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Cardinal bird finish

Happy Monday!

I have a finish today, yay! This is from the kit that the lovely Claire sent me for my unbirthday in July. It’s a little cardinal bird and it’s on my project bag that I am going to (eventually, in a very long time) cover in cross stitch.

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Isn’t he cute? I had a lot of fun stitching him, and because I’ve only been using one strand to stitch on this tiny canvas, I still have plenty of thread left!

Thanks again Claire, is was such a thoughtful and lovely gift ❤️

I hope you guys all have a great week!

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WIP Wednesday – Mercury socks

Happy Wednesday readers!

I hope you are having a good week so far, mine has been pretty busy after the break last week. I have been on a sock rampage, I have only started those Mercury socks on Sunday and look how much I’ve done already!

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I have turned the heel already and have started knitting the foot. I really love how the yarn stripes, the colours are just so cheerful! The pattern I’m using is a free pattern on Ravelry from Kim Drotar and I like it a lot, especially how easy it is to remember. I’ve also been loving my new 9 inches (30 cm) circular needles, they are just so good for this type of socks and I feel like they’ve made it much faster.

I also have received my yarn order finally! yay! I got 4 colours and the yarn is from Scheepjes (it’s Catona which is mercerised cotton). I followed your advice and went to Wool Warehouse, and honestly it was a very good price, especially for shipping all the way to Australia.

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Aren’t the colours pretty? I’ve already started the first row of the shawl I’m planning to make, I really hope that it works as I see it in my head but only time will tell!

That’s it for me, what are you bunch up to? I’d love to hear from you! And if you want a bit more updates, check my Instagram, I’ve been trying to post a bit more there, I’m @emmacraftsdesign if you’re interested 🙂

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I shawl make all the pretty things!

Happy Monday lovely people ❤️

I hope you all had a fab weekend, we came back from our trip down to Melbourne and today was back to work. I have been trying to catch up with all of your wonderful blogs but I have to say that today was really busy so hopefully I will get more time during the week to do this 😊

I don’t know if it’s because the weather has been so much colder or because I’ve been trying to be a bit more active on Instagram, but I’m just feeling so inspired right now, I just want to make all the things!

I’ve been working quite a lot on my virus shawl over my mini holidays and I have made it to the second skein of Holst Garn Coast. Yay!

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This colour is called Marlin and I just love it! because the shawl is getting so much bigger, I think I’ll only be able to get two or three more pattern repeats with this colour, and then I still have my third blue to add.

I have also recently stumbled on the Blurre shawl from Addydae Designs. I LOVE it! It’s just so clever how the colours blend into each other to form this really cool effect. I had to make it! I’m using some Schoppel yarn I bought in Amsterdam last year and the leftovers from my socks for this. This is where I’m at so far and I think it looks like a sunset, so pretty! 😍

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If you want to make your own Blurre, Deanne (the designer) is hosting a CAL on her Ravelry that will run until the 30th of June, so you still have time to join if you want to 🙂

That’s it for me for today, I wish you all a great week and I’ll be back on Wednesday with some sock WIP!

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FO Wednesday? Calico bag

Happy Wednesday!

Yes I know this is unusual, but today I’m showing you a finished object! It’s not often that my husband asks for something handmade but recently he’s been asking me to make him a bag. More specifically a bag with 2 inside pockets. Big enough to carry his warhammer books. With only one handle. He knew what he wanted!

Now, I don’t have a huge amount of experience sewing bags, I’ve been sewing only for a couple of years and very irregularly. I have mostly made a few pieces of clothing and one bag, which I use to bring lunch with me at work. The inside part with two pockets was a bit of a nightmare to figure out but I did it!

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It’s not perfect but it works so I’m happy 😂

And look, it would fit a few of those books! Husband was happy and that’s what matters 😊 I’m probably going to decorate it as well with some of the logos from the Games Workshop company, we will see if it works! I do need to iron it first though.

Have a great end of the week!

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Fish pond cross stitch pattern

Happy Monday crafters!

For my 200 followers giveaway a few weeks back, I made a bookmark using a new pattern that I created. I had this idea floating in my head for a little while and I decided to just go with it! The pattern has 2 fish and a lily pad, and made me think of a fish pond (hence, the name of this pattern!). You may know that I really like fish (and all marine creatures in general), and I was so happy of the way they turned out that I also had to made myself a little stitch marker using the same pattern.

If you would also like to make this, the pattern is available on my Etsy. I don’t have much listed there yet, but I’m working on improving some patterns and making new ones, so be patient with me 🙂

I’d love to know if you have suggestions for patterns, either for cross stitch or crochet.

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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 🙂 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 🙂 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 😉 and yes, I know I should really finish stuff before I start new things but I can’t help it!

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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 🙂

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 from 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 🙂 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 excited 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 🙂

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 YarnAnd 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 pm 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 bag 

Hello lovely readers! It’s Friday yay!

So glad it’s finally the weekend 🙂 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 🙂 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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