The September Made It Challenge

Welcome  to the September Made It challenge!

Wherever you are in the world, it’s either the beginning of Spring or Autumn (Spring here, yay!) and a great time to settle into the summer or winter that’s approaching – I  am so looking forward to seeing what’s hot, hip and happening this season. The prize this month comes from my own stash of yumminess – a Cotton Spring Rainbow in Autumn(ish) Colours!

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Wanna play?!

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Good luck everyone, who’s up first?

Love Maryanne

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The July Made It Challenge – Bunnies & Owls, Cardies & Blankets, A Cozy & A Baby Bonnet

Hello, hope you are having a wonderfully relaxed Sunday wherever you are in the world. Here are the next batch of entries to show you, to entice you and to inspire you!

 The following four entries are lovingly made by one of the Made It’s long time members, Jill of O’Noodles, who always wins our hearts with her wonderful creations and whimsical characters. First up, let’s see what these sweet bunnies have to say for themselves…

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Bunnies by O’Noodles

Handsome Bunny In Grey With Blue Ears – “Oh my,  where DID you get your beautiful colourful coat from?”

Psychedelic Bunny With Carrot- “Why, from eating these day-glo carrots of course. Wanna bite?!!”

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Family Of Owls by O’Noodles

And making their second appearance into the Made It is this extremely sophisticated and well turned out family of wise owls. Meet Flip, Flop and Fly who look like they are about to take their little guy on his first adventure – his first flight maybe heehe?

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This gorgeous knitted baby matinee jacket in vintage courtelle it so special and the colours are amazing. The perfect summer accessory for the retro-trendy babe, complete with two sweet bunny buttons!

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 And from a gorgeous baby cardie to fabulous big girl cardie! The colours are amazing – Jill tells me the yarn is hand-dyed by a friend (blackberries & cream YUM) – and the style is so flattering. Another must-have summer garment 🙂

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 Welcome to Cathy from Bagg Ladys Buzz! Always lovely to have newbies to the challenge, and of course, more great blog to browse. Cathy’s entered these three fantastic baby blankets she’s crocheted for three lucky kiddies.  For those of you who have never crocheted a blanket before – it’s not easy, it takes forever, it can reduce you to tears, it can take over your life. Ok, well maybe that’s just me! Either way, it’s a huge feat so well done Cathy, they are brilliant and will no doubt be cuddled and dragged around for years to come.

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Kyle’s Blanket by Bagg Lady Buzz 

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Kaylee’s Blanket by Bagg Lady Buzz 

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New Baby Girl Blanket by Bagg Lady Buzz

Another great entry from Cathy is this cozy cotton Kindle cover. From the moment I saw it I wanted to start making one immediately  – and I don’t even have a kindle but who cares. This one is cleverly lined to prevent any static electricity that could harm the electronics – how cool!!!

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I know, right now your face has just squished up and you are saying “awwwwww cute” – I’m right aren’t I?!! This little gem is beyond adorable … am I’m honestly not sure if I’m talking about the delicious little baby or her gorgeous little ELLA bonnet.  The incredibly talented Jill from Nice Piece of Work is having amazing success with this pattern, even men are buying them…for themselves. JILL, I WANT ONE TOO – POM POMS AND ALL!!

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Baby Ella by Nice Piece Of Work

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And lastly but no means least is this soft, chunky and luxuriously cosy looking Turban/Head Wrap, a quick crochet was made and entered by Mtetar of Projects By Mtetar. I’m so happy to have her back in the challenge – although, even when Mtetar hasn’t entered a project , she is ever-present with her wonderful words of praise and encouragement for almost all the challenges we’ve had so far. Thank you Mtetar, we look forward to more of your projects entries…and of course, more of your wonderful comments ❤

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Turban / Head Wrap by Projects By Mtetar

 Thank you ladies for your entries. For anyone else who’d still like to enter, please click on Froggy below and add your link. Up for grabs this month is the (everlasting!) African Violet crochet and donated by Jane of Rainbow Junkie. You have to be in it to win it!

