Is it a Mandala or a Doily?

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I never have quite worked out what to call these … is it a mandala, or is it a doily? Apparently, a mandala is a “square within a circle” and a doily is a “decorative mat”. Well, there’s no square within the circle, but it still seems to be the common term.

I was reading Wink’s gorgeous blog the other day, which inspired me to make something a bit more multi-coloured. Whilst this isn’t an exact pattern from Wink, I did read about the way she finishes off each row and sews in the end, before starting the new row in a different spot. Normally, I’m too lazy for such things, but honestly, I think the effect is worth it ~ much neater.

This Doilandala (yes, we’re going with that) is primarily Rowan Cotton Glace, with a small amount of Koigu.

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Mandala_2smlDoilandala was gifted to a lovely lady as a small birthday something.

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Mandala_19smlMoo is not amused that Doilandala seems to be taking over the back garden!

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A little something just for me…

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I’m sure I’m not the only person that spends most of their time making things for others.

I don’t mean to sound uncharitable, I love gifting my crochet, but I thought the other day, how nice it would be, to make a little fun something just for me.

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So here is my little crochet cuff.

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This is made using some lovely Koigu from Yarn Glorious Yarn. Koigu is a 4ply 100 percent merino wool yarn. It’s just gorgeous to crochet with. It doesn’t split or untwirl and seems to glide perfectly round my hook.

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This is the first time I’ve tried beading into crochet. The most tricky bit was threading all the beads on first. I used mainly seed beads with a few Swarovski crystals added for extra sparkle.

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Do you like it? The trick with the beading was to add the beads on a wrong-side row, and use a DC stitch – it kept them nicely lined up.

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I wore it to work today, it’s really comfortable.

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We finally had a patch of sunshine. Moo decided to take advantage.

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A birthday, prezzies, and a new project

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Last Friday was my birthday, and husband and Moo bought me the best presents.

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Firstly, there was this gorgeous Swift yarn winder. Isn’t it just lovely? It’s so much fun to play with (sorry, couldn’t get a great picture).

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And to go with it, this yarn ball winder.

I must say, it is taking some practice to work the ball winder. The Swift works beautifully, and twirls around at a squillion miles an hour, but it’s so important to wind it evenly onto the ball.. and that is taking me some practice.

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And from Moo for my birthday, two skeins of scrumptious Koigu Premium Merino. Of course, I had to wind this straight away.

So I spent half of last weekend winding and winding the lots of few skeins I had buried around my craft room. This is some Cascade Ultra Pima that arrived a while ago from Yarn Glorious Yarn. I love this little online store. Such great service, and often free postage too! At Christmas time, they even had free Express post for last minute orders.

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Now that it’s all wound very fairly neatly, I’m starting a new project. Like the KOGO Blanket, this is the Bear’s Rainbow Blanket, from Purl Bee.

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A friend of Moo’s mother is having a real (non-puppy) baby in April, and as she loves colours, I thought this would be perfect.

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Moo thought we should be playing fetch though, not photography.

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Oh, and Moo just informed me that the Swift winder and yarn ball winder can also be purchased at Yarn Glorious Yarn… not that she wanted to give away birthday prezzie sources or anything.

Crochet Cowl ~ work in progress

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This was a little surprise project from the Big Adventure in New York City. I was visiting this-divine-yarn-store, and was looking at all their fabulous scarves and other knitted and crochetted goodness.

Of course, most of the lovely projects were knitted, but I did find one rather scrumptious crochet number. It was called Knitty City Crochet Shoulder Shawl by Susan Haviland. If buying the yarn at Knitty City, the pattern is free.

I decided on some gorgeous Koigu yarn. I love the mix of pink and golden tones. Koigu is a lovely 100% merino wool yarn, hand dyed in Canada.

For Aussies / New Zealanders, try Yarn Glorious Yarn for a lovely selection of Koigu, and I’m pretty sure the shipping is free.

Of course, I know it’s meant to be a shoulder shawl, but I’m just not that into shawls and decided to make a scarf. After way too many rows to start again, I realised I hadn’t made it long enough for a scarf, so I’m thinking I will join it very neatly and very invisibly at the end and make a cowl! What do you think? Will that work?

The pattern is really simple, fast and effective I think.

PS: I forgot to mention, please excuse the chewed dining chair – Moo seems to like the taste of them!

Did somebody say Doily?

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We’re frantically cleaning house this week, as my in-laws are coming to stay with us. Husband and I are going on a Big Adventure for three weeks and of course, we can’t just leave Moo with anybody….

So, I’ve been organising the spare bedroom, and thought it needed just a few extra pieces of crochet before it was quite ready.

Obviously, there are two of these ~ one for each bedside table. They actually look quite nice with the cheap Ikea touch-lamps. Don’t touch-lamps provided just hours of mindless entertainment?

The yarn: Koigu 4ply, 100% merino – yum!

The pattern: Granny Mandala from Crochet with Raymond.

Granny Square Sunday #11

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…and today we have Queen Anne’s Lace.

In the book, it was all one colour in cream, probably important to get the lace look! It was really nice to crochet a square in one colour. I must admit to being a teeny bit lazy, and the whole one colour / less ends to sew in does kind of appeal to me a little.

I bought this yarn online from a store called Yarn Glorious Yarn. Isn’t that just a fabulous name? And the lady who emailed me when I put in the order seemed as lovely as her shop name.

The yarn is called Koigu. It’s 4ply 100% merino wool, and just gorgeous to crochet with. The colours are called “Painters Pallette” and each skein has been hand painted. I bought 2 skeins for $30, and delivery was free ~ which was just one more tick as far as I was concerned.