Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dotty flower pattern

Hello! I hope you're having a lovely day!

   You know how I really like crochet flowers?  
Well, I have a little pattern to share with you all today.  I have been fiddling around with this flower pattern for a while, I like how the inner ring of tiny petals are nestled in the big petals. I am calling it the Dotty Flower because of the inner ring of small petals (dots).  
It is not very hard to make, and it is always fun coming up with 3 colour combos. :)  
I made mine in MoYa DK cotton, just because I like the washed out look of the colours, but you could use any yarn that takes your fancy, just make sure you use the right size hook for your yarn. 

I think I'll write the pattern out in one chunk, then you can look at the photos for extra help if you need it. This pattern uses US terminology.  

Ok here goes! 

Dotty Flower

4 mm hook, small quantities of 8ply/DK yarn in 3 colours

Special instructions:  

2dc Cluster: Yo, insert hook in stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops ( 2 loops left on hook) , yo, insert hook in same stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook) , yo and pull through all loops on hook. 

Petal Cluster: Step 1- *Yo twice, insert hook into 2 ch space, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, leave last loop on hook ( 2 loops on hook) * .  
Repeat * to *  (3 loops on hook) 
Step 2 - Yo 3 times, insert hook in skipped stitch of round 1, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, leave last loop on hook  ( 4 loops on hook) 
Repeat Step 1 into the same 2 ch space ( 6 loops on hook) .
Step 3- Yo and pull through all loops on hook. 

( I know that was a long winded explanation of a petal cluster, if you are confused there are photos of these steps to help you see what I mean)


Chain 4, slip stitch into 1st chain to form a ring.

Round 1: ch2 (does not count as a stitch), 12 dc into ring, slip stitch join to 1st dc, fasten off. 

Round 2:  Join next colour to any stitch, ch2, make a 2dc cluster into same stitch, *ch2, skip 1 stitch, make a 2dc cluster in next stitch, * .  Repeat * to * 4 more times, to make 6 cluster, ending with 2ch and slip stitch join to 1st cluster. Fasten off.

Round 3: Join next colour to any 2ch space.  *Ch 4, make a petal cluster, ch 4, slip stitch into same 2 ch space, slip stitch into next 2ch space. *  Repeat * to * making 6 petals around the flower in the 2 ch spaces of previous round. Slip stitch into 1st space to join, fasten off and weave in all threads. 
All finished! :) 

Helpful photos! 

Round 1 done............

 Round 2 done........
 How the petal cluster should look, from right to left on the hook - the 4 chains, then 2 trebles made into the space, then 1 double treble made into the skipped stitch of the 1st round, then 2 trebles made into the space again, leaving the last loop of each stitch on the hook. ( 6 loops in total) 

....then you yarn over and pull through all the loops.......

.......and make 4 chain........

....... then slipstitch into the same space to finish off the petal......

........Slip stitch across to the next space and make the next petal in the same way.......

.......all finished ! .........

I hope that wasn't too confusing, they are really pretty easy to make.  
I hope you have fun with this if you give it a go.

Have a lovely crafty day! 


Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday Snaps

1. Lots of slippers ready for the Emu Plains Winter market on June 11 at Balnarring, I love making these! Pattern is the wonderful Galilee Bootie by Mamachee available on Ravelry and 
from her Etsy shop.

2. My favourite page form the Flow paper lovers book, these little stamps are just so cute! :) 

3. A pile of flowers in the winter sun. 

4 . Colourful threads on my messy desk.

5. Sunlight through the button jars. :) 

6 + 7.  Pretty pastels cottons from Vinnis Colours, this Nikkim cotton is so versatile and has so many lovely colours! 

8. A pile of crochet goodies. There seems to be little piles like this turning up all around me house! 

9. Super cute samples from Nurturing Fibres, I think I might have start stocking some of these beauties! 

What have you been up to recently?  
Lots of crafty things going on? 

Also, thanks to everyone who has signed up for the Winter Yarny Love Club, you yarny lovers are so awesome! There are only a couple of days left to join up if you are interested, have a look at my shop or the post back a few posts for details! 

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Very Cute Shop!

Hi there!  How has your day been?  Good I hope!  
It's been a nice day here too, a bit of crochet, a bit of shopkeeping, a bit of cooking, and a bit of housekeeping, fairly cruisey after a busy day of wool orders yesterday. 

