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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.

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.

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.

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.

Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve shared some yarn peg colour inspiration and so, with my best friends baby due next month, I thought I’d share with you some baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn‘s Special DK collection. I love playing with different colours and it was great fun to sit in the garden last week and put together different combinations to share with you. I’d also like to think my photos have improved since last time!


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Post from This Little Space of Mine


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection

Before I get started I should mention that I know there’s a lot of conversation about colour preferences for babies; some like gender neutral and hate stereotypes like girls in pink, some don’t like dark colours on babies, as two examples. I’m sure there are lots more. With that in mind, I’ve gone for some gender specific ideas, gender neutral ideas, brights and a little darker tones too. I hope there’s something for everyone and, let’s face it, that’s the joy of the Stylecraft Special DK range – there’s something for everyone!


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Duck Egg, Storm Blue, Sherbet, Cloud Blue and Silver. Post from This Little Space of Mine


1. Duck Egg, Storm Blue, Sherbet, Cloud Blue and Silver. Kicking off this post with a baby boy inspired colour scheme, thinking of my friend in mind as she’s expecting a boy. I’d avoided going for anything too bright here and instead focused on softer colours with the Storm Blue shade bringing it all together. Grey’s also work well with blue so I added in Silver, plus the Duck Egg shade has a blue/grey feel to it.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Parma Violet, Soft Peach, Candyfloss, Apricot and Cream. Post from This Little Space of Mine


2. Parma Violet, Soft Peach, Candyfloss, Apricot and Cream. By complete contrast to the first idea, here’s a collection of colours with a baby girl in mind. I’ve again opted for soft colours, which are always popular for a baby, and I’ve added in a contrast in the Parma Violet shade. Looking back I’m not convinced it’s entirely worked and the Candyfloss and Soft Peach shades are the standout colours for me.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Grass Green, Citron, Shrimp, Sunshine and Cloud Blue. Post from This Little Space of Mine


3. Grass Green, Citron, Shrimp, Sunshine and Cloud Blue. How about this for gender neutral? I love this collection and how bright it is. I feels like a safari or beach type collection of colours and I love how the colours work together. You’ve got Citron and Sunshine for the summer feeling, Grass Green for a grassy, woodland vibe and Cloud Blue and Shrimp for the seaside. I’m not sure it’d work for a winter baby, but for this time of year it’s an absolute winner and my favourite of the 5 ideas in this post.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Parchment, Soft Peach, Cream, Duck Egg and Stone. Post from This Little Space of Mine


4. Parchment, Soft Peach, Cream, Duck Egg and Stone. I love this collection and feel like it’s a good middle ground between neutral and gender specific – with the inclusion of the Duck Egg and Soft Peach shades. The natural tones of these shades, with Stone and Parchment, feels cosy and suited to a newborn baby and there’s a vibe of the classic neapolitan ice cream about it. Certainly one of the softer collections in this post, this could be used for a baby gift all year round.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Mustard, Lobelia, Fondant, Teal and Empire. Post from This Little Space of Mine


5. Mustard, Lobelia, Fondant, Teal and Empire. I’d say this feels like a more ‘grown up’ baby colour scheme. The colours are quite rich, as well as having a couple of bright tones in the Mustard and Fondant shades, but they’re balanced well with the other colours. The reason I like this collection of colours for a baby is because it feels warm, the warmth of the Lobelia and Teal especially stood out and this makes for a great gender neutral colour scheme. Plus, babies aside I want this is my home!

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

I should also mention that I chose Stylecraft Special DK (again) for this post because a) I love their range of colours but b) the yarn washes up really well, which is just what you need for a baby! In terms of where to buy it, there are lots of online and bricks and mortar shops that stock it though I tend to buy from Wool Warehouse as it’s affordable and their delivery is pretty quick!

If you fancy catching up on previous Stylecraft colour scheme posts, here are a couple of links you might like:

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

Leanne x

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Colours to inspire: stripes

Hello! Hump day already – how’s your week going? Today I’m sharing another set of colours to inspire, all found on Instagram recently. You’ll notice I’ve tweaked the title of this series slightly – hopefully making it easier for people to find when searching for colour inspiration.

