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Life as a crafter: my current works in progress – November 2016

Hello! I’m back today sharing my current works in progress. I’d plan to post this a lot sooner, but in between other bits and pieces it took a back seat. The good news is I’ve tweaked this post a few times because I’ve finally finished a few projects – hurray!

So, in case you’re new to this post, throughout the year I’ve kept a spreadsheet of notes that I update on a regular basis to see where I am with what I’d like to make. There’s been something about honestly writing out all those projects I have stashed away in my room, that’s made me actually get stuff done. And that’s a great feeling!


Life as a crafter - my current works in progress - This Little Space of Mine


So without further ado, here’s what I’m making at the moment.

Completed
  • Teddy bear lovey. Yay I finished this! OK, I really didn’t love how his face turned out, but it was my first attempt at amigurumi and given it’s for my friends four month old baby, I think he’ll still love it! The granny square was the easy bit and actually, I’m quite surprised how well I took on amigurumi – it’s motivating me to do more in the future.
  • Stash busting granny square blanket. As the 100 days of crochet didn’t feel like it was stash busting quickly enough for my impatient little mind, made one big granny square blanket. Boy is it stash busting! My scrap basket is depleating rappidly, hurray! I wasn’t expecting to have it finished so quickly, but with a stinking cold last week this was an easy one to work up.
Underway
  • The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along. Last month I really didn’t feel the urge to work on October’s Australia pattern. I don’t know why, perhaps because I didn’t immediately love the pattern? November’s Peru pattern is also done and next weekend the final pattern arrives!
  • San Francisco tapestry cushion. I haven’t picked this up in a while, which really sucks. I feel like it might be a project for the Christmas holidays, when I’m hoping to have some downtime. You can see the kit I bought here.
  • Secret Christmas project. I’m going to do that annoying thing and tell you I’m making something, but not tell you what it is. It’s a gooden and I’ll share it once it’s been given as a Christmas gift.
  • 100 days of crochet blanket. Inspired by #the100dayproject on Instagram I’ve decided it’s the perfect way to crochet another scrap granny square blanket before the end of the year. Crocheting a square a day, by the 3rd December (excluding the border) I’ll have a blanket ready to give to our local Cats Protection group – plus I’m stash busting. I’m posting regular pictures over on my Instagram feed if you fancy a look.
  • Sew La Di Da dress. I started this around May 2014 and haven’t finished it. To make matters worse there’s not much more to do. I will get this Sew La Di Da make finished one day.
On my radar
  • Socks! My Mum bought me everything I need to start, right back at the beginning of the year, so there’s no excuse not to learn how to make them for myself. Plus I’ve got my eye on some indie dyer shops on Etsy, so there’s really no excuse.
  • Tilly and the Button’s Françoise dress. My friend bought me this shift dress pattern for Christmas. I love the style of the dress, so perfect for me.
  • Weekender blanket with Stylecraft’s newest colours. I’ve wanted to make Cherry Heart’s blanket for a while and the newest colours from Stylecraft would be a great colour combination for it – plus when it was limited edition I bought two packs and have now idea what to do with them! I’ve found an alternative way to join the hexagons and, depending on how quickly I do other bits, I may take this on as a Christmas project for myself.

If you fancy seeing my previous month’s WIPs and progress, I’ve created a page collating all previous projects.

What’s on your list? Are you working on anything now it’s a bit colder (aka time to snuggle up on the sofa!)? If you are looking for any inspiration I’ve shared 5 crochet blanket ideas that I think you’ll like.

Before the end of the year I’m certainly hoping to wrap up a few projects and have a few makes and new crafts I’d really like to try in 2017 – alongside wedding planning!

Leanne x

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5 crochet blankets to make over the winter months

Having decided to opt for an autumn/winter wedding next year, we’re now turning our thoughts to how to make our wedding feel cosy – lots of lights, colour and warmth is the aim of the game of us. My thinking hat is well and truly on and today I thought I’d share some crochet blanket patterns I’ve seen… ones I’m thinking about making for our wedding. There’s a sofa/chill out area at our venue and, if it’s a dry day, people might want to sit outside for evening food. We may well end up buying blankets for IKEA, but I do love the idea of making them in our chosen wedding colours.

So without further ado, let’s look at some crochet blankets…

5 crochet blankets to make over the winter months
1. C2C

I first came across C2C, or corner to corner, when Holly created Repeat Crafter Me’s crochet Christmas character afghan. It’s not necessarily a new technique, and I haven’t found the origin of it, but I know this to be a great stash buster if nothing else. Unlike most patterns, this one starts in the corner and works out. The photo below is from Holly’s Instagram feed and shows you how it looks in detail. To learn more about how to make it, do have a look at The Crochet Crowd‘s handy guide.


