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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Free Beading Pattern - Blossoming Love Pin

In the 30 January 2013 edition of Simply Beads Newsletter, they have published a free pattern for the Love Pin shown below.  For the instructions please click here

Blossoming Love Pin

Design by Erica Visocky
Copyright © 2013 Annie's.
All rights reserved.
This simple bead-embroidered pin is bright and cheery enough to warm any cold winter day.


  • 3mm Czech faceted glass beads: orange, pink
  • 15/0 transparent white-lined seed beads: green, blue, yellow
  • 11/0 matte white seed beads
  • Embroidery foundation material
  • FireLine® braided beading thread
  • Ultrasuede (for backing)
  • Pin back
To read the full article click here ..... 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Free Crochet Pattern - Afghan

Crochet World Magazine in their 29 January 2013 Newsletter have mad available a free crochet pattern for an afghan:
"Make this afghan and you will be smiling in spite of the weather outside. This project gives the crocheter lots of flexibility to use personal color choices to make it your own. Design by Nanette Seale"

 To get the free pattern and find out about Crochet World Magazine click here ...

Monday, 28 January 2013

Free Crochet Pattern - 5 Petal Crochet Flower

Chi Wei from One Dog Woof  has posted a wonderful free pattern for a crochet flower on her website.

In her own words "When I was making hats for my craft fair, I discovered that I tended toward boyish or at the very least, gender neutral hat colors and designs.  ...... I'm not a (very) girlie girl, and you won't ever catch me with a hot pink hat. ..... I like having options available for those last minute mood-dependent decisions.  I decided to make (and sell) crocheted flower pins that can be pinned to a hat (or not), so you can mix and match flower and hat colors.

I couldn't find a flower pattern that I loved, so I made up my own.  These little flowers are quick and easy to make, and can brighten up any outfit.  Or group them together for some springtime cheer!  "

To read the full post and get the free pattern click here .....


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Crochet bikinis make a comeback

Crochet bikinis make a comeback?  OK I saw this and thought someone was having a joke ... but apparently it is back to the 70's on the Gold Coast.
Swimming in them ???? hmmmmm I think that is another story.

CHLOE Dunlop is spearheading a group of Gold Coast Generation Y hippies who are reliving the seventies.

The swimwear designer is part of a community who have brought back the golden era by shooting through vintage film cameras, riding retro single-fin surfboards, wearing pre-loved clothes and listening to their dad's Jimi Hendrix vinyls.

But a reincarnation of the Gold Coast in the '70s would not be complete without beach babes soaking up the sun in crochet bikinis.

Today, Ms Dunlop fills that nostalgic gap as she launches her new crochet swimwear line She Made Me. Read more ......

Apparently they sell for around $100 ... and NO! I will not be modelling one, any time soon.  But if you want to revisit the 1970's  you can check out the article above and buy one, or ...

You could make one!

Whatever you do have fun,
even if it is
just a bit of nostalgia for grandma LOL!


 Maybe just the Cover Up
@ Crochet Concupiscence


 Or maybe this one from

Knitting with the Roller Derby Girls in Minneapolis

Roller Derby GirlsDo you think you have to be a little rough around the edges to hang out with the Minnesota Roller Derby Girls (MNRG)?
Think again.
Many have a much softer side and that involves knitting. So if you are a MNRG fan, you can catch up with them each month at Crafty Planet, a local fabric shop located in Northeast Minneapolis, where they hold a monthly knitting session for charity.
Knitting for charity with the Roller Derby Girls started in 2004 when Roller Girl, Norah Torious' mother was diagnosed with cancer and had to go through chemo. Norah decided to knit her mother a hat. Other crafty people in the league thought making soft, warm hats on a regular basis was a good way to help other cancer patients.
Every month during their home season, the Roller Derby Girls gather with other knitters at Crafty Planet to make hats for charity. Once completed, they attach a tag identifying that the cap was knit by fans of the Minnesota Roller Girls. Hats are then sorted into two groups: those soft enough for cancer patients are donated to the Fuel Your Fight Foundation and hats that are not are given to the St. Paul Salvation Army. read more .....
January 18, 2013


