April 1, 2015
by wink
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new mandala day!

Hi everyone!

I am SO excited to be sharing this news with you: I released a new mandala pattern! :)

Some of you might recognize this design; it was in Simply Crochet magazine issue fourteen. It’s the Lazy Shade of Winter mandala!

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Oh I just love the colours in this one, I should really make more mandalas like these…

Anyhoo, this PDF has 11 pages with clear, large photos of each step. The pattern is in written format and in US terms, and there’s a cheat sheet at the back for more experienced crocheters to print out and use! I used Rowan Handknit cotton for this design, but you can use any cotton yarn to create this mandala.

You can find it in my Ravelry store for $2.75, like all my other mandalas.

But because you are all so awesome, and because you read my blog (which makes you even more awesome), I created a special promotion code for you! Use coupon ‘lazywinkmandala‘ upon checkout and you can get this pattern with $1 off! :)

The coupon is valid till Sunday.

I can’t wait to see all your lovely mandalas!

xo,
wink

March 25, 2015
by wink
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design wars: the forget me nots cowl!

Hi everyone! :)

I’m so happy I get to share my new Design Wars design with you all today! I designed a cowl that you can make in two ways; one that’s snug around your neck, and one that you can wrap around twice. It uses the knit-stitch and the cable stitch, which gives amazing texture, feel, and drape to this cowl!

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I love the versatility of this cowl. I actually wear the lighter coloured one all the time; it’s the perfect accessory for this time of year, when it’s not that warm outside yet but still a little bit chilly around your neck!

And can I get a shout out to my lovely models? They did an amazing job don’t you think? :) I took the photos myself, and I’m really pleased with them. Of course, having such great models makes my job a lot easier!

I designed this with Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn, which I wrote about earlier this week. This yarn is really, really groovy, and I was thinking it would also be perfect for my previous Design Wars design; the Dancing Hearts Wrap! :) So I made a little sale for all you blog readers; you can get it at 50% off until Sunday! :) Just use this link to go to the promotion and the discount will automatically be applied: Dancing Hearts Wrap on Ravelry

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Anyway, I’d love for you to vote for my design this week! :) You have until Thursday to vote. In the meantime, you can add this pattern to your queue on Ravelry!

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xo,
wink

March 24, 2015
by wink
12 lovely comments

trend spotting: crochet that looks like knitting

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Hi everyone!

I am delighted to be one of six bloggers asked to predict a key trend for 2015 as part of the Deramores Blog Competition 2015. Use any of the six trends as a starting point for your own blog post and submit it to Deramores for a chance to win a year’s supply of yarn!!! Entry details can be found here and you can see the full list of bloggers and trends here.

I’m predicting a big trend for this year, and it’s crochet that looks like knitting! Are you familiar with the concept?

Last year, when my beach bag pattern came out for Deramores.com, I got a lot of messages from people saying: ‘You’re cheating! That’s not crochet; that’s knitting!’ Well, I guess the joke’s on them; it totally was crochet! ;)

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I used the half double crochet stitch, through the infamous third loop, to make the v’s that normally lie on top of the stitch come forward, to create that often sought after knit look!

I think the reason this stitch is gaining popularity is that it’s fairly easy to do, yet it looks complicated. And we all want to brag about our hand made items, am I right? :)

This stitch is so versatile; I use it a lot in things like cowls and scarves and bags, but I think you can really use this stitch for, well, everything! It works easiest when making something that’s constructed in the round, since this stitch doesn’t really ‘work’ when going back and forth. The third loop lies behind the stitch, so you need to keep coming from the same side with your hook to be able to work into it; that way, the v’s will move to the front instead of to the back (where you can’t see them!). So items that are worked in the round, like cowls, bags, and other tubular items are perfect to use this stitch for!

Have you used this stitch in your previous work? I’d love to see! :)

xo,
wink

March 23, 2015
by wink
5 lovely comments

new design wars challenge!

Hi everyone! :)

I will be participating in this week’s new Design Wars challenge! Exiting stuff! :) Last time I entered was in 2013 (my, time flies!) with my Dancing Hearts Wrap shawl design, using Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby yarn.

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This year, I’ve made something else entirely. I can’t quite tell you what it is yet though; the release is scheduled for this Thursday, March 26th! :) But I can show you the yarn I used; it’s Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable!

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I used this yarn in the following colour ways, from left to right: Polo, Cappuccino, Echo, and Meadow. Gorgeous, right?

I’ve actually wanted to play with this yarn for a while now, but just never really got the chance. Whenever I saw it on Ravelry, the colours just really caught my eye, and I kept thinking: ‘Oh the things I can create with this!’ Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks things like that when she sees yarn? ;)

It was a dream to work with though, and totally worth the wait. It’s soft, it’s lush, it has a very subtle sheen to it, and the colours change ever so slightly – it’s mesmerising to look at while you’re working with it!
You can get it right here from Deramores.com and it comes in a range of amazing colours.

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My design for Design Wars is for women (although you could totally make it for your guy too!), and it comes in two different versions. You will need 2 skeins for this design. The PDF (which will be available on Thursday in my Ravelry shop) has written instructions, a photo tutorial for the stitches used, and a chart with crochet symbols. Oh, and it’s suited for crocheters of all skill levels! :)

I can’t wait to show you my design you guys… Only a few more sleeps till Thursday! I will announce the design on my blog right here, and you can also stay in the loop by subscribing to the Design Wars blog!

xo,
wink

March 17, 2015
by wink
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an adventure with dpns

Hi everyone! :)

Double pointed needles for knitting; are you familiar? I wasn’t, but when I came across this cute pattern for knit-in-the-round wristies on Ravelry, I knew it was time to venture out into territories unknown!

I got myself some 3mm bamboo needles (tiny!!!) – and my gosh, they looked like tooth picks! People really knit with these?! And while I was on a train, I thought to myself: this is the perfect time for me to learn how to knit in the round on dpns. I know; what was I thinking… I used this tutorial from Knitting For Dummies to get set up, and off I went. And actually, after a few rounds, it was starting to look a lot like knitting; proper knitting!

Holy smokes Batman, I did it! :D

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I’m using this groovy yarn I got at a yarn festival last year: Arwetta Classic by Filcolana. It’s funny – looking back at that post, I mention that it might be time for me to learn how to knit socks, because it’s the perfect yarn for that! :)

The white yarn I’m using is something labelless from my stash in roughly the same weight as the Arwetta yarn. It’s a cotton/acrylic blend, if I’m not mistaken; but I have no idea what brand it is. I do know that it has been discontinued a few years ago; I scored the last skeins ages ago at my first yarn festival. Ah, memories :)

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I’m half way the first wristie now, and so far I haven’t really run into any major trouble. My laddering seems fine (that’s where you see a visible ‘seam’ right where you switch needles) which I think is pretty great for a first time project. I did have some trouble with the floats (where you carry the yarn at the back of your work when using two colours at the same time) in the section that I’m on right now; luckily I know the best knitter in the world, and she got me back on the right track in no time! :)

The pattern that I’m knitting is Schachmatt on Ravelry, and it’s free! :)

I really hope that I’ll be able to finish this wristie soon, and of course, start the second one! I hope I don’t get the wristies version of ‘single sock syndrome’…

xo,
wink

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