Monthly Archives: March 2017

LOTR CAL – Gandalf the Grey

Happy Friday!

I have finished yet another square on my LOTR graphghan CAL. Gandalf the Grey is ready to save Middle Earth. You can find all my LOTR related posts by clicking on the LOTR CAL tab at the top of my blog or by following this link.

I still have 6 squares to go, and I’d really like to get finished by May to enter the finished blanket in a craft show! Better get hooking faster!

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Have a great weekend!

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WIP Wednesday – virus shawl

Happy Wednesday!

Yes I admit, I totally gave in and started another project. To be fair though, I found the perfect yarn for it a few weeks ago and it was calling to me (seriously, I swear!) I’ve had my eyes on this project years ago, so I feel like it’s okay to have started it now ๐Ÿ™‚ I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I’ve finally started a virus shawl. 


I even enjoyed some outside crochet time yesterday, before we got hit by the rain and wind brought by cyclone Debbie. 

I really love the pattern for this shawl, so easy to do, I don’t even have to think about it. I’m using the most gorgeous yarn too, Holst Garn Coast, and I love the slight changes in colour, it makes me think of denim ๐Ÿ™‚ so pretty! 

Anyway, I’m going to take it slow with this one, and try to update the mandala madness next week instead. We will see how I go! 


P.S. I also just started a secret project today. I might show you some sneak peeks next week ๐Ÿ˜‰ and yes, I know I should really finish stuff before I start new things but I can’t help it!

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Blogger recognition award

Hello lovelies!

Last week was very busy for me, and I got the lovely surprise of getting nominated for 2 blogger recognition awards! Thanks a lot Tami and Nina, you are wonderful and you really made my week! If you haven’t checked their blogs, you really should, both ladies are extremely talented. Nina’s purses are just the cutest, I really love all her designs, and Tami shares all her crochet projects, and most of them are linked to youtube tutorials, so you can make them too!

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The rules for the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

I first started my blog as some kind of personal diary for my crafts. I had only just taught myself crochet (in the few months before starting) and I was about to tackle my first big project, a mystery CAL! I thought blogging would keep me accountable and would help me catalogue all my projects. Not only did it help me finish my first blanket (yay!) but I also found such a great community and inspired me to start designing some projects of my own.

My two advices for new bloggers

  • Keep true to yourself, if you are passionate about what you write,ย it will show through and people are more likely to enjoy your writing. Also, you will be less likely to abandon your blog after a few months because you are writing about something close to your heart.
  • Engage with others. The community on wordpress is amazing and there are some people that I have ‘known’ for over a year, and I truly feel like I have gained some friendships in the process. As a bonus tip (but really it’s related to this point), don’t be shy and don’t hesitate to leave comments! I find that I particularly appreciate when people let me know they like my crafts, and I’m sure that other crafters like it too, so come say hello! (promise, I don’t bite!)

Even though I’ve been nominated twice for this award, I’m only going to nominate 15 people, I hope you’ll forgive me ๐Ÿ™‚

https://thecraftingrogue.com

https://crochet539.com

https://florrieandrene.wordpress.com

https://rabbitgirlcrafts.com

https://claire93.wordpress.com

https://coastalcrochet.com

https://vixbee.wordpress.com

https://mycraftingobsessionblog.wordpress.com

https://homemadegeekblog.wordpress.com

https://twinklehook.wordpress.com

https://koalakraftseverything.wordpress.com

https://thetialys.wordpress.com

https://thingsnicolemade.wordpress.com

https://atelierchellie.wordpress.com

https://yarncraftblog.wordpress.com

 

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200 followers giveaway – CLOSED, winner announcement

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Happy Friday lovely readers!

This week has been a long one BUT I am super super excited to announce the winner of my giveaway! I’d also really like to thank every single one of you for the wonderful craft memories you’ve shared. It was just so nice to get to know you a little better ๐Ÿ™‚

First I put all your lovely names in order in an excel spreadsheet.

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Then I went on my google friend and randomly generated a number between 1 and 11. And the winner is… *drumrolls*

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Maura fromย The Messy Brunette!!! Congratulations Maura! If you could send me an email with your details and with the colours you would like for your Manta ray it would be great! (btw, my email is emmazocco@gmail.com).

Thanks again to all of you for participating, and congratulations Maura!

I’ll ‘see’ you all next week for some award participation and nominations (thanks again Nina and Tami for the nominations, I’m definitely take the time to post those next week!)

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WIP Wednesday – Mandala Madness CAL

Happy Wednesday! 

