In the first couple of months after we got here, once we had found a place to stay and had sort of settled in, the job hunt began. It took a while for something to come up and I felt I had some time on my hands and not much to do. So after a search on the internet, I decided to check out a few craft stores. I went to one called Morris & Sons and Lincraft, both of which are in the heart of the city. Honestly, I have never been to craft stores this big and with this much variety all under one roof. Morris & Sons has an overwhelming range of options, but I found them expensive and didn’t end up picking anything there 🙁
Lincraft, on the other hand, has products that better suit my budget and a good variety as well. I think I probably went around in circles for the better part of an hour at first and finally settled on the ruffle yarn. I had seen so many ruffle scarves online and this yarn wasn’t available in Mumbai. I was so excited that I picked up a ball to try out. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Can you tell that I ended up going there a few more times and picked up a whole bunch of yarn. Fast forward to last weekend, I finally finished registering with www.madeit.com.au – the Aussie take on Etsy and my shop is now live and has products listed and ready to post. We post globally, all you have to do it tell us where you’d like the package sent and we’ll send you a quote with the postage. Do stop by.
I have also created my facebook page specially for these products. I’d love for you to stop by and “Like” us – https://www.facebook.com/TrishaVazCreations
The simpler joys in life –
Today I woke up to find a mail from the awesome support team at Madeit, telling me that one of my handmade ruffle scarves were being featured on their Home Page, under the theme – Violet Vibe. This totally made my day.
Of course, I still go to Lincraft for my yarn needs, but am eager to find more options. Do any of you have any suggestions for craft stores or yarn stores in and around Sydney. Leave a comment and let me know please. I’d love to check them out.
Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way by Morris & Sons or Lincraft for this post. This is NOT a sponsored post.
Puff Stitch Headband
For the free pattern, please visit the Art of Crochet by Teresa blog. I must say, I learned almost all of my crochet skill watching Teresa’s video tutorials on You Tube. She’s an amazing instructor. For a video tutorial for this headband, click here.
Small Crochet Wheel headband with Flower
This is another pattern that you will find on Teresa’s blog. Click here for the free pattern.
I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.
Granny Ripple Blanket
This one was inspired by Lucy’s work at attic24. You should stop by her blog. She has some amazing stuff to share.
You will find a detailed explanation of how to work the pattern on her blog here.
For those of you who are more familiar with the US crochet terminology, I’ve made a note of it here. One thing that I did differently was changing color every 3 rows and not 2 like the original pattern suggests.
Keep repeating this till you have achieved the size of blanket you want.
After scouring the internet for Christmas projects that I could use, I stumbled upon this post. I immediately knew that I wanted to try this out. So I gave it a shot. The only difference is I used this as doilies for my side tables rather than dish cloths. I didn’t get around to adding the little red berries, but I think it turned out really pretty anyway. I used the pattern found here.
This morning I decided to go through what I thought were just a couple of crochet projects in my stash that were a Work In Progress. To my surprise, I find a little under a dozen projects sitting there, looking up at me, begging for completion. These include 2 Hello Kitty bags, 2 other little bags, a set of mittens, a colorful ripple blanket, a baby bib, a bootie set (made one piece but not very happy with it – looking for a better pattern) and 3 headbands. Some of these will take a very short amount of time to complete, I just cant figure out why I didn’t in the first place. I will post the pictures and the patterns once they are done.
So stay tuned for more crochet fun. Don’t tell anyone, but I have my eye on a couple of other projects. I just hope I don’t give in to the temptation of starting those off before I complete the ones in progress.
Does this happen to you as well? Do drop me a line, I’d love to hear what you’re working on at the moment.
A few years ago, I was on a trip with my husband (who was then my fiance) and his sister. She has a good hand at crochet. So I took this as a sign and decided to learn crochet. She was in the middle of a project but was kind enough to take the time to demonstrate the basic stitches. I had a go and tried them out myself and it was ok. But as luck would have it when I returned from the trip and tried it out again it was a harried attempt. So I put that on the back burner yet again.
Then a couple of months ago, a very dear friend told me that she and the family was moving to Canada for good. I was determined to give wool work another go and make it a success. Since knitting was familiar territory I decided to try my hand at a scarf. I was very pleased with the outcome. You can find the pattern here.
Since this project turned out well, I took a chance with crochet. Armed with video tutorials on You Tube, I made these –
1) Little Girls’ Favorite Throw – Click here for the pattern.
2)A couple of ponchos. The green one was made by my sis-in-law – I don’t have a pattern for that one. I made the cream one and you can find the pattern here.