July Made It challenge – My bad…there’s still time!!!

Oops, I rushed home tonight after being out to dinner with my family (and if you believe that you’ll believe anything!) to write this post because I thought that voting began at midnight. Turns out I’m 24 and a bit hours ahead of myself – ANOTHER WHOLE DAY – and the link only closes tomorrow at midnight – so please consider this as your early reminder to crack open the VOTING when you get there!

I have two more entries to introduce before the link closes…

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Colourful Crochet Cardi by Janette

Honestly, this is what I love most about the Made It challenge…. This pic was sent to me by one of my Facebook page fans, Janette Law-Brown who crocheted this BEAUTIFUL colourful cardi! Most of us bloggers are used to making/sharing/chatting/sharing/creating/sharing, you know,  basically being a part of a fabulous community of like-minded folk. I love that we are recognising and appreciating each others work while out here in the open for all to see!!!! Thanks so much Janette and I hope you get to see how much you’ve inspired us ♥

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Fingerless Mitt for Dad by Kaiserin

And while we are on the topic of inspiration – actually, we are always on the topic of inspiration – this soft, warm fingerless Mitt was made by the sweet Kaiserin of Empress27 from HER OWN HAND SPUN YARN! PROPS to you girl!!!!  The wool is from Shetland fleece and a Massam fleece – how cool! The Mitt is one half of a pair being knitted for Dad and I’m sure we’ll get to see a pic of both of them when they are complete!

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And that’s it for the JULY challenge and  – unless you are itching to be the FABULOUS 40th ENTRANT into the Made It (DO IT NOW!) – here is a tally of our 39 AMAZING PROJECTS!

3 x cushions / cushion covers

3 x bags/pouches

5 x tops/waistcoat/cardigan

1 x bunting

4 x blankets

1 x window frame

1 x heat pad

1 x pincushion

1 x bracelet

7 x cuddly animal (and their many friends)

1 x crochet collar

2 x sets of coasters

3 x fingerless mitts

1 x shawl

1 x scarf

1 x beanie

1 x hanging heart

1 x set candle holder

1 x cardigan

1 x mug cozy

What an INSANE list!!!

Here’s this months awesome prize up for grabs for the randomly chosen winner, sponsored by Tamara from Crochet with Tamara (if this were a wedding,  I know you’d all be jostling for to catch the bouquet!)

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The VOTER’S CHOICE award badge will be given to the link that receives the most votes!

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There’s still a few hours so join in the fun!

*** CLICK ON FROGGY TO ADD YOUR LINK ***

 

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My Feb “Made It” offering

This may just be the quickest post I have ever put together. I have literally run upstairs while the hubby is bathing the kids.  I promised myself that today would be the day that  I ticked everything on my “mental” to-do list and naturally, I haven’t done a thing!

Seeing as though my suggestion of going out for a quick bite to eat (it is just way too hot to cook) is being excitedly embraced by all I literally had 5 mins…because I AM going to tick my Made It entry if nothing else!!!

So…..here it is! I am probably taking a short cut here, especially since I actually made most of these in Dec but Jan turned out to be a right-off so I hope you’ll forgive me. Just before I went to visit my family in the UK, I decided I would make a few of the pressies. I wanted to make some house slippers and found this ADORABLE pattern by Eva Unger on Ravelry. I absolutely LOVE her designs ♥.

I think its safe to say I got a bit carried away!

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I think I’m still addicted…watch this space for more!

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*** PS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE THE MADE IT BADGE (Love love love you!) YOU CAN ATTACH  (copy and paste) THE FOLLOWING LINK TO GET TO THIS MONTHS COLLECTION 🙂

http://www.inlinkz.com/view.php?id=236971

October is still rocking it!

Yay, more entries into the Made It challenge!

We started late this month so I know that some of you ole regulars are still busy with your wild, wonderful creations – right??? Ok, that’s just my excuse but I’m working on it as we speak.

So here are the latest two entries.

  

What I love most about Jill from Nice Piece of Work is that everything she makes and every blog posts pulls you in with her beautiful written, funny as hell, say-it-like-it-is stories!! Her Baby Bunting was not made for a little infant but for her own “baby girl” who is just home from overseas….Love it!<3

Rene from Living In Sunny SA is back again with a sensational hitchhikers shawl! WOW, I am once again blown away by the colours…really clever. Personally I love shawls that can easily be worn as a scarf (I am a huge scarf person) and I think I might just be brave enough to attempt this one 🙂

There’s still lots of time left to enter – Looking forward to seeing what ya’ll got!!!