 

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~ THIS MONTH’S PRIZE | AFRICAN VIOLET POT PLANT by Jane of Rainbow Junkie

Love Maryanne

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The FEB Made It challenge – New entries!

Thank you all for the lovely response to Trevlyn’s prize that will soon be in the hand of this month’s winner. I assure you, her crocheted shawl is even better in real life. Now that we’ve all recovered, let’s get on with the next MARVELOUS bunch of Made It entries!

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First Socks! by Kakes Crafts

I love “firsts” – this time it’s the sweet Kayleigh of Kake’s Crafts  who’s taking the title with these gorgeous socks! (Am I the only person left who’s never made a pair of socks!!?). The colour is lovely and they look as warm as snuggly as knitted socks should – these surely are the things that make winter worth it!.

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Crochet Roses by Rainbow Junkie Corner

Now, these are my kind of flowers! Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner has entered her knitted roses and rose bud which are guaranteed to bring lots of cheer all year round. I have a feeling we are going to be treated with some more flowers in the near future (nudge nudge, wink wink Jane!)

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Yipee, we have a newbie to the Made It! A huge welcome to Madeleine from Pretty Blue Bird Studio, a fellow Cape Townian with a way with a hook! This fab bag is an upcycled project, crocheted from old plastic bags – and the colours are stunning. Please pop over and say hi!

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Miss Lily Rose by Pixie Miks A Lot

Meet the lovely Miss Lily Rose! A warm welcome back to the lovely Pixie Miks A Lot and her beautiful doily clad mannequin. This lovely lady (Lily Rose) has had a recent colour make over with these bright and happy circles. Looking very chic and trendy! LOVE the earrings too 🙂

Ohhh so much inspiration, so little hours left alone to crochet…sigh. The uber talented Lucie from Love, Lucie is on top form with the next three amazing entries. Have a look…

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Pom Pom Cushion by Love, Lucie

How absolutely clever to combine Pom Poms with a cushion – genius! The overall effect is fun and of course, it’s a great way to get the kiddies involved too!

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Grey Swirly Cushion by Love, Lucie

Ooooh my, another cushion that completely pulls at my heart-strings! The combination of colours, circles and materials is perfect. WANT!

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Needle Case by Love, Lucie

Sweet! Lucie made this needle case for her Mom’s birthday using this gorgeous fabric! There a wonderful step by step tutorial so making one looks slightly less daunting

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Crochet Stool Cover by Yarn Chick 40

This is a very cool stool!!! This is the latest fine make by our funky yarn chick, Lisa from YarnChick40 and the first cover I’ve seen for a square stool that has made provision for the little gap in the middle. Brilliant!

Hope you’ve enjoyed these as much as I have! Now off you go and add your linkies…

Love Maryanne

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Our First Fab FEB Entries – Prepare to be WOW’ed

Happy Tuesday everyone, hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I was delighted and EXCITED to log into the InLinkz account yesterday to see the tidal wave of colour and sea of creativity that was already there – what some AMAZING entries, thank you to all who’ve entered so far!!! I can safely say that each entry has inspired me in so many ways….have a look

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Galilee Slippers by Crochet With Tamara

*shriek* No one, I mean NO ONE (not even a 7 foot, scar-faced wrestler) could look at these ADORABLE Galillee slippers and not have a heart melt!! These beauties, made by the  super busy & madly talented Tamara from Crochet With Tamara are so gorgeous they don’t lose their cute-appeal the bigger they get….that means I NEED a pair STAT!

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Crochet Lampshade by Creative Granny

A warm welcome back to Helen from Creative Granny who’s been making some amazing things (please go and browse her blog). Ahhh, the colours, the stripes, the tassels!!  I absolutely love this lamp, such a clever idea,  and as Helen says, a great way to use up left overs. What a way to brighten up a hallway!!

