
This week seems to be turning into a week of unrewarding problem sorting and appointments to be kept.  It feels unproductive but I suppose it's ticking something off the list.  Which would be more comforting if it wasn't for the fact that none of these things were on the list yesterday!

But before I descend into a fully fledged whinge-fest, let me stop and instead soak up all the beauties in the picture above...  Ahhh, so much better.

These were made a little while ago, I still seem to be shamefully behind on sharing some of my increasingly less recent makes with you.  (Must catch up!)  I think it was all still sunshine and summer fun around these parts when these round bits of eye candy were hooked up and they represent a significant tick off my 'things I want to make one day' list.

Oh yes, I've had these little cushions on my making wish list for the longest time.  Inspired chiefly by two immensely talented and creative souls, who share a name as well as a touch of crafty genius.  Old hands amongst you will know that I have long admired both Heather from Vintage Grey Handmade (IG: @vintagegreyhandmade) and Heather from Pink Milk (IG: @pinkmilk42)

If by some tragic aberration you are not already following the blog and/or IG feeds of either of these two wonderful ladies then I urge you to do so now.  Your creative mind will love you for it.



Yes, the credit for these cushions lies completely and utterly with those clever two and not with me.  I am simply following in the footsteps and I hope, hope, hope that my blatent project plagiarism will be taken as it is intended, as a homage and hats off to those that went before.
Consider my cap respectfully doffed!

(Here's one of Heather's lovely cushions and also one of Heather's)

I made my cushions using Stylecraft's Classic Cotton DK which is utterly perfect for this type of project.  I had a few 100g balls in stash which I used for the solid one colour sides but Stylecraft also sent me some of the newer 50g balls which makes things easier for adding the essential extra touches, like the little flowers and leaves.

I didn't have quite enough to make all four sides in just one colour, so I decided to go for a mix and match effect.  Making one side striped and the other a solid colour.  So both of these cushions are completely double sided and I can turn them about depending on the mood I'm in.

I also wasn't exactly sure where in my house these were going to live.  Truth be told, I got the yarn for these when I had images of a new house in my mind!  Now that we are staying put here, I'm not utterly sure when their final home will be so I decided to keep my options open and made one side brighter and the other side more pastel.



For the time being, they have taken up residence in my Little Crafty House and that seems to suit them quite well and I'm really happy with how they turned out.  At the moment I'm enjoying the more pastel shades best but as it gets colder I think the brighter shades may win out as they will brighten the place a little more....


: :   RING OF ROSES CUSHIONS   : :

Ravelry Page

Yarn
Stylecraft Classic Cotton DK
(See my Ravelry page for more info on colours and yardage)

Patterns
Edging:  I just made up, but it's just groups of tr's (US dc's) separated with a dc (US sc)
Leaves:  I made mine up, but you can find similar ones included on Attic 24 May Roses pattern above

Useful
Also Heather from Pink Milk has a tutorial for her round cushions here



(Big thanks to the lovely ladies at Stylecraft HQ for topping up my stash of Classic Cotton DK)


S x




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