Sunday, 21 September 2014

Learn Drop Stitch Crochet ~ Book Review

Learn Drop Stitch Crochet
by Kim Guzman
ISBN: 978-1596358553
Publisher: Annie's Crochet
Publication Date: 1st October 2013
RRP: $9.95

I was lucky enough to win this fantastic prize
from Marie Segares
on her blog Underground Crafter
I love her blog and I feel so lucky and honoured to win this prize!

This book is written by Kim Guzman who is a fanastic designer.
Kim has explored the rechnique of drop stitches in knitting
and translated them so that you can get fantastic designs
using crochet.

Einset Tank Top

The technique is similar to broomstick lace but
gives you a different look.
And the technique is similar to a fringing technique that
Kim found but she altered it to make beautiful stitches.

Mireille Wrap

The book starts with full easy to understand instructions.
Clear and large pictures are also included so that you can
see if you are following correctly.

Vanessa Jacket

The pictures make it so clear that it's easy to follow the instructions.

Sultana Cap & Scarf

Once you have mastered the skills Kim has written 
you can then move onto the 8 beautiful designs
to practice everything you have learned.

Lynden Scarf

Each project has such a unique look
and beautiful design.

Madeira Wrap

It's amazing that in such a short amount of time
you can make some amazing designs.

Perlette Cowl

Kim talks you through everything and even talks you through
blocking each project to get a better look.

Kim has invented a beautiful technique
that gives you an amazing look in a short amount of time.

I think my favourite is the Sultana Cap & Scarf.
What is your favourite?

I received a copy of the book as a prize.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Lilia Craft Party Clutch Bag ~ Crochet Pattern Review

CROCHET BAG PATTERN Purse Clutch Bag Pouch Bag Crochet Bag Pouch
Pattern Created by Lilia Vanini

This beautiful bag is a really easy pattern to follow.
I would say even a beginner could give this pattern a go.
Lilia has written the pattern so that it is easy to follow
and there are multiple pictures to help you at the different
stages of making your bag.

You even get full instructions on how to add the lining
to the bag.

I have never added lining previously so I found this part
of the pattern fantastic.
She made it so easy to make and I felt confident
that I could easily follow the instructions.

I am really proud of the bag I made and I love how it looks.
I will be adding linings to more of my projects
and using Lilia's brilliant instructions.

I would also use Raffia to get this fantastic look to the bag.

I really enjoyed the pattern and will be making more of them :-)

You can find other wonderful crochet patterns:
CROCHET FLOWER PATTERN Pin Embellishment Brooch flower pin pattern

As well as Knitting Patterns (pictures linked to sales page):
KNITTING PATTERN HEADBAND Earwarm Knit Hair Accessorie twist Headband pdf pattern KNITTING PATTERN SHAWL - Angel Wings Shawl Stole Wrap - pdf Pattern KNITTING HAT PATTERN Newsboy Hat Knitted Hat Pattern

KNITTING HAT PATTERN French Lola Boina Hat Instant Download pdf pattern Slouchy Winter Hat KNITTING PATTERN Cupcake Banana Nut Ornament Toy Amigurumi Food Pincushion Pattern Instant Download PDF KNITTING PATTERN SCARF - Lou Lou Scarf Cowl Pattern - Big Scarf Cowl with wooden Buttons

Lilia has a fantastic shop and if you are looking for finished items
she has another fantastic shop Lilia Vanini Boutique

Her latest addition to her shop is:
Waterproof Canvas Tote Bag Large Beach Bag Nautical Stripes Bag Shoulder Bag Eco friendly Canvas Shoulder Handbag 5 Pockets
This would be brilliant for projects!

