Saturday, June 7, 2014

New Blog!

Hi everyone, 



I have some exciting news, my kitty Miss Pearl and I have created a new blog, Crochet With Pearl. We decided it was time to take blogging seriously and we wanted a more focused blog. I'm planning some beginner tutorials so check out my new blog page and stay tuned. We can be found on bloglovin as well. See you over there, thanks for all your support. 

Lisa x

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Almost Wordless

Here are a few pics showing what I've been up to. 

Walks by the water


Crochet in the car

Soup production - the days are getting cold now

Catching up with crafty friends

Getting some culture by visiting an art exhibition



Poorly Pearl had her teeth cleaned at the vet and we discovered she has palpable thyroid and will need some special treatment in a few months 😞




I finished the Julietta Shawl and will block soon, this will be a gift for my mum for Mother's Day. 



Julietta shawl no. 2 started and will be for my nan who turns 95 in June. 

A Beret for my beautiful aunt who his unwell, hopefully this will be finished soon


The Mr went for a flying lesson - my gift to him for last Christmas. 

And finally a beautiful sunset


Lisa x







Sunday, April 27, 2014

A New Shawl Started!

Well, if you are in Australia you would have enjoyed two long weekends in a row with the weekend of the 18th being Easter and then this weekend just gone we had Friday off to commemorate ANZAC Day and the soldiers who gave their lives in various wars. Easter weekend I started a new shawl but found the pattern just too difficult for me, like trying to climb Everest when you've only just achieved climbing a large hill. What to do? Change patterns, the difficult shawl can be attempted down the track when I'm more confident with different crochet stitches. The new shawl pattern I chose is called Julietta and is designed by Bernadette Ambergen, the pattern can be found on Ravelry. It's a great pattern, looks complicated but is really quite simple once you get it started. See below for my progress photos. I fell in love with the pattern when I saw Chandi from Expression Fiber Arts start one on Instagram in a lovely pink, she has some lovely yarns so be sure to check them out - http://www.expressionfiberarts.com/

For this pattern I still had the Merino/Silk yarn I used for my first shawl and decided to use this as I'd like to gift it to my mum for Mother's Day (fingers crossed I get it done by the end of May when she visits me), Mum loves blues and I think this will be perfect for her. This is such a joy to make that I will make more of the Julietta shawl for my cousins in lavender and pale mauve.








What are you working on at the moment? I'm starting to plan a lot of projects I'd like to try this year and into next year. Last week I came to the brave decision to leave my university studies, after a number of years studying I ran out of steam. All is not lost though as I had enough credit points to be eligible to graduate later this year with a DARTS (Diploma of Arts). I can't begin to explain what a weight lifted off my shoulders, it's taken me 12 months to have the courage to make this decision as I was worried what others would say if I gave up but I've had great support from family and friends and know it was the right decision to be made.

I also had a sad event with the suicide of one of my cousins, it was very sad and not the first time I've experienced suicide. It's frustrating because sometimes no matter what you do you can't prevent this from happening but it's still important to look out for family, friends and strangers ask the awkward question of "are you ok?" and be prepared to listen and provide support if needed. Remember pay attention to those around you, talk, listen, hug, say "I love you" sometimes this is all that is required to bring someone back from the edge.

On a positive note, I received a call from my best friend who lives in Sydney and she and her husband are now expecting their first child and the baby might just arrive on my Birthday in October. I'm so excited and now planning to make a ripple blanket and perhaps a baby jacket. I'd also love to crochet a beautiful christening gown as well. Lucky for me this weekend Spotlight was having 40% off their yarn so I picked up some lovely pastels for the ripple blanket and some bamboo/cotton baby yarn to make a little jacket which should be light enough to wear over the spring/summer when baby arrives. I will probably check with Chandi on a suitable silk yarn to buy for the christening gown once I decide on a pattern.


Well now I've talked your ear off please share with me your crafty bits and if you're on Instagram don't forget to visit my profile page @vintagevesta7.

Ciao for now,

Lisa x

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Paper Dolls Shawl

Happy Easter and a happy Good Friday!

I know what you're thinking...I must have been abducted by aliens. I'm sorry for my absence, life has been hectic of late but I'm back and excited to show you what craftiness I've been up to since my last post. 

Firstly, I can't wait any longer and have to show you the shawl I finished making last night as a birthday present for my Mr's Mum. I impressed myself but don't look too closely as there are a couple of boo boos but overall it turned out a lovely shawl. 

