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18 September 2014

Palm Leaf Print Bag


I'm happy today because I can now share another one of my 'super secret' projects with you and I find it so hard to keep these things under wraps.  Quashing the natural instinct  to get out the camera, or post on a quick shot on Instagram isn't easy, so now I don't have to keep shtum anymore I feel much better.

The reason for the secrecy is because this was a commission from #crochet magazine.  The pattern was to be for a over the shoulder bag and as this was a Autumn addition, I wanted something bold that captured some of the end of year colours.

I've been wanting to use navy in another project for a while now and when I rooted through my Cascade colours it didn't take long for a nice selection of 'navy compatible' colours to come together.  I so find that navy is such a good colour in that way, it works so very nicely with so many other shades.  With this pattern it really highlights those lovely palm leaf fan shapes so nicely and really makes them stand out and 'pop' as they say!


I thought Cascade 220 would be a good choice for this bag was the wool is nice and sturdy and will wear well, which is important in a bag.  I also lined it as it makes it stronger that way and will keep it's shape so much better.  It was a nice make, it didn't take too long and it's not a too taxing design but deciding on the colours and order of the stripes keeps it interesting and I always love the satisfaction of a reasonably quick project like this.

As well as the excitement of seeing my little pattern in print, comes the joy of seeing how the end product looks once a professional photographer has worked their magic.  I took a few pictures of the bag before it went winging it's way to the #crochet offices and of course they pale in comparison. You can see below how pretty opening pages of the pattern are.  I love the casual drape over the door, it really looks smart that way and the graphic layout of the opposite page looks so stylish.  Is it ok to say it makes me feel a bit proud to see it?


Looking at these pages, I'm excited to see what is in the rest of the magazine, I'm sure there must be many more treats inside and I've already got my eye on those cute pumpkins on the front cover.

This is a UK magazine so my friends over here will be able to find copies in all good shops and newsagents etc, but my overseas friends may have to search a little harder to find copies.  But I do often hear of our magazines winging their way to far flung places so you never know and if I find out more I'll certainly update you.


S x




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16 September 2014

Crochet Corner Update


I feel it's time for a little bit of a thank you again.

Kindest of kindly folks that you are, you well deserve it.  You've been wonderfully supportive of my Granny's Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern and now I know that there are plenty of you out there who like to busy with their Christmas organizing nice and easy, just as I aspire to do!  Thank you so much everyone who has made a purchase and I shall hope to see some of your creations very soon.

(And to those that don't want to think about it yet, I don't blame you, but there is a discount if you buy in September.  So if you want to get it now and squirrel it away for when you are ready to think of it, you'll be making a nice 25% saving.  Just saying... )

: :  CROCHET CORNER : :

Let's move on now to the topic of todays post which, in a way, continues the thanking you theme because I have something for you that I hope you might like and might well be of use to you.

I've been mentioning lately about how busy and stressed I've been and I'm glad to say that finally, there is a break in the clouds and metaphoric rays of sun are poking through.  Not least of which is the fact that after months of feeling like I'm moving at glacial speeds, I've managed to put the finishing touches to a whole load of new Crochet Corner tutorials - yippee!

The 'Techniques' pages is now looking nicely loaded up with lots of wonderfully useful things, like a cheating version of magic loop and changing yarn colours and so on, but here's the links to a few of the ones I think you might be most interested in....


Foundationless Chains
Advanced
How to start a row of crochet without a starting chain



Weaving in as you go
Advanced
How to weave the ends in as you crochet.




: : JOINING : :

And as if that wasn't enough, I've also added a few of my favourite methods for joining motifs together, including the oh so sort after Join As You Go method....


Whip Stitch
Beginner
Sew your motifs together using Whip Stitch




Mattress Stitch
Improver
Use this invisible stitch to sew your motifs together



Crochet Joins
Beginner
Crochet your motifs together




Join As You Go
Improver
Join the squares as you make them to save extra work at the end of your project




: : SHAPES : :

Because I'm on a bit of a roll with it at the minute, I'm currently working on adding a few more basic shape patterns to the 'Patterns' page....


Once those are up I'll let you know, but in the meantime, have a look around at all the new goodies and as ever, if there's something else you'd like to see, just mention it in the Suggestion Box.  If it's not on my list already, it may well be added!



S x




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12 September 2014

Granny's Christmas Tree Skirt



It's here!

I'm sorry to everyone who isn't ready to think about it yet, but for those of you who are already squirrelling present ideas away and planning out your gift crafting - this my friends, is for you.

I'm afraid I have been know to be one of those sickening people who have all their shopping done by the end of October and am up in the loft looking for the tree the very first weekend in December but don't feel too terrible if that's not you, I'm not always that good.  Some years it just doesn't happen and if it wasn't for the last minute...

