Thursday, 22 October 2020

Small projects

It's been almost two months since I last posted here! I haven't been very creative in that time (I have been reading a lot though, and also keeping up with my running) - I'm still trying to decide what to embroider next, but decided in the meantime to do some small crochet projects. The pumpkin was a free pattern found here, a quick and easy make.

I also made another dishcloth. I have three now (and have started a fourth one), and really like them. I've used the other two since the start of the year and they hold up very well. I'm planning to make a few more and replace all my store-bought dishcloths with these handmade ones.

Using things you have made yourself in daily life is just such a satisfying feeling!

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Kombi Van in a hoop

Here's my second embroidery project! Regular readers of this blog won't be surprised that it's a Kombi Van (in my favourite colour), as I am very fond of Kombi Vans and have made quite a few other items inspired by them - most notably the Kombi Van Sewing Machine Cover that I designed for Down Under Quilts in 2014.

To make this piece I used a photo I took in 2016, which is part of my Shutterstock portfolio:

I'm very happy with how it turned out, and can't wait to start on my next embroidery project. I'm not sure what it will be yet - I have so many ideas!

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Mondrian's Lone Star in a hoop

It's finished! My first embroidery project, Mondrian's Lone Star 3 (you can see no.1 here and no. 2 here).

There's definitely room for improvement, but I'm still very happy with it. 

It's hanging on the bookcase in our bedroom. I love looking at it!

Here it is together with its big brother; Mondrian's Lone Star 2:

I have lots of ideas for more embroidery projects and can't wait to start on the next one. But there's also a crochet project that I need to finish.. Stay tuned!

Saturday, 25 July 2020


Wednesday, 22 July 2020


Last week I read A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier, one of my favourite authors. It's about the life of a single woman (one of the so-called surplus women) in the 1930s in England. Embroidery and bellringing are important themes. It's beautifully written, and very thought-provoking. I highly recommend it.

I had just finished the cardigan I showed in the previous posting, and was trying to decide what to crochet next. But after reading the book I decided I really wanted to give embroidery a go. In my craft stash I found some muslin fabric and embroidery hoops (from when I used to sell screenprinted fabric stretched in hoops in my Etsy shop Blue Jacaranda). I bought some embroidery floss and was ready to start.

I knew what I wanted to embroider: a Lone Star. Even though I don't make quilts anymore, my house is still full of them, and quite a few of them are Lone Star quilts. My Classic Lone Star Quilt is on our bed, and my Lone Star Mini Quilt is hanging on the bookcase in the bedroom. I look at it every morning when I do the exercises for my Achilles tendon!

And when I look to the other side I see Mondrian's Lone Star Quilt, hanging on the wall in the hallway:

And that is the one I want to reproduce in embroidery. I really like the colours and the fact that it is so asymmetrical.

I started last Friday and this is where I'm at today. I'm enjoying the process very much - except threading the needle! And I've got lots of ideas for other embroidery projects, so stay tuned...

(there's also the crocheted Lone Star Blanket that I still have to finish...)

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Up North Cardigan

Finally something to show here again! Today I finished the Up North Cardigan - a pattern by Jess Coppom that can be found here.
I asked my yougest son to make some photos - he told me to 'strike a pose' and this was the result. I see a rosy future for him as a fashion photographer!

I used Eco Cotton from Anette Erikson to crochet this cardigan. It was very pleasant to work with.

Really happy with this project!

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Corona Virus Stress Ball

When I saw this crocheted corona virus I just had to make it! (it's a free pattern on Ravelry)

I'll put it to good use as a stress ball - at the moment I worry a lot about a family member in the Netherlands who has been infected with the virus. When I am worried I tend to pick at my nail beds until they bleed, so it's good to have something to keep my fingers busy. Like a stress ball - or another crochet project. I've started two new projects already, so stay tuned!

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Bertie Baby Blanket

It's finished!

Really enjoyed crocheting this lovely blanket.

