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Crochet Embellishment: turn an ordinary item into a special gift

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Stork teas seem to bring out the creative side in most of us!

For a particular little pink foot called Lea, the theme was very feminine with antique tea cups filled with moss and violets.

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To add to the theme I crocheted tiny violet flowers from embroidery thread.

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Sewed it to a plain white outfit to make something really special.

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The little outfit turned out to be what we think somewhat cute!

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For another little pink foot called Juliette, I did a few more crochet embellishments. A friendly cow:

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A little strawberry heart:

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Wise old owl to keep watch over her:

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And a flower with a beautiful picot edge:

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We certainly hope that we have inspired you today!

7 Lessons learnt from a stork tea blanket

What a lovely idea to get all the family and friends attending a stork tea to crochet or knit a few squares for the new pink foot and sew it into a blanket?

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The intention was pure, but the process proved less than perfect with many challenges!

As this is a really lovely idea, we would like to share a few lessons learnt and a few potholes to avoid.

Lesson number 1: Brief the participants very carefully on the requirements. Merely saying 10cm x 10cm blocks is not enough.

Lesson number 2: Place emphasis on the size of the blocks. If the requirement is 10cm by 10cm, then 10cm x 11cm is not. Be friendly, but firm  about this - it will avoid many headaches. This knitted block (look at the lovely lace work!) is absolutely stunning, but is a rectangle and didn’t fit so well with the other blocks.

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Lesson number 3: Blocks that curl at the sides make the task very difficult and should be avoided. If they do curl, the blocks will not lie flat in the blanket. Be sure to mention this in the brief. Here is an example.

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Lesson number 4: Blocks cannot be stretched by blocking them – they need to be the correct size without forcing them into a mold. If they are not the correct size to begin with, they will only revert back to their true size.

Lesson number 5: Blocks that are knitted from the corner in diagonal rows often result in a diamond and not a square – this results in the diamond pulling the other squares where it is attached.

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Lesson number 6: Crochet or knit an edge around the blanket, this flattens out the blanket. Crochet a foundation double crochet chain (UK terms) and then sew this to the blanket by hand for a flatter edge. This also provides a solid foundation to crochet any beautiful edge on.

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Lesson number 7: ‘Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.‘ John Lennon. I am sure this project would have taken half the time if I crocheted it myself from the start but I manage to puzzle all the pieces together and it turned out rather pretty. Given the fact that so many family members and friends crocheted and knitted along – this blanket has a ton of sentimental value which makes it really special and worth the extra effort!

How to line a crochet or knit handbag

How to line this cute little knitted bag:

I chose a thick cotton print fabric and bamboo handles. Cut the fabric, the size of your bag.

The top of the bag will be somewhat smaller than the bottom of the bag. A series of pleats or tucks are sewn at the top of both sides of the lining.

It is done by drawing lines 1cm apart on the wrong side of the fabric. Draw a horizontal line half way down the lining to show where you will stop sewing the pleats.

Start in the middle and fold the fabric on the line in the middle. Sew along the 1cm line marked. Fold the next two lines together and sew along the line to form another pleat. Sew from the middle out to the sides to the desired width.

Sew a seam in the lining at the top of the bag for both sides. This will create a neat look when you open your bag. Place right sides of the lining together and sew the bottom and sides together.

Sew the lining to the bag either with your machine or by hand. I prefer to do it by hand as I find it easier.

The finished bag! A lining strengthens the bags and protects the knitting.

Heirloom Blanket

In February we like the silliness of hearts and lots of red and pink but most of us crafters show our love by making something for those we really care about. Elaine van Wyk, who is the founding partner of I Love Yarn, makes blankets! She has made many blankets for her children, nephews and nieces (and I can reveal that there is a to do list for quite a few more). The most beautiful of all of her gift blankets is a special one she has made for her husband who is very supportive of her and also our new venture.

It can be a challenge to make something that is masculine enough but also fits in with the general decor of your home. Elaine decided on a simple geometric pattern that is softened significantly by the use of a variety in textures and colours. Apparently the colours were picked with a photo of a Mediterranean landscape as the starting point.

The colours used in the motif of the Heirloom Blanket is combined according to personal taste.

The colours used in the motif of the Heirloom Blanket is combined according to personal taste.

The kit for this blanket can be bought from our online shop. We combined different types of yarn in four colour ways; blues, greens, pinks and peaches. There is approximately 2.3kg yarn in each kit and the pattern with diagram and written instructions. The blanket will be approximately 110cm x 192cm in size. Each blanket made will be truly unique as the colours and yarns are combined according to the personal taste of the maker. This blanket will be passed on and kept in families for generations to come!

Bath Mat Luxury

I honestly never consider that I would write a blog post about about a bath mat. Or that I would want to make one. Until I saw this one:

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And then I heard that this mat is two years old already, it is washed weekly and lives in a home with a mountain biker. It is the kind of thing you only find in exclusive stores because true luxury is living with useful, necessary items that are truly beautiful and of great quality.

Our Luxury Cotton Bath Mat is made from 100% cotton yarn and in a pattern using stitches with a pleasing textured feel. The kit also comes in a variety of colours with enough yarn to make two mats. It is a project that is easy enough and very satisfying to do as you will use it every day. It is an elegant addition to any bathroom and now available in our online store.