Friday, February 16, 2018

Workshops and groups coming up at the shop!

 Hi there!  Hope all has been good with you!
I have made a timetable for classes and groups at the shop for the next few months so thought I'd pop it on here for a reference.
If anyone would like to book a spot for any workshop or class, just send me a message or comment on here or facebook or instagram. 
These dates are in addition to the Tuesday and Thursday morning weekly get togethers which are on going. :)

Thanks peeps, I have so many blog posts in my head to share with you, I have been making lots of stuff and life has just been busy!  Hopefully there will be a bit more blogging time soon! xxxxxx

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sock knitting in 2018

Hello there!  Happy New Year 2018! 
2017 went by in such a blur, I really hope this year meanders a bit more so there is time to do all the things properly.  Enjoy, relax  and savour the process of making, and not the 'half arsed, that will have to do, run out of time' rush of a year like 2017!  
I'm sure I will make big plans that never get realised, it happens every year.  I think I will do a priority list so at least the things I really want to try get done!

Which brings me to Sock Knitting.  :) 
I am so in love with sock yarn, I really want to make All The Socks, there are just so many beautiful colours and clever dyers and challenging patterns out there! 
I'm thinking a doable goal would be one pair a month for 2018, that would give me 12 pairs or 24 individual socks, (because I just know I'm not going to want to make a second matching sock, they can be samples for the shop of all the amazing yarns!) Surely I can manage that! 

I'm off to a good start anyway, the photos are of my first sock for the year, I started it on the weekend and am going to go and turn the heel after I finish this so hopefully I'll have one finished later this week! 

I'm loving the combo of charcoal with the amazing speckles, 
I still have a couple of skeins of these in the shop I think, but will have to order more, its so lovely! 
The pattern I'm using is the excellent 4ply Basic Sock pattern from Winwick Mum

There are so many colours speckled through this yarn!

Anyway, that's the first of my yarny ambitions for 2018, I'm sure I'll come up with plenty more! 
There are lots of new yarns coming to the shop over the next few months, I am always inspired by new yarns and just have to give them a try out, so lots of new projects are sure to be started, and maybe even finished! :) 

Have a great day my crafty friends, Julie xxx

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Crochet a Christmas Tree!

Hi there! I hope you're having a great day wherever you are! 

So December is nearly here, and that means Christmas is just around the corner!! Eek!  Where has the year gone? I feel like I have been going backwards this year, always chasing my tail!  Hopefully I'll be more organised next year and get my act together!! :) 

Anyway, I have been doing a bit of crochet and I thought I'd share a little Christmas decoration that I've been making this week, I like to try and come up with a new decoration each year and this is what I've made for this year! 
I hope you like it!  It has a bit of a rustic, folky feel which I like.  

These cute crochet Christmas Trees are made in 2 flat pieces, a front and back, that are then crocheted together. They can be left flat or can be stuffed for a more 3D effect, They are very simple to make, I have done a spotty bobble version and a striped version, so you can make a whole forest of dangley trees if you like!  There are lots of ways you could decorate these trees you could add a little sparkly star to the top and a loop and hang them, you could sew on beads or buttons, or make little stands from slices of branches and stand them up like a forest. or you could make a few and turn them into a Christmas bunting!  ( I think I might do this with mine!)


Crochet Christmas Trees!

Materials and hook: They can be made from any yarn you like, different yarns will give you different looks, use the crochet hook 1 size smaller than recommended for the yarn you use.
I used MoYa cotton Caresse which is a rustic 10ply yarn and a 4.5mm hook.

Stitches used:

Chain (ch): Yarn over and draw through loop on hook.

Treble (tr): Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, (3 loops on hook),
yarn over and draw through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops.

Treble two together (2trtog): [Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over , draw through all loops on hook.

Double Treble Bobble (dtr bobble) : [Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over draw through 2 loops, yarn over draw through 2 loops] 3 times, yarn over draw through all loops on hook.
(To make a bobble in a contrast colour; in the stitch before the bobble, use the bobble colour for the last yarn over so that it is ready to be used to make the bobble. Change back to the background colour in the last yarn over drawing through all loops on hook.)

Turn work after each row.
Staring chains in each row do not count as stitches. 

Australian/English terms.

