Snuffles & Sniffles the Snake PATTERN!

Snuffles & Sniffles the Snake

I would like you to meet Snuffles the Snake, & his twin sister, Sniffles! The newest members of the LCT family, & my own PATTERN!! Yay! Yep, i wrote a pattern!Β  So you can make your own Snuffles or Sniffles (or both) see below for links to purchase yours.

Of course, i had to make both Snuffles & Sniffles in rainbow colours 🌈 using Paintbox Yarns Cotton from LoveCrochet.  Its so lovely to work with, & both snakes only use scraps to make, so you will have plenty left over.  Below is how much i had leftover from each 50g ball AFTER making both snakes!!

Yarn

Aren’t the colours just divine?! It was actually my first time working with the cotton yarn from Paintbox, & as with all their yarns, i fellΒ  in love very quickly.Β  It is beautiful yarn to work with, no knots or splits, & i found the centre pull fairly easily (love that).

The snakes are made using long stitches to create their scale striping effect, its very simple.Β  I think a beginner wouldn’t have to many problems making this pattern (i am always available to help).

As soon as they were done, these two cuddly snakes were handed over to my two cute product testers bubbas, my twins – Layla & Wolf, who ADORE their new snake “babies”.Β  Wolf gave Snuffles a cuddle & a good head bashing into the floorboards, & Layla decided to give Sniffles a bit of a lick (kiss).Β  No snakes were harmed (or babiesΒ πŸ˜‚).

The pattern for Snuffles & Sniffles the Snake can be purchased here:

Etsy here

Ravelry here

LCT Shop here

LoveCrochet (COMING SOON)

I hope you love making your own Snuffles & Sniffles the Snake!! 🐍 i might have to start designing some more patterns!

Love Nat xx

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Review of NEW book – Colorful Crochet by Marianne & the Ursula Shawl πŸ’•

When Marianne (@marretjeroos) first mentioned that she was busy writing a book, i immediately got excited & made room on my shelf for what i knew would be one of the most incredible crochet books & patterns.  Marianne has been a huge inspiration to me as a crocheter, & if anyone should write a book full of creative makes, it would be Marianne, truly a magician with her crochet hook.

So imagine my excitement when the postman rang my bell with my own copy of Marianne’s new book, Colorful Crochet, hot off the Tuva Publishing‘s desk! Well, let me just say, this book is just as incredible, if not more, than what i imagined it would be.

I decided to make the Ursula Shawl first.  Simply because when i first peeled back the packaging wrapping the book, the photo of the Ursula Shawl on corner of the front cover, was the first thing i saw, & i instantly fell in love.  Love at first sight, ahh.  Its delicate, pretty, feminine, & Marianne had made it in pink.. so i HAD to make it.

I also decided to make my shawl in pink (i love pink) & am using Scheepjes Stone Washed from Wool Warehouse in 820 Rose Quartz & i am about half way through my shawl & have used 3 x 50g balls with a 6mm hook.  Scheepjes Stone Washed is a cotton yarn with a slight acrylic blend, that feels & looks like wool.  I think this shawl would be beautiful in any fiber, especially wool or cotton.  Wool will give it a fluffy, softer more feminine feel, & cotton a lovely light drape for spring.  Any colour would work too, i was day dreaming of making another one in black earlier.  i rarely make anything in solid black, but i think it would work beautifully with this pattern.

Let me start by saying this is honestly the most prettiest crochet i think i have ever made.  It is so delicate, i cannot wait to wear it, i know its going to make me feel pretty.  I had no problem following Marianne’s detailed pattern.  It is one of those patterns that once you have made a few hexagons, it transfers to memory & you can continue making while watching tv.