Oh and if you’ve missed any previous colours to inspire post, here are the links:

If you’re new to Instagram be sure to pop over to my page and say hello!


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


With the brighter days generally in full swing, I’ve been loving all the bright colour combinations popping up on Instagram recently. There’s something really uplifting and bold about stripes so this month is very much inspired by that, and the change in season we’re seeing at the moment.

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 - bright stripes. This Little Space of Mine



Photo from Jo at jo_bo_crochet. I love the stitch in this blanket, it’s one I haven’t tried yet but gives a great finished affect. Jo’s Instagram feed is great and I love the randomness of this stripey project; the yellow/pink/yellow towards the left of the picture is probably my favourite, but all the shades work really well together.



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



Photo from Joan at madebyjustjoan. Oh how I adore these colours together. They’re so bright, sunny and inviting; the blanket almost looks like a gradient and I absolutely love how Joan has combined the colours. Plus, you can’t beat a bit of granny stripes can you?



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



Photo from Sonja at ratschebutsch. Another granny stripe blanket and the yellow stripe in this blanket really catches my eye; I love a yellow and pink combination so this colour combination is an all round winner. Sonja’s crocheting is also super neat and she’s captured her work really well in this picture.



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



Photo from Nicole at bluecatcrochet. And finally, something a little different. The royal blue shade in this combination is striking and really caught my eye – teamed up with the orange and pick and I think it makes for an interesting collection of colours. The ripple technique looks great and I could see this looking good as a picnic blanket.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I’m on the lookout for more combinations, so shout if you see anything on your travels and I might pop it in a later post.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Photo credit: jo_bo_crochetmadebyjustjoanratschebutsch and bluecatcrochet.

Found on Instagram: Colours to inspire

Hello! I’m back with another set of colours to inspire, all found on Instagram in the feeds I’m enjoying the most. If you’re new to Instagram be sure to pop over to my page and say hello! Oh and if you’ve missed any previous colours to inspire post, here are the links:


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


With the clocks about to change and that spring feeling already in the air, I thought I’d look at colours that celebrate the change in season. Spring is probably my favourite season, the days are brighter, it can sometimes be a bit warmer and flowers come into bloom.

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 - colours for spring. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Holly at hol_fox. Spring colours are all about pastels to me and I love the shades of yellow, greens and blues in this photo – plus how tasty do these biscuits look? So beautifully decorated too! I love this palette and think this could work so well in so many instances – decorating, blankets, clothing, there are a lot of options here. Holly regularly shares pictures of her bakes and amazing decorating skills, so definitely check out her feed.


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


Photo from Fran at fallfordiy. Fran’s Instagram feed is a thing of beauty and the way she styles her photographs is incredibly inspiring; she clearly thinks about her feed and how to co-ordinate each feed, making them instantly recognisable. These colours make me think of those warm spring days we get from time to time. I remember Easter weekend back in 2011 where it was incredibly warm and we had a family BBQ in the garden. Wouldn’t that be nice this month?


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


Photo from the team at molliemakes. There is something really fresh and clean about this image – the combination of pink/peach matched with the minty green shade is so scrummy, plus the addition of white and gold really brings it to life. I can’t tell you how much I love these shades. I want this in my home! Mollie Makes’ feed (and magazines) are jam packed with ideas and this is just the tip of the iceberg.


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


Photo from Dalia at piapoirechocrochet. For a combination of colours, this is the photo for you. I can imagine this blanket being used for a spring picnic in a park and the combination used in this make really excites me. I’ve mentioned before that I’m drawn to pinks and in this make, I love the addition of both the dark and bright blue, alongside that spring green shade and peach colour. Lovely.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I’m on the lookout for more combinations, so shout if you see anything on your travels and I might pop it in a later post.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Photo credit: hol_fox, fallfordiy, molliemakes and piapoirechocrochet.

Found on Instagram: Colours to inspire

Hello, how are you? I’m back today with some more colour inspiration I’ve found on Instagram. I kicked off this series last month, did you catch it? Instagram is a great source of inspiration – almost for anything and everything – and through this post I how to share and gush about the photos and feeds I love. So without further ado, here are a few colours to inspire you…


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - Pinks, reds and purples for Valentine's day. This Little Space of Mine


As we’ve had Valentine’s day recently I thought I’d opt for a pink theme of colour inspiration. I’m naturally drawn to pinks and how they match with other shades, so picking four ideas through my Instagram likes was a fun task. Below you’ll find details of the Instagrammer who posted the picture, alongside notes and ideas on the colours and how they inspire.