Checkout some of her other items (pictures linked to sales page):
Crossbody bag Diaper Bag Messenger Bag Floral Shoulder Bag School Teacher Bag Travel bag Canvas Weekender Bag LIMITED EDITION Floral Tote Bag with Leather Handles Shoulder Bag Japanese design Gray Casual Bag Book Bag Travel Bag Large Tote Crossbody Diaper Bag Messenger Bag Floral Shoulder Bag School Teacher Bag Travel bag Canvas Weekender Bag LILIA VANINI BAGS
Floral Decorative Pillow Cover 18 x 18 Throw Pillow Accent Pillow BEIGE BLUE Designer Pillow Case Striped INFINITY SCARF Red and White Stripes Upcycled Cotton Jersey Knit Loop Scarf by Lilia Vanini - Best Cotton Worldwide BLACK BEIGE Boho Turban Twist Headband Head Scarf Boho Headwrap Stretchy Hairband Women Fashion Hair Band
Floral Shoulder Bag Pleated Purse Bag - Fuschia Black - Tote Bag Medium Handbag Hobo Bag Every Day Bag Embroidered Pillow Covers TWO 18 x 18 Burgundy and Black throw Pillows Accent Pillows Designer Pillow Case Handmade Cushion Cover Knit Hat Newsboy Woman Cap RED Winter Beanie Hat Knit Woman Fashion Fall Winter Hat Lovely and Warm

I would highly recommend Lilia's patterns.

I was given a copy of the pattern to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
No monies were received for this post.

Friday, 19 September 2014

I've Made Friday Week 117

Good Morning everyone!

The sun is still shinning and it's made for a brilliant week :-).

We had a meeting about Little Red's dyslexia with a Physiologist 
at school the other week. 
He still isn't diagnosed as dyslexic but has gone further up the scale
to diagnosis.
It's stupid how much red tape is around the diagnosis.
Until he has jumped through all the hoops they won't diagnose him.
We are already 2 years down the line.
The fantastic news was that from this meeting they agreed that
they are going to offer him some help.
It's only a small amount at the moment but at least he is getting something.
We got some work to do at home as well.
I found this brilliant site which I have joined
I've downloaded and made up their Wheels for times tables and Words.
We are currently working on the 7 times tables.
We are also working with at and ake words.
The wheel has words such as cat and bat.
Little Red doesn't understand "Rhyming" so we are teaching him
that it's just the words are made up with the same sounds.
He is already making progress.

We've also bought the squeebles apps for his tablet.
The spelling one is brilliant.
You can create your own word lists.
We are starting with one word for science and one
for Geography.
His words this week are:
Stomach & Settlement.

I have also purchased the toe to toe book
and as soon as it arrives we will be using it
to see if the program can help him.

I bought a few fleeces at the start of the summer
but I haven't been well enough to clean it.
As it was sunny this week I decided to get it done.
Luckily I found a cheats way of cleaning it.

  • Place very hot water in a bucket and put in loads of washing up liquid.
  • Place the fleece into the bucket (you can do this in a mesh bag)
  • Press it down in the water, do not move it about or it will felt.
  • Leave it in the water for 10 mins.
  • Put the fleece in a mesh bag and hang on line to get the majority of water out.
  • Repeat 3 times.
  • Once the fleece has the majority of the water out on the last time put the mesh bag/s into the washing machine onto a wool wash.
  • Once the wash has finished take out of the mesh bags and hang to dry.

No all my fleece is clean I can prepare it for carding and then spinning.
It probably won't get done for a few weeks.
I need to recover from the cleaning.

I finished my clutch bag

I will be reviewing the pattern for you on a future post.
It's was a beautiful pattern to follow.
Lilia makes hers out of Raffia
which give the bag a beautiful look.
CROCHET BAG PATTERN Purse Clutch Bag Pouch Bag Crochet Bag Pouch

This week I read:

Halfway to the Grave (A Night Huntress Novel)
by Jeaniene Frost
The story is about a woman who was born to
a human mother.
She had been raped by a Vampire and this means
that Catherine is half Vampire.
She uses this side of herself to hunt and kill vampires.
She falls for a vampire who also kills other vampires.
Bones has chosen to project the humans and hunt and kill
vampires that kill humans.
There are twists and turns to the story and some surprises.
It was an enjoyable read and I would read more in the series.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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