The shawl is made with hexagon motifs joined together.  Marianne uses the pull through join method, i have never used this before, & i did hesitate at first, a little bit daunted with learning a new join method.  BUT i just love how Marianne’s finished shawl in the book looks like it is one continuous piece, you can hardly tell they are joined motifs, & i was wanting mine to have the same look, so i jumped in.  Marianne has included instructions on how to do this join, & with a little bit of practice i found it quite easy! Yay! Now i am loving this new join method, thanks Marianne πŸ™‚ i will be using it for other projects.  I love that it creates a seamless join!  Never fear though, any join would work too – you can make all the motifs & sew them together at the end with a tapestry needle, if preferred, or use the join as you go method too.

Marianne has not only included a written pattern, but also a clear chart for the hexagon motif, & ALSO a diagram of the layout, so you know in which order the hexagons need to be attached.  This is wonderful, it gives you a visual reference for where you are up & which motif goes next, & in what order.  Also, if you grab a sticky note (gasp at the thought of marking my beautiful book with a pencil) you could use the diagram as a little indicator so you know how many motifs you have left to make! Brilliant πŸ™‚

The motifs work up quickly.  I was hoping to finish my shawl in time to write this, but unfortunately i have 2 poorly babies needing mummy.  But, i will make sure to write another post, & of course keep posting updates on my Instagram so you can see my progress & the beautiful shawl.

I have plans to make a lot more of the patterns from Colorful Crochet!  The Ursula Shawl will definitely not be my only make.  I love the boho cushion, & the cobblestone blanket, to name a couple.  There is not one pattern in the book that i cannot see myself making, they are all timeless, tasteful & creative makes.

You can see the amount of work & attention to detail that Marianne has put into her book also.  There are lots of photos for reference, & some gorgeous photos of the beautiful author showing off her work too.  I love that Marianne has given a skill level for each pattern, as well as hook size, dimensions, yarn, quantities.  You can start a project well stocked with what you will need, lots of photos, diagrams, charts, clear instructions.  And this is for EVERY pattern in the book.  So much work & care, & you can feel that this book is written by someone who has a true passion for her craft, & someone who wants to share that with us too. And i am so happy that you did Marianne πŸ™‚

Marianne & Tuva Publishing were so generous, they have also provided me with an extra copy of Colorful Crochet to giveaway! If you head over to my Instagram page, you will find the details on how to enter.  Goodluck!

To purchase your own copy of Marianne’s book – Colorful Crochet, click here or visit Marianne’s Instagram page here for details.

Thank you so much dear Marianne for sharing your gorgeous makes & creative patterns with us.  I am so honoured to be writing this review & making this beautiful shawl! You are an inspiration & an absolute beautiful soul.  Well done!  Now i will be patiently waiting for Volume 2… πŸ˜‰


That is it from me, please do check back on here & my IG page to see my progress on Ursula.  Tomorrow lovely Makenzie from BQueen Collection will be writing her review, so keep an eye out for her, without a doubt, gorgeous make.

Love Nat xx

@littlecosythings

Hot Air Balloon – Crochet Pixel Blanket

Up Up & Away… 🎈

6 months & i’ve lost count how many granny squares.. but my Hot Air Balloon is finally finished!!

Here is how i made it (**scroll down to the end of this post for links).

All the yarn used is Stylecraft Special DK – I will put a list of the colours i used at the bottom of this post πŸ˜‰. My first time using Stylecraft & i LOVED working with it. It’s very soft, & is lovely to work with. It’s acrylic yarn, & creates a nice shape to the granny square, a bit more of a solid structure perfect for this style. There are many yarn stores who stock Stylecraft, i purchased mine from Love Crochet.

Pattern is a cross stitch chart by Fuzzy Fox Designs. i love Fuzzy Fox Designs for crochet as they convert so easily. Rachel uses very little backstitching on her charts (the stitched black lines) & uses full squares. Not only that, but her patterns are so gorgeous, you’ll want to make them all!

Photo: Fuzzy Fox Designs – Rainbow Hot Air Balloon Cross Stitch Chart

When converting a cross stitch pattern to a crochet pattern, each square of the cross stitch chart is converted into a granny square, then joined together to form the picture. One square on the chart = one granny square.

