Monday, May 31, 2010

Less Boring Photos

It's tricky to take interesting product photos from your own home with a fairly cheap Canon digital camera! My backdrop here is a white sheet and my camera is a Canon Powershot A530. I turn on the macro setting and make sure I'm in a well naturally-lit area.

I wasn't happy with my scarf photos (as in my blog post a 2 posts ago), so retook photos of them using different angles. And I think they're much more interesting now.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Chain Scarf featured on Calico & Co blog

Thanks to Amanda from Calico & Co for featuring my grey chain link scarf on her delightful blog. Check out all of the other lovely winter snugglies she's found!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Free Crochet Scarf Pattern

Here is a free pattern for you crocheters out there. It's for a 2 meter long ribbed scarf. It's a very simple design, but looks elegant and can be worn by both men and women. And the length is perfect, nice and long for wrapping around multiple times. The scarves in these photos are all made using the pattern below.

Yarn: I used about 2 skeins (220 meters, or 240 yards) of Paton's Wilderness, but any chunky yarn will work. 
Hook: 10mm

Row 1: Ch 150 LOOSELY, turn and hdc into third ch from hook, then hdc in each st to end, turn,
ch 2.
Row 2. hdc in Front Loop Only to end, turn, ch 2.
Row 3: hdc in Back Loop Only to end, turn, ch 2.

Continue alternating row 2 & 3 until your scarf is wide enough. If using Paton's Wilderness, you can get 10 rows from 2 balls of wool.

Ribbing variation: do back loop stitches for each row to get ribbing on both sides. 

You can make as many of these as you like. Have fun! Here is the finished product. Notice the ribbing:

All of my pattern are created for you to use and enjoy for free. However, if you would like to make a donation you can do so using the button below (all donations are gratefully received and will be used to fund the creation of future free patterns). Thanks, Mel.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Perth Upmarket Postcards

There's my little legwarmers in the corner, yipee!

Etsy Spotlight

My nautical mittens were featured in Etsy's Handmade Blog today. The article is called umbrella in your daquiri. This blog gets read by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, so views to my store have skyrocketted today which is a little bit exciting :-)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Two Tone Cabled Beanies

I just got a fabric button making kit, so I made the buttons on these too using recycled fabric.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ascot Scarves

Ascot scarves are little neck warmers that have a keyhole opening where one end passes through to create the look of a bow tied around the neck. Here are some of the new ones I've made to my own design.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

I'll be at Perth Upmarket June 27 2010

I'll be having a table at the next Perth Upmarket! It'll be held at Winthrop Hall at UWA on Sunday the 27th June. Some of the winter woolies I'll be selling include super chunky long scarves, sweet ascot scarves, capelets, fingerless mittens, hats and beanies, headbands and brooches. I've sourced some divine super-bulky weight yarn from the US that I'm using for some of the items. Will post some photos soon.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Vintage Baby Blanket

I'm very happy to have finally finished crocheting this babies blanket from a vintage pattern I found. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE PATTERN:
(For a relative of my boyfriend's first baby). In the olden days mums or grandmas would make beautiful blankets, gowns, bonnets and booties for babies in delicate and intricate patterns. People just don't have the time any more, which is a shame.