Crochet blankets to make over the winter months - c2c, or corner to corner.


2. V stitch

V stitch is one of those techniques that instantly catches my eye whenever I see it; I love the detailed stripes and depth of each stitch. Similar to the ripple blanket, I think this could be equally as addictive and, given the winter months, I feel like the depth of the stitch could make for a super snuggly blanket that I can make and show off our wedding colours with. There are lots of pattern options on Ravelry, and I liked The Patchwork Heart‘s write up too.


Crochet blankets to make over the winter months - v stitch.


3. As we go stripey

This blanket pattern is slightly different to the rest, as it’s a combination of various stitches. I came across this on Instagram and the blanket was created by Hannah at Not Your Average Crochet. Stitches include granny Stripe, Catharine wheel, star stitch, bobbles and ripple, so it’s the variety that really caught my eye here. Variety is so important when working on big projects, like blankets, so I don’t think you’d get bored making this!


Crochet blankets to make over the winter months - as we go sripey.


4. Waffle stitch

If we’re talking about winter blankets, having something thick and cosy has got to be top of the agenda. The waffle stitch totally fits the bill for that criteria, just look at how deep each stitch is. Team the stitch with a chunky wool and I’d imagine it wouldn’t take too long to work up something really cosy for the colder months. Plus a quick project, win win! Bella Coco has a great video tutorial up to help learn this technique.


Crochet blankets to make over the winter months - waffle stitch.


5. Harlequin

Last but by no means least, the Harlequin blanket. Another one I found from Holly’s Instagram feed, it was the colours that caught my attention. I love the block colours (whichever shades you use) and geometric feel to this make, plus I’m curious about how this stitch works. I found the pattern over on Ravelry and if you want something bold, that’s going to stand out, I feel like this pattern is the one to go for.


Crochet blankets to make over the winter months - harlequin.


Any favourites that jump out at you? I think the waffle stitch is my favourite and would certainly teach me a new technique, but then I’ve heard corner to corner is great for stash busting. But then again, the as we go stripey has some great techniques and variety to it. Decisions, decisions!

Thanks for reading and happy crocheting – let me know if you do make, or have made, any of these in the past.

Leanne x

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Photo credit: holly_pipsThe Patchwork HeartNot Your Average Crochet and Lu North, Strong & Free

Paintbox Yarns – colour combination ideas

It’s been a while since I’ve taken some time out to have a play with colours; often it involves me putting a whole bundle of yarn on our bed and organising them into colours that I think work well. It’s such a fun thing to do, even if there’s no purpose, it’s just fun. Disclaimer: I have to work hard not to just throw myself into all the gorgeous colours, stop whatever else it is I need to do and make something immediately with all the colours. I digress!

When LoveKnitting sent me a bundle of newly-launched Paintbox Yarns I knew it was the perfect opportunity to have a play. Paintbox Yarns launched with 60 shades in four lines, DK, aran, chunky and cotton. In this post I’ve focused on the DK collection, but note there are a couple of exceptions.

So, without further ado, here are some ideas for how you could combine Paintbox Yarn shades.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


1. Dark Aubergine, Pansy Purple, Dusty Lilac, Pale Lilac and Paper White. I’ve changed my mind about purple; while it used to be a colour I wasn’t hugely inspired by, since making these purple flowers I’ve had a change of heart. The contrast of the darker shade versus light brings a cosy warmth to it that works really well. I could see these five shades being made into a gorgeous stripy cardigan, or jumper, for a little girl.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


2. Soft Fudge, Melon Sorbet (chunky), Mustard Yellow, Pistachio Green and Paper White. These collective colours spring to mind a meadow for me; you’ve got the harvest light brown, with the Pistachio Green and, to bring it all together, the sunshine warmth from the Melon Sorbet (chunky) and Mustard Yellow shades. I think this could make for a super cosy blanket for that autumn cuddles on the sofa or spring picnic.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


3. Coffee Bean, Midnight Blue, Red Wine, Sky Blue and Pure Black. I’m going to call this primary colour madness – and I say that with a smile on my face. The Midnight Blue and Red Wine shades really caught my eye, so I’ve teamed them up with the Coffee Bean and Pure Black to bring it to life. I’ve then added the Sky Blue to soften the colour combinations. I could see these colours being used in a make for a little boy.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


4. Slate Grey, Seafoam Blue, Mustard Yellow, Bright Peach (aran) and Banana Cream. Moving on from primary colours, I feel like this is an alternative version with a softer palette. The Slate Grey and Seafoam Blue looks great together and teaming it up with the Mustard Yellow looks great to me. Looking at this again, since photographing it, I think this has more work to be done to get the right combo but there’s definitely something great to work from. What do you think?


