Monday, May 29, 2017

Helloooo! It's been a while....

Well that 4 months just disappeared!  I really don't know why my poor blog has been so neglected, and have no excuses other than time has just been flying by and my "I'll get to my blog tomorrow" mantra never really stuck!  
Oh well, I have lots of things to share with you anyway, so at least that is something! :) 
Today I have to let you know that I am running a Winter Yarny Love Club,  and there are only a few days left to sign up!  Sorry about the short notice! :)  It costs the same as the Autumn Club, and there is more info in my shop over here.

So what has been filling all my time away from my beloved blog?  
I have been crocheting (of course), and have been making some amigurumi animals, and a new blanket, plus lots of little things!
I've been doing the Markets, although the season has finished now so I'm technically restocking over winter with lots of new products!
I've held quite a few workshops in my studio which has been fun, (I will post the ones for June on here tomorrow to let everyone know what's going on). 
I have been adding new yarns to my shop and dreaming about new projects to make with them.
I have learnt to hand dye wool!  So much fun and definitely worthy of a separate post !
I am knitting socks with my handdyed wool, so great to see how the colours knit up. :) 
I am having a stall at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo in July, so am starting to plan what I'm taking, putting kits together and dyeing up some of my own wool as well as some gorgeous yarns from around the world. 
And I have some exciting plans in the works for my little wool shop, fingers crossed I can share them with you all soon! 

Thanks to everyone who has left comments over the last few months, I have just logged on to find them all sitting there waiting to be approved!  :)
Have a great day lovelies, hope you're doing something fun!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Retro Solid Granny Square Blanket - Tadah!

Hi there! 

I hope everyone is having a great day, I have a colourful post for you today! 
I have been hooking steadily away through January and I've actually finished my first project for 2017! Yay! :) That's pretty good going for me! 

This blanket was quite the speedy make, I seemed to have enough squares made in no time and then it was just a matter of sewing them all together and hooking a border up.  
I have to say that I loved working with the MoYa Caresse Aran Cotton, it was nice and textural and worked up fast with a 5mm hook.  The colours were all so beautiful and worked so well together all the combinations look great (well I think so anyway!) . I love that slightly washed out look of the MoYa palette, and the hand dyeing process leaves some nice subtle variations in the colours which I really like. (You can see this most in the border where there are a few rows of the same colour).

This has ended up about cot size, nice for a baby or lap blanket. 

So here's the nitty gritty: 
Yarn: MoYa Caresse Aran Cotton in 10 different colours
Hook: 5mm
Size: cot size (9 x12 squares) 

........this was when I was blocking the blanket after joining all the squares together, I thought about blocking each individual square, then decided to wait till they were all joined, it seems to have worked out ok.  It is quite a thick textured blanket, and i like the slightly puffy look to the squares....

 .....tadah!  All finished! can see how big it is all laid out on my table, not giant........

Onto the next thing now, it feels great to have something completely finished in under 6 weeks, I wonder if I can keep the momentum going and get the next one finished as quickly!  Not likely! :) 

Have a great day/night everyone, happy hooking!! 


Monday, February 6, 2017

Autumn Yarny Love Club - sign ups open!

Hello there! 
I just wanted to let you know that I am running my Yarny Love Club again this year, and it's time to open sign ups for the Autumn club starting in March! 
Here's some information about the Club if you are interested! 
(Sorry it's only for Australian residents, postage has gone up for International parcels and made it unviable to send OS for this) 

By joining my Yarny Love Club you are signing up to receive 1 parcel per month for 3 months,(March, April and May) so 3 parcels in total.  Each parcel will contain at least 150g of beautiful, premium quality yarn, project/pattern suggestions for crochet and knitting, and crafty treats specially for my club members.(Such as ribbons, labels, buttons, stitch markers, washi tape, stickers, handmade embellishments, or anything else I think might be a cute addition!)

  Your parcel will be a surprise each month, and hopefully will be a great way to try some beautiful yarns that you may not have come across before. I only send out top quality natural fibres like wool, cotton, alpaca or natural fibre blends.  I will be trying my best to send you a lovely box full of crafty goodies! :)

The cost for the Autumn 2017 Yarny Love Club is $130.00, which is for March, April, and May, and includes postage. :)

I will be sending out the yarn club parcels in the first week of each month.