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Autumn Rainbow Beanie by Nice Piece of Work

And staying with colours and stripes, ooooh’s and AHHHH’s, here’s a gorgeous Autumn Rainbow crocheted beanie made by Jill from Nice Piece of Work for a colleague – lucky lady. That is one seriously AWESOME colour scheme and I’m definitely going to be using it!! Another stash busting winner

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Granny Square Poncho by Hav2Havz

Well, I must say I almost stopped breathing when I saw this STUNNING creation – I mean WOW! This beautiful granny square Poncho crocheted by Rene from Hav2Havz is one heck of a jaw-dropper.  Again, the use of colour is fascinating and the rich tassels (for me, the best part) just makes it!!!

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Starry Skies by A Slight Obsession With Books

Welcome back to  Carole from A Slight Obsession With Books who just keeps on inspiring with her wonderful creations. I’ve never seen a design like this one before – her Starry Sky cushion is beautiful and so perfectly sewn.  AGAIN, the colours are fabulous – very striking (see her post for a pic of the back too, love the contrast).

See!  I told you these entries were exciting didn’t I!! Right, now that we’re on a roll, ADD YOUR LINKS by clicking the PINK LINK below – can’t wait to see what’s next

Love Maryanne

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November Made It – Turkey Legs & a Blushing Bride

I honestly never thought I’d ever have a blog title like that!

Slipping in her uber cool & wonderfully whacky entry with just hours to go,  is the uber cool &  wonderfully whacky CraftManiacMommy!

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Turkey Drumstick Beanie by Craft Maniac Mommy

How cool is this beanie!!!! This Pinterest-inspired beanie seems to have gone viral and is certain to get us all in the mood for Christmas dinner. It gets better, there’s a fab pattern too (♥ our whacky Mommy’s first ♥) so no more silly paper crowns this year OK ladies!!

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Congratulations Tom and Kayleigh xxx

The beautiful Kayleigh from Kakes Crafts got married!!!!! Congratulations to you and Tom –  may your marriage be filled with fun, love, adventure & a treasure trove of beautiful memories.

And in the midst of a wedding, Kayleigh still manage to make these lovely arm warmers for her Mom’s birthday. I’m feeling the love ♥

Arm Warmers by Kakes Crafts

Love Maryanne

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November Made It – A happy Jumper and a flower Cozy, topped off with some ripply stripy Blankets!

Hello Lovelies ♥

We are on the brink of VOTING (yes, already), in fact if you are still thinking of entering this month, you have  another 8 hours so hurry hurry

Oh my GOODNESS, it’s………….

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Time To Get Cozy by Patch

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Welcome back Trish from Made By Patch (yes, there’s pink snow everywhere, even in Cape Town heehee),  it’s so lovely to have you back, especially that you’ve brought your delightful cup cozy with you….I LOVVVVVVE the little red buttons as flower, – so lovely and very effective. Hmmmm, this may mean that you’ve sealed your son’s fate – no girl wouldn’t want you as a mum-in-law after a gift like this!

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Winter Crochet Blankets by Beatrice Ryan Designs

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Baby Ziggy Zaggy Blanket by Beatrice Ryan Designs

Ooooooh, Pewter & Berries! I don’t think I’ve heard a more perfect description before, it’s exactly what the top ripply blanket looks like – so very striking too. Both of these gorgeous blankets were quickly made up by the ever-so-talented Elena from Beatrice Ryan Design. Once again, her colour combinations are impeccable and work so well together (and make me feel so utterly useless!!) Elena, you are amazing

And speaking of colour combos….

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Stripey Rainbow Blanket by Alynnis Crochet

Striking. Delicious. Soft. Happy. Beautiful…..I could go on and on. This sensational rainbow inspired stripey blanket, so beautifully and delicately edged, made by Alynnis of Alynnis Crochet is pure magic! What big little girl wouldn’t want one on her bed to brighten up her room and to cuddle at night. And those colours…….WOW

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Clown Jumper by Nanacathydotcom

I’m thrilled to welcome Nana Cathy from Nanacathydotcom to the Made It challenge, who has entered her very happy clown jumper, lovingly made for her little Happy Jumper – you’ll have to pop over and see who that is! The little ellie buttons at the shoulder are super cute too – a perfect match for the little recipient!