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


5. Stormy Grey, Blush Pink, Pistachio Green, Peach Orange and Banana Cream (chunky). I feel like this is the most feminine of colour collections in this post, what do you think? I built it from the Peach Orange and Banana Cream shades and then muted it with the Stormy Grey, Blush Pink and Pistachio Green to create a soft, spring time feel. I would love to make this into a blanket or similar; the Blush Pink and Pistachio Green especially warm my heart.

What do you think? Any standout colour schemes that catch your eye?

This is just the tip of the iceberg, so definitely go and check out Paintbox Yarns; I feel like there were hundreds more colour combinations I could’ve chosen so I may well be back soon with more ideas!

Thanks for reading, and do let me know if you have a favourite.

Leanne x

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A selection of Paintbox Yarns’ range was sent to me by LoveKnitting, but all opinions and excitement about yarn are my own.

Stash busting – 100 days of crochet challenge

I’m a sucker for punishment; I regularly make myself too busy and then stress out because I have too much to do and want to lay on the sofa watching Gilmore Girls but feel guilty for stopping. So what did I do when I returned from our holiday in Greece in August? I started a new one-a-day project… to keep me super busy!

I’ve called it #100daysofleannescrochet over on Instagram and the idea is quite simply to crochet a granny square a day and join it to a blanket. I made a similar blanket for Freds earlier in the year and this one will be going to a local cat charity. I’ve got far too much wool and stash busting for animal charities feels like a good use of my limited time.

I’m recording the whole thing on Instagram using #100daysofleannescrochet so pop over to see how it’s grown. I haven’t taken on a daily craft project like this since the sky blanket and there have been a mixed bag of days; one where I get it done as soon as I wake up, and others when I’m doing it in bed literally falling asleep as I crochet. This week marks the half way point and I love knowing that by Christmas (providing I get the border done) I’ll have made another blanket.

So if you’re looking for stash busting ideas, this is a pretty good one and by doing it daily makes it really manageable. I’ve also written a previous post on stash busting ideas, should you be on the lookout for project ideas!

Are you working on any interesting craft projects at the moment? I’ve had to restart a Christmas present, which I would be annoyed about, but I’d rather get it right and give a gift I know will be the best it can.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Say hello to Paintbox Yarns

Before I get started, let me set the scene. I’m working at home and the doorbell rings. It’s our postman and he hands me a pink bag filled with yarn. I instantly knew it was from LoveKnitting and even said “But I’m not expecting anything”. Poor guy must get that all the time but humoured me by saying “I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it”. Oh yes. What was in that bag was a selection of new kid on the block, Paintbox Yarns, wonderful collection of DK, aran, chunky and cotton yarns.


Say hello to Paintbox Yarns - a first look over at This Little Space of Mine


To say I was shocked is putting it lightly; I had no idea it was coming and the colours were just so beautiful. Even my boyfriend commented on how nice the colours were, a sentiment echoed when I sent a photo to my Mum and sister.

So who are Paintbox Yarns? Exclusive to Love Knitting, they’ve launched with 60 shades in four lines – DK, aran, chunky and cotton. Designed to be “modern, playful and all about colour”, they’ve launched alongside a selection of free knitting and crochet patterns – including this adorable ladybird pattern, plus a variety of items of clothing (if you’re on the lookout for bigger projects).


Say hello to Paintbox Yarns - a first look over at This Little Space of Mine


What’s struck me most about Paintbox Yarns is the collection of shades they’ve launched with; it feels like they’ve nailed it here and I’m excited about this brand and where it’s going and what might be in store. LoveKnitting have also put together a selection of five colour packs, which is where I get to announce something exciting…

It’s giveaway time! I’ve teamed up with LoveKnitting to give you the chance to win both the Fallen Leaves and Winter Frost Simply DK packs – worth over £35 and, more importantly, that’s 20 balls of yarn for you to plan with. All you have to do is head over to my Instagram feed and…

  • Follow both @leanneabeale and @paintboxyarns
  • Comment on the Paintbox yarn post within my feed with the names of up to two friends who you think would also love Paintbox yarns

And that’s it!

