sprinkling hearts

Aqua Splice Heart Garland
100% Organic Cotton (Aqua), 100% Cotton (White). Crochet.

Did I mention I can’t stop making hearts?

Blue Willow Heart Garland
40% Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool, 20% Silk. Crochet.

I’ve made peace with my heart making… literally… making hearts is a happy, satisfying, low commitment, crafty little project that I can pick up anytime I have a spare moment. The hearts themselves don’t take too long at all… Stringing them together doesn’t take too long either. Blocking them so they sit flat takes a little time and a lot of pins. Photographing them takes a little time… So a garland takes some time… But a Heart? It only takes a moment.

Did I mention that I made my very first sale in my Etsy Shop? Probably rather uncool to be as excited as I am about it… but I am… very excited! I couldn’t think of a sweeter more deserving first customer too… So I hooked up a Teeny Heart Garland to gift with the blanket… in celebration of this exciting occasion.

The shop has a few little heart garlands in it now… in case you’d like to take a look… or not… ’tis fine… maybe hearts aren’t your thing? They are my thing… Just in case you didn’t know… but I’m sure you do. Hearts are precious, delicate and robust all at once… fragile yet tough… to be treasured… honoured… respected… guided… followed… protected… and strung together on a garland and sprinkled around the home… At least that’s what my heart says!

Hope your heart sprinkles a little happiness in your day today.


have a heart!

Hello, my name is Little White Dove and I am addicted to crocheting hearts!

I thought I best do something with all the hearts I’m crocheting…

pink and green heart garland
Pink, Lemon & Green Heart Garland.
100% Suri Alpaca (Lemon), 100% Cotton (Pink, Cream), 100% Wool (Green).

pink & lemon heart garland
Pink & Lemon Heart Garland
100% Cotton (Cream, Pale Pink), 100% Suri Alpaca (Lemon), Wool/Silk/Tencel (Dark Pink)

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Pastel Love Heart Garland
100% Wool (Pale Green), 100% Cotton (all other colours)

grey aqua heart garland
Aqua Grey Heart Garland
100% Suri Alpaca (Cream), 100% Cotton (Cream, Aqua), 100% Wool (Teal, Grey).

teal & aqua heart garland
Teal Heart Garland
100% Cotton (White), 100% Wool (Light Teal, Dark Teal).

Do you ever get ‘stuck’ on making the same thing? Over and over?
There’s something satisfying about these sweet hearts.
In fact it fills my heart to make these hearts.

Even the bird got a little mini heart garland on his cage!
Nothing’s safe from a-crochet-attack around here.

In order to stop myself hanging a heart garland from anything I can attach one to, I think I’m going to pop these little sweeties into my Etsy Shop… as soon as I get a chance… before I find another spot for one…

Hope your day has had a good sprinkling of hearts of in it today!

cherry pie and hearts

cherry pie and cream
Cherry Pie and Cream Blanket
Cherry colour – 75% wool, 15% mohair, 5% alpaca, 5% silk. Cream colour – 100% handspun wool. Crochet.

I know. I have a thing for food names. This blanket was made especially for my daughter and I wanted it be as comforting as Cherry Pie and Cream on a cold winters day. Or at least what I imagine the comfort that ‘eating Cherry Pie and Cream on a cold winters day’ would bring. You see I have a bunch of allergies with food that rules out Cherry Pie and Cream from my diet. Unfortunately! And the colours look like they could be Cherries and Cream… in my imagination anyway. Ok, so maybe I was just hungry and wishing I could eat Cherry Pie and cream too. Hmph… in my dreams!

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It’s a classic granny square pattern, I just kept going… and going…

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7 rows of cherry red, then 2 rows of cream. This totals 9 for the pattern. I’m a bit OCD with numbers in patterns. I like my favourite numbers to appear. Often. It’s a numerology thing. And an OCD thing. Do you do that with patterns? You know, make sure they have your favourite numbers in them? I know my mum does with her beautiful jewellery making. Maybe it’s just us?

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The cherry red is the “Persian” blend from Bendigo Woollen Mills in ‘Rhubarb’. The cream is handspun and gently waves from thick to thin in a lovely natural organic manner. Both yarns were deliciously soft to work with and both are 100% Australian. We are so very lucky to have such gorgeous yarns of the most beautiful quality available to us here.

chartreuse love
Chartreuse Love Garland.
Dark Green 100% Cotton, Chartreuse 100% Silk.
This little sweet heart garland is for my sis. She has a lovely newly decorated set of shelves with a collection of her favourite green items on it. She mentioned recently that a crocheted heart garland would finish it off nicely. I think I found the perfect green yarns in my yarnstash*.

duckeggblue garland
Duck Egg Blue Silk Hearts
100% Pure Silk, Crochet.
I liked my sisters heart garland so much that I decided the divine duck egg blue silk had my name on it for a garland. It’s so… um… well… silky! Duh! Really luxurious to touch, but may I say, not so luxurious to crochet! A bit of a pain to honest. It splits easily and because it’s so feather light and fine, quite tricky to handle and work with in general. I think I could make this with another yarn in a third of the time… Must say though, I think it’s well worth the extra time and some colourful language!

duckeggblue heart
Sweet hey? Heart pattern was written about back here if you’re thinking about whipping one up yourself. You may see some appear in my Etsy Shop soon too… If I can handle the pace!

