An Exciting Moment…

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It was an exciting moment for me when the new issue of Simply Crochet Magazine popped through our letterbox and landed on the doormat! I actually felt quite overwhelmed (in a good way!) For not only do I have a design published in there but I’m also mentioned in the contributors section and have a full back page feature too!! For me that’s just so exciting! 🙂 🙂

I designed these trims which can be used for all kinds of edgings or borders…

As always when designing for magazines, these were on my hooks many months ago and I hadn’t seen them since sending them in. So to see them in print and attached to some jeans as intended is really great. 🙂

I’d been contacted by the magazine quite a few weeks ago to say they wanted a photo and a quote for the contributors section. What to use…

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Little Peeps Creations….

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Little Peeps Creations in Etsy

I discovered Cathy’s creations after selling her some little wooden tree buttons….because they were blank on the back she painted them the same (in fact much better) then the print on the front…I thought, I must investigate, there is talent here….And, lo and behold I was right….not only are the items beautifully made, they are a massively welcome change to some of the mass produced toys on the market these days….all needing batteries and buried in plastic….

Of course, it there are rainbow colours involved I’m there…..mesmerised.  If my daughter were younger she would be having these….as it is we are currently going through the teenage years….I am a constant embarrassment for which I am extremely proud.

Should I be buying gifts for little ones in the future I will be popping back to this shop for a little spree….

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Cathy’s painted tree buttons!  Brilliant!! So good I am now considering buying in some button blanks and having a go myself!

I do have more bright buttons on the way so click on the Etsy tab above….yes up there somewhere to see my current offerings…

Have a happy day!!!

Geri x

The Posh Crochet Poncho…

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This is one beautiful looking poncho….I just purchased the pattern mainly because one of the reviews stated that it was easier than it looked…..being a beginner I find it wiser to do one stitch at a time, one line at a time without looking too far ahead, getting overwhelmed and ditching it even before I have started….

I am still having problems with tension, I am obviously stitching too tightly so working on that….so this one might turn out to be child size!

Purchased from The Posh Crochet in Etsy…

At the moment I am finishing off some crochet bunting for Easter….have made a little wash cloth, also to give away at Easter, with some soap… after this, I shall attempt this little beauty…

I have made some enquiries about stocking some wool for you as mentioned in the last post and am chatting to various suppliers….until then I have a batch of possibly discontinued Sirdar Sunseeker Sensation in baby pink for you….£2.00 a ball, at the moment I have 26 left….

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Click on the picture and go take a look….I have my eyes on lots of exciting things so keep checking back for progress….

Some Instagram inspiration for you…..which is where all of my inspiration comes from….

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From Gabrielle Davies who is currently Spring Cleaning….I have lots of work to do this Easter weekend but that definitely has me wanting to do some sorting and cleaning….

I will be featuring my favourite Instagram accounts so go find me over there….I am pinkcobwebs1

Happy Easter Weekend!!

New Ideas…..

I am having such a great time learning and trying new crochet techniques…..bit of a collection of Simply Crochet magazines and yet to read books….I think I might have finally found my passion…..

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I find I am at my best when I follow a pattern and then slightly change it, I like to say it’s so that it’s unique….but it’s usually because I haven’t quite understood the pattern or I have gone wrong…. it’s all perception after all….

Pattern above comes from the Learn to Crochet Granny Squares and Flower Motifs by Nicki Trench….I love every single pattern in this book….

Anyway, as I am already an online retailer….that’s wetsuits and beach stuff, totally unrelated at Mad Monkey I thought, why don’t I think about selling yarn, because, to be fair I love it far more than I love neoprene….

I have some small stock coming so keep your eyes on my Etsy shop (tab above) as that’s where I will initially put it….should you have any requests just let me know!

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Geri xxx

Moments in Twine Yarn Stash Buster…

My favourite crochet pattern of the day….

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You will find this one in the Moments In Twine Etsy Shop.

I love that you can use up all your left over wool and create a beautiful bohemian afghan blanket in the process….oh yes, another on my ever growing list of things to do!  I am still awaiting lilac wool to complete my holiday poncho, but am spending my time decorating a gypsy skirt…

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My favourite online place of the day…..

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Lucy at Attic 24

This picture this morning inspired me to stride off to the shop in power walk mode to get something to enjoy with a cup of coffee….and get fresh air and exercise in the process.  If you have a passion for crochet and for colour, get the coffee on, treat yourself to a slice of cake and click on the link above and spend some browsing time, inspiring yourself….I can guarantee it’s joyful reading and planning time….

And my favourite quote of the day…..

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We can’t tell on face value who is struggling the most so do keep it simple….be kind to everyone….oh indeed it can be a challenge but selfishly it’s very rewarding….

Much love to everyone, have a grand and fabulous weekend caring for each other.

Geri xx

A Crocheted Simplicity Crochet Bag….

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Today this is my favourite crochet pattern!

I’m still waiting for the extra ball of wool to continue with my holiday poncho….fingers crossed it will arrive today.  This bag is certainly going on my shopping list….

Today we have massive winds here on the North Cornwall coast….first thing I battled my way out with the bins…cursing Christopher for being away on bin day….sat smugly eating my cereal, then a little light bulb pinged in my head….bin day is tomorrow….I got my coat and boots on again and struggled my way back to the front gate to bring the bags in again….sat to eat my cereal, glanced out the window to see a chair sliding its way across the decking towards me…..then a blur of black across the garden like a frisbee….there goes the bin lid which incidentally had a large rock sitting on it to keep it on….Out again, bin lid nowhere to be seen….

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Now I’m a little windswept, I’m surprised I managed to keep my glasses!

For Valentine’s day I have treated myself to a new book, you have to keep yourself pampered…..

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Simply Stitched with Appliqué: Embroidery Motifs and Projects with Linen, Cotton and Felt (Hardware Included)

Now I haven’t done any embroidery or applique so hoping this will point me in the right direction, I really fancy decorating clothes, particularly skirts with a little more than crochet edging….so far it looks like it might be just what I need….but I will update as I work through it….

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The crochet edging has been started here but this will become embroidery practice piece….

Still working through downsizing, yesterday I listed this….

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I love it! I had bought it for my holiday but it’s a shame it’s too small for me….you will find it here….

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Happy Valentines Day xxx