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Katia Linda 8 Ply 50 grams

Katia Linda
8ply 50g

Katia Linda
48% Viscose, 42% Linen, 10% Cotton
Size:  50g
Length: 92 m
Needle size:
3.5 - 4.0 mm
Tension: 18 st x 25 rows to 10 cm
Washing instructions: Machine Washable
Made in:  Spain

This versatile DK weight yarn is machine washable and may be used for lightweight clothing such as sweaters, cardigans, jackets, vests, caplets, ponchos as well as baby clothes and blankets.

Katia Linda

Colour 121

Katia Linda

Colour 126

Katia Linda

Colour 127

Care Instructions
Local Pickup is Free, from:
Crafty Frog
Shop 4, 107 Marconi Cres, Kambah, ACT
Phone: 02 6296 6240

Wool is posted in Australia Post Satchels
a 500 gram Satchel costs $7.20 (10 x 50 gram balls)
a 3 kg Satchel costs $12.50 (about 20 x 100 gram balls will fit)

Free Pattern - Waikiwi Cable and Rib Socks Pattern‏

While we are enjoying summery weather, we all know that the cooler weather is inevitably coming our way - and what better way to keep your feet warm than some great hand made cable and rib socks - please click here to view / print off this week's free pattern!

The socks in the pattern are designed and knitted using Waikiwi from Naturally Yarns.
Waikiwi is a luxury blend yarn (55% NZ Merino, 20% Nylon, 15% Alpaca, 10% Possum)  made in New Zealand.  Waikiwi 4 ply combines the warmth of fine merino and possum fur with the softness of alpaca, and nylon for strength and long wearing durability. 

While Waikiwi is a great sock yarn, it is also fantastic for garments and accessories for kids and adults, talk to Laura or Jo about other designs available.

Hop into Crafty Frog to view the Waikiwi and Waikiwi Print ranges and pick up some yarn to get started on these socks - you and whoever you knit them for will love them!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Katia Gatsby

Katia Gatsby
88502 Black/Silver
8ply 50g

Katia Gatsby
Composition: 77% Viscose, 15% Nylon, 8% Metallic Polyester
Size:  50g
Length: 118 m
Recommended needle size:  3.25 - 3.5 mm
Tension: 25 st x 32 rows to 10 cm
Washing instructions: Hand Wash
Made in:  Spain
Katia's "Gatsby" DK weight yarn is made in Spain of 77% rayon, 15% nylon and 8% metallic polyester. This glistening, shimmering yarn is a glamorous choice for dressy tops, scarves, shawls and other "out-on-the-town" fashions.

88502 Black/Silver

Katia Gatsby  Katia Gatsby

Care Instructions

Katia Degrade & Degrade "Sun"

Katia Degrade
Degrade "Sun"
100% Egyptian Cotton
8ply 50g

Composition: 100% Egyptian cotton
Size:  50g
Length: 115 m
Recommended needle size:  3.5 - 3.75 mm
Tension: 22 st x 26 rows to 10 cm
Washing instructions: Machine washable.
Made in:  Spain
"Degrade'" by Katia is a plied DK of 100% cotton. It is machine washable and is available in semi-solid colors. It is suited to sweaters, tops and dresses as well clothing for babies and children. The yarn’s colours gradually fade dark to light when worked up, highlighting cable and other textural stitch patterns.

DeGrade Sun Number 69

DeGrade Sun Number 70

DeGrade Number 3653

Local Pickup is Free, from:
Crafty Frog
Shop 4, 107 Marconi Cres, Kambah, ACT
Phone: 02 6296 6240

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Free Crochet Pattern - Shell Stitch Baby Set Pattern

Published on Crochet Patterns (