Before I get started, 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 - Pinks, reds and purples for Valentine's day. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Geraldine at littlebigbell. Geraldine is the key of finding colour inspiration and I’ve been in love with her Instagram feed for a long time. I can’t help but feel happy when I see these shades of pinks come together in this photo of a group of balloons, there’s something a bit bubblegum about it that makes me smile. Image these colours in a little girls’ room or in a piece of clothing – instant happiness, plus you could easily tone it down by introducing more white to the palette.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - Pinks, reds and purples for Valentine's day. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Holly at holly_pips. Another Instagram feed I love is from Holly, who shares her crochet makes (amongst other crafts) alongside pics of her beautiful little girl, Pip, and new baby, Milo. Holly is the queen of crochet and has made some great pieces and picks colours really well. In this C2C crochet blanket I really like how she teamed up the pink with the purple, cream and green – there’s something really cosy about it. Keep an eye on Holly’s feed for more inspiration, she starts and finishes projects super quickly!


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - Pinks, reds and purples for Valentine's day. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Helena at helipie_. I enjoy seeing how pinks are matched with other colours – yellows, greens, purples etc. and in this post I was really drawn to the orange and peaches teamed up with the fuchsia and baby pink shades. It’s all bought together with the white bordering, making for a fun and colourful blanket. This style of blanket is actually on my WIP list to make this year for our living room, once I’ve chosen the shade. Helena’s feed is full of pinks so naturally I love it!


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - Pinks, reds and purples for Valentine's day. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Shelley-Jayne at dollyandthebear. Ahhh purple, purple is one of those colours I’m not naturally drawn to but, since working with it for the Heidi Bear pony at the end of the last year, I’ve started to look at it differently. While I think I prefer a darker and stronger purple, I really like how Shelley-Jane has teamed this up with pinks and creams – plus the hexagon style of the blanket is gorgeous. Another colour scheme perhaps suited to a baby girl, I think this style and selection of shades is really pretty.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I’m on the lookout for more combinations, so shout if you see anything on your travels and I might pop it in a later post.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Photo credit: littlebigbell, holly_pips, helipie_ and dollyandthebear.

Found on Instagram: Colours to inspire

Hello! How’s it all going? I’ve been pondering this post idea for a while and, based on the success of my colour posts last year and the fact it’s a new year and a fresh start, I thought I’d give this new post theme a whirl and see how it goes. Plus it gives me a chance to collate and share all those pictures I’m often ‘liking’ on Instagram and doing nothing with.


Found on Instagram: colours to inspire. From This Little Space of Mine


This month I’ve opted for a winter theme of colours I’ve found. Below you’ll find details of the Instagrammer who posted the picture, alongside notes and ideas on the colours and how they inspire.

Before I get started, 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. Brights for a cosy feel - pink, purple, grey, cream. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Valerie at twoplums. I love working with bright and colouring combinations and this for me caught my eye immediately – not only because of the crochet stitches used (it’s Spice of Life), but the colours jumped at me. Having worked with purple recently my feeling towards the shade have warmed and I like here how it’s combined with greys, cream, pink and even a couple of green/blue shades. There’s a definite warmth to these colours and I’m sure this is lovely to snuggle under during these colder months. Have a look at Valerie’s Instagram feed, she’s made some great crochet pieces.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire. Pale pink, purple with a sheep motif. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from handmadebysmine. OK, I admit, I was drawn in by the sheep, but there’s a real wintery feel to these colours, something cold and frosty in the colours, alongside the warmth of pink. I’m always drawn to pinks and can’t resist an animal motif. I wish I could put into words the warmth and happiness I feel from this make and how the colours have bought it to life.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire. Fair isle reds, pinks and green. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from emilyquinton, bag beautifully knitted by sarahhazell6. I’ve actually touched this make, having met Sarah and Emily at a Makelight workshop last September. Fair isle fascinates me and the colours Sarah have chosen feel autumnal and festive, all rolled into one. Red really isn’t my colour, but there’s something about it’s combination with pink, green, gold and cream that has drawn me to it and made me think about working with red in the future. Sarah’s designs can be found on her website.