Bobble Tree Front:

Row 1: Ch3, 2tr in 1st chain. (2sts)
Row 2: Ch2, 2trtog in first stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (3sts)
Row 3: Ch2, 2trtog in first stitch, dtr bobble in next stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch (4sts) 
Row 4: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (5sts)
Row 5: Ch2, (2trtog in first stitch, dtr bobble in next stitch) repeat to last stitch,

2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (6sts)
Row 6: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (7sts) 
Row 7: Ch2, (2trtog in first stitch, dtr bobble in next stitch) repeat to last stitch,

2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (8sts)
Row 8: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch (9sts) 
Row 9: Ch2, (2trtog in first stitch, dtr bobble in next stitch) repeat to last stitch,

2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (10sts)
Row 10: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. Bind off (11sts)


Tree Back:

Row 1: Ch3, 2tr in first chain. (2sts)
Row 2: Ch2, 2trtog in first stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (3sts)
Rows 3 to 10: Ch2, 2trtog in each stitch to last stitch, 2trtog x 2 in last stitch. (increasing 1 stitch in each row) Bind off.

Place the front and back together with right sides outside, join edge colour to bottom right corner and dc through both layers. Dc around the tree making a picot (4 chain, slip stitch into 1st chain) ever 3 stitch or so. when you get back to the bottom edge, dc half way along then pop a small stick for a tree trunk and crochet around it and continue to where you started , join with a slip stitch to the first stitch and bind off.

For a striped tree:

Make as for the tree back, but use 2 colours alternating each row and crocheting over the unused colour across the row, so it is in the right place to start the next row. 


Well that's it for now, I'm off to make a few more trees for my shop window! 
Talk soon! xxxxxxx

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Home Decoration in Crochet by Tanya Eberhardt

Hi there my crafty friends!  How's your October going?  It has been a busy month for me, but then again this whole year seems to have flown by, life away from the computer has been full on!

Anyway, I have still been finding time to crochet so it's all good. :) 

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive a copy of a gorgeous new crochet book called 'Home Decoration in Crochet' by Tanya Eberhardt, and was asked to take part in a blog hop to celebrate the release of the book.  I was happy to say yes! You might already know that Tanya has a fabulous crochet and knitting blog called Little Things Blogged, and now she has written this beautiful book full of lovely crochet designs to make for your home. I also think there are lots of projects in this book that would make great gifts!

I decided to try out this cute doily pattern, because I really love the colours in the photos of the 3 sizes of doily, and I like their updated retro feel.   The pattern was easy to follow and had both written and graphic instructions which I really liked, (often I like to refer to the graphic pattern to get an overview of the design).
I think it has turned out really well, I have decided I'm going to have an ongoing project, making pot holders and doilies when I find cute patterns, and make an installation on a wall in the shop, I think this might be my first one to pop on the wall!
There are several projects in this book that I'd like to make, and with designs for blankets, cushions, bags and lots of smaller projects like pin cushions and jar cosies, there is something for every skill level!  I also really liked the geometric popcorn cushion pattern, that might be the next one I try out!

There are lots of other bloggers taking part in the blog hop, sharing lots of different projects from the book, you can find the schedule on Tanya's post over here.

Talk soon peeps, I'm off to do some crochet! :)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tunisian Crochet Workshop by Michelle Robinson

Hi there everyone! 
I hope your day is going well, it is beautiful here, Spring has finally arrived and it is so good!

Today I'm sharing something exciting that a friend of mine has done, 
Michelle Robinson of Poppy and Bliss fame has written a wonderful book all about Tunisian Crochet, it's called 'Tunisian Crochet Workshop' and I was lucky enough to be given a copy of the e-book to review and be part of a blog hop to celebrate the launch of the book 

As someone who hasn't dabbled in Tunisian crochet before, this book was excellent at explaining 
the techniques for a beginner, while also exploring lots of more advanced stitches for when you are ready for more.  Also, the projects are very cute!  Michelle has created a truly comprehensive guide to Tunisian Crochet, I'm sure it will become my go to book on this subject! 

I chose to play with the basic stitches in a swatch format just to start learning about Tunisian Crochet, I love how some of the stitches create a fabric very similar to knitting, there is such a lot of scope for creativity with this form of crochet! 