And with that, we draw (almost) to a close! Please click on the link at the foot of the post to view the full collection. If you haven’t already had a good ol’ browse around you are missing out on a feast of inspiration – the talent, dedication and passion are mind-blowing.

Once again, here is the FAB prize by Pigtails up for grabs!!!

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Scarf & heart brooch (made by her sweet daughter) by Pigtails using Vinnis Colours Serina in Slate

Love Maryanne

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November Made It – More stunning goodies to ogle

Hello Everyone

Please forgive me for being really slack this month with getting my posts out – after seeing the next batch of entries, I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait!

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Crochet Baubles by Rainbow Junkie Corner

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we all could one day open our Christmas decoration box and find only beautiful handmade decorations instead of mass-produced, plastic, shop bought ones  – would be lovely to rather line the pockets of real talented artisans instead! These beautiful crochet baubles made by Jane of Rainbow Junkie Corner not only look amazing (both of them Jane!) they look like so much fun to make, esp seeing as Jane has already done all the “figuring things out” for us. I’m adding these to my Made It Christmas Box (the one that I have created in my head, full of decorations that I want to make. )Please click here for the pattern and great tutorial!

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Hats from the Hall by O’Noodles

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Felt Flower by O’Noodles

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Gift Wrapping by O’Noodles

What a fabulous idea! Hats From The Hall – a day of hat making, from start to finish. The above three entries are from Jill from O’Noodles (always so lovely getting to see your smiling face Jill!) who attended an amazing felt hat making course. What a fabulous day it looked like, especially if the *stunning* resulting hat and flower are anything to go by! If you live in the area, go and check it out. Annnnnd, here is something I’ve never seen before….homemade gift wrapping, completely with little ribbons and vintage button. Genuis!

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Owl Beanie by DaniellaJoe

Welcome back to the zany and colourful Patricia from DaniellaJoe. I’ve seem many adorable owl beanies but I have to say that this dear sweet little owl is the most unique one yet – and the standard is super high (‘eh Jill)… Isn’t she gorgeous! I love the colours, the wild eyes and bright blue buttons. There is a link to a great video tutorial for the little chap so whatya waiting for…

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Cowl by Susan’s Musing

From colourful owl to colourful COWL! This super cosy looking cowl was made by Susan from Susan’s Musings, another fabulous addition to the Made It Cowl Collection (sheweee, voting is going to be tough!). There is a link to the pattern which Susan says is really quite to make up…a fab stash buster me thinks!!!!

The next two entries are new comers to the Made It – Wooohoooo, please welcome two incredibly talented ladies who each made the most A.M.A.Z.I.N.G jewellery…..(oh, if you are battling to read foreign blogs, try using Google Chrome as your browser – it will give you an option to translate into English or whatever your preferred language is)

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Glass and Crochet Necklace by Zssazsazsu

First up is this jawdroppingly beautiful necklace made by Zsazsazsu – a modern infusion of handblown glass and fine silk crochet. The effect is absolutely mesmerizing, in fact all her pieces on her blog will leave you feeling totally blown away!Please head over and have a browse…WOW

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Crochet Necklace by Ineseda

Another sensational piece of jewellery comes from Inez of Ineseda. This beautiful crocheted necklace is made with the finest yarn and is completely seamless – wow, that a lot of work! Worth every second….. Inez has posted a pattern too, so please pop over and have a look. Her blog is also full with the most wonderfully unique creations

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Christmas Decorations by Oh Sew Tempting

Thank you Avis, I AM singing, I AM in the mood for Christmas and your HAVE brightened up my day!!! These beautiful Christmas tree decorations (all 12 of them!) were expertly made by Avis of Oh Sew Tempting – another stunning addition to our Made It Christmas Box.  Oh course, she makes it look so easy but thankfully she’s included super tutorial heehee.

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Butterfly Bow Beanie by La Vie En Rose

YAY, the lovely Laura from La Vie En Rose has entered this gorgeous Butterfly Bow Beanie, knitted for her daughter. I ADORE the little bow, it really adds to the overall charm.  I also love the tweed effect achieved by using double strands of each colour. Thanks Laura, so happy you are back!