Over the weekend we went on a little road trip to Ballarat and I had a look round some very cute shops.  I thought I'd show you some pictures of The Crafty Squirrel, a super cute shop filled with crafty bit and pieces and so many things to look at.  I had a nice crafty chat with the lovely owner Morgan, and really admired her patchwork curtain doors. I think I might have to make some patchwork curtains for my studio, something colourful and crafty, just what I've been looking for! 

Needless to say I found a few things (quite  a few!) that came home with me!  I always like to buy a few souvenirs to bring home and remind me of our road trips. :) 

We also visited Playing in The Attic, Trudy's lovely stationery shop that used to be in Meeniyan but is now in Ballarat. I bought a few things there too, but I forgot to take pictures of all the pretty things while I was there! :( 

So, what did you get up to on the weekend, or is it already too far away now that it is Tuesday night!

Have a great night/dayeveryone, I'm off to watch some mindless telly and do a bit of hooky! 
Talk soon! xxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yarny Love Club #3 - Winter/Summer Sign ups are open!

Hello there! How is your day going? 
I have been busy doing Yarny Love Club work today,  I have sent off all the Yarny Love Club boxes for May, which means the Autumn/Spring club has finished.  Thank you very much to all the lovely people who signed up, I hope you enjoyed your little piece of Yarny Love each month. 

So now it is time to think about the Winter/ Spring Yarny Love Club, and to open sign ups! 
I have created a couple of listings in the shop to make signing up a little easier, you can do it all in one go now, rather thank emailing me and then waiting on an invoice, etc. All you have to do is choose the listing for where you are in the world, there is one for Australia and New Zealand and one for Canada and the US .  You are still welcome to email me if you'd prefer to pay by direct deposit. 

Anyway, here's some more info !

Yarny Love Club #3
Winter/Summer Edition 

 Here's all the info for you! 

*By joining my Yarny Love Club you are signing up to receive 1 parcel per month for 3 months,(June,July and August) so 3 parcels in total.
*Each parcel will contain at least 100g of beautiful, premium quality yarn, project/pattern suggestions for crochet and knitting, and crafty treats specially for my club members.(Such as ribbons, labels, buttons, stitch markers, washi tape, stickers, handmade embellishments, or anything else I think might be a cute addition!)

*Your parcel will be a surprise each month, and hopefully will be a great way to try some beautiful yarns that you may not have come across before. ! I will be trying my best to send you a lovely box full of crafty goodies! :)

*For Australian residents,t
he cost for the 3rd Yarny Love Club is $120.00, which is for June, July and August, and includes postage. :) 

*For crafty peeps in the USA and Canada, the cost for the 3 months USA subscription is $140AU, which includes Air Mail postage.
Postage usually takes 1-2 weeks from Australia to the US.  The Yarny Love Boxes for the USA will be similar to the Australian boxes, except I will be including more Australian or overseas yarns that might be difficult to obtain in the US, there are a lot of beautiful yarns out there to try! 

*I will be sending out the yarn club parcels in the first week of each month.
*Subscriptions can be bought from Little Woollie Makes Yarn Store,
or you can email me at if you prefer to pay by direct deposit.
*Your membership is not  secured until payment has been made. There are limited places for this Yarn Club, sign ups close at the end of May 
,so get in quick! 

PS.I want you to love your yarny parcels, so add a message and tell me your colour preferences if colour is important to you! :) 

I think that is all I have to tell you, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

So that's it for today, I'm off to light a fire and make the house cosy, it's wild and windy afternoon here, and it's going to get cold! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Grey Sunburst Granny Square Blanket - Tadah!

Hello there!  
It's been gloomy rainy day here, so I thought I'd show you a blanket I finished recently.  I think I might have shown you the start of this one ages ago, it sat unfinished for a long time, until I finally got around to adding a narrow border.   
The pattern is the classic Sunburst Granny Square by Priscilla Hewitt, I love this pattern, so simple and versatile.  I grabbed a heap of my favourite colours and had fun combining them into the centres and then calmed things down a bit with a grey background.   I  think it has come up nicely. :) 

So, what have you been up to lately?  
Things have been busy around here,  I have had some lovely new yarns come into the shop for the Winter season, and I still have a long wishlist of yarns I'd like to stock.  I'll be adding new things as money becomes available, slow and steady we are growing!  Thanks so much to the fabulous customers who shop with me, I am always so appreciative of all your support! xxxx

Last week I sent out the last box from my Yarny Love Club for Autumn/Spring, I am getting organised for the Winter/Summer Club and hope to open up for sign ups later this week. :) 
 I'm doing a little 100 day business Challenge for Little Woollie Makes, and am hoping to get my blogging mojo back in a big way! 

