crochet wrist warmers

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I made myself something… I’ve been enjoying my winter walks lately except I kept having to roll my sleeves down over my hands to keep them warm. Then I remembered some lovely wrist warmers I had spotted a while back either on the Coco Rose Diaries Blog or Instagram.

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So I searched Pinterest for Patterns… as you do! Before long I landed on this pattern for Wrist Warmers which I thought looked like the ones on the Coco Rose blog. Perfect! Or so I thought….

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I hunted around for some odds and ends of yarn, knowing they wouldn’t take much, and put together the lovely blue shades that I always fall back on. Soft. Pastel. Slightly green in some lights and sometimes a bit greyish. Gorgeous fibres. Alpaca, silk, wool… the usual suspects.

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Off I started… following the pattern… It wasn’t long till I hit a snag! A bit of the pattern that didn’t seem to make sense… to me anyway. I had a look at the comments and somebody had written that it looked like there was a whole row of pattern missing. Great I thought… knowing patterns aren’t exactly my strong point. So, I started the other wrist warmer and got it to the same snag point. Then I just kinda sorta made up the little bits that I needed to continue in the main pattern row. Not sure that makes sense now as I write it, but basically I just fluffed along like I usually do. They are very similar to the look of the ones in the pattern, but a bit different… they’re missing a row every second row! There’s a lot of winging it, and a certain amount of uncertainty in knowing whether the finished product will be wearable when fluffing along like this. And I will say that there was a bit of unraveling … me and the yarn! Throw in a few obligatory swear words about patterns and before I knew it they were done. And they worked… I even made up a little joiny bit between the thumb and fingers.

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I have tried them out and they work a treat. My hands are warm as… My fingers get a little chilly but I need them free for photos… Because what’s a winter walk without taking a million photos I ask you? A ‘normal’ walk my hubby would say!

Wishing you little joyful moments like happy sunny winter walks with warm hands.

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autumn crochet

It’s been a while… but I’ve been busy… more crazy busy than usual… or maybe just more crazy? Who knows!
I do have lots of pretty pictures for you though…
I’ll start with some pretty flowers from my garden…
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The flowers are slowing down as winter nears, but there are still so many pretties in the garden to pop into a posy… I love the autumn silver birch branches and rose hips… And I love that the roses seem to become more intense in their colour as Autumn passes…

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This is in amongst the Cherry Tree Grove at my favourite gardens… Spec.tac.u.lar no?!
I must say walking between two rows of cherry trees… in full blown autumn glory… with the breeze gently blowing… autumn leaves raining down… tumbling along the ground as the wind gently moves them along… is quite the magical experience… twas sublime!

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A panoramic of the Cherry Tree Grove.

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Another sweet Cherry Tree path in the gardens… This one is a bit special… It leads to Serenity Point… and it was my wedding aisle… many moons ago… in an Autumn from another decade!

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It’s not all orangey shades in the gardens though… there are many green and golden paths to enjoy also… like under this big old Tulip Tree.

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Where one can find the most enormous Tulip Tree leaves… This one was as big as my face!

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And the pretty little Ginkgo Biloba trees are fast becoming a strong Autumn favourite. The gorgeous leaf shape and it’s delicious lime green turning golden yellow is quite the sight to behold.

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Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me and blow me away with her stunning colours…

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and pretty leaves looking totally divine in the late afternoon sunlight…

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is there a better sunlight than late afternoon?

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on pretty Autumn leaves?
I don’t think so.

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Apart from taking a gazillion photos on my Autumn walks, I have managed to finish a few crocheted projects too.

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This “Pink Sprinkles” blanket is for an order and I do love a little random unexpectedness in my blankies… as you can see!

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I also crocheted a pure silk scarf using a simple ladder stitch…

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It’s not a warmth scarf, more of a decorative pop of the most gorgeous Duck Egg Blue colour… Feather light and silky… twas perfect for my sweet mum on Mothers Day…

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My current project is for an order and is coming up a treat! Blanket stitch is, not surprisingly, perfect for a blanket as it’s the same both sides… It’s also a fairly solid stitch with no real gaps to speak of and super easy to remember…

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It has the cutest bubbly like texture too making it very snuggle-worthy!