Here are my first attempts at Tunisian crochet, the bottom section is the basic stitch, the middle section is Tunisian knit stitch, and the top section is Tunisian Purl stitch.  I enjoy them all, and am thinking I'll make some washcloths to practice a bit more before I try one of the gorgeous projects in the book.  I am also planning to explore the colour work section of the book more fully, so many great colour play opportunities with Tunisian crochet. 
If you'd like to have a sneak peep at the book, go here to check it out.  

 The book is available from Sewandso, you can buy a copy here or in e-book format.
To see what the other lovely bloggers thought about this book the blog hop details are here
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning Tunisian Crochet, Michelle has done a wonderful job with this book! xxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Marrakech Cushion

Hi there!
I thought I'd show you something that I've been making over the last week or so, it's a mandela that is going to become a cushion. :)   The pattern is called Marrakech Cushion by Sandra Eng , I had been admiring Sandra's cushion on Instagram ( she is @mobiusgirl over there) , so was very happy when she released the pattern!!

Here is the front all finished, the top photo was when I was about half way through, you can see that the finished front has grown quite a bit!  I used Cascade Ultra Pima cotton for this, I have gone to my favourite colours for this one, it just seems to happen that way!!  When I've finished the back and sewn it together I'll pop a post up to show you.  I'm hoping to make a little stack of these cushions in different colours, I think they will look cute in the shop!

I have actually been doing a lot of crochet recently, so will pop up some of my recent makes over the next few days until I have caught up with everything from my big bloggy break!

Have a great day!


Monday, September 11, 2017

A new shop for me!

Hi there!
Once again it has been a long time between posts, I don't know why, but I haven't really found my blogging rhythm this year, but there has been plenty happening behind the scenes!!  
I guess the biggest thing that has happened since I last posted is that I've moved Little Woollie Makes Yarn Store into a proper shop in Hastings, a town not far from my home.   I no longer run it from home and it feels much more legit!
It has been a big decision to move into a shop.  Would it be the right move? Could I cover my rent?  Plus all the other expenses that crop up with a lease?  Would I find more customers?  Would they buy from me?  Would I get bored being tied to a shop all week?   There were plenty of unknowns!!

In the end I just decided it was time to give it a go,  if it doesn't work at least I will have given it my best and will not die wondering!  So the last few months have been a whirl wind of leasing a shop, setting it up, moving everything from home to here, and getting open!  Luckily I have an awesome family that have given me a lot of help and been very encouraging and supportive, it would have been a lot harder without them!

So you know what?  I am now running a local wool shop!!  Yay!  I can hardly believe it myself!!
Little Woollie is no longer just an online shop,  people can come and give the yarns a squish and see all the beautiful colours in the flesh, much better!! :)
I have to say, I have had so much fun over the last few weeks, setting everything up, meeting lots of gorgeous yarn loving people who all get what I'm trying to do here, it is so good!!
I have a lot more space than I did at home, so I have been busy sourcing new stock and approaching suppliers on my wishlist, so many new things coming into the shop over the next few months, it's going to be great!
So here are a few pics I took of the shop this morning, it is looking nice and colourful at the moment, I really like coming here to work each day! green table and chairs is a nice place to work at, and I popped my 'little woollie' sign up too, it still gets lots of nice comments even though it's looking a bit the worst for wear these days! 

....there is pretty much yarn everywhere you look! :) .......

......I am trying to get  more patterns in store, I didn't really stock patterns when I was at home, so it has been fun seeing what I can find.

....My dad made me some great peg boards so I could hang up the skeins of Ultra Pima Cotton, I am so happy with how this looks, so good to see all the colours in one glance!  there are a few holes where I've sold out of some colours, but I have more stock coming so it should be refilled soon! :) 

The shop is at 1/99 High St, Hastings, Victoria, on the Western Port side of the pretty Mornington Peninsula, if you are ever down this way, pop in and say hello, I'd love to meet you! 

(One other good thing about working in the shop is that I don't get distracted by home things, so  I am trying a new thing where I write a blog post every few days, we will see how it goes!  I have lots of things to share with you! ) 

Have a great day everyone, signing off from Little Woollie headquarters in Hastings!