New project time!


Hoping your days are filled with comfort like Cherry Pie and Cream, maybe with a sip of Chartreuse on the side?
And a sprinkling of soft silky hearts!

* affectionately known as ‘The Yarn Shop’ by the hubby!

crochet & christmas

Crochet Jar Cover
Aqua & Peach 100% cotton, White & Blues 100% wool.

I whipped this little number up last night whilst watching a video (the video was not much chop!). It didn’t take that long and I just used up my scrappy ends of yarn balls.

I actually have 3 jars full of hooks and needles (you can never have too many can you?) but this one sits on the coffee table in the lounge room as it contains my favourites that are used often. It also includes a little christmas gift, some sweet scented lilac blossom hand cream. Handy to have hand cream on hand don’t you think?
Speaking of Christmas, I do hope yours was lovely? Was it full of delicious food? And family? And friends? And possibly an indulgent drink or two? Mine was… I feel very lucky to have such a gorgeous family to share special occasions like Christmas with. This year was the Dove Cottage Christmas turn. We rotate houses each year amongst my mum, my sister and myself. I thought I’d share a little glimpse of our table with you… well it does include some crochet after all!

The centre piece of the table included some silver birch branches from our garden, sprinkled with little white crochet hearts. Some cotton. Some wool. Some big. Some small. I’ve made a lot of hearts lately. There’s also a little heart garland in the background hanging up.

We don’t have a curved table, this is a panoramic picture from my iPhone and it’s actually 2 tables joined together to fit the whole family. I started with the intentions of a clean silver and white theme but got stumped by the table cloth at the start! Nothing white big enough. Turns out I had just the right size of teal fabric lying around in my fabric stash though… and I can’t help but include a healthy dose of colour in most things I do. There were hydrangea, lollies, paper doilies, reindeer with tea candles in their antlers, and later there were laughs, chats, lame giggles at the lame bon-bon cracker jokes, a generally feeling of love and peace, eating, drinking and merriment. Just like you’d want a christmas to be really.

I made these very simple, quick, easy and cheap name card placements to continue my little reindeer & silver birch theme.

There was also a very christmassy looking vintage punch bowl filled with Mojito.

There was even a Christmas kitten up the Christmas tree (whenever she was quick enough before someone spotted her!).

I hope your christmas was full of peace, love, good cheer and merriment! I hope Santa stuffed something down the chimney that was on your wish list. And I hope you get to see the New Year in just how you’d like to… at home… at a party… watching fireworks… Cheers to you, see you in 2013!

life’s a peach

Life’s a Peach (with random bursts of sunshine) Blanket
Cream & Peach 100% cotton, lemon 99.6% Cotton & 0.4% Lycra
Peach – mouthwateringly delicious! Don’t you just love stone fruit season?

So another heart blanket complete. I know, I’ve done a few now. One here, here and here actually, pattern links here! But I really love the special 3 little random lemon hearts in this one… I don’t know why… maybe because they are unexpected… and I love lemon and peach together – both in colour and food… and I’m not a big one for too much structure and neatness… a bit like my garden really… I like to let it get a little wild around the edges and ramble away a bit on me… I pay for this pleasure when it comes time to maintain it… or rather my and hubby and I pay for it… hard yakka… but I do so love it when it’s almost verging on out of control.
Oh yeah, I really live on the edge don’t I!

I added a bit of a top and bottom border to this heart blanket – a couple of stripes and a little solid section. Just for a little contrast from the all hearts of usual. It’s a super generous cot size blanket – in fact only just fitted on the table to block it.

Yesterday was the first day of my holidays, the sun was shining and I got to wash, block and photograph my blankie all in one day! That doesn’t usually happen. It’s usually a whole weekend kind of thing. I’m looking forward to a relaxing break from work at home with lots of crafty sessions, so you may see me a bit more regularly over the next couple of weeks. Well, that’s the plan anyway!

My peachy good day also included catching up with this little cutiepie! My gorgeous godson Sam, who took great delight in the playing the piano, eating grapes, sharing some peppermint tea and chewing on a few mint leaves. As you do! A peachy goodness sunshiny day for sure.

Christmas preparations on the agenda next… enough craft and peachy relaxation for now… time to get it together… it’s almost here… and I’m almost ready… bit of a tidy up… bit of cleaning… a turkey to pick up… and stuff… the table to set – my favourite part of the preparations… then the joy and fun of family, food, pressies and most likely a mojito or two… or three… tick tick tick… we’re almost there.

Hope you’re almost ready too… and your day is full of peachy goodness and unexpected bursts of sunshine!

Chunky Love

Chunky Love Blankie.
White – 100% wool, Green – 30% Alpaca and 70% wool. Crochet.

I know – another heart blanket! I can’t help it. I love hearts… and could they be any more appropriate on a baby blanket? No, I don’t think so.

I edged this blanket with a couple of rows of granny stitch, followed by a single crochet row in the white… and I felt soft rounded corners seemed to suit the pattern.

The Green yarn was super thick and chunky and I couldn’t find a nice clean white in the same thickness so I crocheted two strands together of a finer white yarn. This then made the white chunkier than the green but the overall effect worked nicely making the green hearts look a little more delicate in this chunky Chunky Love Blanket.

Hope you find some love in your day, chunky or not!