Loving…learning to crochet

I’ve never really been that inspired to crochet.  My dear Nan taught me to knit when I was a little girl (I can knit a mean scarf), but crochet was never really that high up on my radar, I guess I associated it with those awful toilet roll covers with the barbie on top (yikes). A few friends have started to crochet recently, so I thought I’d give it a go.

I have of those Learn to Crochet DVDs (the ones from CNA), but it really takes a special kind of bored to sit down on a weekend afternoon with a crochet DVD.  But thankfully a kind friend offered to teach me.  Well.  Let’s say that the bug has bitten.  I’ve been inspired by this beautiful blanket from Rain.

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So, I got started on my own “heirloom blanket”.  I’ve been following this simple hexagon pattern from Le monde de Sucrette with an extra row of double crochet around the outside, but you can find loads of alternatives on Ravelry.  I’m using Elle Pure Gold in Pepper (055), Ivory (036), Mist (203) and Ultra Marine (072), with a 5mm crochet hook.  I’m quite impressed with my progress so far (not bad for a first crochet attempt?) – I’ll keep you updated!

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Loving…HOTCHkiss creations

My dear friend Jade has recently launched her own business selling her beautiful hand-crocheted items. I was lucky enough to get one of her scarves for my birthday recently, which I love! Each item is made with the utmost love and care, using high quality yarns in gorgeous colours. Pop over to her website, or get shopping on Hello Pretty!

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All images via HOTCHkiss creations  & Hello Pretty.

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Loving… Autumn

So, it seems that Cape Town has decided that Summer is officially over.  There was no gradual decrease in temperature, Autumn just arrived (or at least it feels that way).  And I have to confess that I’m actually enjoying it.  I love summer, but I’m also really looking forward to evenings cuddled up under a blanket with a hot water bottle and a cat on my lap (for now I’m choosing to ignore the likelihood of endlessly rainy days and freezing cold wind).  So, to get us into the Autumn spirit (at least those of us in the Southern hemisphere), here are some Autumn inspired images to enjoy.

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