Anyway, this year I'm hoping will be one of the more organised ones, starting with getting this pattern out nice and early to give you all time to get yours made and ready for when You-Know-Who visits.




Like a lot of my favourite patterns this is a great one for using up lots of bits and pieces of yarn.  I used Stylecraft Special to make mine as it's always one I have hanging around and this is a great way to use up those blanket left-overs.  I'm sure you'll probably have some you'll want to use up too.

It also turned out to be the perfect project to use that one odd Christmas Tree shaped button that I seem to have had hanging around the place for ages.  To be honest, cute as it was, I wasn't sure where I would ever make use of it, until now that is.  Which just goes to show there is the perfect project for everything somewhere out there!

So, to reward all those early bird shoppers out there and as an incentive to those of you who, like me, want to be a bit more organised year.  I'm offering a super duper discount on the pattern.

So, if you buy the pattern in September, you'll get a rather lovely 25% off the pattern price!

Pretty tempting....


  G R A N N Y ' S   C H R I S T M A S   T R E E   S K I R T  

Buy Granny's Christmas Tree Skirt Now

25% discount during September!

Other useful links:

Visit the Christmas Tree Skirt page on Cherry Heart's Boutique to find out more pattern details

or

Find Granny's Tree Skirt pattern on Ravelry to purchase, or add to your queue



I hope you like the pattern and I really look forward to seeing your skirts and the lovely colour combinations you choose.

You can also share your projects, ask questions, or just enjoy some yarny chatter at my Ravelry Group:

Cherry Heart's Cozy Corner


S x




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11 September 2014

More Things


I wouldn't normally do two of these sorts of posts in a row but when we were chatting the other day there was a little something I forgot to mention and then some rather splendid goodies came through my door which I couldn't wait to share, so here I am.

Also slightly unexpected might be the colours in that first photo up there.  A little departure from the normal Cherry Heart palette wouldn't you say?  Let me tell you how it came about...


Black Sheep Wools

I got an email recently from the lovely people at Black Sheep Wools.  A delightful online (and real life) shop, you probably know it?  Well, surprisingly, I didn't.  I'd heard their name, was sure I must have frequented there often, but when I popped over to their site to visit I discovered it was all new to me.  Still, that just meant I had the fun of looking around and taking a long browse of their wares, which was great fun.

Anyway, the reason for the email was that they wanted to make me their 'Blogger of the Month' and wanted to know if I'd be able to answer some interview questions.  Rather fabulously there was a little prize too.  A free gift card for me to make use of as I wished.

It's a rare treat to browse around a place knowing that you can pick and choose a little something for yourself and I ummed and ahhhed over what to go for.  I was seriously tempted by the fabric section.  Yes, fabric and yarn are both available in this shop, a dangerous combination for me!  Then my thoughts turned to pattern ideas and yarny colour combinations.  There are a good range of yarn brands, some more typical, but a good selection of more unusual ones too.


But in the end I decided that my treat should be something I wouldn't normally buy myself.  Something a little more decadent and so I opted for some Noro Yarn and some absolutely silky Lantern Moon needles.  And as there were a few pounds to use up I snapped up a couple of balls of the gorgeous Rowan Handknit Cotton while I was at it.

I must admit that the Noro, when it arrived was a little darker overall than I expected.  There is quite a lot of black and surprisingly (to me at least) some quite vibrant green!  Of course, that's my own silly fault for making my first ever foray into Noro without knowing my stuff, so I'm not entirely sure what this will become yet, I'm mulling over pattern ideas at the moment.  164 yards of DK, I can't help but think mitts (just for a change!)  Any suggestions most gratefully received.

I also thought it was a rather splendid idea that they do gift cards.  A bit of a genius present idea for us yarny types really.  Because we like to receive yarn but I'll bet you'll be like me and would prefer to pick it out yourself.

If you'd like to find out a little bit more about me and my yarny habits, you can read my Black Sheep Wools Blogger of the Month interview here.




Homespun

Then there's the thing I forgot to tell you about, another little mention for my Blossoming Bag in what is fast becoming my favourite crafty magazine, Homespun.

They gave me a lovely little write up, I was most chuffed by it and best of all, they sent me a copy of the magazine too, which I've been pouring over ever since.  It's an Australian magazine, so there is not an abundance of them over here in the UK but I'm told it is possible to get hold of copies so I'm going to have to look into that.

I'm not much of a one for magazines lately but this one I really like.  Of course, I could be biased (hee hee!) but it's full of lovely things, things I want to make myself and also things that get the old creative brain ticking over too.

Update:  It turns out you can get Homespun via iTunes for Newstand (for iPad and iPhone) and on Zinio (for Apple, Windows and Android) - yay!



S x




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