Friday, March 20, 2015

Blankets for Vanuatu

Due to the recent natural disaster, I am looking at making and sending some blankets to Vanuatu.

If you would be interested in helping, I'm after some 10 x 10 cm squares, in DK or 8ply. In either knit or crochet, in any style, pattern or colour.

I'm still working out the details, but just to remind you, I'm in Sydney Australia, so would need them posted to me!

Please pass it on to anyone who you know can help! And stay tuned for details


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pattern Writing!

I'm putting a pattern together at the moment, which is why I've been a bit quiet.. I said I wasn't going to make excuses for not posting this year, didn't I?

It's a beginner level pattern, and will be for sale on Etsy, and then Ravelry, but I'm going to price it accordingly.

If you follow me on in instagram, you might have seen some wool dying experiments. I'm looking forward to sharing them here too.

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Yarn {in the spotlight}


I've been seeing this brand 'ice magic' yarn cropping up quite a bit. Especially in some of the Sophie's Universe CAL's I've seen online.  I haven't always been a fan of variegated yarns, usually because the colour strands can be too short. This one looks like lovely long ones, so that the colour changes are more subtle. It means you can crochet with colour changes and not worry about too many ends.  I've linked the pictures to amazon, and will be ordering some soon :)

'In the spotlight' is a revamped series, in which I will be showcasing notable products. I am not paid to review, but may receive a percentage from the affiliate links!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sophie's Universe CAL

With no planning or forethought, I have jumped into a CAL (crochet a long) that I saw on instagram.

If you are unfamiliar with the term, a crochet along is a group of people all joining in on making them same pattern. The pattern is being released in stages, a section per week, so I don't know what it is going to look like! If you start now, you do have the advantage of seeing a few weeks ahead, we are currently at week 4 (although I'm still finishing week 3, I started  2 weeks into the CAL)

It;s a really great way to join in something that you may feel is slightly ambitious, as the leaders of the CAL go though each section in great detail. You may learn a new stitch or technique. I don't usual go with patterns that involve so much counting, so it's pretty good for me to challenge myself.

Here is the link to week 1,

And here are a  few of my pictures so far that I've shared on instagram. I am using a single colour, which hasn't photographed very consistently! I'll do a nice picture when I've done a little more

If you'd like to follow me on instagram, my button is just to the right, or search for emma_crochets

Friday, January 30, 2015

Goals for 2015

I've already said I'm not setting myself up with any lofty goals, because I don't need any pressure placed on myself.

However, one thing I've been planning for a while is to make more garments. Knit, crochet and sewed.

The main problem with sewing, is that I'm not very good at it! I can sew a straight line, but that's about it!

Crochet garments can sometimes be a bit bulky, but I've been collecting patterns over the past year, and have a few ideas up my sleeve as well.

I'm currently working my way through an idea for a garment from scratch, and will have the full pattern available some time. So far it's all scribble!

From Instagram @emma_crochets

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Happy 2015!

2015 means it's time to start blogging again!

Today, I have just read 'The Health Benefits of Knitting and Crochet' over at Stitch and Unwind, and found it rings true for me. Knitting and crocheting along with other forms of needlework can have a meditative effect

I have found crochet to be very calming and great for clearing my mind.  I'd also like to use some of that in my blogging process, which means I'll be blogging differently than I used to. I put a lot of pressure on myself, hence the year off.

I also found Meredith over at One Sheepish Girl, has said something very similar, so it looks like 2015 is a year of new beginnings!

I really like how she has said that every single undocumented day still happened.

So the good news, is keep crafting and keep crocheting. It's all good for you!

This year, if everything goes to plan, I will be introducing videos. It has long been something I have wanted to get involved with, and the only thing stopping me at this point is my naivety- how long it will take to make one!

So thank you for reading today, and looking forward to a great 2015!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Blogs Not Dead, it's Just Gone to Bed

For the first time in nearly a year, I feel like blogging again!

Since it's been a while, I don't expect I'll get too many hits on this post!

Why did I stop? Well, I wasn't enjoying myself, and put a lot of pressure on myself. I've missed it, and want to start again, but I've got no plans or vision at this stage :)

I'm not going to set myself up with any ambitious projects that I can't complete. I will keep all my old posts up because I am proud of them, and still get lots of traffic. I might even repost some of my old favourites, for any new readers out there!

I've just gone back and re -read some of the last few posts.. lots of excuses there, no one wants to read that! Don't worry, I'll be back in 2015 with lots of interesting crochet and craft to keep you interested!

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