Found on Instagram - colours that inspire. Wintery greys, whites and cream. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from flzvarol. I’m not sure it’s possible to get more of a winter feel than in these colours. There’s the grey of the sky, the white of snow (we can hope for snow!) and the cream/stone shades feel like the warmth in seasonal clothes and the colour of the remaining leaves on branches. A really pretty combination of colours, to my mind.

I had no idea until I put these pictures together that actually all four are from different locations – the US, New Zealand, here in England and Istanbul. I quite like the fact that the inspiration I’ve picked for today’s post has come from all over the world. Just goes to show inspiration can come from anywhere!

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I’m on the lookout for more combinations, so shout if you see anything on your travels and I might pop it in a later post.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns

How are you today? Over the last month I’ve talked quite a bit about colour scheme concepts – thanks for all your lovely feedback on my ideas! I thought today I’d wrap it all up with a look at 5 crochet blanket ideas. All 5 ideas use lots of colour, so you can keep it bright and colourful, or perhaps neutral, dark or these could be good for baby blankets in more pastel colours. The options are endless and I hope this post gives you some ideas!

If you fancy a recap, here are my recent posts on colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft yarn:


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5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns

1. Cherry Heart’s ‘Weekender’ blanket

I’ve been cooing over this blanket pattern for a while and one day I will make it, perhaps with all my leftovers or Stylecraft’s newest colours. Sandra’s blog details the pattern for the hexagons and the exact shades she used, so you can always replicate what she made too.  Pattern and further details can be found here.

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Cherry Heart's Weekender Blanket via This Little Space of Mine


2. Janis Cortese’s ‘Vintage Fan Ripple’ pattern

I find this pattern fascinating, very unique and with the right yarn could make for a really cosy blanket for the colder months. Of all the patterns I researched and looked at for this post, this one really stood out just because it’s so different. The pattern can be found here and this photo is courtesy of Chiaki Creates; how much fun are her colour choices?

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Janis Cortese's 'Vintage Fan Ripple' pattern via This Little Space of Mine


3. Tamara Kelly’s ‘Blackberry Salad’ striped baby blanket

This year I learnt all about bobble stitch when knitting, so I’m intrigued by bobble stitch in crochet and how similar/different they’ll be (other than the obvious needles vs hook!). Plus, the pattern is called ‘Blackberry Salad’ – I love it more already! The pattern can be found here (plus lots more great photos). Photo courtesy of FaithR.

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Tamara Kelly's 'Blackberry Salad' striped baby blanket via This Little Space of Mine


4. Ana Contreras’ ‘Fantasy’ blanket

Crochet blankets with lots of textures and shapes (as well as colour!) always stand out from the crowd for me and, as I learn more about crochet, I love that I’m now able to look at a photo like below and recognise some of the stitches. The pattern can be found here and this photo is courtesy of Kate at Beak Up Crafts who made this for her baby boy when she was pregnant; I bookmarked it a long time ago and love Kate’s colour selections!

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Ana Contreras' 'Fantasy’ blanket via This Little Space of Mine


5. Attic 24’s Granny Stripe blanket

I couldn’t write a post about crochet blankets without including one of Lucy’s creations. The Granny Stripe blanket is where it all began (I think) and it’s another project on my list to have a go at – perhaps with leftovers from the Heidi Bear Pony’s I’m currently making. A very versatile pattern; you can find the pattern here and this photo is courtesy of k2create on Flickr.

5 stash busting crochet blanket patterns - Attic 24's Granny Stripe blanket via This Little Space of Mine


So what do you think? Do any of these take your fancy? My favourite is Cherry Heart’s ‘Weekender’ blanket and I might start that in the new year with the new Stylecraft colours. That being said, my work in progress is quite long and I’ve promised to complete some things before starting anything new – oh the woes of a crafter! These would all make for great stash busters so hopefully it’s given you some ideas.

I’m tempted to do a similar post for knitting blanket patterns – would you be interested in seeing that?

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and thank you for taking the time to have a read.

Leanne x

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