I used the traditional granny square for my balloon. i joined the squares together using the JAYG (join as you go) method. So as i finished a square i attached it to the blanket. This does make it feel less overwhelming when you’re finished, creates less ends to sew in, & you can see your progress as you go 😊

This was my first time doing the JAYG method, & now i couldn’t use any other way. The tutorial i used is by Attic 24, you can find it here.
But you can easily sew them together later too if you prefer using a tapestry needle.

TIP – Sew in those ends as you go!! Unfortunately there will be a lot of ends, even with the JAYG, & i made the mistake of not doing it after each row.. it made for days of just sewing in ends. Ugh. Highly do not recommend this πŸ˜£πŸ˜‚

And that’s it! One very colourful Hot Air Balloon 🎈 now to plan my next pixel blanket.. think i will pick something a tad smaller this time.

**Scroll down for yarn colours & links to where i purchased my supplies.

Love Nat 😘 xx

Layla & Wolf love the Hot Air Balloon, its the perfect size for them.

Even Sweep approves πŸ‘

**Further info:

Pattern – Rachel at Fuzzy Fox Designs

Instagram @fuzzyfoxdesigns

Etsy Shop – www.etsy.com/shop/fuzzyfoxdesigns

Yarn – Stylecraft Special DK

Instagram @stylecraftyarns

Colours:

  • Citron (1263)
  • Fiesta (1257)
  • Matador (1010)
  • Mocha (1064)
  • Jaffa (1256)
  • Kelly Green (1826)
  • Lobella (1825)
  • Turquoise (1068)
  • Grey (1099)

Yarn purchased from Love Crochet (@lovecrochetcom) – www.lovecrochet.com

Autumn Jewel – c2c blanket

To purchase this blanket click here πŸ‘

It’s FINISHED!!!! *insert happy dance* πŸ’ƒ woooo! I started this blanket back in October, & even though i’ve loved every one of those squishy stitches, it was starting to feel like the never ending blanket.

This blanket isn’t made using a pattern, just the c2c (corner to corner) crochet stitch. It ended up being 132cm (51″) square. Perfect lap or throw size blanket!

The yarn is from Bendigo Woollen Mills, in their Bloom range, & the colour i used is Rust. I used approx 6 x 200g balls. So that’s 1.2kg of yarn. It’s 100% pure Australian wool, & its lovely to work with.

i love the colours & how they subtly blend into each other, no harsh sudden changes. It just beautifully transitions from one colour to the next.

i chose the name “Autumn Jewel” because of these gorgeous colours. Perfect, as it’s Autumn here in Australia! πŸ‚ 

Just a simple sc (single crochet) border all around twice. I was going to do a more detailed border, but it became too messy & confusing with the already busy colours & texture.

The sc border just gives it a nice finish & frame 😊

Linen floor cushion from The Dusty Poppy

And my two beautiful babies, Layla & Wolf spent many hours snuggled under each side of the blanket while i worked! It’s baby & snuggle approved πŸ‘Œβ€

And that’s it! I had a lot of fun making this blanket, i hope you love it as much as i do!

Love Nat xx

@littlecosythings

Autumn Jewel is available to purchase in the LCT Shop.

a little (cosy) mermaid…

Time to dust off the cobwebs off my long neglected blog, starting with an introduction to this little mermaid…

Well it’s THE little mermaid (inspired) Ariel ❀️

As you would know if you follow me on Instagram (@littlecosythings) we welcomed our beautiful twins – Layla & Wolf, into the world in September. Because they were born so tiny they needed to spend some time in the Special Care Nursery.

During their stay they were looked after by the most beautiful ladies i have ever met. And one of these amazing midwives asked me to make Ariel! Such a pleasure to be able to give something (albeit small in comparison) back to Clare who took such great care of my bubbas!

Apart from being a wonderful midwife, Clare is also Melbourne’s most talented photographer, especially baby photography (of course!). Her photos are just breath takinly gorgeous. I urge you to please go have a look at her profile & her website, even if you don’t live in Melbourne. i cannot wait to book in a session for Layla & Wolf!