Anyway, I'm about to run out of battery here, so I'll leave it there tonight. 

Have a great day/night!  Talk soon! xxxxxx

Friday, April 22, 2016

5 Friday Finds #42

Hello there! 
How has your week been? Good I hope! 
I thought I'd do an Etsy Finds post today as it's been ages since my last one and there are always so many awesome creative people to discover and support on Etsy.  Mother's Day is coming up, so it was a good excuse to have a browse and bookmark some very covetable items! 


1 At  PinkCheeksStudio, Nichol Brinkman is making so many gorgeous things!! Her custom family mobiles are so full of cute details and colour, I just love them!  I think I might have to get one made of our family and our animals too. :) And her range of other animal and storybook mobiles are just amazing too! Well worth a visit to admire her whimsical work!


2. I love these cloud dishes from joyelizabethceramics. What a great  present for my mum (or me!)!   Joy Elizabeth makes gorgeous colourful ceramics, I also love her milk jugs, so cute!  

3. Ali Walker is the yarn dyer at  KaleidoscopeDyeWorks, her yarns are so full of vibrant saturated colours I just adore them! I am really loving al the speckled yarns I'm seeing around the internet these days, so much colour creativity!  Perfect for all the yarn lovers out there. :)

4. I am so glad I stumbled across  monpetitviolon, this shop is full of gorgeous crochet pattens for children clothing and other items. Vita is the lady behind this shop, and she has a lovely simple classic style that I think is quite timeless.  I'd love to make a few of these sweet cardigan! 

5. I really like the humour in the cards at  TheFarmhouseCharm by Kiersten Stahl.  I like the simple graphic style and the amusing one or two liners.  Funny but not sarcastic, these cards are great, and there seems to be a card for any possible occasion you can imagine! 

So that's it for today, I hope you like my finds, there are always so many interesting things being made and put up for sale on Etsy, it is very inspiring!  I'm considering opening an Etsy shop of my own, I love doing my crochet but really need a reason to make things, and I guess stocking an online shop would be a good one!  Now that the market season is finished here for a while I might have time to look into it. ( But don't hold me to it! :)  ) 

I hope you all have a great weekend, it's a long weekend here with Monday off for Anzac Day.  We are heading out for family celebrations on Saturday for my Dad's 70th birthday, and my youngest is turning 16 on Tuesday, so we might have a little party on Monday for him.  It could end up a busy weekend!  
I hope you do something fun or relaxing or adventurous or celebratory on your weekend too!

Talk soon! xxxxxxxx

Thursday, April 14, 2016

it's been a while.......

Hello there! 
How are you all? Good I hope! 

I thought it was about time I blew the cobwebs off my poor neglected blog and stuck something up here.  It does feel like a long time since I last posted, life has been rather busy and each day has just run into the next and before you know it months are passing! 

So here's a little catch up post, and then hopefully I will get back into some form of regular posting. 
I have been doing lots of making; washers and flowers feature heavily, as well as finishing off my Sunburst granny square blanket, it deserves it's own post I think, it is pretty cute! 

My wool shop has been keeping me occupied with lots of lovely new stock arriving for the winter months ahead.  I still have lots of yarns on my wish list, but I'm slowly getting a great range of beautiful yarns in stock, so that is making me very happy.  I really need to spend more time on promotion and marketing, but I guess we all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to business.  Everything seems to take a lot more time than I anticipate! 

......recent heart washer on the hook, I like this colour combo, but then again I love so many of the colours in the Cascade Ultra Pima, it is hard to choose which combo to try next.........

.....the couch had become a bit of a yarny dumping spot, I really need to try and keep things tidier in here! ........

....I seem to have these little piles of colourful makings all over the shop, it does make me feel good catching glimpses of them all day long.......

This is a squishy pile of Misti Alpaca Handpainted Chunky, so many beautiful shades in there, And some new ones coming later in the month. I can't wait!  

So what have you lovely peeps been up to recently? 
I'm sure you've all been keeping busy, hopefully getting some creative time as well! 

I'll be back tomorrow with an Etsy Finds post, it's been ages since I did one of those and I have lots of new shops that I've spotted.  I'm trying to leap back into blogging after my unintentional absence, so if I write it here, I might actually achieve it ! 

Have a great day! 

Talk soon!