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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

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.

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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Colours to inspire: blue

For this month’s colours to inspire post I’ve opted for a blue theme, sharing a few images/makes I’ve spied on Instagram recently. To catch up on other colours to inspire posts I’ve popped the links below for you.


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Why blue? Well, it’s kind of an ode to my friend, who is expecting a baby boy this month – this week in fact – eek. I wrote a little about colour schemes for babies here and shared the baby blanket I made for him here. Blue isn’t actually a colour I often work with, but I think it’s a great all-year round kind of colour and finding these colour combos was a breeze.

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 - blues. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Liz at littlecolleydesign. This is just beautiful. No other words. I love it because 1) it matches the theme of this post and 2) because I really want to make a quilt, yet for some reason I haven’t done it yet! There’s an array of colours here, some are fairly dark, but the bright turquoise ties it all together in the best kind of way. Plus that backing pattern and deep blue/white combo looks so good. Liz has made a vast array of quilts so definitely worth checking out her Etsy shop.


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


Photo from Julie at littlewoollie. For something very different to Liz’s make, how about this clash-tastic bright crochet blanket? The red/blue/green/pink combination should clash, but there’s something about this that works. While I love the turquoise hearts, I was really drawn to the lime green heart and dark green backing too. On the blue side of things, there are two shades here – turquoise and a navy blue and I like how they’re paired with other shades throughout the pattern.


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


Photo from Ana at ana.moraissoares. The neatness of these granny squares, oh my! I mentioned in last month’s post how I like when colours are balanced out with a neutral colour and I like the use of two neutral colours here – a cream and an almost sage/olive colour. There are also two bright shades of blue that are repeated throughout. Ana has made some beautiful crochet projects so worth checking out her Instagram feed.


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


Photo from Sandra at sandracherryhrt. Last but by means least, I’m a big fan of Sandra’s work and I like that this idea is different from the others; blues are there but it’s not the strongest shade. I like how there are a couple of shades of blue and how they’ve been combined with pinks and oranges – so there’s quite a long of warmth. Plus there’s a thick band of cream granny’s to help neutralise this project.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I think my favourite this month is Liz at littlecolleydesign‘s quilt. Gorgeous shades all round.

If you’re on 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: littlecolleydesign, littlewoollie, ana.moraissoares and sandracherryhrt.

A chat with Hannah Bass

Hello! Today I get to share one of my favourite posts – talking to small creative businesses about what inspires them and how they keep creative. I’m talking today to Hannah Bass, owner of a contemporary tapestry business that designs and sells colourful, urban, contemporary designs of city maps from around the world.

I came across Hannah’s designs when I visited her stand at the Knitting and Stitching show in March this year and fell in love with her San Fransisco kit. It was one of those things where I saw it, loved it, walked away and kept thinking about it all day before my Mum and sister encouraged me to go back and treat myself. I’ve just got going with it, my very first tapestry kit, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it this summer.

I’m thrilled to have Hannah here on my blog today; so sit back, put your feet up and let’s have a chat…


A chat with Hannah Bass about tapestry, design and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


Hey Hannah, it’s so great to have you here. Let’s kick things off with a little introduction to who you are…

I’m a creative soul. I’ve always loved making things, from playhouses for my Sylvanian families, to bespoke furniture for my clients. Bright colours, the outdoors, sport & travel make me happy. I became an Interior Designer after university. Ten years later I wanted to focus more on the ‘handmade movement’, to bring back the skills of our grandparents. In such a fast paced, high tech world, like meditation & yoga, needlepoint is incredibly therapeutic. It forces you to slow down and relax.

For readers who haven’t heard of your products, could you tell us a little bit about them?

I design graphic, colourful, contemporary needlepoint kits of city maps.

I have a busy mind, so needlepoint has always appealed to me – it calms me. I stumbled across my products by chance. I couldn’t find a modern needlepoint I wanted to stitch which fitted with my interior décor, so I designed a map of my home town, London. Friends liked it, so it grew from there. I’m quite an impulsive person, so I quit my job pretty quickly & started designing a few more round the kitchen table.


A chat with Hannah Bass about tapestry, design and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


In such a fast paced, high tech world, like meditation & yoga, needlepoint is incredibly therapeutic.

I bought your San Francisco kit in March and I’m curious to know how you choose a city and how it goes from an idea to a kit that’s ready to sell.

Initially, I chose the cities that had an obvious theme: San Francisco – the rainbow, Barcelona – the Gaudi colours etc. These days it’s down to the most requested cities. Everybody has a different emotional attachment to a different place. My next 2 designs will be Berlin and Edinburgh.

So what does a typical day look like to you?

I usually answer my emails in bed, then make up the overnight online orders for posting. The admin, marketing & general ‘to-do’ list are sorted in the morning so I can empty my brain & focus on designing, the bit I love. I work from home so I like to get out the house at lunchtime to separate the morning and afternoon. I head to the gym for a swim, steam & sauna. There’s a great café there that’s lovely to work from too. I design in the afternoon and the evenings are spent stitching the next prototype.