The recipient, a little girl, was born last week. I hope we can go and meet her very soon, and give her the blanket and the koala :-)

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

New project

Like most people these days I find myself with a lot of time on my hands, so I've started a new project. It's the Bertie Baby Blanket, a lovely pattern from Little Doolally.
I'm using white cotton 8ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills and lots of seagreen, blue and purple cotton or cotton/acrylic yarn from my stash.

It will be another present for the baby that our friends are expecting within the next few weeks. All their family is overseas, and it must be difficult knowing there is no chance of seeing any of them anytime soon. So hopefully this will provide a little bit of joy and let them know there are people here who care about them.

Take care,

Wednesday, 25 March 2020


Staying at home most of the time because of the Covid-19 crisis means having a lot of time to crochet. Yesterday I finished this cute little guy - a present for friends who have recently moved to Australia from overseas, and are expecting their first baby in April.

It's not really meant to be a toy for the baby (given the presence of buttons and safety eyes), but rather a decorative item for his or her room. I'm planning to make a baby-safe toy as well - possibly an octopus.

The pattern for this koala can be found here. I added the smile, and left out the tail - koalas don't have tails!

Friday, 13 March 2020

Daisy shawl

Yesterday I finished the Daisy shawl that I started in December. Very happy with it!

The pattern is called the Painted Daisies wrap, designed by Daisy Boo Creations. It's available for sale on Ravelry. I used most of a Turkish Delight Whirl to make it.

If you are thinking that I seem to be crocheting a lot all of a sudden, you are correct. I broke my big toe on February 9th, so have had a lot of time sitting down with my foot up! (you can read more about the toe saga on my running blog)

I really enjoyed crocheting this shawl and may make another one in the future. The pattern is simple but very effective. It also benefits dramatically from blocking!

And here's another project that I haven't shown yet: my second dishcloth:

Like the first one, it's based on a pattern from Yarn Blossom Boutique, and made with cotton 8 ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills. This one is done in the Sedge Stitch.

I've found these dishcloths to be very good for general use in the kitchen and will definitely make some more.

Monday, 9 March 2020


Today my BFF in the Netherlands turns 50. As a birthday present I made an amiguruME doll for/of her.

I chose some photos made during the time we spent together in the Netherlands last year as inspiration for her outfit. I added a denim jacket that can be taken off.

Making the doll was so much fun, and I couldn't wait to hear if it had arrived safely - and if she liked it. I guess the photo she sent me says it all. How I wish I was there when she opened it!

This was the seventh amiguruME doll I have made - that book was a good investment!
At the moment I have no plans to make another doll, but I'm sure there will be more in the future...

Wednesday, 22 January 2020


For a while now I have been wanting to make dishcloths from leftover cotton yarn. In December I bought a set of patterns from Yarn Blossom Boutique on Etsy, and today I finally got started.

I used red cotton 8 ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills - left over from Dominic the Dopey Dragon and the Café Wall Illusion Cushion.

This cloth is done in half double crochet (hdc), a very quick and simple project - perfect to keep my hands busy while watching the tennis. Yay, the Australian Open has started! I hope to make a few more cloths before it is finished.

When we were away I made some progress on the Painted Daisies Wrap. It looks very frumpy from being dragged around Europe in a project bag for four weeks, but I'm sure it will look great when it is finished and blocked.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

New project

I've started a new project - it's the Painted Daisies Wrap by Daisy Boo Creations. It's a simple pattern that will be perfect to keep me busy during our travels at the end of this month - we're going to Europe! First to Paris, where we will be for Christmas, and then on to the Netherlands, to catch up with family and friends. I can't wait!

I'm using the Turkish Delight Whirl with which I started the Sea Breeze Cover Up last year. Sadly that didn't turn out well and I finally decided to frog it. That proved to be harder than I expected, so the red part of the Whirl is missing... But I'm sure it'll still be a lovely shawl when finished!

Monday, 25 November 2019

My amigurumi family

This weekend I finished my latest amiguruME doll: my husband! Our amigurumi family is now complete :-)

I've portrayed him in running gear, as he usually accompanies me to parkrun and various running events. We don't run together, as he is much faster than I am, but he always waits and cheers for me at the finish line!

I have loved making these dolls and think I will probably make some more... Stay tuned to find out who will be next!