Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show 2016 - Part 2

Hello there!  
Well the Sheep Show has been over for a few weeks now, but I thought I'd still do a little post about how it went.  I went really well, I'd even say it went awesomely!  Mum and I had such a great weekend, there were heaps of people, all like minded in their love of fibre crafts, so it was easy to chat, and people were very friendly.  There were so many beautiful yarns available, and fabulous clothes and other craft supplies and tools, and sheep too! 
Thank you to so many lovely people for introducing yourselves and all your kind words about this blog or my Instagram account, there is a really great community of crafters out there all connecting through the wonders of social media and the internet.  It was fantastic to meet you all! 

I had less time than I imagined to take photos, but here are a few snaps from the weekend. 

.....this is the marquee we were in, lots of people managed to find us even though we were a bit tucked away......'s my mum looking fab in her red coat even though she was nursing a cold and felt fairly poorly!......

......super chunky wool and some amazing huge knitting, I bought a ball of this stuff to have a play with myself. :) 

......I was very tempted at the Ashford stand, those looms looked so inviting and I have weaving on my things to learn list!  Unfortunately, my car was so chockers there was no room for any major purchases.  Maybe next year! ...... one of the main sheds, the fashion parade was very popular. :) 

....So that was the sheep show for this year, lots of fun and an exciting, inspirational weekend! 
I am going to apply for next years show nice and early and try and get a stall in one the main sheds, so hopefully I'll see some of you there in 12 months time! 


Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show 2016 - Part 1

My Mum and our stall while we were setting up!

Hello there! 
How are you going, good I hope! 
Today has been an interesting day, my mum and I have packed up a whole lot of my yarny wares and headed to Bendigo for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, which starts tomorrow and goes for the weekend ( Friday15th July- Sunday 17th) .  This is the first time I've had a stall at a big wool event, I tried to cram as much yarn as I could into my car, but there were still things I had to leave behind due to lack of space.  I hope I have brought yarns people will like to see!  We spent the afternoon setting things up so we are all ready to go in the morning.  I have already spotted some gorgeous yarns that might have to come home with me, and that's just on my neighbours stall!

So this is where I'll be for the next 3 days, it's going to be a fun few days for a yarn lover like me! 
If you're coming to Bendigo for the Show come and say hello, we are in the Education and Technology marquee, behind the Festival of Lamb! 

If you can't make it to the show, here's a few pics of our stall, so you can still feel part of it!  

.......little packs of Nikkim cotton, and Star Making Kits......

.....lots of MoYa organic cotton in all the pretty colours.......

.........and here's some Misti Alpaca Hand Painted Chunky goodness! :) 

I'll try and post tomorrow about some of the things I see at the show! :) 


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