The competition runs until 23:59 on Thursday 22nd September 2016 and is open to UK residents only on this occasion.

Soon I’ll be back with some Paintbox Yarns inspired colour combination ideas; I do love putting together interesting colours so I hope you’ll join me for that. In the meantime do check out Paintbox Yarns, I think you’ll be impressed.

Leanne x

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A selection of Paintbox Yarns’ range was sent to me by LoveKnitting, but all opinions and excitement about yarn are my own.

Life as a crafter: my current works in progress – September 2016

One of my favourite posts to write! Today I’m back and sharing a look at what I’m making at the moment. The summer months have been a quieter time for making, but I’m now ready for the colder months and cuddling up on the sofa, watching Gilmore Girls (of course) and working on a few projects that I’d like to have finished before the end of the year. Wow, just where has the time gone?

Throughout the year I’ve kept a spreadsheet of notes that I update on a regular basis to see where I am with what I’d like to make. There’s been something about honestly writing out all those projects I have stashed away in my room, that’s made me actually get stuff done. And that’s a great feeling!


Life as a crafter - my current works in progress - This Little Space of Mine


Over the summer it was a pretty busy time launching Fred and Bell and designing new stickers to go alongside it, so I haven’t really completed anything. That being said, there are a whole lot of projects underway that I’ve been picking up in quieter moments. I’ve broken down what’s underway/in progress and what’s on my radar.

Underway
  • The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along. Over the summer I stitched Egypt and India and I’m now almost finished with Japan. Each month we’re giving a section of the full pattern and a new country; with only three left I’m placing bets on where it might take us. I’m also wondering what next year’s stitch along theme might be. I also wrote a little about the first 6 months in, if you fancy a look.
  • San Francisco tapestry cushion. I kind of fell out of love with this for a while; it’s a lengthy project and not making progress, plus struggling with getting the hang of the pattern, meant it got put down for a while. With a fresh pair of eyes I love it now and feel like I’ve finally got to grips with it. The roads are coming together nicely and I can’t wait to add in the colours. You can see the kit I bought here.
  • Secret Christmas project. I’m going to do that annoying thing and tell you I’m making something, but not tell you what it is. It’s a gooden and I’ll share it once it’s been given as a Christmas gift (can’t believe I’m on Christmas gifts already!).
  • 100 days of crochet blanket. Inspired by #the100dayproject on Instagram I’ve decided it’s the perfect way to crochet another scrap granny square blanket before the end of the year. Crocheting a square a day, by the 3rd December (excluding the blanket) I’ll have a blanket ready to give to a local kitty charity – plus I’m stash busting. I’m posting regular pictures over on my Instagram feed if you fancy a look.
  • Sew La Di Da dress. I started this around May 2014 and haven’t finished it. To make matters worse there’s not much more to do. I will get this Sew La Di Da make finished one day.
On my radar
  • Socks! My Mum bought me everything I need to start, for my birthday, so there’s no excuse not to learn how to make them for myself.
  • Patchwork quilt. My friend has asked me to make one using her baby daughter’s baby grows, so this year my Mum and I are going to tackle it as a joint project together.
  • Tilly and the Button’s Françoise dress. I completely forgot about this; my friend bought me this shift dress pattern for Christmas. I love the style of the dress, so perfect for me.
  • Weekender blanket with Stylecraft’s newest colours. I’ve wanted to make Cherry Heart’s blanket for a while and the newest colours from Stylecraft would be a great colour combination for it – plus when it was limited edition I bought two packs and have now idea what to do with them! Not sure I like how they’re joined in her pattern, so may look for something a bit different.

If you fancy seeing my previous month’s WIPs and progress, I’ve created a page collating all previous projects.

What’s on your list? Have you worked on anything good over the summer?

Leanne x

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Colours to inspire: yellow

Hello! How are you? Today comes my latest colours to inspire post – where I share images I’ve found on Instagram that I’ve loved, all around a specific theme. Today’s theme is yellow.

To catch up on other colours to inspire posts I’ve popped the links below for you.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - yellow. This Little Space of Mine


Why yellow? Well, it’s summer time and there’s not a colour that reminds me more of summer and sun then yellow. Yellow is also part of the colours my best friend chose for her wedding last weekend, alongside grey. What a day it was and I was super proud to be one of her bridesmaids.