So here we have her, my first mermaid, THE little mermaid – Ariel.


Now ideas of more mermaids dance in my head. As they always do. But atlas i have 2 litt munchkins keeping me away from my hook. For which i’m very grateful. So no mermaids will be available to purchase until sometime in 2017.

However, if you can’t wait, & you would love your own little mermaid, i can wholeheartedly recommend my friend Willow from Big T & Little L who makes gorgeous mermaids also. Willow is magical with her hook, & you won’t be disappointed!

Pattern is by Kelly from The Merino Mermaid, a wonderful pattern! Well written & very easy to follow. Only adjustment i made was adding a little “bra” to her outfit (details at the end).

Ariel is made using  yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills & a 3mm hook:

  • Hair – Luxury Wool, 10ply in Sunrise
  • Body – Cotton yarn, 8 ply in Parchment
  • Bra – Cotton yarn, 8ply in Wild Lavender
  • Tail – Cotton yarn, 8ply in Light Teal

Love Nat xxx

Angel Wings…

30th November 2015 – another of my special little angels has their wings ❀️

SOMEBODY..

Somebody said it was all for the best, that something was probably wrong…

Somebody said it was meant to be. Different verse, same miserable song…

Somebody said “you can have another” as if that would make it right…

Somebody said “it was not a real child”. Somebody is not very bright…

Somebody thinks it wise to say when grieving should end…

Somebody shows their true colours, somebody is NOT my friend…

But somebody said, “I’m sorry” & sat quietly by my side…

And somebody always listened, even though I didn’t know my baby’s name…

And somebody understood…

… I’ll never be the same

– Author Unknown

  

Life isn’t fair sometimes & right now, life feels rather cruel. Saying goodbye to 3 of my angel babies in 2 months. No mother should have to give her blessings back…

I will write another blog post about this miscarriage soon, explaining this part of My Story. But right now my heart just hurts…
Love Nat xxx

  

Part Five of My Story – today I’m angry… I’m grieving…

PART FIVE of my story (Read Part One, TwoThree & Four of my story)

My mantra for today.. being female & not being able to have a baby can leave you feeling like you are useless, defect, without purpose. After all, if you go back to the bare basics – women are BUILT to be mothers.. to be able to make babies. And when you can’t or it’s not working, you feel broken. Less of a woman. Not adequate, have no worth.

And even though you might know deep down that’s it a little irrational.. it still hurts.

Today I’m bitter, & I’m angry. I’m angry at this body, for not working. Angry at my ovaries for letting me down. That they know how much I want to be a mum, & they aren’t working. I could actually scream at my ovaries if I could, if I thought they would listen. But I haven’t completely lost my marbles.. yet.

I’m bitter. So very bitter. And it’s not the person I want to be. And i feel so riddled with guilt at the same time. BUT I can’t help it. I’m not the person I was 3 and a half years ago. Infertility has changed me. What began as sadness and frustration has turned into anger and hopelessness. I’m at war with my own body. With society.
Infertility changes you. It creates a hole inside your heart. A gaping hole that starts to eat away at you from the inside. And as much as you try to stuff that hole with other things. Nothing fits. It’s like trying to jam the wrong piece into a jigsaw puzzle.

I find myself bitter (and even angry) at that pregnant woman.. at that mum… at that complete stranger, or even a friend. Does she have any idea just how lucky she is? I try not to stare. I want to tell her. Do you know you have a little miracle in your belly? Please please love that baby. Please.
I’m sorry, but I want to BE you. Its NOT FAIR. And it’s not your fault. It’s not your fault that my body is broken. It’s not your fault that I can’t have babies. It’s not your fault that you CAN have babies. It’s not your fault that I feel this way. But I do… because I’m trying SO hard. So very very hard. And it’s not working.

If I’m trying so hard.. doesn’t that mean I’m owed it too? No. Life isn’t fair like that.

