Review of NEW book – Colorful Crochet by Marianne & the Ursula Shawl 💕

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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

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… 😉


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

The Super HEROes are coming… #LCTsuperheroes!!

I’ve been busy making SUPERHEROES!! And getting ready to launch a new collection in my shop! Hopefully they will be ready to order this weekend, so excited!!

It all started with Batman… one of my favorite superheroes. And a wonderful free pattern by Twisted Fibers.

I have used cotton yarn from my favorite yarn mill too – Bendigo Woollen Mills.

 NANANANANA BATMAN!!

 
   

I then altered the pattern, to make Superman! With his little curl and all 🙂

   

 

And they fast became SUPER friends!! So I was hooked, and decided to keep making more.

Next up, came the INCREDIBLE Hulk…

   
   
He’s a bit of a show off with those muscles!!

And my latest installment to the LCT SUPER HERO crew is… nanananana BATGIRL!! Because after all, girls can be super heroes too!! 😉

   
    
   
Batman and Batgirl feel in love 🙂 sneaking kisses in between photos. I love my super heroes. 

I cannot wait to launch them in my store, plus some more super friends next weekend!! I’m also planning on making some unique super heroes too.. you will have to stay tuned!!

Love Nat xxx

Little Cosy Things – Toy Shop
I also couldn’t resist making videos on my little friends for Instagram, just for fun 🙂 I hope they make you laugh:

Batman!!

Hulk.. SMASH!!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s 

Craft as Therapy – my week as moderator for a wonderful community…

Craft as Therapy - Little Cosy Things week as moderator

The past week i had the pleasure of being a moderator on Instagram for Craft as Therapy.

Craft as Therapy is a warm, friendly and wonderful community of crafters from all the around the world.  Everyone is welcome to join! It’s mainly crafters who use their craft, as therapy for either an illness, an injury or just as a therapeutic way to relieve stress.  Founded by the beautiful Mandy @redagape_styleanddesign who created the tag #craftastherapy for crafters to use when they post photos of their creations.  Quickly it became a sensation on Instagram, and Mandy founded the community for everyone to join and share, support each other, and chat about their stories.  Mandy is a beautiful and dear friend, and I was so honoured to be asked to be one of the 12 moderators who now alternate a week, providing a different view and sharing our own craft as therapy stories.

You can find Mandy’s blog here, where she shares more about the Craft as Therapy community, her crafts, amazing patterns, and photos of her gorgeous house (which i have a massive crush on!!).

So here is an overview on my amazing week.  A week I started petrified that by sharing my story, that I would have people running and hiding under the nearest rock.  But instead, i was welcomed so warmly, and even encouraged others to share their own story of infertility.  I will keep talking about my story, till i am blue in the face, in a hope to raise more awareness, and let others know they are not alone.

DAY ONE:

Introducing Natalie from Little Cosy Things

I began my week by introducing myself to the community and sharing a little bit about my infertility journey, my diagnosis of PCOS and endometrosis, and how crochet has become my therapy with coping with the loss and emotional stress.  I was flooded with support, well wishes, and stories from other crafters who not only are on their own journey of infertility, but who have also overcome their struggle and welcomed little miracles of their own.  Truly inspirational, and such courage to share too.

You can read more about my story as I share on my blog:

Part One – I want to be a Mum

Part Two – It hurts because it mattered

DAY 2:

Craft as Therapy - Feature 1

The first feature i shared from the #craftastherapy gallery, and its a collection of beautiful stars.  Just as beautiful as the super stars who made them:

Top Left – @kikdekuk Top Right – @gultence79 Bottom Left – @neverjillian Bottom Right – @oifoikoi

That night, I shared the story of Teddy the Turtle and how there are NO mistakes with crafting, just unique creations!  You can find my free pattern to make your own Teddy the Turtle here.

Teddy the Turtle - by Little Cosy Things Story of Teddy the Turtle - Little Cosy Things

DAY THREE:

Craft as Therapy - Feature 2

The next feature from the #craftastherapy gallery, showcased some beautiful creations!! Including some jewellery made from guitar strings!! How clever!

Top Left – @tranquilltreasures Top Right – @bqueencollection Bottom Left – @lynne_ee Bottom Right – @vampyr1764

Next was a story about how i altered by hubby’s shirt (proud moment!) and sharing with the world you CAN do!!

Show the world what you CAN do by Little Cosy Things You CAN DO IT by Little Cosy Things

DAY FOUR:

Craft as Therapy - Feature 3

A bright and colourful feature from the #craftastherapy gallery!! I love how the colours popped off the screen, so much creativity.

Top Left – @carter_and_brown Top Right – @asplashofcolour_georgi Bottom Left – @yardagedesign Bottom Right – @kellykellykellygreen

Then we celebrated how friendship is born.. by one person saying to another person “What? You too?!” and celebrated over 2,600 new friends in the Craft as Therapy community!

How friendship is born by Little Cosy Things

DAY FIVE:

Today’s features from the #craftastherapy gallery, were some enchanting dolls, made by some beautiful crafters.

Craft as Therapy - Feature 4

Top Left – @maritparit Top Right – @alittlevintagedoll Bottom Left – @vanessakind Bottom Middle – @_riaparamita_ Bottom Left – @offdhookcreations

And then we met Barnabee the Bumble Bee!!!  And read his little story of how he bee-lieved in himself.  You can find a free pattern to make a baby bumble bee here by Dream Girl Crafty Creations.

Barnabee the Bee by Little Cosy Things The Story of Barnabee the Bee by Little Cosy Things

DAY SIX:

The feature from the #craftastherapy gallery was bursting with creativity!! i fell in love with the little knitted Prince William, so much detail! And those Scottie Dogs, are made from old woollen blankets.

Craft as Therapy - Feature 5

Top Left – @poppyandbliss Top Right – @suzannemartin Bottom Left – @colouredbuttons Bottom Right – @esthersunday1

I then shared something very special to me, my friends.  And how even though we have met on the internet, it doesn’t mean our friendships are any less meaningful.  My thoughts were echoed by so many in the community, and it was so touching to read everyone’s thoughts on how they have made such wonderful friends.

Internet Friends for Craft as Therapy by Little Cosy Things Internet Friends by Little Cosy Things

DAY SEVEN:

My final feature from the #craftastherapy gallery, and i shared how i loved my mornings wondering through the gallery with a cup of coffee and admiring everyones creations.  Something I will definitely continue to do!

Craft as Therapy - Feature 6

Top Right – @knitpurlhook Top Left – @ponytales_ Bottom Right – @asterisquebysassi Bottom Left – @flossiecottage

And i said my farewells and thank you’s to a wonderful community that night.  I was quite emotional saying goodbye and ending my week.  A week that personally was hard, but the community wrapped me up in so much love and comfort.

Farewell from Little Cosy Things to Craft as Therapy Little Cosy Things, farwell to my week

Lastly, this morning i had the pleasure of introducing my dear friend, a wonderful and inspiring woman with a heart of gold to the community as the next moderator – the beautiful Marianne from @marretjeroos and her blog here.  I know Marianne’s week will be so inspiring and welcoming, and i wish her an absolute wonderful week!!

Introducing Marianne as the new moderator for Craft as Therapy Introducing Marianne to Craft as Therapy

And that was my week, shared with friends, with a community that has touched my heart.  I cannot wait until next time.

Love Nat xx