The pattern I used is Paper Dolls by Kim Guzman which I purchased on Ravelry for $4.99. I had a few tricky spots where I found the pattern difficult to interpret but I managed to get through and I'm very pleased with the look. If you decide to make this shawl please share with me and if you are on Instagram you can tag @vintagevesta7.


I also made another cowl, this time in a very chunky yarn using a 12mm hook, it was lovely but boy was it hard work but I was pleased with how it turned out. It was a gift from a friend who is happily wearing it on her European Holliday. 



Well now it's time to plan out my next project, another shawl perhaps??? And I also need to finish some WIP's. Have a safe and happy Easter long weekend and I promise we'll talk soon. 

Lisa x



Sunday, March 2, 2014

February

This was what I got up to in February:








Have an awesome Sunday x





Friday, February 14, 2014

The week that was

Hi Everyone,

Well last week was like a roller coaster, my poor back has been out and causing me loads of pain and I finally managed to get to the physio on Thursday and he untwisted my spine for me...what a relief that was. Now I'm mostly out of pain the world seems sunnier again. I hope wherever you are you had a lovely Valentines day on Friday, I was spoilt beyond belief and realise just how lucky and thankful I am to have a wonderful caring, loving boyfriend. I received new cycling clothes and gloves as well as tickets to see the King and I musical in May this year....eeek!!! it's my all time favourite musical. The day started with a train ride to work together followed by a yummy breakfast at Paleo Cafe and I indulged in gluten free banana pancakes with maple syrup, strawberries and lemon curd....yum yum yum. The day ended with a relaxing picnic followed by a coffee and then a train trip home together. So nice to sit in the Botanical gardens and watch life go by.

I'm afraid I still don't have the pattern for the Lisa Cowl ready for you as I haven't been able to get to the yarn store yet to purchase more yarn to make another one and fix up the mistakes I made on the first. I'll be sure to share the pattern once I have it sorted. This week I did manage to whip up some little crochet flowers out of scrap yarn and hung them up around my desk at work to make it cheery, pictures are below. I also managed to repeat the same mistake 3 times on the lace shawl I'm crocheting and had to pull 2 rows undone! I should listen to my own advice....check your work regularly, check your work regularly....maybe if I say it like a mantra it will stick in my brain and I'll do it. So progress is going slow on the shawl but I'm enjoying it so nothing to worry about.

Today will be a top of 36 here in Brisbane and it's not 11am yet and already it's very hot and sticky. I'm going to retreat indoors for a while before heading out to Spotlight on a hunt for more yarn. Have a great weekend. 

Me after I opened my parcel from IG friend @knittiwake 

My cat Pearl keeping me company while I rested my sore back.


Flower chain




Valentines Day picnic by the Brisbane River at the Botanical Gardens

This mornings little bit of hooky time while waiting for the Mr to finish his bike ride. 

Too hot today....





Lisa x

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Pattern - The Anne Infinity Scarf

The Anne Infinity Scarf



What you’ll need:

8mm hook
Chunky yarn (for this project I used Moda Vera Tarrantino 100g/65m

Abbreviations

Ch = Chain 

SL = Slip Stitch (hook through the chain, yarn over hook and pull through both loops)

SC = Single Crochet (hook into next stitch, yarn over pull through, yarn over hook and pull through both loops)

DC = Double Crochet (Yarn over hook, hook into single crochet, yarn over hook and pull through. Yarn over hook and pull through two loops, yarn over hook and pull through the last two loops)

The idea of this pattern is that it uses very basic stitches but because you are using arty/chunky yarn you are able to let the yarn do the work. This is for the very beginner and should be easy to follow. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have a question. Now let’s get started and have a bit of fun, in no time you’ll have yourself a lovely infinity scarf ready for winter.

The Pattern

To begin: Ch 101 and sl to the other end to form a circle. (This first row is very important to ensure you don’t get the work twisted. Fear not if you get it twisted, it will still work)

Row 1: SC into 2nd Ch from the hook and SC to the end, Ch 3 and turn

Row 2: DC into the next SC, DC to the end, Ch 3 and turn

**Repeat Row 2 until you are almost to the end of your ball of wool (make sure you leave enough to do the final row of SC)**

To End: When you reach the last of you rows of DC, Ch 2 and turn, SC to the end and fasten off.

Now all you need to do is weave in your ends and you’re done! How did you go? Please leave a comment with a link to your blog/photo as I’d love to see your work.




Next week I'll have another pattern for you hopefully. I made the Lisa Cowl/Infinity scarf below but it needs some adjustment so I need some more of the same yarn to work on this again. Till then take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend. 





Lisa x