But I’m happy for my friends, I’m happy for the lady in the supermarket, I’m happy for that mum. BUT I’m SO sad for me. You are a walking, talking, constant beacon of reminder. Screaming in my face that I’m broken. I’m not enough. I’m not a woman.. I’m not a mum.

Dear pregnant woman.. mums.. my friends… society (what infertility feels like):

I have to give myself a cocktail of medication every day, every month. You don’t. Morning sickness? I have it too. Every day, every month… without a baby, without being pregnant. I have to spend my days horribly sick from the side effects, in a society that doesn’t understand or acknowledge how much they knock you down, mess your head about. Send you on a hormonal rage. You don’t.

I have had to spend THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of dollars for a chance to just TRY for a baby. Month after month. You didn’t. I could have put a deposit on a house by now. I could have travelled the WORLD for 6 months by now. Instead it’s spent on trying to conceive. Trying. I never went on a honeymoon – we paid for IVF instead. We haven’t had a holiday in nearly 4 years – we paid for IVF instead. It should be FREE!! Conceiving a child should be free. But for me, it’s thousands upon thousands on dollars. I’m scared because ultimately I will have to stop trying… simply because of finances. Because I can’t afford it anymore. That it will reach a point in which I won’t have any money to support a child, because I spent it all on trying to make them.

I’m tired. So tired. Emotionally & physically drained. I haven’t slept more than 4 hours a night in years. The medication keeps me awake, the stress keeps me awake.

And you’re awake too, because you have a baby that doesn’t sleep. People empathize with how tired you are. You get to tell people how exhausting it is. I can’t. Society doesn’t accept I’m tired too. I’m not a mum. You look at me when I say I’m tired too, with one eyebrow cocked… how dare I say I’m tired… don’t I see your newborn?! Yes I do.

IF I do fall pregnant I know I won’t sleep again for years either. But did you get to sleep before you conceived? I didn’t, I don’t. By the time baby comes (IF ever) I have years of already not sleeping under my belt. Good practice? No.

Today I’m bitter. I’m angry. I’m not telling you off. It’s not your fault. I have a reason.. for today, I’m miscarrying. Again. Another set of twins. My angel babies are in heaven & in my heart. I now have 8 angel babies in heaven, instead of in my arms.

They matter. They make me a mum. I am allowed to be angry today. I’m grieving. And I needed to let it out. I need to say it. In all its rawness. As tears stream down my face. Because it’s all I can do to let it out. In a society where infertility and miscarriage are talked about in whispers. Why?! It’s ok to talk about it! We should talk about it. Maybe if we did, then we wouldn’t be so angry. So bitter.

Everyone keeps telling me I can just get pregnant again & have another baby…

but I wanted THAT pregnancy. I wanted that baby.

Please do not tell people it wasn’t meant to be – my baby was important, just like yours.

Don’t tell people it’s “Gods Will” that’s so very cruel. Think about it.

Please please give your friend a hug.  Bring coffee, bake a cake. Chocolate is always good πŸ™‚ If someone you know is struggling to have a baby, just be there. If someone lost a baby, let them grieve. Let them know they DO matter. They are still valuable. They have worth. With or without a baby, we are still women.

When women support each other, incredible things happen

Be kind to yourself if it’s you. Infertility hurts, it’s THE hardest thing I have ever done. I hope it’s the hardest thing I will ever have to do. And I do not wish it upon anyone.

And today I say goodbye to my babies, a silent whisper in a quiet room. I will always love you, I will always remember. My babies you will always be.

I have to try again. Tomorrow I have to find the strength, the courage to try this again. It’s all I can do. I want to be a mum. And even thought I’m angry and I’m bitter and I’m drowning in the darkness sometimes… I want to be like you. I want to be a mum. I aspire to be you.



October is Infant & Pregnancy loss awareness month. Break the silence, share your story. We are mums, our babies have wings.

Love Nat xxx