A chat with Hannah Bass about tapestry, design and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


Only do it if you love it. I love what I do and it’s perfect for me. But I’ve made a number of sacrifices in the process.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d offer to anyone thinking of starting their own business?

Only do it if you love it. I love what I do and it’s perfect for me. But I’ve made a number of sacrifices in the process. It’s hardwork, so your heart has to be in it.

What’s the key to a happy life for you?

Balance, I think. I’m a Gemini, so I’m an odd contrast of things. I’m overly social at times, yet very shy at others. I need people, but also peace and quiet. I love London, but I need to escape to the countryside every so often. Love, good friends, good hobbies & walking the dogs.

And finally, who would you invite to your famous person dinner party (dead or alive) and why?

Winston Churchill. He’s the ultimate ‘one liner’. Charming, intelligent, brave and funny. A bit of a dying breed.


A chat with Hannah Bass about tapestry, design and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine


A big thank you to Hannah for her time, it’s been a pleasure to get to know her a little better! You can catch Hannah over on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or, of course, her website.

Hannah has also very kindly offered a 10% discount to readers of This Little Space of Mine with the code thislittlespaceofmine (valid until the end of July 2016). Pop on over to her website and treat yourself to a new craft project.

If you fancy catching a previous ‘A chat with…’ here are a few links for you –

Finally, I thought I’d put out a call to see if there are any small business owners you’d like to see featured in this series? Or perhaps you’re a small business owner and would like to be interviewed? A chat with is taking a break now until September, but I’m on the lookout for suggestions so drop me an email.

Thanks for reading… I hope today’s post has inspired you to take up tapestry!

Leanne x

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

Hello! I’m back today sharing how I’m getting on with my crafting projects – my works in progress and the things I’d like to make this year. I don’t normally post on a Saturday, but hope you’re around to have a read.

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know to keep it flowing from month to month I have a) created a spreadsheet (because I love a good spreadsheet!) and b) I’m going to copy and paste from post to post and adjust the wording if I’ve made progress. If you see any bits repeat, it’ll tell you I did nothing on it all month!


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


April was mainly about making crochet flowers for Make May Purple, but I also managed to finish a granny square scrap blanket I started making last summer. You might also notice that I’ve added a couple of projects to the ‘on my radar’ list, which I’ve promised myself I won’t start on until I’ve finished the ripple blanket. Promise, promise, promise! Anyway, let’s check out the list…

Completed
  • Crochet flowers for Make May Purple. I finished Make May Purple having raised over £650 which included making 100+ flowers. Completely and utterly beyond any expectation I have – a big thank you to everyone who supported me and Stroke Association.
  • Attic 24 ripple blanket. Finished this just in the nick of time! Once I got close to finishing I had that burst of energy to just get it done, so finished it just after the bank holiday weekend. More pics and a write up to come soon.
Underway
  • The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along. This month the top row will be finished – wowee, half way there! This month’s pattern is for Russia and I’m looking forward to working on it.
  • San Francisco tapestry cushion. I got myself started on this a couple of days ago, getting the frame ready and starting on the wording. It’s going to be a long term project but one I plan to enjoy over the warmer, summer months (when they decide to arrive!) 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 couple of links for you – January, February, March, April and May.

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

Leanne x

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Colours to inspire: purple

In keeping with the purple theme this month, as part of Make May Purple, today’s colours to inspire post is taking on a purple theme. To catch up on other colours to inspire posts I’ve popped the links below for you.


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


Purple is one of those colours I’m not normally drawn to, but since making the purple Heidi Bear pony last year I’ve warmed to it. That and now the purple flowers for Make May Purple, it’s a colour I’m certainly getting used to using. It’s the same with any colour, team it up with the right shades and it’ll come to life. Unless it’s red perhaps, I’m not a fan of red!

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 - purples. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Felicity at craftingwithfelicity. Firstly, I love that this is called lily pond, but more so I love the gradient from purples to greys to blues. Even if you’re not a purple fan, it’s complimented by the other shades and the variety of colours makes for a really pretty piece. Felicity is a big fan of the ripple blanket, so do check out her feed for other colour combination ideas.


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


Photo from Sarah at littleduckcrochet. Oh I think I’m a little in love with this colour combination; Sarah’s gone for a more muted, pastel looks that feels perfect for a baby blanket or similar. I love how Sarah’s balanced out the colours with cream in between rows and isn’t her crochet super neat?


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


Photo from Nat at little_v_and_me. Just how cute is this? I just love how Nat’s teamed up with purple shades with blue, similar to Felicity’s lily pond blanket. I could imagine these shades being used for decorating walls – perhaps a darker feature wall followed by a lighter shade, or cushions to tie it all in.


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


Photo from Rosina at zeensandroger. I couldn’t have a colours to inspire post without one of my favourite colour combinations – pink and yellow. Another ripple blanket, but very different to the lily pond and I like the pastel tones with the brighter yellow and stronger purple shade to tie it all together. Plus the light blue is a really nice touch.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I think my favourite this month goes to littleduckcrochet.

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: craftingwithfelicity, littleduckcrochet, little_v_and_me and zeensandroger.

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