There are a couple of  ways you can sign up :1) by  emailing me, Julie, at - and I will send you a Paypal invoice for the subscription -  or you can pay through direct deposit
2) You can buy a subscription from the home page of my shop

Your membership is not  secured until payment has been made. There are limited places for this Yarn Club, sign ups close at the end of February,
(or earlier if full), so get in quick!

I want you to love your yarny parcels, so when you email, tell me your colour preferences if colour is important to you! :)

I think that just about covers everything, but if you have any questions feel free to email me! 
Thanks for reading, and looking forward to sharing the yarn love with you this Autumn!

Julie xxxxxxxx

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

happy days in the shop

I gave my little studio/shop a bit of a tidy up this morning, all ready for a big year ahead. It really is my happy space,  and I have a lot of fun organising all the pretty yarns.  I am very lucky to spend my days surrounded by so much colour! :) 

I have quite a few lovely yarns that are on my wish list to stock this year, I'm hoping that I will have some interesting stock to share with you all through out 2017.  

I'm always interested in sourcing new yarns, there are just so many fabulous  yarn houses out there!  Sometimes it is tricky making contact as a small yarn retailer, but I am trying to overcome my introverted nature and put myself out there more often.  I really don't have anything to loose, the worse they can say is no! :) 

Do you have a favourite yarn?  
Do you have any suggestions for colourful yarns for me to stock?  

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Find #45

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I just have a quick post tonight, this week has been a busy one and I can't believe it's Friday again! 

Do you know Terese aka Crochetspecs over on Instagram?  
She makes the most wonderful, whimsical crochet things.
I have been a long time admirer of her gorgeous crochet budgies, they are are just so colourful and cute!  
Terese has recently released a pattern for her crochet budgies, it is available in her etsy shop 
I have bought a copy and can't wait to hook a few budgies up, I'm thinking I might make a flock of budgies and hang them around my shop. :) 

Aren't they cute!  Terese is a very clever crocheter!  I'm so glad she wrote a pattern for her creation and popped it in her Etsy shop! 

Have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

crochet necklaces: more mini makings

Hope you've had a lovely day, it's been a nice slow holiday type of day here, a bit of crochet, a bit of work and a bit of chilling out.  :)  I thought about making a few more of these crochet necklaces, maybe in some slightly thicker yarns, maybe with some deeper colours for our Melbourne winters.

These ones are my Summery ones, light colours and fine cottons,  they are fun and fiddly to make, the colours all work so well together there is always another combination to try out!! :)  

I think these could also make a lovely floaty mobile, it would take a while to make but would be so worth the effort!

These are a few strings all layered up, I love this look, the more strings the more cascading the effect. :) 

So anyway, that's it for today, just a bit of pretty pastel inspiration for these floaty summer months. :) 

Have a great day! 


Monday, January 9, 2017

Summer kitchen garden progress 2017

I've been trying to get my kitchen garden up and running again this Summer, I was a bit late planting things, due to an enormous clean up that had to happen first, but we had a cool Spring so things were slow to get going anyway. 
I'm happy to say that the things that I did manage to plant have grown really well! 

My boys wanted me to grow iceberg lettuce as it's their favourite variety.  I haven't had much success with this type of hearting lettuce before, but this year they have grown beautifully, and I have nice tight, heavy hearts of lettuce, the snails have done a bit of damage to the outer leaves but mostly they are fine. :) 

.......We have also had lots of snowpeas, which are my favourite vegie, I can eat them all day! .........

........ the tomatoes are starting to get bigger,  they are still very green, I think they are a bit behind because we haven't had a lot of warm weather yet, but they are starting to fill out now and there are plenty of flowers......

.......the Lebanese cucumbers are starting to come on too,  usually I plant these and they shrivel up and die, but not this year! Yay! ..............

...........along with the snowpeas I threw in a pack of sugar pea seeds, they are ready to eat now too, so sweet and crisp, much better than the shop ones. :) 

I have also got a few pumpkin vines on the go, some capsicums, spring onions, strawberries and blueberries.  I am a bit late with my climbing beans, but I think I'll still put some in and just have an Autumn crop.  The only flowers I've managed to plant are my dahlias, I'm hoping for a good show from them in Autumn, I have only just got them in the ground, but they are sending up nice healthy shoots! :)

So that's the kitchen garden in a nut shell at the moment, I think I'll do a monthly check in and see what is growing and happening in the garden through the season. 

Do you grow some of your own food? or lots of it?  Is gardening a hobby for you too? 

Have a great day!