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I shall leave you with one last Autumn picture… The peace I draw from these gardens every time I walk there is wonderful… I heard something on the radio the other day about how important it is to connect, walk, be in, be around – nature. Even just looking at a picture of a tree does something to your brain… in a positive way… in a relaxing and calming way… don’t quote me on this, I’m not great at recalling the details, just remembered how they said how good it is for you… Which I already knew just because of how much I get out of my walks… but it was interesting to hear that ‘they’ have done some sort of scientific tests on this to prove it’s a fact… not just in my imagination!

Well, I hope you enjoy a little bit of a peaceful calming vibe from looking at my pictures of nature… at the least I hope I haven’t bored you to tears! Maybe it’s inspired you to go look at a tree? Or take a walk in your local gardens? Or even down the street? Where in the world are you? Are you enjoying an Autumn or a Spring? Either way, I wish you peaceful moments and lovely vistas of whatever it is that brings you bliss… May the bliss be with you! Teeheehee…

sprinkling hearts

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

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Did I mention I can’t stop making hearts?

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

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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.

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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…

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Pink, Lemon & Green Heart Garland.
100% Suri Alpaca (Lemon), 100% Cotton (Pink, Cream), 100% Wool (Green).

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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

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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.

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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*.

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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!

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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!

Yay!

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!

cashmere fans


Cashmere Fans Blanket
75% Extra fine merino, 20% silk, 5% Cashmere. Crochet.

I just love this vintage fan pattern! I’ve used it before here and here, and I found it via a favourite blog, Meet me at Mikes.


It’s really much easier than it looks.


This is the first time I’ve edged this pattern though… and that was a little tricky to work out at first. Exactly where and how to attach an edge as the natural edge of the pattern is not a straight line.


So this is what I ended up with. A couple of rows of single crochet (crocheted into the back of the stitch like it’s done throughout the pattern), followed by a few rows of open squares then finished with a row of single crochet.


I whipped up this little matching beanie with the left over yarn. All done in single crochet stitch but I reversed the side for the last couple of rows to create some subtle texture for a band. I topped it off with a cute little tassel. Which by the looks of this photo has one stray long runaway strand!


I really enjoy working this pattern and love love love love the colour combo in this blanket. I think it might be one of my favourite colour combinations actually which is rather surprising as it’s not blue! OMG! Well… Ok… I admit the turquoise colour is quite blueish in some lights. The yarn is ever so soft and feather like with the silk and cashmere content, and it creates the most amazing drape. It’s very flowy and billowy and a little tricky to describe actually. It’s perfect for a baby blanket (tis cot size) as it’s delicate, light and with the open style pattern it provides a breathable warmth so would be suitable for all seasons (apart from extreme temperatures of course).

I’ve had this yarn for quite a while, and was a bit precious with it in regards to what I was going to make with it. I’m happy I waited and am thrilled with the result. In fact if it wasn’t so expensive I’d love to buy a big stash and make myself a throw blanket out of it! One day maybe… Could you imagine how soft and luxurious it would feel to wrap yourself up in cashmere, silk and extra fine merino? Divine!.

The exciting thing now is I can start a new project! Don’t you just love the anticipation and pondering before a new creation? I enjoy that part almost as much as the crocheting… Sitting amongst my yarn stash… which is growing rapidly…faster than I can knit or crochet it… and taking over the craft room… so much so that my hubby has nicknamed my craft room ‘the yarn shop’… so I’ve done a little ‘re-stocking’ lately… but oh my, to lovingly handling the skeins and balls… pairing them up in colours and ply’s… and textures and blends… browsing through patterns for inspiration or courage to tackle an actual pattern… I am getting braver in that department… So brave I even picked up some new pattern books recently… Ah yes, it’s all part of that creative process that I find so inspiring… and I love feeling inspired.

Do you feel brave when you embark on a new pattern? I’m off to be brave and inspired… hope you find a little brave inspiration in your day!