Sunday 31 March 2013

Giveaway Sunday Week 54

I hope you are having a good Easter weekend!
Happy Easter everyone.

Here are the giveaways I've found for you this week:
3-1 March Madness Gift Card Giveaway  My Perfect Kindle Fire
Click For Contest  Frog Pond Afghan
Click For Contest  Lomography's ActionSampler camera Silver gold shutter pendant jewellery necklace
 Click For Contest Spring Giveaway copy
 Click For Contest Click For Contest
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I have no affiliation with any of the giveaways.
These are just giveaways I've found

If you would like to link to any
giveaways you are hosting or you have found
please feel free
and please add the button to your page to spread the word:

Saturday 30 March 2013

Guest Blogger Week 57 Lace n More

I would like to say a huge welcome
to Nazee
 from Lace n More

My name is Nazanin S. Fard, Nazee for short.
I am a knitting/crochet designer with more than 500 published designs.
My designs are regularly published in magazines and on yarn company web sites.
Rail Road Tracks Vest

I became interested in knitting at around age four,
when my mom started knitting for my unborn sister.
I learned then and hardly ever put down my knitting needles.
I learned to crochet from my craft teacher in middle school.
Using a hook instead of two needles always intrigued me.
Crocheting became a wonderful addition to my knitting.
Timeless Dress
In 2007 I started self-publishing some of my designs mostly in an electronic magazine format which is published four times a year.
In addition, I have individual knitting and crochet patterns available.
They are available on

Two years ago, my sister was diagnosed with brain cancer.
I have been fortunate enough to live close to her and was able to help out during her ordeal.
She lost her battle with cancer in July 2012.
While she was still well, I came up with the idea of publishing a book of prayer shawls and donate half of the proceeds to brain cancer research.
She loved the idea. I designed six shawls and with the
help of my knitting friends managed to complete them.
My sister and two other friends who are cancer survivors modeled the shawls.
The book “Prayer Shawl Designs from the Heart” is now published and is available on


 Here is a review of the book:

The Prayer Shawls Knitters and Crocheters group on Ravelry
will be having a KAL, after Easter, based on the shawls in the book.
Starting March 28 (my sister’s birthday) until April 10,
 I will be offering one of the shawls from the book “Rough Seas Shawl” on Ravelry for USD 6 for anyone who likes to participate in the KAL.

In health and happiness,

Thank you Nazee
That is such a touching thing to come out of such an awful situation.
It's something that will always have your sisters memory in it.
I hope you will all join in saying thank you to Nazee
and go over and take a look at her site & Ravelry store and group.

Friday 29 March 2013

I've Made Friday Week 52

Good Morning Everyone.
I hope you are all having a good week
and are looking forward to the weekend.

Little Red & hubby are off at the moment
but I'll tell you more about that when everything is back to normal.

I decided to make a couple of things
for Easter.

I made a little Easter Egg garland
using a free pattern from Lacy Crochet.
and joining them with a chain.

A little Lamb
Using the free spring squishies pattern
by Josephine Wu
This is a free download from Ravelry
and you get the patterns for a chick, duck, lamb & rabbit:
This was a fantastic and easy pattern to follow.
I think they are also just soooo cute!

I loved following this free pattern
from Lani Herschensohn

Each eggshell has a top and bottom and in each is a chick
I made quite a few in different colours

Then I made up a basket for them to fit in.

But if you've got the eggs and you've got the basket
you need a chicken to sit on them:
The chicken isn't as pretty as the pattern
that I followed but I just wanted a hollow
chicken that the egg could fit in.
This is the free cosy set:
I changed the legs and didn't make the egg cosy inside them
as I was making it for Little Red to Play with.

Wow isn't this sheep hat fantastic!
and it's a free pattern as well
I loved the way she uses a treble crochet with a sc to make the bobbly effect.
I loved making this hat!

I also made a broach for me.
I purchased this pattern
It's for a poppy hat but I have just made the poppy itself
Poppy Flower Girls Hat  age 0-3 & 3-6 months 6 -12 1 -3 years crochet Pattern
I love the effect of the big poppy.
It makes a real statement.

Little Red asked if I could make him a scarf to match
his Turtle hat.
and you know I can't resist
making things for Little Red.

As you know I have been following the Online Tunisian Crochet Class
at Craftsy
This is the first washcloth I made

In the next part of the course you learn how to use 3 colours:
I haven't block it yet but I think you'll agree it's very effective.
I just couldn't believe how easy it was to work with 3 colours.
Infact it was easier using the 3 colours than using one.

I listened to:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is a free audio book from Books Should Be Free
(you can listen online, download the audio or the book itself)

Wow I loved this book!
The author also wrote The Secret Garden.
The book is based around a young girl called Sara.
At 7 years old she is brought to London from India by her father.
She is brought to Miss Minchin’s London school
where she has her own bedroom and sitting room
and has a blessed life due to her fathers riches.
Her father was devoted to her and has left her there 
reluctantly as he knows she needs schooling.
During her time in school she is a perfect pupil.
Then her father dies penniless. Things take a drastic turn
and Miss Minchin keeps her as a slave and works her to the bone.
For the rest of the story you'll have to read the book ;-)
Sara it such a beautiful child in looks and in her heart.
It's a very touching innocent story that is written beautifully!
I would give this book 5 out of 5

Now it's your turn
It doesn't have to be crocheting
anything you've made is more than welcome!
Please try and visit at least 2 other sites
to see what other people have been making.
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