Even though these are all pictures from homemade makes I hope these can inspire you in other ways too (should you not be a crafter). Perhaps you’re looking to decorate your house this year, or thinking about buying some new furniture, or looking for a new wardrobe, I’d hope there’s something for everyone here.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - yellow. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from the Julie at woolmapoule, found via weareknitters. The first image I found for this post and I love, love, love this! The yellow and white pattern reminds me of honeycomb and, while the yellow is quite bright, it’s balanced out with the white and makes for a beautiful baby blanket, as in the picture. You can see more photos of this blanket over on Julie’s website (note the site isn’t written in English).


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - yellow. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Michelle at forever__autumn__. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know how much I love pink, especially when it’s paired with… well, any colour. The magenta shade here, teamed up with the yellow, blues/greens and greys is scrummy and I’d love to make this for myself sometime. I especially like how Michelle has used the strone/dark grey, and how it’s then softened with the rows of cream. Looking at Michelle’s Instagram feed I think she’s a big fan of yellow, so worth checking out if you do too.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - yellow. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Natalie at littlecosythings. You can’t beat a good ripple blanket pattern (hint hint) and I especially love that this matches the colours from last weekend’s wedding. I quite like the randomness of when colours appear in this blanket; I’m more one for order, but this works well – there might even be an order that I can’t see. The thick stripes of yellow contrasted with grey and yellow makes for a great summer collection.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - yellow. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Emma at eldenwood_craft. You can’t beat a good set of stripes and I love how bold this make is with the strong blue and yellow combination. Could make for a great scarf, gloves, socks or blanket, there’s something fun about these two colours paired together. Emma’s worked with some ace colour combinations so do check out her Instagram feed.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I think my favourite this month has to go to Michelle at forever__autumn__.

If you’re new to Instagram be sure to pop over to my page and say hello! As always, I’m on the lookout for more combinations, so shout if you see anything on your travels.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Photo credit: woolmapoule, forever__autumn__, littlecosythings and eldenwood_craft.

Attic 24’s ripple blanket – my first crochet project

Just over a year ago I’d come to the conclusion that crochet just wasn’t for me. No matter how many times I tried, I ultimately got cross, made a mess and any attempts to teach me usually ended up with raised voices or wool thrown across the room. Oops. Then I went to the Knitting and Stitching show and picked up three balls of very bright wool and said to myself “I’m going to make a ripple blanket out of these”. And hey presto, that will to learn and determination to finally be able to crochet was born.


Making Attic 24's ripple blanket, my first crochet project


Thankfully I had my friend Tam on hand to help get me started. I think because I had a plan in mind for the wool that it gave me that push to finally learn it. Here are a couple of pictures from those early days.

It took me just over a year, in between other projects, but the ripple blanket is finished and I feel pretty proud of it. Once I got the hang of the stitches, granted Tam did the first chain row for me, I found it quite relaxing. There’s something quite soothing about the ripple blanket and how it goes up and down and the stitches change regularly, but not too much to make it complicated. Plus, Lucy’s pattern is a dream to work with – her instructions are so clear and perfect for someone who’s new to the craft.


Attic 24's ripple blanket - my first crochet project!


So if you’d like to have a go at making a ripple blanket yourself I’ve jotted down some of the bits and pieces you’ll need.

While the yarn might not seem the best quality (only £1.25 a ball!), I have to say I quite liked working with it. It’s quite thick, but smooth to work with and glide over a crochet hook. I wouldn’t rule out working with it again in the future, so worth checking out.


Making Attic 24's ripple blanket, my first crochet project


The finished size of the blanket was: 132.5 x 187cm; it comfortable covers our bed. I worked in the following sequence: Green (two rows), blue (two rows), pink (two rows), cream (two rows), green/blue/pink (one row), cream (two rows). For that middle one row I changed it each time; I introduced the cream just to break up the blanket from the boldness of the other shades!

What do you think? Have you made a ripple blanket before? If not I really recommend it, especially as a first time crochet project. Choose yarn or colours you really love and just go for it!

Thanks for reading,

Leanne x

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Life as a crafter: my current works in progress – July 2016

Hello, I hope you all had a good weekend. As we’re now mid way through 2016, I thought I’d go back and step and talk for a moment about why I write this crafty work in progress post and how it’s benefited me (and hopefully you, the reader) from doing so. I started putting together these posts in January, posting in the first week in the month. The idea was always to both keep you updated on what I’ve been making, but also it’s a prompt for me to stop for a minute and think about what I’ve done – they’ve proved to be a fun post to look back on to remind me of how much I’ve made. I’ve also found that by having this post planned it’s pushed me to finish things, start things and keep working on things. There’s something about having a deadline and being accountable that has kept me motivated, but not pressured. If you find it hard to make time for crafting, I highly recommend a similar kind of thing.