Yes, you read the title right! I’ve taken back my mandala madness! I am starting step 4 (I have done 2 row in red already) and I’m hoping to grow it more in the next few months. 


I’m using scraps for this, so the colours are a bit random but I really like it so far. I have lots of blues and greys left over so it will likely grow in those colours in the next few rounds ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really looking forward to blocking this at the end, as I think it will really bring all the details out. 

See you all on Friday for the giveaway winner announcement! 

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200 followers giveaway

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Hello readers!

I am very excitedย to announce that over the weekend I’ve reached 200 followers! This is truly great, I can’t believe how amazing and supporting you guys are and I am so thankful to all of you for following my crafty adventures, liking my posts and commenting. I’ve got to ‘know’ a lot of you from blogging and I’m happy that you’re part of my crafty world ๐Ÿ™‚

What will you receive? For this giveaway, I’ll be sending one of my Millie the Manta Ray plush toy – you can let me know which colour you’d prefer and I’ll make it for you (also if you have small children I can embroider the eyes rather than use safety eyes). I’ve also got some gorgeous yarn bought from mini haul at Yarn Glorious Yarn.ย And finally you will get a cross stitched bookmark made with my latest design (soon available on my Etsy).

How to enter? It’s super simple! First, make sure you follow me, either by email or with WordPress. Second, leave a comment on this post telling me about your favourite crafty experience (it could be something you made, going to a show, learning a craft with you family, etc.)

This giveaway will be open until Friday the 24th of March, 8:00 pmย AEST (Brisbane time), and the winner will be selected randomly from participants.

Good luck to all and thanks again so much for reading me!

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FO Friday – jute bagย 

Hello lovely readers! It’s Friday yay!

So glad it’s finally the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ this week I’ve worked on a few things (including a new cross stitch design) but mostly I’ve finished my jute bag. 


It’s the perfect size to hold all my yarn cakes for Gandalf, and it should also be great to go to the markets ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve made the handle straight from the main body of the bag, so that I only had to sew one side of it. Hopefully that will make the bag really sturdy and I should be able to carry heavy things in there without a problem. I based this bag mainly on PurlSoho’s pattern but I did modify it quite a bit because the jute I used was way thicker than the recommended linen yarn. 

Have a great weekend! 

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WIP Wednesday – joyful world update

Happy Wednesday!

The week has already been super busy with starting to tutor again for the semester at university and a big experiment under way, but I’ve managed to get some stitching time. I’ve dug up my joyful world calendar from the Snowflower diaries and started stitching April. 


Isn’t this bunny the cutest? There is also a cherry tree and a squirrel that will go to the right of this month. Now that I’ve started again on this piece I’m really excited to keep going and finish it, hopefully it won’t take the whole year! 

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Shop review – Yarn glorious yarnย 

Happy Monday crafters!

Last weekend I felt a bit adventurous and decided to finally visit the yarn shop ‘Yarn glorious yarn‘. I had heard about them from a few different persons and I also saw them at a craft show last year but never really made the time to get there. Saturday was different, I finally stoped at the shop and I really wasn’t disappointed! 


The shop looks quite small from the outside but the inside is actually quite spacious. The people working there were super lovely and of course there was yummy yarn everywhere! When I came in, there was a class to learn to knit socks, and it was cool to watch for a little while ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Of course, I had to buy something, so I set my choice of this beautiful light weight merino/cotton blend. 


I chose a gradient of blues and the yarn will become a virus shawl eventually (they had a display one at the shop and now I really want to try that pattern). I was very happy about the price range at that shop, they had some great quality with an affordable price tag. I will definitely go back there for more ๐Ÿ™‚ if you live in the Brisbane area, or you come visit, you should give it a go (the details are on their website, linked at the beginning of the post ๐Ÿ˜‰) 

All the opinion expressed in this post are my own, I was not paid or compensated in any way for this review, just giving my honest opinion on a shop that I really enjoyed. 

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FO Friday – Snail amigurumi ๐ŸŒย 

Happy Friday!

Sometimes, I really feel like I have issues focussing on only 1 project at the time… I know that many of you feel the same way, so at least I’m happy that I’m not alone. 

I’ve discovered recently that I really like making my own amigurumi. So, when I feel unmotivated with my bigger current projects, designing new, cute crochet toys  seems like the perfect alternative! This only took me a few hours in front of TV, and I’m hoping to write a pattern for it soon. 

This little guy started out as a slug. But I had planned on giving him a house to bring along, so I set out to crochet a shell. 


And here it is, all set up with his brand new home on its back ๐Ÿ™‚


What do you guys do when you’re getting bored with big projects? Power through of get distracted like I do? 

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