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Works in Progress and Stash Love

I’ve been very busy with some projects for friends and family, which has been great relaxation, as the weather has been grotty for ages and I’ve had a nasty¬†cold…

First up are a really fun couple of projects for my friend Donna and her new baby, wee Olly. ¬†This baby blanket is my first large self-designed project – it is cot/pram sized and I’m so thrilled¬†with the design and how it has turned out, so I will be giving it to them in the next week or so. ¬†I had enough left of the gorgeously soft Drops Merino Extrafine DK to make a quick pair of baby booties.

Thankfully I made them sized for around 6¬†months old – at¬†only 8 weeks I thought he might have to wait a while to wear them, but Donna has said that he’s already in 3-6 months clothes, so he may get use of them¬†sooner rather than later…

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Next the ongoing project for my brother, I didn’t quite finish it for Christmas! ¬†I hadn’t done any knitting for a while and I’m still pretty slow. ¬†But it’s coming along finally, now I’ve finished my other projects… ¬†I love the combination of bright, medium and dark reds in this Katia Basic Merino Flash DK. ¬†The design is reversible – Half Moon Stitch – and looks great.

 

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Now these projects are either done yarn, (or very nearly dusted!) I’ve been on another couple of trips to reinvigorate my stash. ¬†It is impossible to resist when passing¬†a yarn shop, or browsing online on Deramores or Wool Warehouse.

I bought the Noro¬†Kureyon and Noro A La Mode (both Aran/Worsted) at my favourite yarn shop, Marmalade Yarns in Frome. ¬†I have a particular project in mind for this but won’t say too much as I might spoil someone’s surprise!

I bought some Malabrigo Merino Worsted to make Mum’s scarf for Christmas (which I haven’t got a picture of yet but she has promised!) so I bought an extra couple of skeins to make something for myself. ¬†As yet, I haven’t made myself anything so I think it’s about time I got started on this!

Next up is some Jillybean yarn from Marmalade Yarns Рthis lovely red wool is called Yabbadabbadoo and as it is made in such small quantities and not marked up but it seems to be a DK sort of weight.  At 60% organic Shetland and 40% Mohair it seems quite robust and yet soft.

Finally a quick visit yesterday to Marmalade Yarns (again!) I could not resist these beautiful blues by Fyberspates – Scrumptious 4ply/sport weight 55% Merino, 45% Silk but machine washable.

So I think I had better get making!

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My Top Ten Crafting Trends for Spring 2015

Morning all!

I’ve had a lovely week off at home – poring through all of¬†my favourite magazines – Craftseller, Simply Crochet and Homemaker – as well as trawling the internet for inspirations for Spring 2015.

So I thought I’d put together another Top 10 (see my previous posts, you’ve gotta love a Top 10!) for the season to come. ¬†Spring is one of my favourite seasons, it holds so much promise for the year to come and the buds and new growth spied on a frosty walk brings a warm feeling that’s nothing to do with the temperature outside!

One – Marsala is the Pantone colour for this year ‚Äď a rich earthy warm red-brown – expect to see this throughout our homes and fashions all year. ¬†It’s a difficult colour to match without a direct comparison, but this lovely wool from Wool Warehouse comes fairly close.

ce154b643acb6d31e03c1f78ddda8e6aTwo – Upcycling seems to be a trend that is showing no signs of going away – the latest edition of Craftseller had a whole supplement devoted to it. ¬†There are some wonderful ideas on Dixie Henderson’s Pinterest¬†including this use of recycled drawers. ¬†It’s a bit too pinky frou-frou for me but the idea is fabulous…

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Three РCrocodile stitch (crochet) Рthere is a great tutorial for this on Lost & Found Lane Рthis would make up a fabulous dinosaur or amigurumi monster.  On a more practical level I think it could make a most stylish cushion or scarf as found on Yarn Muse.

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Four – Crochet jewellery ‚Äď I think we can now safely move on¬†from loom bands to something a bit more stylish! ¬†In the last few months I’ve seen quite a bit of crochet jewellery and have pinned some lovely ones to my Pinterest board.

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Five – Farmland animals ‚Äď as well as the ubiquitous woodland animals which I’m pleased to say are still here. ¬†Getting a little bit political for a minute, some hunting morons¬†– I mean enthusiasts¬†– think the British public are turning back towards their favour in repealing the hunting foxes with dogs ban. ¬†This is clearly not the case when you see the popularity of the fox in every corner of British life over the last few years. ¬†Just look at this Etsy page for inspiration, fox fans!

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Having had a lovely day with Mum in Southampton on Thursday, we enjoyed our trip to our Mecca, John Lewis.  These were the farmland scenes that awaited us in the cushion department.  Being an avid woolie fan the sheep in particular do appeal to me.  But I love ducks as well!

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Six – Yellow ‚Ästall shades of yellow (particularly those going towards green) are going to be big this year. ¬†I love yellow, it’s such a bright and sunny shade. ¬†Most of us can wear a shade of yellow which suits our skin tones. ¬†I personally live bright, acid yellows. ¬†Deramores¬†have a wonderful selection of yellow yarns, I have my eye on a few from Bergere de France. I’ve pinned these to my new Colour Pinterest board.

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Seven – Polka dots and gingham are going to be everywhere (not together ‚Äď imagine ‚Äď what a dog‚Äôs breakfast!). ¬†I particularly love them on ribbons and adornments. ¬†Knock me down with a feather if this gorgeous satin ribbon from the ever-reliable Wool Warehouse doesn’t tick three of the Top 10 boxes in one – yellow, grey and polka dots! ¬†The grey gingham ribbon, again from Wool Warehouse covers two trends. ¬†I can see this as a plain contrast on a very bright article. ¬†I shall have to get my thinking hat on…

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Eight РBlue and white Рall the trends are included in these gorgeous fabrics from Craftsy РI spy (with my little eye) gingham, blue, grey, yellow, and possible some polka dots.

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Nine – Grey (forget 50 shades of…) is the hottest neutral ‚Äď it‚Äôs everywhere¬†from clothes and furnishing to fabric and yarn. ¬†It’s a great colour to use in knitting and crochet for men’s garments – my Dad was very chuffed with his Ombre for Hombre scarf made in blue and grey (made for Christmas – I am officially a trend-setter and so is he!)

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Ten – Macram√© ‚Äď initially I wasn’t sure¬†about this one as I grew up in the 70s and it was everywhere (and naff!) but I have seen lots of stylish macram√© influences around. ¬†Back to good old Pinterest for this inspirational board by Ana Maria.

So I hope you have enjoyed my little tour around the Top Ten Crafting Trends for Spring 2015 – hopefully I can get some serious crafting done so I can replenish my stash with some of the delights I found in researching this blog.

I’d love to hear your ideas about trends and whether they differ across the world – I am assuming most of these trends will be prevalent in the UK but what about Canada, Australia or the US?

I have some very exciting news which I will share in the next few days about my online presence and what new plans are afoot Рmore to come soon.

Happy crafting!

Lou x

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