That’s all folks, there are only TWO more days to add your link so HURRY!

Here is the prize one more to entice you…

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Scarf & heart brooch (made by her sweet daughter) by Pigtails using Vinnis Colours Serina in Slate

Love Maryanne

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November Made It – Friends old and new!

Hello! Hope you are all well in the land of BLOG ‘n CRAFT!

I think it’s safe to say that this month we have an influx of wonderful new bloggers and they seem to be coming from the Pigtails side of the Blogesphere!!!  Thanks Madga for sending us so many new friends to join in,  I hope you all enjoy visiting each other’s blogs posts ♥

Right, on with the show – have a lovely look at these next 3 entries!

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Colour Bomb Blanket by Colour ‘n Cream

Meet another new comer, the lovely Jenn from Colour ‘n Cream. Not only does her blog name sounds edible, just look at this all this yumminess. This beautiful blanket was crocheted using cottons in the most delicious colours…soft, creamy pastels…ah. The border is sooooo sweet too!!! And if this is not enough to satisfy your appetite for colour,  just carry on browsing Jenn’s blog!

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Safari Baby Quilt by Measure & Slow

It was hard to choose which picture to display here (I went for the same one that Alyssa chose) because once you get up close to these teeny tiny little safari animals sitting alongside these luscious stripes of orange, lilac and mint will you truly get to see how much thought, work and detail went into the making of this sensational baby quilt! Please pop over and visit Alyssa from Measure & Slow and see for yourself….the quilt is also has the cutest backing ever!!

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Izumi Scarf by Nelleke Maakt Van Alles (Makes Everything)

Oh my! I adore this beautiful, intricate and ever so lovingly made scarf by Nelleke from Nelleke Maakt Van Alles, another new comer to the challenge. The stitches are so gorgeous giving the scarf a soft, unique overall look. The rose is the perfect “cherry on the top”. Nelleke made this for her sister who’s overcome a long illness….what a wonderful celebration! Please visit her fabulous blog and say hello, you’ll be completely inspired…

 WOWEEE, the standard just keeps on getting better, don’t ya think! I’ll be back tomorrow with more amazing entries.

Just to remind you, here is the exquisite scarf which is this month’s prize, kindly sponsored and made by Magda of Pigtails – the little heart brooch was made by Magda’s daughter (does it get much sweeter that this??) who, might I add, is super talented like her Mom and even has her own blog!!!! Check it out xxx

 

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Scarf & heart brooch (made by her sweet daughter) by Pigtails using Vinnis Colours Serina in Slate

Love Maryanne

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November Made It Challenge PRIZE….and it’s a goodie!

Ta Dah!

The lucky winner of the Nov Made It will win this SENSATIONAL scarf, lovingly crocheted by Magda of Pigtails

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Scarf made by Pigtails using Vinnis Colours Serina in Slate

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You have to be IN it to WIN it some come on, add your LINK xxx

Love Maryanne

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NOVEMBER Made It Challenge – more great entries comin’ your way!

Ok ok, I know! I am super late in introducing all the stunning entries so far into the November Made It challenge  (almost mid month, yikes!) Forgiven? Thank you. Now sit back for a bit and enjoy!!!

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Stash Basket by Love, Lucie

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Herringbone Cowl by Love, Lucie

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Hats for Smoothies by Love, Lucie

Not one, not two but THREE gorgeous entries (so far?) this month from the lovely, speedy and wickedly talented Love, Lucie. Have you too seen the basket on Pinterest? AWESOME that you’ve actually made it, Lucie. Oh, and a stash basket made from your stash..GENIUS! The herringbone cowl is simple amazing too, very stylish – cowls are definitely a hot favourite this season. These six adorable hats are not only for a great cause, but also aaaadorable *squeal*  

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Little Crochet Baskets by Pixie Miks A Lot

WOOP WOOP, welcome Pixie from Pixie Miks A Lot, the first of FOUR newcomers to the challenge this month!! Not only are these beautiful crochet (stackable) baskets a fantastic gift idea, there’s a wonderful easy to follow pattern too *quickly writes down onto ever growing to-do-list* Pixie’s blog is full of such creative idea so pop over and have squizz!