****Click on the photo or Froggy to submit your entry****

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More October Made It entires

Well hellooooooo!

I don’t know about you but the weeks are flying by and I find myself over-promising and under-delivering in loads of areas of my life. Not good. This has been one of those weeks where making a list just isn’t good enough – usually that can make me feel great for ages!

Am I the only one who wants to lock myself in a room and JUST CROCHET!?!

The only thing to do is actually get on with ticking those items off one by one and I am happy so say that I am getting “through stuff”! It won’t be long now before I can sit down quitely…ahhhh quite…and get busy with making something worthy to enter into the Made It! One day, I am going to shock you all – just like Patch did – by being early!!!

Anyway, enough about that – let me get on with showing you our latest entries

These stylish socks are another of Rene’s from Living in Sunny SA‘s  stunning creations! I am always amazed at how gorgeous her colours look. I’m never brave enough to use or to mix certain colours but she seems to have the knack!

 Check out this super funky……frisbeeee!!! Welcome to the challenge and thank you Lisa Victoria from YarnChick40, this is so cool. I love this pattern for a bowl too maybe? Beautiful stitching and colours.

 

Trish (from MadeByPatch), PLEAAAAAAASE get your online shop up and running (tell Mr P that it is vital)….I WANT THESE! Tooooo beautiful…

 I want to say a MASSIVE, HUGE, GIGANTIC *****  THANK YOU ***** to all of you who have entered/is entered will enter/reblogged/mentioned/though about/promoted this monthly challenge! I am gobsmacked at all the talent out there and how this wonderful online community is so willing to share and connect. I truly love it and I hope you do too.

Now before the violins come out – I will go. But before I do I want to share with you this Pink Ribbon. October is breast cancer awareness month and coincidentally I found myself hoofed off by my doc to have a strange lump checked out last Friday. Thank heavens all is fine but I can honestly say that the feeling of knowing that everything is OK rather than putting it off and fretting about it is just FAN-FRIGGING-TASTIC!

I highly recommend a check up ladies! Keep well xxx

Keep ’em entries comin’!

****Click on the photo or Froggy to submit your entry****

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Wanna win this?!!

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 “2 x 50g of Sirdar Crofter DK yarn (acrylic, cotton & wool) & some pretty buttons”

 

OF COURSE YOU DO!!!!

A massive thank you to the lovely Rainbow Junkie for donating the prize for October’s Made It challenge!

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win this gorgeous prize is to:

  • enter this months Made It challenge (you know this but I LOVE lists!)
  • reblog this post – not compulsory of course, but always great to get more people involved
  • um….oh, that’s all!

Good luck, can’t wait to see what you got!

****Click on the photo or Froggy to submit your entry****

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Crochet 101 and a bit of new crochet LINGO

After being asked a good few times, “please teach me how to crochet” by a few of our friends,  Vicky and I decided to host a mini crochet lesson for a few lovely ladies. I’m not sure who was more nervous – us or them – but I know I was scared senseless for a number of reasons:

  • neither of us have ever taught anyone to crochet before
  • I learned to crochet when I was, like 9! Everything else I learned from a book.
  • I’m not even sure I know where that dreaded last stitch of a row is…
  • my first “teaching” experience was with my eldest daughter when she was 5 – it was her turn to bring cake to school for “Baker Day” so we made cupcakes together. It ended…..well, let’s just say that I think I may have been the one acting like a 5 year old *ashamed face*
  • I knew that the toughest challenge was going to be teaching them how to hold the yarn and needle correctly
  • and THE WORST FEAR BY FAR – we had a left-handed trainee student…eeeekkkk!!!!

(this is my good friend Liz, who picked it up in minutes – future crochet addict in the making)

Luckily for us, we needn’t have worried because these girls were super fast and enthusiastic learners! The morning disappeared in a flash with the satisfied looks of accomplishment on face after face…ahhhhh, love it!


(Sandi and Sabine….Sandi is the proud owner of the wonky scarf which will feature below, and Sabine who can crochet beautifully but needed to learn new stitches)

Mind you, the morning did have its fair share of awkward moments that we chalked up to “new-Crochet-speak”  Here are a few terms and explanations that you are welcome to add to your repertoire;

* Loosen Up did not mean “chill out Liz”. It means loosen the way you are holding your hooks and yarn…

* Get a Grip certainly did not mean that anyone was loosing their mind with frustration and needed to snap out of it – it just meant that holding the hook firmly would make life a whole lot easier

* Get Your Wool On – no, not a hip and trendy way of saying “sista, you gotta just crochet it up, girl” – It was just a reminder that your yarn had to stay wrapped carefully around your pinky, under your ring finger, over your middle…..arggg, you know what I mean!