I’ve also kept a spreadsheet of notes, so I can quickly see where I’m at. Probably not needed, but any excuse for a spreadsheet in my little mind! I tend to copy and paste from post to post and adjust the wording if I’ve made progress.


Life as a crafter - my current works in progress - This Little Space of Mine


June is the first month this year where I haven’t completed anything. Feels very weird, but I guess it was bound to happen. I’ve been working hard on the launch of Fred and Bell and I’ve taken on a bigger craft project, in the shape of the Hannah Bass tapestry cushion. The great thing about designing stickers for Fred and Bell is that it’s still allowing me to be creative, just in a different way.

Underway
  • The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along. July’s pattern has arrived and this month we’re in Egypt. I’ve made a start already and this month I might try and do some of the top border that sits just beneath the central copy. I wrote a little about the first 6 months in, if you fancy a look.
  • San Francisco tapestry cushion. I got stuck into this project this month; it’s slow going but super relaxing and so far I’ve finished the ‘San Francisco’ word and have now started working on the roads. Looking forward to filling in all the others bits and working with all the pretty colours. You can see the kit I bought here.
  • Sew La Di Da dress. I started this around May 2014 and haven’t finished it. To make matters worse there’s not much more to do. I can feel my Mum frowning at me as I type this. Must get this Sew La Di Da make finished for spring.
On my radar
  • Simply Crochet’s bright granny square blanket. I’ve decided on the colours so I’ll be ordering the yarn soon. The plan is for it to match our living room theme and sit on the back of our sofa.
  • Socks! My Mum bought me everything I need to start, for my birthday, so there’s no excuse not to learn how to make them for myself.
  • Patchwork quilt. My friend has asked me to make one using her baby daughter’s baby grows, so this year my Mum and I are going to tackle it as a joint project together.
  • Tilly and the Button’s Françoise dress. I completely forgot about this; my friend bought me this shift dress pattern for Christmas. I love the style of the dress, so perfect for me.
  • Weekender blanket with Stylecraft’s newest colours. I’ve wanted to make Cherry Heart’s blanket for a while and the newest colours from Stylecraft would be a great colour combination for it – plus when it was limited edition I bought two packs and have now idea what to do with them! Not sure I like how they’re joined in her pattern, so may look for something a bit different.
  • Scrap blanket for charity. I still have a lot of scrap yarns that I need to do something with, so I’m going to continue making blankets like the one I did for Freds and give them to a cat charity. I might opt for a big granny square blanket next time.

If you fancy seeing my previous month’s WIPs and progress, here are a few links for you – January, February, March, April, May and June.

What’s on your list? Have you been working on anything exciting in the last month?

Leanne x

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The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s pumpkin passport – 6 months in!

Hello! I thought I’d share an update on one of my goals for 2016 today – to join in with The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘pumpkin passport’ year long cross stitch project.

If you haven’t heard of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery before I highly recommend checking out their website; created by Amanda and Ashleigh they offer modern, fun, kawaii-inspired cross stitch projects that are seriously cute. As well as many other products, they’ve also developed a year-long cross stitch project – set around a theme and with a new pattern released on the 1st of the month. I’d wanted to take part for a long time and this year’s theme is travel.


The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Pumpkin Passport year long cross stitch along - 6 months in!


We’re now six months into the project and so far we’ve stitched England, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece and most recently, Russia. On the 1st of every month (or 1am on the 2nd for us in the UK) the newest pattern is emailed over, with a clue as to what next month might be. I always like to have a guess, but have got it very wrong recently! I think July’s pattern might be Egypt, so watch out on my Instagram page to see if I’m right.

In terms of favourites… I’ve loved them all, but maybe The Netherlands has been my favourite? But then I loved doing London (I was definitely in the novelty phase!).


The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Pumpkin Passport year long cross stitch along - 6 months in!


It’s the first year-long project I’ve taken on since my knitted sky blanket and I love it; it’s reminded me just how enjoyable cross stitch is and I love seeing each pattern arrive. It was a Christmas gift from my Mum and it’s definitely a gift that keeps giving!


The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Pumpkin Passport year long cross stitch along - 6 months in!


Are you joining in with the pumpkin passport this year? Or any other year-long projects? Hope you’re enjoying it!

Leanne x

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