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Katniss Cowl by Lolly Knits

WOW. No really. WOW. You will have to click on the post to see more pics of this utterly SENSATIONAL and every so unique cowl make by Lollyknits. Go on click now…I’ll wait…. SEE! How amazing is the Katniss Cowl? It’s avant garde, yes but oh so wearable too!!! Well done, it’s truly amazing and will no doubt be making more and more appearances because Lolly is sharing her pattern yipeeeeeeeeeee! Ps, the pics are just as amazing, WOW

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Francine & Ferdinand by Love Love Lake

Another warm welcome to Sandy over at Live Love Lake! So happy that you’ve entered and shared your gorgeous foxy creatures with us. Meet Francine and Ferdinand, two very distinguished and happy looking knitted foxes. I am blown away by knitters in general, these type of intricate designs look terrifying difficult to pull off. Well done Sandy, they are marvelous!

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Hippy Chic Denim Bag by Hav2Havz

So happy to have our happy hippy chick back again! When I think of Rene from Hav2Haz I think….zany, colourful, fun, happy, chic, Bohemia…and her stunning denim bag is all that and more. Her work is always filled with love, BIG LOVE (have you seen her Adele Hearts??) Rene, if you are reading this, I NEED one of those hearts please heehee!!!

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Spectrum Granny Ripple Blanket by Rainbow Junkie

After nearly a year in the making, here is Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner‘s Spectrum Granny Ripple blanket….and its’s spectacular! Click on the links for a closer look at it in all it’s glory. The waves of rainbow colours are so beautiful and fit for any “rainbow junkie”!!  Well done to you Jane, what a wonderful achievement – I’m sure the winter evenings are now more than welcome!

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Pillows Knitting Ribbon by Lavendel en Papaver

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Crochet Flower Poncho by Lavendel en Papaver

YAY, another droolsome blog to follow! Welcome to Lavendel en Papaverv (Lavender and Poppy) and thank you for entering these fabulous creations. Absolutely LOVE these chocolate cushions – again I so admire knitters the cable stitch and overall effect is so chic. Oh, to be wrapped up in an array of such beautiful flowers! The colour combo of the poncho is perfect too..hmmm, I’m now thinking of other combo for “bigger” little girls!!

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Thrumbelina Slippers by VuChickens

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Handspun Cowl by VuChickens

I’m thrilled to see that the ever so talented Melissa from VuChickens has finally made something for herself! And what better way to treat a busy Mom’s feet with, than SLIPPERS! These Thrumbelina slippers are so elegant and so beautifully made with bits of Merino wool roving (using a very awesome looking technique) Ahh, and little Mae’s chunky cowl is brilliantly made with Mom’s very own handspun yarn – how cool!. I personally love scarves but have failed miserably to get my kids to wear them….until now (..erm, but not the homespun part)

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Ballerina by Pink Princess in Thailand

A beautiful pink ballerina! So delicate and elegant, just like a real one. The lacy vintage skirt is exquisite, how did she make those tiny roses?! Another massive welcome to Pink Princess in Thailand who’s blog is filled with stories of life in Thailand and lots gorgeous crafts so enjoying browsing!

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The cowls that are coming in this month are really spectacular! Look at this chunky one made by AvienaDawn – the v stitch puff and the buttons make this so easy for guys to wear (he looks rather dishy & uber trendy don’t ya think!) There’s a free pattern too! Oh, and pop over and see what’s keeping Aviena a little quick these days….I’ll give you a hint. BUN. OVEN!

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Here’s another free pattern thank you to the lovely  Elena from Beatrice Ryan Designs. LOVE these fingerless mitts, the stitching give them such a chic and elegant overall look. I’m always amazed at how much one person can make in such a short time!!! Thanks  Elena for all the inspiration
Thank you all so much for entering, the talent here is red hot! Stay tuned for a peak at the prize 🙂
Be back soon
Love Maryanne
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