* Where is the hole??? – I can’t find the next hole!!!!!……er, um, you can work this one out!

(This is Anthea on the left – a laugh a minute and the morning’s entertainment, – love this chick! And, ahem, my Super Lovely Cuzzy Lynda who, you may notice, doesn’t have any form of crochet in her hands…hmmmmm)

 (this is me, sitting on the table, teaching Christine, Miss Left-Handed!)

(this is Vicky, her Mum, and her beautiful boys  🙂  )

(and this is beautiful Alyce, – not sure why she came to a beginners class seeing as though she had the most gorgeous nearly-finished baby blanket in her bag for her eminent baba!)

One thing is for sure – we all had fun and I have a sneaky suspicion that there are going to be a few more of these mini sessions in the very near future.

Watch this space 🙂

And, as promised...the Wonky Scarf by Sandi….I think it’s pure perfection actually, don’t you?!!!

Photo: This has got to be the world's wonkiest scarf.  I keep finding stitches then losing them, then finding some more... I'm not certain this is the way it's supposed to be done!

Made It challenge – Kayleigh’s got a brand new hat!

Thank you Kayleigh from kakescraft for entring the Made It challenge!

Oh how I wish I could sew…hold on – there’s a tutorial!!!!

Go and check our her fabulous floppy hat here

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OR go to HERE to view all the entries so far!!!

So excitng!!!

12d 21h 31m (and counting) ’til voting starts for “Made It” challenge!!!

ARE YOU READY TO ENTER?!

Just a reminder about how it all works:

  • Make something!
  • Photograph it along the way
  • do a tutorial on how you made it
  • blog/post it
  • click HERE and submit your entry (or go my side bar and click on the Made It picture)
  • keep a check on the link for other entries
  • GO AND VOTE FOR OTHERS FROM THE 21ST JULY 2012!!!!!!
  • you can still submit entries right up until the random draw for the winner on the 31 JULY 2012

***** VOTING IS FOR FUN ONLY *****

You each get 10 votes so use them to encourage/praise/applaud creations that inspire you!

Share this with your friends ’cause it’s a lot of fun and is guaranteed to get their creative-inner-kids jumping up and down!

TICK TOCK TICK TOCK!

The calm after the proverbial storm

And when I mean storm, I don’t mean this…(not sure if you can see, but its raining….hard)

I mean the crazy rush there was to open our hands and let our little shop fly! Which it has – we are overwhelmed with the number of visits we have had since opening (ahem…1,479 whoohooo), the fantastic support, the tons well wishes from you lovely lot, and just the general feeling of relief! Thank you, thank you THANK YOU!

We have even had our first purchase (by my mom. but no matter, a sale is a sale!!! THANKS MOM x).

We got to practise the whole transaction and our customer was extremely happy with her gorgeous purchase – my mom has owls all over her house, and this wise bird will be very happy in his new home! This beautiful felted owl is made from 100% Merino wool and is made by Cathryn Ward of Skaapie (Skaapie is the Afrikaans word for sheep, awwww).

The calm…

Sitting at home with my lovely family and finally finding some time to catch up one some crochet. Ahhhh, bliss! My sister-in-law, Kryspynoodle asked me to make a skull cup for her daughter Kiki who is also my Goddaughter. I managed to do it in two sittings (which is very unusual for me these days) and it felt good to actually see a finished product! Here it is….

I used a basic crown pattern and edged it 4 half double crochets in each stitch to make the scallops. Kiki’s middle name is Rose, so the flower was apt! I used this rose pattern which was super easy. The yarn I used was Vinnis Colours Bambi which is a cotton/bamboo blend and edged it in Vinnis Colours Serina which is 100% bamboo.

While I was on a roll, I gave into my inspiration from Vicky with her iPhone pouch cover (thank you for the free pattern) that she whipped up…I love it, the colours are gorgeous!

I made this one for my eldest daughter….who is “into the peace” (we tease her because a couple of years ago, one of her school friends walked into her room and on seeing a symbol on her wall said, “oh, are you also into the peace”)!!


I hope you all had a super relaxing weekend and I look forward to seeing all the new creations from you all next week!

Night night