April 22, 2014
by wink
1 lovely comment

picots & petals mandala pattern + discount!

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely Easter!

Unfortunately I was ill for all of it; I came down with a fever on Wednesday evening and it took all weekend to go away, leaving me with a sore throat and a runny nose. But I’m very happy that I’m on the mend, as being ill seriously cuts into your blogging time! ;)

I meant to do this last week, but here it is: today I’m releasing my new pattern, the Picots & Petals Mandala! :D

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I designed this Picots & Petals mandala for Simply Crochet magazine last year. This PDF pattern has 9 pages and features large, clear photos with step-by-step instructions. As usual it has a Cheat Sheet at the back (for quick reading, and to print out instead of the entire pattern!).

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I made it using a 4mm hook and Drops Paris cotton yarn, but you could easily substitute those for your favourite yarn & hook combination!

You can get the picots & petals mandala crochet pattern from the usual suspects: my Ravelry shop, my Etsy shop, or my Craftsy shop.

Have fun making this mandala! And for the first 10 people who purchase this pattern on Ravelry, there’s a discount code! Use code ‘mandalamadness’ upon checking out for 30% off!

Happy hooking everone :)

xo,
wink

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April 11, 2014
by wink
24 lovely comments

happy yarn day

Oh, happy yarn day! I just love it when big piles of yarn land on my doorstep. And this time it was indeed a big, big pile!

Check it out…

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This is gorgeous Cotton 8 yarn from Dutch yarn brand Scheepjeswol. It’s a 100% cotton, and what I love about it is that it isn’t mercerized! Shiny cotton may be great for some, but it’s just not my cup of tea. This yarn is ridiculously soft, and has a great twist so it doesn’t split. And that’s always a plus :) It works up with a 3mm hook, but I’m taking the lazy way out and using it double stranded with a 6mm hook.

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I have 8 colours to work with: brown (659), peach (715), grey (700), mint (664), light blue (622), light pink (654), pink (719) and dark pink (720).

And what might one make with such a ridiculously large stash, one might ask? Well, I’ve already caked some of the skeins, sketched some ideas, and done some work…

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Anyone want to take an educated guess as to what I’m making? Hint: it’s a super long-term project since it will take a long time to finish! ;)

Have a great weekend y’all!

xo,
wink

April 4, 2014
by wink
4 lovely comments

giveaway winner!

prizes

Without no further ado, the winner of last week’s giveaway is…

Anne Hunter, who said: “I am still in awe of all the lovely prizes in this giveaway! These can only be outshone by the wonderful patterns and creations you design. All these things make me happy!”

Please send me an email at acreativebeing [at] gmail [dot] com to claim your prizes.

Thanks to everyone who entered – I had such a blast reading through all your comments! Looks like all of you are one big happy bunch :)

And of course a BIG thank you goes out to all the awesome sponsors that made this giveaway possible! Be sure to visit their blogs and shops: Crafts From The Cwtch, My Rose Valley, TillyFlop Designs and The Button Shack.

xo,
wink

April 4, 2014
by wink
12 lovely comments

the wedding wrap

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog post the other day! With your help I finally decided on a pattern: I’m going to use my own Dancing Hearts Wrap pattern to make the wedding poncho, using this lovely WolCafe yarn!

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I know the pattern isn’t technically a poncho, but because it’s made up of motifs, I can easily transform it into basically any shape I want.

So, I grabbed a 6mm hook (intentionally larger than the pattern or the yarn calls for – I did this to help with the splittyness of the yarn, and to yield larger motifs, making the final garment drape better), and began making my flowers! I decided to just make a big stack of them, and then piece together a shape afterwards, instead of planning the shape beforehand. I started working from the center of the skein, so the colours go from brown to orange to red.

One flower…

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… quickly became two.

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They doubled…

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… and soon I was looking at flower mitosis!

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I love the subtle gradient that runs through the flowers!

Here you can see I’m already getting into the red part of the yarn; there are a couple of red strands already weaving their way into the flower.

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Right now I have about 15 flowers, and I’m halfway through the yarn. I hope I have enough flowers to create a poncho shape, but if that won’t work I’m just as happy turning the flowers into a nice wrap!

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One flower takes me about 15, 30 minutes to make, and I’m confident I’ll be able to finish this before the wedding, which is in 7 days. I think I’ll join the flowers with a nice brown yarn, or maybe orange…
I’m also planning to DIY another part of my outfit – if I finish it in time I’ll definitely show you the how-to on my blog as well! But we’ll see; I’m usually a bit ambitious when it comes to deadlines ;)

Have a great weekend!

xo,
wink

ps I’ll post the winner of last week’s giveaway later today; stay tuned! :)

April 1, 2014
by wink
11 lovely comments

lets go outside

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Last Sunday me and D went to a nearby swimming lake. It was a beautiful day; sunny, warm, and lovely.

I can’t wait to get outside more this month! I’m doing another Rewild your Life challenge, which means that I have to try to be outside at least 30 minutes a day. You’re not supposed to take any electronics with you, with one big exception: your camera! I did this challenge last year in September and I loved exploring the outside world a little every day.

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xo,
wink

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