Thursday, June 4, 2015

Colour Me Happy Harlequin!

I've crocheted up my Harlequin Blanket pattern in a new colour scheme... what do you 
think? This colour combination makes me feel all at once warm and cosy and happy :)

It's now in my Etsy store :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Birthday portraits

Long time no see! Unfortunately, I've been swamped with the day job but I have made 
some time to start a new little ritual... birthday portraits to document the last fleeting 
years of childhood. My eldest has already left the nest and it's made me realise I need 
to capture time with them while I can and treasure where we are now. 

These photos were taken exactly one year apart, and I'm amazed at the difference one 
year can make. 

Also, now that photo albums seem to be a thing of the past, it's a small way of keeping
a curated record of sorts I think :) Do you still keep a photo album? How do you document 
the years?

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Harlequin Pattern

I've released a new crochet pattern in my Etsy store – my version of the fresh + bold 
Harlequin design :) With loads of instructions, both pictorial and written, it's an easy 
pattern that even beginners can use to create their own blanket.

It's the perfect time to get in early and start on your very own Harlequin blanket in time for 
the Winter! 

You can find my Harlequin pattern here :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Funky Retro Groover

It must be summer bringing out the funky retro groover in me... hot hazy days, hoping to 
catch some breeze through the breeze blocks, those fabulous 1970s architectural standard 
you see so often here in the Southern sub-tropics :) Well, that's my inspiration... and this is 
the new pattern I've designed, block printed and made into cushions.

There's the original Breeze Block design with a repeat pattern of 10cms, and then the 
Breeze Block (Mini) with a repeat of 5cms. Pouches and other fresh fun things coming soon.

So right now and so available in my Etsy store :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Crochet Pattern

It's been a while in the making, fine-tuning the details, testing and double-testing... 
but I've finally released a pattern for my Finger Wave crochet design... yah!

Okay, so it's not the best name in the universe ;) The base of the pattern uses a generic 
free-pattern ripple or wave design and my original design variations have turned out to look 
very much like little fingers to me... hence the name.

Anyway, I'm very excited to have finally got it all down into a pattern... and it's now available 
in my Etsy shop :)

I based the colour scheme on a beautiful orchid I have flowering at the moment.
What do you think...?

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Fabric Design!

I have a new fabric design to show you... I've been quite busy with the day job lately, but I 
just had to see if this idea worked so I've been indulging in a bit of midnight printing :)

Initially I was calling it Flower Block, but I think I'll be changing that soon... now that I see it 
all printed up I'm thinking it looks a bit like those fabulous breeze blocks you used to see in 
1970s architecture. So, I think I'll be changing the name; adding in a Breeze before the Block ;)

I'll be making these panels into pouches soon.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The long road...

Have you ever started a project that just went on forever? There are no deadlines, you just 
do little bits here and there when you can, and the days turn to months... and then one day, 
you've actually finished and you can't quite believe it?

It's been a long road - I think I started this blanket at the end of the last summer (!) and here 
it is the beginning of this summer and it's ready for moth-ball storage until next winter ;)

Such a difficult colour to capture - even though it looks like graphite it really is a beautiful 
dark navy... Jo Sharp Mulberry Silk Georgette in Pebble (about a millions balls)... I had to 
pop out to the shops to buy more so often I've actually lost count of how many ;) 
64 panels in various patterns of about 15cms square, joined together with ladder stitch to 
form a queen bed-sized blanket.

This one's for my bed :)